Explore Our Vietnam - Timeless CharmVietnam is a unique country in Southeast Asia, one of the cradles of the wet rice civilization, where the traditional customs of thousands of years still exists. In this S-shaped country, there are 54 ethnic groups that have lived together for a long time. Up to now, most ethnic groups in Vietnam still retain their traditional customs. They are open-hearted with tourists, welcoming tourists as relatives when tourists come to visit and explore their culture. At GrandViet Tour, we provide you with our vast knowledge and expertise about Vietnam, giving you the most authentic and unique vacation in Vietnam where you can combine nature, adventure, culture, and beach vacation easily. This is a great opportunity to explore the elegance of Hanoi - the millennial capital of civilization, a luxurious cruise on the incredible Ha Long Bay - one of the 7 new wonders of the World, picturesque rice terraces in Sapa, and many The World Heritage Sites in Hue and Hoi An such as Hue Imperial Citadel, the charming ancient town of Hoi An, My Son Sanctuary. Or you can experience the rustic life of Vietnamese farmers when coming to the Mekong Delta - one of the most fertile plains in Southeast Asia. Finally, visiting the dynamic city of Ho Chi Minh - the old name is Saigon, ever considered as the Pearl of the Far East.
|Capital City: Ha Noi||Vietnam Area: 331,210 km²||Vietnam Population: 96,208,984 people||Ethnic Groups: 54|
|Cities: 63||World Heritage Sites: 8||Intangible Cultural Heritage Sites: 13||The World Biosphere Reserves: 9|
1. Top tourist attractions in Nha Trang?
- Islands of Nha Trang Bay: Hon Mot, Hon Mieu, Hon Chong,…
- Vinpearl Land: Located on Hon Tre Island with classic castles, the longest sea-going cable car system in Vietnam.
- Nha Phu Bay: The unspoiled beauty along the long sandy beaches and rolling hills create a shimmering scenery. The islands around the bay are famous tourist destinations such as: Hon Lao - Monkey Island, Hon Leo - Hoa Lan Stream, Hon Thi, Hon Da Bac ...
- Binh Ba Island: Famous for its name "lobster island" and its abundance even though it is a small and unspoiled island. Here, extremely clear blue sea, long white sandy beaches, deserted people and extremely rich seafood dishes
- A few other locations are also very beautiful and attract tourists such as: Ponagar Tower, Nha Trang Stone Church, eco-tourism areas, Dam Market, ...
2. Best time to visit Nha Trang?
- Dry seasons: From January to August.
- Rainy seasons: From September to December, heavy rains and storms in October and November.
3. How to get there?
4. Where To Shop The Local Goods In Ha Long?
Being constructed and offcially operated in 2003, the new Halong market is one of the most attractive destinations in the city that draw a huge number of local and international tourists coming for shopping. The market is located in the center of Ha Long City at Bach Dang street. Products which are exhibited and sold here are diverse in the range from nornal to luxurious goods and pretty competitive in price. Morever, this is also one of the places that sell specialties of Ha Long city, such as dried squid or seafood, with most ensured quality and reasonable price. Halong market opens all 7 days a week, from 6.00 am to 6.30 pm.
Halong Night market
For various tourists who visit Ha Long City, Halong Night market is a place that they should not miss out, A market is a group of more than a hundred stalls which sell diverse types of products, such as handicrafts, handmade accessories, clothes, and other dispensable items such as swimwear, lotion or hat. Tourists tend to come to this place for purchasing unique products of the beach city like necklaces made from seashells, snalls, wooden small boats or T-shirt with images of Halong Bay. And the great things is that sellers here are friendly with advance English skill so that tourists should not worry about bargaining, posing, and tourists can have a nice chat with them about this charming city. Halong Night Market opens 7 days a week, from 6.00pm until midnight.
Bai Chay Commercial Center
Being established on the base of minuscule market at Vuon Dao Street, Bai Chay Commercial Center is one of the largest and most modern shopping centers in Ha Long City. Products here are diverse from regular to deluxe goods and the price range is a little bit higher than other markets in the city. However, this extra money is paid for better services, as well as ensured the quality of each product.
5. What food need to try in Ha Long?
Cha Muc is the most famous food of Quang Ninh and also in the top 50 specialties of Vietnam. The main ingredient of Cha Muc, of course, is a squid. However, according to local fishermen, high-quality dishes must use squid from Halong area The crunchy and delicate texture of this specific variety of squid and the juicy flavor and attractive aroma of this dish go perfectly well with Xôi (boiled rice, sticky rice).
Prawn, lobster and oyster
Ha Long Bay has many kinds of prawn, lobster, white pearl shrimp or tiger shrimp. However, the most valuable and most delicious are prawn and lobster. There are two popular methods of prawn/lobster processing, steaming and breaded frying. However, steaming with using additional ingredients like beer or tubers lemongrass to remove the fishy smell is more preferable because people love to enjoy the natural taste it provides.
Banh gat gu
Banh gat gu is made from steaming rie flour mixture. It has a white in color and served with a dipping sauce made according to their own recipe. When you eat it, the cake is dipped in a special sauce, along with a piece of caramelized pork. This sauce is a really a star of this dish. Having an amazing experience with this food all depends on the sauce. The feeling of cool, soft cake and juicy pork is an enchanting culinary experience.
6. Best time to travel Ha Long?
For sunshine and high temperatures head to Halong Bay between May and September, although this season experiences tropical storms. Daytime temperatures can reach to the lơ 30°C and remain in the mid-20°C at night, ensuring pleasant evening out on the deck.
The winter, from November to March, is cooler, with the coldest months being January and February, although on sunny dáy the temperatures can reach mid-20°C. The weather ranges from clear sunny dáy to overcast with lơ visibility.
7. Where is Ha Long Bay?
8. How to get there?
By car: Thua Thien Hue province is 658km from Hanoi, 1,058km from Ho Chi Minh and 108km from Da Nang. The province is along National Highway 14 that links Hue with the Central Highlands. National Highway 1A connects Ha Noi and Ca Mau.
Train: The Thong Nhat Express trains from Ha Noi to Ho Chi Minh City stop at Hue station. There are locals trains to other provinces as well.
9. What are the must-visit surroundings of Hue?
- Thuy Bieu Eco-Village
- Thanh Toan Bridge
- Chuon Lagoon Restaurant
- Phong Nha Cave
10. What to experience in Hue?
The construction of Hue Citadel was started in 1801 by Emperor Gia Long. Since the initial construction, the citadel has been altered and improved upon by a number of emperors including Emperor Minh Mang, whose tomb is not far from modern-day Hue.
The Royal Tombs
The tombs of the emperors were even more important as their position would determine the future of the dynasty. The emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty, therefore, established their own Valley of the Dead, which is believed to be protected in both the physical and spiritual worlds. Of the seven tombs, Minh Mang, Tu Duc, and Khai Dinh mausoleums are must-sees.
Thien Mu Pagoda
The pagoda has been adopted as the symbol of Hue and is very popular with both foreign and local tourists, hence the trinket sellers out front. Behind the pagoda is a lovely garden and a large glass-encased smiling Buddha. To the left of the pagoda is a huge bell dating back to the 18th century and which is said to be audible 10km away!
Thuan An Beach
Along with Lang Co beach and Tam Giang lagoon, Thuan An beach is regarded as for Hue and it attracts a large number of tourists every year.
Bach Ma National Park
With beautiful natural scenery, plus a fresh and cool climate. Bach Ma National Park is a precious ecological center in this part of Vietnam. Tourists visiting Bach Ma can explore the area by following a number of paths such as the Tri Sao path, Do Quyen path, Ngu Ho (Five Lakes) path and Hai Vong Dai path which pass direct buildings, constructed during the French colonial period.
11. Best time to travel to Hue ?
12. Where is Hue ?
13. Top famous temples and religious places in Saigon?
This is the oldest pagoda in Saigon, recognized by the Ministry of Culture and information as the national historical and cultural relic of Vietnam. Visiting here, tourists will be amazed by the complex of towers built in the 19th century.
Vinh Nghiem Paogda
This is the tallest stone in Vietnam, built by a lot of skilled crafstmen. The pagoda was built in 2003m therefore its structure is an interesting mixture of traditional Vietnamese structures, with a light, modern tourch of Japanese architecture style. This combination brings fame to this place, making it a popular destinations for people who hope for a lucky and healthy life in the Lunar New Year's Eve.
Jade Emperor Pagoda
It is not an exaggeration to say that the Jade Emperor is one of the most famous pagodas in Saigon. The pagoda bears a strong impression of China's culture with the decoration and the Yin Yang inspried roofs. There are 100 well-preserved statues in this paogda, all of which are made of catridge papers totally.
Cao Dai Temple
Cao Dai, also known as the Holy See, is the centers of Cao Dai faith - a Vietnam's region. It is the combination of teachings in Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism, Islam and Christiany, so the temple's architecture is a gorgeous combination of little mosque, a pagoda and a cathedral.
Thien Hau Pagoda
Thien Hau Temple is reported to be built by Chinese immigrants from Guangzhou, which is the main reason why the architecture of this place reflects most Chinese features. Thien Hau or Lady of the Sea or Mazu is believed to be the protector of sailors and fishermen when they are on a cruise. There are legends and belief of Chinese decorated on the roofs, as long as many porcelain figurines. There are many Vietnamese people who take a tour to Saigon just to write their names on a red paper attached to each incense. Vietnamese people believe that the wish would follow the smoke of the incense to fly up to heaven, to the hand of God so that it will come true.
14. Best beaches to discover near Saigon?
If you don't mind another flight and want to spend time exploring places near Saigon more, you need to book a flight to Phu Quoc island. Just a short flight and you are in Phu Quoc - home to several beautiful beaches and lavish resorts with all kinds of services you can think of. If you love party time, there will be events and water sports clubs available for you, and if you need chili space to escape from reality or the madness of all the metropolis.
Vung Tau is a paradise for those who love laying on the beach all day long and relaxing.
Mui Ne will make you feel like you were in a sizeable city, even though it is just a wand of Phan Thiet. The bus to get Mui Ne is quite long, 5 hours but you can believe that is worthy. The country is famous for its breathtaking beach coast and fresh seafood. This is also one of the top destinations for windsurfing, kite surfing and other adrenaline-pumping water sports.
If you want to get to Nha Trang, the best choice is to book a flight, some people even book a straight flight to Nha Trang to enjoy their holiday instead of staying in Saigon. Nha Trang is the top beach destination not only in Ho Chi Minh City but in Vietnam generally. However, it doesn’t feel overcrowded at all despite all the shops, restaurants and bars developing like mushrooms after the rain.
15. Top tourist attractions in Saigon ?
This is quite special museum in Saigon with details of how a 30-year war between and the USA has effected this S-shaped country. Therea are also tanks, damaged planes and other War weapons that are preserved for the exhibition. Tourists will be mind-blown with written letters, infornation and presentation of the War, seeing how a small, poor country regain their independence after three decades.
Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre
For those who love the culture, the Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theater is an ideal place to visit. The water puppet shows in Vietnam is very unique and all age appropriate.
Thien Hau Pagoda, China Town
This famous Temple is a Buddhist temple, dedicated to the goddess of the Sea, Mazu. Due to Vietnam's geography with long coastlines, this goddess plays an important role in the Vietnamese culture, since she is the one proctecting ships and fishermen while they are on the sea.
Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon
The Cathedral was built in the late 19s by the French colonists and named after the statue "Peaceful Notre Dame". It is one of the very few remaining structures of Catholicism in Vietnam, where most of the population are Buddhist. An interesting rumor about this Cathedral is the Virgin May Statue in front of it is to shred tear in October 2005.
Saigon Opera House
Another famous colonial building in Saigon is the Saigon Opera House, located at the cross on Le Loi street, near the classic Central Post Office. It is a three-floor Opera house with a capacity of 800 seats. Built in 1897, this stage is not only for Opera artists to peform but many other kinds of arts, namely ballets, musical concerts, traditional play, dance, etc.
Ben Thanh Market
Saigon is home to many famous markets. Centrally located, Ben Thanh and its surrounding street comprise one of Saigon's liveliest areas. Everything that's commonly eaten, worn or used by the Saigonese is piled high and souvenirs items can be found in equal abundance. Vendors are determined and prices usually higher than elsewhere, so bargain vigorously and ignore any "Fixed Price" signs. Good food stalls are usually open until mid-afternoon and it's an area where it pays to be extra vigilant about looking after personal items and smartphones.
Ho Chi Minh Reunification Palace
The center of the allied command and the place where the North Vietnamese claimed victory in the America War, the Reunification Palace has played its part in some incredible historics scenes. This place has essentially been frozen in time since a North Vietnamese Army tank smashes through its gates in 1975. Visitors will get to discover secret rooms, grand reception halls and the command bunker where General Ngo Dinh Diem conducted his war strategies.
Central Post Office
The Central Post Office in Ho Chi Minh City is a glorious example of French colonial architecture perfectly preserved with as much style as when it first opened in 1891. The building still functions as the city's main post office and sending a letter or postcard home is highly recommended for a taste of living history. Beautiful from any angle, this building was designed by Gustave Eiffel, who also designed the Effiel Tower in Paris.
16. Best places to visit in a Sai Gon Day trip
This is one of the easiest day trips from Saigon for those who prefer short tie travel. Just an hour and a half ride from the city center, tourists can witness the signficance and unique features of the infamous Cu Chi Tunnel, utilized by Viet Cong military during the Vietnam War. This specialized tunnel connecting Cu Chi and Saigon used to be a nightmare to all the opposing forces at the same time. Spread out like a matrix, this famous historical tunnel cover around 250 kilometers.
It takes only 3 hours for tourists to travel to Can Tho from Saigon. Can Tho is a modern city with flashy restauants, hotels and tourist attractions. And yet, you can still find the vintage and touches of the old, simple Vietnam in the structures of houses, in the floating market that should not be missed by anyone.
113 kilometers away from the bustling city, tourists can find themselves on a beautiful beach with sunshine and fresh coconut juice everywhere. This is, no lie, the cleanest beach tourists can find on a day trip from Ho Chi Minh city.
Can Gio (Monkey Island)
Just over 70 kilometers away from Ho Chi Minh City. Can Gio is truly the most convenient day trip from there. Some people call Can Gio "Monkey Island" for the fact that is place is recognized by UNESCO for biodiversity with hundreds of wildlife and indigenous vegetation.
17. Best time to visit Saigon?
The dry seasons starts from early December to late April with sunshine and moderate humidity, very suitable for travelling around and discover a new land. Each year, the city has approximately 1500 rainy days, starting from May to November, especially in June and September.
18. Where is Ho Chi Minh City?
19. Where to go shopping in Danang ?
Address: 118 Bach Dang Street, Hai Chau District, Da Nang.
The most important trading point in Da Nang, Han Market is popular with locals and tourist alike looking to buy a wide range of products from fruits to traditional clothes and sovenirs at a reasonable prices.
Address: 318 Ong Ich Khiem, Hai Chau, Da Nang
Con Market is home to over 2,000 stalls, making it the largest (and busiest) wholesale shopping venue in Da Nang. Also known as Da Nang Commercial Centre, you can find fresh produce, dried goods, coffee beans, handicrafts, T-shirts... We suggest you bargain up to 50% off the retail prices.
Non Nuoc Fine Arts Village
Address: Huyen Tran Cong Chua Street, Ngu Hanh Son District, Da Nang.
Non Nuoc Fine Arts Village is set at the food of Da Nang's Marble Mountains, where you can find numerous artisan wokshops and retail outlets selling marble goods at affordable prices.
XQ Da Nang
Address: 39-41 Nguyen Thai Hoc - Hai Chau District, Da Nang
XQ is a special and well-known hand embroidery shop designed to look like a traditional rural village. XQ hand embroidery promotes typical Vietnamese culture and is a precious memento for any visitors. Watch the artisans at work in the embroidery workshop and gallery.
20. Must-try activities in Danang?
2. Have a coffee at Cong Caphe
3. Sunbathe on My Khe Beach
4. Climb the Marble Mountains
5. Watch the show at Dragon Bridge
6. Visit the Cham Museum
7. Check out the Linh Ung Pagoda
8. Visit the Da Nang Cathedral
9. Go shopping at Con Market
10. Travel to My Son Sanctuary
11. Visit Asia Park
21. Top dishes you should try in Da Nang?
Bun Thit Nuong companies thin vermicelli rice noodles, freshly chopped lettuce, sliced cucumber, beans sprouts, pickled daikon, basil, chopped peanuts and mint, topped with grilled pork shoulder. Diners can also opt for bun Thit Nuong Cha Gio, which comes with crunchy slices of Cha Gio (deep-fried eggrolls). As with most Vietnamese dishes, you can get a side of dipping sauce to mix into the Bun Thit Nuong for a flavorful ensemble.
Banh Beo (Steamed rice cakes)
A specialty from Central Vietnam is topped with mung bean paste, toasted shrimp, fried shallots and scallion oil. Throw a little chill fish sauce and there for an extra zesty kick.
Mi Quang Ba Mua (Madam Mua Quang Noodles)
Mi Quang is the signature dish of Da Nang featuring chewy rice noodles that are tined yellow using tumeric and a shallow pool of bone broth, topped with river shrimp, boiled quail eggs and roast pork. In many eateries, you can also opt for other choices such as beef, chicken, snakehead fish, or eel. The dish is then topped with an array of fresh herbs such as basil, lettuce and coriander, along with peanuts and sliced banana blossoms. Lastly, green chili peppers, lime and seasame rice crackers are added to give a special kick to the flavor.
Banh Trang Cuon Thit Heo (Pork Roll)
A typical portion of Banh Trang Cuon includes a plate filled with pork, a bowl of rice noodles, sheets of rice paper, along with fresh herbs and vegetables. The meat is selected carefully and boiled to perfection so that you can savor the sweetness and tenderness in each bite. A large tray of vegetables is offered with lettuce, basil, bean sprouts, banana blossoms, onions, perilla, cabbage, cucumber and more. The dipping sauce is rich in flavor, giving you a taste of the sea, and the hot spicy chili peppers.
22. Best Beaches in Da Nang ?
My Khe Beach boasts a 20-mile stretch of white sand that’s approximately 6 km east of Da Nang. Named by the American troops who visited during the Vietnam War, it is considered to be one of Vietnam's most picturesque beaches.
Non Nuoc Beach
Non Nuoc Beach is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Featuring soft sands, a gentle slope, clean waters and mild waves, there are plenty of things to see and do here. Popuar activities include sunbathing, jet-skiing, surfing and enjoying local seafood dishes.
Bac My An Beach
Bac My An Beach is known for housing some Da Nang's five-star beach resorts and hotels. It spans 4km in length and can accomodate over 5,000 beachgoers at a time. The resorts have their own private space for guests to sunbathe and enjoy outdoor activities.
Lang Co Beach
Lang Co Beach spans 110km in length, starting between Truong Son Mountain and the southern end of Hai Van Pass. It's one of the most hidden beaches in Da Nang as it's mostly visited by locals and travelers attempting Hai Van Pass's winding routes. Here, you can enjoy a day of relaxation with breathtaking view of mountain ranges.
Son Tra Peninsula
Son Tra Peninsula is where you can find some of Da Nang's most hidden beaches, such as Bai Bac, Tien Sa and Con beach. Located on Son Tra (Monkey) Mountain, the stunning pagoda is known for its 67 meter-tall white statue of the Goddess of Mercy.
23. Top tourist attractions in Da Nang ?
The Marble Mountains are a cluster of five limestone and marble hills, about 9km south of Da Nang. Named after natura elements, the peaks are individually known as Thuy Son (water), Moc Son (wood), Hoa Son (fire), Kim Son (metal) and Tho Son (earth). Therea are also a host of 17th-century Buddhist sanctuaries and pagoda temples dotted throughout the mountains. To adimire the beauty of Marble Mountain, you should try a helicopter ride which lasts about 40 minutes from Da Nang International Airport to Phu Bai Airport.
The Dragon Bridge measures 666m in length, making it the longest bridge in Vietnam. A popular spot with photographers, the six-lane bridge crosses the Han River and is constructed in the shape of a golden dragon, which locals believe is symbolizes power, nobility and good fortune. While it's a magnificent sight at any time of the day, Dragon Bridge is particularly captivating during weekends as it is illuminated with colorful LED lights while it breathes fire and spits out water from 9 pm onwards.
My Khe Beach
My Khe Beach boasts a 20-mile stretch of white sand that's approximately 6km east of Da Nang. Named by the American troops who visited during the American, it is considered to be one of the Vietnam's most picturesque beaches.
Hai Van Pass
Hai Van Pass stands at 500m above sea level. making it the highest pass in Vietnam. It's located on the border between Thua Thien Hue province and Da Nang city and has a panoramic views of verdant mountains as well as Da Nang City. Tien Sa Port, Son Tra Peninsula and South China Sea. The pass also hosts a dilapidated French-built fort that was later used as a bunker by South Vietnamese and US armies during the American War. Thanks to spectacular beauty and panoranic view, Hai Van Pass should be added to the itinerary of your vacation to Da Nang, Hue and Hoi An.
Da Nang Golden Hand Bridge
Golden Bridge in Vietnam, an incredible structure to enhance the face of Vietnam tourism in the global platform, was opened in June 2018 at Bana Hills Resort on Truong Son Mountains. Streching across the mountain, the two ends of this bridge are touching Marseille Station and the Tiantai Gardens at Le Jardin d’Amour. The well-known fairy tale themed French colonial village, Bana Hills now appears to be more reputational and magical, and thanks to this amazing bridge.
Cham Sculpture Museum
The Cham Museum commemorates the culture, lifestyle and practices of Vietnam's indigenous Cham tribe, who have roots dating back as far as 192 AD. Founded during the colonial French rule in 1915, it is the only museum of its kind in the world. The museum is divided into ten exhibition rooms, where 300 teracotta and stone sculptures from the 7th to the 15th centuries are showcased according to the region in which they were found.
24. How to get to Da Lat?
Air: The airport, 30km south of the city, has daily Vietnam Airlines flights to Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Da Nang.
25. Local foods you should try in Da Lat?
This is one of the most popular street foods in Da Lat that enthralls both residents and tourists. Many Western tourists call it "Vietnamese pizza" because of its shape and color. The dish require very simple ingredients and it's also easy to cook. Its is extremely amazing.
Salad Da Lat
Locals usually eat this daily. When you go to any shop or restaurant that sell rice, they will have always give you a free dish of salad as a side-just like kimchi in Korea! A simple salad can have your typical ingredients such as lettuce, tomato, cucumber, onions, half-boiled eggs and comes seasoned with vinegar.
Name of this dish sounds strange for many people. In fact, it is quitely like "Nom Bo Kho", a sweet and sour salad with dried beef sold in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city. The main ingredients of Xap Xap are grated green papaya, simmer pork liver, peanuts, mint leaves, sweet and sour fish sauce and chili sauce on top. Many Western people think this food is a type of appetizer, however, people in Da Lat usually eat in the afternoon or late-night as a nosh.
Mini Pancake (Banh Can)
This dish is a popular breafast in Dalat. It may have originated in Binh Thuan province, but after making its way to Da Lat, it became a part of the food culture here. To me, sitting next to a stove in a cold morning, watching the Banh Can lady pour the white mixture of rice powder in a pottery pancake pan, fill it with egg, shrimp or squid and frying it until the pancake is burned slightly, is a nostalgic sight. To you, it may be unique. Normally, a dish of mini pancake have 10 – 12 pieces, and it is served with a bowl of broth, made of fish sauce, green onions, and meatballs. All you have to do is dip the cake in the broth and enjoy the harmony of flavors in your mouth.
26. Top attractions you can sightseeing in Da Lat ?
Langbiang Mountain, one of the must-see Da Lat attractions in Vietnam, is situated on Langbiang Plateau, Lac Duong district, Lam Dong province. This is only approximately 12km far from Da Lat center and sometimes named Lam Vien Mountain as well. Legend says that the Langbiang name was originated from the name of a couple who were a deeply in love with each other - the man named K'lang and the woman named Ho Biang. Langbiang contains the two highest peaks of Lam Vien highland and one of them is usually regarded as the roof of Da Lat.
Da Lat Station
The next one in regarded to famous Da Lat attractions in Da Lat Railway Station, which is recognized as a historic culture by the Ministry of Culture - Information of Vietnam. This is one of the tourist hotpots in Dalat. Da Lat Station was a train station of Da Lat's city. The station has a unique architectural style, with three conical roofs, which are the stylization of three Langbiang mountain tops or the hollow of mountain Highlands. The station is currently a hotspot attracting tourists.
Bao Dai Summer Palace
Bao Dai was the last emperor/king of Vietnam and ascened to the throne in 1926. He was only 12 years old at that time. With a reputation as a man who enjoyed parties and the goodlife. Bao Dai spent a good amount of time in Da Lat.
Xuan Huong Lake
At the very heart of Da Lat City, Xuan Huong Lake adds character to a beautiful town like Da Lat. This man-made lake has become a major landmark when it comes to romantic Da Lat attractions. Used to be the site in which a lot indigenous people of Langbiang highland inhabited, the lake supplies a good focal point to the city and is valuable landmark when you get lost on your wanderings.
Dalat Market is a commercial center of Dalat city located on the main street: Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street and is considered “the heart of Dalat city”. This market is not only for shopping activities but also attracting tourists to come to visit when they are in Dalat.
27. What to experience in Da Lat ?
Fans of adventure will fall in love with Da Lat and the surrounding area as outdoor sports are available such as whitewater rafting, kayaking, rock climbing and paragilding.
Da Lat Cable Cars
The cable car ride Truc Lam Monastery Complex is a popular way to see Da Lat from above, particularly during national and school holidays when families head there to enjoy a picnic. Along the two and a half kilometer ride, the cable car soars over pine tree-covered hills, rivers and rice plantations. Truc Lam Monastery Complex is rather new but already famous for its beautiful pagoda.
At Prenn Waterfall visitors can go elephant rides through small creeks, lakes and green forests. Adventure lovers can have a go at riding an ostrich, amazingly friendly birds. The idea of climbing up on an ostrich's back can be quite challange but once up there, the ride is an exhilarating one.
Hiking around Da Lat
Langbian Mountain (about 12km north of downtown Da Lat) is one of the most popular locations for a day or a half-day hike and it has five peaks that range from 2100m to 2400m in altitude. Other hot locations for hiking include Ba Be Lake National Park, Pongour Falls and the Lake of Sorrows.
28. Where is Da Lat ?
29. How to get to Ha Noi ?
There are no direct flights from Paris, Los Angeles, San Francisco, as well as most cities in East and Southeast Asia to Hanoi. The Noi Bai international airport is about 40km from the center. You can take around one hour by taxi or bus to the downtown area.
Getting to Ha Noi by bus
Hanoi is served by two mains terminals - in the North and in the South, that receive and send a bus to almost any provinces in Vietnam. Open tour buses usally drive you to the downtown area without stopping at the terminals. Check out Giap Bat and My Dinh bus station.
Getting to Hanoi by train
Hanoi train station is about 10 minutes by taxi from the city center. If you cross the border to Vietnam from China, it is likely that you will board the train in Lao Cai and arrive in Hanoi in the early morning. The North-South Express train connects from Hanoi to other major cities in the country on a daily basis.
30. Where to visit for Buddhist in Ha Noi ?
- One-Pillar Pagoda: A pretty peaceful Buddhist pagoda just behind the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum since the early 11th century.
- Tran Quoc Pagoda: The oldest Buddhist temple located on the edge of Hanoi's West Lake.
- Ngoc Son Temple: "Temple of the Jade Mountain" featuring the unique architecture in the center of Hoan Kiem Lake.
- Quan Thanh Temple: A Taoist temple which is one of four famous sacred temples in Hanoi.
- Quan Su Pagoda: The largest Buddhist pagoda in Hanoi and the headquarters of the Central Buddhist Association of Vietnam.
31. Where to enjoy nightlife in Ha Noi?
32. Top delicious food/dishes you must try in Hanoi?
Pho is one of the Vietnamese traditional food. The most delicious and typical brand of Pho in Vietnam is Ha Noi Pho with wonderful flavor. Pho is made from rice noodles, beef or chicken and other spices. Pho is a favorite food of almost Vietnamese and often served as breakfast. Pho is a popular in the international market for its pleasant taste and reasonable price.
Bah Mi is pretty common in the world but Banh Mi in Vietnam is a portion of special food. It includes of many different topping such as eggs, bate, porl, vegetable, etc.
Bun Cha is the top choice when it comes to lunch time in the capital. This is a street food which you need to try when visit Ha Noi. The street-side restairants in Ha Noi start grilling up small patties of seasoned pork and slices of maintained pork belly over a charcoal fire. Once they're charred and crispy, the morsels are served with a bowl of a fish sauce-heavy broth, a basket of herbs and a helping of rice noodles.
Banh Cuon has a long-distance history. Banh Cuon is round, soft, rich in the sweet taste of rice flour, the aroma of onion, which is a food chosen by many Vietnamese people because of its flavor but the elegant taste from Banh Cuon can not be found in other dishes.
Che is a dessert food of Vietnam people. There are many type of Che such as Xoi Che, Che Hat Sen, Che Do Den, etc.
33. Must-try activities in Hanoi?
2. Drink Beer in Ta Hien street
3. Try Vietnamese Egg Coffee
4. Wander around Ha Noi Old Quarter
5. Visit Vietnamese Woman's Museum
6. Enjoy tasty Hanoi Street Food
7. Discover the highlights of Vietnamese culture in the Temple of Literature
8. Enjoy the peace and quiet of West Lake
9. Join a Cooking Class to learn how to make Vietnamese Spring Roll
10. Visit Bat Trang Ceramic Village and make your own pottery
34. Top tourist attractions in Ha Noi ?
The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long is an interesting sample of Vietnam's great history, now registered as one of the country's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The multi-story citadel stands 40m high and the central flag tower is the most recognizable feature and is often used as a symbol of Hanoi. This was the center of ancient Hanoi and served as the political center and notable place for emperors to receive dignitaries, for almost eight centuries. The Imperial citadel of Thang Long is located in Ba Dinh district.
2. Water Puppet Show
The ancient art form of water puppetry show has a long association with Ha Noi and especially with the northern region and there are several theaters in Hanoi's Old Quarter where travelers can enjoy this uniquely Vietnamese cultural show. One of best places to enjoy this show is at the Thang Long Puppet Theatre by Hoan Kiem Lake. Puppets dance and slide elegantly over the liquid stage, controlled by a whole troupe of puppet masters hiding behind a screen.
3. Ho Chi Minh Complex
With a view to commemorating the Vietnamese great leader, Ho Chi Minh Complex is one of the most visited places for both domestic and foreign tourists.
4. Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple
Hoan Kiem Lake is a central feature of Ha Noi and is a popular hangout for both locals and tourists who are keen to meet and speak with Hanoian. The adjoining Ngoc Son Temple sits on a small island in the lake and linked by a wooden bridge (Huc Bridge), which makes a beautiful background for photos.
5. Ha Noi Old Quarter
Centrally located and an ideal place to stay with a define local atmosphere where old and modern Hanoi meet. The Old Quarter is a fascinating area consisting of 36 narrow, lined streets where travelers can enjoy many fine examples of colonial architecture packed along narrow streets. Shopping here is a must-do as well as checking out the bars and restaurants and even going on a food tour in a cyclo.
6. Temple of Literature
The Temple of Literature is a charming temple complex in the center of Ha Noi that was originally built to be a center of learning to date back over 1000 years ago. The best time to visit the temple is around the early morning and the late afternoon when it is quiteter and more atmospheric.
35. When is the best time to visit Ha Noi ?
36. Do's and Don't in Hoi An?
- Dress modestly, Vietnam is still quite conservative and we do not highly appreciate revealing too much skin in public, Hoi An is nostaglic, so it's better to dress properly, especially when visiting temples and historical sites.
- Bring along bottled water. As you will need to walk a lot, you had better bring along some bottles of water. There is almost no tap water in Hoi An. If there are some, it is still not advisable to drink it because it is not clean enough.
- Bargain the prices. Even when the overall prices are quite affordable here, it is better to try bargaining to get a better deal. Who knows when someone intent to overcharge, right? But it's not the case with foods. Hoi An street foods are cheap actually and the prices are almost fixed.
- Wear too much jewlery. Hoi An in particular and Vietnam, in general, is quite safe, but it is still better to be aware.
- Keep all valuable properties inside the safety box. Same reasons as above.
- Wear shorts of dresses when visiting sacred places. Cultural respect is important whenever you go.
- Show of physical affection (kissing, for example). The East is quite conservative, so don't know show off much affection if you don't want to be the focus of other's attention.
37. How to get to Hoi An?
The major port of air entry for Hoi An is Da Nang International Airport. There are daily flights from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and without delay, it is one-hour flight. From the airport, it takes about 45 minutes by car to Hoi An center.
Travel to Hoi An by private car
If you are going on a leisure trip and do not want to put so much time and effort in finding transportation, a private car is for you. You can request a private car with a tour operator to pick up from Da Nang airport or hotel. In this case, you will get a private space and don't need to share it with any strangers. The car is exceptionally comfortable to sit in, also.
Travel to Hoi An by public bus
Public bus is a popular choice for people with a limited budget. There are buses coming from Da Nang to Hoi An Ancient Town and back within the day, and it costs only some dollars. However, as it is a public means of transportation, you will need to share spaces with strangers all the way long. And even though Da Nang is famous for its security, robbery and theft are unavoidable.
Travel to Hoi An by motorbike
Riding the motorbike would be a fascinating experience for adventurous travelers when taking Hoi An tours from Da Nang. You will be able to witness the landscapes along the way while breathing the fresh air of the countryside. However, this could be a nightmare to some people, as the traffic rules are Vietnam is quite loose and the locals tend to drive freely.
38. Top foods to try in Hoi An?
Renowned as the world's best sandwich, "banh mi" is a Vietnamese variant of bread that has an incredible taste. Interestingly, there is no fixed recipe for "banh mi". Different parts of Vietnam would have their own ways to diversify this food. And Hoi An is said to be one of the best stops to try "banh mi" in Vietnam.
"Pho" is famous worldwide, but in Hoi An, "Cao Lau" is a more popular name. The main ingredients for "Cao Lau" are rice noodles, char siu pork and herbs. Interestingly, the rice must be soaked in the ash water to reach a distinctive texture and color, while the water to make broth must be taken from a thousand-year-old well inside the Old Quarter. These are what make the dish different from other kinds of noodle soups.
A food tour to Hoi An, Quang Nam will never be complete if you forget to eat "Mi Quang". It is another type of rice noodles with meat and lots of herbs. Bowls of "Mi Quang" that you will eat would never be the same due to the toppings that you want to add. You might choose pork, chicken, shrimp, egg, beef, fish, etc. Herbs are abudant, too. Peanuts and sesame rice crackers are also included in the dishes to add more flavor.
39. Best traditional villages to visit in Hoi An?
Dating back to the 16th century, Thanh Ha Pottery Village is one of the most ceramic villages in Vietnam. The village is famous for its top-notch ceramic products, ranging from household items to high-end furniture and decorations. The reputation of the village started to bloom during the Nguyen Dynasty when its ceramics are used in the royal places. A Hoi An tour to Thanh Ha Pottery Village will allow you to learn to make pottery yourself. There's an impressive souvenirs to bring home, too.
Kim Bong Wood-Carving Village
The village gains a huge reputation for its carpentary craft, which has been around since the 15th century. Wood products from Kim Bong Village have been used in several important sites, including the buildings inside the Forbidden City, Hue. After centuries, the wood-making tradition is still well preserved and developed. Taking the very first steps into the village, you could easily feel the fragant smell of the woods. Tourists can take a bike tour around the village to visit the woodshop and factory, too.
40. What are the best beaches in Hoi An?
An Bang is the most famous beach to visit in Hoi An tours. It possesses sugar-white sand surrounded by palm trees and transparent blue water. This is an ideal place to swim and bask in the sunshine,
Tourists can also participate is several fascinating watersports in An Bang such as jet-skiing, parasailing, surfing, etc.
Cua Dai Beach
Before the coastal erosion has narrowed down the coastline, Cua Dai Beach used to be the best beach destination for Hoi An tours. This is where 3 big rivers (Thu Bon, Truong Giang, De Vong) unify before merging into the ocean. The sorf streching coastline of Cua Dai Beach is perfect for you to stroll along.
The beaches on Cham Islands are irresistibly beautiful. It boasts clean seashores with streching golden sand, turquoise water and cool weather. As it is far from the mainland, the beach is less crowded with tourists, thus being ideal for a luxury getaway.
It is also a great place for scuba diving and snorkeling with irresistibly beautiful coral reefs under the water surface.
41. Must-try activities in Hoi An?
The ancient town is a mus-stop for any tailor-made Hoi An Tours. Having been around for centuries, this old quarter still remains its ancient look, driving people into a nostalgia that can rarely be seen anywhere else.
Walking around the town, travelers could easily feel the influences of different cultures in Hoi An architecture. Some highlighted attractions are Chinese Assembly Halls of Chinese community, Japanese Bridge, Tran Family Chapel representing the typical Vietnam architecture.
Visit Tan Ky Old House - the cluster of all these systems
A notable appeal of Hoi An Tours is the paper lanterns, which appear in every single corner of the town. Especially, at full-moon night, the locals would float the laterns on Thu Bon River, creating an exceptionally poetic scenery for visitors to enjoy.
Go diving to watch coral reefs
For nature lovers, don't forget to pay a visit to Cu Lao Cham (Cham Islands) - a jaw-dropping archipelago that is only 15km far from Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An. It is a UNESCO-designated World Nature Reserves thanks to its rich biodiversity and spectacular seascapes.
Experience the basket boat dance in Hoi An Tour
If the mangrove palm forest is in your list of traveling, then don't miss the basket boat dance! Basket boat is the traditional means that the local fishermen use to glide on the waters. Aside from taking Hoi An tours through the forest, it is also extraodinary fancy to watch the boat dance. The rider will use their forces to make the boat madly spin around.
Enjoy Hoi An specialties
Together with the yellow-walled houses with Confetti flowers, superb cuisine is a huge appeal of Hoi An. It is a perfect combination of different culinary systems with an incredible taste that could whet everyone’s appetite.
Do not expect for fine dining on Michelin-star restaurants, as a Hoi An food tour is for street foods. You will stop by the small vendors and food stalls on the streets to sample the mouth-watering specialties of this land. Some must-try dishes to never miss are Banh Mi – the Vietnamese variants of French baguette, “Mi Quang” – the noodle soup of Quang people, and “Cao Lau”. The savory tastes of these dishes would definitely amaze you.
42. Must-see attractions in Hoi An?
Absolutely, Hoi An Tours will never be complete without a trip around the ancient town - its most famous touristic spots. Hoi An Ancient Town is the evidence of the once-properous trading port with spectacular ancient buildings and distinctive culture. As people from different parts of the world came there to do business, they brought along their cultures. The customs and norms of Hoi An people nowdays are the cluster of all those cultures. You can feel this convergence in the buildings and cuisine of this land.
Cu Lao Cham (Cham Islands) is an archipelago consiting of 8 small islands on Hoi An sea. It is a World Biosphere Reserve, which is home to a rich bio-ecologial system.
Cham Island is a great place for scuba diving and snorkeling in Hoi An with transparent blue seawater and exceptionally majestic marine life.
During Hoi An Island trip, you can also pay a visit to the fishing villages to get an exposure to the local life or cycle around the island to enjoy the fresh atmosphere there.
Mangrove Palm Forest
The mangrove palm forest is nestled in the convergence of Truong Giang and Thu Bon Rivers, which is only about 3km from the old town. The natural scenery here is extraodinary, which could easily capture your hearts at the very first look.
Tra Que Village
Located around 3 km to the Northeast of Hoi An Ancient Town, Tra Que Village is a wonderful place for a bicycle or cooking tour. This 300-year-old village is the main source of veggies for Hoi An and adjacent areas.
My Son Holyland
If Angkor Wat is the symbol of the once-glorious Angkor Kingdom in Cambodia, My Son Holy Land, or My Son Sanctuary, is the evidence that reminds people of Champa Kingdom, which ruled the southern part of Vietnam and parts of Laos and Cambodia between the 4th and 13th century. First looking at the ruins inside the Holy Land, you might feel some similarity to the temples in Angkor Wat, simply because Champa culture is Hinduism-based.
Japanese Covered Bridge
One of Vietnam’s most iconic attractions, Hoi An’s Japanese Covered Bridge dates back to the 16th century and is a beautiful historical piece symbolized with a Japanese style pagoda.
Hoi An Riverside
From the early 16th to the 18th century, Hoi An attracted international traders because of its location on the banks of the Thu Bon River, conveniently flowing into the East China Sea. There is plenty of activity by the river with restaurants, bars, small shops and street markets. The night market is particularly attractive with colorful lanterns.
43. Weather in Hoi An & Best time to visit Hoi An?
Rather than temperature, Hoi An weather is divided into two main seasons based on the rainfall: the dry season from March to September and the wet season for the rest period of time.
From October to February, the sea is rough and it starts to rain non-stop. Consequently, the town of Hoi An is prone to flooding then. If you are about to plan Hoi An tours at this time, it is better to check the weather carefully before going, as when the streets are flooded, many destinations as well as shops and restaurants would shut their doors.
In contrast, between March and September, the weather is quite pleasant. Apart from the peak days when the tempature goes high, Hoi An weather tends to be very mild. There are a lots of sunshine and low humidity, also.
Considering both the temperature and rainfall, between February and early May is considered the best time to take private Hoi An tours.
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45. Top Reasons To Visit Vietnam ?
Vietnam is known for the gazillion scooters roaming around the cities and the countrysides. You can grab a "Xe om" or rent a cheap scooters to explore various regions of Vietnam on your own. Unless you are feeling very brave, we recommend you avoid scootering around the larger cities like HCMC or Ha Noi. The traffic there appears to have no rules. The trick to crossing the street is to walk steadily, at an even pace. If you're moving at a predictable rate, the motorcyclists will move around you. Eye-contact with oncoming bikers doesn't hurt either. The most important thing is to keep moving and not to stop or speed up. Once you've got the hang of crossing the street, you can really appreciate the beauty of organized chaos.
2. TREKKING ON THE RICE PADDIES IN SAPA
Trekking on the rice paddies nestled in Sapa valley may be a must-do thing that you should experience if travel to Vietnam. This walk will remain in your memory for years to come. The spectacular Muong Hoa Valley is protected from both sides by the majestic Hoang Lien Son mountains. These mountains are home to many amazing local tribes, such as the Black H'mong Tribe. We would strongly recommend you visit Sapa when the amazing cascading-down-the-mountain rice fields are in full bloom or when the fields start to turn gold. This will allow you to truly capture the scenery at its' best.
3. LONG HISTORY
Vietnam is one of the oldest cultures in South East Asia, dating back to 2008 BC, and it has has a complicated history starting from its native Dong Son culture and spanning thousands of years. The country has been influenced by Chinese, Khmer and Indian cultures as well as French colonialism. Whether you like history or not, there is no doubt that you will learn a thing or two just by being in the country.
4. DELICIOUS FOOD AND PHO
Street food is a trademark of Vietnam. Vietnamese cuisine is alos very popular all over the world so why not come taste as its source. Women somehow whip up delicious meals out of the contents of a single bag on the side of the road and tiny streets stalls fill the alleyways, offering up papaya salads and the popular meat and noodle soup, Pho. Fried and fresh spring rolls are served up at the markets and the amount of delicious dipping sauces can make your head spin. Try the giant seafood filled pancakes, the grilled corn on the cob or the warm banana cake in a coconut milk sauce. From pho noodle soup, spring rolls, banh mi and sticky rice to seafood, Vietnamese food is always tasty, fresh and healthy.
5. BEST BEACHES
Vietnam has 3,700 km of coastline, with beaches ranging from garbage-strewn and overcrowded to stunning pockets of paradise. And there are plenty of the latter. The waters are also great for diving near more tropical locales, with the rainbow colors of coral reefs, unique fish and underwater plant and fungi life. There is nothing like flying back on a beach in Phu Quoc, Mui Ne, Nha Trang or Phan Thiet and sunning yourself silly while enjoying a good book.
6. THE WORLD'S LARGEST CAVE SON DOONG
Vietnam is home to some of the world's most extraodinary subterranean landscapes, with the most popular of the country's caves the gigantic Hang Son Doong. So big it has its own weather system, the caves could accomode a 40-storey skyscraper or let a Boeing 747 pass through.
7. COFFEE CULTURE OR "CAFE SUA DA"
As the second biggest producer of coffee in the world, Vietnam knows a thing or two about coffee. Strong and flavorful Vietnamese coffee makes converts as quickly as it raises pulses. French colonists might have introduced coffee to Vietnam, but the morning cup of ca phe soon became a local habit. With variations that make use of yoghurt, eggs and even fruit, Vietnamese coffee has developed a style of its own.
8. VIBRANT CULTURE
The Vietnamese nation has been around for over a thousand years, and doesn't look as if it will be going away any time soon. The passing centuries have left Vietnam with a rich culture that manifests in many interesting ways.Architecture? Hanoi delivers with the temple in Hoan Kiem Lake; Hoi An responds with its Japanese Bridge and the venerable Tan Ky House. Entertainment? Catch a performance of Vietnamese Water Puppets. Fine art? Visit Kim Bong Village and take home an intricate carving or two. To see Vietnam's culture in action city-wide, visit during one of Vietnam Festivals; the fun of local celebrations during Tet (the New Year) will make the horrible traffic worth it!
9. BEAUTIFUL NATURE AND LANDSCAPES
Vietnam is simply beautiful. It almost has a every kind of natural landscape all within one country. The towering mountain ranges in the north around Sapa are lined with lush forests and footed by lakes, rivers and terraced fields or rice. The limestone towers and cliffs amongst the immense Ha Long Bay are the number one sights for travellers and nature lovers alike. Vietnam is home to some of the biggest natural caves in the world in Quang Binh province and some stunning national parks such as Nam Cat Tien, Cuc Phuong in the north and on the islands of Con Dao and Phu Quoc in the south. The highlands around Da Lat are full of forests, natural rock slides, waterfalls and lakes and beaches along the coast are some of the finest in the world. Vietnam’s island of Phu Quoc is home to monkeys, a national park and is surrounded by barely touched beaches, remote islands and clear ocean waters.
10. FRIENDLY AND HOSPITABLE PEOPLE
The people in Vietnam are some of the friendliest and accomodating people you will find around Asia. You are always greeted with smiles and the occasional hello. Everyone seems willing to offer help, espically to travellers and tourists. Questions will get answered quickly and people will seem to bend over backwards for you in order to help you out. Drop your groceries, its guaranteed that someone will help you pick them up. You will meet new friends and feel like you have found a family away from home.
11. MAGNIFICIENT HA LONG BAY & LAN HA BAY
Speaking of vistas, Halong Bay, the UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Gulf of Tonkin, is every bit as spectacular as people say. It IS worth the roughly four hour drive from Hanoi, and it IS worth fighting the swarms of tourists to see. The bay used to be littered with a lot more trash, but with recent clean-up efforts, it's much better these days. The 1,600 islands jut out of the sea, seemingly one on top of the other, creating a dramatic scape of mountains, sea and sky.
12. VERY CHARMING HOI AN ANCIENT TOWN
A UNESCO World Heritage town, Hoi An is one of the most picturesque, lovely places to visit in all of Vietnam. Located in the center of the country, just outside of Danang, Hoi An used to be a flourishing port town from the 15th to the 19th centuries, before the Thu Bon river silted up and basically halted trade in the region. Fortunately in the 1990s, the town was declared a World Heritage site and tourism has since revived the so-called "Venice of Vietnam." Thanks to the international residents -- from the Chinese and Japanese to the French -- during the port years, Hoi An boasts a variety of local specialities that you can't find anywhere else in the country. Dishes like Cao Lau and White Rose Dumplings are reason enough to visit Hoi An, and when you factor in the gorgeous, canal-side setting and preserved colonial French architecture, it really does become a national treasure.
13. OFF THE BEATEN PATH
There is so much to discover in Vietnam, and it is the perfect destination for the explorer searching for a unique experience. If you are searching for raw adventure, you will find memories here that you will not find anywhere else. The cultures and traditions of the past are not lost here. It is a developing country that is embracing the customs of the past. It is not uncommon to see women walking down the street in 'ao dia,' traditional Vietnamese dress while the latest Vietnamese rap song is playing from someone's radio.
14. VERY BEAUTIFUL TEMPLES AND PAGODAS
Vietnam’s temples are most commonly found in its cities – little oases of calm surrounded by the buzz of everyday life. Lose yourself in the beautifully-preserved architecture and incredible stone carvings while learning more about the multiple faiths of this fascinating culture. Vietnam’s most stunning temples include Hanoi’s towering Tran Quoc Pagoda, the colourful Cao Dai Temple in Ho Chi Minh City, and Hue’s Thien Mu Pagoda – which also has panoramic views of the Imperial City and Perfume River.
46. Visa Requirement to Vietnam ?
Visas: When you apply for a visa to enter Vietnam, be sure to request the visa category that corresponds to your purpose of travel. Please refer to Vietnam's Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for information detailing visa categories. If you plan to work in Vietnam, you must obtain a new visa outside of Vietnam appropriate for your new activities before begining those activities. Please consult Embassy of Vietnam website for more information.
Travel by land: If you plan to travel to Vietnam from Cambodia or Laos by land, an adhesive visa must be affixed to your passport. Approval letter for visa on arrival is invalid and not acceptable. If you travel from Vietnam to Laos by land, you should request that an adhesive visa be affixed to your passport instead of a detachble one. Lao immigration officials require proof that travelers have departed Vietnam, something that can only be shown with an adhesive visa. Vietnamese officials remove detchable visas from passports when travelers depart Vietnam, leaving travelers with no proof of their Vietnam departure. This situation can result in Lao officials requiring travelers to return to Vietnam.
Pre-approval for Visa on Arrival: The Government of Vietnam has authorized some businesses and travel agencies to arrange for pre-approval for a “visa on arrival” at the airport. This is the most convenient and cheapest way and the application fee costs around 10 USD/person excluding stamping fee of 20$ to 30 USD/person that client will have to pay upon landing at the airport. Travelers are recommend to obtain a visa directly from an embassy or consulate of Vietnam prior to arrival.
E-visa: Travelers in some countries can now apply online for a single entry E-visa on the Vietnam Immigration webiste. The E-visa is valid for a maximum of 30 days for the purpose of tourism. An E-visa is usually processed within three working days after the Vietnam Immigration Department receives the completed application and E-visa fee. E-visa holders must present the printed E-visa and valid passport at the port of entry. Prior to making travel arrangements with an E-visa. When applying for an E-visa, carefully review and follow the E-visa application steps.
47. Weather in Vietnam ?
Central Coast: Along the central coast the rainfall pattern reserves under the influence of the northeast monsoon. Around Nha Trang the wet season starts with a flourish in November and continues through December. Further north, around Hue and Da Nang, the rains last a bit longer, from September to Febuary, so it pays visit these two cities in the spring (Feb-May). Temperatures reach their maximum (often in the upper 30s) from June to August, when it's pleasant to escape into the hills. The northern streches of this coastal region experience a more extreme climate, with a shorter rainy season (peaking in Sept and Oct) and a hot dry summer. The coast of central Vietnam is the zone most likely to be hit by typhoons, bringing torrential rain and hurricane-force winds. Though notoriously difficult to predict, in general the typhoon season lasts from August to November.
Northern Vietnam: Northern Vietnam is generally warm and sunny from October to December, after which cold winter weather sets in, accompanied by fine persistent mists which can last for several days. Temperatures begin to rise again in March, building to summer maximus that occasionally reach 40°C between May and August, though average temperatures in Ha Noi hover around a more reasonable 30°C. However, summer is also the rainy season, when heavy downpours render the low-lying delta area most unbearly hot and sticky and flooding is a regular hazard. The northern mountains share the same basic regime, though temperatures are considerably cooler and higher regions see ground frosts, or even a rare snowfall, during the winter (Dec-Feb).
48. When is the best time to visit Vietnam ?
49. What are the most remarkable landmarks in Vietnam ?
Being discovered for the first time by a local man named Ho Khanh, Son Doong Cave is recognized as the largest cave in the world. Located in the heart of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, Son Doong Cave is more than 5 kilometers long, 200 meters height and the main cavern is large enough to contain an entire New York City block. The ecosystem inside this cave which was formed during Cambrian-Permian geological eras is as unique as its area. Son Doong Cave even has its own localized weather system and is rich in forms of life. People find here many new species of fish, spiders, shrimp, wooldice - they are all completely white.
2. Fansipan Summit - The Roof Of Indochina
In the past, the former French station on the Sapa Mountain is the main trekking destination of the hill tribes of Vietnam thanks to its epic landscape, its excellent hiking opportunities and its proximity to the Hoang Lien Son mountains with the Fansipan peak - the roof of Indochina. From Fansipan summit, you can admire stunning landscapes of 3 countries including Laos, Vietnam and China.
3. Ha Long Bay - One Of The New Seven Natural Wonders Of The World
Officially recognized as one of the New Seven Natural Wonders of the World in 2012. Ha Long Bay is a must-see on anyone's itinerary for Vietnam, thanks to its turquoise and thousands of jagged, limestone islands.
The best way to appreciate this magical scene from a boat, cruising between the karst cliffs, which loom like fairytale castles complete with rocky spires and hidden caves. Still used for fishing, whole families live on floating villages that are easily visited. Some will even take you out on on a fishing trip. It was also among Asia's top five tropical island paradises as selected by CNN.
4. Golden Bridge - The Giant Hand Of God
Famous as a phenomenon since 2018 for its special architecture of gray hands and beauty, Golden Bridge is also a must-see spot. Lobelia Chrysanthemum is along the path on the bridge, creating accents of color and attracting all visitors. Standing on this amazing bridge, you can admire the entire endless landscapes and marvelous nature of Ba Na area. Golden Bridge is located in Thien Thai Garden of Sun World Ba Na Hills, thus if you wish to visit this unique architecture, please travel to Ba Na Hills.
50. Best Beaches in Vietnam ?
Phu Quoc Island used to be an unknown retreat, a hidden gem for those travellers searching for a true hideaway. Today, Phu Quoc has become a premier beach destination with many luxury resorts and constrcution sites growing almost everywhere. Being the largest island in Vietnam, Phu Quoc boasts dozens of excellent beaches including Star Beach (Bai Sao Beach) with sleepy palm trees, incredible white sand and distinctive turquoise water. Long Beach (Bai Dai Beach) - the scene of the most intense development on the island with a range of hotels, resorts and restaurants from the budget to the top-notch one; Ong Lang Beach - a long strech of lovely, sandy bays dotted with black volcanic rock..
2. Mui Ne Beach, Phan Thiet - The best beach for luxury adventure holidays
If you are adventurer-lover, Phan Thiet with Mui Ne is also an attractive cultural tourist destination with a diverse population of Chinese and Cham people along with unique cuisine from fresh seafood. Located in Phan Thiet, Mui Ne is one of the most famous beaches in Vietnam for its spectacular bright red sand dunes where we can sled down on bits of cardboard to have great fun as well. The wind can pick up on the beach in the afternoon, the breeze is great but you can end getting sand blasted on the beach in the morning.
3. My Khe, Da Nang - One of the most charming beaches in the world
Rated as one of the six most charming beaches on the planet in 2015 (Forbes) and one of the ten beaches in Asia by Sunday Herald Sun Magazine of Australia, My Khe is worth visiting. In addition to swimming, tourists can participate in many fun activities like scuba diving and observing coral reefs, regatta, flash mobbing and many more activities on the beach. My Khe beach has something to suit all tastes. Watching the sunset and views of Da Nang City is also an enjoyable experience at My Khe. You can enjoy city views without all the noise from here.
4. Nha Trang - The premium beach for MICE
Known as the Riviera of the South China Sea. Nha Trang boats a 6km strech beautiful coastline along with the white sandy beaches and blue water. I highly recommended this place for those wishing to escape the often overcrowded city. Some outstanding beaches are Tran Phu Beach and Hon Chong Beach, Bai Tru Beach, Nhu Tien Beach. One of the most favorite beaches is Doc Let with a lot of palm trees and fishing boats offshore as well as the image of white salt mountains and locals carrying heavy baskets accross the fields. Actually, Doc Let beach seems to be primitive and sqeaking underfoot as you walk in soft sand will be a perfect escape.
51. International airports in Vietnam ?
- Cam Ranh International Airport - Located 36km south of Nha Trang City, with expanding range of flights including Hongkong and Seoul.
- Da Nang International Airport - International flights to China, South Korea, Japan, Hongkong, Thailand, Cambodia and Singapore.
- Noi Bai International Airport - Serves the capital Ha Noi.
- Phu Quoc International Airport - International flights including Singapore, Bangkok, and some charters to Europe.
- Tan Son Nhat International Airport for Ho Chi Minh City.
- Cat Bi International Airport near Hai Phong, 60km west of Ha Long City, with flights to China and South Korea.
52. Unusual things to do in Vietnam ?
If you have a chance to travel to Southern Vietnam, do not forget the floating market - the highlight of Southern Vietnam. Besides fruits orchards, yellow rice paddies, Southern folk songs and special regional cuisine, the vibrant floating market is what comes on tourists'mind when talking about Mekong Delta. It attracts visitors by dense rivers, canals system, house stilts and lifestyle of the locals. The floating market is the gathering place where the locals can buy their own products and fresh fruits or vegetables hanging on the poles while visitors can travel around to enjoy their life and buy something. Even you can find some floating bars, floating restaurants and the same kinds of shop on the land.
Learn how to ride a buffalo
Learning to ride a buffalo is surely a great life skill, perfect for when you become a farmer and need to plow your fields! Places that offers this kind of activity include Ninh Binh, Mai Chau, Sapa and Hoi An.
When you try this buffalo riding. It will not bring you exciting moments but get closer to the agricultural culture of Vietnamese people. So meaningful and amazing, rights? Don't be affraid of mud, it is funny.
53. Do's and Don't in Vietnam
+ Dress discreetly in public
Dress conservatively, especially for female travelers and children. The Vietnamese are quite conservative about their clothes and it would be disrecpectful to wear skimpy clothing in public. Dress appropriately not only to feel free to enjoy your trip but more importantly to show your respect to others and especially in sacred places like pagodas and temples.
+ Be careful when crossing the roads
Traffic jam is one of the most terrific things that frighten foreigns first time coming to Vietnam. Riding bikes or motorbikes will be such an unforgettable experience. But the story will be more interesting when you try to cross the roads in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. Don't stop as you cross the busy roads. Frightening as it can be, just keep walking. The traffic will avoid you. Pick a spot accross the road, stare at it and keep walking, no matter what.
+ Make a bargain
Overcharging is also one of the most alarming problems of foreigners first time travelling to Vietnam as locals always think that foreigners are rich. However, this issue affects considerably the image of Vietnamese people on tourists' eye when they read reviews on the Internet. Therefore, remember to make bargain whatever you buy, please read the reviews carefully to consult the prices or just contact for local tips and tricks at Grandviet Tour.
+ Wear a lot of jewelry or show valueables in public, especially when in Ho Chi Minh City
When walking on streets in Vietnam, especially big cities like Ho Chi Minh City. If you wear a lot of jewelry like rings or even make a phone call, you will be a target for pickpockets or robbers. Also when you can't speak Vietnamese, it will be such a challenge to ask people surrounding you to help you.
+ Express the affection of lovers in public
Western culture encourages or allows people to be free to show their love of affection. By contrast, it is impolite in Eastern culture countries like in VIetnam. You can see couples holding hands, but they will not kiss when many people can see that. Thus, avoid kissing your friends or lovers in front of people at public areas.
+ Give money to the beggars on the street or tourist attractions
Actually beggars are sometimes not beggars. There is another way that you can help people in difficult circumstances like donating to the charity. Children are exploited to earn money to groups of people. So beware of that.
There are a lot of things you should and shouln't do when coming to Vietnam, but don't worry, if you have any query or need local help, please feel free to call us.
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