Are you looking for a budget-friendly holiday destination that has breath-taking landscapes, rich culture, and warm people? We are happy to report that Vietnam ticks all the boxes!
Even the food here is exciting. Be it exotic fruits, vegetables, seafood, or meat, every morsel of food in Vietnam is a burst of freshness and flavour. From the fragrant pho (noodle soup) to the juiciest tropical fruit platter, Vietnamese food would leave you salivating for more.
Moving on to the places that backpackers would love, this Southeast Asian country has a lot to offer. Get ready with your backpack to explore the top 7 places in Vietnam listed below:
Ho Chi Minh City
Formerly known as Saigon, the French colonial structures and war remnants scattered around the city give it a unique character. From egg coffee to quirky apartment cafes, from 3D art gallery to motorbike tours, your days in Ho Chi Minh City would get crazier with each passing second. Do visit the War Remnants Museum to learn about the Vietnam War. A tour around the Cu Chi Tunnels is equally informative and fascinating. The best way to explore the city is through bike tours.
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Vietnam’s last ruling family, the Nguyen Dynasty, lived in Hue. While the dynasty ended in 1945 after 143 years, the city is still commonly known as the Imperial Capital of Vietnam. Places that you can visit are the Imperial Citadel, tombs of famous emperors by the River Perfume, Thien Mu Pagoda, and The Mieu. For a relaxing day by the sea, visit the Thuan An Beach. Thrill-seekers can set out on the 5-lake hike in Bach Ma National Park.
Hoi An is situated in Central Vietnam. Start your trip in Hoi An by visiting the Japanese Covered Bridge, which was built in the 18th century by the Japanese community. The Museum of Trade Ceramics, the Fukian Assembly Hall, and Hoi An Handicraft Workshop should be next on your list. Pack your best beach wear and head to Cua Dai beach for its crystal blue waters and white sand.
The capital city of Vietnam has many interesting tourist spots that offer great insight into the Vietnamese culture and its amazing inhabitants. After an early morning breakfast at one of the city’s quaint cafes, explore Hanoi’s Old Quarter by foot. Spend your day-time visiting the Hoa Lo Prison, Hoan Kiem Lake, Ho Chi Minh Museum, Temple of Literature, and Hanoi Opera House. At night, enjoy a beer or two at Legend Beer and similar famous clubs & restaurants.
Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay is a cluster of 1,600 limestone islands and islets. From sailing on a luxury cruise to cave kayaking, the possibilities for adventure are endless at this UNESCO World Heritage Site. You could also visit the floating villages, hike on Ban Ben Island, or fine-dine in a cave.
Sa Pa is a hill station famous for its hiking trails, making it an ideal destination for adventure travellers. Book a native hiking guide before you start your trek as a permit is required to enter certain villages. You can shop for souvenirs at the Sapa market, where handicrafts and other items made by the Hmong and Red Dzao tribes are available.
Phong Nha Park
Be prepared to be awed by the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. The huge park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to underground rivers, hidden caves, and deep jungles. The surreal Phong Nha Cave & Boat Trip is something that you absolutely can’t afford to miss.
GoFro Tip: Try the Weasel Coffee while here; it’s very strong and very rich. Definitely not something for the faint-hearted, it might help you to keep going on your trip!
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