Vietnam is one of Southeast Asia’s travel gems, an ideal destination for people who want to engage in meaningful cultural experiences. The country offers countless exotic destinations, from sandy beaches, jungles, and beautiful mountains to colonial structures and the bustling city life. It is a complex destination that will satisfy your soul in the morning and in the evening, whether you seeking a romantic getaway, historical tours, or even a jungle adventure, this country has it all. We uncover 7 must-see destinations in Vietnam, from the mountainous towns to the Islands, and through the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay. This is our Vietnam for first timers!
Ha Long Bay: UNESCO site
Ha Long Bay is located in the northern path of Vietnam east of Hanoi and is well known for thousands of towering limestone of unique shapes, height, and exotic beaches. There are many things to do here, from scuba diving, rock climbing, and hiking to adventuring deep into the caves of the bay. The UNESCO World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay is the most visited destination by travelers, and boasts countless things to explore and see in the hundreds of beautiful tiny islands in the area. Along the way, make sure to get lost in one of the floating villages! Surrounded by emerald clear green water, these villages will give you a chilling experience as you tour every edge of magnificent beauty.
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Ho Chi Minh City, also known as ‘Saigon’, is located in southern Vietnam and is considered the most prominent city in the country. Booming with business, Saigon is noisy, populated, and hot. YET, IF you have time (and we insist on IF) and have a certain interest for cities, you don’t want to miss the experiences it offers. Get around this city in a Tricycle tour and explore one of the major attraction points in Hanois is the Thien Hau Temple, built around the 19th century. Make sure to go on food tours to uncover some of the secret gems (and aromas) the city unveils right in front of you.
The Mountainous town of Sapa
Located in the North-western region of Vietnam near the Chinese border is a mountainous town called Sapa. The best time to visit this splendid part o the country is from March to May and from September to November; this is a perfect time to see the beauty of the many green fields and flowers. During the autumn, the weather is also very good, which makes trekking in the region highly enjoyable. There are so many things to do and explore in Sapa, start with Cycling – through Muong Hoa Valley. Muong Hoa is the largest strip of a rice farm in the Sapa region, an ideal place for biking and trekking. Bath at the waterfalls, trekking to the waterfalls leaves you with an unforgettable experience. Choose any of these three waterfalls, Cat Cat Waterfall, ThacBac Waterfalls, and ThacTinhYeu Waterfalls and we will make it happen for you.
The famous Mekong Delta
The Mekong Delta is an island, swamp, and riverside located in the South-western region of Vietnam. Discover the home of floating markets and villages surrounded by rice paddies. The Mekong is an agricultural region stretching from the southwest region of Thailand to Ho Chi Minh. The simple lifestyle in this region and peaceful atmosphere will leave you wanting more through what is truly a memorable experience. Some of the enjoyable things to get involved in when you visit this amazing part of the countryside include: Shopping in the Cai Rang Floating Market, explore the exotic view in Phu Quoc and visit the Local Garden which boats a perfect climate and ideal fertile natural conditions.
The ancient Old-Town of Hoi An
Hoi An City, another UNESCO site, is a modest ancient town sited on the central coast of Vietnam. Boasting exciting traditional culture and historical architecture, this place is a true gem for those who enjoy history and a mix of past and present culture. The historic quarter has incredible streetscapes where old Japanese, Vietnamese, French and Chinese buildings have been converted into bars, restaurants, galleries, and stores. Dare to take a cooking class (I have a feeling we don’t have to dare you too much). Hoi An is well known for the diversity of its delicious cuisine, ranging from the classic pho to beef noodle salad, spring rolls, pancakes, and many other exciting dishes. While there, you may also pay a visit to the nearest beach town of Cua Dai and soak in the warmth of the sun and relax. Or maybe Phu Thinh Boutique resort, which has built magnificent gardens famous for their water lines?
Right in the center of Vietnam, Hue is the ancient national capital (from 1802 to 1945), one of the top destination in Vietnam year after year. Situated at the bank of the Perfume River, Hue is blessed with fascinating sites to enjoy, as the 7 imperial tombs, the ancient Imperial City and the Forbidden City. And here are a few more of our favorites: The Perfume river, Hue Citadel in the Imperial City, The tombs of Emperors, Hue Provincial Museum and the Japanese Bridge.
Hanoi is located on the banks of the Red River. This is one of the most ancient capitals in the world, where travelers can find well-preserved colonial buildings, ancient pagodas, and unique museums within the city center. A great place to explore on foot, this French-colonial city is also known for its delectable cuisine, vibrant nightlife, silks, and handicrafts, as well as a multi-cultural community that’s made up of Chinese, French and Russian influences.