One of the main reasons why Vietnam has become one of the most favored tourist destinations in the world is its war torn history. Not to be mistaken as war ravaged country still reeling under the impact of the invasion by the Americans, Vietnam is a country that promises a lot for tourists in terms of cuisines, luxurious beaches, restaurant, exclusive shopping experiences etc. As you browse further through the page you will be duly informed about the places of attraction here and about things that you need to keep in view while traveling in the nation.
Special Attractions In Vietnam
Ha Long Bay and Sapa are two of the main attractions that are considered to be side trips from the main capital Hanoi. Hanoi itself is known globally for presenting an interesting juxtaposition of traditional stores and posh cafes modeled on French style. Sapa is a delight for cynosures especially when it is “adorned” by the presence of brightly attired locals working on its terraced rice paddies. Ha Long Bay is primarily known for its limestone landscapes. The floating sunset through the bay is a rare view which you should try not to miss. The Central Highlands present a rare occasion for adventurers to encounter ethnic minorities who eke out living by ways that don’t really conform with the Government diktats.
Other Special Attractions
Apart from the ones mentioned above, here is a list of other attractions that a traveler should explore:
- Nha Trang – Attractive beach resort
- Hue – Vietnamese emperors used to live here
- My Son – Heritage Site (Hindu ruins)
- Con Dao – Island near Mekong Delta
- Du Nang – The third largest city
- Phong Nha-Ke Bang – Magic cave in South East Asia
- Da Lat – the largest city located in the highlands
- Kontum – acts as a get way for several ethnic minority villages
What You Should Keep In View
The people in Vietnam are warm in general and they welcome tourists with open arms. However as tourists it would be highly appreciated if you yourself keep a certain factors in view. Here is a list of things that you should take care of, while traveling in the nation.
- It is advisable that you don’t wear shorts or miniskirts specially if you are in the villages as Vietnam is generally perceived as a conservative country
- No visitor is allowed inside a Pagoda if he/she is wearing shorts
- The country generally becomes alive by 6 am. Don’t expect to sleep late as there is much noise around.
- Villagers are polite and affable. However, if you are taking video cameras inside the villages, it would be considered intrusive. They won’t really be vocal about their opposition, but it would be advisable if you don’t carry video cameras inside the villages
- Take care to take off your shoes while entering a local’s home. You might be invited there while traveling.
- Public display of affection is generally not viewed in a positive light there.
- Remember not to take pictures of anything associated with the Military
- Please make sure that you are not pointing your feet towards the altar of the family if you are invited as a guest to a local’s house.
Besides the keeping the local sentiments in view and acting accordingly, you should also make sure that you are looking after your own health, hygiene and safety. Here are a few tips:
Carry lots of water as there are high chances of getting dehydrated while traveling under the unbearable heat
Carry some toilet papers
Make sure that you are clinging to your bags from the front while traveling as bag snatching is a recurrent problem there.
Sam Payn is a habitual traveler who provides a lot of information ranging from availability of cheap business class tickets to the main attractions of Asia’s leading nations, in his blogs.