Vietnam is one of the most impressive countries in Southeast Asia. In it, landscapes of enormous natural beauty such as the Mekong Delta or Ha Long Bay, the ancient traditions found in the northern towns and the fiercest modernity in a big city like Ho Chi Minh City are mixed.
All this has been valid for, for a few decades, Vietnam is one of the favorite destinations for tourists from all over the world, who arrive in a country with a wide range of hotels and restaurants, good means of transport and a lot of security.
In times of pandemic like the present one, although we cannot travel to vietnam as we would like (although we want the situation to return to normal so that we can do it again), we must say that it is one of the countries that is better weathering COVID, with very few affected to have a population so large and scattered throughout the territory, thanks to the rapid measures adopted by the government at the beginning of it.
Travelers visiting Vietnam stay impressed by the beauty of all its spaces: the rice fields, large colonial buildings, exotic temples and pagodas, the beauty of virgin beaches, mountains and ancient temples and monuments, very colorful ethnic minorities and a highly demanded local gastronomy.
Vietnam has gone from being a rural, isolated, war-scarred country to a state in full economic and cultural transformation. These changes brought progress, although many attractive aspects have been lost over the years due precisely to its overcrowding.
However, this does not prevent Vietnam from continuing to be a country that lives in perfect harmony with its history and traditions and awaits us with totally inspiring landscapes around every corner.
Introduction to Vietnam
Vietnam is a big country. Huge to be more precise, so we must not fall into believing that we go through it "in the blink of an eye" because it is much more extensive than it may seem.
In general, the best way to travel within the country is either by plane or by night train between the different urban centers, which should be used as a base to explore everything around you.
We must take into account that, although there is infrastructure and it is very advanced, the distances are much wider than we think, so this is the best way to travel it.
The 7 wonders of Vietnam
There are 7 sites or areas that are truly unmissable and which we all know. From north to south these would be:
Despite its overcrowding, Sa Pa is still a must-see for tourists. Lying high in the mountains on the border with China, it is a site widely used by French settlers to quell the summers of Ha Noi.
Large local markets, different Vietnamese ethnic groups with traditional clothing and customs (gastronomic, cultural, etc.) will surround us with landscapes that make everyone who visits this region fall in love.
The walks are compulsory in this mountainous area, where the impressive rice fields bordering each of the mountains will surprise us.
Ha Nói is bustle, many people with very traditional customs, but it is also the green of its parks and its quiet lakes. The city is divided into districts, and each of them has its own charm, although in almost all of it we find the notable French influence in architecture.
The geographical and spiritual center of Hanoi is Ho hoan kiem (Lake of the Restored Sword). A wide path surrounds the lake that draws residents to its shores throughout the day. At dawn you will find young and old walking, jogging, practicing Tai Chi and playing badminton. At night, young couples walk hand in hand or seek the privacy of the trees and on the many benches at the water's edge.
To the north and west of the lake we find the famous old quarter (old town) with its confusing and narrow labyrinthine streets, which, in turn, is home to hostels, hotels, art galleries, restaurants and shops.
While, to the south and east of the lake, the wide tree-lined avenues (also of French influence), offer us a stark contrast to the old town.
Ha Long Bay
The Ha Long natural formations, offers us some of the most spectacular landscapes in the world, including limestone formations, steep cliffs, peaceful coves, inaccessible lakes, rock arches, mysterious caves and thousands, thousands of limestone islets that make the escape to the bay is really mandatory.
There are many tours and routes that take us from Ha Nói to Ha Long, and we recommend taking any of them, or going on your own and staying on Cat Ba Island, but yes or yes it is a place that we must visit at least one time.
Hue is one of the most popular destinations in Vietnam, highlighting the Perfume River, numerous 19th-century ruins, royal tombs, and an impressive museum.
The imperial city of Hue It was the capital of Vietnam during the reign of the Nguyen Dynasty, the last dynasty of Vietnam. Even today, the Vietnamese respect Hue for its great historical value.
Hue is dominated by its impressive citadel, a walled fortress built in the early 19th century. Within these walls is the purple forbidden city, former home of the royal family.
The citadel was also the scene of the fight against the Americans in the 1968 "Teo Offensive", whose architectural damage can still be seen and is restored today.
Inside we can appreciate the royal tombs of the Nguyen emperors.
In the past Hoi An was a center of trade between the Japanese, Portuguese, Dutch, French and Chinese, where it was negotiated with any type of products and merchandise.
The influence of this trade from the past can still be seen in its streets, which are centuries old that can be seen in the streets, with shops decorated with a unique charm in the world, and with the famous celebrations of candlelight nights, in where we will perceive an atmosphere like nowhere else.
But we also find private houses, family chapels, temples, paid chapels, bridges and tombs, united in a series of streets that will make us go through them again and again to breathe that unique atmosphere.
Ho chi minh city
Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is a vibrant metropolis offering something for every type of person, full of contrasts between the traditional and the modern, between the new and the young.
The central city center is in the District 1 and it is where the largest amount of accommodation is found, be it hotels or small hostels. In addition, here we find numerous museums, historical sites and good restaurants.
Among the large number of sites we must visit in HCMC, we highlight the Historical Museum, the Reunification Hall and the War Remnants Museum (formerly the War Crimes Museum).
On the other hand, shoppers will find here several clothing stores and many local craft sites.
The region of Mekong Delta It is considered a land rich in tourism potential and receives approximately 10 million travelers per year.
Here it is very typical for travelers to visit floating markets, ecological gardens, local products and enjoy different local musical styles.
The best tour to see Vietnam
Flights usually arrive in Ha Noi (or Ho Chi Minh City in some cases), and the best route is the following:
- Tour the city of Ha Noi
- Take a getaway on one of those days to Ha Long (2 hours from Ha Noi)
- Go north to Sa Pa (night train)
- Trip to Hue (night train)
- Transfer to Hoi An (1 hour and a half from Hue)
- Transfer to HCMC (flight or night train)
- Visit to the Mekong Delta
10 must-sees in each destination in Vietnam recommended
- Take a tour to Ha Long Bay
- Getting a tailored suit in Hoi An
- Visit Ha Noi to delve into the past and present of Vietnamese.
- Shopping at Ho Chi Minh's Ben Thanh Market
- Explore the citadel of Hué.
- Enjoy an excursion and, above all, a walk in Sa Pa.
- Rest in the hills of Da Lat.
- Enjoy Nha Trang beach (or Phú Quóc island if we have time)
- Enjoy a water puppet show.
- Live history in the Cu Chi tunnels.
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