Vietnam’s enchanting coastline, dramatic landscapes, progressive cities and towns offer so many possibilities for exploration. Feel your senses come alive as you crawl through the Cu Chi Tunnels, visit floating markets on the Mekong Delta, take a cooking class in Hoi An or wander along Hanoi’s thriving Old Quarter, walk Hanoi’s crazy streets or sail on majestic Halong Bay, the possibilities in the “Land of the Dragon” are endless.
Vietnam is an idyllic choice for travellers in search of exotic travel experiences not to be found anywhere else. A grand exploration delves deep into the heart-warming natural hospitality and charm of the people and soul-stirring landscapes of Vietnam.
Cu Chi Tunnels
Visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels and get a first-hand look at the Vietnam-American war history as you gain knowledge on how the Viet Cong guerrillas used the tunnels as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as living quarters, hospitals and communication and supply routes for numerous guerrilla fighters. Drop by Cu Chi Tunnels and be amazed by the perseverance and resourcefulness of the Vietnamese as to how they fashioned with bare hands the intricate network of claustrophobic chambers and passageways of Cu chi Tunnels.
Heart of the Cham Dynasty from the 2nd century, Danang claims to be one of the ancient cities of Vietnam.
Boosting with rich cultural history – from extraordinary ruins of My Son, atmospheric riverfront promenade to the world-famous Cham Museum which all continue to draw visitors across the globe. Close by Danang is Non Nuoc Beach known as one of the most spectacular beaches in Asia. You can also find the Marble Mountains, 5 craggy limestone peaks that are said to represent the 5 elements of the universe. Visit Danang and immerse yourself in a city that is filled with glitz and glamour.
Located in Quáng Ninh province of Vietnam, Halong bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in different shapes and sizes. Envision the breathtaking beauty of more than two hundred islands rising from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. Here you can hire a traditional Chinese-style sailing junk and meander through the area whose name translates as ‘Where the Dragon Descends into the Sea’. Experience absolute serenity as you ponder on secluded cove surrounded by cliffs covered in dense jungle with no other access to the outside world. Make way through a collection of pontoons dotted with small huts near limestone islands and jump through a canoe. Paddle around the small inlet and observe local families’ activity as they stay in their floating homes. Slash Halong Bay off your bucket list and discover why it claims to be Vietnam’s eighth wonder of the world.
The 1000 year old capital of Vietnam – Hanoi is truly engaging an e city that offers a perfect blend of old and new culture. French influence is highly visible in this city. From French colonial architecture, bustling old quarter and continuously growing art scene. Here you can visit the historic political centre of the city, Ba Dinh Square and other must-see attractions like Hoan Kiem Lake and the Temple of Literature. Hanoi also offers one-of-a-kind speciality dishes that won’t be found elsewhere such as Cha Ca (fried fish with dill, turmeric, rice noodles and peanuts), and Chao Hanoi (a type of rice porridge). Discover the striking beauty of Halong Bay, satisfy your cravings by eating Hanoi foodies, haggle all you want at their night market. Hanoi can be described as a city where the bizarre elegance of old Asia perfectly blends with the dynamic face of new Asia.
If you want to see well-preserved examples of ancient Asian architecture, then Hoi An is the best option.
This World Heritage listed ancient town has some of Vietnam’s best dining, shopping and accommodation options. This is a beautiful riverside town that is a short drive from many stunning seaside resorts. Its laidback provincial disposition and outstandingly pleasing old-town character is its own charm. Not to mention the local eats served in market stalls that is healthy and affordable and would certainly tickle to taste buds.
Ho Chi Minh
As a metropolis on the move, Ho Chi Minh pulses with an exceptional energy that cannot be compared to other cities.Crossing the street is an extreme sport that you need to mentally prepare for. It is an exciting and dynamic city brimming with street food thrills, motorbikes, temples, and shops. Do not miss the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Cu Chi Tunnels and the War Remnants Museum for some taste of rich history. Then head to Dong Khoi Street for quality shops and galleries and some of Ho Chi Minh’s best bars and restaurants for a glimpse of vibrant bar scene that brings out modern electro vibe. Fulfill your need for cheap souvenirs at Ben Thanh Market and experience the spirituality of a traditional Chinese community in Cholon and chill at the Binh Tay Market. It may not the most picturesque of Asian cities but it has its own thing.
A harmonised combination of nature and human inspiration, Hue proves to be an ancient land. This romantic piece of land had been added to Daiviet Kingdom as a gift from Champa King when he married Princess Huyen Tran of the Tran dynasty on the 13th century. Hue is famous for its magnificent architecture of citadel, palaces, pagodas and Royal tombs built under the 13 emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty in a poetic background of greenery on the banks of the Perfume River. So come to Hue, discover its magic ancient architecture and spiritual life that this “adorable architectural poem” holds.
Experience pure bliss as you see children riding on the backs of water buffalo or cycling to school through country lanes clad in white ao dai. Rice workers stooping in a sea of emerald; market vendors grinning behind stacks of fruit; bright yellow incense sticks drying at the roadside; flocks of storks circling over a sanctuary at dusk; Khmer monks walking mindfully in the shadow of pastel pagodas; locals scampering over monkey bridges or rowing boats on the delta’s maze of channels. Give yourself a break and enjoy the sweet serenity that Mekong Delta offers.
Overlooking a plunging valley of cascading rice terraces, with mountains towering above on all sides, Sapa is orientated to make the most of the spectacular views emerging on clear days. Views of this epic scenery are often subdued by thick mist rolling across the peaks, but even if it’s cloudy, Sapa still serves as a fascinating destination, especially when local hill-tribe people fill the town with colour. It is the perfect place to meet the local ethnic minorities including five main groups of Hmong, Yao, Tay, Zay and Xa Pho. Spend some time visiting ethnic minorities’ villages and understand their culture more by observing their daily’s activities or even living homestay. Participate in activities such as learning to make handicrafts or helping the local with farm work. Have a trip to Sapa and feel like a nomad.