A narrow and long country that’s squeezed in between Laos-Cambodia borders and South China Sea is Vietnam. It is a land of striking and remarkable landscapes ranging from the breathtaking rice terraces and thick mountain forests in the north to the panoramic Central Highlands valleys and the productive delta and welcoming beaches of the south. Vietnam becomes a more exciting place to visit with its booming and modern cities, traditional villages, colonial towns, archaeological sites and other worldly and interesting islands.
Here is a quick overview of some of the best places and destinations that you should not forget to visit when you visit Vietnam:
Ha Long Bay
This place is known for its aqua-green water and groups of limestones and clusters of rocky outcrops that rise from the water like sea dragons. Ha Long Bay somewhat resembles a particular scene from a fantasy movie. Located 130 kilometers east of northern Vietnam’s city of Hanoi, this bay features over two thousand jungle islands that are speckled with interesting caves, sinkholes, grottoes and lakes. A huge fraction of these islands have been sculpted into fantastic formations by natural processes through the centuries.
In the south-central part of Vietnam, off the coast of South China Sea is an old, beautiful city that dates back two thousand years to the Kingdom of Champa. This city comes with a historic architecture, traditional textiles and culture that make this city a must-see destination in Vietnam. In the central part of this city is the atmospheric city of Old Town which is too small enough to walk freely and easily. It is characterized by narrow and winding lanes which are artistically lines with traditional houses, beautiful architecture and hundreds of shops that sell clothing, bags, shoes, souvenirs and customized services.
Hanoi is a booming city in Vietnam and in its heart is the Old Quarter, a thrilling and open-air museum that exhibits French and Asian colonial architecture that has remained undisturbed and intact after all the bombings and explosions that took place during the Vietnam War. It is also here where you can find tree-lined boulevards, tourists and locals browsing in the busy markets, people sipping at their cup of coffee at quaint shops and visit some of the famous city attractions like the Grand Opera House, Saint Joseph Cathedral and the famous Presidential Palace.
This must-see place in central Vietnam is situated on the Perfume River banks. During the Nguyen dynasty, this place served as the imperial capital. These are things that are still reflected in many of the city’s architecture, cuisine and culture, making it as one of the best destinations every tourist should visit and see in Vietnam. Hue comes with a whole lot of monuments but the Citadel monument happens to be the most popular. This has once served as the seat of the emperors of Nguyen and is now a sprawling complex of ornate temples, gates, walls and other grand places. Hue also boasts another important landmark, the Thien Mu Pagoda that’s found on the river and serves as the official symbol of the city.
In the northwestern portion of Vietnam is Sapa, a town that is encircled with picturesque mountains, hill tribes and rice terraces. It is here where you can find many organized tours and where you can also find the base for trekkers in the famous Hoang Lien Son Mountains. It is also here where you can go touring among traditional villages and rice paddies. Touring around this town will give you the chance to behold the beautiful and enchanting waterfalls. This town also gives you the opportunity to experience its local food, traditions, customs and way of living.
Nah Trang is a famous seaside resort city that is located on one of the most beautiful bays of Asia, specifically in the south central part of Vietnam. It is speckled with panoramic mountains, picturesque islands and beaches that make it a popular and favorite must-see place among tourists, locals and scuba divers. Nah Trang is teeming with palm trees and resorts where the Nah Trang beach serves as this spot’s main draw. Water parks and amusement parks also provide fun, thrill and excitement for everyone with its wave pools, roller coasters and other kinds of exciting and thrilling rides.
It is here where you can find colorful floating shops and market, rice paddies, fruit orchards, groves of sugar cane, quaint villages and bird sanctuaries. It’s an agricultural region which is dubbed as the Rice Basket of Vietnam.