It is said that the best time to visit a nation is at the heights of its success. If you are hearing good things about Vietnam, it is for a reason. The nation is brimming with optimism. The dark days of civil war and communism have passed and a new nation has emerged from the ashes of wars. Vietnam was always a beautiful nation, but the dark smoke of burnt villages and bombing had blurred the vision of tourists. But as normalcy has been restored, tourists all over the world are converging at Vietnam. Though, it is still not a high profile tourist destination as Singapore or Thailand, but exploring is best done when there are no crowds around. So, apply for the Vietnam tour using an ESTA form, for there is plenty to see around in this South East Asian country.
There is beauty everywhere in Vietnam. The northern region of Vietnam is blessed with a mixture of valleys, hills and mountains while the South has the Mekong Delta and other picturesque beaches. You may even stumble across some largely unexplored beaches during the tour. If you are a history buff (especially of the Vietnam-US war) you will find the memorials and museums strewn all over the nation very interesting.
As there is so much to see and so many adventure opportunities in this nation, planning a trip can be a very challenging prospect. Below is a list of top 5 things to see and do when in Vietnam.
Hanoi is a bustling modern city with a resemblance of the old. It has a busy market, art museums and eateries catering delicious French food. You may visit the 1,000 year old Quarter and buy a memento for yourself or stop by at a Vietnamese Café to have some milky and sweet coffee and pastry. You may visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, tomb of Uncle Ho and tombs of other important personalities.
Other places to visit in Hanoi:
- Vietnam Museum of Ethnology (Read more: Infomation about 11 museums in Ha Noi)
- Thang Long Ca Tru Theatre (Discorver more about Ca Tru Vietnam)
- Lake of the Restored Sword
- Vietnam Motorbike Tour
- Hoa Lo Prison
- Thanh Chuong Viet Palace
Tu Duc’s Tomb
The tomb is situated in the Duong Xuan Thuong village, which is about 8 kilometres from Hue City. It is one of the classic examples of royal architecture prevalent during the glory days of Nguyen dynasty. There is a temple area and a tomb area. The area is surrounded by the tranquil Luu Khiem Lake.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is one of UNESCOs World Heritage sites. It located in the Quang Binh province and has one of the largest limestone deposits in the world. The landscape of this park was shaped over a course of nearly 400 million years. Tourists can explore the cave system by hiring a local eco-tourism guide. Within the cave system one may come across caves such as Fairy Caves, The Lion and The Buddha.
This is a four mile long beach. The best thing about this beach is it is not crowded, one can enjoy the leisure hours without noise. The area is known for its clean water and sandy beaches. Nha Trang Beach is known for its sunbathing opportunities. There are plenty of water activities too such as snorkelling, windsurfing and skateboarding, etc. When the sun goes down, the tourists can enjoy the bustling night markets and plenty of fine restaurants. Recommended reading: Nha Trang Bay – Your destination when travel in Vietnam.
Ho Chi Minh Trail
This is a fabled place in Vietnam. The trail through the jungles was once the supply route of villagers and guerilla warriors. The trail begins from the outskirts of Hanoi. One can hire motorcycle, or book a bus tour to reach the actual trail. There are underground tunnels under the Ho Chi Minh City.
Other places of interest near Ho Chi Minh:
- Independence Palace
- War Remnants Museum
- Saigon Notre Dame Basilica
- Gia Long Palace
- Museum of Vietnamese History
Endless things to do and see around in Vietnam!
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