Vietnam is a very popular tourist destination, and there is a good reason for this! From magically beautiful beaches, to picturesque tropical coastlines, exquisite foods, floating markets and even rice terraces. Vietnam really does have something for everyone! The country as a whole is spectacular, but the extreme contrast of peaceful untouched natural beauty and bustling bright cites really adds to the country’s charm. Home to some of the most spectacular temples in the world, the tourist attractions in Vietnam are just simply unforgettable. We would recommend visiting Ho Chi Minh city, Ha Long Bay and Hanoi. These three different destinations will give you a feel for traditional Vietnamese culture, uniquely beautiful landscapes and picturesque mountain views.
Best time to travel to Vietnam
There is no best time to visit Vietnam as it really depends on what you are looking to do! If you are looking to explore a variety of different places throughout the country, we would recommend visiting between March and April as these are the driest months, with moderate temperatures, perfect for exploring the beautiful country! If you want to stay in Vietnam, you must have a visa and permission to stay! Vietnamese visit visas are issued to foreign nationals for a limited duration and on the basis that visitors must leave on or before the date of expiry. Your passport should be valid for a minimum of 6 months on the date you enter Vietnam.
Halong bay is a truly beautiful World Heritage Site. With over 1,900 lusciously green islands rising from the turquoise waters of Halong Bay, it is understandable why the bay is considered to be one of Vietnam’s most beautiful destinations. Halong Bay’s hidden sandy white beaches are a must see! The green mountain tops, mixed with the white sand and turquoise waters make Halong a truly unforgettable destination. We would highly recommend taking the time to experience the bay by boat. Whether this be on a day tour, or even take a 3 - 4 night stay on a relaxing boat trip around the different islands, you will be sure to experience some truly breathtaking scenery. How does kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, hiking or even surfing sound to you? We would highly recommend trying at least some of these experiences when visiting Halong Bay.
Although Hanoi is not the largest city in Vietnam, it is undoubtedly the most important as it is the country's capital. There are so many beautiful must sees when visiting. From cultural temples, to picturesque lakes, spectacular landmarks and historic museums. There really is something for everyone in Hanoi. Be sure to check out West lake where you will find the biggest freshwater lake in Hanoi! Offering magical views over the lake with a developed city backdrop. We would also recommend exploring the Old Quarter, that has been the beating heart of Hanoi for over 1,000 years. The area is truly fascinating, from historical buildings to traditional markets. It is definitely worth the visit!
Ho Chi Minh City
This city is another must see when visiting Vietnam. Known for its vibrant energy, innovative buildings and hectic traffic, the area is the economic heart of Vietnam. There are so many landmarks and other tourist attractions to see visiting Ho Chi Minh City. From exploring the cities museums and landmarks, to eating some spectacular street food, discovering art galleries or even driving round the city on the motorcycle. You are definitely in for a treat.
Food in Vietnam
Vietnamese food is truly unique. From street food, to high end luxury restaurants, there are so many must try dishes when in Vietnam. Using a perfect balance of aromatics, heat, sweetness, sourness, and fish-sauciness. As with other Asian cuisines, it's all about the yin and yang; the sweet and the salty, the cooling and the warming, the fresh and the fermented.
Halong Bay - 1958 Restaurant Halong Bay. Located in the heart of Tuan Chau Island. The welcoming and authentic restaurant offers outstanding cuisine, featuring traditional Vietnamese style dishes as well as signature seafood dishes.
Hanoi - The Wild Rice. Being one of Vietnam’s finest establishments, the restaurant offers a range of traditional cuisine, rich in flavour and colours. However, it has been very tastefully designed, and the architecture is almost as interesting as the food.
Ho Chi Minh - The Quan An Ngon restaurant is an open-air restaurant where Ho Chi Minh City’s finest street chefs create their masterful specialties. Known for their favourite Vietnamese classics like bun cha (vermicelli with minced pork balls and fresh herbs) and green papaya salad with shrimp.