Whether you are traveling in style or simply with a backpack, there are some amazing sights and places to visit in Vietnam. It’s an amazing country that offers you a very warm welcome, incredible food, and a trip away that will last in the memory for the rest of your life.
Visit The Mekong Delta
The Mekong River runs through pretty much through every single country in South East Asia and ends in Vietnam. This area is called the Mekong Delta, and it is one of the first things many people do when they get to Vietnam. This is not surprising. It’s a stunning area of flat land split into hundreds of islands by the water. Try and get a traditional canoe ride if you can – it’s a great way to see the area and see the lives of the Delta residents up close and personal.
Hanoi is the Vietnamese capital, and, unusually for South East Asia, is an incredibly energized place. The Old Quarter is the place to be if you want to find the city’s markets in action, but for something more peaceful, head out to the Hoan Kiem Lake. It’s a bustling city full of authentic sights and smells, and even has a western influence in the form of a burgeoning restaurant and bar culture.
Check Out Hoi An
Hoi An is a much more easygoing place than Hanoi, but still has a very special atmosphere. It’s one of Vietnam’s richest cities, and so is regarded as a fairly safe place full of cool boutique hotels and great bars. It’s a grand old place and has some splendid buildings – the Japanese covered bridge and the Assembly Hall of the Fujian Chinese Congregation are well worth a visit. And, if you are feeling like treating yourself, the luxury Hoi An Hotel is a great place to catch a relaxing night’s sleep in the most stunning environments.
Go Biking In The Cat Tien National Park
If you are of the more energetic bent, then hire a mountain bike and head out to the Cat Tien National Park. It’s a tropical rainforest that is home to rhinos, elephants, and leopards. However, they are notoriously shy, so you will be hard pressed to spot one of either. Make sure you book long ahead in advance, as the park can only admit a specific number of people in each day. As you can imagine, it is always full.
Chill On Mui Ne Beach
No trip to Vietnam would be complete without visiting its huge coastline that sports some of the best beaches in the area. Mui Ne is one of those, and it is a relaxing paradise for those that want to take it easy, but also has enough water sports action for the more energetic. Golden sand? Check. Warm water? Absolutely. Are palm trees lining the beach? You guessed it. Whether you are going with friends or backpacking alone, Mui Ne is a wonderful place that has yet to be heavily touched by western tourists.
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