What do you think of when you think of Vietnam? Great food, lush green countryside, Hanoi, Saigon, high Cold War political drama—all correct in their own way.
And yet when it comes to great vacation destinations, Vietnam isn’t one of the places which immediately leaps to mind for a lot of people, which is quite a shame. The country has come to reinvent itself over the past few decades into one of the great hidden treasures of Southeast Asia. If you’ve heard all about your friends’ trips to Asia and want to go on your own adventure while still adding your own unique twist, Vietnam might just be the perfect place for you.
Of course, even if you do choose to take a trip to Vietnam, there’s still the question of how you’re going to get around. After all, making your way around a foreign country is no easy task. That’s why Vietnam tours can be such a bargain, transporting you to all the hotspots, cultural centres, and countryside beauty Vietnam has to offer, all whole providing impeccable insight. Here are just a few things you can expect from tours booked for your Vietnamese vacation.
Saigon and Hanoi are two of the most underrated cities in Southeast Asia, and with a guided tour you’ll see why. Enjoy everything from the latest dining, shopping, and nightlife options to the high culture of museums, theatres, and so much more. There are also great historical centres to visit, such as the Thien Mu Pagoda in Hue, built in 1601 and situated near the Perfume River.
Of course, a big reason Vietnam has earned such a reputation over the years is for its lush countryside. Other South-eastern nations, such as China, have far larger metropolises, but the environmental impact on not just the cityscapes but the environment at large of such centres of industry there is well-documented. That isn’t a criticism of China, but it does mean that Vietnam’s countryside is, for many, quite literally a breath of fresh air by comparison. Stunningly green and with its coastal areas opening up into sparkling bays, it really is one of the crown jewels of Southeast Asia from an environmental standpoint. If you love the sights, sounds, and smells of the great outdoors, you’re going to love the many great sites Vietnam has to offer. Ha Long Bay, for example, is one of Vietnam’s most popular tourist sites and is a beautiful example of Southeast Asian coastal living by the bay. With a name that literally translates to “Bay of Descending Dragons,” you know it’s worth seeing.
You’re going to want to take a break from all that sight-seeing now and then, and when you do you’ll want to visit some of the finest Vietnamese restaurants around.
Whether you want to partake in authentic Vietnamese cuisine, French-style restaurants—holdovers from the French’s time there—or exciting new blends and fusions between the two, as with so much of Vietnam, there’s something for everyone.