If blue waters are your thing, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must. Hou Long Bay is characterized by limestone formations and crystal clear waters, making it a peaceful haven for tourists. Be sure to experience boating and other experiences here to experience the essence of this place.
Sapa sits above a deep valley dotted with rice terraces. The way rice has been grown here has been going on for centuries, and the background is as beautiful as a painting. Take some time here to climb Fansipan Mountain, watch the water rush over these terraces, and soak up the lush greenery that surrounds you – as far as the eye can see!
In the past, Hue was the feudal capital of the kings of the Nugai dynasty. No wonder this city is full of stories! When it comes to travel, what makes it one of the best places to visit in Vietnam is that its fertile river banks and forested mountain vistas provide the calm, natural oasis you need to relax. Add to that the region’s fine dining, green streets, vibrant markets and Perfume River for a truly healthy experience.
Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam. The destination is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. It has several French and colonial era memorials and buildings reminiscent of Vietnamese history and culture. Memorabilia related to the Vietnam War can also be found here. Be sure to explore the temples and pagodas here for a more immersive experience.
With millions of motorbikes, a beautiful central lake and an array of great cafes, you can start your journey here. There’s so much to see in this city, so set aside a few days to appreciate it all. For history or architecture buffs, don’t miss the Hanoi Opera House, Emperor Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, and the Temple of Literature.
The beautiful St. Joseph’s Cathedral is another famous attraction, and the best way to experience the city is by wandering around. Hoan Kiem Lake is the hub of the action, where you’ll find food stalls and locals dancing, walking and playing. There is an ancient temple in the lake that you can visit, and nearby is the famous Thang Long Water Puppet Theater where you can watch a show.
what to eat in vietnam
Pho is a staple in Vietnam and actually refers to the flat rice noodles used to make this dish. It consists of these noodles, medium rare beef or chicken and beef broth, usually with vegetables such as shallots, lemon and bird’s eye chili. Two popular versions of this dish are Hanoi Pho and Nam Pho.
If you like good sandwiches, you must give the Banh Mi sandwich a try. This quintessential dish is actually a French-Vietnamese fusion, thanks to the bread. The sandwich uses meat sauce and margarine as a spread, then is topped with toppings such as pickled vegetables, fresh cilantro, pork belly, pork floss and cucumber. Every bite is a textural treat for the most amazingly delicious experience.
Banh Xeo is a popular dish all over the country. Essentially a crispy crepe, this dish is inherently savory, and it’s as much an aural experience as it is a delicious treat. The batter crackles when it hits the hot pan and curls around the edges, creating crispy curls. Although it looks like an omelet/egg batter, the reality is far from it. It’s made with rice flour, coconut milk and turmeric, and it’s filled with boiled pork, shrimp, bean sprouts and minced meat.