One of the jewels of South East Asia, Vietnam is about culture and cuisine as much as it is about history and perseverance. To ensure you savor the sights, sounds and tastes of this fascinating country, here are some suggestions for what to do in Vietnam.
Hoi An’s old town in Vietnam’s Quang Nam Province is a spectacular fusion of local culture with distinct East Asian influences along with colonial architecture. You can explore this centuries old trading port on two wheels or navigate the Thu Bon River. The cuisine of Vietnam is one of the most diverse in the region and sampling Hoi An’s specialty, the cao lau – a braised spiced pork noodle meal is one of the things to do in Vietnam.
Hạ Long Bay
Visiting Vietnam would be incomplete without a trip to Ha Long Bay. This bay is famous for its pristine emerald waters and the iconic limestone karsts and islets that dot the sea. Enjoy a cruise around the coast and detours to Cat Ba Island and lesser known Lan Ha Bay are always recommended.
Cu Chi Tunnels
The Cu Chi Tunnels are a reminder of the decade long Vietnam War, a brutal chapter of the country’s history that scars the countryside till this date. A labyrinth of underground passageways that cover a significant part of the country, you can visit a section of this network which has also been converted to a war memorial.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang
A land of many subterranean wonders including underground rivers and a cave so large it has its own well developed eco-system, Phong Nha-Ke Bang is a national park that preserves one of the largest karst regions in the world.
HÒA THUẬN ĐÔNG (Da Nang)
The city of Da Nang is the gateway to Vietnam’s central region. Here you can visit the Imperial City fortress, Vietnam’s former capital – Hue. The city is flanked by mountains and faces the sea on the south, its coast also including lovely white sand beaches.
Hang Sung Sot
One of the many caves in Ha Long Bay, the Hang Sung Sot has many unusual rock formations including a Buddha, a tortoise and a phallic rock formation that has been lit up by a pink light. You can add this local fertility symbol on your must see in Vietnam list.
Vietnam’s mystery is slowly unfolding and its vibrant, friendly culture has made many visitors fall in love with the country. It could be you too.