Vietnam is a country blessed with numerous beautiful landscapes. Here, you will find the astonishing blend of cultural diversity with natural highlights. Vietnam has wide ranges of scenery like majestic mountain peaks, rice paddy fields, dense verdant forests, and many more. As the country has a long history and an amazing number of ethnic minorities, it has great cultural diversity. If you want to do some outdoor activities, there is plenty to do in its beautiful countryside, numerous national parks. You can also explore the stunning limestone karst of Halong Bay on the cruise. This country is full of surprises and one of the most underrated destinations.
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Halong Bay lies in northern Vietnam and is renowned for its limestone karsts, waterside caves, and emerald-hue waters. It is the prime cruising territory and also a prevalent location for adventurous activities like scuba diving, kayaking, rock climbing, and hiking. There are thousands of islands dotted throughout the bay that you can explore. These islands are a real mixture where you will get to see a lot of wildlife and enjoy some beautiful beaches. You will also have a huge number of choices on the cruise in Halong Bay. While choosing a cruise, go for a multiday cruise if you can, but get at least overnight cruise as you won’t get to explore even one-third in the day trip. The best time to plan the trip would be between March and June as the weather is at its best during this time.
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Ho Chi Minh City is the biggest city of Vietnam, and also the commercial hub of the country. Formerly known as Saigon, it is the city that will be in every city lover’s itinerary when visiting Vietnam. This city has a bit of everything to offer its visitors. The streets are full of vehicles, the restaurant and café offer amazing dishes, and the shopping is best. To get the panoramic view of the city, head to the top of the Saigon Skydeck. The major highlights of the city lie in Dong Khoi, the center of the city. The highlights include the HCMC Museum, where you will get to see artifacts that tell the tales of the country, Notre Dame Cathedral, that dates back to the 19th century. For history lovers, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, the headquarters for many military operations during the Vietnam War. You can learn more history in the War Remnants Museum or the Museum of Vietnamese History. There are lots more in this city to explore.
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Hue is one of the most historic towns of Vietnam and was once the imperial capital of the country. Hue lay in the central region of Vietnam and had a huge role to play in the Vietnam War. Now, the Perfume River splits the city into two. To the north lies the old city and to the south is the modern-day city. Some of the major highlights are the stunning Ngo Mon Gate, the Dien Tho Residence, the Thai Hoa Palace that contains finely lacquered interior detailing, and the Halls of Mandarins. One of the popular day trips from Hue is to the former border, The Demilitarized Zone.
Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and the frenetic heartbeat of the nation. This city is chaotic and overwhelms its first-time visitors as much as it charms them. The city is a mix of French and Sino-Vietnamese influences, and one of the most rapidly growing cities in Southeast Asia. For those wanting to enjoy the city life, this is the place. However, it can get too much for some travelers, so before making a trip to the city, get to know all about it. One best place to experience the craziness of the city is at Legend’s Corner. Sit at a restaurant with a drink on hand and watch the life chaotically go by.
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Hoi An, a laidback city with its unique charm, is the highlight of any Vietnam itinerary. The city lies in the south of Danand and has some of the most beautiful beaches of Vietnam. The renowned old town is a joy to explore where bright and cheerful lanterns adorn every building. The well-preserved merchant houses, dating back to the 15th century, fills the old town. The major symbol of the city is the gorgeous Japanese Bride at the western end of Tran Phu Street.
Sapa is a charming remote town in the Hoang Lien Son mountains of northern Vietnam. It is a perfect place to go for a day trip and enjoy some trekking through the terraced hills and slopes. This town not only has a range of natural beauty to charm its visitors but also contains raw and authentic culture. The deep valley here is home to diverse ethnic minorities, including the Giay, Hmong, and Red Dzao people.
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If you want some beach fun in Vietnam, Nha Trang is the place. It is the most famous seaside resort in Vietnam. The city has a laidback atmosphere and offers incredible scuba diving opportunities. It is a great place to laze around the beach, relax in the lounging areas, and enjoy the sun and sand. The promenade encircling the beachfront is a hive of activity. The beach is not only the best thing in this city. You can visit the ancient Po Nagar Cham Towers. There is also a museum dedicated to the work of Alexandre Yersin.
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The ‘Rice Bowl of Vietnam’ is a lush network of waterways in Vietnam, renowned for its excellent soils and diverse ecosystems. Here, you will see paddy field vistas, mangroves, floating markets cattle farms, by boat. The most popular town is Can Tho. Many people use this town as the base as it is close to the floating markets of Phong Dien and Cai Rang. The Mekong Delta takes up much of southern Vietnam and is a must-visit.
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Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is one of the most beautiful parts of the country. It is a great place to escape the chaos of the city. This national park houses 400 million-year-old karst mountains and contains hundreds of caves and beautiful rivers.
A scenic island in the Gulf of Thailand, Phu Quoc is geographically closer to Cambodia. The dense tropical jungle, soft sandy beaches, and undulating hills are the highlights of the island. The days here are spent scootering around the fishing village, lazing on sandy beaches, visiting pearl and pepper farms, and even trekking to waterfalls.