Vietnam Travel FAQ

The Regions of Vietnam

The Regions of Vietnam

 North Vietnam Travel FAQ▸ What are the best things to do ?

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➡  Central Vietnam Travel FAQWhat are the best things to do ?

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 South Vietnam Travel FAQ▸ What are the best things to do ?

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➡  Travel Around Vietnam FAQ What are the best things to do ?

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                                                    Travel Around Vietnam FAQ
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  What are the best things to do in Vietnam?


➡  Where should I book my return flight from Vietnam?


  Do I need a Visa to travel to Vietnam & What is the Covid-19 policy here ?


➡  Any suggested activities for children in Vietnam? 


➡  What Foods Should I Try in Cities of Vietnam ?


➡  What are my Options for Lodging in Vietnam? 


➡  What are Vietnam’s Major Regions & International Airports ?


➡  What are The Best Months to Visit Vietnam ?


➡  What are The Current Covid-19 Travel Updates in Vietnam ?


➡  What are The Top Destinations in Vietnam ?


➡  What are Souvenirs to Bring Back from Vietnam & Where Could I Find Them ?


➡  Do Most Hotels Offer Laundry Service or Will There Be a Laundry Service Nearby ?


➡  What Should I Wear When Visiting Buddhist Temples/ Pagodas in Vietnam ?


 What are The Standard Tipping Practices for a Tour Guide & Driver in Vietnam ?


➡  What Should my Packing List include for a Week or More in Vietnam ?


➡  How Long Must my Passport be Valid for International Travel ?


➡  What are The Physical Demands on The Tour ?


➡  What are The Best Highlights of Northern Vietnam ?


➡  What are The Best Highlights of Central Vietnam ?


➡  What are The Best Highlights of Southern Vietnam ?


➡  What are The Best Suggested Itineraries for Traveling in Vietnam ?


➡  What are The Best Suggested Itineraries for Traveling in Southeast Asia ?


➡  What are The Top Medical Facilities in Vietnam & Where are They Located ?


 

North Vietnam Travel FAQ
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▸  What are The Best Highlights of Northern Vietnam ?


▸  What are The Best Activities to Do in Hanoi ?


▸  What are Some Shore Excursions to Take on Halong Bay ?


▸  What are The Best Attractions & Activities to Do in Sapa ?


▸  How to Get to Dien Bien Phu & When is the Best Time to Visit Here ?


▸  What are Top Tours about Landscapes, Locals’ Culture & Lifestyle in Ha Giang ?


▸  When is The Best Time & What are The Top Reasons to Visit Ninh Binh ?


▸  What are The Best Things to Do in Mai Chau & How to Get there from Hanoi ?


▸  How far is it From Hanoi to Perfume Pagoda & What are Popular Nature Adventures Here ?


▸  What is The Best Suggested Itinerary for Traveling in Northern Vietnam ?


 

 Central Vietnam Travel FAQ
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▸  What Are The Best Highlights of Central Vietnam ?


▸  What are The Must-See Attractions in Hue ?


▸  What Would Be The Best 2 – 3 Day itinerary in Danang ?


▸  How Travel to Hoi An, Central Vietnam & What are The Top Activities Not Miss Here ?


▸  When is The Best Time to Visit Nha Trang Beach & What are The Top Things to Do Here ?


▸   Is it Easy to Travel to Dalat & What are The Best Things to Do Here ?


▸  What is The Best Suggested Itinerary for Traveling in Central Vietnam ?


 

 South Vietnam Travel FAQ
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▸  What are The Best Highlights of Southern Vietnam ?


▸  What are The Best Ways to Get to Ho Chi Minh City & The Top Things to Do Here ?


▸  What Are Some Different Activities to Do in the Cu Chi Tunnels ?


▸  What Should I Not Miss along The Mekong River Delta ?


▸  How do I Get to Nam Cat Tien National Park & What are The Best Activities there ?


▸  What is The Best Time to Visit Tram Chim National Park & The Best Things to Do Here ?


▸  When is The Best Time to Visit Phu Quoc island ?


▸  How to Get to Con Dao Island & What are The Best Activities to Do Here ?


▸  What is The Best Suggested Itinerary for Traveling in Southern Vietnam ?


 

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What are The Top 10 Best Things to Do in Vietnam?

1. Take an ECO-TOUR in HOI AN

Eco-tour in Hoi An is a unique tour that is just available in the countryside of Hoi An, Vietnam’s central region. Despite being only half a day long, the trip includes all of the most exciting activities and natural sightseeing in the area. Cycling through palm groves, bridges, and water buffalo fields along the Thu Bon River, which is home to local fishing villages, admiring the scenery and viewing farmers toil in their rice fields using centuries-old farming techniques.


Best things to do in Hoi An

Experience the basket boat in Eco-tour in Hoi An


The tour also includes visits to local families in Cam Thanh and Tra Que Villages, two unique Hoi An villages where daily traditional activities such as growing a wide variety of vegetables, sailing the basket boat, or catching fish in their small canals are still practiced. By visiting here, tourists will have the chance to participate in all of these activities as well as learn about environmentally sustainable practices that local villagers have used for centuries and are still widely used today. 


Hoi An Cycling

Cycling in the countryside


The eco-tour also included learning how to cook traditional Vietnamese dishes and tasting them. This is a trip that is appropriate for people of all ages, especially children, who will undoubtedly enjoy it.

2. NEVER Miss a BOAT CRUISE in HALONG BAY


Ha Long Bay would be a magical stop on your trip through Vietnam. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has its own distinct beauty. The many tall limestone karst pillars are surrounded by the bay’s beautiful green waters, making for an excellent photo opportunity.

things to do in Vietnam

Halong Bay, Vietnam


This vast and unique landscape will appeal to people of all ages. You can choose to relax on the cruise ship or participate in other activities such as cave exploration, kayaking, and possibly spotting fishermen near their floating village.

Halong Bay

Halong Bay, a must-see site in Vietnam


The cruise ships are extremely comfortable, with large bay windows in the cabins, delectable meals, and luxurious service. You will feel extremely fortunate to have included Halong Bay in your trip to Vietnam, and a boat cruise trip in Halong Bay is a lifetime experience you will never forget.

3. “Pho” is a MUST-TRY FOOD in VIETNAM


Pho, a world-famous dish, is one of Vietnam’s most important breakfast dishes. Tourists can easily find a local Pho restaurant in Vietnam because it is available in every corner of the country, but the most special and popular is in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital.

Vietnam food

“Pho” is a world-famous dish


Pho is made with simple ingredients such as clear stock, rice noodles, herbs or green onions, boiled beef or chicken, and so on. It is suitable for people of all ages, from children to the elderly. There are many Vietnamese restaurants that serve Pho, but the most well-known are Pho Thin and Pho Ly Quoc Su, both of which have their own distinct flavor that no one else can replicate.

Pho (noodle) in Vietnam

Pho (noodle) in Vietnam


It is also not expensive to have a special bow of Pho at any location in Vietnam, ranging from 30.000VND to 60.000VND (1.5usd – 2usd), so you should not miss out on trying Pho during your trip to Vietnam.

4. Have a ROOFTOP Coffee in HANOI or HO CHI MINH City


Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are the largest and best two cities in Vietnam, with world-famous rooftop restaurants for those who want to learn about the bustling life of Vietnamese locals from the rooftops.

a rooftop coffee in Vietnam

A rooftop coffee in Vietnam


From these rooftop restaurants, you can not only enjoy the special food and drinks, but you can also see thousands of different motorbikes and cars transferring on the same roads, and sometimes you can see them collide to cause some accidents on the roads below right in front of your eyes, which must be a very unique experience that may only exist on the busy roads in Vietnam’s busy cities.

A rooftop coffee in Vietnam

A rooftop coffee in Hanoi or Saigon is great


In Hanoi, you can have a rooftop coffee or some special food and drinks at the “Ham Ca Map” building, which is located at No. 7 Dinh Tien Hoang Street (nearby Hoan Kiem Lake, the heart of Hanoi). The rooftop of this restaurant offers an incredible view of the bustling streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake. And, if you’re in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), don’t miss the Lounge on level 50 of the Bitexco Financial Tower for a bird’s-eye view of Vietnam’s largest city.

5. LIGHT a Lantern at the LANTERN FESTIVAL in HOI AN


The Lantern Festival is a must-see for visitors to Hoi An, also known as the “Old Town of Hoi An,” one of the world’s UNESCO cultural heritage sites. This one-of-a-kind festival will take place this year on February 1st, 2022, and the following year on February 10th, 2023, lasting 7 days during Tet Festival (Vietnamese New Year) and only a day during every full moon in Vietnamese.

Light a lantern at the traditional lantern festival in Hoi An

Light a lantern at the traditional lantern festival in Hoi An


With thousands of lanterns floating on the river at the same time, visitors will have the opportunity to see Hoi An as a colorful festival. If you want to immerse yourself in this special lantern party, you can rent a basket boat rowed by a local who will take you around the river to get a better view, or you can buy a lantern to float on the river with the locals.

Light a lantern at the traditional lantern festival in Hoi An

The Lantern Festival is a must-see for visitors to Hoi An


Take part in this unique festival, and don’t forget to eat plenty of the local cuisine served along the walking streets of the old town. With over 50 workshops and most of the locals taking part in this special festival by creating the most beautiful and traditional lanterns to display, visitors will experience this Hoi An experience and never forget this special activity when visiting Hoi An.

6. CRUISE the MEKONG RIVER DELTA 


A boat trip down the Mekong River is one of the most exciting tours you should take on your trip to the south of Vietnam. Visitors will see the locals’ simple way of life through their simple houses and ordinary wooden boats on a boat trip here. The cruise trip also includes a visit to the fruits garden, where you can try a variety of fresh-tasting fruits, and a small wooden boat rowed by locals that will take you through the small water canals where you can see plenty of green coconuts and unique stilt-houses.

The Mekong River Delta, Vietnam

The Mekong River Delta, Vietnam


With boats being the primary mode of transportation in the Mekong River Delta, locals and even children can easily control their boats at all times and even in the most tucked-away corners of the canals.

Rowing a boat in Mekong River

Rowing a boat in Mekong River


Tourists, in particular, will be able to listen to folk and traditional songs performed by locals while visiting the Mekong River Delta’s water river villages. A boat trip to the Mekong River Delta is a must-do on any trip to the southern part of Vietnam if you want to understand what life is like in a large water region in Vietnam.

7. Explore HOI AN, a UNESCO World HERITAGE SITE


A visit to a UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must on any trip. Having HOI AN as a destination option in Vietnam makes it very easy to incorporate it into your itinerary. Hoi An is a sensory-overloading experience. The first things you notice are the ancient-tiled rooftops and a variety of colorful flowers. You’ll realize why Hoi An is known as the “City of Lights” later on. At dusk, hundreds of elegant silk lanterns are illuminated on the river of the old town near the Japanese Covered Bridge. The reflection of the lantern light on the buildings is magnificent.

The old town of Hoi An

The old town of Hoi An


Pedestrian-friendly streets are home to a variety of tailor-made clothing stores, art galleries, bars, cafes, street food, and restaurants serving regional specialties. Over 800 historic structures, including temples, Buddhist shrines, and French colonial houses are also found in Hoi An.

Hoi An Old Quarter

Hoi An Old Quarter


Aside from admiring the old town’s architecture, it’s also fun to ride in a basket boat for the first time and take a cooking class in a nearby village. You can also ride a bike through the surrounding countryside of Hoi An, where you can see farm animals, ancient cemeteries, and some of central Vietnam’s best beaches. An Bang Beach, named one of the Top 100 Best Beaches in the World by CNN in 2016, allows you to walk along the long sandy shore, join a yoga class, or relax on a hammock, happy that you chose Hoi An as your destination.–

8. Trekking Through RICE FIELDS & Ethnic VILLAGES in SAPA


Sapa is located in northern Vietnam and is home to a variety of ethnic groups including the H’Mong, Dao, and Tay people. These ethnic minorities are dispersed throughout Sapa’s villages. When visiting Sapa, tourists will be able to see some of the most beautiful and magnificent mountainous landscapes in northern Vietnam, as well as trek along with the rice terraced rice fields, which are located in a unique mix of ethnic villages.

Sapa, Vietnam

Sapa, Vietnam


Sapa is also a place where tourists can learn about the local cultures and stay the night at a homestay to learn more about these distinct cultures while also enjoying the regional cuisine.

Sapa in the ripe rice season

Sapa in the ripe rice season


Sapa is also well-known for Fansipan Mountain “the Roof of Indochina” which is the highest mountain in Vietnam and the Indochina Peninsula.

9. Take a VESPA TOUR – Guided by Vietnamese AO DAI GIRLS 


Vespa Tour

Vespa Tour


Vietnam is known for its world-famous local food and various cultures throughout the country, and the best way to learn about these two features is to take a Vespa tour, which is ridden and guided by girls dressed in Vietnamese traditional long dress, also known as “Ao Dai,” to explore the lifestyles and cultures of the locals at the most exciting highlights where you arrive, including trying the greatest special food of these places.

10. Take a COOKING CLASS in VIETNAM


Vietnam is still known for its world-famous food, with various street foods available in all of the country’s major cities, including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, and Hue. There are a variety of cooking classes available in tourist cities throughout Vietnam so it is an excellent opportunity for tourists to participate in short-term cooking classes, which include going to local markets with guides to select the ingredients for a dish that you will learn to cook. Depending on the dish, it usually takes 3-4 hours to learn and cook a Vietnamese special dish, including shopping for the ingredients.

Vietnamese Cooking Class

Cooking Class is a must-try activity in Vietnam


Although Vietnamese food is delicious, its ingredients are also simple to find and prepare, so you’ll be sure to remember to cook at home once you’ve returned from your trip to Vietnam.

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What Are Vietnam’s Major Regions & International Airports?

The Regions of Vietnam

The Regions of Vietnam

Vietnam is divided into three regions:                         North

                                                                         •   Central

                                                                         •   South

The North of Vietnam:   ∗  Hanoi, the capital of VietnamNoi Bai International Airport.

To/ from Hanoi, it is easy to catch flights to countries in Southeast Asia and other regions of the world.    

 These flight times are to/from Hanoi                Siem Reap, Cambodia                     1hr 45min

                                                                                              •    Bangkok, Thailand                          1hr 50min

                                                                                              •   Yangon, Myanmar                           1hr 55min

                                                                                              •     Singapore                                      3hrs 45min

                                                                                              •    Luang Prabang, Laos                      1hr 45min

The Central Vietnam:   Hue Noi Bai International Airport & Danang – Danang International Airport.

To/ from Hue and Danang, it is easily accessible to catch flights throughout cities within Vietnam and some Southeast Asian countries.

These flight times are to/from Hue & Danang:      Ho Chi Minh City (domestic flight)   1hr

                                                                                                •   Hanoi (domestic flight)                   1hr

                                                                                                •   Bangkok, Thailand                         1hr 40min

                                                                                                •   Hong Kong                                    2hrs

                                                                                                •   Singapore                                     2hrs 45min

The South of Vietnam:   ∗  Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city in VietnamTan Son Nhat International Airport.

To/ from Ho Chi Minh City, it is accessible to catch flights throughout countries in Southeast Asia and other regions of the world.

These flights times are to/from Ho Chi Minh City:    Siem Reap, Cambodia                 1hr 15min

                                                                                                    •   Bangkok, Thailand                      1hr

                                                                                                    •   Yangon, Myanmar                       2hrs

                                                                                                    •   Singapore                                  2hrs

The Major International Airports in Vietnam

The North:                              Hanoi                         Noi Bai Airport (HAN)

The Central                          Danang                      Danang Airport (DAD)

                                                             Hue                            Phu Bai Airport (HUI)

                                                             Nha Trang                   Cam Ranh Airport (CXR)

                                                             Da Lat                        Lien Khuong Airport (DLI)

The South:                             Ho Chi Minh City         Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN

                                                             Phu Quoc                   Phu Quoc Airport (PQC)

Between domestic flights within Vietnam, the flight time is approximately 1 hour to 2 hours.

What are The Best Months to Travel to Vietnam?

The Best Time to visit Vietnam is during the dry season, which lasts from October to April.

The rainy season lasts from early May to September, but will not affect your trip, as it doesn’t rain for long periods of time.

Do You Need a Visa to Travel to Vietnam?

To begin, travelers’ passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Vietnam.

Visa Exemption

With an ordinary passport of the below countries, you can travel to Vietnam without a visa up to:  

   14 Days Visa exemption for Brunei, Myanmar

   15 Days Visa exemption for Belarus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and Tahe United Kingdom.

   21 Days Visa exemption for The Philippines

•   30 Days Visa exemption for Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand

To stay beyond this number of days, you may apply for a visa extension upon your arrival in Vietnam.

Visa Required 

If you are not exempt, you must apply for a Vietnam visa by one of the methods listed below:

•   You can apply for a Vietnam visa at your nearest Vietnamese embassy.

•   You can also request that your travel agent or the person organizing your trip to Vietnam obtain a letter of visa approval on your behalf, this service also takes only about 2-3 working days. Then, you present this visa letter, along with your original passport and the visa fee (approximately $25-30 USD), to get a Vietnam Visa on your arrival date at one of three international airports in Ho Chi Minh City, Danang, or Hanoi.

•   Simply click here to apply online for your tourist E-visa, valid for 30 days.

E-visa fee is USD 25 and this fee is paid via the electronic payment gateway owned by the Vietnamese Immigration Department, processing time is 2-3 working days.

You will receive your code by email to print your visa.

Travelers with an e-Visa can go directly to immigration counters at their point of entry and do not need to queue at Visa on Arrival counters.

With Vietnam E-visa, You do not need to wait for a visa approval letter or pay a stamp fee at the airport.

Below are 80 Countries that are Eligible for E-Visas (Valid 30 Days)

Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China (including Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR passport holders, not applicable to Chinese e-passport holders), Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Myanmar, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Palau, Panama, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russia, Salomons Islands, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Timor Leste, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, and Western Samoa.

What are The Current Covid-19 Travel Updates in Vietnam?

Covid-19 travel updates may change, so please check prior to travel. Currently, these are the guidelines to follow:

For Adults

•   Travelers entering Vietnam by air must present a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test within 72 hours of departure.

•   Or a negative rapid antigen test administered by a medical professional within 24 hours of departure.

•   Travelers entering by land, rail, or sea must present a negative test result as described in the preceding section.

•   Entrants are required to undergo a SARS-CoV-2 test at the border gate before entry

•   If they do not present proof of a negative test result for SARS-CoV-2 as specified above (using RT-PCR/RT-LAMP method or rapid antigen test for SARS-CoV-2).

•   They are permitted to enter and participate in tour activities after receiving a negative SARS-CoV-2 test result.

•   If the RT – PCR test results are positive, they must strictly adhere to the health authority’s regulations.

For Children

•   SARS-CoV-2 testing is not required for children under the age of two.

•   They are allowed to enter and participate in outdoor activities with their parents and relatives if they have not been immunized against COVID-19

•   Or have never been infected with SARS-CoV-2.

For Medical Expenses, Including COVID-19 Treatment

•   You’ll need a valid health insurance policy with a minimum coverage of $US 10,000, this usually costs around $US 30-40. The policy must cover you for the duration of your stay in Vietnam.

•   Visitors to Vietnam are advised to take reasonable precautions against COVID-19.

•   PC-Covid mobile app (Apple/Google Play) downloaded, which must be presented to enter all VN establishments.

What are The Top Destinations in Vietnam?

Top Destinations in Vietnam

Top Destinations in Vietnam

HA NOI:  The capital of Vietnam, home to Hanoi Old Quarter, Ancient Pagodas, Top Museums, and Amazing Street Food

SA PA:  Magnificent Mountain Trekking and Ethnic Homestays

HALONG BAY:   The World Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO

NINH BINH:   UNESCO-listed Trang An Landscape Complex 

PHONG NHA:  The World Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO

HUE:   UNESCO-listed site, an Ancient Capital City in Vietnam, and the World-Famous Local Food

DA NANG:   A City Worth Living in, with its Reasonable Prices, Healthy Lifestyle, and Beautiful Beaches

HOI AN:  The home of UNESCO-listed Old Town of Hoi An, the Breezy Beaches, and the Special Local Food

NHA TRANG: The Beautiful Beaches, Islands, Resorts, Spa, and Various Sea Seafood

HO CHI MINH CITY:  Vietnam’s Largest City, with the Most Bustling Streets, Local Food, and Colonial Architecture.

MEKONG DELTA:  Canal boat trips, on-the-water villages, ethnic communities, and Mangrove forests.

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Where Should my Flights Begin & End for my Vietnam Trip?

Tan Son Nhat international airport (SGN) in Ho Chi Minh City belongs to southern Vietnam is home to the largest airport and city in Vietnam, and Noi Bai international airport (HAN) in Hanoi home to the Vietnam’s capital belongs to northern Vietnam, are the two largest and busiest international airports in the country, the majority of international flights landing and taking off from here.

Where Should I Book My Return Flight to Vietnam?

Many tourists prefer a travel agent in the country (countries) where they will visit to book and organize their return flight, but the best way to help you have the cheapest air ticket rates is to book directly from your country to avoid the case where the airline charges the contrary ticket issued fee, or you can also request the return ticket to be booked by travel agents who work in your country.

And, when you or your travel agent book your return international flight, one of the most important things to remember is to carefully check the weight of your flight apple in order to prepare and bring enough luggage weight based on that regulation. This is important because being overweight at the airport usually results in a significant surcharge.

What are my Options for Lodging in Vietnam? 

If you book a whole package tour to the various countries and cities in, you will not have to worry about anything because the travel agent who organizes your whole package will take care of you from the time you arrive until the time you depart, they will organize for you all about your accommodation, transfers, tour guide, entrance fees, meals…..and normally all of these services from any travel agent who can handle a whole trip like this is also good, so you do not have to worry about anything.

However, if you travel for free or book everything yourself, you must consider everything that a trip requires when you are away from home. Perhaps one of the most important services is your accommodation at the location where you will arrive and stay, so firstly you should book your hotel at the real center of the city where you intend to travel, for example, if you visit Hanoi, Vietnam, you should look for a hotel in the old town of Hanoi, as this will allow you to walk and explore the capital at your leisure, and you won’t have to pay much to catch a taxi or a bus to visit the central sites in Hanoi center.

Depending on your budget, any city in Southeast Asia has a variety of hotel options ranging from two, three, four, to five stars, or even a guesthouse. You can book online or ask any travel agent for help. When booking a hotel anywhere, be aware of what is included, particularly your breakfast, service charge, and tax, as some online booking websites do not make this clear.

What Foods Should I Try in the Cities in Vietnam?

Almost all countries, such as Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and Myanmar, are still very famous for their traditional and special food, many foreign tourists return simply because they like the food of the Vietnamese, the special food has covered all areas in Vietnam, from the mountains to the beaches, from the cities to the deltas….they are very plentiful to process food all places in Vietnam, for example, prepare very different and unique rice-based dishes, such as rice cake, square glutinous rice cake, pyramidal rice dumpling… In Hanoi, you can get Xoi Vo (glutinous rice cooked with split peas), Xoi Ngu Sac (rice cooked with many colors), Xoi Xeo (steamed glutinous rice), and Pho (noodle)…. It is highly recommended that you should try any local food in any city you visit in the Southeast Asian region if you do not mind doing so.

However, if you are on a diet or are unable to eat certain foods due to allergies, then you should inform the restaurants or locals who prepare your dishes, they will be willing to do others to suit your tastes.

What are Any Suggestions for Traveling with Children in Vietnam?

Almost all Southeast Asian cities, including Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar, have two seasons: dry and wet, but it is not too hot or cold except for the winter in northern Vietnam from November to March every year, but the sudden change in weather from rain to sunshine and vice versa in a day can make children feel uncomfortable or ill, so bring some medicines for your child.

If you visit one or more of the countries in this region, remember to bring an umbrella or a hat with you because the strong rains always appear suddenly, but then the sun appears quickly.

The vehicles must be included air-conditioned and drinking water is very important for you and your children during your trips once you travel to Southeast Asia in the dry season, because it is very hot and dry all the time, especially when you explore Angkor Temples Complex in Cambodia in the dry season, the weather is very hot, while you will walk to visit a lot of sites around these sites, so you should bring some bottles of water because into these sites there is no place to offer bottles of water.

You should also request the travel agent who organizes your trip include water in your bus during the trip. Normally, if your group only consists of adults, you can walk and explore all of the sites on your fixed itinerary under hard sunlight for a little longer, but if your group includes children, you should plan your time to visit a site during the dry season to avoid your children becoming overly tired and possibly feeling ill from being out in the sun all day.

Transferring between sites on a trip, whether short or long, is exhausting for children, so try to limit your transfers as much as possible if you travel with children. If you plan to visit these places by bus, it takes approximately 6-7 hours from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, and the roads are not smooth enough for the bus to run, so the best solution for this case is to take a short 50-minute flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. In fact, if you plan to visit any site in Southeast Asia, you should check the distances between them ahead of time so that you can avoid visiting sites that are too far away if your group has limited time and small children.

Playing and enjoying at entertainment complexes such as parks, zoos, and game complexes is very important for children…so plan to visit these special sites to help your children have memorable and fun trips with you, adults

What are Souvenirs to Bring Back From Vietnam & Where Could I Find Them?

Nowadays, almost every tourist destination in the world provides and offers a sufficient number of necessary products for travelers, so it is not difficult for any tourist to find anything that they require or forget to bring from home. However, all that you should buy from a tourist location may be souvenirs of that area, and here are some of the unique items that are typical of some major tourist destinations of Vietnam:

Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital, is also one of the best places to buy various unique souvenirs from many handicraft villages located around Hanoi, such as Bat Trang Ceramic village, Dong Ho painting village, Dong Ky (bronze) village, embroider villages…so, while exploring Hanoi, don’t forget to buy some products made from these local handicraft villages.

Sapa is a small town in the Lao Cai province of Vietnam, located in the mountainous area in the north of Vietnam, where many ethnic groups live such as Dzay, Dao, Thai groups…..their life here is still very poor and deprived of many things for daily life such as food, clothes, footwear, money…..so that almost all families who live in these tourist areas create their own products to sell to tourists such as clothes, dress, shirt, purse…by embroideries. These items are also fantastic and should be purchased.

Especially, when you arrive in Hoi An, Vietnam’s old town in the center that has been designated as one of the world’s cultural heritage, you will see a lot of these, and they are sold at very reasonable prices, and almost every customer who visits Hoi An never forgets to buy one, if you do not want to buy the fixed products, or if you do not have much time to wait, even one or two hours is enough time to request that a suit or dress be tailored… Hoi An, in particular, is the place where the majority of all kinds of lanterns are sold, they are very beautiful and unique because almost all of them are handcrafted by the locals here, they are also light and easy to pack in your luggage, so you should buy some as souvenirs for this destination.

When traveling, almost all tourists prefer to purchase at least some souvenirs from the places they visit.

However, before you buy these, make sure you have enough space in your luggage for your souvenirs (shopping) as well as the allowed weight of your flight tickets.

What are The Standard Tipping Practices for a Tour Guide & Driver in Vietnam?

Whatever a tour guide’s salary is, he or she will always do his or her best to work. Almost all tour guides do not mention that clients should or must pay for tips because they are always very sensitive about this matter, so tourists should consider their ability and attitude to tip deserve for each of their tour guides and drivers around 5usd-20usd/person in your group.

Do Most Hotels Offer Laundry Service or Will There be a Laundry Service Nearby? 

Most hotels do not allow their guests to wash their clothes in their rooms, therefore, if you did not bring enough clothes for your trip, you should launder your dirty clothes at your hotel, or if your hotel is in the center, you can easily find some places that offer this service at very reasonable prices. Bring only what you need if you’re going on a short trip or prefer to save money by laundering your clothes.

What are The Physical Demands of the Tour?

Our tours are moderately active, regardless of your age.

What Should my Packing List include for a Week or More in Vietnam?

Personal Items

Inspect the terrain when you arrive at any destination to ensure that your personal items are fully prepared, such as clothing, shoes, sandals, and so on. Wear or bring along enough clothing to enter temples or pagodas in Southeast Asian cities based on their policy at historical sites, or sandals or shoes for a trekking trip to Sapa, Vietnam’s northern mountainous area. Aside from temples and pagodas, some special places require tourists to wear formal (long) clothing to enter, such as the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital, or the Royal Palace in Cambodia, where their kings currently live and work…

For each trip, whether long or short, you should bring the most useful things with you, such as a phone, camera, passport….and you should always keep all of these things with you during your trip, and especially you should not forget it anywhere, such as in your hotel room after checking out, in your cabin after leaving the boat (junk/ cruise), on the table after you leave dining-table…. because if you forget these things, it will be very difficult to find it again, the most important thing about your passport is that you must always keep it with you because if you lose it, it will be very difficult for you to get a new one when you are traveling in another country, you will have to follow a lot of the steps and different policy of a country where you are losing your passport to get a new passport So, whenever you leave from anywhere, make certain you don’t forget anything in order to avoid any problems that may arise as a result of your forgetfulness.

In terms of weather, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar are the best places for tourists to visit at any time of year because the weather in these five countries is somewhat similar, with two main seasons a year to be dry and wet, with the exception of northern Vietnam’s winter, which is slightly colder than the rest of these five countries from November to the end of March every year, so all you need to bring is a jacket if you intend to visit.

The Politics & Security

In fact, almost all tourist sites in Southeast Asia are safe for you to visit, however, there are occasionally unexpected problems with the politics and security of the places where you intend to visit, so you should also check some of the most up-to-date information about each of your destinations in each city before your arrival date at here, so you can better prepare everything and be ready to welcome the most unusual events of the place where you visit, In places like Myanmar, or Bangkok and Chiang Mai in Thailand, which are hotspots in Asia for political and cultural issues, there have been some unexpected demonstrations in the past, so you should double-check about these issues before setting foot here.

Learn About Some of The Local Customs & Habits

Aside from learning about the political and security status of your destination, you should also learn about the daily habits and local customs you will be visiting to ensure that you do not act inappropriately with their most basic possessions. To make it easier for you to participate in the daily activities of the locals in the places you will visit, you should first learn some local words, such as hello, shopping, thanks, goodbye….by doing so, the locals will feel more friendly and less strangulated when you talk directly with them (it is recommended that you obtain some information and guides from your tour guide before beginning on your trip to these destinations).

Bring Some Daily Favorites of Your Children

When traveling with children, you should plan ahead of time to ensure that the children have enough of their daily favorites, such as snacks, candies, toys, and so on, in order to prevent any difficulties in purchasing the same items at your current destination. Don’t forget to bring some medical supplies, such as medicine and gauze, in case they fall or are injured….. A trolley is especially useful if your children are too young to carry in your arms during (all of your time) trekking or walking tours around the places, as this will exhaust you.

The Allergic

Another thing you should prepare and bring home if you or any member of your family frequently requires them in an emergency situation, such as being allergic to food or anything, becoming ill from changing the weather too quickly, or being exposed to too much sun in any country, medicines to prevent insect bite toxin…… Traveling to all parts of Southeast Asia is safe, and there are many good types of medicines available in these regions, but it is still the quickest and most convenient if you can bring some of these medicines with you to avoid an emergency situation on the way you travel.

(Always remember to pack LIGHT – one carry-on and one purse/backpack only, whether it is a 1-week or 4 weeks trip.) 

How Long Must my Passport be Valid for International Travel?

Most countries require that a passport be valid for at least six months beyond the completion of a trip. If your passport expires sooner than that, you must apply to renew your passport.

What Should I Wear When Visiting Buddhist Countries/ Temples/ Pagodas in Vietnam?

The countries in Southeast Asian countries are almost all Buddhist, your trips will include a few pagodas and temples, and the normal rules of these sites are that you should not wear too short shirts and trousers, so don’t forget to ask your guide or check to see what your sites are in the coming dates so you can prepare to wear suitable clothing to avoid being denied entry to sites where there are rules about clothing or the hallowed temples or pagodas, such as when visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi, Vietnam, you must wear a long shirt and trousers, otherwise, you will be denied entry to this special site.

What are The Best Highlights of Northern Vietnam?

The Best Travel Routes in Northern Vietnam

The top destinations of Northern Vietnam include Hanoi, Halong Bay, Ninh Binh, and Sapa. Aside from that, we should not miss others such as Mai Chau, Cat Ba Island, Bac Kan, Cao Bang, Son La, Dien Bien Phu, Lai Chau, and Ha Giang.

Top Destinations in Northern Vietnam

Top Destinations in Northern Vietnam

You can combine to explore the most beautiful landscapes in Vietnam’s north from bays, beaches, and islands, to grandiose mountains. The journey should begin in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, where is available for the old town of Hanoi, also known as the Hanoi old Quarter, which was admitted by UNESCO as one of the world’s cultural heritage sites, from Hanoi you just take about 2hours hours by bus to move to Halong Bay where is considered one of the most beautiful natural heritages in the world. 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 back to Hanoi to catch a night train or bus to Sapa, which is for travelers who want to have adventure holidays, meet ethnic locals, and learn about the traditional habits and customs of the various ethnic groups In the northern area of Vietnam, 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 travel to nearby Lai Chau, Dien Bien Phu, and Ha Giang if time allows, before heading down to the bay to explore Halong Bay and Cat Ba island, which is home to beaches and islands.

It will be a long and adventurous trip to explore the full sights in the north of Vietnam, but it will be a worthwhile and memorial trip because there is no place as beautiful in relation to natural sightseeing, locals, local food, and accommodation as northern Vietnam.

FAQ about the Best Attractions and Activities in Northern Vietnam

What are The Best Activities to Do in Hanoi, Vietnam?

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam, one of the most famous places in northern Vietnam. When visiting Hanoi, you should not miss trying the local food and exploring the historical sites, as well as the old town of Hanoi. With the local food in Hanoi, you should try the most special dishes here such as Bun Cha, Pho (noodle), Cha Ca…

The “Ham Ca Map” building where is perfect for a Rooftop Coffee in Hanoi

Then, don’t forget to visit the most historical sites in Vietnam’s capital, such as Ho Chi Minh Complex with the One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh Museum, Still-house, then move to the Temple of Literature, which is also closed nearby Ho Chi Minh Complex, this is Vietnam’s first university, from here you move to the history museum with many different objects from 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.

What are Some Shore Excursions to Take on Halong Bay, Vietnam?

Halong Bay has been designated as one of the world’s natural heritage sites by UNESCO.
When visiting northern Vietnam, you must visit Halong Bay, which is designated by UNESCO as one of the world’s natural heritage. Although you will take a boat trip to enjoy this cruise, there are many activities available during your cruises such as exploring the hallowed caves such as Sung Sot cave (surprising cave), Thien Cung cave, and Thien Canh Son cave…

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Aside from that, you can kayak through the caves in Halong Bay, which is a fun activity for adventure tourists who live near the kayaking location. Halong Bay is also well-known for its small islands and Ti Top Island, and while on a cruise, you should stop by one of these islands to relax and swim, as the water is very clean and blue. However, one of the most famous activities of a cruise trip on a boat in Halong Bay is that tourists have the opportunity to enjoy the fresh seafood here, and this activity must include people who enjoy eating seafood.

What are The Best Attractions & Activities to Do in Sapa, Vietnam?

Sapa is the most well-known mountainous destination in northern Vietnam. A trip to northern Vietnam will be only half as rewarding if you miss visiting Sapa, the home of not only Vietnam’s northern mighty mountainous landscapes but also where you will meet and speak with ethnic minorities throughout your stay.

Sapa, Vietnam

Sapa, Vietnam

Exploring Sapa in Sapa, tourists have the opportunity to learn about the habits and customs of the locals and participate in their daily activities such as cooking and rice planting…

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. There are many magnificent landscapes on the roads from Sapa to Dien Bien Phu, so don’t forget to bring your camera so that you can take the most beautiful photos while traveling on these unique mountain roads.

Dien Bien Phu battleground

Dien Bien Phu battleground in the war

To explore Dien Bien Phu, a famous battleground of Vietnam, you can take a bus or, for a more adventurous experience, ride a motorbike from Sapa to Dien Bien Phu. And, Dien Bien Phu also has a national airport, so you can fly here from anywhere in Vietnam.

The battlefield where the well-known battle took place between the army of Vietnamese and American 65 days and nights is a place that should never be missed when visiting Dien Bien Phu, this historical site is still the pride of Vietnamese today.

Dien Bien Phu battleground currently

Dien Bien Phu battleground currently

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.

What are The Top Tours & Activities to Do & How do I Learn about the Locals’ Culture and Lifestyle in Ha Giang, Vietnam?

Ha Giang, the well-known rock mountains and impressive mountain roads in northern Vietnam where has become a popular destination for nearly all adventurers who visit the region. When visiting Ha Giang, tourists will find plenty to do in a remote area where many traditional habits and customs are still practiced by the locals. Staying with a local family in Ha Giang’s villages is recommended for visitors who want to learn about and understand the local culture.

Ha Giang, Northern Vietnam

Ha Giang, Northern Vietnam

You will not be able to travel to Ha Giang via flat roads because the roads in these areas are hard to drive, however, you will have the opportunity to experience and transfer on one of Vietnam’s most beautiful and wonderful roads, and you will have the most beautiful photos that you will not be able to take in any other place in Vietnam exception Ha Giang.

Trying the local food in Ha Giang is also a worthwhile experience once you visit, with famous dishes such as Thang Co, Reu Nuong, Thang Den, dried pork and buffalo meat near the kitchen, and Xoi Ngu Sac (the sticky rice is cooked in a variety of colors)…….And, Dong Van, which is completely surrounded by rocky mountains, is still the most famous attraction in Ha Giang that you should not miss seeing when you visit.

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, travel to Ninh Binh you will have the opportunity to learn about the history of Hoa Lu where there were three dynasties Dinh, Tien Le, and Ly, then it was moved to Thang Long and is now called Hanoi.

The best time to visit Hoa Lu and Tam Coc are May and June, as well as September because the yellow rice fields are open during these months. You will not only be rowed along the river, but you will take the most beautiful photos of the scenery, which is a combination of nature’s rocky mountains, a water river, and rice fields, and is very beautiful and unique. When visiting Tam Coc, you will also have the chance to visit three caves (Tam Coc means three caves), which are also considered worthwhile natural sites to pay and discover.

Tam Coc, Ninh Binh

Tam Coc, Ninh Binh

From Tam Coc, you will travel to Mua Cave and Bich Dong, where you will ride a bike to the surrounding villages and see the yellow rice fields. You will also see the daily life of the locals here while they are working in the fields, harvesting rice, growing vegetables, etc. This landscape looks very peaceful in the countryside like Bich Dong.

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 or a motorbike, the bus takes about three hours and the motorbike takes about four hours. Riding a motorcycle from Hanoi to Mai Chau is one of the most thrilling experiences for adventurers due to the lush green forests that surround these roads, the roads are very nice, and the scenery is spectacular.

Mai Chau, Hoa Binh

Mai Chau, Hoa Binh

Traveling to Mai Chau, you will meet the ethnic groups who live beneath the mountains when you arrive in Mai Chau. They make a living by growing rice, and vegetables, and feeding large animals such as chickens and ducks….their daily life is simple and peaceful. Staying at a homestay in the village is the best way to have a fun night in Mai Chau valley. Here, you will be able to experience and comprehend the daily lives of the locals. If you stay with them in their village, you will also be able to sample the local cuisine.

How Long does it Take to Get to the Perfume Pagoda from Hanoi & What are Some Popular Nature Adventures here?

The Perfume Pagoda, a gathering place for the river and the mountains about 60 kilometers from Hanoi is one of the most famous sights in Vietnam’s north. You can take a bus, a taxi, a motorbike, or even a bike to get to this unique pagoda. Perfume Pagoda is a complex with many different small pagodas, it is also a hallowed pagoda that continues to attract a large number of domestic tourists who come here during the festival season from January to March every year, there are also foreign tourists, but almost all of the domestic travelers who live around Vietnam come here to pray for various purposes such as wealth, happiness, and so on.

Yen Stream - The road to Perfume Pagoda

Yen Stream – The road to Perfume Pagoda

This pagoda is extremely popular because it is said to be a very hallowed pagoda where many wishes have been granted. When tourists arrive at Perfume Pagoda, they can row on a small boat along the river, and there is also a unique road to this pagoda because the surrounding area is completely covered by the water river and rocky mountains. This is the ideal destination for nature lovers who want to take a boat ride down a river.

You should bring a camera with you if you visit this area. You should also wear short shoes or sandals because you will need to walk up to the top to visit the most important pagoda in this area and then take the cable car to Huong Tich cave. There are many boats that aren’t available for the lean-to, so bring an umbrella in case it gets too hot or rains while you’re rowing down the river to the various pagoda pagodas in this complex.

Because this area is densely packed with pagodas, you should avoid wearing anything too short so that you can enter the pagodas and learn more about their unique architecture and statues.

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What Are The Best Highlights of Central Vietnam?

The Best Travel Routes of Central Vietnam

You can continue your exploration of another famous Vietnam sight by taking a short flight from northern or southern Vietnam to central Vietnam (about a 1-hour flight). Normally, you should continue your journey from the northern or southern to central Vietnam, which is famous for Phong Nha, Hue, Danang, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Dalat, and Mui Ne beach…

Top Destinations in Central Vietnam

Top Destinations in Central Vietnam

To begin, fly to Hue, where you will learn about the various kings’ dynasties and take an interesting trip to Hue’s ancient capital and this complex, then take a boat trip and hear folk songs on the most beautiful river as Huong Giang River (Perfume River), from Hue you only need to catch a short bus around 3 hours to Danang where you can enjoy and relax on one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, My Khe beach, Son Tra beach, which has one of the world’s most famous resorts, InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, a five-star resort that is well worth a visit for any tourist who has the opportunity to stay here. During your visit to Danang, you should try the local cuisine, which is both unique and reasonably priced.

From Danang, you should take about a 30-minute drive from Danang to Hoi An. When you arrive in Hoi An, you will notice that the best of the ancient houses and Vietnamese customs have been preserved. Although Hoi An is still a small town, it has all of the necessary features of a fun travel destination, such as the famous Cua Dai Beach, the special local food, the ancient architecture of ancient houses, the famous silk clothes, the ecotourism vegetable villages….all of these combine to create a unique and special Hoi An that must be included in your trip to the heart of Vietnam.

If you have the time, you should take a one-hour flight from Hoi An to the beach city of Nha Trang. Once there, you will be able to explore one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, participate in a variety of beach activities, and enjoy the local food, which is very fresh and delicious.

FAQ about the Best Attractions and Activities in Central Vietnam

What are The Must-See Attractions in Hue, Vietnam?

When visiting Hue, the ancient capital with 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, and in order to understand these dynasties, you should first 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…..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, and arriving here allows you to learn more about Vietnam’s history through the various Nguyen dynasties.

Hue, Vietnam

Hue, Vietnam

Aside from learning about Vietnam’s history in Hue, you should not miss other interesting activities like taking a boat trip on the Huong River (Perfume River), where you can listen to folk songs from Hue while sitting on a boat cruising along the Huong River, which is considered Vietnam’s most poetic and fond river. Your boat is stopped at Thien Mu Pagoda to learn about one of Vietnam’s most ancient and revered pagodas. This pagoda is near the Huong River, and the landscape is very beautiful. Traveling through this area will make you feel very peaceful and quiet.

To see all of Hue’s sights, don’t miss out on exploring one of the most unique features that can only be found in this historical city: garden houses. A garden house is situated in the center of a large plot of land, surrounded by green trees, which keeps the garden cool even in hot weather. You will feel completely at ease if you stay in a house like this. Hue is also well-known for its cyclo tours, which take visitors around the city to see the sights and take beautiful photographs of Hue, a poetic city in central Vietnam.

Enjoying traditional food in Hue is also one of the most fantastic experiences in this city; many of Vietnam’s delectable dishes, such as Bun Bo Hue (noodle and beef), Com Hen (rice with mussels), and Che, originated in Hue. Hue cakes such as Banh Bot Loc and Banh Chung (square glutinous rice cake)…

What Would Be The Best 2 – 3 Day itinerary in Danang, Vietnam?

Danang, the most worthwhile city to live in Vietnam is a Central Government city in Vietnam, and it has many famous tourist attractions ranging from nature to culture, such as Son Tra Beach, My Khe Beach, which is also considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, is located near 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 this beach is located, then you just need to walk or even your room is also easy to see to the sea, this is why Danang is one of the most popular destinations.

My Khe Beach in Danang

The World-famous My Khe Beach in Danang

If you are a traveler who enjoys exploring natural sights, Ba Na Hill is the place to go 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, in particular, is a very safe place to travel and stay; there is no rubber on the roads, and evils are almost non-existent; this is also why this beautiful city attracts a large number of tourists each year.

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 delectable.

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.

Is it Easy to Travel to Hoi An in Central Vietnam & What are The Top Activities Not Miss 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 about 30 kilometers from Danang.

Despite the fact that Hoi An is a small city, it has both of the most important two attractions for visitors. Firstly, it is the old town, where visitors can purchase local souvenirs like lanterns (the lantern is the most famous souvenir in the old town of Hoi An), enjoy the local cuisine, handcrafted clothing, and a stroll through the old town to 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 should enjoy and discover Cua Dai beach, which is one of Vietnam’s most beautiful beaches. If you are staying near the beach, you can take a local bus, shuttle bus, or even cycle from your resort to town.

The Old Town of Hoi An

The Old Town of Hoi An

While in Hoi An, you should also take a visit to 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. When you arrive in these villages, you will be able to see how the locals go about their daily lives, how they work in the fields, how they grow vegetables…it is very interesting and fun. After exploring the vegetable villages, you can go fishing 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 of its owner; this activity is both meaningful and enjoyable.

Trying local food in Hoi An’s old town is also a unique experience because this area is well-known for a variety of dishes such as Com Ga (chicken rice), Cao Lau, Banh Bao, Banh Dap, My Quang, Banh mi…There are many reasons why tourists choose to visit a particular location, but one of the main reasons that tourists choose to visit Hoi An for the unique cuisine.

When is The Best Time to Visit & Top Things to Do in The Port City of Nha Trang, Vietnam?

Nha Trang is still regarded as Vietnam’s most beautiful beach city in Vietnam because it runs along the seaside, making it easy for tourists to combine sightseeing around the city with relaxing on the beach at any time. Nha Trang’s weather is ideal for tourists to visit at any time of year; you can swim and participate in beach sports at any time of year. When you arrive in Nha Trang, you will have the opportunity to visit some of Vietnam’s most beautiful islands and beaches, including 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…

Nha Trang Beach, Vietnam

Nha Trang Beach, Vietnam

It is impossible to visit all of these sites, but if you have the opportunity to visit one or two of them, you will understand why Nha Trang attracts a large number of domestic and international visitors every year. When you arrive in Nha Trang, you should not miss out on enjoying the seafood because it is one of the most famous features that attract tourists who visit Nha Trang all the time. The seafood here is very diverse and fresh. If you do not like seafood, this city also offers you other special foods that are also traditional and local foods of Nha Trang such as Bun Cha Ca and 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…..

If you are traveling with children to Nha Trang, make sure to bring them to Vin Pearland Resort so that they can enjoy a variety of different games because this is the largest area where all games for both children and adults are offered and organized. If your budget allows you to stay at a five-star hotel, the Vin Pearl Land resort is the best option for you because you will be served everything from restaurants to entertainment while staying at this resort.

However, you can also stay in Nha Trang’s central town and then purchase a ticket to move to this island to participate in the travel activities. When visiting Nha Trang, you should not miss taking the cable car to see the most beautiful landscapes of the beach and island because it is well worth the money.
Nha Trang also has an airport, which is called Cam Ranh airport, making it very convenient for any tourist who wishes to visit Nha Trang from anywhere in Vietnam. There are also many different flights available each day for you to choose from. If you enjoy going to the beach, Nha Trang is one of the best places to visit.

Is it Easy to Travel to Dalat & What are The Best Things to Do in Dalat?

Dalat “The City of Flowers” is located in Vietnam’s highlands, and is one of the most beautiful cities in the country. This place is always an ideal honeymoon destination for couples because the landscapes and weather are very beautiful, and the cool weather in a highland area is ideal for all kinds of flowers to bloom all year in this place. Dalat is a small city with a small enough central area that you can walk to all of the major attractions, including Dalat Market, Xuan Huong Lake, and Dalat University.

Dalat, Vietnam

Dalat, Vietnam

When you arrive in Dalat, the first thing you should do is walk around the central areas to take in the sights, enjoy some coffee, and purchase some local souvenirs. You should also try the local fruits, as this area is one of the main places that provide a variety of fruits to cities throughout Vietnam, including Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Hai Phong, Danang, and others. Aside from fruits, Dalat is the most well-known city in Vietnam for cultivating a variety of flowers, including roses, lilies, daisies, and orchids…All of these flowers are the most beautiful once they are grown and opened in Dalat, so many provinces and cities in Vietnam purchase these flowers to sell, especially the Dalat flowers, which are always used for important Vietnamese festivals such as New Year (Tet), International Women’s Day (8/3),… If you are unable to bring fresh flowers back home, there are many types of dry flowers available here that are also very beautiful and come in a variety of colors.

Don’t forget to visit Dalat’s main attractions to get a true sense of a romantic and unique Dalat, such as Crazy House, where you can see unique architectures that no other place in the world has, and this site also has a room for you to stay overnight if you want to learn more about this special place. The Bao Dai Palace, Dalat’s next major attraction, still residences many of the original items used by Vietnam’s last king for his and his family’s daily lives, such as chairs, working rooms, bedrooms, and clothes….Especially, you will be able to dress up as kings and queens for photos, and children will be able to ride a horse around the palace, which is a very fun and interesting activity for children. Furthermore, because this location grows a wide variety of flowers, you will be able to take some beautiful photographs here. Proceed from Dao Dai Palace to Dalat Railway Station to see Vietnam’s most ancient railway station, which has been designated a national heritage site.

Then visit Phuoc Linh Pagoda, Truc Lam Zen monastery, Mong Mo Hill, Dalanta waterfall, and Camly waterfall…and if you want to see the entire Dalat city, don’t miss Lang Biang Mountain, which is 2.167m above sea level and is also known as Dalat’s roof. And, for young people and couples visiting Dalat, one of the most important places to visit is Love Valley, where you can enjoy the natural scenery, which includes pine forests, flowers, water waterfalls, lakes, and so on.

After seeing all of Dalat, you walk around Xuan Huong Lake and the Dalat market to enjoy the local cuisine. In such cold weather, it is very special and worthwhile for you to try some warm dishes such as Nem Nuong, Banh Beo, Banh Canh, Banh Trang Nuong…

Dalat also has an airport, which makes it simple and convenient to travel here from anywhere in Vietnam. In fact, because Dalat is located in Vietnam’s highlands, the best way to get to Dalat from anywhere in Vietnam is to take a short flight, as transferring from other cities to Dalat is exhausting and time-consuming. However, if you prefer to travel on the mighty and zigzag roads, taking a bus to Dalat from any city is the best option for you.

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What are The Best Highlights of Southern Vietnam?

The Best Travel Routes of Southern Vietnam

The top destinations of Southern Vietnam include Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Phu Quoc island, Cu Chi, The Mekong River Delta encompasses My Tho, Ben Tre, and Can Tho. Aside from that, we should not miss other highlights such as Vung Tau, Tay Ninh, and Chau Doc.

Top Destinations in Southern Vietnam

Top Destinations in Southern 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 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 cities of the Mekong River Delta such as My Tho, Ben Tre, Can Tho, and Chau Doc, which are 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 to 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 in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital, or anywhere else depending on your return flights to Vietnam.

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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

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, 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 enjoy the traditional food that was cooked and eaten daily by the locals and soldiers, such as rice and potato.

Cu Chi Tunnels

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 includes important establishments such as schools, hospitals, kitchens, water wells, 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 line in front of you, 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 rowing 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. You should try 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. And 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 own 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 own 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, the 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 & What are The Best Things to Do in Tram Chim National Park?

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 as one of the most beautiful ecotourism complexes that have preserved its neglected features.

Despite the fact that 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. There are also many regional specialties that 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 a number of 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 (as 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.

Phu Quoc island

Phu Quoc island

Despite the fact that 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 that 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, and if you arrived 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.

Con Dao island

Con Dao island

The Con Dao resort can be reached by either boat or plane. If you want to travel by boat, take a boat from 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 really 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. There are also some resorts that 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 completely 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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