Vietnam Regions FAQ

The Regions of Vietnam

The regions of Vietnam

 North Vietnam Travel FAQ

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➡  Central Vietnam Travel FAQ

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 South Vietnam Travel FAQ

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➡  Travel Around Vietnam FAQ

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Highlights of North Vietnam

North Vietnam Travel FAQ


Highlights          What are the highlights of North Vietnam?

Weather            What are the best months to visit North Vietnam?

Hanoi                   What are the best activities to do in Hanoi?

Halong Bay             What are some shore excursions to take on Halong Bay?

Sapa                     What are the best attractions & activities to do in Sapa?

Dien Bien Phu       How to get to Dien Bien Phu & when is the best time to visit here?

Ha Giang              What are the top tours about landscapes, locals’ culture & lifestyle in Ha Giang?

Ninh Binh             When is the best time & what are the top reasons to visit Ninh Binh?

Mai Chau              What are the best things to do in Mai Chau & how to get there from Hanoi?

Perfume Pagoda    How far from Hanoi to Perfume Pagoda & what are the best adventures here?

Itineraries            What are some suggested itineraries for traveling in northern Vietnam?


Central Vietnam

Central Vietnam Travel FAQ


Highlights       What are the highlights of Central Vietnam?

Weather         What are the best months to visit Central Vietnam?

Hue                  What are the must-see attractions in Hue?

Phong Nha          How to get to Phong Nha and what are the top attractions & activities to do?

Danang             What would be the best 2-3 days itinerary in Danang?

Hoi An              Is it easy to travel to Hoi An & what are the top activities not missed here?

Nha Trang        What is the best time to visit Nha Trang port city & the top things to do here?

Dalat               Is it easy to travel to Dalat & What are the best things to do here?

Itineraries        What are some suggested itineraries for traveling in central Vietnam?


South Vietnam

South Vietnam Travel FAQ


Highlights                     What are the highlights of South Vietnam?

Weather                      When are the best months to visit South Vietnam?

Ho Chi Minh City               What are the best ways to get to Ho Chi Minh City & the best things to do here?

Cu Chi tunnels                 What are some different activities to do in the Cu Chi tunnels?

The Mekong River Delta       What should I not miss along the Mekong River Delta?

Nam Cat Tien National Park  How do I get to Nam Cat Tien National Park & top activities to do there?

Tram Chim National Park      What is the best time to visit Tram Chim National Park & the best things to do?

Phu Quoc island                  When is the best time, how to visit Phu Quoc island & what should I do here?

Con Dao island                   How to get to Con Dao island & what are the best activities to do here?

Itineraries                          ▸ What are some suggested itineraries to travel around South Vietnam?

North Vietnam Travel FAQ

What are the highlights of Northern Vietnam?
The highlights of North Vietnam include: Hanoi, Halong, Ninh Binh, Mai Chau, Sapa, Ha Giang
Other places not to miss include: Cat Ba Island, Bac Kan, Cao Bang, Son La, Son La, Dien Bien Phu, Lai Chau

Highlights of North Vietnam

Highlights of North Vietnam

The Best Travel Routes in Northern Vietnam
By traveling through North Vietnam, you can explore bays, beaches, islands, and large mountains. The journey should begin in Hanoi’s Old Quarter which is a UNESCO world heritage site. From Hanoi, it’s about a 2-hour bus ride to Halong Bay, one of the most beautiful natural heritage sites in the world. Then, from Halong Bay, take a hydrofoil to Cat Ba island, which is also known as “paradise on land”. From Cat Ba island, take a short bus ride back to Hanoi to catch a night train or bus to Sapa to meet ethnic locals and learn about their traditional habits and customs. From Sapa, you can easily travel by bus to other mountainous provinces such as Lai Chau, Dien Bien Phu, and Ha Giang.

Alternatively, you can take a night train or a daily bus from Hanoi to Sapa for a mountainous journey.  Then, it’s easy to travel to nearby Lai Chau, Dien Bien Phu, or Ha Giang. Finally, you can explore Halong Bay and Cat Ba Island with some nice beaches nearby. Exploring several sights in northern Vietnam will be a worthwhile, memorable trip, due to the landscape, locals, food, and accommodations.

What are the best months to visit Northern Vietnam?
North Vietnam has four distinct seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Every season has its unique beauty.
Spring and autumn seasons are March, April, October, and November, with temperatures ranging from 20 to 25 degrees Celsius.
Winter lasts from December to February, with temperatures ranging from 15 to 22 degrees Celsius.
Summer runs from May to September, with temperatures ranging from 25 to 35 degrees Celsius. There may be heavy rains on a single day during this season, but this will not affect your trip because it does not rain for long periods.
So, with only the exception of the summer hot months of May to September, you can visit North Vietnam throughout the spring, autumn, and winter months.

What are the best activities to do in Hanoi, Vietnam?
Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and one of the most famous places in northern Vietnam. Visit the old town of Hanoi and try the local food such as Bun Cha, Pho (noodles), and Cha Ca. Explore some historical sites like the Ho Chi Minh Complex with the One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh Museum, and Still-house.  Then moved to the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university which is near the Ho Chi Minh Complex. Next, you can visit the history museum highlighting the different dynasties of Vietnam. Hanoi is also well-known for the Hoa Lo prison, which housed Vietnamese prisoners during the Vietnam-French war and is now a must-see place on any Hanoi city tour.

The “Ham Ca Map” building in Hanoi is perfect for a rooftop coffee

What are some shore excursions to take on Halong Bay, Vietnam?
Halong Bay has been designated as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites. Take a relaxing boat trip around the bay and then explore some caves such as Sung Sot Cave (Surprising cave), Thien Cung, or Thien Canh Son caves. Kayaking is also very popular at Halong Bay. Halong Bay is also well-known for its small islands such as Ti Top Island, where you can swim in the clear blue water. You can also enjoy very fresh seafood at Halong Bay.

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay, Vietnam

What are the best attractions & activities to do in Sapa, Vietnam?
Sapa is the most well-known mountainous destination in northern Vietnam where you can meet and speak with ethnic minorities. Tourists have the unique opportunity to learn about the customs of the locals and can even participate in cooking and rice planting with them.

Sapa, Vietnam

Sapa, Vietnam

How to get to Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam & when is the best time to visit here?
Traveling from Sapa to Dien Bien Phu is simple because these two sites are so close together. The magnificent landscapes from Sapa to Dien Bien Phu provide plenty of photo opportunities.  To explore Dien Bien Phu, a famous battleground of Vietnam, you can take a bus or even ride a motorbike from Sapa to Dien Bien Phu. Or, Dien Bien Phu has a national airport, so you can fly here from anywhere in Vietnam. In Dien Bien Phu, there are many options for lodging. You can stay in a hotel or with a local family in the village to learn more about the daily lives of the people who live here. Dien Bien Phu has pleasant weather from May to September.

Dien Bien Phu battleground

Dien Bien Phu battleground in the war

The battlefield where the well-known battle took place between the Vietnamese and American armies that lasted 65 days is a place not to miss. This historical site is still the pride of the Vietnamese today.

Dien Bien Phu battleground currently

The current Dien Bien Phu battleground

What are the top activities & tours & how do I learn about the locals’ culture and lifestyle in Ha Giang?
Ha Giang, well-known for its rocky mountains and roads in northern Vietnam, has become a popular destination for nearly all visitors to the region. When visiting Ha Giang, tourists will experience a remote area where many traditional habits and customs are still practiced by the locals. If interested, you can stay with a local family in one of Ha Giang’s villages to get an authentic feel for their culture.

The roads in the area of Ha Giang are too difficult to drive by car but doable by motorbike,… if you are an experienced driver. The Northern Ha Giang loop is between 290 and 380 kilometers long and the weather can be unpredictable in this area. However, if the route looks too hard, remember you can always opt for booking a tour in Ha Giang, ride behind an expert guide, and sit in the pillion/saddle.

Trying the local food in Ha Giang is also a worthwhile experience with famous dishes such as Thang Co, Reu Nuong, Thang Den, dried pork and buffalo meat, and Xoi Ngu Sac (the sticky rice that is cooked in a variety of colors). Also, Dong Van is worthy of a visit, which is surrounded by rocky mountains and is still a very famous attraction in Ha Giang.

Ha Giang, Northern Vietnam

Ha Giang, Northern Vietnam

When is the best time & what are the top reasons to visit Ninh Binh, Vietnam?
1. Ninh Binh “Halong Bay on Land of Vietnam”
2. Take a rowing boat trip on the river at Tam Coc and Trang An.

3. Enjoy a panoramic view at Mua Cave.
4. Learn about the century-old dynasties at the ruins of the ancient capital Hoa Lu.
5. Explore the beautiful landscape of Ninh Binh in Cuc Phuong National Park
6. Go wildlife and bird watching

It takes approximately two hours by bus from the center of Hanoi to Ninh Binh. When you travel to Ninh Binh you will have the opportunity to learn about the history of Hoa Lu. The three dynasties Dinh, Tien Le, and Ly were later moved to Thang Long, which is now called HANOI.

The best time to visit Hoa Lu and Tam Coc is May, June, and September because the yellow rice fields are open during these months. You will be rowed along the river to enjoy the beautiful scenery, a combination of rocky mountains, a river, and rice fields. In Tam Coc, you can visit three caves. From Tam Coc, you can travel to Mua Cave and Bich Dong, where you can ride a bike to the surrounding villages and see the yellow rice fields. You can also see the daily life of the locals while they work in the fields, harvest rice, and grow vegetables.

Tam Coc, Ninh Binh

Rowing along the river in Tam Coc, Ninh Binh, Vietnam

How to get from Hanoi to Mai Chau, Vietnam & what are the best things to do here?
Mai Chau is regarded as one of Vietnam’s most beautiful valleys.  From Hanoi to Mai Chau, you can take a bus (3 hrs) or a motorbike (4 hrs).  Riding a motorcycle from Hanoi to Mai Chau is one of the most thrilling experiences for adventurers due to the lush green forests and spectacular scenery. When you arrive in Mai Chau, you can meet the ethnic groups who live beneath the mountains.  They make a living by growing rice and vegetables, and by raising chickens and ducks. Their daily life is simple and peaceful. Staying at a homestay in a Mai Chau village is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  Here, you can experience firsthand the daily lives of the locals. If you stay with them in their village, you can also sample the local cuisine.

Mai Chau, Hoa Binh

Mai Chau, Hoa Binh

How long does it take to get to the perfume pagoda from Hanoi & what are top nature adventures here?
The Perfume Pagoda, a very popular day trip in northern Vietnam, is a sacred religious site with a variety of small pagodas. It is about 60 km southwest of Hanoi and can be reached by bus, taxi, motorbike, bicycle, or boat.  Above the rice fields, you can see the limestone cliffs of the mountain with the Buddhist pagodas. To visit the most important pagoda, it is necessary to climb up higher to take the cable car to Huong Tich cave.  

Perfume Pagoda attracts domestic and foreign tourists who go there to pray during the festival season from January to March every year.  No need to dress up, but avoid wearing anything too short. Skirts, capris, and pants are fine with comfortable shoes. An umbrella may come in handy also, just in case it gets too hot or rains when going down the river to the various pagodas. 

Yen Stream - The road to Perfume Pagoda

Yen Stream – The unique river road to Perfume Pagoda

Best itinerary in Northern Vietnam

Central Vietnam Travel FAQ

What are the highlights of Central Vietnam?
You can continue your exploration of other famous Vietnam sights by taking a short 1-hour flight from northern or southern Vietnam to central Vietnam to explore the highlights in this region, including Phong Nha, Hue, Danang, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Dalat, Mui Ne.

Top Destinations in Central Vietnam

Highlights of Central Vietnam

The Best Travel Routes in Central Vietnam
First, you should fly to the ancient capital of Hue to learn about the various kings’ dynasties. Next, take a boat trip to hear folk songs on the beautiful Huong Giang River called Perfume River. From Hue, you can take a 3-hour bus ride to Danang to relax on one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, My Khe Beach or Son Tra Beach, with one of the world’s most famous resorts, InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, a five-star resort. Also, try some local cuisine in Danang, which is both unique and reasonably priced. From Danang, it’s a 30-minute drive to Hoi An. When you arrive in Hoi An, you will notice that many ancient houses and Vietnamese customs have been preserved. Although Hoi An is still a small town, it has all of the features of a fun travel destination, with Cua Dai Beach, the special local food, the ancient architecture of ancient houses, the famous silk clothes, and the ecotourism vegetable villages. In addition, another option is to take a one-hour flight from Hoi An to the beach city of Nha Trang. There, you can explore one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and enjoy the delicious local food.

What are the best months to visit Central Vietnam?
Central Vietnam has two distinct seasons: rainy and dry seasons, with the average temperatures, ranging from 25 to 38 degrees Celsius.
The dry season lasts from January to August, with temperatures ranging from 30 to 38 degrees Celsius.
The rainy season runs from August to December, with temperatures ranging from 25 to 35 degrees Celsius.
To avoid the rainy season in October and November in Central Vietnam, visit this region from January to September and December.

What are the must-see attractions in Hue, Vietnam?
When visiting Hue, the ancient capital with a rich history traced back to the kings’ dynasties of Vietnam, you will have the opportunity to learn about the history of the Nguyen dynasties of Vietnam. To understand these dynasties, you should first discover kings’ tombs that are still kept originally here, such as Tu Duc King Tomb, Khanh Dinh King Tomb, and Minh Mang King Tomb…..Traveling to these unique and historical sites will help you understand why Hue is regarded as a one-of-a-kind destination that preserves the most about Vietnam’s history.

A peaceful activity in Hue would be to take a boat ride on the Huong River (Perfume River), where you can listen to folk songs. Your boat stops at Thien Mu Pagoda to learn about one of Vietnam’s most ancient and revered pagodas. This pagoda is near the Huong River and is surrounded by a beautiful landscape. Don’t forget to explore something very unique in this historical city, some garden houses. A garden house is situated in the center of a large plot of land, surrounded by green trees which keep the garden cool, even in hot weather. Hue is also well-known for its cyclo tours, which take visitors all over the city to see many sights in this poetic city of central Vietnam. Enjoying traditional food in Hue is also a fantastic experience. Many of Vietnam’s delectable dishes, such as Bun Bo Hue (noodles and beef), Com Hen (rice with mussels), and Che, originated in Hue. Also, try some Hue cakes such as Banh Bot Loc and Banh Chung (a square rice cake).

Hue, Vietnam

Hue City, Vietnam

How to get to Phong Nha and what are the best attractions and activities to do here?
You can get to Phong Nha via short and daily flights from Hanoi (Vietnam’s capital) or Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam’s largest city), or weekly flights from Chiang Mai, Thailand. Phong Nha is only about 50 kilometers from Dong Hoi City, so it is also simple to take a bus from Dong Hoi to Phong Nha after taking a train from one of Vietnam’s major cities, such as Ninh Binh and Hanoi in the north, Hue and Danang (Hoi An) in the center, and Ho Chi Minh City in the south.

Things to do in Phong Nha
Belong to the limestone mountainous region of Ke Bang’s Bo Trach District in Quang Binh province. Phong Nha Caves, located approximately 50 kilometers from Dong Hoi City, is considered Vietnam’s most beautiful cave, it is protected by tropical forests. Phong Nha Caves are the most typical caves in terms of aesthetic value and are unique in Phong Nha – Ke Bang Heritage, which is regarded as one of the most beautiful caves in the world. Take a boat from the Son River for about 30 minutes to Phong Nha Caves, where you will begin to see the charming mountainous landscape and the mighty nature, as well as a lot of particularly interesting images to excite tourists’ imaginations in Phong Nha. You can also take a full-day trip from Hue to this site or stay overnight in Quang Binh before moving on to another location after visiting Phong Nha.

What would be the best 2 – 3 Day itinerary in Danang, Vietnam?
Danang is a Central Government city in Vietnam and has many famous tourist attractions. The beautiful beaches of Son Tra Beach and My Khe Beach are located near the center of Danang City. It takes just about five minutes by bus or taxi to reach a beach from the center of Danang. You might get a seaside hotel room and see why Danang is such a popular destination.

If you are a traveler who enjoys exploring natural sights, Ba Na Hill is the place to see the mighty landscapes of a large forest area while riding on one of the world’s longest cable cars. One of Danang’s most amazing places is the Golden Bridge, which is located near Ba Na Hill. My Son Holyland is also known as the “Angkor Wat of the World” by UNESCO. For travelers who want to take the most beautiful photos of nature and the sea, the Hai Van Pass is the best option because it is a unique combination of mountains and sea. Danang is a very safe place to travel and stay.

When visiting Danang, don’t forget to try the traditional local dishes and seafood, which are both unique and reasonably priced, such as My Quang, Goi Ca Nam O (raw fish tied with raw vegetables and sauce), Bun Cha Ca, Banh Trang Thit Heo, Banh Xeo, Banh Beo….all of these dishes are delicious. When visiting Danang, you should also go to Hoi An and Hue, as these are the three most well-known destinations in Vietnam’s central region. Danang is only about 30 kilometers from Hoi An, and Danang is about 120 kilometers from Hue.

My Khe Beach in Danang

The World-famous My Khe Beach in Danang

Is it easy to travel to Hoi An in Central Vietnam & what are the top activities not missed here?
Hoi An, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site is a small town in central Vietnam that takes about three hours to reach by bus from Hue. It is only about 30 kilometers from Danang. Even though Hoi An is a small city, it has many attractions for visitors. One appeal is the old town, where visitors can purchase local souvenirs like lanterns, (a famous souvenir to buy here), or you can enjoy the local cuisine, and handcrafted clothing, and also learn about the habits and customs of the people who live there.

The second advantage of visiting Hoi An is that after exploring the old town, you can happily discover Cua Dai Beach, a very accessible, beautiful beach. If you are staying near the beach, you can take a local bus, shuttle bus, or even cycle from your resort to town. While in Hoi An, you should also visit the nearby fresh vegetable villages. From Hoi An’s old town, you can take a bus, a motorbike, or even a bike to these special villages. You will be able to see how the locals go about their daily lives, how they work in the fields, and how they grow vegetables. After exploring the vegetable villages, you can fish in the nearby small rivers and canals.

Especially, if you stay in Hoi An on the fifteenth day of the lunar month, you will have the opportunity to participate in the lantern festivals, where locals and tourists will drop a large number of lanterns into the river, each of which contains a wish from its owner, an activity that is both meaningful and enjoyable. Hoi An’s old town is well-known for its variety of dishes such as Com Ga (chicken rice), Cao Lau, Banh Bao, Banh Dap, My Quang, and Banh mi…Try a few and see what you think.

The Old Town of Hoi An

The Old Town of Hoi An

When is the best time to visit & top things to do in the port city of Nha Trang, Vietnam?
Nha Trang sits along the seaside, making it easy to combine sightseeing around the city with relaxing beach time. Nha Trang’s weather is ideal for tourists to visit at any time of year, you can swim and participate in beach sports all year long. When you arrive in Nha Trang, you can visit many wonderful beaches like Mun, Mot, Tre, Chong, Doc Let, Dai Lanh, Bai Duong, Tam, Mot Island, Mun Island, Tre Island, Chong Island, Doc Let Beach, Dai Lanh beach, Bai Duong beach, Tam island, Mieu Island, Ninh Van Bay, and Van Phong bay. You are probably unlikely to visit all of these sites, but by visiting one or two of them, you will understand why Nha Trang attracts many domestic and international visitors every year.

You should not miss out on the fresh seafood which attracts tourists every year. You can also try traditional and local foods of Nha Trang such as Bun Cha Ca and Dry beef in Lac Canh, Banh Can, Nem Nuong, Muc Rim, Cha Ca, Banh Canh, Banh Trang Xoai, Banh Dap, and Banh Beo. If you are traveling with children to Nha Trang, let them experience Vin Pearland Resort to enjoy a variety of different games. If your budget allows, stay at the five-star hotel, the Vin Pearl Land Resort. Wherever you stay, don’t miss taking the cable car to see the landscapes at the beach and island. Nha Trang also has an airport called Cam Ranh, very accessible to the rest of Vietnam.

Nha Trang Beach, Vietnam

Nha Trang Beach, Vietnam

Is it easy to travel to Dalat & what are the best things to do in Dalat?
Dalat’s “The City of Flowers” is located in Vietnam’s highlands and is an ideal honeymoon destination. The cool weather in the highland area makes it ideal for all kinds of flowers to bloom all year. Because of the ideal climate, Dalat cultivates a variety of flowers, including roses, lilies, daisies, and orchids. Once they bloom, many provinces and Vietnamese purchase these flowers to sell, but also use them for important Vietnamese festivals such as New Year (Tet) and International Women’s Day (8/3). When you arrive in Dalat, walk around the central areas to take in the sights, perhaps enjoy a coffee, and purchase some local souvenirs. Tourists often buy dried flowers which are available to purchase in a variety of colors. You should also try the local fruits, which are shipped throughout Vietnam.

Don’t forget to visit Dalat’s main attractions to get a true sense of romantic Dalat, such as Crazy House, where you can see very unique architecture and stay overnight. The Bao Dai Palace, Dalat’s next major attraction, still has residences with many of the original items used by Vietnam’s last king for his family’s daily life, such as chairs, bedrooms, and clothes. You can even dress up as a king or queen for photos, and children can ride a horse around the palace. And, because of the flowers, you can take some colorful photographs. Later, proceed to Dao Dai Palace to Dalat Railway Station to see Vietnam’s most ancient railway station, which has been designated a national heritage site.

Phuoc Linh Pagoda, Truc Lam Zen Monastery, Mong Mo Hill, Dalanta Waterfall, and Camly Waterfall are all nice places to tour. If you want to see the entire city of Dalat, don’t miss Lang Biang Mountain, which is 2.2m above sea level, and also known as Dalat’s roof. For young people and couples visiting Dalat, don’t miss Love Valley, where you can enjoy pine forests, flowers, waterfalls, and lakes.

After touring Dalat, walk around Xuan Huong Lake and the Dalat market to enjoy the local cuisine. In cold weather, try some warm dishes such as Nem Nuong, Banh Beo, Banh Canh, and Banh Trang Nuon. Dalat also has an airport, which makes it simple and convenient to travel from anywhere in Vietnam. However, if you prefer to travel on roads that are zigzag, you can take a bus to Dalat and enjoy the scenery.

Dalat, Vietnam

Dalat, “the city of love of Vietnam”

Best itinerary in Central Vietnam

South Vietnam Travel FAQ

What are the highlights of Southern Vietnam?
The highlights of South Vietnam include Ho Chi Minh City(HCMC)/Saigon, Phu Quoc island, Vung Tau, Cu Chi, My Tho, Ben Tre, Can Tho, and Chau Doc of the Mekong River Delta.

Top Destinations in Southern Vietnam

Highlights of South Vietnam

The Best Travel Routes in South Vietnam
If you’re planning a trip to Vietnam, don’t forget to enjoy Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon. This is the largest city in Vietnam, located in southern Vietnam, and is easily accessible from and to anywhere in the country. To begin, take a short city tour to see the most famous sites in Ho Chi Minh City, such as the Reunification Palace, War Remnant Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Old Post Office, Ben Thanh Market, Cho Lon, Chinese Town, and so on. Following that, you should visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, one of the most special highlights in southern Vietnam, where the war between the Vietnamese and Americans took place. When you arrive, you will be able to see the old equipment used in this war as well as participate in fun activities such as creeping through tunnels and shooting… Transfer from Saigon to the cities of My Tho, Ben Tre, Can Tho, and Chau Doc of the Mekong River Delta, which is well-known for taking a boat around small canals, listening to folk songs, learning about daily life, and tasting fresh food at local fruit gardens of Vietnam’s water river areas is one of the most interesting experiences that you should not miss, and this area is also one of the destinations that all travelers enjoyed the most when they visited Vietnam.

Normally, if you have one or two weeks to travel to Vietnam, it is fine to take a trip that encompasses the most popular and main highlights from the north to the center, and the south of Vietnam. You can also begin your journey in Ho Chi Minh City, southern Vietnam, where Tan Son Nhat airport is the largest international airport in Vietnam, or Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital, or anywhere else depending on your return flights to Vietnam.

What are the best months to visit South Vietnam?
South Vietnam has two distinct seasons: rainy and dry seasons, with the average temperatures, ranging from 25 to 35°C all year.
The dry season lasts from November to May, with temperatures ranging from 25 to 35°C
The rainy season runs from June to October, with temperatures ranging from 25 to 33°C
Tourists can visit Saigon at any time of year because the average temperature in South Vietnam is between 25 and 35 degrees Celsius all year, although heavy and sudden rains may occur during the rainy season, they will not disrupt your trip because it does not rain for long periods.

What are the most convenient ways to get to Ho Chi Minh City & the best things to do here?
Ho Chi Minh City, the most bustling and largest city in Vietnam, was once known as “the jade of the Far East” is still called Saigon, and while this is the old name, it is more well-known among tourists than the new name, Ho Chi Minh City. Saigon is a must-see destination if you visit Vietnam because it is unique. It is a very crowded and bustling city, but it has retained its original traditional habits and customs, and the locals still live as simply, warmly, honestly, and kindly as their forefathers were in the past, which is one of the main reasons why foreign tourists prefer to spend more time in Saigon than in other cities in Vietnam. By visiting here, tourists can learn about an eventful Saigon, a warm Saigon, and a Saigon with many fun and unique activities at any time of year.

Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city in Vietnam

The daily traffic in Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city in Vietnam

Many tourists from all over the world choose Saigon as their second or third visit simply because it is unique in comparison to other cities in Vietnam and the rest of the world. You can buy anything at very low prices here, from the nicest clothes to the most beautiful hats, from the most beautiful shoes, and sandals, to the colorful towels…if you visit this special city, you should not miss shopping in Saigon.

And, if you want to choose and buy the most and cheapest things in Saigon, go to Ben Thanh Market, the largest in southern Vietnam; this site is always included in the Saigon city tour. For tourists who do not like to shop, there are many other sites to visit in Saigon, such as the Reunification Palace, where the president of southern Vietnam stayed and worked in the past, War Remnant Museum, which residences almost all of the instruments and documents from Indochina’s second war and is ideal for veterans and elders who come to explore, and Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the soul symbols of Saigon, the Old Post Office, where you can see the special architectures of the French, Giac Lam pagoda, one of the oldest pagodas in the southern area of Vietnam, Cho Lon, where you can also choose and buy anything for sale, such as Ben Thanh Market, and Chinese Town, where almost all Chinese live and work.

Saigon, like the weather in Thailand, has two seasons: dry and wet. The weather in Saigon is always pleasant, so you can visit at any time of year. This city does not have four seasons like Hanoi, which has four: spring, summer, autumn, and winter, so if you only travel to Saigon (southern Vietnam), you do not need to bring much clothing because just some thin clothes will suffice.

When visiting Saigon, you should try the local food to understand why it is regarded as one of the most worthwhile cities where you should not miss out on tasting something before leaving, such as Banh Trang Tron, Banh Trang Nuong, Snail, Com Tam, Com Suon, Pha Lau, and Ice-Cream, and after you’ve tried some of Saigon’s specialty dishes, you should try some of the city’s specialty drinks, such as coffee, ginseng water, Dua Tac, sugar cane juice, steamed fruit (Che), and so on.

Tan Son Nhat Airport, located in Ho Chi Minh City, is the largest international airport in the city. This airport offers a variety of internal and international flights every day, and it includes almost all return flights to countries around the world, making it convenient for any tourist who wishes to fly to Saigon at any time and from any location.

What are some different activities to do in the Cu Chi tunnels?
Almost all tourists who visit Saigon prefer to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, which are only about 70 kilometers away from the city by bus. The Cu Chi Tunnels, the “Iron Triangle” or “Iron Land” during the war are considered a national historical relic because they are living proof of the bloody war fought between the Vietnamese and American armies over 30 years. Upon arrival, tourists will be able to participate in the daily activities that took place in this area, such as fire, gliding headlong through tunnels, and enjoying the traditional food that was cooked and eaten daily by the locals and soldiers, such as rice and potato.

Cu Chi Tunnels

Daily activities inside the Cu Chi Tunnels

The daily lives of all soldiers who lived and worked in these tunnels during this time were extremely difficult; they had to fight the invaders while also keeping their activities completely hidden. When visiting the Cu Chi Tunnels, make sure to take part in all of the activities that have been recreated in the past. The tunnels are difficult to navigate headlong, but if they are divided into short sections, you can creep as much as possible to get a sense of what happened and why people could endure such hardships while still defeating the invaders.

Although the tunnels are small, they are extended to around 250 kilometers because they are where everyone lived, worked, and fought, so it also include important establishments such as schools, hospitals, kitchens, water wells, and the Army medical corps….. Living in these establishments is extremely difficult, but everyone gave it their all and was successful. When visiting the Cu Chi Tunnels, don’t forget to look at the old films that are always available to tourists who come to see this site and want to see it whenever they want. These old films are both meaningful and useful because they contain original films depicting everything that happened here during the war.

Cu Chi Tunnels are located in a forest area with many green and large trees, so even if you come here on a hot day, it is still very convenient and pleasurable for any old tourist or children 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.

You should also follow the rules while visiting the Cu Chi tunnels, such as not touching or unbinding some objects, going (following) the person in line in front of you, and not breaking off trees…everything must be followed very carefully in a tourist-crowded area like this to keep everything in order. The Cu Chi Tunnels attract not only domestic tourists but also a large number of foreign visitors. Visitors will be able to comprehend why a small country like Vietnam defeated a large and prosperous country like America.

What should I not miss along the Mekong River Delta?
If you visit Ho Chi Minh City, you must include the Mekong River Delta on your itinerary because it is one of the most well-known water-river destinations in Vietnam’s southwestern region, and it includes many different provinces, cities, and attractions, including My Tho, Ben Tre, Can Tho, Chau Doc, Cai Rang & Phong Dien floating markets, Cai Be floating market in Vinh Long, and Tra Su cajuput forest.

By bus from Ho Chi Minh City, it takes about 2 hours to My Tho, Ben Tre, or Vinh Long, 4 hours to Can Tho, and 5 hours to Chau Doc. If you only have one day to visit the Mekong River delta, go to My Tho and Ben Tre to enjoy a motorboat ride down the river and row in a small wooden boat through the small canals to learn about the locals’ traditional habits and customs. Aside from surrounding this site by rowing on a small wooden boat, you also have the option of walking on the small roads in the villages to hear the locals’ folk songs, these folk songs in the Mekong River delta are still considered the soul of this area, and they are very interesting even if you are a foreign tourist who does not speak English.

Mekong River Delta

Mekong River Delta

My Tho and Ben Tre are still well-known for their coconut candy; this type of candy is very sweet and delicious, and you can buy some to take home after visiting the candy factories in the villages, this site should also be included on your visit to these two locations. After you’ve finished sightseeing, don’t forget to try some of the unique local cuisines. It would help if you tried some of the fish dishes in this river area, which are very unique and different from other places because they are cooked as soon as the fish is caught in the river.

If you have one more day, leave My Tho and Ben Tre and travel to Can Tho for the night. Can Tho is one of the four cities in Vietnam administered by the Central Government, and it is large and prosperous. Can Tho is the most well-known, with two sites, Cai Rang and Phong Dien floating markets, so spend the night in Can Tho after leaving My Tho and Ben Tre to prepare for the next day to visit Cai Rang and Phong Dien floating markets where are usually organized in the morning from 7 am to 12 pm every day. You have a genuine opportunity to discover and comprehend the ordinary life of the locals in an area where almost everything is moved and transferred by boat, they live on the boat, eat on the boat, earn a living on the boat, do business on the boat…..all activities at here are exchanged via boats; it is a lot of fun and worthwhile for tourists who have never seen a daily life on a floating market. During your boat ride through these two floating markets, you can buy anything you want from other boats nearby, such as fruits, local food, even cups of coffee to drink directly on your boat, souvenirs of this place, clothes….everything is sold on the local boats at here.

If you do not want to visit My Tho and Ben Tre, you can take a bus from Saigon to Can Tho (which is famous for its Cai Rang and Phong Dien floating markets) and row on a small wooden boat through the small canals in this area. When you visit Can Tho, you must try the most popular and delicious local dishes, such as Banh Xeo at Cai Son, Pho Ca (noodles cooked with fish), Banh Tam Bi, and Lau Mam at Da Ly…

Unlike Can Tho, Chau Doc is included Tra Su Cajuput Forest is a saltmarsh forest with an area of up to 850ha, this forest is completely covered by cajuput, it is very very green with cajuput and has many rare animals and birds such as Mycteria leptocephali, Anhinga melanogaster… Tra Su Cajuput forest is ideal for those who enjoy exploring and learning about wild animals and nature. When you arrive, you will be able to sit on a boat and be rowed around this area for full sightseeing as well as the most beautiful photos available only here. Tra Su Cajuput forest is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting Chau Doc, with a large area covered by water, green trees, animals, and birds…

If you’re planning a trip to Cambodia from Vietnam, Chau Doc is a good place to start. The boat ride from Chau Doc to the Cambodian ferry takes about 4-5 hours, and from there you can take a bus or taxi to the center of Phnom Penh.

Do I get to Nam Cat Tien National Park by bus or motorbike & what activities are best to experience here?
Nam Cat Tien National Park, a UNESCO-listed world’s 411 biosphere reserve complex is far about 150 kilometers north of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and covers an area of 70.548,36ha. Nam Cat Tien National Park encompasses Tan Phu and Vinh Cuu districts in Dong Nai Province, Cat Tien and Bao Loc districts in Lam Dong Province, and Bu Dang district in Binh Phuoc Province.

Nam Cat Tien National Park

Nam Cat Tien National Park

Nam Cat Tien National Park is one of the world’s 411 biosphere reserve complexes and one of six UNESCO-designated biosphere reserves in Vietnam, it is also Vietnam’s second biosphere reserve. Nam Cat Tien National Park is an excellent choice for those who want to explore and trek in a natural forest. Bau Sau, which is regarded as one of the world’s most important water-flooded areas, is the best location for your treks in Nam Cat Tien National Park. Tourists can visit Bau Sau at any time of year, dry or wet because each season has its beauty, but visiting this site during the dry season is more convenient (around from December to May). Bau Sau is a large lake area with many different types of birds and alligators, but it is located a little far from the center of Nam Cat Tien National Park, so you should consider moving the tourist vehicle that is offered and served here. When you visit Nam Cat Tien National Park, you will be able to see beautiful and unique bird dances as well as enjoy the natural fresh air…

You can travel to Nam Cat Tien National Park or Bau Sau in a variety of vehicles. If you are an adventure tourist who enjoys riding a motorcycle, this is your chance to explore Nam Cat Tien National Park on this special vehicle. If you want to save money, you can also take a local bus from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Nam Cat Tien National Park.

If you want to stay overnight in Nam Cat Tien National Park to explore the entire site over two or three days, it is also simple and inexpensive to rent a guesthouse….all of these guesthouses here are designed simply but are very convenient and comfortable to stay in. You don’t have to worry about food when visiting Nam Cat Tien National Park because there are some restaurants nearby where you can enjoy both local and Western cuisine, or you can bring your food to save money.

The Dong Nai River flows through almost the entire area of Nam Cat Tien National Park, ensuring that the weather is always pleasant and the park retains its natural beauty. When you arrive at Nam Cat Tien National Park, take advantage of the guided tour to explore the botanical gardens, which contain over 300 valuable wooden sculptures, as well as see animals at night such as bears, monkeys, chickens, deer, and pigs.

If you are an adventurous and experienced tourist, you should choose the tour that treks through the forest, this way, you will have a chance to see a lot of surprising things at Nam Cat Tien National Park at night, such as many chickens hunting for food, birds of various colors, and so on. You can see a large old tree that is approximately 400 years old and stands taller than 8 meters; this special tree is very impressive and mighty. Aside from that, you should not miss seeing Ta Lai, white stone hill, and the Bat Cave….all of these sights and activities are well worth seeing while exploring Nam Cat Tien National Park.

It is not far from the center of Ho Chi Minh City, and there are many vehicles available to take you there. Nam Cat Tien National Park is also one of the most popular and best natural sites to explore in southern Vietnam, so you should not miss it on your trip to Vietnam.

When is the best time to visit Tram Chim National Park and what are the best things to do here?
Tram Chim National Park is a great place to get lost in nature and see a wide range of valuable and rare birds located in Tam Nong District, Dong Thap Province. It is approximately 170 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City’s center (Saigon). Tram Chim National Park can be reached via a local bus, a private car, or a motorbike. The roads are also suitable for riding a motorcycle, so if you are looking for an adventure, riding a motorcycle is the best option for you.

Tram Chim National Park

Tram Chim National Park

The best time to visit Tram Chim National Park is during the floating water season, which lasts from September to December because you will be able to see almost all of the animals, especially a variety of valuable bird species, in an ecotourism tourist complex like Tram Chim National Park. You can save time by taking a motorboat or rowing a boat while exploring Tram Chim National Park (the boat is rowed by a local here).

However, if you want to see all of the sights and directly see almost every type of bird at Tram Chim National Park, you should take a boat rowed by a local. This boat, however, will take longer to explore everything Tram Chim National Park has to offer. During your boat ride here, you will be able to see a variety of landscapes along the way, including grass fields, pink lotus lagoons, white lotus lagoons, and cajuput forests…Because the images change as you travel, it’s easy to lose track of time while sightseeing here. At night, rice is harvested…

Along the canals, you’ll see a plethora of green and large cajuput trees that have grown on both sides, as well as a variety of valuable birds like cranes and storks. Tram Chim National Park, with an area of over 7.313ha and communes such as Tan Con Sinh, Phu Duc, Phu Tho, Phu Thanh, Phu Hiep, and Tram Chim town of Tam Nong district, Dong Thap province, is one of Vietnam’s largest and most beautiful national parks, with over 130 species of vegetation and 223 species of fauna. After six months of dry and six months of flooding, this location deserves to be considered one of the most beautiful ecotourism complexes that have preserved its neglected features.

Even though Tram Chim National Park is located far from the city center, you should not be concerned about the food when you visit because this location has restaurants with a variety of foods and dishes to choose from. Many regional specialties are only available in this area, such as various types of fish and snails…

The food rates are also reasonable, so you do not have to be concerned about the cost, but if you want to enjoy some soft food while sitting on the boat to explore Tram Chim National Park, then you should buy some candies, cakes, fruits….so you can either take sightseeing or enjoy some food, which is very fun and interesting for you. Tram Chim National Park also has several guesthouses where visitors can spend the night. The rooms here are clean and adequate for you, and the prices range from $10 to $20 per room/night. You can save even more money by sharing a room with your friends.

To make your trip to Tram Chim National Park as convenient as possible, book your ticket to enter this site before your arrival date (time) so you can board the boat, and arrive early to avoid the harsh sunlight at noon. Come here around 5 am if you want to see the sunrise and a lot of birds.

Trekking in Tram Chim National Park requires you to bring slippers that dry quickly because your feet may become wet while trekking through this water-logged forest. If you plan on swimming during your trip, bring extra clothes to change into afterward. You will be struck by how beautiful nature is when you arrive at Tram Chim National Park, and you will have a lasting memory of the most beautiful images captured while exploring Tram Chim National Park.

When is the best time, the easiest way & what islands & villages to explore on or around Phu Quoc island?
With a total area of 567km2 (56.700ha) and a length of 49km, Phu Quoc Island, also known as the Pearl Island of Vietnam, is Vietnam’s largest island. The island of Phu Quoc is located in southwestern Vietnam and can be reached by plane or bus. There are also numerous flights from major Vietnamese cities such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to Phu Quoc, or you can take a bus from nearby cities and provinces, such as Rach Gia City is 120km and Ha Tien City is 45km, so if you visit Rach Gia or Ha Tien, the best way to go to Phu Quoc island is to take a bus from these two places, otherwise, you should take a short flight from Vietnam’s big cities.

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Phu Quoc island

Even though Phu Quoc island has two seasons, dry and wet (rain), the weather is pleasant all year. The dry season lasts from April to May, while the wet season lasts from June to March. If you enjoy swimming, the best time to visit Phu Quoc is during the dry season, but you can swim here at any time of year. The two main towns in Phu Quoc are Duong Dong and An Thoi, but Duong Dong is the busier of the two; almost all of the good hotels and resorts are located here.

When you arrive on Phu Quoc island, you should not be concerned about your budget because there are many different hotels and resorts built here, ranging from the most affordable to the most luxurious, so depending on your budget, you can choose a suitable place to stay. If you want to stay at the most luxurious places on Phu Quoc island, Vinpearl Phu Quoc Resort and Gold, or Salinda Resort, JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort and Spa are the best choices to stay and relax at the private beaches where couples can enjoy their honeymoons.

Before 1975, the island had a population of just over 5,000 people, but after 1975, the population grew dramatically and quickly, and by 2015, the island had a population of approximately 101.407 people. Phu Quoc island is most famous for one type of spice called pepper, which is scented and peppery, and you should buy some of this special spice if you visit Phu Quoc because the spice is not as delicious as it is here.

If you visit Phu Quoc island in August, you will be able to witness a variety of religious activities and festivals, as many locals and families visit the old pagodas during this month. There are also many ancient pagodas on Phu Quoc island for tourists who prefer to combine a beach trip and a pilgrimage to this wonderful island.

If you want to visit the pagodas on Phu Quoc island, you should not miss Sung Hung pagoda, Sung Duc pagoda, and Su Muon pagoda. Aside from the ancient pagodas, Phu Quoc island is also well-known for the Cao Dai religion, so if you practice it, this is the place to visit and see the large and beautiful holy sites. Aside from being a place to enjoy and relax, Phu Quoc island has many natural attractions for you to explore, such as Tranh Spring and Sao Beach with white sand, which is still considered the most beautiful beach on Phu Quoc island… or historical sites such as Phu Quoc Prison…

Trying the seafood here must be included in your trip to Phu Quoc island because the seafood here is very delicious and fresh, and you can try it anywhere on Phu Quoc islands such as hotels, restaurants, or even locals’ homestays…Nowadays, tourists can easily visit Phu Quoc island, and if you want to relax or enjoy your holiday or honeymoon on one of Vietnam’s most beautiful beaches, then Phu Quoc island is an ideal suggestion for you if you arrive in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), then please take a short flight from this most bustling city of Vietnam to go to this pearl island to experience and get a memorial trip.

How to get to Con Dao island Vietnam & what are the best activities to do here?
Con Dao Island, a private and wild beach paradise of Vietnam is part of the Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province and is considered one of the most beautiful destinations for travelers who want to explore and relax on the long and white sand beaches and mix with the fresh nature. This place is also ideal for couples looking for a quiet space and time to relax or families looking for a quiet space and time to relax.

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Con Dao island

The Con Dao resort can be reached by boat or plane. If you want to travel by boat, take a boat from the Cat Lo ferry in Vung Tau province, which is about two hours by bus from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). The trip takes about 12 hours, but these boats run from evening to morning, so you can spend the night on the boat. To get to Con Dao resort from the ferry, you can take a soft seat or a sleeper. If you want to save time, take a short 45-minute flight from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Con Dao Island.

It is approximately 12 kilometers from Con Son airport in Con Dao to Con Dao town, which is still considered the center of Con Dao island. Normally, if you book any hotel on Con Dao island in advance or before your arrival, all hotels offer free airport transfers, so you don’t have to worry about that. Because Con Dao island is still a wild island and there are so many hotels and resorts here, you should book a room before your arrival date to avoid being disappointed if the good places are fully booked when you arrive.

Almost all hotels and resorts on Con Dao island are near the beaches, but if you want to stay at a hotel or resort with private beaches, in front of the beach, or close to the beaches, you should check carefully in advance because there are also many resorts here that are near the beaches, but you must cross a road to swim and relax on the beaches. Some resorts are very close to the beaches, such as the Con Dao resort, which not only has a good restaurant but is also very centrally located. Aside from Con Dao resort, you should look into Saigon Con Dao resort, ATC resort, and if your budget allows you to stay at the most luxurious resort in Con Dao, Six Senses. Con Dao Resort is the best place to unwind, but it is near the airport and far from the center, making it difficult to explore the island’s specialties and seafood. If your budget is tight, the guesthouses in this area are also viable options.

When you arrive on Con Dao island, you should not miss trying the local seafood; the prices of seafood here are not cheap, but it is very fresh and delicious; all prices at restaurants here offer similar prices and all of them serve well; and there are also not many restaurants or eating and drinking centers at here, so you can choose any restaurant which is located nearby your place to enjoy your meals on this beautiful island.

Con Dao island is not only a wonderful place to relax on the wild beaches with the long sand and the blue seawater, but it also contains many famous historical and spirit sights, such as the Vo Thi Sau cemetery in Hang Duong, which you must see once you visit Con Dao island because it is the most famous historical site in Con Dao, and the locals in Con Dao consider Vo Thi Sau to be a saint of this island because she is believed to be the patron saint of this island.

Many newlywed couples come here to pray for their future together. You should also remember to light incense at the memorial to the 1912 revolutionary martyrs. You should go to Phi Yen Temple after visiting Vo Thi Sau Cemetery (also known as An Son Temple). Phi Yen is Nguyen Anh King’s wife, and she is the one who advised Nguyen Anh King not to advise the French army to attack the Tay Son army. The next destination in Con Dao resort that you should not miss is the Nui Mot pagoda, which is said to have the best feng shui in Vietnam and has stunning architecture.

Aside from the famous historical sites mentioned above, Con Dao prison is also well-known. After learning about the historical sites on Con Dao island, it is time to explore the natural sights of this unique island, such as Dam Trau beach, which has white sand and mountains that surround it. You should then take a canoe to Bay Canh Beach, which is the second largest after the main beach Con Lon, and it has a mangrove swamp and beautiful beaches where you can see the coral.

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