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Top must-see attractions for your Vietnam itinerary

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In spite of being a small country, Vietnam has become such a hit in Southeast Asia with tourists by hundreds and thousands of natural wonders, fantastic natural beauty, cultural complexities, dynamic cities, and hill-tribe villages. Each region impresses its visitors with different landscapes.

In this review, I would like to write about three most wonderful destinations in the North, the Middle, and the South of Vietnam.

Ha Giang

Scenic mountainous landscapes and diversified cultures of ethnic minority groups are what come to mind when thinking about Ha Giang. In addition to the unique culture of ethnic minorities, Ha Giang’s majestic beauty of mountain attractions millions of both local and foreign tourists. With its pristine scenery, Ha Giang is one of the most favorite destinations in Vietnam, especially for those wishing to get closer to Vietnam countryside and adventure-lovers.

This is ideal for backpackers wishing to conquer new lands and challenge themselves. The mountain ranges soaring up will give a breathtaking view when we are at mountain summits. Deep valleys, dense forests together with amazing waterfalls create an incredible scenery. In late spring and early autumn, the region looks colorful with rice terraces, while in the winter, the mountains are crowned with snow.

The rustic beauty, the tranquility of the small plants, the green blossoms, and circuit triangle flowers have made Sung La one of Ha Giang's highlight tourist spots. The valley is regarded as the beautiful flower in the middle of the plateau. The scenery of Sung La brings characteristics of the mountainous region. When coming to Sung La, we can pay a visit to Lung Cam village, the home of Lo Lo, Mong and Chinese people, which remains almost intact.  Lo Lo is also famous for the hundred-year-old house in "Pao's Story" movie with a long stretch of circuit triangle flowers, peach blossom or pear flowers and a lot of rare and brilliantly-colored roses.

Sung La Valley

Sung La Valley

What’s more, it is Happiness Road (Ma Pi Leng Pass) connecting Dong Van Plateau and Meo Vac, one out of four most dangerous passes in Vietnam. If you go to Ha Giang once, let’s try to drive the car on the side of the rocky sky, and the other of the deep chasm and watch Nho Que river as a strip at the mountain feet, visitors will enjoy different wonderful emotions.

Ma Pi Leng Pass

Ma Pi Leng Pass

Standing high on the far view, a thousand layers of gray mountains, fantasy white of the clouds and deep penetration of the yawning chasm will in our eyes. Especially the rocky outcropping over Ma Pi Leng Pass will bring the immense grandeur of the mountains and forests of the north. You will find yourself so small and feel the innermost beauty of the country.

Dong Van Rocky Plateau

Officially recognized by the UNESCO Global GeoParks Network (GGN) Advisory Board as Global Geopark in 2010, Dong Van Plateau (or Dong Van Plain), a rocky plateau spreading over four districts of Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Dong Van and Meo Vac in Ha Giang Province is also a wonderful attraction. This is the only title in Vietnam and second in Southeast Asia.

Dong Van Rocky Plateau

Dong Van Rocky Plateau

Other must-see scenic spots in Ha Giang are Lung Cu Flag Tower, the first point on the S-shaped map of Vietnam; the National Monument called Mansion of Vuong family or Meo King's Palace, one of the richest families in the region by selling opium in the past; or Lui market.

Hue

It is no surprise when Hue is one of the top must-see destinations in Vietnam as its peaceful, outstanding natural landscapes together with hospitable people. Located along the banks of the Huong River, Hue, the regional economic, cultural, touristic, scientific, specialized health, education and training hub of central Viet Nam is an attractive destination for its temples, bastions, mausoleums, architecture, and natural landscapes mostly covered by a layer of green moss, which creates a relaxing sensation.

Situated on the Northern bank of the Huong River, Hue Citadel was built on a surface area of more than 500 ha, including the Hoang Thanh and Tu Cam Thanh Citadel. It was the administrative center of the Nguyen Dynasty and served as the living quarters of the Emperor and the Royal Family. The Citadel belongs to the old Imperial Capital of Hue, recognized the by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage site in 1993.

Hue Citadel

Hue Citadel

In Hue, visitors can travel back in time to admire a citadel system, the result of a harmonious blend of Eastern and Western architecture.

In Hue, visitors should also not miss Trang Tien Bridge, which has been the city’s most iconic bridge for over 100 years. Over 100 years of existence, the bridge experienced much historic upheaval. Trang Tien Bridge light show is a wonderful nocturnal display. There are thousands of shimmering electric lights changing color. Some people compare Trang Tien Bridge at night to the beauty of a rainbow. If visitors want to enjoy the spectacle, they should wait until the weekend and go at night for the nicest views.

Trang Tien bridge

Trang Tien bridge

What about cuisine? This dreamy city is famous for its sophisticated and luscious imperial cuisine. However, the affordable street food offered by vendors is also hard to resist.

You should try Com Hen, Bun Bo Hue – the soul of Hue’s cuisine, Hue’s cakes such as Beo Cake, Bot Loc Cake, Khoai Cake, Canh Cake, Da Cua Cake or Nam Cake, Che Hem, or Nem Lui.

The Mekong Delta

Apart from Northern Vietnam, you can travel to Southern Vietnam all year round. The Mekong Delta is covered with dense rivers and canals, so traveling by boat is the easiest and fastest way of transportation. In addition to visiting Ho Chi Minh City, Phu Quoc or Vung Tau, paying a visit to the floating market – the highlight of Southern Vietnam is also a meaningful experience among Vietnam tours.

If you wish to get closer to Vietnam countryside, the Mekong Delta is really a great suggestion. Every year it attracts millions of visitors coming here to explore dense rivers, canals system, house stilts and lifestyle of the locals.

Floating markets have long been an integral part of the lives of the locals in the Southwest from generation to generation. Spending their most lifetimes on rivers, people are used to living on floating boats. For them, floating boats can be not only their houses and but their place of trading fruits, food, agricultural products and many others as well.

Cai Rang market

Cai Rang market

The floating market is gathering place where the locals can buy their own products and fresh food hung on the poles while visitors can travel around to enjoy their vibrant life or buy something. You can find floating bars, floating restaurants and the same kinds of shops as on the land. And, sitting on the boat and sipping a coffee or tasting a Southern noodle is such an incredible moment.

Visitors will be amazed by hundreds and thousands of boats packed with vivid colors of abundant fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood, handicraft goods, regional goods or aquatic products or even the supply different animals such as snakes, tortoises or birds. You should not miss Cai Rang, Cai Be, and Tra On floating market.

The rural characteristics, the vibrant atmosphere of the floating market and the friendliness of locals will certainly give you memorable moments to conquer a new land, to experience a new culture uniqueness and even to ease your mind after the bustling life.

All three suggestions today are great places for visitors to take a rest and to spend time living slower and experiencing more. I do hope it can be helpful for your 7 days in Vietnam.

 

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