Vietnam is one of the world’s most interesting countries in the world. Should you find yourself on the East side of the world, it’s worth taking a flight in. There is no shortage of things to do. Between beautiful nature and festivals in different cities, you’ll never be bored in Vietnam. Here are some of the most popular things to do while you are traveling through:
Take a trip down to the Hang Son Doong cave in Quang Binh. This region of Vietnam is known for its dense forestry right in the middle of the country. There are plenty of caves around the area but the most well-known one is the Hang Son Doong, the largest one in the world. You could literally put a building inside of it. In order to get there, check out Phong Nha, where you will find tour guides willing to take you into the caves. There is also great hiking around the jungle with plenty of wild life sightings.
Lantern Ceremonies in Hoi An
On the lunar new year, Hoi An turns into the most idyllic city, with blazes of color taking over the entire city. The lantern festival is a sight to see, lasting seven days. Lanterns are lit and released into the sky, showing many traditional designs and patterns. The colorful display is enough to make you stay for the entire week. The festival takes place between the Cau An Hoi bridge and the Japanese Covered Bridge, right in the center of town. There are plenty of people that come out and food being sold everywhere. You can even buy a lantern and take part of it too. If you cannot go during the New Year, there are other ceremonies during other full moons as well.
If you find yourself in Hanoi, it’s worth it to visit the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its cultural importance to the country. This was the old core of old Hanoi, serving as the center of action for over 800 years. You can also check out Dong Xuan Market, a huge market with plenty of stores, and the wet market on the ground floor with plenty of interesting ingredients and food. You can also walk through Old Hanoi and check out local stands, with plenty of food and shopping.
Check out Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh also has plenty of things to discover. Check out a play at the Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre or explore the Cu Chi Tunnels. The tunnels were made during the Vietnam war but are now a popular attraction. You can also ride around on a motor scooter to see the city, a popular way of travel, and get a coffee in a local café or restaurant. If there is one thing the Vietnamese are famous for, it’s their amazing coffee. The Bitexco Financial Tower or the Saigon Skydeck, is another popular spot for viewing the city.
When you get sick of city life, take a trip to the Mekong Delta, where you can do a relaxing boat ride. The river goes through the Himalayas and comes into Vietnam. There are plenty of cargo boats and cruises offered for people who want to get a view from the water.
This is considered one of the most stunning spots in Vietnam. There are limestone rock formations coming out of the water which is a clear turquoise as it shines in the sun. Halong Bay is the number one thing for anyone looking for naturistic wonders in Vietnam. There are plenty of cruises and boats around the bay if you are looking for a ride. If you want something a bit quieter, with equally beautiful views, check out the neighboring bay of Bai Tu Long Bay. There are plenty of caves and beaches to see there, not to mention amazing seafood.
You can find pho in many places in Vietnam but it’s worth it to check out all the restaurants you can in Hanoi and compare them. Pho is a combination of boiled beef, soup stock, rice noodles, and herbs/onions. It’s simple but effective as a quick and tasty meal. It can be found everywhere, including some street corners and expensive restaurants. Check out Pho Thin in the French corner. It’s famous so you may have to wait a while for a table.
Vietnam is a beautiful country, with nature and a deep history that should be appreciated. If you get a chance to go, check out as many of these sights you can. No matter what you end up doing in Vietnam, you’re sure to have an unforgettable time with some of the kindest people in the world and some of the best food.