Things to do in Vietnam

Everyone whose travels to somewhere, then they prefer to find at least some information and travel tips about that place before they arrive. And, to get the most useful suggestions and ideas, here under is the best travel tips to help you create a memorial trip to Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Myanmar.

Sightseeing must see in Vietnam

Vietnam is a beautiful country that is lengthened from the northern Vietnam to the southern Vietnam, especially such as Quang Binh province where is located in the central Vietnam there is the place is just large around 40km only, all this makes Vietnam has a very special map image, it is S character. This special character also is one of the important roles in order for the tourist to be easy and convenient to visit full sights of Vietnam by many different vehicles as by bus, by plane, by train or even by motorbike. Normally, it takes just two hours by flight from the southern Vietnam to the northern Vietnam, just one hour by flight from the south to the central area, and it is also just around one hour to fly from the central to the northern Vietnam.

Vietnam travel map

Vietnam travel map

In the northern Vietnam

You can combine to explore the most beautiful landscapes from the beaches, bays, island to the grandiose mountains such as from Hanoi the capital of Vietnam where is available for the old town of Hanoi or still called Hanoi old Quarter where UNESCO admitted as one of the cultural heritage in world, from Hanoi you just take 3.5 hours by bus to move to Halong Bay where is considered as one of the most beautiful natural heritages in the world, from Halong Bay you just need to catch a hydrofoil to move to Cat Ba island where is also considered as “paradise on land” this place is very suitable for the couples whose organize their honeymoons at here, from Cat Ba island you take a short bus back Hanoi to catch a night train or bus to Sapa where is for travellers whose want to have the adventure holidays, like to meet the ethnic locals and prefer to find about the traditional habits and customs of the different ethnic groups in the northern area of Vietnam, from Sapa it is easy for you to move to another mountainous provinces as Lai Chau, Dien Bien Phu, Ha Giang…..it should be a long and adventured trip to explore full sights in the north of Vietnam but it is sure your worthwhile and memorial trip because there is not place where is encompassed about the beauty, persons, local food, accommodation like as the northern Vietnam.

Things to do in Vietnam

Kayaking to explore Halong bay

The central Vietnam

From the northern Vietnam, you catch a flight to the central Vietnam or the southern Vietnam to continue exploring another famous sight of Vietnam. Normally, you should continue your trip to the central Vietnam where is very famous with Hue, Danang, Hoi An, Nha Trang….Firstly you should land to Hue where is served a lot of the historical value of Vietnamese, arrival here you will find about the different kings’ dynasties as well as take an interested trip to Hue ancient capital and this complex, then take a boat trip and hear the folk songs in the most beautiful river as Huong Giang River (Perfume River), from Hue you just need to catch a short bus around 3 hours to move to Danang where you are enjoyed and relaxed on one of the most wonderful beaches in the world as My Khe beach, Son Tra beach where has one of the most famous resorts in the world is named InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, this is five star resort and it is really worth for any tourist whose have a chance to stay here. During to stay in Danang, you also should not miss trying the local food at here, it is very special but not expensive. From Danang, you should move to Hoi An, it is just around 30 minutes from Danang to Hoi An, arrival to Hoi An is you are coming to the place where keep the best above the traditional values of the ancient houses and old customs of Vietnamese. Although Hoi An is still small town it is encompassed full necessary features of a fun travel destination with famous Cua Dai Beach, with the special local food, with the ancient architectures of ancient houses, with famous silk clothes, with ecotourism vegetable villages….all of these create a different and special Hoi An where must include in your trip to the center of Vietnam. Then, from Hoi An, you should catch a short flight that is just around one hour to move to Nha Trang beach city, arrival to Nha Trang you will have a chance to explore one of the most beautiful beaches, take part in a lot of the beach activities and there is one of the most important activities that you should not miss is enjoy the local food at here, it is very fresh and delicious.

Things to Do in Vietnam

Landscape at the Lap An pond, Lang co town, Hue, Vietnam

The southern Vietnam

If you plan to travel around Vietnam, you do not miss to take a trip to Ho Chi Minh City the southern Vietnam, and you can catch a short flight to Ho Chi Minh City after you complete the trip in Nha Trang or fly to Ho Chi Minh city from anywhere around Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh City or still called Saigon is the largest city in Vietnam, it is located in the southern Vietnam, this is also the most bustling city in Vietnam. From Saigon, it is easy for you to go to a lot of the different destinations in the south and west of Vietnam. Firstly, you should take a short city tour to explore the most famous sites of Ho Chi Minh City as Reunification Palace, War Remnant Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, d Old Post office, Ben Thanh market, Cho Lon, Chinese town…

 It's the Ben Thanh Market. Old market in Vietnam.

It’s the Ben Thanh Market. Old market in Vietnam.

After that you should visit one of the most special highlight in the southern Vietnam where took place the war between Vietnamese and American is Cu Chi Tunnels, arrival here you will have a chance to see the old equipment which was used for this war, besides that you are taken part in the fun activities such as creep through tunnels and shoot….

From Saigon, it is the most convenient for you to transfer to the Mekong River Delta where is very known by taking a boat around the small canals as well as hearing the folk songs and try the fresh food at the fruit gardens of the locals in My Tho, Ben Tre, Can Tho, Chau Doc…..

Take a boat trip in the river water area in the Mekong River Delta is one of the most interest experience that you never miss, this area is also one of the destinations where almost tourist enjoyed the most once travel Vietnam.

Normally, if you have around from 10 to 15 days to travel Vietnam, then it is fine for you to take a trip which is encompassed the most popular and main highlights from the north, to the center and the south of Vietnam, you also can start your trip from Ho Chi Minh city the southern Vietnam where is available the largest international airport in Vietnam is Tan Son Nhat airport or you also can start from Hanoi the capital of Vietnam or anywhere it is depended on your international flights to what cities of Vietnam.

Things to do in Vietnam

Vietnam is a country with a lot of the different rich resources from the sea, forests, mountains, bays, islands, highlands…..With these features, every year Vietnam attract a lot of the domestic and foreign tourists to the destinations from the mountains to the bays…., with the different purposes when a traveler make decision to travel to some place in Vietnam, but the main purpose of almost travelers whose prefer to visit Vietnam is to take sightseeing, find about the habits and customs of the locals as well as enjoy the local special food of Vietnamese….here under is the main things which almost tourist should do once travel to each city of Vietnam:

Things to do at the destinations in the northern Vietnam

  • Hanoi- the capital of Vietnam

Each of area and destination of Vietnam has the different things which the tourist should do such as you should not miss to try the local food and explore the historical sites, as well as the old town of Hanoi once travel to Hanoi the most famous place in the northern Vietnam, with the local food in Hanoi you should try the most special dishes at here as Bun Cha, Pho (noodle), Cha Ca…., then you also do not forget to explore the most historical sites of the capital of Vietnam such as Ho Chi Minh complex with the One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh Museum, Still-house, then move to Temple of Literature which is also closed nearby Ho Chi Minh Complex, this is the first university of Vietnam, from here you move to the history museum with a lot of the different objects from the different dynasties of Vietnam, Hanoi is also very famous with Hoa Lo prison where kept the Vietnamese prisoners in the war between Vietnam and French and now it becomes a destination must include in the city tour of Hanoi.

Nhat Tan cherry blossom in market, Hanoi, Vietnam

Nhat Tan cherry blossom in market, Hanoi, Vietnam

  • Halong Bay – one of the natural heritages in the world is admitted by UNESCO

Once you travel to the northern Vietnam, you must include Halong Bay where is considered as one of the natural heritages in the world by UNESCO, although you will take a boat trip to enjoy this cruise trip, there are also many activities during your this cruise trip such as you will have a chance to explore the hallowed caves as Sung Sot cave (surprised cave), Thien Cung cave, Thien Canh Son cave….beside that you also have a chance to kayak throughout the caves in Halong Bay, this activity is very fun and suitable for the adventure tourists whose live the kayaking spot, Halong Bay is also very known with the small islands and Ti Top island, enjoying a cruise trip you also should go to one of these islands to relax and swim, the water in these islands is very clean and blue. But one of the most famous activities of a cruise trip on the boat in Halong Bay is the tourist have a chance to enjoy the seafood at here, it is very fresh, and this activity must include for persons whose like to eat the seafood.

Twilight at Halong Bay - Vietnam

Twilight at Halong Bay – Vietnam

  • Sapa – the most famous mountainous sight in the northern Vietnam

A trip to the northern Vietnam, you will lost a half of a real trip if you do not explore Sapa because Sapa is the most beautiful destination where is encompassed the mighty mountainous landscapes of Vietnam, furthermore arrival to Sapa the tourist also have a chance to meet the ethnic locals to find about their habits and customs as well as take part in their daily activities as cooking, plants rice…, even there are also many tourists whose stay with the local families in their villages to understand really about what they are doing in their daily life, all these activities is very fun with all tourists, especially with the adventurers whose like to explore the remote areas in the northern Vietnam.

 Golden season - Rice harvest in Vietnam

Golden season – Rice harvest in Sapa Vietnam

  • Dien Bien Phu – the well-known battlefield

From Sapa, it is easy for you to move to Dien Bien Phu because these two sites are the neighbor, you should catch a bus or there are some adventurers whose like the adventured trips they ride the motorbike from Sapa to Dien Bien Phu to explore this mountainous land. Dien Bien Phu is also a national airport so it is also easy for you to catch a flight to go here from anywhere in Vietnam. Arrival to Dien Bien Phu, the first thing you should do is take your camera to take the most beautiful photos at here, even there are many mighty landscapes on the roads from Sapa to Dien Bien Phu or from the airport of Dien Bien Phu to go to your hotel in order for you to get the most mighty scenery. The second thing you should do and do not miss to explore in Dien Bien Phu is going to the battlefield where took place the well-known battlefield between the army of Vietnamese and American in 65 days and nights, this battlefield is also very known and famous in the world, this site until now still is the pride of Vietnamese. There are many choices about the accommodation in Dien Bien Phu for you to stay, you can stay at the hotel or stay with the local family at the village to find really about the daily life of the locals at here. Dien Bien Phu is located in the mountainous area so the weather is not so hot in the summer from May to September (the temperature is around 30C-38C) and cold in the winter from December to March (the temperature is around 5C-25C), so you should not bring the thick clothes if you come here in the summer as well as do not forget to bring some warm clothes in the winter.

Dien Bien's Victory monument

Dien Bien’s Victory monument

  • Ha Giang – with the rock mountains and the mighty mountainous roads

In the northern Vietnam, Ha Giang has become a popular destination of almost of the adventurers whose travel to the northern Vietnam. Travel to Ha Giang, the tourist will have many things to do in a remote area where the locals still keep almost of their traditional habits and customs. Staying with the local family in the villages in Ha Giang is an idea suggest for your accommodation of the travelers whose want to find and understand really about this area. It is also hard for you to go to Ha Giang because the roads in these areas are very dangerous but instead of that you will have a chance to experience and transfer on one of the most beautiful and wonderful roads in Vietnam, you will have the most beautiful photos which you can not take at any other place in Vietnam. Try the local food in Ha Giang is also the worthwhile experience once you travel this place, the famous food at here such as Thang Co, Reu Nuong, Thang Den, Pork meat and Buffalo meat that is dried nearby the kitchen, Xoi Ngu Sac (the sticky rice is cooked by a lot of the different colors)……Ha Giang is still the most famous sightseeing is Dong Van, this place is completely covered by the rocky mountains.

H'Mong House in Ha Giang

H’Mong House in Dong Van, Ha Giang

  • Ninh Binh with the ancient capital Hoa Lu and a “Halong Bay on land” of Tam Coc

There is a sightseeing where is also located nearby Hanoi and it is also the ancient capital of Vietnam, this destination is Ninh Binh, it takes around two hours by bus from the center of Hanoi to Ninh Binh, arrival to Ninh Binh you will have a chance to find about the history of Hoa Lu where there were three dynasties Dinh, Tien Le and Ly at here, then it was moved to Thang Long and now it is called Hanoi. From Hoa Lu, you just need to transfer around 30 minutes by bus to move to Tam Coc where you enjoy a boat trip by rowing along the river under the rocky mountain, this landscape is still considered as “Halong Bay on land”, it is very beautiful and specially. The best time for you to explore Hoa Lu and Tam Coc is around May and June as well as September because these months are available for the yellow rice fields, you are not only rowed along the river but also you have a chance to have the most beautiful photos of the scenery that is mixed between the nature of rocky mountains, the water river, and the rice fields, it is very wonderful and special. Travel to Tam Coc, you also have a chance to visit three caves (Tam Coc means three caves), these caves are also considered the worthwhile natural sites for you to pay and discover. From Tam Coc, you move to Bich Dong where you will ride a bike to surrounding the villages and see the yellow rice fields, beside that you are also seen the daily life of the locals at here once they are working in the fields, they harvest rice, they grow vegetables…..this landscape looks very peaceful in a countryside as in Bich Dong.

Rice field and river "Ngo Dong"

Rice field and “Ngo Dong” River at Tam Coc, Ninh Binh

  • Hoa Binh with Mai Chau a mighty and peaceful valley 

Located nearby Hanoi, there is also a very famous sightseeing where is considered as one of the most beautiful valleys of Vietnam, it is Mai Chau in Hoa Binh province. There are two ways for you to move from Hanoi to Mai Chau by bus or by motorbike, it takes around three hours by bus and around four hours by motorbike. With the adventurers is ride a motorbike from Hanoi to Mai Chau is one of their most interesting experience because there are the green forests that are surrounded these roads, the roads are very nice so it creates the landscapes at here are very mighty. Arrival to Mai Chau, you will have a chance to meet the ethnic groups whose live under the mountains, they quite live by growing rice, vegetables and feed big, chicken, duck….their daily life is very simple and peaceful. To have a fun night in Mai Chau valley, you should stay at the homestay in the village, at here you will have a chance to experience and understand really about the daily like of the locals at here, beside that you are also enjoyed the local food once you stay with them in their village.

Mai Chau Vietnam

Mai Chau in the morning

  • Perfume Pagoda – Where is combined between the water river and mountains 

Not far from Hanoi, Perfume Pagoda is one of the most famous sights that is located just far from Hanoi around 60km, you can catch a bus, taxi, ride a motorbike or even ride a bike to go to this special pagoda. Perfume Pagoda is a complex with a lot of the different small pagoda, this is also a hallowed pagoda where still attract a lot of the domestic tourist come here in the festivals season from January to March every year, there are also the foreign tourists but almost of the domestic travelers whose live around Vietnam, they come here to pray for the different purposes such as richer, happier….there are some persons whose are difficult to get a baby they also come here to pray for that. This pagoda is very crowded because it is said that this is a very hallowed pagoda, there were many wishes that were become reality. Arrival to Perfume Pagoda, the tourist have a chance to row on a small boat along the river and there is also a unique road to move to this pagoda because surrounding this area is completely covered by the water river and rocky mountains, if you are the traveler who likes the nature and takes a boat trip along a river is this place is exactly the idea destination. You should bring a camera to take the photos once travel this area, you also should wear the short shoes or sandal because you must walk up the top to visit the most important pagoda in this area as well as move to Huong Tich cave by cable. There are many boats which are not available for the lean-to so you also should bring an umbrella to avoid the case it is too sunshine or raining while you are rowing on the boat in the river to move to the different pagoda pagodas in this complex. This area is encompassed a lot of the pagodas, so you also should not wear too short in order to allow coming inside the pagodas at here to pray and explore the most clearly about its special architecture and statues.

Yen Stream - Things to Do in Vietnam

Yen Stream – The road to Perfume Pagoda in the Autumn

Thing to do at the destinations in the center of Vietnam

Located between the southern and northern Vietnam is the central area of Vietnam, also like as in the northern and southern Vietnam is the central Vietnam is also encompassed a lot of the famous and interesting destinations such as Hue, Danang, Hoi An, Nha Trang….Here under is the idea suggests about the activities which the tourist should do about these destinations:

  • Hue – the ancient capital with the high historical value through the kings’ dynasties of Vietnam

Arrival to Hue, you will have a chance to find about the history of the different periods about Nguyen dynasties of Vietnam, and to understand about these dynasties, firstly you should discover kings toms that are stilt kept almost originally at here such as Tu Duc King Tomb, Khanh Dinh King Tomb, Minh Mang King Tomb…..Travel to these special and historical sites, you will understand why Hue is considered as the unique destination where keep the most about the history of Vietnam and just arrival here is you have a chance to find the most about the history of Vietnam through the different Nguyen dynasties.

The Citadel of Hue City - Vietnam

The Citadel of Hue City – Vietnam

Besides finding about the history of Vietnam in Hue, you also should not miss other interest activities such as take a boat trip in Huong River (Perfume River) where you have a chance to hear the folk songs of Hue while sitting on boat to cruise along Huong river that is considered as the most poetic and fond river in Vietnam. From your boat, you are stopped at Thien Mu Pagoda to explore about one of the most ancient and hallowed pagodas of Vietnam, this pagoda is located nearby Huong River, its landscape is very beautiful, you will feel very peaceful and quiet once travel this area. To discover full sights in Hue, you should not miss to explore one of the most special feature that is just available in this historical city is the garden houses, a garden house is located in the center of a large land area, surrounding the house is the green trees, so this feature make the garden very cool even in the hot weather. You will feel very comfortable once stay in the house like this. Hue is also very famous with cyclo trip surrounding the city to take sightseeing and take the beautiful photos about Hue a poetic city in the central Vietnam.

Enjoy the traditional food in Hue is also one of the most fantastic experiences in this city, there are a lot of the delicious dishes of Vietnam come from Hue such as Bun Bo Hue (noodle and beef), Com Hen (rice with mussel), Che, Cakes in Hue as Banh Bot Loc, Banh Chung (square glutinous rice cake)….

  • Danang – the most worthwhile city to live in Vietnam

Danang is one of the Central Government cities of Vietnam, this city is included a lot of the famous sightseeing from the nature to culture such as My Khe Beach where is also considered as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Son Tra beach, Ba Na hill where you are seen the mighty landscapes this area once sitting in one of the longest cable car in the world, My Son holy land where is considered as “Angkor Wat of Vietnam” one of the cultural heritages in the world, Marble Mountain where you will have a chance to take sightseeing between the mighty mountains and the vast ocean water….All of these sites must include once you travel Danang the cleanest city in the central area as well as in Vietnam.

Arrival to Danang, besides you must see the most sightseeing above, you also do not forget to try the traditional of the locals and seafood at here, it is very special and cheap such as My Quang, Goi Ca Nam O (raw fish is tied with the raw vegetable and sauce), Bun Cha Ca, Banh Trang Thit Heo, Banh Xeo, Banh Beo….all of these dishes is worth for you to try once travel Danang.

Da Nang Vietnam,Things to do in Da Nang

Danang – the most worthwhile city to live in Vietnam

Danang is the most famous with My Khe beach, almost travelers arrive in Danang prefer to swim on this beach, it is included along while sand and very clean, this beach is located nearby the center of Danang city, it takes just around five minutes by bus or taxi to go to this beach from the center of Danang, if you stay at the hotel where is located this beach, then you just need to walk or even your room is also easy to see to the sea, that’s why every year Danang is one of the cities where attract the most about the domestic and foreign tourists arriving and exploring. With the travelers whose want to have the most beautiful photos about nature and sea, then Hai Van pass is the most suitable for that because this place is mixed between the mountains and sea, it is very special. Especially, Danang is very safe to travel and stay, there is not any rubber on the roads, the evils is almost not available at here, this is also the reason why this beautiful city is very crowded the tourists every year.

When you travel Danang, you also take advantage of going to Hoi An and Hue because these three destinations are the most famous sites in the central area of Vietnam. It is just around 30km from Danang to Hoi An, and it is around 120km from Danang to Hue.

  • Hoi An – The old town where is accepted as one of the cultural heritages in the world by UNESCO 

Hoi An is a small destination that is located in the central Vietnam, it is far from Hue around 150km and takes around three hours by bus from Hue to Hoi An, it is far from Danang just around 30km. Although Hoi An is not large, this site is encompassed both of the important two features arriving here, the first convenient is the old town is for the tourist to shop to buy the local souvenirs such as the lantern (the lantern is the most famous souvenir in the old town of Hoi An) , enjoy the local food, tailor the special clothes, walking around the old town to find about the habits and customs of the locals whose live in this area. The second convenience for you to visit Hoi An is after you complete to explore the old town, then you should to the beach to relax and discover Cua Dai beach one of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam. If you stay nearby the beach, then you can catch the local bus or shuttle bus from your resort to the town and vice versa.

 Hoi An is lighted by lantern, things to do in Hoi An Vietnam

Hoi An is lighted by lantern on fullmoon night.

While you are staying in Hoi An, you also should go to the fresh vegetable villages that are also located nearby Hoi An, you are possible to catch a bus, ride a motorbike or even ride a bike from the old town of Hoi An to go to these special villages. Arrival to these villages, you will have a chance to see really about a daily life of the locals at here, how they work in the fields, how they grow vegetable…it is very interesting and fun. After you explored the vegetable villages, you also have a chance to fish in the small rivers and canals at here, and one of the most interested activity you must include once travel to the ecotourism villages in Hoi An is you should enjoy a cooking class in this area, it is very special and different from other places in Vietnam.

Special, if you stay in Hoi An on the fifteen days of the lunar every month, you will have a chance to take part in the lantern festivals, the locals and tourist will drop a lot of the lanterns to the river and each of this lantern is included a wish of its owner, this activity is very meaning and fun.

Try a local food in the old town of Hoi An is also an unique experience because this place is very known with a lot of the different dishes such as Com Ga (chicken rice), Cao Lau, Banh Bao, Banh Dap, My Quang, Bread….there are many reasons for the tourist to make decision to visit some place but the special food in Hoi An is also one of the main reasons that attract tourist to visit this site.

  • Nha Trang – The most beautiful beach city in Vietnam

Nha Trang is still considered as the most beautiful beach city in Vietnam because this city lasts along the seaside, it is very convenient for the tourist to combine to take sightseeing around the city as well as relax on the beach anytime. The weather in Nha Trang is an ideal condition for the tourist to visit this destination anytime in a year, you can swim and enjoy the sports on the beach anytime. Arrival to Nha Trang, you will have a chance to visit the most wonderful islands and beaches of Vietnam such as Mun island, Mot island, Tre island, Chong island, Doc Let beach, Dai Lanh beach, Bai Duong beach, Tam island, Mieu island, Ninh Van bay, Van Phong bay…you are impossible to visit all of these sites but if you have a chance to visit one or two of them, it is also enough for you to understand why every year Nha Trang attach a lot of the domestic and foreign travellers like that. Arrival to Nha Trang, you also should not miss enjoying the seafood at here because this feature is one of the most famous features that attract tourists coming with Nha Trang all time, the seafood at here is very diversified and fresh, certainly if you do not prefer the seafood, then this city also offer you other special food that is also the traditional and local food of Nha Trang such as Bun Cha Ca, Dry beef in Lac Canh (Thit Bo Nuong Lac Canh), Banh Can, Nem Nuong, Muc Rim, Cha Ca, Banh Canh, Banh Trang Xoai, Banh Dap, Banh Beo…..

Nha Trang -Things to Do in Nha Trang Vietnam

Nha Trang – The most beautiful beach city in Vietnam

With the families whose travel with kids to Nha Trang, then do not forgot to bring them to Vin Pearland resort in order for them to enjoy a lot of the different games at here because this is the largest area where offer and organize all games for both of kids and adults, if your budget allow to stay at a five star hotel, then Vin Pearl Land resort is the best choice for you because staying in this resort, you are served everything from the restaurants of your meals to your leisure, from relaxing and swimming on the private beaches to the quiet space for the couples whose take their holidays as their honeymoons….everything is available at this resort. But, you are also possible to stay in the city of Nha Trang, then buy the ticket to move to this island to take part in the travel activities at here. Exploring Nha Trang, you also should not miss taking the cable car to see the most beautiful landscapes of the beach and island at here because all these is worthwhile for you to pay.

Nha Trang has also the airport, it is called Cam Ranh airport, so it is also very convenient for any tourist who wants to visit Nha Trang from anywhere around Vietnam, there are also many different flights each day for you to choose. If you are a person who likes the beach, Nha Trang is one of the most worth destinations for you to consider and pay.

  • Dalat  “The flower city”

Dalat is one of the most beautiful cities in Vietnam and it is located in the highland area of Vietnam, this place is always an ideal destination for the couples whose take their honeymoons because the landscapes and the weather at here is very very beautiful and the cool weather at a highland area is the good condition for all kinds of flowers is opened all time in this place. Dalat is a small city, the central area is fine for you to walk to explore full sites at here such as Dalat Market, Xuan Huong Lake, Dalat university….Arrival to Dalat, the first thing you should do is walking around these central sites to take sightseeing, enjoy some coffee and buy the local souvenirs, special you should try the local fruits at here because this area is one of the main places where offer a lot of the different fruits to the cities around Vietnam such as Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Hai Phong, Danang….beside the fruits is Dalat is the most famous city in Vietnam about growing the different kinds of flowers such as the rose, lily, daisy, orchid….all of these flowers are the most beautiful once they are grew and opened in Dalat, so there are many provinces and cities in Vietnam getting these flowers to sell, special the flowers of Dalat is always used for the important festivals of Vietnamese such as New Year (Tet), International Women Day (8/3)….If you can not bring the fresh flowers back home, then there are also have many kinds of dry flowers for you to choose at here, it is also very beautiful with enough kinds of color.

Dalat “The flower city" Things to Do in Da Lat Vietnam

Dalat “The flower city”

Exploring Dalat, you do not forget to go to its main sightseeing to feel real about a romantic and different Dalat such as Crazy House where you have a chance to see the unique architectures that there is not any place in the world is the same like that, this site is also available the room for you to stay overnight if you want to discover extra about this special place. The next main sight of Dalat is Bao Dai Palace where until now is still kept almost of the original items of the last king of Vietnam used for his and his family daily life every day such as the chairs, the working rooms, the bedrooms, clothes….special once you arrive here, you have a chance to wear the clothes of kings and queen to take photos, with the children come here they also have a chance to ride a horse around the palace, this activity is very fun and interested with kids, besides that this place is grown many kinds of flower so you will have the photos very nice at here. From Dao Dai Palace, you should move to Dalat Railway Station to find the most ancient railway station in Vietnam where is accepted as the national heritage. Then, you go to Phuoc Linh Pagoda, Truc Lam Zen monastery, Mong Mo Hill, Dalanta waterfall, Camly waterfall….if you would like to survey complete Dalat city, then you do not forgot to go Lang Biang Mountain where is high 2.167m to the sea, this place is also considered as the roof of Dalat. And, with the young and couples once visit Dalat is Love valley is one of the most places where you must include because at here you are enjoyed quite in the natural scenery with the pine forests, flower, water waterfalls, lakes…

Crazy House - Things to do in Da Lat Vietnam

Crazy House – Sightseeing must see in Dalat

After taking full sights of Dalat, you walk around Xuan Huong Lake and Dalat market to enjoy the local food at here, it is very special and worthwhile for you to try some warm dishes in a cold weather like here such as Nem Nuong, Banh Beo, Banh Canh, Banh Trang Nuong….

Dalat has also the airport so that it is easy and convenient for you to come here from any place in Vietnam. In fact, Dalat is located in the highland area of Vietnam so that the best vehicle to go to Dalat from anywhere in Vietnam is catch a short by flight because it is little tired and very long to transfer from other cities to go Dalat, but if you prefer to move on the mighty and zigzag roads is take a bus to Dalat from any city is the best choice for you to come here.

Things to do at the destinations in the southern Vietnam

The southern Vietnam is still very known with all tourist once travel to Vietnam, this is a large region where is encompassed many famous destinations about nature, water river, people, food, culture….

  • Ho Chi Minh City – The most bustling city of Vietnam where has ever been considered as “the jade of Far East”

Ho Chi Minh City or still called Saigon, although this is the old name, it is remembered by a lot of the tourists than the new name is Ho Chi Minh City. Saigon is the destination where you must included to explore once travel Vietnam because it is very special, this is a very crowded and bustling city but it quite still keeps its original traditional habits and customs, the locals at here live still very simple, warm, honestly and kind as their ancestors in the past so that this is also one of the main reasons that make the foreign tourists still prefer to stay in Saigon longer than other cities in Vietnam. At here, the tourist has a chance to find about an eventful Saigon, a warm Saigon and a Saigon with many fun activities anytime in a year.

Street scene of daily life in Ho Chi Minh City, Things to do in Ho Chi Minh city Vietnam

Street scene of daily life in Ho Chi Minh City

There are a lot of the tourists in the world to choose Saigon as their second, third time to visit again just because it is a different city from other cities around Vietnam as well as around the world. You can buy anything at here with very special prices by the nicest clothes to the most pretty hats, from the most beautiful shoes, sandals to the colorful towels….you should not miss to shop in Saigon if you traveled to this special city. And, to choose and buy the most and cheapest things in Saigon, then you must to Ben Thanh market where is considered as the largest in the southern Vietnam, this site is always included in the city tour of Saigon. With the tourists whose do not like to shop, there are also many other sites to explore in Saigon such as Reunification Palace where the president of the southern Vietnam stayed and worked in the past, War Remnant Museum where keep almost of the instruments and documents of Indochina second war, this place is an ideal for the veterans and the elders come to explore, beside this historical site Saigon is also very famous with Notre Dame Cathedral one of the soul symbol of Saigon , the Old Post Office where is available the special architectures of the French, Giac Lam pagoda one of the oldest pagodas in the the southern area of Vietnam, Cho Lon where you also have a chance to choose and buy anything for sale like as Ben Thanh market, Chinese Town where almost Chinese live and work.

Like as the weather of Thailand, Saigon also has two seasons is dry and wet, the temperature at here is always very pleasure for you to visit Saigon anytime, this city is not like as Hanoi city where has until four seasons as spring, summer, autumn and winter so that if you just travel to Saigon (the southern Vietnam), then you do not need to care much to bring your clothes because just some thin clothes are enough for you at here.

Travel to Saigon, you must try the local food at here to understand why this city is considered as one of the most worthwhile cities where you should not miss to eat something before leave it, the most special Saigon people such as Banh Trang Tron, Banh Trang Nuong, Snail, Com Tam, Com Suon, Pha Lau, Ice-Cream, Bot Chien, Mui Sui Cao….After having tried the special dishes of Saigon, the next is you should try some special drinks at here such as coffee, ginseng water, Dua Tac, Sugar cane juice, Stewed fruit (Che)…

Ho Chi Minh City is available the largest international airport under the name is Tan Son Nhat airport, this airport offer a lot of the different internal and international flights every day, this airport is included almost return flights to the countries in the world so that it is easy for any tourist who wants to fly to Saigon anytime and from anywhere.

  • Cu Chi Tunnels – the “Iron Triangle or Iron Land in the war”

With almost tourists whose visited Saigon, they prefer to explore Cu Chi Tunnels because this site is located just around 70km from Saigon by bus. To be considered as one of the national historical relics, Cu Chi Tunnels as the living proof to describe about the bloody war between the army of Vietnamese and American during 30 years fighting very hard. Arrival here, the tourist will have a chance to take part in the daily activities which were taken place everyday in this area such as fire, glide headlong through tunnels at here, enjoy the traditional food that were cooked and eaten everyday by the locals and soldiers at here such rice, potato, cassava, vegetable….the daily life of all soldiers whose lived and worked at these tunnels in this period is really really hard, they had to fight to the invaders and they also kept completely secretly about their activities. Exploring Cu Chi Tunnels, you do not miss to take part in all activities which are emulated again as all people did it in the past at here. The tunnels is not easy to glide headlong but if it is split into the short parts, so you can try to creep as much as you can to feel really about what were taken place and why people could stand with a very hard life such that but they still won the invaders.

cu chi tunnels

Cu Chi Tunnels – the “Iron Triangle or Iron Land in the war”

Although the tunnels are very small, it is lengthened until around 250km, because the tunnels is the place for all people lived, worked and fought so it is also encompassed the important establishments such as the schools, hospital, kitchen, water well, army medical corps…..it is very hard to live in these establishments but all people tried the best and they were successful with those effort. Travel to Cu Chi Tunnels, you also do not forget to see the old firms which are opened every time to service the tourist who visit this site in order for them can see anytime, these old firms are very meaning and practical because this is the real films which were described again all what the war at here was taken place in the past.

Cu Chi tunnels is located in a forest area with a lot of the green and big trees, so that even if you come here on a hot day, then it is still very convenient and pleasured for even any old tourist or kids to walk around this site even creep until a half day to explore full sights at here, but to do the most convenient for you exploring Cu Cu Tunnels you should wear shoes or sandals so that it is easier for you to creep under the tunnels as well as surrounding the sites.

While visiting Cu Chi tunnels, you also should obey the rules at here such as do not touch or unbind some objects, you should go (follow) the person line is going in front of you, do not break off trees….everything must be followed very hard with a tourist crowed area like this to keep everything well. Cu Chi Tunnels attract not only the domestic tourist but also there are a lot of foreign travelers arrive here to explore, arrival here the tourist will have a chance to understand why with a small country like as Vietnam but won a large and rich country like America.

  • The Mekong River Delta – The most famous water river area in Vietnam 

When you arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, then the Mekong River Delta must include on your trip in this area because the Mekong River Delta is one of the most famous destinations about the water river in the southwestern area in Vietnam, this famous area is encompassed many different provinces, cities, and attractions such as My Tho, Ben Tre, Can Tho, Chau Doc, Cai Rang & Phong Dien floating market, Cai Be floating market in Vinh Long, Tra Su cajuput forest…..Depending on your permitted time to explore this area, it is also possible from one to more dates, if you have just one day to visit the Mekong River delta, then you should go to My Tho and Ben Tre to enjoy a motorboat in the river and rowing on a small wooden boat into the small canals to find about the traditional habits and customs of the locals at here, besides surrounding this site by rowing on a small wooden boat you also have a chance to walk on the small roads in the villages at here to hear the folk songs of the locals, these folk songs in the Mekong River delta is still considered as the soul of this area, it is very interested even you are the foreign tourists and you do not know English. My Tho and Ben Tre is still very famous with the coconut candy, this kind of candy is very sweet and delicious, you can buy some of it to bring home after visiting the candy factories that are located in the villages, this site also must include on your trip to these two sites. After completing to take sightseeing at here, you also do not forget to enjoy the local and special food at here, you should try some dishes about the fish in this water river area, it is very special and different from other places because it is cooked as soon as catching from the river. Besides trying some dishes about the fish at here, you also should not miss to try other very famous dishes such as Com Dua (rice is cooked with coconut), Banh Trang at My Long Ben Tre, Banh Phong at Son Doc Ben Tre, Chuoi Dap, Banh Xeo, Banh Canh, Duong Dua…..

Cai Rang floating market, Things to Do in Can Tho Vietnam

Cai Rang floating market, Can Tho, Vietnam

If you have one more day, you should leave My Tho and Ben Tre for Can Tho to stay overnight, Can Tho city is one of the Central Government four cities in Vietnam, it is very large and rich. Can Tho is the most famous with two sites is Cai Rang and Phong Dien floating market so that after leaving My Tho and Ben Tre, you should go to Can Tho for overnight to prepare for the next day visiting these most two floating markets in this western area. Normally, Cai Rang and Phong Dien floating market is organized in the morning around from 7 am to 12noon, it is still available in the afternoon but it is the most crowded in the morning. At here, you have the real chance to find and understand about the normal life of the locals in an area where is moved and transferred almost by boat, they live on boat, eat on boat, earn living on boat, do business on boat…..all activities at here is exchanged via boats, it is very fun and worth for the tourist who has never seen a daily life on a floating market. During your boat trip in these two floating markets, you can buy anything you want from other boats which are run nearby you such as the fruits, local food, even some cups of coffee to drink directly on your boat, souvenirs of this place, clothes…..everything is sold on the local boats at here.

This area is also included a lot of the canals, so if you do not visit My Tho and Ben Tre, then you are possible to transfer directly from Saigon to Can Tho (Cai Rang and Phong Dien floating market) to take part in these two floating markets, then row on a small wooden boat inside the small cancel in this area. Arrival to Can Tho, you must try the most delicious and famous local food at here is Banh Xeo at Cai Son, Pho Ca (noodle is cooked with fish), Banh Tam Bi, Lau Mam at Da Ly….After finishing to explore Can Tho with the most famous two sites is Cai Rang and Phong Dien floating market, you should continue moving to Chau Doc if you have more time, it takes around 3-4hours from Can Tho to Chau Doc by a bus. It is not like as Can Tho, Chau Doc is included the most special destination is Tra Su Cajuput forest, this is a saltmarsh forest with the area is until 850ha, this forest is covered completely by the cajuput, it is very very green with this cajuput and have a lot of the rare animals and the bird such as Mycteria leptocephali, Anhinga melanogaster….Tra Su cajuput forest is very suitable for the person who prefers to find and study in the waste animals and nature. Arrival here, you have a chance to be sat on a boat and is rowed around this area to take full sightseeing as well as take the most beautiful photos which are just available at here only. With a large space where is covered by water, green trees, animals, birds….Tra Su cajuput forest is the destination where you must see once travel to Chau Doc.

Specially, if you intend to travel Cambodia from Vietnam, then Chau Doc is an ideal place for you to go to this neighboured country by just a hydrofoil, it takes around 4-5 hours by boat to move from Chau Doc Vietnam to the ferry of Cambodia, from this ferry you can catch a bus or taxi to enter the center of Phnom Penh.