Vietnam is one of the most popular budget destinations in the world. Both backpackers and those who prefer luxurious travels can enjoy the same things from different perspectives. There are so many sights to see in this land of natural beauties that I found it very hard to choose only a few. Nevertheless, here they are.
This is Vietnam’s top seaside resort! If you cannot imagine a holiday without a beach or watersports, this is the right place for you. As long as you avoid the rainy season between September and December, you will be able to enjoy what this resort has to offer. There are 19 islands to choose out of for hiking, sightseeing, snorkeling, diving, swimming or sunbathing. Some of the top tourist attractions are Po Nagar Cham Towers, Long Son Pagoda, Ba Ho Waterfalls and Vinpearl Land amusement park, as well as many museums and vivid markets.
Phong Nha – Ke Bang
A National Park which is a part of the Natural World Heritage located in the north-central Vietnam. It is a perfect destination for those ready to explore. It represents a network of caves dug by underground rivers and covered in tropical forests, rivers, and mountains. There are villages in the area you can use to stay overnight, as well as several camping sites. The popular activities apart from the exploring the caves are cycling, hiking and rock climbing. The most popular of the caves is the world’s largest, Son Doong Cave, discovered in 1991 and opened to the public in 2013.
Ha Long Bay
Belonging to Ha Long city which you can use as a place to stay, Ha Long Bay is famous for its Limestone islands covered in rainforests and its emerald green water. Not only that it is a perfect place for kayaking, hiking, rock climbing and scuba diving, but it is also a great archeological site with ancient remains of prehistorical humans and cultures. You can also go on a cruise and get a chance to see the most of the area and a portion of its islands.
Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, has managed to spring back to its glory after the latest war which has set back the entire country. It is a historical city touched by many and it has managed to retain influences of certain cultures and thus still has a French quarter with St Joseph’s Cathedral and some other examples of French architecture. However, the main attraction is the old-quarter which is what has remand from the old Hanoi. It is also famous for its lakes, particularly Hoan Kiem Lake and West Lake. Another upside is that after days of touring the city, you can go on an excursion to visit Ba Vi National Park and Tam Coc. Tam Coc will take you through a limestone and rice field’s landscape, down the Ngo Dong River to visit three caves the area is famous for.
Sapa represents a typical Vietnamese serene landscape. It is a town located in the Hoang Lien Son Mountains. It is a starting point and a resting place for those exploring the area. Guides on almost every booking website warn the first-timers to Vietnam that they may attract a lot of attention, particularly in smaller towns and villages, as well as a lot of hawkers and pushy salespeople in those places receiving a great number of tourists. Sapa is at an easy distance from Hanoi, so if you are traveling around Vietnam this could be your next stop. Apart from getting to know the local culture, guided trekking tours are the most popular activity.
Hue is the imperial city of Vietnam. It used to be the capital from the beginning of XIX to the middle of XX century. It was the center of Nguyen dynasty so it has a rich historical and cultural heritage. You can include a cruise down the Perfume River into your Hue tour. Some of the famous sites to visit are the XIX century citadel, Minh Mang Tomb as well as several other royal burial places and a birthplace of Vo Kinh Van An martial art. The town is fortified and protected by a moat surrounding the fortification.
This country is one of those places best explored by taking a road trip while on a long holiday from work or school. It may be more exciting to do it on a motorbike as well as better suited for some of rural roads and paths.