Planning to visit Vietnam, yet not sure what to do and see in the country? Don’t worry; here is our complete travel guide that will help you gain the most memorable experiences when traveling to Vietnam.
What to see in Vietnam?
Hanoi is home to numerous tourist attractions that you should visit once whenever visiting Vietnam. The weather in the capital city is diverse, beautiful, and quite pleasant all year round, which is ideal for every tourist to explore the entire city at any time. When in Hanoi, you will have the chance to visit a wide range of stunning places such as Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi’s Old Quarters, night markets, museums, and so on.
Guom Lake in Hanoi (Source: Internet)
This outstanding area, which is considered to be a spectacular seascape sculpted by nature, was recognized as a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site in 1994, Halong Bay is also one of the most beautiful destinations that you should visit. This bay features thousands of limestone islands and cliffs immerging from the turquoise sea.
Halong Bay – a breathtaking landscape in Vietnam (Source: Internet)
Sapa is a popular Vietnamese destination well-known for adventurous treks, beautiful landscapes and amazing people from different ethnic minority groups. It is a perfect place for adventurous spirits or for those who are always seeking a better understanding of Vietnam’s ethnic culture. Besides, among the most appealing destinations in Vietnam, Sapa is also known for its favorable climate. Therefore, whichever season you pick to come will be expected to bring you full of joy and amazing surprises.
Beautiful Sapa on a sunny day (Source: Internet)
Hoi An Ancient Town
Hoi An Ancient Town, 100km south, down the coast, is regarded as Vietnam’s most atmospheric and historic town. The town is definitely a perfect place for those looking for something 'traditional' without the grime and grist. For those who love sea, sun and sand, Hoi An offers two lovely beaches which are only about five kilometres away from the town centre. Hoi An is also known for its great local food, friendly people and cosy atmosphere.
Japanese Bridge in Hoi An Ancient Town (Source: Internet)
Located in the south of Vietnam, Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City is considered to be the most bustling city of Vietnam. The city is well known for a number of stunning attractions and tasty street foods. Coming to the city, you will not want to miss out on places such as Ben Thanh Market, Notre Dame Cathedral, Cu Chi Tunnels, … Perhaps the biggest cultural draw in the city is the War Remnants Museum which comprises a range of different themed rooms, exhibiting photographic images, many artifacts, weapons & many other objects from the Vietnam & Indochina wars.
Ben Thanh Market in Saigon (Source: Internet)
What to do in Vietnam?
As mentioned above, Vietnam has numerous appealing attractions that are definitely worth your visit. Therefore, Vietnam sightseeing is certainly among the must-try activities for every tourist. For those who need some detailed travel guide, booking private sightseeing tours at one of local travel companies is a good choice. If you prefer to explore Vietnam all alone, you can pick your favorite place and just jump right in.
Trekking in Sapa (Source: Internet)
Vietnam is known for excellent trekking and less strenuous walks. The most popular trekking, hiking types in Vietnam are forest trekking, mountain hiking, countryside walking, and rambling adventures.
There are several places in Vietnam that offer you enjoyable trekking/hiking tours such as Sapa, Halong Bay, Ha Giang, Moc Chau, etc.
Apart from trekking in the mountainous areas, for those who love the sea, there are a wide range of water activities on Vietnamese islands that you may find interesting such as rock–climbing, canyoning, kite surfing, swimming, sunbathing on sandy coast, exploring forests, water skiing, paragliding, kayaking, boat racing, scuba diving, and so on
Street food tours
Enjoy tasty local foods in Vietnam (Source: Internet)
Vietnam is not only known for breathtaking landscapes but also tasty cuisine. Vietnamese food is not only rich in proteins but also famous for its simplicity. Every day, thousands of foreigners come to Vietnam to experience its rich culture and exotic cuisine. If you are interested in exploring Vietnamese food culture, wandering around streets and enjoying local foods would be a nice idea.