We decided to go on a trip to Vietnam because David celebrates 18 this year, my husband is celebrating his 50th birthday and because us and some friends wanted a special vacation this year. The unique climate in Vietnam allows you to hike throughout all year long. A trip to Vietnam combines between ancient culture, ancient villages, endless rice terraces, impressive temples, and powerful early landscapes.
In recent years, Vietnam is gaining popularity among many travelers and young backpackers. Its friendly and welcoming residents are convenient for travelers. Vietnam is no longer just a Hollywood scene of jungle battles and Vietcong fighters leaving. Its charming and smiling people, a variety of scents and colors alongside a rich kitchen make the country a real attraction.
Vietnamese cuisine is considered to be one of the finest in the world and includes a delightful combination of Chinese, French and Indian influences. Rice is the main ingredient in Vietnamese cuisine, with vegetables and fruits, fish and seafood, wonderful soups with rice noodles and baguettes with a variety of fillings. The views in Vietnam are incredibly diverse and include the breathtaking Halong Bay with its beauty, forested mountains and the expansive delta of the Mekong River.
Most travelers in Vietnam will begin their trip in Hanoi. The capital of Vietnam, a city not to be missed, stands out from the influence of Chinese culture alongside small Parisian-style cafes, a memory from the ancient French government. Despite the accelerated development that this 1000-year-old city has undergone in recent years, its traditional roots can still be noticed in every corner. Don’t you dare miss out on the ancient quarter where you can also experience a Vietnamese cooking class, a lesson with a Buddhist monk, or practice Tai Chi at dawn.
Other travelers will choose to start the Vietnam trip in Ho Chi Minh City – Former Saigon – Vietnam’s largest city and the country’s economic capital. It is a bustling cosmopolitan city with colonial French architecture and excellent restaurants. You won’t want to miss a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral, Ben Than Market, the Tien Howe Pagoda and the impressive Central Post Office building.
Two major cities in Vietnam that require a visit are Dalat and Hoi An. Dalat, a peaceful green resort town in the southern mountains; And Hoi An, a fascinating ancient city located on the shores of the South China Sea and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hoi An is an ancient city down the Tubon River, in the lowlands of Kwang Nam Province. Hoi An’s impressive architecture is characterized by a harmonious blend of Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese influences. Close to Hoi An, the city of Da Nang, an amazing city near the Poi Han River and beyond smooth and white sandy beaches, thanks to its geographical location it connects three world heritage sites: Hua Ancient Capital, Hui An Old Town and the Holy Island of Mae Son. Due to the amazing nature surrounding the city you’ll understand why Danang is so popular among travelers. You can depart from here to visit the famous Golden Bridge of Vietnam.
In the pastoral areas of Central Vietnam you can see the sites of the battles and also reach charming towns. For trekking enthusiasts among us, we recommend arriving at the 1,600-foot-tall Sapa town near the Chinese border. It is an area of traditional tribes, impressive rice terraces and traditional markets, it is highly recommended to spend a few days hiking the area.
Despite Vietnam’s impressive cities, Vietnam’s main attraction is the nature. In North Vietnam’s Halong Bay, one of the seven new wonders of nature, is known for its thousands of limestone karst islands scattered with turquoise water creating a spectacular landscape. Do not give up a cruise tour between the Gulf Islands. The Mekong Delta in South Vietnam is the last stop of the mighty Mekong River, where the river flows through various branches to the South China Sea. This is a very fertile area, where farmers with straw hats are commonly used to process their rice fields, the appearance so closely associated with Vietnam. It is highly recommended to go sailing in the area and visit the floating markets on the water.
If you were wondering then Vietnam also allows the traveler a spectacular vacation option for beach and diving enthusiasts. Vietnam has beautiful beaches and resorts that can compete with dignity with the islands of Southern Thailand, where you can enjoy a peaceful and uncommercialized atmosphere. In the long coast of Vietnam you can enjoy beautiful beaches with soft sand, turquoise water and impressive dive sites. It is worth a visit in the popular resort town of Na Trang, Hae Tien, Pococo Island and Catba Island.
The enchanting Vietnam with its 54 different tribes is a paradise for travelers.
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