Overview of top 15 places to see and things to do in Vietnam
Very few countries have advanced so much over a short period as Vietnam. The long and narrow country squeezed between Laos and Cambodia borders and the South China Sea is a place of striking landscapes ranging from lush rice terraces and sandy white beaches to forested mountains and misty highlands. If you are an expat in Vietnam, you will not be short of places to visit or things to do for fun. Here is an overview of the top 15 places to see and things to do in Vietnam to get you started.
My Son is an important archaeological site on the central coast near Duy Phú. My Son was at one time a significant religious Hindu center and it still boasts of numerous beautiful temples built between 4th and 14th devoted to Shiva.
Ho Chi Minh City
Formerly known as Saigon, the city of Ho Chi Minh lies along the Saigon River near Mekong Delta. Visit the city to enjoy lush islands, white sunny beaches, and picturesque mountains. The city is most popular among scuba divers and sightseeing tourists.
Nha Trang is a very popular seaside resort city located on one of the most beautiful bays in Asia off the coast of South Central Vietnam. It is characterized by lush islands, beautiful beaches, and towering mountains. There are lots of roller coasters and water parks to enjoy.
Cao Dai Temple
The Cao Dai sect holds a very colorful midday service at Tay Ninh at its large temple and you are welcome to witness it. The followers of the sect wearing red, yellow, and blue robes accompany their traditional orchestra with beautiful rhythmic chants.
Located on the banks of Perfume River, Hue was once the imperial capital of the Nguyen dynasty. If you find beauty in ancient architecture and wish to enjoy the culture and cuisine of the locals, this is the best place you must visit in Vietnam.
The 2,000-year old city of Hoi An is located in South Central Vietnam off the South China Sea coast. It boasts of historic architecture and is rich in traditional culture as well as handmade textiles. At the heart of the city is the atmospheric Old Town lined with old beautiful traditional architecture.
Sapa Hill Tribes
The stunning alpine scenery of Sapa Hill is home to a number of tribes that lead unchanged lives. This is a great place to hike to or to drive in a jeep to get to spend time with a family of locals in colorful traditional costumes.
Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay looks like a scene from a fantasy movie. The aqua-green waters and clustered limestone rocky hills rising from the water like dragons is an amazing place to visit. Get to see amazing caves, sinkholes, lakes, and grottoes sculptured by natural processes over centuries.
Beautiful Sandy Beaches
Vietnam has superb white beaches. Nha Trang and Vung Tau, for instance, perfectly combines long sandy beaches with beautiful tall palm trees. It is a perfect place to spend a holiday or a weekend with friends, eating delicious meals in one of the many restaurants and bars in the city.
Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City by train
When in Vietnam, you just have to take a trip on the Reunification Express. A train trip can take between 30 and 40 hours to get from one city to another. Rides between Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi cities are not express. A journey between Hue and Hanoi is a popular 18-hour journey.
Ho Chi Minh Trail history tour
Interested in checking out some Vietnam WWII sights? Walk part of the Ho Chi Minh trail and be intrigued by the network of tunnels and get a taste of underground life struggle, going through the narrow tunnels specially widened for visitors.
Cooking lessons in Hoi An
As an expat in Vietnam, one of the things you will get to love is traditional food. Learn to cook Vietnamese delicacies by attending short cooking classes at Hoi An. The best part is that you get to eat what you help prepare.
Explore Mekong Delta
The hot springs of Karlovy Spend an afternoon exploring the watery Mekong Delta and see how the Mekong Delta crisscrossing the land makes it such a fertile place to grow huge swathes of fruit and rice. Discover beautiful riverine towns, small riverside industries, and floating markets.
With hundreds of short and long distance trails to hike around the country, Vietnam is a hiker’s paradise. You can take guided hiking tours at Cuc Phuong National Park in Hanoi and have fun traversing the forested wilderness and green rice paddies.
Take a boat trip to Halong Bay
Among the most fun things to do in Vietnam is taking boat tours. Halong Bay remains among the most impressive sights in the world. It is enjoyable to take a kayak ride and paddle through limestone sea or pass floating villages on a hot afternoon.
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