The Best Places to go in Vietnam
Vietnam is a long country, with large differences between the north and south. In the north, people are seen as more “worldly”, and Ho Chi Minh is similar in many ways to Bangkok or Singapore. The south therefore has lower unemployment and higher wages, although the entire country boasts striking landscape that are sure to impress.
Because the country is so big, it’s often a good idea to pick one of the many Vietnam multi centre holidays, which will allow you to see the best spots if you have limited time.
Here are some of the best places to go in Vietnam:
Dalat has cool weather year-round, and is famous for its scenery of colorful flowers, lush pine trees, and misty valleys. Dalat was once used as a summer retreat by French colonials and Vietnamese emperors, and is now a popular destination with tourists, who enjoy the French colonial architecture, and picturesque landscapes.
Ho Chi Minh City
Located along the Saigon River in southern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh is still often known as Saigon, and was the capital of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. This is the largest city in the country, and offers plenty of reasons to visit, including excellent nightlife, vibrant shopping, and both modern and historic attractions.
Sapa is surrounded by rice terraces, mountains, and a diversity of hill tribes in the remote northwest part of Vietnam. This town is often used by tourists as a base for trekking, and touring the traditional villages and rice paddies.
Nha Trang is located off the coat of South Central Vietnam, on one of the most veautiful bays in Asia. Expect to see picturesque mountains, lush islands, and beaches, which have made it famous with tourists and scuba divers. There are also plenty of amusement and water parks for those traveling with kids.
Tourists in Vietnam flock to the Mekong Delta in southwestern Vietnam for the many colorful floating markets, rice paddies, fruit orchards, bird sanctuaries, and quaint villages. The Mekong Delta stretches from Ho Chi Minh City, all the way to the Gulf of Thailand.
Hue was once the imperial capital of the Nguyen dynasty, and this is reflected in the culture, cuisine and architecture, making it one of the most-visited places in Vietnam. The Citadel is a must-visit, and is full of grand palaces, walls, gates, and ornate temples waiting to be explored.
Hoi An is a gorgeous old city which dates back 2,000 years to the Champa Kingdom. The atmospheric Old Town is the perfect place to wander and explore, and is full of traditional wooden house and the hundreds of tailor shops which sell clothes, shoes, bags, and souvenirs.
Visitors to Hanoi must spend time in the Old Quarter, which is an intriguing mix of both Asian and French colonial architecture, that somehow managed to stay largely intact in spite of the many bombings of the Vietnam War. Be sure to visit one of the many quaint cafes and spend some time trying the delicious Vietnamese coffee.