Vietnam is a Southeast Asian country with exotic natural settings – the Red River Delta in the north, the Mekong Delta in the south and almost the entire coastal strip that is a patchwork of brilliant paddies thronged by women in conical hats. These conical hats make for a beautiful sight and push you to buy one for yourself. The capital of the city is Hanoi, which is known for its decade-old architectures. There is no specific time to visit Vietnam as for most of the year it experiences both sunshine and rain in varying quantities depending on different regions. When one region is wet, cold or steamy hot, there is always somewhere else that is sunny and pleasant.

Currency: Vietnamese Dong VND

Climate: Vietnam is located in both tropical and temperate zone. It has strong monsoon influences, but also considerable amount of sun, high rate of rainfall, and high humidity.




Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon as it is still known to many, is Vietnam's largest city with a growing population of around 7 million. This is a city on the go 24 hours a day, where everybody seems to be busy either buying, selling, studying, working or just enjoying themselves.
Despite the fact that modern high-rise buildings have begun to dominate the skyline in recent years there are still many fine examples of French colonial architecture in Ho Chi Minh City such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Saigon Post Office and the former Hotel de Ville. A stroll down Dong Khoi Street, the Rue Catinat of Graham Greene, The Quiet American will reveal more colonial classics like the Continental, Grand and Majestic hotels as well as dozens of tempting boutiques and galleries.
Ho Chi Minh City is a shopper’s paradise with modern shopping centres and trendy boutiques rubbing shoulders with traditional street markets. The city’s best-known market is Bến Thành Market where you can buy anything from fresh fruits and flowers to the latest imported electronics and cosmetics. One of the most interesting places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City is the former Presidential Palace, now renamed the Reunification Hall.
The city is crammed full of restaurants and bars ranging from simple pavement stalls where you can buy a bowl of noodles for a few cents to sophisticated restaurants serving fine European cuisine at a fraction of the price you would pay in Europe. Ho Chi Minh City's nightlife has become very cosmopolitan in recent years and there are literally hundreds of bars, pubs, nightclubs and discotheques to pick from for an eventful night out.

Sa Pa

This former French resort town is tucked into the mountains near the Chinese and Laotian borders.
It's a good place to encounter some of the many ethnic groups (known as hill tribes) that inhabit the country. The tribes go into Sa pa for the weekend market where you can find beautiful textiles, embroidery and other needlecrafts. (Be aware that members of some tribes, including the H'mong, won't tolerate having their pictures taken.)

Halong Bay

Halong Bay means "Bay of the Descending Dragon" in the Vietnamese language. Ha Long Bay features more than one thousand awesome limestone karst and islands of various sizes and shapes along the 120-km coastline of Bai Chay Beach.
Its waters are host to a great diversity of ecosystems including offshore coral reefs, freshwater swamp forests, mangrove forests, small freshwater lakes, and sandy beaches. The folk tale has it that the dragons descended from heaven to help locals by spitting jewels and jade to the sea, forming a natural fortress against invaders; these precious stones are represented by the lush green outcrops. Several islands boast beautiful grotto (natural or artificial caves) with contiguous chambers, hidden ponds and peculiar stone formations. The bay is about 170 kilometers northeast of Hanoi and 3,5 hours by road.

My Son

My Son Sanctuary is a large complex of religious relics that comprises more than 70 architectural works.
They include temples and towers that connect to each other with complicated red brick designs. The main component of the Cham architectural design is the tower, built to reflect the divinity of the king.
All of the Cham towers were built on a quadrate foundations and each comprises three parts – a solid tower base, representing the world of human beings; the mysterious and sacred tower body, representing the world of spirits; and the tower top built in the shape of a man offering flowers and fruits or of trees, birds, animals, etc., representing things that are close to the spirits and human beings.

Phong Na

The karst formation of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park has evolved since the Palaeozoic (one of the geological eras – some 400 million years ago) and is the oldest in Asia. Subject to massive tectonic changes, the park's karst landscape is extremely complex with many features of geologic significance, and many cave formations such as stalactites and
stalagmites. The vast area, extending to the border of the Lao People's Democratic Republic, contains spectacular formations including 65 km of caves and underground rivers. The Phong Nha caves are reached through a pleasant river journey starting in the village of San Trach. The visits include one cave that is reached through an underwater river, and one cave that is reached after climbing many steps into one of the karst hills. Besides being the largest and most beautiful cave in Vietnam, the area has been used as sanctuaries for centuries. Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Haiphong

A bustling port city on the Gulf of Tonkin, Haiphong is Vietnam's third-largest city. Despite its heavy industrial economy, the city does have several points of interest, including temples and pagodas (the Du Hang pagoda is especially nice), the Hang Kenh Communal House (intricate wood sculptures and stone carvings) and a colorful flower market.

Dien Bien Phu

Situated in a valley surrounded by mountains, this town has historical significance: It's where the French fought the last, losing battle that marked the end of colonialism in Vietnam. At the battlefield, you can visit a small museum, a monument to Viet Minh casualties and a memorial to the French troops buried there.

Dalat

Located in the central highlands at an elevation of 4,840 ft/1,475 m, dalat was founded as a french hill resort. Dalat’s cool climate, lakes, waterfalls and forests make it a popular destination. Stroll around the picturesque lake in the centre of town and visit the nearby flower gardens (home to more than 10,000 types of orchids). Take a break and relax in a cafe or stop by the lively central market, overflowing with colourful fruits, vegetables and cut flowers. Visit the Cam Ly falls, which are 50 ft/15 m high, and the summer palace of Bao Dai, Vietnam's last emperor. The town also has a number of beautiful pagodas.

Cu Chi

The tunnels of Cu Chi are a haunting memory of past conflicts. Used by the Viet Cong, the extensive underground system housed tactical quarters, storage rooms, kitchens and even an underground surgical centre. Most entrances were so well disguised that only a small portion of the system was ever discovered during the war, despite the fact that some 125 mi/200 km ran under US military bases. There are actually two sets of tunnels open to visitors – the Ben Dinh tunnels were actually used during the war, though they have been slightly widened and cleaned up since; the Ben Duoc tunnels are "reconstructions" built for tourism.

Cat Ba Island

This is the largest island in the Cat Ba archipelago that consists of 350 limestone outcrops adjacent to Halong. With an area of 356 square km wide, Cat Ba encompasses forested zones, coastal mangrove and freshwater swamps, beaches, caves, and waterfalls. In 1986, the northeast side of the island was designated a national park, including a protected marine zone. Cat Ba island supports a population of over 20,000, most of whom live off fishing or farming in the south, in and around Cat Ba town. The town is small and ancient, with clusters of fishing boats and inspiring sunsets across the harbour. The national park contains
stringy trees, thick undergrowth and slippery vines. There is a great view that includes a French, now Vietnamese, farming village from the top of the mountain and a lake in the middle of the park that takes a half day to reach.

Phan Thiet

The Phan Thiet (pronounded "fun-theet") resort strip is a short drive out of town along some fine stretches of white-sand beach that compare favourably with the best in Phuket and the Philippines. The air is laid-back and unhurried to the extreme. The food, as everywhere in Vietnam is cheap and mouth watering. This is where the fabled round wicker-basket boats originate. How fishermen manage to get to sea - and back - in these contraptions with a single paddle is amazing.

Hoi An

The colourful market town of Hoi An was a major port in the past centuries with ships arriving from all over the world to obtain silk and other fabrics, sugar, tea and ceramics. Its traditional Vietnamese architecture has been preserved, and there are many historic temples and pagodas in the area. Hoi An is also known for its silk lanterns. (The flexible bamboo frames are designed to collapse, so they're easily transported home as a souvenir.) After dusk, you'll see the streets beautifully lit with these lanterns.

Hue

The capital of Vietnam during the decadent 19th-century Nguyen dynasty, Hue is still an important literary and cultural centre. The city was dramatically affected during the war. Most of the structures in the centuries-old Citadel were severely damaged. Some of those royal buildings have been repaired and rebuilt, including the Forbidden Purple City and the emperor's private residence. The Imperial Museum within the complex is excellent.
The city is bisected by the Perfume River, and along its banks south of Hue lie the many tombs of the Nguyen emperors.

Mekong Delta

One of the world's largest delta, the Delta Region is formed by the various tributaries of the mighty Mekong River which begins its journey to the sea in Tibet and winds its way for 4500 km through China, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Southern Vietnam. The Vietnamese name for the Mekong is Cuu Long which means ‘nine dragons’ and this is represented by the nine exit points of the Mekong River as it flows into the sea. The land of the Mekong Delta is renowned for its richness. Known as Vietnam's breadbasket, it produces enough rice to feed the entire country with a sizeable surplus leftover.

Hanoi

Hanoi is the social, cultural, and economic centre of Vietnam. It's slow-paced and pleasant, with a lovely landscape of lakes, shaded boulevards, verdant public parks and French-colonial architecture.
Hanoi still preserves many ancient architectural works including the Old Quarter and over 600 pagodas. Hectares of lakes lie intertwined between the streets, the largest ones being
Hoan Kiem Lake, West Lake, and Truc Bach Lake. Many traditional handicrafts are also practiced in Hanoi including bronze molding, silver carving, lacquer, and embroidery.

Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh is the vibrant bustling capital city of Cambodia. Situated at the confluence of three rivers, the Bassac, the great Tonle Sap and the world renowned  Mekong.. It exudes a historical and provincial charm with a sense of tranquillity running through its many French colonial mansions and tree-lined boulevards amidst monumental Angkor architecture. Phnom Penh is an oasis compared to the modernity of other Asian capital cities. Cambodian hospitality awaits the visitors to the capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia.

Siem Reap

Siem Reap is a province located in northwest region of Cambodia and acts as a major tourist location as it is the closest city to the world famous temples of Angkor (the Angkor temple complex is north of the city). Boasting sceneary including the shores of Tonle Sap Lake, the greatest sweet water reserve in whole Southeast Asia. The name of the city literally translated means "Siamese defeated", relating to the victory of the Khmer Empire over the army of the Thai kingdom in the 17th century.

  • Hanoi
  • Halong Bay
  • Hue
  • Hoi An
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Cu Chi tunnels
  • My Son

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Take the tourist bus: It is cheaper to take the tourist bus around the country than taking local transportation because of the special price tourists get at the bus station.

Safeand cheap taxis: Metered taxis in Vietnam are affordable and safe. If you are moving around the town at night, taxis are a safe option. The best taxi providers are Mai Linh and Vinasun.

Bargain hard: Tourists tend to be charged more than locals for everything from clothes to food. Tourists are advised to bargain harder than they generally do.

Avail the Wi-Fi facility: The country is highly connected to Wi-Fi.  You can hook into Wi-Fi in just about every hotel, shop, restaurant, and convenience store for free, unless you need to have connectivity during bus rides or rural areas.

Visa requirements: Visiting Vietnam comes with a much higher visa fees than the surrounding Southeast Asian countries.  Look up the visa requirements and fees before you arrive.

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