Hanoi, a capital city of Vietnam with more than 1000 years of history, on its own is an exciting place to explore and everything is within walking distance if you book a room in the Old Quarter area. Hanoi’s view is the combination of the French colonial style and modern office and housing buildings which bring the sense of familiar and historical at the same time.
Hanoi's Old Quarter area.
Tasting street food is one of the best things to do in Hanoi. Food in Hanoi will water your mouth and melt your heart. Street food is found everywhere in every corner of the city with a wide range of offers. You will probably experience your first time eating at improper stalls on the sidewalk with small tables and low plastic stools but magnificently delicious.
Getting around Hanoi is quite easy, it is possible to rent a bike, take a taxi or take the bus to get to places of interest and attractions.
There are some places that travelers should stop by in the morning like The Temple of Literature, Ngoc Son pagoda in Hoan Kiem Lake, West Lake, Ho Chi Minh complex… At night, the streets are still crowded with local people and tourists might enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city while sitting in a corner bar, sipping “bia hoi” (beer).
Tourists should be cautious when crossing the roads in Hanoi, it’s quite a challenge sometimes.
A hill-tribe town, consisting of six minor ethnic groups of Vietnam and nearly 400 kilometers away to the northwest of Hanoi, is called with a lovely name – Sapa. Sapa was established from the early of 1900s and since then, Sapa still kept its own unique and fame for its authentic rugged scenery, mild weather and rich cultural diversity. You will find yourself enchanted by different shades of green in Sapa while riding a bike around the villages.
Sin Chai Village, Sapa.
3. MAI CHAU
Mai Chau, a part of Hoa Binh province, is a peaceful valley sheltered by the outside world of dramatic ring of hills. The most idiosyncratic feature of Mai Chau is bamboo houses on stilts of Thai, Muong and H’mong ethnic groups.
Sunday markets will bring a lot of people together as it is the opportunity for the locals to perform their traditional dances and songs and for the tourists to taste distinctive dishes such as rice grilled in bamboo, Muong pork and Can wine.
Rice grilled in bamboo and grilled Muong pork, Mai Chau.
4. CAT BA
Cat Ba Island is considered the green jewel between the Gulf of Tonkin. This green gem is a convergence between the forest to the sea, with beautiful scenery and the climate is extremely healthy.
Cat Ba Island does not only have only the beach and the sand, it also has Biosphere Reserve World - Cat Ba National Park. Trekking in the jungle will bring about wonderful experience and after a walk into the green world, you will likely take the climb onto Mount Ngu Lam to catch the panoramic view of the whole island.
Jade ocean on Cat Ba Island.
Langurs in Cat Ba National Park.
5. QUANG BINH
Quang Binh is a province in the upper middle region of Vietnam. The width of the province is relatively short which makes Quang Binh the narrowest province on the map of Vietnam.
Quang Binh, fortunately, owns an immense system of caves including Tu Lan, En, Phong Nha – Ke Bang, Son Doong, Survival valleys and Bao Ninh peninsula.
Son Doong Cave in Quang Binh.
6. HOI AN
Used to be one of the major ports for trading in 16th and 17th centuries, Hoi An now is Vietnam’s most graceful, delightful and atmospheric town. Hoi An has been through a few centuries of history but still remains as in the first days of its being born. Hoi An’s delicacies are plentiful and particularly tasty and cheap. Most highlighted leisure here is walking around the old street and taking a cooking class from the locals. It is best to visit Hoi An between February and April.
Hoi An's Old streets in the morning.
Lanterns shop in Hoi An at night.
7. NHA TRANG
Let’s fly to Vietnam’s ocean city! Nha Trang is a popular location for Vietnam beach holidays for both international and domestic tourists. In the summer months, the town is chockablock with tourists and young kids running around and cruising the strip on the main seaside avenue. Nha Trang is an ideal place to try water sports, especially scuba diving.
Nha Trang's diving activity.
8. HO CHI MINH
For the time being, Ho Chi Minh City is regarded to be one of the most dynamic areas of the country – a social, cultural and economic centre of the South. Here in Saigon, former name of Ho Chi Minh City but still wildly used by the native people, tourists will indulge in the vibrant of the city.
9. MEKONG DELTA
You will have the chance to experience the utmost true taste of Vietnam’s rural area in Mekong Delta. Life of the local people is attached to rowing boats, the rivers, the orchard trees. Here you will witness common scene of everyday life with children riding on buffalos, marketers calling out their items on the floating markets, farmers rowing on mud-brown waters,… Boat trips will take you on some islands like Ben Tre, Can Tho, Cao Lanh, Sa Dec,…to enjoy traditional customs and food.
10. PHAN THIET
Phan Thiet is a city of emerald beaches and sunshine. Solo travelers are recommended to rent a bike and take a ride around the area for the fullest, fastest, cheapest experience of hidden beaches and local markets. For more adventurous, travelers can go Quad biking at White and Red sand dunes which offer from gentle bumps to stomach churning bends. Most highlighted sport here is probably kite surfing, in fact, this area is one of Asia’s most popular sites for kite surfing and is offered at an extremely competitive price.
White sand dunes in Mui Ne, Phan Thiet.
Quad biking on sand dunes in Phan Thiet.
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