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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. 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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People Also Ask About Vietnam

  1. Which month is best for Vietnam?

    In terms of weather, March is perhaps the best month to visit Vietnam. During this, the temperatures in the northern part of the country are just rising, offering favourable conditions for hiking expeditions.

    Clear skies and dry weather also make it an ideal time for boating around Halong, or even exploring the caves at Phong Nha. In March, the southern part of the country experiences sunny weather, allowing you to explore the beaches of the south and try your hand at the various water sports here.
  2. 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.
  3. Is Vietnam safe for travel?

    Yes, Vietnam is completely safe for travel. The police keep a tight grip on order here, and crime rates remain pretty low.
  4. How many days are enough for a Vietnam tour?

    If you want to tour the whole country, then a total of two weeks would suffice for a proper Vietnam tour. Two weeks in the country would allow you enough time to explore all the major tourist attractions here, and try your hand at all the activities of your choice.

    This time would also let you get a proper taste of the local culture of Vietnam in a laid-back and hassle free manner. However, if trekking around Vietnam is a part of your itinerary, then you may choose to extend your stay by a week or so.
  5. Which is the famous local cuisine in Vietnam? Which are the best places to try them?

    The expansive cuisine of Vietnam is best identified by the traditional delights such as Pho, Banh Mi, Bun Rieu and Banh Cuon, among others. Here are some of the best places to get a taste of these dishes:

    1. Banh Cuon: One of the best places to try Banh Cuon is at Saigon's Banh Cuon Hai Nam. The little street-side restaurant is known for dishing out the best of these noodle-wrapped spring rolls in the city.

    2. Bun Rieu: Vietnamese cuisine is known for its noodle soups, and this crab-based delicacy is best dished out at the Bun Rieu Nguyen Canh Chan restaurant at Home Chi Minh City.

    3. Pho: A staple in Vietnam, one of the best places to try this delicious noodle soup at is Phan Chu Trinh's restaurant called Pho 2000. The restaurant also serves delectable Vietnamese spring rolls, which can be eaten as an accompaniment.

    4. Banh Mi: If you had to make a list of the best places serving Banh Mi in Vietnam, Madam Khanh's food joint would surely be at the top of the list. Serving this bread-based delight for nearly 30 years now, Banh Mi Queen is one of Vietnam's most popular eateries.

  6. What are some famous tourist attractions in Vietnam?

    1. Phong Nha Caves: With its host of underground forests, well-connected waterways, and magnificent stalagmite formations, the Phong Nha Caves are one of the top sights in Vietnam. Especially popular among adventure enthusiasts, the caves offer a host of adventure activities such as hiking, swimming and even boating.

    2. Cu Chi Tunnels: Sprawling across an impressive 250 kilometers underneath the busy city of Ho Chi Minh City, the Cu Chi Tunnels in Vietnam stand testament to the country's fractured past. Used by the army during the war against France, these well-preserved tunnels offer insight into the underground life led by the guerilla fighters.

    3. Things Mu Pagoda: Nestled on the Ha Khe Hills, this 19th century Pagoda in Hue is well-regarded for its architectural brilliance. The 7-story tall Buddhist structure is home to some of the most brilliant works of art in Vietnam's history, including an enormous 18th century bell, a bronze gong dating even further back, and an ancient gilded board with inscriptions.

    4. Notre Dame Cathedral: Erected by the erstwhile French imperialists of Vietnam, the Notre Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions of the city. Built in a neo-Romanesque style, this 8th century Cathedral is identified by its massive towers, stunning stained glass windows and the numerous stone sculptures that line the place.
  7. What is Vietnam famous for?

    Teeming with history and culture, Vietnam is best known for its historical monuments. An architectural marvel, these structures stand testament to the vibrant past of the country.

    From the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, to the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, or even the various Pagoda around the country- these magnificent attractions add a distinct charm to Vietnam.
  8. Is vegetarian food easily available in Vietnam? Where can I enjoy veg meals?

    The expansive wings of traditional Vietnamese cuisine accommodates a variety of vegetarian delights. Vegetarian meals are very easily available in Vietnam, whether you're looking to dine casual or fancy. Here are some of the best places to enjoy vegetarian cuisine in Vietnam:

    1. Com Chay Nang Tam: Priding in its status as Hanoi's oldest vegetarian restaurant, Com Chay Nang Tam is best known for its traditional Buddhist menu. Dishing out delectable recipes at best prices, this homely restaurant puts a vegetarian spin on traditional meat recipes as well.

    2. Minh Hien: A cozy nook of a cafe tucked away in a busy street, Minh Hien puts a fantastic vegetarian twist on all traditional Vietnamese recipes. Lined with bookshelf and fairy-lights, this laid-back venue is ideal for a casual dining out.

    3. The Fisherman: Despite it's ironic name, there is no fish to be found at this specialty restaurant. The beachfront food joint boasts of a fantastic vegan menu, including savory burgers, fresh juices and pancakes. The restaurant also houses a bar of its own, serving an exhaustive range of beer and wine.

    4. Secret Garden: A hidden gem tucked away in the corners of Ho Chi Minh's District 1, this rooftop restaurant is an idyllic heaven for vegetarian enthusiasts. Surrounded by terrace gardens, this quaint little cafe is known for its homely Vietnamese delights and a range of assorted teas.
  9. Which are the must visit temples in Vietnam?

    1. Cao Dai Temple, Tay Ninh: A unique religion born in Vietnam, Caodaism believes that all world religions are equal in status, and seeks to promote tolerance between them all. The stunning temple, built in a combination of Oriental, Baroque and Neo-Gothic designs, is home to idols of Lord Buddha, Muhammad, Christ, Confucius, Joan of Arc and Julius Ceaser.

    2. Temple of Literature, Hanoi: Built as a tribute to the renowned philosopher Confucius, this second century temple is regarded as Vietnam's first temple cum open university.

    3. One Pillar Pagoda, Hanoi: Shaped like a lotus in bloom, this unique Buddhist temple in Hanoi is one of the most stunning places to visit in Vietnam.

    4. Van Thuy Tu Temple, Binh Thuan: Originally established by Vietnamese fishermen to worship the ocean whale, this 18th century temple is known for its 'Tu Tru' style of architecture, with it's wooden structure and carved pillars.
  10. What are the must-have romantic experiences for honeymoon couples in Vietnam?

    1. Take a honeymoon cruise at Halong Bay: Known for its stunning emerald waters dotted with limestone caves, Halong Bay is a popular honeymoon destination among vacationing couples. The best way to enjoy your honeymoon at the Bay is to take a romantic cruise around the stunning islands, enjoy seaside dining on ships and spend a night in luxury.

    2. Light a lantern at Hoi An: One of the most offbeat experiences offered by Hoi An is the lantern festival observed on each full moon's night. Believed to bring good fortune in marriage, couples attending the festival light and release these colourful lanterns into the night sky.

    Alternatively, you can also take a sampan ride along the river with a loved one, as you watch the world light up around you.

    3. Walk along the Golden Bridge in Da Nang: Offering stunning, panoramic views of the rolling green Ban Na hills, this iconic structure offers an ideal walkway to enjoy a casual stroll with your partner. Apart from enjoying a fantastic vantage of the enchanting country-side, couples may also choose to take the cable car ride at the end of the footbridge to add to their experience here.
  11. Is it worth visiting Vietnam for a honeymoon?

    Yes, it is absolutely worth visiting Vietnam for honeymoons. With its romantic beaches, stunning blue waters and fantastic resorts, Vietnam offers the ideal holiday package for newlywed couples.
  12. 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.
  13. What things to be kept in mind while travelling to Vietnam?

    • Vietnam is a place frequented by tourists and hence, it is better to book your stay facilities well in advance.

    • Though the crime rate against tourists is very low, you should beware of scammers who try to fool tourists by selling fake things claiming them to be original.

    • Take care of expensive belongings while on the trip.

    • Do not get into any drug related situations.

    • Do not offend or insult the local culture or people of Vietnam in any way as they are very simple and humble people who respect their culture a lot.

  14. What are the laws for drinking in Vietnam?

    The legal age to consume alcohol in Vietnam is 18 years for all types of alcoholic drinks. Though the age limits are not very rigid, it is better and safe to follow them.

  15. When is the best time to visit Vietnam?

    The best time to visit Vietnam is from the month of February to April when the country has spring season going on.

    • In spring, March and April have the lowest rainfall across all destinations and temperatures are pleasant.The northern part of the country is cooler.
    • Similarly, another best time to be here is in the month of August to October during the autumn season. During these seasons, the temperatures are pleasant, moderate with lighter rainfall in all parts of Vietnam.
  16. How to reach Vietnam?

    Vietnam is a popular country located on the south of China. It is visited by tourists from all across the globe every year who have only had good things to say about the country in all these years. Vietnam is well connected to to its neighbouring countries as well as countries on the other side of globe. Tourists can reach Vietnam by fight, road, rail and sea.

    By Air- Direct flights are offered by airlines like Air Asia,Qantas, Air France and Lufthansa from most parts of the world. The NoiBai International Airport in Hanoi is preferred by most of the travellers. But you may also choose Danang International Airport depending on your convenience..

    By Train- Travellers from Beijing and Nanning can board direct international train to Hanoi.

    By Road- Travellers from Cambodia, China, and Laos can reach Vietnam by road. There are regular buses that commute within these destinations.

  17. 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!

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

    The Vietnamese Dong is the currency of Vietnam. Like every other country, Vietnam too has many money exchange facility providers. Getting a grip on all the zeroes can be a challenging task for first-time visitors to Vietnam. You may suddenly feel like you’re a millionaire as you see money splurging in. The easiest and most convenient idea is to exchange the currency on the airport itself. You can also get your money exchanged in any of the banks. But don’t forget, these two charges the highest service cost. Some of the other money changers are hotels, jewelry and gold shops.

  19. 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.

  20. Do I need to have any vaccinations before the trip to Vietnam?

    Taking vaccinations before any trip is a personal choice. But of course, precaution is better than cure so here are a few vaccinations you can take up to be fit and fine while in Vietnam:

    • Cholera
    • Diphtheria
    • Hepatitis A
    • Hepatitis B
    • Japanese Encephalitis
    • Rabies
    • Tetanus
  21. What is the local language in Vietnam and which are the most commonly used greetings?

    Vietnamese is the local language of Vietnam and is considered to be one of the commonly spoken languages in the world. This one is a typical tonal language and the meaning of a word depends on how high or low your voice is. Once you understand how letters and tone have tone to be pronounced, you get a hang of the language. It has very few exceptions when compared to English language.

    Here are a few most commonly used greetings with their pronunciation you may want to use in Vietnam…
    - Hello.
    Xin chào. (sin chow)
    - Hi.
    Chào. (chow)
    - Hello. (on the phone)
    A-lô. (AH-loh)
    - How are you?
    Khoe không? (kweh kohng?)

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

    In Vietnam there is a fair possibility that you will end up buying more number things than you intend to. Things are reasonable, fancy and attractive that makes you want to shop all day long. Here are some of the best shopping places in the country and all that they’re famous for-

    - Hanoi
    Best Buy- Exquisite silks, gems, silver, water puppets, colourful lacquerware, scarves, fake war mementoes and hand-tailored clothing
    - Hoi An
    Best Buy- Silk fabrics that can be stitched within 24 hours
    - Dalat
    Best Buy- Candied fruit, local wines, deer jerky and fancy souvenirs
    - Ho Chi Minh City
    Best Buy- Marble stone boxes, ceramic tea sets, silk lanterns, exceptional home accessories, furniture, lighting, modern art and clothing
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. What are some of the best water sports in Vietnam?

    As Vietnam has long coastal line, it facilitates opportunities for water sports. There are many activities you can enjoy to make your trip to Vietnam. Here are the best recommended ones that are thrilling, fun and really enjoyable.

    • Flyboard
    • Parasailing
    • Water skiing
    • Sea walking
    • Scuba diving
    • Motorboat
    • Kayaking
    • Canoeing
    • Cruising
  27. Which are some must visit temples in Vietnam?

    Vietnam is a country rich in traditions, culture and mythology that extends for centuries and millennia. If you observe closely, you shall realise that it is all a blend of influences from China, the greater Indochina region, and also Europe. The temples in Vietnam clearly depict these elements. If you plan on visiting a few, here’s where you should go-

     

    • The One Pillar Pagoda

    Location- Chùa M?t C?t, ??i C?n, Ba ?ình, Hà N?i

     

    • Perfume Pagoda

    Location- H??ng S?n, M? ??c, Hanoi

     

    • Temple of Literature

    Location- 58 Qu?c T? Giám, V?n Mi?u, ??ng ?a, Hà N?i

     

    • Keo Pagoda

    Location- ?T220B, làng Keo, Duy Nh?t, V? Th?, Thái Bình

     

    • Truc Lam Temple

    Location- Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Da Lat

     

    • Yen Tu Pagoda

    Location- ??nh Yên T? 1068m, Th??ng Yên Công, Tp. Uông Bí, Qu?ng Ninh Province

  28. 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
  29. 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.

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