7 Reasons to Add Vietnam to Your Travel Plans
A trip to Vietnam means enjoying the incredible combination of sun, sea, and sights. Vietnam is an amazing Asian destination whether you are planning a romantic getaway, family vacation, or business trip. Wondering how to get the most bang for your buck when you visit Vietnam? Be sure to add these top seven things to see and do in Vietnam to your itinerary.
Delve into the fantastic flavors of Vietnamese food.
With delicious influences from French cuisine, Vietnamese food has diverse, rich, and unique flavors. The best part? The French-Vietnamese fusion cuisine is reasonably affordable. But don’t just take our word for it. Enjoy a meal at La Verticale in Hanoi.
Another restaurant in Vietnam often featured in travel guidebooks is Nha Hang Ngon. When you get the chance to dine here, try Bo luc lac (also known as beef shaken in a wok), and save some space for a serving of Che, a delectable Vietnamese dessert. Start every meal by sipping a hearty Vietnamese soup, such as Canh bun or Lau.
Discover the underrated wonders of Ninh Binh.
Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, boasting more than 2000 scattered islets and islands that form a dramatic seascape and landscape. It attracts thousands of backpackers and vacationers year after year. The name “halong” means “descending dragon,” which tells the legend behind this bay’s unique beauty. The countryside of Ninh Binh also has equally wonderful hidden gems to offer nature lovers, and it lacks the boisterous crowd of its better known sister, Halong Bay.
Tourists can escape the Halong Bay crowds yet still enjoy magnificent sights at Ninh Binh. Board a luxury cruise, or take a sampan ride along its twisting rivers to admire the cinematic views of Van Long Nature Reserve, or ride a boat to the Trang An Grottoes. As you wander through its wetlands, marvel at the limestone formations, spectacular karst landscape, and velvety green surroundings. It’s not only possible, but it is highly recommended to climb atop one of the mesmerizing Mua caves for a breathtaking panoramic view of the province.
Visit the hottest Vietnam beaches.
In Vietnam, there are many choices of fantastic beaches. Pick up a travel brochure of Vietnam, and you will likely see dazzling pictures of Nha Trang with its powdery yellow sand, dramatic mountain backdrop, and pretty islands just a few meters off its coast. Watersports enthusiasts will find lots of exciting activities to do. Seafood-loving diners craving fresh lobster and fish can find them easily along the long stretch of the beach.
See the wonders of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.
A designated Unesco World Heritage Site since 2003, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park offers visitors a glimpse of the 400 million year old karst mountains with an intricate, captivating cave system. Hikers can go trekking on the park’s forested tracks and grounds, while avid spelunkers can easily spend a month exploring the area’s underground splendor. Gear up for a caving expedition of a lifetime, and cross this daring underground adventure off your bucket list.
Immerse yourself in Vietnamese culture.
Vietnam satisfies travelers who are looking for a mind-expanding exploration of cultures unknown to many outsiders. A Vietnam itinerary that guarantees cultural immersion involves a visit to Ba Dinh Square, Temple of Confucius or Temple of Literature, the National Museum of Vietnamese History, and the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long. If your time allows, venture further to Emperor Jade Pagoda, Thien Hau Temple, and Cu Chi Tunnels. A knowledgeable, English-speaking tour guide and historian is invaluable during this culture and heritage tour.
Take the longest cable car ride to Ba Na Hills.
Tourists and backpackers hoping to beat the heat and traffic plaguing Vietnam’s cities will find refuge and scenic views on top of Ba Na Hills. On your journey to this mountain range, you will be able to experience all four seasons in a day. When you take the 5-kilometer cable car ride to the hill’s station, you earn the bragging rights for having taken the longest cable car ride in the world. Apart from trying this record-breaking cable car journey, other awesome things to do during this trip include a visit to the spiritual sanctuary of Linh Ung Pagoda, as well as phenomenal photo opportunities in French-style resorts, and Suoi Mo with its towering waterfalls (in the summer).
Journey through one of Asia’s longest rivers – Mekong River.
Gain insight into the local, rural life in Vietnam by cruising along the canals leading to Mekong River. The delta near the river is a fertile ground growing produce like fruits, vegetables, and rice (hence the label “Vietnam’s rice bowl”). Choose from a luxury canal cruise or a fisherman’s boat tour to observe floating villages, markets, and historic sites from the Vietnam War. To give meaning to the sights and attractions, an expert local guide is indispensable during this trip.
Superb rural adventures, spectacular waters, and old town charms have drawn tons of tourists to Vietnam. And rarely do they leave the country disappointed. It seems the only risk of visiting Vietnam is not wanting to leave. Have you visited Vietnam before? If so, tell us about your trip in the comments below. If you haven’t visited Vietnam yet, consider adding it to your travel plans this year.