There is rarely a place in the world that fully converges the beauty of nature, people, culture, history, and diverse tourism like Vietnam. Travel to Vietnam, you will have an opportunity to do all things you need: can see many beautiful natural landscapes, can explore many long historical and cultural values, can do many interesting activities, can go shopping, can do boat trip, etc. Let’s join us to find out the reasons why Vietnam meets all your travel tastes.
1. Cultural and historical values
If your purpose of travelling is to explore the unique and diverse cultures and historical of other different countries around the world, then you've come to the right place. You can visit Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, Quang Tri and Ho Chi Minh city if you want to find out about the culture and history of the S-shape country.
- Hanoi: is the capital of Vietnam where shows you all things about Vietnamese. There are many museums for you to visit such as: Fine Arts Museum, Ho Chi Minh Museum, Military Museum, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, History Museum, Vietnamese Women's Museum, etc.
- Hue: is the old capital of Vietnam where ancient tombs, palaces and pagodas still remained. You can visit Imperial Citadel, Tomb of Minh Mang, Tomb of Khai Dinh, Tomb of Tu Duc, Thien Mu pagoda, etc.
- Beside, you can see the ancient town in Hoi An, Cu Chi tunnels and museums in Ho Chi Minh, Vinh Moc tunnel or DMZ in Quang Tri.
Photo: Ta Xua in Lang Son province
2. Beautiful natural landscapes
The natural landscapes of Vietnam stretch from the North to the South. If you love mountains and want to see the minorities, you can go to the North to visit Mu Cang Chai, Mai Chau, Moc Chau, Pu Luong, Papa, Ha Giang, Cao Bang, etc. Besides, the North of Vietnam impressed tourists by the stunning beauty of rice terraces including Sapa, Hoang Su Phi, Mu Cang Chai, Y Ty and Pu Luong.
If you want to see mountains and enjoy the boat trip/cruise, you can visit Halong Bay (Lan Ha Bay or Cat Ba Island), Ba Be lake and Ninh Binh.
If you want to explore the gorgeous caves, you can visit Halong Bay (Sung Sot cave, Paradise cave), Cao Bang – Ban Gioc (Nguom Ngao cave), Quang Binh (Phong Nha cave, Thien Duong Cave, Son Doong Cave, etc.).
If you want to enjoy the fresh atmosphere, you can visit Dalat or Pu Luong Nature Reserve.
If you want to visit forests or parks, you can visit Cuc Phuong National Park (Ninh Binh), Cat Ba National Park (Cat Ba), Bach Ma National Park (Hue), Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park (Quang Binh), Can Gio Mangro Forest (Can Gio), Cat Tien National Park (Ho Chi Minh), Tra Su Forest (Chau Doc).
If you want to see waterfalls, you can visit Ban Gioc waterfall in Cao Bang, many small waterfalls in Hoang Su Phi, Thac Bac (silver) waterfall and Love waterfall in Sapa, Many beautiful waterfalls in Dalat like Pongour waterfall, Datanla waterfall, and Elephant waterfall.
3. Nice beaches
With more than 3,400 km of coastline, along with luxury resorts on fine sand, the bays surrounded by forests which you can only visit by small boat, and with pristine islands, Vietnam deserves to be one of the best marine tourism destinations in the world.
Top 10 beaches in Vietnam:
- Ninh Van Bay (Nha Trang)
- Sao Beach (Phu Quoc island)
- Cua Dai beach (Hoi An)
- Beaches in Con Dao island
- Tam Island (Nha Trang)
- Mui Ne beach (Phan Thiet)
- Nhat Le beach (Quang Binh)
- My Khe Beach (Da Nang)
- Lang Co Beach (Hue)
- Quy Nhon Beach (Quy Nhon)
Photo: Beach in Con Dao island
4. Various types of tours
If you love adventure tours, you can take a motorcycle to explore Vietnam from the North to the South, or just explore some regions in the north like Ha Giang, Mu Cang Chai, Sapa, and Mai Chau.
For boat trip in Vietnam, you can do it in Ninh Binh (visit Tam Coc or Trang An or Van Long), in Halong Bay (can overnight on board), in Ba Be lake, in Ha Giang (Nho Que river), in Thac Ba Lake, in Hoa Binh Lake, in Quang Binh (to visit Phong Nha cave), in Hoi An (Bamboo basket boat), in Hue (on Perfume river), in Nha Trang, in Mekong delta (to see floating market), etc.
For Vietnam biking tours: Vietnam has many suitable places for biking like Ninh Binh, Duong Lam ancient village (Hanoi), Mai Chau valley, Hoi An, and Mekong delta.
For Vietnam homestay options: you can experience homestay at many tourist attractions of Vietnam such as Sapa, Mu Cang Chai, Ha Giang, Mai Chau, Ban Gioc, Ba Be lake, Ninh Binh, Hoi An, Dalat, Mekong delta, even in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh. If you prefer to non-tourist homestay, Ken homestay village is definitely the best choice. The only homestay in Bac Giang province, located in Luc Nam dict., no tourist, only 2 rooms, suitable for one family with kids.
If you love water activities, you should visit Halong Bay (cruise and Kayaking), or stay at beaches to do snorkeling, scuba diving, and swiming (Nha Trang, Mui Ne and Phu Quoc).
Many tourists travel to Vietnam for photography. There are many photos taken in Vietnam won high awards in the world. Go to Vietnam, you can take photos of these followings:
• Rice terraces in Sapa, Mu Cang Chai, and Hoang Su Phi, Ha Giang
• Cloud hunt in Y Ty, Sapa, and Ta Xua
• The beautiful landscapes in Halong Bay, Ninh Binh, Sapa, Ha Giang, Ban Gioc, Dalat, Pu Luong
• Daily life of Vietnamese: Hanoi, Sapa, Ha Giang, Hoi An, Mekong delta, etc.
Photo: Sticky rice in the North of Vietnam
5. Food and drink
Food and drink is one of the most special things in Vietnam – delicious, fresh, abundant, and cheap, especially street food. Each region of Vietnam has its own special food and drink. If you travel to Vietnam, don’t miss to try different rice noodle (Pho, Bun Cha, Bun Rieu Cua, Cha Ca), many cakes (Banh Trung, Banh Xeo, Banh Ran, Banh Cuon, Banh Bot Loc Hue), try Coffee/ egg coffee, draught beer, many soups, mixed bread, salads, sticky rice, grilled meat, and seafood. CNN also listed 40 top foods to try in Vietnam, you can search for more information.
If you are a shopping lover, you should go to Vietnam. In many big cities like Hanoi, Danang and Ho Chi Minh, you can buy everything (jewelry, clothes, shoes, foods, drinks, etc.) If you prefer to buy silk, Hoi An and Hanoi are the best places. If you want to buy pearl, you can buy it in Halong Bay or Phu Quoc island, where local people can culture pearls. If you want to buy handmade products by local people, you can buy it in Hanoi Old Quarter or at big markets (Dong Tam market in Hanoi, Ben Thanh market in Ho Chi Minh), in Sapa or Mai Chau. Vietnam also has many big shopping malls (Vincom group, Aeon Malls, Saigon Centre, Diamond plaza, etc.)
Almost the product made in home in Vietnam is not expensive while product imported from abroad are very expensive.
Normally, the products in south of Vietnam are cheaper than in the north, especially popular tourist cities.
Do not forget to bargain with the owners when you want to buy products and you will get a lower price.
Assuring you get official receipts for the products you buy in Vietnam – you need to complete the store name, address, phone number, description of item, and price you paid.
Photo: Cai Rang floating market in Mekong delta, Vietnam
7. Accommodation Varies:
Whether you are rich or poor, old or young, prefer vibrant or quiet, Vietnam can always do it. In other words, there are many different choices for accommodations in Vietnam. For those who limit budget, you can choose to stay at homestay (just 5usd/night), or guesthouse (10-15usd/night), at 2-star hotel (15-20usd/night). For standard accommodations, you should stay at 3-4 stars hotels, the price is different from each places but from 30-80usd/night.
For those who prefer luxury accommodations, 5-star hotels will adapt you. However, 5 stars hotels are not always available at small places/cities, just available in Hanoi, Sapa, Halong, Ninh Binh, Hue, Hoi An, Danang, Nha Trang, Mui Ne, Ho Chi Minh, Can Tho, and Phu Quoc island.
At the moment, Vietnam has only six 6-stars hotels/resorts including: The Reverie Saigon, Amanoi Resort (Ninh Thuan), InterContinental Hotel & Resorts and Regent Hotels & Resorts (Phu Quoc), and InterContinental Hotel & Resorts in Danang.