Have you ever thought of visiting Vietnam? This country is indeed known for international tourism. To realize this, it is enough to look at the share of the tourism industry and the tertiary sector in the GDP of the country. Vietnam inspires and fascinates by its culture as well as by its historical and cultural heritage, for the greater part protected by UNESCO. But what to see and do in Vietnam when planning your trip? With many activities to do and places to explore, organizing your trip to Vietnam is not easy and it is easy to get lost on the way. To help you, I have concocted you a top 10 of the must-haves of Vietnam, not to be missed during your stay in this fabulous country!
- The caves of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
One of Vietnam’s must-see undoubtedly the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. Since 2003, this park located in the province of Quang Binh in central Vietnam is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its particularity lies in its impressive number of caves. It contains in fact about 300 caves all the more exceptional than the others. The most popular is the Phong Nha cave, which extends over 44 kilometres. It is possible to visit it aboard a small boat on a distance of 1,5 kilometres. Also note that the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is home to the Hang Son Doong Cave, considered the largest in the world, accessible only to a select few.
The underground activities are therefore very surprising in this geological park, and it is possible to bathe sometimes in full cave in the breathtaking turquoise water. Considered one of the most beautiful national parks in the country, this must-see place in Vietnam will mark your trip for sure.
- A cruise on Halong Bay, one of the seven new wonders of the world
As the title suggests, since 2011 Halong Bay has been voted as one of the Seven New Wonders of the World. It is one of the most popular places in the world, and it is clear that it is not for nothing. Located on the North-East coast of Vietnam, this place is ideal for a honeymoon in Vietnam and becomes unforgettable during a boat cruise. Clearwater, emerald color and thousands of islands as far as the eye can see, coming out of the sea and rising like sugar loaves pierced by natural tunnels due to erosion, here is the impressive sight that awaits you at the Bay Halong. Clearly, a must step of Vietnam during your trip.
- Visit Hanoi, the haunting capital of Vietnam
A trip to Vietnam often begins with Hanoi, the official capital of Vietnam. An economical, arts and cultural city, Hanoi draws its influences from Chinese civilization, a historical French presence and traditional Vietnamese culture. Hanoi has captivating places such as Hoan Kiem Lake, known as the Restored Sword Lake, or the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum housing the remains of the famous leader and founder of modern Vietnam. You should not miss the Confucius Temple of Literature, the first university in Vietnam. Founded in 1073, the Temple of Literature was the son of royal blood, high aristocracy and senior officials of Vietnam. A beautiful monument to discover.
- Discover Hue, the ancient imperial capital
Hue, the former imperial capital of the country, is filled with royal remains of the last feudal dynasty of Vietnam, the Nguyen dynasty. Whether visiting the royal tombs, the Imperial City, its citadel and the tombs of the eunuchs in Tu Hieu pagoda, considered as the “Shaolin monastery of Vietnam,” Hue is a city rich in historical heritage that you will make a return to the past and immerse you in Vietnamese history and culture. Do not forget to take a boat trip on the Perfume River.
- Go on a hike in Sapa
Another unmissable aspect of Vietnam that we think of immediately when we evoke this country are the breathtaking rice terraces of the north. Sapa management for an unforgettable hike and fill your lungs with clean air on the high peaks of this mountainous region, close to the Chinese border. You will appreciate the landscapes of deep Asia at more than 1600 meters of altitude and will be admiring in front of the extraordinary spectacle that offers the rice terraces extending on the flanks of the mountains. Also, go out and meet the local ethnic groups who live scattered in the villages of the region for an experience all the more authentic and rewarding.
- The Dunes of Mui Ne
Even if they are not at all comparable to the Sahara, the dunes of Mui Ne will still feel the effect of being lost in the middle of nowhere. Whether by motorbike, on foot or by sled to surf the “waves” of sands, this place is an original step and completely changes everything you could see elsewhere in Vietnam. If you go through this place, we also recommend the Mui Ne fish and seafood market, open every evening.
- A ride in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City is the second largest city after Hanoi and the economic capital of Vietnam. Cultural city, but especially historical, lovers of museums and architecture will like it. A walk in Ho Chi Minh City remains a must in Vietnam to understand the history of the country better. At the same time, do not miss floating markets along the Mekong River. The show and atmosphere are authentic, enjoy it for you to feast on fruits and vegetables, at unbeatable prices.
- Nha Trang Bay
Dressed in a heavenly setting, the Nha Trang area is worth a visit for its beautiful islands and beautiful beaches. Part of the Club of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World, Nha Trang Bay includes 19 islands and islets with a very diverse ecosystem: mangroves, coral reefs that are home to rare plant and animal species. At the beaches, you will find your happiness and can rest on beautiful white sand beaches. Take the opportunity to do a lot of water activities: sea trips, snorkelling, scuba diving …
- Hoi An, the city of tailor-made and its particular architecture
Hoi An is a city that is mainly known for its sewing and tailoring workshops. It is the main activity of the city. It is indeed possible to find dresses, shoes, suits, and bags tailored to meager price. Allow 24 hours for your first try, possibly with touch-ups. The visit of the old town is also a must. You will be seduced by its architecture, between yellow facades and houses in jackfruit, listed by UNESCO, its Chinese temples, its streets illuminated with red lanterns that make all its charm and its Japanese bridge. A mix of influences that gives Hoi An a very special appeal and a destination not to be missed.
- The Mekong Delta
In the Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam, we do not walk, we sail. On these channels languidly flows the Mekong, the commercial activity is very intense. Boats, houses, and markets float along the tributaries of the Mekong and organize themselves as shopping streets in an aquatic world. The place conducive to a boat ride, to discover this traditional side of Vietnam. This is a must in Vietnam to know its authenticity and will leave you a memory that you are not about to forget.