VIETNAM TRAVEL GUIDE
Plan your trip to Vietnam
Vietnam is one of my favorite countries in Southeast Asia. It is a place that at first may seem chaotic but it’s actually quite nice! Its culture, gastronomy, nature and people will make you live some of the most incredible experiences in your life. Traveling to Vietnam is a great idea if you want to visit a completely different place than you may be accustomed to.
Prepare to be amazed by natural wonders such as Ninh Binh and Halong Bay. You’ll learn about Vietnam’s dark past at the Vietnam War Remnants Museum. Have fun crossing the streets of Hanoi while searching for the best place to eat a delicious Banh Mi, a dish that dates back to the French occupation in Vietnam.
PLACES TO VISIT IN VIETNAM
Tips for every destination
Busy cities, a bay with many islands, charming old towns, beautiful landscapes, rice fields, sand dunes, beaches, etc, Vietnam is full of places that will leave you speechless.
Some of the most popular cities to visit in Vietnam are Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hoi An, Hue, Da Nang, Da Lat and Nha Trang. In my opinion, the two most interesting cities are Hanoi and Hoi An.
Vietnam has beautiful nature such as Sapa, Halong Bay, Ninh Binh and Ha Giang. Other interesting places to visit are the Phong Nha caves and the Mũi Né sand dunes. If you are looking for the best beaches in Vietnam, you’ll be able to find them in Phú Quốc island.
Below you can find my published blog posts about the different areas of Vietnam.
Halong Bay is one of the seven natural wonders in the world. Traveling to Vietnam and not visiting Halong Bay is a sin, you must include Halong Bay in your travel itinerary. Visitors usually take a cruise for one or two nights through the most incredible corners in the bay.
If you’re traveling on a low budget, you can opt for going to Cat Ba Island and taking a day trip to Halong Bay from there.
Da Lat is not one of the main destinations to visit in Vietnam, but if you are going to spend several weeks in the country, you should consider visiting the city. What is most interesting about Da Lat is how the architecture has European influence. It teleports you to Europe.
When you visit Da Lat, do not forget to visit the Domaine de Marie convent, the Da Lat “Crazy House”, Truc Lam Pagoda, the Da Lat Flower Park and some of the waterfalls around the town. The most popular are Elephant Waterfalls, Datanla Waterfalls and Pongour Falls.
Hanoi is one of my favorite cities in Vietnam. I didn’t like the city as much initially because it was a bit chaotic. However, I quickly got used to the chaos and I ended up liking it. Maybe you will experience the same! Strolling through the old quarter in Hanoi is quite an experience. Mopeds everywhere, locals eating on the sidewalks, markets, hundreds of overhead cables. You will be amazed!
In Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, do not forget to visit the Imperial City of Thang Long, Hoàn Kiếm Lake, Train Street, Tran Quoc Pagoda, Saint Joseph’s Cathedral of Hanoi and the Lotte Center observation deck.
HO CHI MINH
Ho Chi Minh, formerly known as Saigon, is the most populous city in Vietnam. It is located in the southern part of the country. It’s as chaotic as Hanoi but, in my opinion, it isn’t as charming. If you visit Ho Chi Minh, you must visit the Museum of the Remnants of the Vietnam War, the Ben Thanh Market and the Notre-Dame de Saigon Basilica. A trip to the Cuchi Tunnels or the Mekong Delta is also highly recommended.
I’m sure everyone agrees that Hoi An is the most beautiful city in Vietnam. Its historic center full of pedestrian streets, yellow facades and lanterns is extremely beautiful. The city is even more beautiful at night! During your visit to the historic center, do not forget to visit the Chùa Cầu (Japanese bridge), the Precious Heritage Art Gallery Museum, the central market and the Hoi An Night Market.
Hue, the imperial capital of Vietnam for 143 years, is a great place to visit if you want to learn about the history of the Vietnamese Empire. Some of the best places to visit in Hue are the Imperial City of Hue and the 7 imperial tombs. However, I also recommend visiting places like Thien Mu Pagoda, An Bang Cemetery and Dong Ba Market. If you’re seeking adventure, take a trip to the famous abandoned water park.
Ninh Binh province is my favorite area in Vietnam. However, it is a destination that does not appear in all travel guides to Vietnam. Trust me, you should definitely include Ninh Binh in your travel itinerary! Otherwise you will miss some of the most beautiful landscapes that you’ll see in your life. You can expect landscapes full of huge limestone mountains, rivers and large rice fields. You want to know the best site? The Mua Caves viewpoint, near Tam Coc. So beautiful!