10 Things to do on your Vietnam Travel

10 Things to do on your Vietnam Travel

With an incredible blend of nature and culture, Vietnam is an underrated gem of a country. Towering peaks, lush green valleys, fields of plenty and greens of every shade—this when combined with the nation’s intricate history is a treat for all travelers looking for an immersive experience. Be it, hiking enthusiasts, bikers or nature lovers, there are plenty of national parks and spectacular coastlines waiting to be explored. Take a relaxing cruise in Halong Bay, treat your taste buds with Hanoi’s street food, and take a step back in time at Ho Chi Minh city. 

Halong Bay

The gigantic limestone peaks of Halong Bay make for one of the world’s most beautiful sea views. No wonder this has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These jagged islands of nature stand tall in the Gulf of Tonkin, eroded into sharp peaks by wind and water over thousands of years. Best experienced by cruise, it gives you some of the most unforgettable views. To properly explore these unique landscapes, set aside at least one overnight trip. Discover the hidden wonders of caves and enormous caverns like Hang Sung Sot, and the surreal wonders of Hand Dao Go with its stalagmites and stalactites. However you choose to spend your time here, these limestone towers never cease to amaze.

Ho Chi Minh City

A visit to Vietnam is never complete without exploring Ho Chi Minh City. This bustling collection of streets is the commercial hub of the country. Crammed with people, bikes, and cars, this city is filled with the most happening cafes and restaurants. This also provides the best opportunity to shop till you drop. Head to the city center, Dong Khoi, to explore the historical significance of the city and its artifacts at the HCMC Museum. Don’t forget to visit the Grand Notre Dame Cathedral built in the late 19th century. Step into the old alleys of France at Da Kao, the French colonial remnants of architecture. To get a taste of Buddhism and Taoist iconography, don’t forget to check out the Jade Emperor Pagoda. The History Museum can quench your thirst for discovery—take in the wide array of relics and antiques on display from various archaeological sites

The city’s most popular attractions include The Reunification Palace, which used to be the residence for South Vietnam’s president. This is the spot where North Vietnam’s tanks halted on 30th April 1975, thus bringing the war to an end officially. You can find the old-time furnishings of the palace in pristine condition, and it helps transport you back in time. Just a few blocks away os the War Remnants Museum that brings to light the horrors of the war and the bitter memories of the US - Vietnam showdown.


Brimming with history, Hue is home to the 19th century Nguyen kingdom’s artifacts. The royal site sits by the stunning banks of Perfume River, and is a sprawling 2.5-kilometer enclosure. Capture the intricate details of Thai Hoa Palace, the imposing structure of Ngo Mon Gate, the luxurious Dien Tho Residence which housed the Queen Mothers, and the colorful Halls of Mandarins with glorious murals above.

To discover more of this land’s rich history, take a cruise along the Perfume River and visit the royal tombs like Tu Doc and explore the pagodas nearby. Thien Mu Pagoda is one of the most beautiful and has a 21-meter high tower that gives it an imposing, powerful look.


My Son

Ruins of ancient 4th-century temples, lush green jungles and mountains—no, you haven’t wandered into the sets of Tomb Raider. My Son is home to the ruins of the Cham era temple city that was thriving until the 10th century. With more than 20 temple structures displaying the mastery of various Asian empires like India and Malay, this is sure to give you plenty of other-wordly pictures and experiences. Witness the temple sites that fell victim to the US forces during the Vietnam war and discover more about the culture of My Son at the museum on site.

Hoi An

An amalgamation of Japanese and Chinese architectural influences, Hoi An is a dreamy city packed with ancient merchant-houses and streets that take you back to the 15th century. Hoi An used to be the central port for Japanese and Chinese silk traders back in the day, and the Tan Ky House of the 17th century helps you relive those times with its well-preserved art and architecture.

One of the major attractions of Hoi An is the elegant Japanese Bridge at the western-most end of Tran Phu Street. Nearby is the town’s most popular temple—the Assembly Hall of the Fujian Chinese Congregation. As you wander these quaint streets, you will spot several pagodas and museums, each telling you tales of this incredible country.


The capital city, Hanoi encapsules the chaos and clamor of Vietnam. Not for the ones seeking a peaceful stroll about town, Hanoi gives you a glimpse into the bustling, frenzied and quintessential buzz of Southeast Asia. Whether you want to explore the old streets with the remains of the time gone by, or explore it’s tradition and history through the museums, a true traveller will enjoy Hanoi more than any other. With museums like the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, Vietnam Fine Art  Museum and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, it’s the perfect chance to immerse yourself in this country’s incredible story.

Nha Trang

Six kilometers of pristine coastline, Nha Trang is perfect to unwind and relax in the company of nature. Famous among tourists and locals alike, these shores are packed with people during the summer months. Lounge on the pristine beach or take a dip into the crystal blue waters—Nha Trang is perfect for both. If you’re in the mood for a walkabout town, explore the ancient Po Nagar Cham Towers—a 7th-century temple that is still an active place of worship. Peek into the past at the museum dedicated to the work of Alexandre Yersin, founder of the Nha Trang Pasteur Institute and discover his contribution towards the cure of the bubonic plague.

Củ Chi Tunnels

An extensive network of tunnels stretching for more than 250 kilometers and accessible via the Ben Dinh village or Ben Duoc village, these tunnels are awe-inspiring remnants of the war. Not for the claustrophobic travelers, these tunnels were used by VC troops to operate and communicate in the area surrounding Ho Chi Minh in secrecy. These tunnels are narrow and unlit, and will truly give you a taste of what the Vietnamese soldiers fought like—there are points in the tunnel where you will have to crawl on your hands and knees.

Ba Be National Park

Three intertwined lakes, surrounded by jagged limestone peaks and lush green mountain slopes—experience the majestic scenery of Ba Be National Park. A simple boat ride or kayak ride on the lake, exploring caves of stalagmites and stalactites can be soul-stirring in itself. But for the more adventurous, this park offers a variety of hiking and trekking trails between ethnic minority villages. This is the best chance to truly experience the rural Vietnamese lifestyle as an overnight stay here gives you the opportunity to stay in traditional stilt-houses along the banks of the lake.

Mekong Delta

Located in the southern coast of Vietnam, the majestic Mekong river meets the sea and creates a web of waterways across the land. Sprawling with lush green fields of paddy, corn and mangroves, this is where you can explore the local life and shop for fresh produce on the floating markets. A traveler’s dream as this offers a unique experience and is a combination of peace and chaos. Easily accessible from the town of Can Tho, the floating markets of Phong Dien and Cai Rang are the most popular among tourists. The U Minh Mangrove forests and Cau Mau Nature Reserve are easy to explore by boat trips from Ca Mau.

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