Vietnam is a fascinating holiday destination that is appreciated for its varied mix of historical and natural sites. It is a country that can easily become a must-visit destination for every Muslim traveller in this part of the world.
The local cuisine is a refreshing mix of mouth-watering dishes that rely on fresh herbs and spices to give the visitor a true foodie adventure.
Let's take a look at the must-visit places on the Muslim tour to Vietnam:
The capital city of Vietnam, Hanoi is a relatively modern city that blends well with plenty of heritage sites. Many tours to Vietnam start at the capital which has colonial architecture, temples and ancient monuments.
A great place to stay in Hanoi is in the Old Quarter area which has many accommodation options, while also giving easy access to the heritage sites and tourist attractions.
A few of the top hotels in this part of Hanoi include the Cosiana Hotel, Hanoi Imperial Hotel, La Beaute De Hanoi Hotel, and Hanoi Emerald Waters Hotel Trendy. Additionally, there are several high-quality Halal eateries in the local area. Many serve Halal Malaysian and Singaporean dishes. Additionally, there are options to taste other dishes, such as delicacies Halal Indian cuisine, vegetarian options, Malaysian and Chinese.
Plus, there are many different opportunities to learn about Vietnam's history with attractions like the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Imperial Citadel of Thang Long. Other attractions include the Hanoi Opera House, the beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake that offers total tranquillity and the Old Quarter. In the evening, the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre is a great place to visit with the family and relies on water puppetry to showcase the local traditional arts.
For the shopaholics, a visit to Dong Xuan Market at the end of the day is certain to appeal with its reasonably priced electronics, souvenirs and fresh produce.
Also, for the Muslim travellers, there is the Al-Noor Mosque for a place to pray and a short distance from the Dong Xuan Market.
Halong Bay can make an enjoyable full-day trip from Hanoi and is easily reached by completing a 4 hour road journey.
A short stay in Halong is best enjoyed with an overnight cruise that makes it possible to fully appreciate the natural beauty of the thousands of jungle-clad limestone islands that rise from the emerald waters. This World Heritage site is perfect for both a relaxing time on the water and also for the adrenaline junkie that wish to get involved with rock climbing or scuba diving.
Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City is a bustling metropolis that is easily reached via a 5 hour train ride from the capital or a 2 hour flight on board one of the low cost domestic airlines.
A great place to stay on the Vietnam Muslim tour is in the vicinity of Ben Thanh, which gives access to plenty of Halal restaurants. Additionally, this is a great base to visiting the local heritage sites and tourist attractions.
While in Ho Chi Minh City there are plenty of great attractions to visit such as the Ho Chi Minh City Museum, which helps to open up the heritage and history of this city.
The War Remnants Museum is filled with exhibits that relate to the Vietnam War with a wide range of war equipment and photographs on display.
After learning much about Vietnam's past history, the Ben Thanh Street Food Market is a great place to visit to relax and enjoy the local dishes. However, there isn't likely to be any dedicated halal food stalls, so it is important to check with each of the vendors to be sure of what it being purchased.
For travellers in the vicinity of Ben Thanh, there is the choice to stop at one of the Halal-certified restaurants that serve a delightful menu that combines Malaysian and Vietnamese cuisine.
Ho Chi Minh City has 12 mosques which make it easy to perform prayers. One of the biggest is the Saigon Central Mosque, which is located in the Dong Khoi area. A further choice includes the Thanh Duong Jamiul Islamiyah mosque, which can be followed in the evening with a visit to the Pho Muslim which is Muslim-owned and a great choice for a variety of soup and beef based dishes.
Vietnam’s Chinatown is located in Cholon, which gives access to the old-style Binh Tay Market that offers tourists virtually everything they need. Whether the intention is to buy affordable clothes and shoes or groceries and snacks, there is a lot to be found at the market.
The Mekong Delta is a wonderful destination for a day-trip and within easy reach of Ho Chi Minh City via minibus.
The swamplands and paddy fields of the Mekong Delta are best explored on a leisurely ride on a traditional sampan boat to fully appreciate the work of the local farmers, and also witness the many fishermen trading their catch on the banks of the river.
Cu Chi Tunnels
A fascinating Muslim tour package from Ho Chi Minh City is certain to include the Cu Chi Tunnels, which were used by the Viet Cong at the time of the Vietnam War. Sections of the tunnels have been widened to give tourists access to get an idea of the conditions at the time. Even though it is a wonderful experience, it is not likely to appeal to the claustrophobic.
There are several dedicated Muslim-friendly tours for travellers that give a wonderful experience to see the favourite tourist attraction.
So, the Muslim travel Vietnam has the potential to offer a cultural diversity and adventurous experience that can't be found elsewhere. Enjoy a wonderful experience, taste the delightful Halal-certified food and learn the history of this stunning country.