Destination Travel Guide
Vietnam is well-known for its rich culture, interesting history, friendly people, scrumptious food, beautiful sandy beaches and its stunning nature of which many places have been recognized by UNESCO as world heritage sites.
It is a long country where there might be sunshine in the north, the south can be entirely different since the country has three different climates, with subtropical in the north, monsoon in the centre and tropical savanna climate in the south. In the north of Vietnam, the country is famous for its vibrant cities and blessed by nature with lush forests, towering mountains, beautiful lakes, waterfalls and impressive terraced fields. In the centre, the country is gifted with stunning sun-drenched beaches. While in the south you will experience bustling floating markets on its famous rivers and streams and impressive fruit gardens.
Population: 90.5 million
Capital City: Hanoi (6.5 million)
People: 53 ethnic minorities
Currency: Vietnam Dong (VND)
International Dialing Code: +84
People, History & Culture.
It’s major cities are rapidly transforming thanks to an influx of foreign investment and the emergence of a market-based economy. This sprint into the modern age has lifted millions out of poverty. Vietnam now has the fastest growing middle class in Southeast Asia. Most of Vietnam’s population lives on or near the coast where many of the largest cities are located.
One of Vietnam’s strengths as a travel destination is its people. Chatting with Vietnamese is an incredibly rewarding way to immerse yourself in the country’s diverse history and culture. By nature, Vietnamese people are energetic, direct and enjoy having a laugh, typically over a cup of Vietnamese coffee, iced tea or the locally brewed Bia Hoi – Vietnam’s famously inexpensive draft beer. A strong emphasis is placed on family and Confucian traditions. Most Vietnamese maintain a strong sense of obligation to spend holidays and festivals with relatives.
Destinations, Tours & Hotels
Hanoi is the capital city of the country located in the north of Vietnam. The mixture of old Asia, colonial French and new Asia’s architecture gives the city its unique charm that will stay in your memory for a long time. While the whole city is packed with motorbikes passing the streets from morning till night-time, crossing the street will always be an exciting challenge. The bustling streets of the Hanoi Old Quarter are filled with street bars, restaurants, shops and people, all combined under the French colonial style buildings.
A charming, quaint historical town, Hoi An was one of the most important trading ports that connected Asia and Europe during the 16th and 17th centuries. Today, it still maintains its rustic charm.
Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, is the largest city in Vietnam and was originally an important Khmer seaport in the Khmer Empire known as Prey Nokor. It was once the capital city of the French colonial period as well as the capital city of South Vietnam before and during the Vietnam War. The city’s name was changed to Ho Chi Minh City to honour Ho Chi Minh for his great devotion for his country after ‘The fall of Saigon’. Ho Chi Minh City is truly a mixture of history and the future in one.
Pronounced as ‘hway’, this central Vietnam city was the seat of the Nguyen emperors and was the nation’s capital from 1802 to 1945. The city’s main landmark would be its 19th-century Citadel, surrounded by a moat and thick stone walls.
Cruise along Ha Long Bay
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ha Long Bay is one of Vietnam’s most famous sights. Dotted with 1,600 limestone islands and islets that spans across an area of 1,500 sq/km, Ha Long Bay is simply a mystical site!
Crawl through the Cu Chi Tunnels
The Cu Chi Tunnels are basically a network of more than 120 kilometers of tunnels, which were first built around 1948 when the Viet Cong were fighting the French. Today, the tunnels have been converted into a huge war museum, offering visitors a sneak peak at the underground life of Viet Cong-era soldiers.
Experience the Sand Dunes of Mui Ne
Located circa 65 kilometers northeast of Phan Thiet, these massive dunes range in colour from gold to white. You can can rent plastic sleds to slide down the dunes or even catch a gorgeous view of sunset here.
Be drunk with (lots of) coffee
For the coffee lovers, Vietnam is famous for its rich, condensed milk-laced coffee that is highly addictive and satisfying. If you don’t have many things planned, you can simply go cafe hopping in the urban district of Hoan Kiem.
The Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam offers a vast network of rivers, islands and swamps that are famous for floating markets, khmer pagodas and rustic paddy-planting villages.