With wide variance in nature from the North to the South, colorful culture, fantastic food and the friendliest people, the challenge for visitors to Vietnam is to fit everything into one trip. So with a limited time in this wonderful country, here are the best places in Vietnam that you definitely do not want to miss.
Go to Sapa to enjoy the mountainous scenery of Vietnam with short, easy trekking routines up hills or into beautiful valley. If you are a little more adventurous, a 2-3 day trekking tour to Fansipan-the peak of the Lao, Cambodia, Vietnam region or a motorcycle trip into the traditional village of the minority people here. Western style hotel, shops, restaurants and friendly locals here will ensure you a very nice stay, and don’t forget the color market in Sapa - Lao Cai.
The hustle and bustle of Vietnam's capital can at first seem intimidating, but don't let the weaving motorbikes and screaming street hawkers put you off. Hidden behind all those things, you will find rich history and cultures in the Old Quarter, Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda, HoanKiem Lake, Hanoi Opera House, West Lake, St. Joseph’s Cathedra…
3. Halong Bay
Ha Long is famous for its majestic scenery of over 2000 islands in the Gulf of Tonkin which you can hardly find anywhere else. To discover the spectacular view, you could hire a private boat, join a tour or hire kayaks to explore the caves and find your own deserted bay by yourself.
Hue will never cease to amaze tourists with its collection of temples, tombs, pagodas and crumbling palaces full of historical tales to explore. Considering one of the most well-preserved ancient royal residences in Vietnam, the emperor’s residences and Forbidden City complex is honored World Heritage by the UNESCO. After the visit, treat yourself some special cuisine of the ancient royalty that only Hue has to offer before going on a cruise tour on Perfume River to enjoy another World Heritage: the Royal music of Hue.
5. Hoi An
Hoi An is no doubt a must see destination on your Vietnam vacation, a unique city with amazingly mixed culture between Japan, China and Vietnam. You could easily find a Chinese temple just 20 meteres away from Japanese style briedge, with a few Vietnamese ancient residences in between. You can also taste the same amazing pleasure with the elegant cuisines here, either in nice, fancy restaurant or right on the street. Just 5 km from the center, beautiful beaches and sunshine of Cua Dai will deliver you a nice, pleasant experiences.
6. Ho Chi Minh City
Being the international business hub, Ho Chi Minh City is the most dynamic, young city in Vietnam with a lot of charming French colonial architecture and wide boulevards. This city has a number of symbolic architecture which you don’t want to miss: Ben Thanh Market, Central Post Office, Independence Palace, Opera House,…Taking a little more time, you can enjoy a tour to the surrounding areas for the stunning Cu Chi tunnel or explore the culture of life surrounding the river in the West of Vietnam.
7. Can Tho
Although it does not solely exist in Can Tho, this is where houses the Cai Rang floating market – the biggest and most interesting floating market in Vietnam. You can also take a cruise tour along the river, stopping here and there to explore what amazing things they can do with coconut, set sail at dusk to catch fireflies and watch the sunset.