Dreaming of travelling to Asia? Journey through Vietnam with its natural landscapes, historic traditions and colourful markets. A holiday in Vietnam offers travellers the opportunity to experience the cosmopolitan cities and the intimacy of peaceful villages.
MUST SEE SIGHTS
Hanoi, the political and cultural capital of Vietnam, is a must-see destination. Notice the French-inspired architectural accents and the diverse Ancient/Old Quarter. History and culture are at every corner. Ba Dinh Square, Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, Presidential Palace, Temple of Literature, and Hoan Kiem Lake are just a few of the historical sights to see along your journey. If you have extra time, take a tour of Tay Phuong Pagoda, one of the initial temples built in Vietnam.
Ha Long Bay is a spectacular natural wonder of over 3,000 limestone islands surrounded by turquoise waters. Explore the waterway with a majestic boat ride to witness the lush landscape, jagged cliffs, and secret caves. This sight is one of the seven new world’s natural wonders!
Ho Chi Minh city, formerly know as Saigon, is a cosmopolitan city rich in history. The city features the Reunification Palace, also know as the Independence Palace. This is the site where the South Vietnamese government held their government headquarters during the Vietnam War. For more history, visit the City Hall, War Remnants Museum, the Museum of Vietnamese History, and the Ho-Chi-Minh Museum. In addition, mosques, cathedrals, and Pagodas fill the city with religious life.
Hoi An, a World Heritage sight, is a unique village with diverse historical influences from cultures such as the Dutch, Japanese, Chinese, and Portuguese. These countries brought traders who helped build the original village. Visit the ancient merchants’ homes, the Japanese Bridge (400 years old), the Chinese Communal House (Hokkien Temple), the Phuc Kien Pagoda and the local market.
Experience ancient ruins and grandeur in the imperial capital of Hue. Feel like an emperor for the day in the Forbidden Purple city. Later, shop like a local at the central market. Cruise through the Perfume River on a romantic boat ride.
The Mekong Delta opens your eyes to Vietnamese river life, with a maze of tiny villages in between tributaries. Home to fisherman and farmers, this region offers fertile fields and a simple life. Enjoy the Mekong River towns of Cai Be, Can Tho, and Cai Reng. Arrive by boat through tree-lined canals to Cai Reng’s floating market for arelaxing and fun afternoon.Taste the fresh local food and buy homemade local products!
Other highlights of Vietnam include:
- Phnom Penh
- Da Nang
- Cu Chi Tunnels
- Kampong Cham
- Wat Hanchey
- Angkor Ban
- Kampong Chhang/Kampong Tralach
- Chau Doc
- Sa Dec
- Cai Be
- My Tho
Pho, the national dish of Vietnam, is sold everywhere from street vendors to nice restaurants. Pho is made of a broth with noodles, herbs, and chiles. Other must-try dishes include Vietnamese spring rolls, grilled meat vermicelli, French baguettes with pork or beef and pickled vegetables, and Cháo rice porridge. These authentic specialties will make your mouth water!
Whether you prefer a cosmopolitan adventure or a spiritual cultural experience, Vietnam offers it all with unique history, diverse culture, and breathtaking natural wonders. Travel to Vietnam for a trip of a lifetime!