Vietnam is a country full of surprises. There is a really interesting history, nature is incredible, people are friendly, prices are low and food is great. With its wild jungles, fantastic street food and white sandy beaches, Vietnam deserves to be on every traveller’s hitlist. From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, there are a number of sights and sounds that draw the crowds.
These are some of the best places to visit in Vietnam:
This bay is one of the new natural world wonders. There are beautiful rocks that rise from the ocean and create stunning landscapes. You can visit the bay by boat, which will probably take you to the island of Cat Ba. During the tour you will visit several caves that were created for millions of years. Sail among the jagged rocks of over 2000 islands in the Gulf of Tonkin at Halong, which translates as ‘where the dragon descends in to the sea’. If you want to get a closer view, hire kayaks and explore the caves or find your own deserted bay.
This is a small village in the southern part of the country. It is located on the mountains and is surrounded by large farms for coffee, forests and rivers with beautiful waterfalls.Few people know about this place, so here you will not meet many tourists. The village is colorful and has a lot of greenery. Year-round cool weather and idyllic scenery of misty valleys, lush pine trees and colorful flowers are some of the reasons that Dalat was once used by Vietnamese emperors and French colonials as a summer retreat. Today, this charming town in the South Central Highlands of Vietnam is a popular destination for those looking for relief from the heat. A walkable city, Dalat is a beautiful scene of French colonial architecture and villas set amid picturesque landscapes.
For culture vultures, there is no shortage of temples, tombs, pagodas and crumbling palaces to admire and explore. The UNESCO World Heritage site of Huế is home to the Citadel, once the emperor’s private residence, and the Forbidden Purple City, where he housed his many mistresses. When your feet are weary, grab some bún bò buế (beef noodle soup) and watch swan pedalos cruise the Perfume River as the sun sets.
Hang Son Doong
Caves Hang Son Dong are perhaps the most impressive caves that you will see in your life. This cave system is one of the largest in the world and has been created for millions of years. In some places the ceiling in the caves reaches 200 meters, and the entire surface is more than 38 million cubic meters. There are various activities like climbing and exploring the cave in the dark.
Sapa or Bac Kan
The northern part of this state is perhaps the most beautiful. The whole landscape is almost untouched. You will find very few people, and only after a village along the way. Sapa is a famous rice terrace north of Hanoi, just like Bac Kan. Bac Kan may be even more beautiful than Sapa, but no matter which place you choose, you will not make a mistake. Go trekking in the hills of Sapa for amazing views across the jungle and mountain ranges of north-west Vietnam. Equipment is cheap and easy to come by so don’t worry if you’re not a natural mountain goat, you’ll soon be up there, gazing at the views as the mist rolls in across the peaks.