Back in June, I had the most adventure packed two weeks when I travelled all over Vietnam. If I had the luxury of taking my time I would definitely suggest at least a month so you can properly explore, but nevertheless I saw so many amazing things that I want to share with anyone looking at going or who is interested in this country.
Here are my top 10 places in no particular order and I will be writing a more in depth blog soon on each place…
1. Ha Long Bay
Hạ Long Bay, is in northeast Vietnam and known for its clear blue waters and thousands of limestone islands topped by rain forests. To really experience this beautiful place, I recommend catching an overnight junk boat, so you can spend all day exploring the islands, whilst watching the beautiful sunset. These tours often include other activities such as kayaking and cooking schools so it’s a packed 2/3 days of exploring. This is what I did and honestly was one of the best experiences.
*Top Tip – Book all this in Vietnam as the prices are A LOT cheaper. I paid £40, when online it was quoting me over £100 for an overnight boat trip.*
2. Hội An – Old Town
Next up is Hội An old town, this place compared to a lot of Vietnam is modernised and clean. Tourists have a to pay a small fee to enter these streets but that’s to pay for the clean up and overlooking of this beautiful area. There are an array of bars making this a good party spot, as well as authentic restaurants and souvenir shops. The sunset is incredible, so make sure to head one of many rooftops to catch this wonderful sight.
* Top Tip – You can have clothes tailored here but it’s not as cheap as it used to be, and in most cases it’s more expensive*.
3. Hội An – Cửa Đại Beach
This beautiful beach was a casual 40 minute bike ride from Hội An Old Town, and one of my favourites from the trip. With stunning blue skies and tall palm trees, it’s a must when visiting this area of Vietnam.
*Top Tip, there is no shade so you will need to purchase a sun lounger for the day if you don’t want to be in the sun.*
Next on the list is Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. This busy city is known for its centuries-old architecture with a multitude of culture influence from Southeast Asia, China and France. In the middle of the hustle and bustle is the chaotic Old Quarter, where the long winding narrow streets are roughly arranged by trade and come alive in the evenings when the bars all open. The vibe is really fun, with quirky bars and restaurants to suit all people.
*Top Tip – there are loads of hostels here who all do bar crawls which I recommend experiencing!*
5. Mekong Delta
This was an amazing experience and really opened my eyes to all the different cultures in Vietnam. The Mekong Delta is in southern Vietnam and is a vast maze of rivers, swamps and islands, famous for the floating markets, small islands, pagodas and villages surrounded by rice paddies. The main means of transportation are boats and I went on a trip all around these rivers which I thoroughly recommend.
*Top Tip – all day boat tours can be booked in Ho Chi Minh City, and you can chose what kind of tour you would like and how many things you want to include such as island visits etc.*
6. Phú Quốc
This gorgeous Vietnamese island, is off the coast of Cambodia in the Gulf of Thailand. Just a two hour boat trip from Rạch Giá, this hidden gem to tourists is a must do when in the south of Vietnam. The white golden sands and crystal blue seas are out of this world, and the island itself is paradise.
*Top Tip – the island is known for it’s fresh fish markets, and trust me he fish does not get any tastier than here. Most restaurants you can choose the fish you want to eat from the counter so that has been caught only hours before.*
7. Hải Vân Pass
This stunning mountain pass is approximately 21 km long and winds all through a mountainous stretch of land in central Vietnam. This can be experienced via coach, car or Moped, but beware some parts of the mountain edges are extremely steep. When you get to the top it really is beautiful, but this is also entirely weather dependent!
8. Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City known as Saigon, is a city in southern Vietnam that is a new level of busy. From the minute you arrive in this busy city, there is no end to the Mopeds and cars coupled with the smell of vehicle fumes. This place is different and makes London look quiet, but it is full to the brim of culture and famous for the pivotal role it played in the Vietnam War. There are a multitude of landmarks to visit, street food markets and roof top bars.
*Top Tip – definitely visit the Củ Chi tunnels…*
9. Mỹ Tho – Tân Long
As part of my trip to the Mekong Delta, I stopped at Mỹ Tho – Tân Long. A small island that has barely been touched by modernisation. Here you can ride in a push boat along the rivers that are within the island, try local food and be surrounded by some beautiful outdoor gardens. Although only staying here for a few hours, I would definitely recommend a trip that includes this hidden gem.
10. Mỹ Tho – Vĩnh Tràng Temple
Finally, Mỹ Tho – Vĩnh Tràng Temple. In Vietnam Buddhism is the main practice therefore there are many Pagodas, with phenomenal Buddha statues. This was one place that really stuck in my mind, and I would suggest you visit at least one Pagoda when in this country.
So that is a round up of my top 10 places to visit in Vietnam! Let me know what you thought to these places and if you have been where was your favourite place?
Until next time,
Love A x
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