If you’re looking for epic adventures, unique experiences, lovely gastronomy, and historic sites, do not look any further. The country is the ideal place for you. Vietnam was before Covid 19 and is still today one of Asia’s most popular tourist destinations thanks to its undeniable charm, friendly locals, and the ambient security. Now that Vietnam re open and reduice quarantine, explore the spectacular mountains of the North, stop to taste the local cuisine and have a friendly conversation with locals before heading south to party all night.
Tradition and modernity – Hanoi
Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital, is an ideal place to explore on foot to discover well-preserved colonial buildings, ancient pagodas, and museums. The city is also well-known for its silks and handicrafts, as well as its delectable cuisine. Surrounded by lush parks, green mountains, and traditional villages, not to mention the iconic Ha Long Bay, the town serves as a gateway to the incredible mountains and landscapes to the north, as well as the warm beaches and bustling cities to the south.
One of the most famous landscapes in Asia – Halong Bay
Halong Bay, one of the world’s seven new natural wonders, is probably the most well-known destination in Vietnam. By bus, it’s about a three-hour drive east of Hanoi along Highway 18. Cruises to Halong Bay depart from Bai Chay. The bay is home to a plethora of limestone karsts and islands of various shapes and sizes. It is said that they are a protective barrier built by a friendly dragon to keep invaders out of the Vietnam Sea. Each one has a unique story and legend. Despite a constant stream of tourists, there is plenty to see. During your stay, don’t forget to visit Cat Ba National Park. Cat Ba Island, located on Halong Bay’s southern flank, is a veritable gold mine for nature lovers.
Cool down – Sa Pa
Sa Pa, at 1,650 meters above sea level, is one of Vietnam’s coldest cities. Spending a night in a Hmong village in Sa Pa is a must-do while in Vietnam. A chance to get a taste of local life while also seeing some of the country’s most beautiful rice paddies.
Best Cuisine in Viet Nam – Hoi An
Hoi An is well-known for its cuisine. As an international port founded in the 17th and 18th centuries, the food was heavily influenced by foreigner culture. Hoi An, on the other hand, retains its specialties: white rose dumplings, also known as Bath vac, a steamed rice flour dumpling with a center of ground shrimp meat and delicate folds resembling a flower. If you’re looking for something more than an appetizer, the true speciality from Hoi An is the Cao Lau, a dish that you must try: fat, chewy, yellowed noodles served with slices of fatty pork, beans sprouts, raw greens, crunchy bits of rice crackers, and a dark rich pork broth melting in your mouth. There are still more countless dishes to try in Hoi An such as the Bun Bo, Banh bot loc, or Banh Mi.
Best nightlife – Ho Chi Minh City
Though there are many places to visit in HCMC, the city is best known for its vibrant and reasonably priced nightlife. Rooftop bars, casinos, restaurants, clubs, and theaters abound in Saigon. From the most exclusive Rooftop bar to the most affordable food street, Saigon has a plethora of places to get the party started. Just name it, and you’ll get it!
Best Market in Viet Nam – Mekong Delta
Bid farewell to your scooter and hello to the Mekong River. This area near HCMC is well-known for its floating markets, particularly Phung Hiep and Cai Be. Farmers from all over the Delta come here to sell and buy, and you can find almost anything you can think of. Depending on the season, everything from common tropical fruits like coconuts, mangoes, and oranges but also restaurants, bars, gas stations, and even shops on this floating market. The market opens at 3 a.m., so plan ahead of time if you want to visit this one-of-a-kind market.
Beach please! – Mui Ne
Mui Ne is an ideal location for water sports, beaches, impressive sand dunes, and hot-air balloon rides. There’s enough adrenaline there to keep the more daring satisfied! If that isn’t enough, rent a motorcycle and ride up the mountain trails to Dalat.
Chill out – Lak Lake
Chill out as you venture to Lake Lak, Vietnam’s largest natural lake. Kayak and enjoy the calm waters, beautiful scenery and explore the village of Jun; A colony of Mnong houses on wooden stilts.
Hiking – Phong Nha
If you are not tired of exploring the incredible nature of Vietnam, visit Phong Nha. Lush mountains, limestone karsts but also caves classified as the most beautiful in the world.