“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.”
– Lao Tzu
Vietnam (bordered by China, Laos, Cambodia, and the South China Sea), is one of the new hot countries to visit in Southeast Asia. Popular destinations include: Hanoi (northern capital city), Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) in the south, Danang (on the coast), and Hue (in Central Vietnam).
Fun Vietnam Attractions & City Sightseeing Tours
Cat Ba Island (the largest island in Halong Bay), Halong Bay (one of Vietnam’s most spectacular natural wonders; claimed by locals as the Eighth Wonder of the World), Hanoi Hilton (the prison where John McCain was held as a POW during the Vietnam war), Hanoi Old French Quarter, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex, One-Pillar Pagoda (Chua Mot Cot), Perfume Pagoda (Chuo Huong), Temple of Literature (Quoc Tu Giam), Thang Long Water Puppet Theater, and the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.
Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) Attractions
Hen Thanh Market, Cao Dai Temple, Chinese Quarter & Market, Cholon District, Cu Chi Tunnels (network of connecting underground tunnels used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam war), Dam Sen Water Park, Former U.S. Embassy (known for its infamous helicopter evacuation during the Fall of Saigon), Giac Lam Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh Museum and Mausoleum, Knock-off Market, Mekong River (Mekong Delta), and the War Remnants Museum.
Da Nang and Central Vietnam Attractions
Cham Museum, China Beach (one of Vietnam’s most beautiful white sand beaches; U.S. troops found respite here during Vietnam war; site of “China Beach” 1980s TV show), Citadel (Hoang Thanh) including Flag Tower, Ngo Mon Gate, Thai Hoa Palace, Forbidden Citadel (Purple Forbidden City was the Royal Family home until 1945), Hoi Ann (historic ancient town), and Thien Mu Pagoda (tallest pagoda in Vietnam, overlooking the Perfume River).
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The Best Time To Visit Vietnam
Vietnam’s tropical climate is quite diverse, varying from region to region (south, north, central). Busy times are July-August and during the Tet holiday (Christmas/New Year celebrations). July thru’ November can bring storms and typhoons.