When we think about Vietnam, we immediately think of two aspects of it: the country’s long and tumultuous political history and its beautiful natural landscapes.
The country features a number of iconic tourist sites, Halong Bay being the primary among them. The places to visit in Vietnam are charming with their culture and heritage, and definitely worth the trip.
Here are some of the best places to visit in Vietnam:
Hanoi is famous for its Old Quarter- a museum which preserves the remnants of the Asian and French colonial architecture, that still stand tall despite the bombings the city has faced. At this open-aired museum, you will be able to witness boulevards or busy markets or even visit the important sites of the Grand Opera House. You can take a Ha Giang to Hanoi bus to access the city.
- Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay draws tourists from all over the world every year, and it’s limestone rocks, aqua-green waters and marine sceneries make this place worth a visit. There are more than 2000 islands in this bay, covered by thick jungles, coves, lakes and grottos. There is no way you can miss the magnificence of this bay on your maiden visit to Vietnam.
- Hoi An
If you’re looking for a city that still holds on to its ancient heritage, then Hoi An is the first place you should go. The city owes its popularity to the architecture, heritage and textiles found in the area. The small alleyways around Old Town, the heart of the city, are perfect for walking around in. It’s all the city’s finest shopping district, with many local tailors selling souvenirs of various types.
- Mekong Delta
The Mekong Delta is an agrarian district, popularly known as Vietnam’s Rice Basket. But that does not mean it’s at a loss of visual attractions. The colourful markets, fruit orchards and sugarcane groves in the Mekong Delta add to its rural charm.
- Nha Trang
Nha Trang is located off the southern coast of Central Vietnam. This seaside resort city has all the attractions that you would expect to find in it. From mountains to lush hills to resorts with palm trees- Nha Trang is a place for amusement and relaxation. It’s also a special favourite of many scuba divers both in Vietnam and outside.
Sapa is one of those tiny remote villages that are quite fantastical in appearance. The mountains and terraces surrounding the village form an alluring backdrop to this quiet town. Visitors can find warm companionship in the members of the various hill tribes that live in the surrounding areas. You can take part in the organized tours that take you the major waterfalls in the area and give you some opportunities to interact with the tribes and learn their customs.
There are plenty of other places that you could visit on your travels across Vietnam. It’s truly one of the most beautiful countries in the world, as shown by its bustling tourism industry.