10 reasons to visit Vietnam

1. Halong Bay

If there was any one reason for your visit to Vietnam, this would be Ha Long Bay, known as “The Bay of Descending Dragons”, is combined of nearly 2,000 islands and islets of various shapes. Named a UNESCO world heritage site in 1994, and in 2012 as one of the New Seven Wonders of the Natural World, this is a place where your imagination can run wild in between the local fanciful legends and viewing the mysterious landscape. From uninhabited white beaches, fresh sea-food, unparalleled wildlife, deep caves, world class cruises, and unique karst formations, this is a destination that has it all for any type of traveler. Addition, Halong Bay is 180 km far from east of Hanoi and easily reach by land, water, and air.

You may refer the Vietnam itinerary for Halong Bay here.


2. UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Did you know Vietnam is home to 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites scattered throughout the S-shaped country? Vietnam is country with long history stories, which you can view through many of these places and locations, such as the Hoi An Ancient City or Hue Monuments, are located in Central area. Hue is an special example of Vietnamese culture and is arranged within the natural setting, aligned cosmologically with the 5 Elements (earth, wind, fire, water, metal), the 5 Cardinal Points (south, center, north, east, west), and the 5 Colors (red, white, black, yellow, and blue), while Hoi An is an specially well preserved (and very romantic) example of a trading port in the Southeast Asian peninsula during from the 15th to 19th century. Many travelers remark that Hoi An is their most favorite destination in Vietnam, and have to visite if stay in Vietnam!

You may refer the Vietnam itinerary for Hue and Hoian here.

 

3. Ethnic Minorities

Vietnam has a population of nearly 93 millions, which is grows every year. And around 25% of this is attributed to the 54 recognized ethnic minorities, with the majority of the groups located in the Northern regions of Vietnam, such as the provinces of Lao Cai, Ha Giang, Yen Bai, and Cao Bang. Visiting the northern areas of Vietnam is a great way of life in these small communities. It is also a great chance to see something difference from your everyday lifestyle, and, if you plan it right, to participate in love markets, traditional festivals, and kermises!

 

4. History

Vietnam is small country, it is an absolute dream for history buffs. With culture of Buddhist influence, Vietnam has thousands of pagodas, temples till now and that you can visit to study Vietnamese culture, such as the Imperial City of Hue, The Old Quarter in Hanoi and Hoi An are also well-known for their unique architecture. Traditional festivals are all-year round with many exciting cultural activities such as the Spring festival, Summer festivals, Indipendence National days, Tet Holiday or another name is Lunar New Year / Chinese new year, etc. There are many art performances that you can participate like water puppet shows or folk singing. If you are interested in learning about the wars fought by this strong country, the Cu Chi Tunnels, Reunification Palace, War Remnant Museum, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long are among the top historical buildings you must see in your stays in Vietnam.


5. Breathtaking landscapes

Vietnam is nice destination now, part of this attraction comes from Vietnam’s amazing landscapes. From the far North to the South, there are so many chances to drop your jaw. Besides the awesome Ha Long Bay, majestic Hue, and romantic Hoi An, modern Ho Chi Minh city, amaizing pure nature of Mekong Delta, there are other sites must visit destinations to consider when planning your adventure. Explored Ha Giang in the Northwest corner of Vietnam, Ma Pi Leng, the Vietnam’s highest mountain pass, amazing you with its Karst plateaus, winding streets, green valleys, steep mountains and fittingly named panoramic views, such as “Heaven’s Gate”, while Da Lat is too cool to miss with all of its French styled villas bordering pine forests and strawberry gardens. Or who can forget the largest well-known cave in the world, was discovered in 2009, the Son Doong Cave in Central Vietnam. Vietnam is the top selection for beautiful beaches, and sunshine. Several of the world’s top beautiful beaches like Phu Quoc, Nha Trang, My Khe, Con dao, Mui Ne, Sam Son are located there, and waiting for you to stay relaxing with them!


6. Delicious and Healthy Food

There is more to discovering a country than just only sightseeing its landscapes and visiting its historical places, and that way is through its food. No one can say they have visited Vietnam until they have sampled some Pho: Pho Ga (traditional chicken noodle soup), Pho Bo (traditional beef noodle soup) and Pho Cuon (fresh spring rolls) and Bun Cha (grilled pork with noodles) in a small lanes in Ha Noi, or Banh Xeo (Vietnamese pancakes) and Banh Mi (bread sandwiches) in Saigon. Each region has a special way to make, and they are all delicious!


7. Coffee Tastes

Coffee is a big reason to visit Vietnam? You can never have the answer until you are actually in Vietnam. Enjoy a cup of black coffee (Vietnamese name is "Ca Phe Den") or Iced coffee with condensed milk (Ly nau da) while watching life whiz by you on the streets as you sit in an old French-style café on the street. Make sure to visit the oldest coffee house in Hanoi, located in the Old Quarter, to try a cup of coffee, a mixture of butter, condensed milk, egg whites, and coffee.

 


8. Tailoring

Vietnam is a great destination for fashion or clothes! With a thousand year tradition hand-made of dyeing fabrics and weaving cotton, you can find high quality fabrics and tailors for a cheap offers. In certain places, tailors in Hoi An, Ha Noi can make you the outfit of your dreams in 24 hours or less. Further more, inspiration can be found in the northern regions of Vietnam, where ethnic minorities use bold and colorful samples in their weaving and dyeing of fabrics daily.


9. South East Asia Gateway

Vietnam is a very amazing destination, but can also be combined with other countries nearby for those who wish to experience even more on their trips. Hanoi, Da Nang, and Ho Chi Minh are all well-connected gateway by air flights to the neighboring countries such as Laos and Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Myanmar are all around 2 hour flight away. For adventurous travelers are able to look for cheaper transfer means, so Laos and Cambodia are also readily accessed via road.

 
10. Location choice

Although Vietnam is a popular destination for budget travelers, and it can offers visitors luxury accommodation, service, living and unique. Compared with many other countries where 3* hotels can cost USD 100 per night in Vietnam, you can easily find a 5* hotel for the same amount. In addition, in Vietnam there are many choices of travel, from adventure, culture, heritage and romantic travel to activities related to scuba diving. The journey of your life awaits you in the Land of the Rising Dragon, so when and what are you waiting for?