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With its stunning beaches, rolling green hills and cities teeming with history and culture, Vietnam is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world. Whether you're a nature lover, an adventure enthusiast or a history buff, you are sure to find a home in this fantastic city.

The mystical beauty of Vietnam lies in it's mist-covered mountains, clear oceans and magnificent historical monuments. Whether you're on a family vacation, or enjoying a leisurely holiday with your loved one, the enchanting sights in Vietnam is bound to leave you bewitched.

The top attractions in Vietnam ensure that your visit to the country is an unforgettable one. From the ancient Thin Mu Pagoda to the stunning Temple of Literature, the architectural brilliance of the monuments here promises to take one's breath away. History buffs coming to Vietnam will have a fantastic time, maneuvering the Cu Chi Tunnels at Hoi Chi Minh, or exploring the historical Ho Chi Minh trail through Central Vietnam.

From water sports to fun, leisurely activities there are enough things to do in Vietnam to keep you busy throughout your vacation. Adventure junkies will have a gala time sandboarding across the dunes at Mui Ne, or exploring the stunning marine life off the Vietnam coast through diving and snorkeling expeditions as part of their Vietnam trip packages. Nature lovers can even choose to explore the astounding natural wealth of the country through hiking through the caves at Phong Nha or boating through the water-enclosed paddy fields in the Mekong Delta.

The best time to visit Vietnam is during the months of early spring, between March and May. The cool and pleasant weather during these months allow for hassle-free sightseeing expeditions, making sure your travel plans go as smoothly as planned!

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Vietnam FAQ's

Is Vietnam expensive to travel?

Vietnam is a fairly affordable city for travel. The average cost of living per day in Vietnam is around $250, which is less than the average  cost of touring most major holiday destinations around the world.

Do I need a visa for Vietnam? How does one get a Vietnam visa?

A Vietnam visa is required for most international flyers to enter and exit Vietnam at three international airports in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang. You can get your visa on arrival at any of these airports. The procedure of getting the visa is pretty simple and convenient. You can get a visa by applying online on the Vietnam government’s official website. You can then show this letter at the airport and you’re ready for your trip!

What is Vietnam famous for?

Vietnam is renowned for its stunning natural landscapes, including the iconic limestone karsts of Ha Long Bay and the lush rice paddy fields of Sapa. It is also known for its rich history, evident in ancient temples like the Perfume Pagoda and the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long. Additionally, Vietnam's vibrant street food culture delights visitors with dishes like pho and banh mi. 

Which month is best for Vietnam?

The best time to visit Vietnam depends on your preferences. Generally, March to April and September to November are ideal for visiting this place. In these months, the weather is pleasant with minimal rainfall. You can explore famous places like Halong Bay, the Mekong Delta and Con Dao Island extensively in this season. Additionally, this time makes it easy to experience outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking, cycling and snorkelling.

When is the best time to visit Vietnam?

You can visit Vietnam all year round as it offers different experiences in every season.

1) Peak season - Peak Season in Vietnam ranges from July and August. During this time, you can experience ideal weather for exploring attractions like Ha Long Bay's stunning limestone islands and the bustling streets of Hanoi. Additionally, enjoy activities such as cruising on the Mekong Delta and hiking Hike through Cat Ba Island. 

2) Shoulder Season - The shoulder seasons range from April to May and September to November. During these months, you can enjoy pleasant weather which is ideal for activities like exploring Hoi An's ancient streets and sampling street food delights such as pho and Goi Cuon in Ho Chi Minh City.

3) Waning Season - The waning season in Vietnam is from November to March. This period time sees fewer crowds for offers more intimate experiences. You can explore Sapa's lush rice terraces and relax on the pristine beaches of Phu Quoc.

How to reach Vietnam?

The fastest and easiest way to reach Vietnam from India is by air. Major Indian cities offer direct and connecting flights to this destination, such as New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Guwahati. You can book a direct flight offered by Vietnam Airlines from Mumbai which takes around 5 hours to reach Vietnam. Airlines such as Malaysia Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, Indigo, Vistara, and Singapore Airlines offer connecting flights with layovers in Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Hongkong, Singapore and Ho Min City. These flights to Vietnam can take up to 8 hours to 32 hours.

What is the best public transport to commute around Vietnam?

Local buses are most prominent in cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh. Except for this tourists are often comfortable boarding the local taxis. There are shared taxis available at many internal parts of the country as well. These can be easily discovered on your visit to Vietnam.

What is the currency of Vietnam and where can I get my money exchanged?

The official currency in Vietnam is the Vietnam dong, symbolised as VND. You can find many ATMs outside the airports where you can withdraw Vietnamese Dong using your international debit or credit card. Additionally, you can exchange your money at authorized currency exchange offices, banks, or hotels in major cities and tourist areas throughout Vietnam. 

It is advisable to withdraw additional cash before travelling to remote areas as amenities can be limited in those areas.

Which are must visit beaches in Vietnam?

With long coastline, Vietnam has many beaches for tourists to enjoy a warm sunbath and get some sun tanning. There are secluded coves with white sands and waters which is suitable for snorkelling. Moreover, you can also enjoy the beautiful sunset at these beaches while sipping a mug of beer. Relax and have the best time at below listed beaches that are some of the must visit beaches in Vietnam.

  • Long Beach, Phu Quoc
  • City Beach, Nha Trang
  • Hon Chong Beach, Nha Trang
  • Ho Coc Beach, Ho Coc
  • Doc Let Beach, Hon Khoi peninsula
  • Dai Lanh, Hon Ghom peninsula
  • My Khe, Quang Ngai
  • Long Beach, Phu Quoc
  • Star Beach, Phu Quoc
  • City Beach, Nha Trang
  • Hon Chong Beach, Nha Trang.
  • Ho Coc Beach, Ho Coc
  • Doc Let Beach, Hon Khoi peninsula
  • Dai Lanh, Hon Ghom peninsula
  • My Khe, Quang Ngai

Which are some must-visit temples in Vietnam?

1. Tran Quoc Pagoda - This is the oldest Buddhist temple in Hanoi which is situated on the southeast bank of West Lake. Marvel at its most outstanding feature which is the main 11-storey pagoda that is encircled by an incense-burning house.

2. Giac Lam Pagoda - It is the oldest Buddhist temple in Ho Chi Minh City and it soars above the surrounding gardens like a ray of light due to its bright yellow colour. You can also find a Buddha relic and a Bodhi tree on its top floor. 

3. Bai Dinh Pagoda - Bai Dinh Pagoda houses the largest bronze statue of Buddha Shakyamuni in Vietnam. Bai Dinh consists of several temples encircled by mountains and you can also witness 500 beautifully sculpted Buddha statues here. 

4. Temple of Literature - It is known to represent one of the best examples of Vietnamese architecture. You can explore the premises which feature a Lake of Literature, a Well of Heavenly Clarity, and libraries filled with old manuscripts. 

What are the different activities one can do in Vietnam?

1. Take the cable car ride along Ba Na Hills: A trip to Vietnam would be incomplete without a ride on the world's longest cable car. Travelling along the rolling green hills, the ride takes you along the stunning green hills to the Chua peak, the second tallest peak in Vietnam.

2. Explore the forbidden purple city in Hue: Home to the erstwhile emperors of Vietnam, the Forbidden Purple City now stands in ruins. The charred remains of the royal family's living quarters shed invaluable insight into the life of the former royalty. Ravages on the ruins stand testament to the wars that the country has undergone and their damaging effect.

3. Try your hand at snorkeling: One of the best ways to explore the stunning underwater life in Vietnam is to go on a snorkeling expedition in its waters.

The beaches of Vietnam offer plenty of suitable sites for the activity. While canyon sponges and seahorses can be spotted along the waters of Phu Quoc Island, Cham Island and HaLong Bay are also considered to be great spots for snorkeling.

4. Trek along the famous Ho Chi Minh Trail: Making its way through dense forests, this 12 kilometer Long trail has assumed an impenetrable position in Vietnam's history. Originally used to transport weapons during the war, the Ho Chi Minh trail is now a popular hiking destination here.

What are the must-have romantic experiences for honeymoon couples in Vietnam

1) Join a cooking class in Ho Chi Minh City - You can experience a cooking class to make your Vietnamese food including Pho, Bun Bo, and noodle dishes. Enjoy this unique experience while spending quality time with your loved one.

2) Walk hand in hand on the white sands of Sao Beach - Take a romantic stroll down Sao Beach, one of Vietnam's most beautiful beaches. You can enjoy sunset views, savour delectable fresh seafood, swim in the ocean, or relax on the lovely sands of this beach.

3) Cruise through the waters of Halong Bay - You can take a tour of Halong Bay for a romantic experience. Sail through the emerald waters with your partner and take in the picture-perfect scenery, which includes limestone peaks and hidden beaches.

4) Snorkel in the clear waters of Con Dao - If you are looking for some adventure on your honeymoon trip you can go to Con Dao Island for a snorkeling experience. Here, you can get a great chance to witness stingrays and turtles. 

What are some famous tourist attractions in Vietnam?

1) Halong Bay - It is famous for its marine cliffs and limestone caves that are surrounded by turquoise sea. You can enjoy a variety of aquatic sports, such as diving, snorkelling, cruising, and kayaking in its glistening waters.

2) My Son Sanctuary - The area is well-known for its collection of the remnants of more than seventy historic Hindu temples. Because of its exceptional ancient wonders and natural beauty, the sanctuary is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Vietnam.

3) Ban Gioc Waterfall - It is one of Vietnam's most spectacular tourist destinations which is 300 meters broad when it emerges from the Quay Son River. This place is picture perfect because of the cascading water and the fascinating background view of lime mountains.

4) Ba Be National Park - This park is famous for its limestone cliffs and gorgeous caves. The park is almost 39 square miles in size and is home to a wide variety of rare birds like Red Junglefowl, Asian Emerald Dove and Blue-rumped Pitta. 

Which are the best shopping places in Vietnam and what are they famous for?

1) Street Night Market - It is a top destination for shopping in Vietnam, where you can buy handicrafts, footwear, home décor, and mementoes. Additionally, try some local delicious like Banh Mi and Cao Lau here.

2) Ben Thanh Market - You can get everything in this market including clothes, accessories handicrafts, and spices. After you are done shopping, make sure to try Vietnamese coffee and snacks from the food stalls. 

3) An Dong Market - It is the oldest and most famous market in Saigon, where you can find stylish clothing from premium materials. A variety of handicrafts and home décor products are also available here at low prices. 

4) Cai Rang Floating Market - Visit this place for the ultimate shopping experience if you are looking for a unique place to shop in Vietnam. Witness the boats filled with handicrafts, fresh fruits and vegetables here, forming a bustling floating market.

Which are UNESCO World Heritage sites in Vietnam?

Vietnam is blessed to have some beautiful places that have managed to bag the title of UNESCO world heritage sites. These are of course, some must visit places in Vietnam that depict beauty, lifestyle and culture of the country. These wonders of Vietnam are-

  • Halong Bay
  • Phong Nha Ke Bang
  • Hue Complex of Monuments
  • Hoi An Ancient Town
  • Thang Long Imperial Citadel
  • My Son Sanctuary
  • Ho Dynasty Citadel

Which is the famous local cuisine in Vietnam?

1. Banh mi- It is a baguette sandwich that includes pickled veggies, butter, soy sauce, chillies, and hot peppers. In addition to being delicious, you can customise your banh mi with a range of meat fillings. 

Best places to try it: Banh My Phuong, Hoi An, Quảng Nam and 22 Tran Huy Lieu, Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City

2. Pho- Pho is rice noodles served in a flavorful broth with lime wedges, cilantro, basil, mint, and onions along with meat and bean sprouts. For extra spiciness, it is served with a side of chilli sauce.  

Best places to try it: Pho Hoa, 260C Pasteur Street, Ho Chi Minh City and Pho Thin, 13 Lo Duc, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi

3. Com tam - ”Broken rice" is called "com tam" in Vietnamese and is served with a fried egg, chopped green onions, and a selection of meats such as egg patties and grilled pork chops. Best places to try it: 352 Chu Van An, Bình Thạnh District and 84 Dang Van Ngu, Phu Nhuan District

4. Goi Cuon - Goi cuon is made of translucent banh trang (rice papers) firmly wrapped around vermicelli noodles, pork slices, shrimp, basil, and lettuce. You can dip it in a hoisin-based dipping sauce mixed with freshly powdered chilli and crushed. 

Best places to try it: Quan An Ngon, 18 Phan Boi Chau, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi and Goi Cuon Tom Nhay, 424 Lac Long Quan, Ward 5, District 

Is it worth visiting Vietnam for a honeymoon?

Vietnam combines romance, adventure, beautiful scenery and cultural exploration - making it the perfect place for a honeymoon. This destination has a wide range of outstanding experiences for couples looking for an exceptional holiday to begin their life together. This includes exploring historical cities like Hoi An and Duong Lam, relaxing on Long Beach, and cruising along the breathtaking scenery of Halong Bay.

Which are some famous trekking trails in Vietnam?

Tourists coming to Vietnam are spellbound by the wildly beautiful nature the country has. For adventure enthusiasts, this land offers picturesque trails that let you have some very memorable, challenging treks in Vietnam. Some of the best trekking trails are these listed below-

  • Sapa
  • Pu Luong (Phu Luong)
  • Mai Chau
  • Cao Bang
  • Cat Ba Island
  • Ba Be Lake and National Park
  • Cuc Phuong National Park
  • Cat Tien National Park
  • Lang Bian Mountain

Where can I go for cruising in Vietnam?

Cruising is a fun activity. It lets you relax and admire the beauty of the place closely. In Vietnam, these activity comes in several options like-

  • Sunset cruise
  • Dinner Cruise
  • Lunch Cruise
  • Multi day Cruise
  • Night Cruise

 You can choose any of these according to your preferences. They are available from cities like Hanoi and Ho Chin Minh.

Where can I get best caving experience in Vietnam?

Vietnam is a country with complex terrains. Not only does it have spectacular views of mother nature but also has adventure activities like water sports and trekking for adventure enthusiasts. Similarly, if you are looking for something more, we will recommend you to have caving experience in Vietnam that promises to bring out the explorer in you. Here are some of the best and largest caves in Vietnam:

- Son Doong Cave – Quang Binh Province
- Phong Nha Ke Bang
- Tam Coc – Bich Dong
- Trang An Cave system
- Sung Sot Cave

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SIRUPA RAGHU
Reviewed: 24 Jan 2024
5.0/5
It was a nice tour for us and we all enjoyed a lot. Thanks to Thrillophilia travels for their excellent accommodation in Hotels and food arrangement in Indian restaurants. Totally well planned and organised tour.
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Peri Srihari Satya Sriramachandra Murty
Reviewed: 07 Jun 2023
5.0/5
We have chosen Thrillophillia as our Vietnam travel partner. I was little nervous initially. But Thrillophilia team has taken good care of us. I would like to thank Mrs.Tanya, Mr.Pulkit and Mr.Vishal from Thrillophillia for the wonderful support from tour planning to execution. I also thank Mrs. jhe... Read More
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HARISH PANDEY
Reviewed: 12 Jan 2024
5.0/5
Hey Team Thrillophilia  Am delighted to share these pictures just to give a glimpse of my entire trip and it goes without saying that i had a wonderful with my family. Being pure vegetarian i was a little skeptical about the food but your team had managed everything very well. Probably this was my ... Read More
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Rahul Jindal
Reviewed: 05 Feb 2024
5.0/5
I am grateful for the memories we created together and for all the adventures we embarked on in Vietnam.  Many Many thanks to Tannya Soni and Jenny Pham who were our all time support system in Vietnam. They helped us in every manner at every point. It’s a fun-filled perfect vacation, we captured a l... Read More
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Kuntal Shah
Reviewed: 02 Feb 2024
5.0/5
We (3 persons) designed our tour to cover 3 nations (i.e. Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand) and our other family group (of 5) selected for Vietnam only package. It was an excellent experience for all of us. The group members were in the age range of 13-75. Coming to the specifics. 1. Vietnam - Our ... Read More
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Pooja Gandhi
Reviewed: 14 Mar 2024
5.0/5
Overall experience was very nice. Thank you Thrillophila for such wonderful experience 
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