Iconic things to do in Vietnam

Iconic things to do in Vietnam

Vietnam undoubtedly is a striking destination for a holiday to Southeast Asia. Whether you are looking for a tropical paradise, seeing the fascinating Unesco Heritage Sites or capturing the distinctive Asian landscapes, Vietnam has something to inspire you. 
Our list of top things you to do in Vietnam goes further than just ordinary experiences. It is a great source to plan your styled travel throughout the country :
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Cruising Halong Bay

Halong bay is probably the most symbolic attraction in Vietnam. It is home to magnificent area studded by some 800 karst islands and islets. Cruising out to its emerald waters is the best way to appreciate this Unesco World Heritage. Embarking on a traditional Indochina styled cruise, photographing the striking seascape of “ land of dragon”, listening to the lapping waves at night, seeing awe-inspiring cave then kayaking through beautiful lagoon – it is a perfect start for your holiday in Vietnam.


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Explore Hanoi Old Quarter

The capital of Vietnam is full of charm and the most enticing zone is its Old Quarter. Though it is not big, it reflects many facets for Hanoi life from history to cultural treasures. 
Things to do in Hanoi seem endless. While Hoan Kiem Lake, Bach Ma temple, Hang Bac pagoda are prominent for a cultural visit, you will be tempted by the appetizing streets filled with various local foods ranging from well-known Pho to authentic Cha Ruoi. 
Check our suggestion for how to spend 3 days in Hanoi for better travel arrangement

See Hill Tribe Markets in North Vietnam

Northern Vietnam is really a diverse region. It has sea and sun for leisure visitors, delicious foods for culinary adventure, wealthy historic heritages for culture vultures, towering mountains for adventures and uniquely hill tribe market for stunning photogenic opportunities.
In such far north provinces like Lao Cai or Ha Giang, there are some special events you should not miss : weekly hill tribe markets. These markets are colorful rendezvous for different hill tribes such as Hmong, Tay, Dzao, etc to not only buy or sell produces but also to socialize. 
The most famous market is Bac Ha which happens on Sunday while Sin Cheng which takes place on Wednesday is truly a less-visited fair you should see. 

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Travel back to the past in Hue

When it comes to the idea of capturing the most remarkable site to explore Vietnam’s last Dynasty, Hue is the premier choice. The city and its surrounding houses not only boast imperial relics but also the important Forbidden Purple city which witnessed the resignation of the last King. 
Beside its timeless monuments, Hue is a perfect base to get some off beaten track beaches. 


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Soak up the atmospheric Hoi An 

Another Unesco Heritage in central Vietnam, Hoi An is mentioned in every single Vietnam Tour Package. Once the crossroad of the trading route linking Japan, China and other part of Southeast Asia; the town exhibits the treasure from ancient time like no other. 
There is nothing more relaxing than seeing all the ancient pagodas, Japanese bridge then sipping a true Vietnamese coffee gazing at the sparkling lanterns covering the whole town. 

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 Adventure in Phong Nha National Park

The very first thing we should notice about Phong Nha national park is : it houses the world’s largest cave – the Son Doong. However, the park has not only that to inspire adventure-minded travelers. 
You will easily find all the elements for an adventurous journey ranging from jungle trek to dirt bikes, from river cruise to canoeing along the wild streams. 
Note : it may take about 3 years to register 1 place for Soon Dong exploration but you can book a trip to the alternative Hang En for 2 days with us. 


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Island Hoping in Phu Quoc

Start appearing on tourism radar since 2000s, Phu Quoc is claimed as one of the best islands in Asia. The big island features the best hub to enjoy sun-drenched beaches. 
Another thing that draws beach lovers to Phu Quoc is the coming of many world class resorts which ensure your comfort and even a private beach of your own right in front of your bungalow. 


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See Floating Markets in Mekong Delta

Floating market such as in Can Tho is a unique fair in Asia. It is a colorful rendezvous for farmers from all villages nearby to sell and buy fruits, farm produces. It brings so many photogenic chances, especially to if you wish to see something really southern Vietnam. 

Get a History lesson at Cu Chi Tunnels

This is one of the most well known sites created by Viet Cong during the Vietnam- American War. It provides an indepth look into the history of Vietnam. 
The tunnels features housing, military base and wide range of networks to survive during the war. You will be surprised by the technique used during this time. 
 

Encounter the busy Ho Chi Minh City

Known as the Vietnam’s biggest economic hub, Ho Chi Minh city has a blend of old and new, East and West. At every corner of this dynamic city, you will encounter high buildings coexist with fading French colonial cathedral. 
For a unique appreciatation of Ho Chi Minh, we recommend you to take a styled Vespa tour which allows you to scan all the city`s highlights before introducing the area`s delightful cuisines. 

Cruise Mekong River

The legendary Mekong River flows into Vietnam from China, passing the fascinating countries of Laos and Cambodia. In the low land of Vietnam, the river has different branches, hence it creates picturesque waterways unlike its upper parts. 
Sailing along Mekong means you will admire the 
 

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 Vietnam is diverse. For first time visit, the Best of Vietnam is luring enough with not only beautiful cultural exploration but also unique touches to local life. 
Dzung Nguyen - Vietnam Travel Expert

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