Vietnam Travel Guides
- Population: 92,700,000
- Capital: Hanoi
- Currency: Dong
- Language: Vietnamese
- Religion: Buddhism
Whether heading north or south, Vietnam combines and offers some of the most unique, authentic experiences in Asia.
Vietnam has a tumultuous past. Foreign occupation, decades of war, civil unrest and struggling to find its place in the modern world. Up until the late 1980’s, Vietnam was still a veritable no-go zone for foreign business. After years of development and hard-earned progressive work, the country slowly grew out of its former life. Bursting into the new millennium was a new Vietnam, one that offered opportunity and security to its citizens, and one that opened its doors to all those who were interested in visiting.
Over the last two decades, Vietnam has grown into one of the world’s most unique and popular global destinations. Combining its tumultuous past with rich culture, a unique heritage and some of the region’s most breathtaking landscapes, Vietnam’s beauty finally captured the world’s attention. Today, visitors to Vietnam find a plethora of unique attractions, from the delta beauty in the south and its bustling cities, riding up a pristine coastline all the way to the mountainous and limestone karst attractions of the far north.
Anyone visiting Vietnam for the first time is experiencing one of Asia’s most unique and authentic destinations. For those who have already visited, subsequent travels are always in queue to discover more of what this stunning coastal destination has to offer.
Where to travel in Vietnam?
One of Vietnam’s biggest attractions is its sheer volume of breathtaking destinations. No matter what your interest or travel style, the country has a destination for it all. From trekking routes in the far north for the adventure-minded traveller to some of the region’s most beautiful beaches for those seeking a more relaxed escape, Vietnam delivers it all.
For those entering the country from the north, there is a huge variety of destinations to begin exploring.
Naturally, the best place to start is in the capital city of Hanoi. Home to one of the country’s two major international airports, this thousand-year-old destination combines classic heritage and historic sites with some modern attractions and contemporary appeals. From the northern hub, visitors can head east, towards the coast, finding the UNESCO-celebrated Halong Bay, or farther northwest to discover the terraced rice fields and rugged mountains of Sapa and Ha Giang. Other excellent northern options head just south of Hanoi, exploring the natural beauties of Mai Chau, Ninh Binh and Cuc Phuong National Park.
For those seeking a different start to their adventure, the south offers an equal amount of excitement.
Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon), is the country’s southern hub, housing another of its major international airports. Heading west from Ho Chi Minh, visitors can find the majestic Mekong Delta region, with its vast selection of intertwining canals and unique destinations. To the east of Ho Chi Minh are a number of the country’s most popular beach destinations (Phan Thiet Mui Ne, Mui Ne, Nha Trang) and off the coastline are the stunning, paradise islands of Phu Quoc and Con Dao.
As if the north and south didn’t have enough to offer, the central region of Vietnam has its own brilliant offerings.
The cultural and heritage hub of the nation, central Vietnam is famous for a number of different locales. Danang offers the central region’s easiest hub, and is growing as one of the country’s biggest holiday destinations. A bit south is the UNESCO-celebrated ancient town of Hoi An, and just north is the former imperial capital city of Hue. The entire central coast region is illustrated by mostly deserted beaches leading to beautiful, clean blue waters that make for the perfect beach getaway.
With a staggering amount of destinations plugged in between, Vietnam has enough attractions and locations to keep travellers coming back for years on end. Keen on getting to know each place a bit better? Read on!