“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
Visit Hanoi and see one of Vietnam’s most stunning natural wonders. Explore Ho Chi Minh City’s famous maze-like Cu Chi Tunnels. Experience the Mekong Delta on a Guided Day Trip. Enjoy a Saigon Evening Food Tour by Scooter. Take a Vietnamese Cooking Class in a Local Villa. Stroll along Da Nang’s beautiful beaches.
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Hanoi Attractions & Sightseeing Tours
Visit Cat Ba Island, the largest island in Halong Bay. See one of Vietnam’s most spectacular natural wonders – Halong Bay, claimed by locals as the eighth wonder of the world. Visit the infamous Hanoi Hilton, the prison where John McCain was held as a POW during the Vietnam war. Tour Hanoi’s Old French Quarter. Other Hanoi attractions include: 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
Explore Hen Thanh Market, Cao Dai Temple, Chinese Quarter & Market, and the Cholon District. Visit Cu Chi Tunnels, a network of connecting underground tunnels used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam war. See Dam Sen Water Park, Former U.S. Embassy (known for its infamous helicopter evacuation during the Fall of Saigon). Other attractions include: 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
Visit Cham Museum. Explore China Beach, one of Vietnam’s most beautiful white sand beaches. U.S. troops found respite here during the Vietnam war. It was also the site of the 1980s TV show, “China Beach.” Other attractions include: 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.