Touropia, a travel website that features the most amazing sights around the world has just listed Hanoi, Sapa and Hoi An towns, and Ha Long city among the 29 best places to visit in Southeast Asia. In fact, these 4 Vietnam holiday destinations have long been considered as the must-see places for any tourists to visit Vietnam during their Vietnam holiday.
1. Hanoi: This capital city of Vietnam is where tourists will get an overview of Vietnamese culture, history, cuisine, lifestyles, etc. Staying in Hanoi, you will have great time to visit the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda, Perfume pagoda, Museums, Hanoi's old quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake, Colonial building, Thang Long ancient citadel, Duong Lam ancient villages, Van Phuc silk village, Bat Trang pottery village or taste delicious street foods. Hanoi also has international airport so Hanoi is the convenient base for you to launch some other beautiful Vietnam tours to Mai Chau valley, northwest and northeast loops, Sapa, Tam Coc, Trang An, Halong Bay or travel south to Hue, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh city or to neighbouring countries like Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia.
2. Sapa: More than 3 hundred kilometers away from Hanoi and it takes around 9 hours to get to Sapa by overnight train or 6 hour by car. Sapa is the beautiful mountain town having high mountains, cool and fresh air, unique cultures of 5 different ethnic groups (Black H'Mong, Red Dao, Tay, Day and Xa Pho), especially if you travel to Sapa from June - October, you will see impressive and amazing rice terraces (best time to visit Sapa).
Tours in Sapa are trekking tours to visit different ethnic villages, photo tours to take great pictures of amazing people and rice terraces. Vivutravel recommends you a night at homestay to experience the ethnic minorities' life.
If you want to explore more, we advise a tour to Bac Ha weekly market or a combined tour to Lai Chau - Mu Cang Chai or to Ha Giang - Ba Be lake, Ban Gioc waterfall.
3. Halong Bay: Listed as UNESCO as the World Natural Heritage Site, the New World Natural Heritage, the top eight green spaces/national parks in Asia or one of the most beautiful places to attract photo hunter in the world, Halong Bay includes more than 1,600 islands and islets with a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. The outstanding scenic beauty of Halong bay has been praised by all tourists to Halong and it is said that no Vietnam holiday would be complete without visiting it.
Around 165km from Hanoi, Halong bay is one of the top Vietnam holiday destinations. Tour to Halong bay takes you 3,5 hours by car and it is advised to book 3 day - 2 night cruise in Halong to relax, enjoy and explore the beauty of this world heritage.
4. Hoi An: This ancient town is really a perfect stop for break during your Vietnam travel. Hoi An has white sandy beach, ancient streets with many old houses, pagodas and temples, picturesque countryside and handicraft villages, shops which make your stay in Hoi An enjoyable.
Tours in Hoi An can be farming and biking tour to Tra Que village, discovery tour to My Son ruins, cooking class tour at Red Bridge restaurant or day trip to Hue - the ancient capital of Vietnam.