The very best places to go when you visit Vietnam
Exploring lush rice paddies, sipping incredible iced coffee, taking a dip in the crystal clear waters, stuffing yourself silly with spring rolls – these are just some of the unforgettable experiences that beautiful Vietnam has to offer. Don’t be fooled by Vietnam’s slender frame – this compelling country is over 1,000 miles long with dozens of coastal villages, bustling towns and exotic cities to take your fancy. So which hotspots make our resident Southeast Asia expert Tracy’s must-visit list? Read on to find out the best places to go when you visit Vietnam…
Many people begin their Vietnamese adventure in Hanoi, a colourful city that serves up a good dose of culture and fun in equal measure. Travel back in time in the vibrant Old Quarter where each street is dedicated to a specific industry. There’s no better spot to grab a street-side stool and sample local delicacies. Hanoi can be a bit hectic at first but you’ll always find calm at Hoàn Kiếm Lake, located in the centre of the city. Head there first-thing to watch locals practicing yoga and tai-chi as the sun rises.
It’s an iconic sight, one everyone must experience at least once in their lifetime – the towering limestone pillars and scattered islands of Halong Bay. It’s easy to understand why this is one of the most popular places to visit in Vietnam. Travel through the tranquil emerald waters by junk boat to check out this UNESCO World Heritage site. While the time away gazing at the stunning scenery in the bay. If you fancy kicking things up a notch, why not try a cooking class on board, explore the amazing Sung Sot Caves or enjoy a spot of kayaking.
Places to Visit in Vietnam – Hoi An
Hoi An is easily top of the list of my favourite places to visit in Vietnam. This atmospheric and well-preserved town boasts French colonial buildings, ancient teahouses and beaming paper lanterns – everything is characterised by light, colour and romance! Cycling is the best way to explore the charming streets – hit up the vibrant markets, amazing tailor shops and beautiful beaches on the outskirts of the city. If you have time, I’d also recommend fitting in a day trip to Hue where you can witness the age-old glories of Vietnam’s imperial past.
Ho Chi Minh City
There’s a distinctly different feel between the north and south of Vietnam, with Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon) being its most modern jewel. The city has some amazing restaurants, such as Temple Club and Quan An Ngon, as well as plenty of rooftop bars – perfect for knocking back a cocktail or two! For a more cultural experience head to the Cu Chi tunnels located just 30 kilometres from the city. Crawling through the narrow caves is a claustrophobic but extremely worthwhile experience.
Book a thrilling trip to Vietnam and be swept away by the locals’ generosity and warmth, as well as the spell-binding scenery and culture that await you. It’s easy to see that Tracy is a big advocate of this gorgeous country – follow our list of the best places to go when you visit Vietnam and soon you will be too!