Ever wonder where to go if you have two weeks to explore Vietnam? There is a wide selection of destinations from the South to the North. Let’s see!
1. Ho Chi Minh City
For a trip to discover the Vietnam’s charms, where you land first is normally Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi; hence, there is no doubt that those two cities are by no means off the list. Well-known as the largest metropolis of the country, Ho Chi Minh City hums day and night and seems never sleeps. Despite that fact the city is supposed to be gradually state of the art in the hospitality industry, a glorious chapter of the Vietnamese history and traditional culture are still found some places, such as Cu Chi Tunnels and Cu Chi eco-tourist area of ethnic culture. Not only that, the city break is a chance to know about French colonial architecture, e.g. Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica, Saigon Centre Post Office, Ben Thanh Market, and Reunification Palace.
2. Mekong Delta
The Mekong Delta is famous for tranquility in scenery and quintessence in cuisine as well as culture. That is the reason why the destination is always a perfect choice of anyone who wonders where to go in Vietnam. Is there anything special to attract you to a Mekong Delta excursion? For sure, there must be some reason. Gaining insights into this water region requires a journey probably lasting three days. You can discover remarkable floating markets, e.g. Cai Be or Cai Rang, getting a homestay experience in which you will prepare meals with the locals and learn about their family cultures, or visit family businesses – coconut candy mill and rice noodle mill.
3. Mui Ne
Mui Ne is emerging as a fascinating travel spot with various attractions which bring you the greatest experiences. Traveling to this land entitles you to uncover the natural beauty of spectacular beaches, sand dunes, and tropical forests. Apart from immersing into the nature, you can get more understanding of how the locals farm fish, contemplate ancient structures, and engage in stimulating activities, such as sliding down the slopes on plastic sleds at Sand Dunes or hiking through Fairy Stream.
4. Da Lat
When it comes to somewhere in the South to soak up the pleasant atmosphere and fresh air, Da Lat with the cool weather is always thought first. In fact, Da Lat is not only a city with the spring-like weather, but also the home of different species of flowers, for which people call it the kingdom of flowers. Where will you find enjoyment when traveling to Da Lat? Let’s keep an eye on King Palace, Dambri Falls, Truc Lam Pagoda, Crémaillère Railway Station, Bidoup Nui Ba National Park, and Hang Nga Crazy House.
Hue is referred to as the evocative capital of the Nguyen emperors resonating with the glories of ancient Vietnam despite the fact that its finest structures were almost damaged during the American War. There will be a few places where you can perceive the ancient city’s charms as well as its picturesque landscapes, such as Tomb of Minh Mang, Thien Mu Pagoda, Tomb of Khai Dinh, Ngo Mon Gate, Tomb of Tu Duc, To Mieu Temple Complex, Perfume River, and Imperial Enclosure.
6. Hoi An
Hoi An used to be a major port in the past, so it boasts the mighty riverside setting which totally matches its heritage. Here, there is no curse of pollution and traffic found and it seems that everything ancient has been preserved. You will easily bump into the town’s legacy of tottering Japanese merchant houses, ancient tea warehouses, and Chinese temples. Do not ignore a chance to consider it as a change of air.
7. Ninh Binh
Situated at the end of the Red River Delta, Ninh Binh Province is a phenomenal land with great diversity in topography where you can find both mountainous and coastal areas. There is no doubt that the natural quintessence of Vietnam is revealed when you landed in this province. The trip takes you to typical rural villages of the North, beautiful green paddy fields, picturesque rivers, and historical sites whereby a grand land with over 1,000 years of history echoes in front of you.
Hanoi is the second largest city in Vietnam; and despite the fact that it is bustling like any city is in common, some of its street corners present the image of an ancient land. Not only do you soak up the wonderful atmosphere of Hanoi, but you will also be amazed at historical sites and rustic regions of Hanoi, e.g. Temple of Literature, Ngoc Son Temple, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh Presidential Palace, Duong Lam Ancient Village, Hanoi Opera House, and Hanoi Old Quarter
9. Ha Long Bay
Designated as a World Heritage Site in 1994 by UNESCO, Ha Long Bay deserves to be extolled by the world because of its breathtaking landscapes which are depicted as an attractive natural picture of mountains, turquoise water, blue sky, islands in unique shapes, incredible grottoes, and forests. With an excursion there, you can immerse in the nature, kayaking along waterways to caves and trekking through the forests.
One of the mountainous areas in Vietnam you ought to explore when you have a chance to visit this beautiful country is Sapa where there are not only imposing landscapes, but also fascinating features in culture. Come here to peer down at vast rice terraced fields, get a sense of the comfort of rustic villages, know about the locals’ culture and lifestyle, and savor the indigenous cuisine.