A wandering soul never stops visiting.Vietnam is an astonishing mix of natural highlights and cultural diversity. The scenery ranges from jagged peaks seen from winding mountain passes down to verdant paddy fields painted every shade of green in the palette, while the nation’s long history and amazing number of ethnic minorities mean that culture-vultures will find plenty to admire. Hikers, bikers, and outdoor lovers can get their teeth into the countryside within the numerous national parks, while the spectacular karst seascape of Halong Bay is one natural sight that even the more slothful can experience up close on a cruise. While the rural areas brim with fantastic panoramas, the big cities breathe with contemporary life and provide ample opportunities to get stuck into Vietnam’s tasty culinary highlights. This fascinating country is full of surprises and is one of Southeast Asia’s most underrated destinations. So here are the few places to visit in Vietnam.
The karst seascape of Halong Bay is one of the world’s most spellbinding sea views and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With the bay’s scenery best seen by boat, this is prime cruising territory.
For city fans, no visit to Vietnam is really complete without a visit to Ho Chi Minh City, the busy and crazy commercial hub of the country. The streets are an insane clog of motorbikes and cars, the restaurant and cafe scene is incredibly cosmopolitan, and the shopping is the best you will find in the country.
One of the world’s best craving destinations,Phong Nha-Ke Bang NationalPark is a dramatic karst mountain formation honeycombed with huge caverns, which are home to superb stalactite and stalagmite displays. The most popular destination within the park is the Paradise Cave, which extends for a staggering 31 kilometers below ground.
Surrounded by lush green jungle-covered mountains, My Son is a ruined Cham era temple city that dates from the 4th century. This old Hindu religious center was still very much in use during the 7th to 10th centuries and only fell into complete decline and abandonment during the 13th century. There are around 20 temple structures still standing there, all built of brick or sandstone blocks and showing interesting influences from various Asian empires, including Indian and Malay.
Beautiful Hoi An is the most atmospheric city in Vietnam, with bags of surviving historic architecture. The old town quarter is a joy to explore, packed to the brim with well-preserved merchant houses.
The verdant rice field countryside surrounding Sapa, bordered by the jagged peaks of the Hoang Lien Mountains (often still known by their French colonial era name of the Tonkinese Alps), is home to Vietnam’s most beautiful rural vistas.
Vietnam’s capital is the heartbeat of the nation and a place that befuddles travellers as much as it charms them. The motorbike frenzy, pollution, and constant clamor of street vendors can get too much for some travellers, but if you want to dive into Vietnamese city life, Hanoi is the place.
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