Vietnam has long been known for its gorgeous natural beauty with many magnificent sightseeing landmarks, for the friendliness of its people, as well as the diversity of authentic cuisine. It has gradually become one of the most important destinations that should not be missed when travelling to South-east Asia. Here are some tips on the top things to do and see when visiting this beautiful country:
1. Must go to the beach!
Vietnam has a really long coastline stretching from the north to the south of the country, with some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet! Nha Trang, Danang and Hoi An all have superb beaches that you don’t want to miss. You can spend time relaxing: sunbathing on the sand, reading books in the shade of the palm trees and in the evening, with your friends or family at the beach-side bars and restaurants. Sightseeing boat trips are also available to explore the coral reef and discover nearby islands.
Head to Mui Ne, Phan Thiet if you would like to go surfing, whatever your budget, you will be sure to find a resort suitable to fit your pocket. And do not worry about the meals, there are a variety of local foods with cheap prices that will not disappoint you, try fresh seafood in some vendor restaurants. So don’t miss the beaches when travelling to Vietnam, it will definitely be a worthwhile experience for you.
2. Get to Sapa
Located in the Hoang Lien Son mountain range, Sapa is one of the most spectacular places that will make you speechless with its landscape: attractive caves, rice terraces, colourful brocades, as well as the cultural diversity of the minority people who live there. Sapa is a tourist hotspot now, so do not be surprised when you meet a minority child speaking English fluently. You can spend some time walking in the centre of the town, enjoy some barbecue food and discover the French architecture.
Visit nearby villages such as Cat Cat Village or Ta Phin Village where you can see local daily life. One of the best things to do is to take a herbal bath – this medicinal bath is a speciality of the Red Dao people (ethnic minority) – let go of any tiredness, you will feel absolutely relaxed in the local people’s bathtubs! Many Homestays are also available now for tourists who want to have more experience of real Vietnam – a must go to place.
3. Take a full-day tour around Hanoi
This excursion will bring you to all the popular sights in Hanoi with a very friendly tour guide and the chance to watch one of the traditional art shows of Vietnam. You can also learn more about Hanoi by joining the Green Car Tour around the Old Quarter.
4. Experience the Mekong River Delta
It takes some hours to go by bus to the Mekong Delta but you will never regret having some time here. This region has a super–relaxed vibe, where you can enjoy delicious food on the boats in the floating markets, explore the riverine towns and the watery world that exists. Experience a homestay with a farming family to get to know more about the local lifestyle.
5. Hoi An – the oldest town of Vietnam
If you have searched for images of this town on the internet you will, no doubt, have put it on your list of “things to do and places to see” in Vietnam. Hoi An reflects many foreign cultures from Chinese and Japanese to some European influences, as you can see through the architecture of the houses and buildings. This is a well-preserved and unique place of interest in the region, which means it has become a popular tourism destination, not only for foreigners but Vietnamese also, really proud of this legacy.
You can enjoy coffee in the morning at a coffee shop, soaking up the peaceful atmosphere, or have clothes made at one of the excellent tailors in town. Make sure to have some delicious local food at lunch or dinner, all at very cheap prices. Hoi An is a delicious place, you will never regret spending time in this ancient town.
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