Vietnam is a wonderful country. Large cities, beaches, nature, history, an excellent climate, welcoming population and delicious food. All of this makes Vietnam a popular destination. Furthermore, travelling to Vietnam is cheap! But what are you going to do in Vietnam? What are the must do things in Vietnam?
I have put together my top 8 of the things you must do in Vietnam.
1. A trekking tour in Sapa
Sapa is a region in the north of Vietnam, close to the Chinese border. Sapa is the perfect place for a trekking tour. You can undertake challenging multiple-day treks, but there are enough options also for less fanatical hikers. During the trekking tour, you can enjoy wonderful views and endless rice paddies. I did a two-day trek myself with an overnight stay with the local population. It was amazing!
2. Visit Hanoi
Hanoi is the capitol of Vietnam and many travellers start their trip in this bubbling city. The city is strategically located in the north of Vietnam and is the perfect starting point for excursions to Sapa or Halong Bay. Hanoi is a lively city with much to see and do. You don’t have to be bored even for a second. Old Quarter, lake Hoi Kiem, the Womens’ Museum and the Hoa Lo prison are not to be missed!
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3. Halong Bay
Halong Bay is the perfect place for taking an unforgettable cruise. In the north west of Vietnam lies the amazing Halong Bay. In this bay, you find some 2000 rocks coming out of the sea. It is rightfully the most visited tourist attaction of Vietnam and it’s really wonderful! It is like being on a movie set. Cruises range from half a day to multiple-day tours.
4. War Remnants museum
War Remnants Museum is one of the many war museums in Saigon/Ho Chi Minh. Outside of the museum you can find a collection of aircrafts and tanks. The museum itself is large, well-ordered and divided into various topics. A lot of information is in English. It includes, furthermore, facts and pictures from the Vietnam War that most people do not know. Here you can learn more about Agent Orange and the cluster bombs. Really impressive and interesting!
5. Climb the Water Mountain
The Marble Mountains are composed of marble and sandstone. There are five marble mountains overall in the modern city of Danang in central Vietnam. Each mountain has its own element, made from the cosmos: fire mountain, gold mountain, metal mountain, earth mountain, and water mountain.
6. Ho Chi Minh / Saigon
Saigon does not officially exist any more. In 1976, when North and South Vietnam were unified, the official name of the city was changed to Ho Chi Minh. Saigon is, however, the most widely used name. Saigon is the largest city of Vietnam and is nice to visit. Shop in district 1 in the Ben Thanh market, drink cheap beer and cocktails. But also Street Food tours, Bitexco Financial Tower, the Notre Dame cathedral, and the post office are cool places to visit.
7. Crawl through the Vietcong tunnels
One of the things that has been on my bucket list for years is visiting and crawling through the Vietcong tunnels. For me, visiting these tunnels was the best way to get a better feeling of the Vietnam War and how the Vietcong fought at the time. The place that I visited (which is also where most tourists visit these tunnels) lies in the vicinity of Saigon / Ho Chi Minh and is the Cu Chi tunnels. I found it super cool and impressive, crawling through the tunnels.
8. Ho Chi Minh – Saigon and the Vietnam War
Saigon / Ho Chi Minh is the city where you can still stand in places where the famous pictures of the Vietnam War are taken. Pictures that travelled the whole world and are world-famous. Nowadays, these are places where you can walk peacefully by, but realizing the stories behind them makes them all the more special. The Burning Monk Monument and the “Secret CIA Building” must definitely be visited. These are places that give you goosebumps.
These are my must do things in Vietnam! do you have any additions to this must do things in Vietnam list?