Vietnam is a mix of natural beauty with cultural diversity. It has something to offer for every traveller and tourist out there. The options range from budgeted choices to exotic luxury stays. The streets of the country in its current avatar buzz with youthful energy.
The country is split into 3 major parts viz. Northern, Central & Southern Vietnam. Each part has an eccentric feel to it. With each place having something to offer, Vietnam is easily one of the best destinations to explore.
Hanoi, located on the banks of the Red River in Northern Vietnam is the ancient capital of Vietnam. With colonial buildings and varied unique museums within the city; Hanoi is a must-visit. Hanoi is best explored by foot, strolling around the old quarter having multi-cultural community influenced by the Russian, Chinese & French. The city is also known for its high spirited nightlife, delectable cuisine & handicrafts. Hanoi comprises of places that vary from museums, markets, nightclubs and noticeably scenic places.
The iconic Halong Bay is absolutely scenic with its emerald green waters and dotted with 1600 limestone islands topped by rainforests. It is one of North Vietnam’s hubs. Best way to reach Halong is from Hanoi. The region is popular for scuba diving, rock climbing and hiking, particularly in mountainous Cát Bà National Park. There are overnight cruises which cover this surreal beauty for 1 – 2 days. There is a wide range of Cruises from Deluxe to Luxury to cater to all sorts of travellers.
Hoa Lu & Tam Coc is the extremely beautiful countryside spot of Hanoi. Step outside of the bustling City of Hanoi and enjoy the serene Hoa Lu. One gets the feel of traditional Vietnamese villages, temples and cuisine. The terrain of Mua cave looks majestic with rolling mountains surrounding a whole large delta like a rampart is protecting the country inside. The cave has an interesting story behind its name. Also the steps leading to Tam Coc gives your stunning panoramic views of the countryside.
Trang An & Bai Dinh is done as a day excursion from Hanoi. Bai Dinh is the largest pagoda complex in South East Asia on the foothills of Dinh Mountain with limestone formations.
Row up to Trang An in a traditional sampan (relatively flat-bottomed Chinese wooden boat) which will certainly be the highlight of the tour.
Hoi An – It is located along the coast in Central Vietnam with its beautiful historic architecture. Da Nang is the nearby airport located in its neighbouring city. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, sightseeing options include old-town architecture, Buddhist shrines, French colonial houses, art galleries and old canals. Most iconic sight is the Japanese Bridge and Fujian Assembly Hall in the Old Town dating back to 18th Century symbolizing Japanese historical piece.
Hoi An is easy to explore by foot or bicycle and the traffic is not as crummy as in cities like Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh.
Ba Na Hills, a hill station, is done as a day excursion from Hoi An. Enjoy the spectacular mountain views from the cable car going all the way up to the Hills. Perched on top of the Ba Na Hills is the spectacular home of a fully-fledged French replica village of epic proportions.
Moreover, Ba Na Hills is a thriving theme park, there’s karaoke, a wax museum, video arcades and rides at its peak. Golden Bridge (Hand Bridge) is one of the centres of attraction for tourists connecting gardens & cable car station for a scenic walk. Accompanying the infamous bridge, admire the 30 metres tall Buddha Statue and Linh Ung Pagoda. It’s essentially a manicured social media dreamland for your next profile picture or Instagram post.
Ho Chi Minh City in Southern Vietnam -Your voyage to Vietnam is incomplete without a visit to Ho Chi Minh City AKA Saigon. The most modern city in Vietnam but still has a lot of history. It is famous for its temples and pagodas, fascinating culture and French architecture. The Notre Dame Cathedral and Saigon Central Post Office are prime examples of French colonial architecture. Ideally one requires a minimum of 3 Nights in this urban wonder. It has loads to offer with rooftop bars overlooking Saigon River and restaurants serving authentic Vietnamese cuisine with a combination of French and Chinese.
Mekong Delta – Home to floating markets with unique Vietnamese cuisine. It’s a 4-hour drive from Ho Chi Minh City. Incredibly lush, with paddy fields and mangroves, and full of local life, with chaotic floating markets to explore by boat, the delta is one of the most interesting regions for travellers to discover.
Chu Chi Tunnels – The Chủ Chi Tunnels are an extensive tunnel network that during the war, stretched for more than 250 kilometres. A popular option is following the narrow routes of the underground tunnel. Parts of Chu Chi Tunnels are also cemented and widened so that the crawl is less harrowing than it would have been in the past. The Chu Chi Tunnels are part of a massive war museum. It’s about 1.5 hours’ drive from Ho Chi Minh City.
Oozing overwhelming natural beauty and rich heritage, Vietnam takes you on a journey through its ancient architecture and its vibrant culture.