Where To Go On Holiday In Vietnam
The gateway to Vietnam is through the capital, Hanoi. A city of temples, parks, museums and wartime sites, Hanoi will easily occupy a few days. Particularly worth a visit are the One Pillar Pagoda, the Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake, and the Hoa Lo Prison.
Journeying down the coastal road, known as the Mandarin Road, takes in a host of fantastic towns and cities. Hue is tranquil with its serene Perfume River and highlights include the Guardian statues at the Tomb of Khai Dinh, the Citadel and the Thien Mu Pagoda temple. Da Nang, just south of Hue, offers the perfect opportunity to explore the Marble Mountains with their unparalleled views of Non Nuoc Beach and the East Sea, and enjoy the staggeringly beautiful views from a cable car in Bà Nà Mountains. Da Nang also benefits from its proximity to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites; the phenomenally beautiful ancient town of Hoi An and My Son, a gathering of Hindu temples. Whilst in Hoi An a trip to the tailor to have some custom made fashions is a must!
Inland slightly is the city of Da Lat, worth a visit alone to stay in the Hang Nga Guesthouse, otherwise known as the “Crazy House”. Rather akin to a tree trunk, guests can venture through cave-shaped hallways and take in the many stone carvings of animals around the building. Also in the area are the pretty Golden Valley and coffee plantations.
Nha Trang is the place to visit for pristine beaches and forms the scuba diving centre of the country. And when you’re done with soaking up the sun on the beach, Long Son Pagoda is worth a visit to check out its imposing 79 foot Budda as well as the fishing village and Monkey Island, a short ferry ride away.
In the south, Ho Chi Minh City is where the truly adventurous can enjoy the ride of their life hiring a scooter and navigating the manic traffic of the city. Alternatively hop on one of the abundant motorbike taxis and let them be your guide.
And for rest and relaxation head to the island of Phu Quoc off the coast of Vietnam and Cambodia. The island is mountainous and forested, and sports some of the most enviable white sanded beaches in the country. Here you can tuck in to plentiful fresh seafood, explore the staggeringly beautiful island by motorcycle, and visit pretty fishing villages. However the island is set to undergo development so the time to go is now!