Vietnam, located in Southeast Asia, is a true travel gem as well as an ideal destination to engage in meaningful cultural experiences. Offering an array of tropical landscapes, from beaches, jungles and towering mountains, to historic monuments and bustling city life, Vietnam has it all. In this blog, we outline 7 must-see destinations in Vietnam for excitable first-timers!
Ha Long Bay: UNESCO site
Ha Long Bay is located in northern Vietnam, east of Hanoi. Renowned for the plethora of towering limestone structures and sun-drenched beaches, there are plenty of pursuits to suit everyone. From scuba diving and rock climbing to cave exploration and hiking, Ha Long Bay will certainly impress. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ha Long Bay is a popular destination for travelers, boasting countless exciting activities. There is also a myriad of tiny islands in the area, surrounded by translucent emerald water – beauty at its finest.
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Ho Chi Minh City, also known as ‘Saigon’, located in southern Vietnam, is considered the most prominent city in the country. Saigon is bustling, populated, and tepid. Move around the city on a Tricycle tour and explore the Thien Hau Temple, built in the 19th century. Enjoy a food tour and discover the delightful flavors and aromas Vietnamese cuisine offers.
The Mountainous town of Sapa
Situated in the North-western region of Vietnam, close to China’s border, is the mountainous town of Sapa. The best time to visit this splendid part of the country is from March to May and from September to November. Behold the rolling green fields and incandescent flowers. In autumn, the weather is mild, making hiking an absolute pleasure. Cycle through Muong Hoa Valley, the largest strip of a rice farms in the Sapa region and bathe in the refreshing waterfalls.
The famous Mekong Delta
The Mekong Delta is an island, swamp and riverside located in the south-western region of Vietnam. Discover floating markets and villages surrounded by endless rice paddies. An agricultural region, the Mekong Delta boasts a simple and peaceful atmosphere. Shop at the Cai Rang Floating Market, take in the incredible views in Phu Quoc and visit the gorgeous Local Garden.
The ancient Old-Town of Hoi An
Hoi An City, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an ancient town situated along the central coast of Vietnam. Rich with tradition, culture and historical architecture, it is a remarkable amalgamation of the past and the present. The historic quarter has Japanese, Vietnamese, French and Chinese buildings that have been converted into slick bars, restaurants, galleries and stores. Renowned for its diverse and delicious cuisine, ranging from classic pho, to beef noodle salad and delectable spring rolls. Visit the nearest beach town of Cua Dai and laze in the warmth of the sun.
Hue, in central Vietnam, was previously the national capital (from 1802 to 1945) and is one of Vietnam’s top destinations. Situated on the banks of the Perfume River, Hue is brimming with intrigue. Visit the 7 imperial tombs, the ancient Imperial and Forbidden Cities. The Hue Provincial Museum and the Japanese Bridge are also worth seeing!
Hanoi is located on the banks of the Red River. As one of the oldest capitals in the world, travelers can find well-preserved colonial-style buildings, ancient pagodas and unique museums. Explore the city on foot and enjoy authentic cuisine, vibrant nightlife and handcrafts. Hanoi is a multi-cultural mecca, made up of Chinese, French and Russian influences.Experience wonderous Vietnam and create unforgettable memories!