Vietnam is a pretty great place. However, it had never really been at the top of my must-see locations until we moved to Asia. Then, I discovered low cost airlines that could transport me to relatively unknown places for limited finances. I’ve now been to Vietnam twice in the past 12 months, because I simply fell in love with the place. I hope these photos can inspire you to make the trip to Vietnam so you can fall in love with it too!
As you can see, Vietnam is a kaleidoscope of experiences. From the north to the south, it’s a unique place. I particularly enjoyed the food of Vietnam, which is full of fresh vegetables and has a whisper of former French influence. I highly recommend eating your way through whichever part of Vietnam you find yourself.
Here’s three locations I recommend visiting if you are going to Vietnam:
- Hanoi: This city is the capital and the heartbeat of Vietnam. It’s bustling and beautiful. From historic Old Quarter to the quiet West Lake, there’s something to see for everyone in Hanoi. For more great recommendations on what to see & do in Hanoi, check out my in-depth city guide!
- Ho Chi Minh City: Formerly known as Saigon, this gem is the star of southern Vietnam. Surprisingly large, this vibrant city is a different flavor than northern Hanoi. And it’s a good flavor. Also, this the place for iced coffee lovers. Check out this handy city guide for more Saigon tips!
- HaLong Bay: I know, it’s touristy. It’s overrated. But it’s just not. It’s magnificent. It’s epic. It’s simply unmissable if traveling through Vietnam. Whether it’s day trip, a party boat, a luxury cruise, or an overnight island experience, just do it! Here’s my blog post on why HaLong Bay should be at the top of your Vietnam list.
And if you are traveling through Vietnam, here’s some experiences you cannot miss!
- Street Food Tours: Like I said previously, Vietnam has amazing food. And some of the best are experienced on the side of the road cooked in a food stall. Both Saigon & Hanoi have great street food tours offered, and each time I’m so glad we did them! Don’t spend your time worrying which stalls are clean enough to eat from and which dishes won’t leave you sick, sign up for a tour and JUST EAT.
- HaLong Bay Luxury Cruise: When it came to HaLong Bay, we decided to treat ourselves with a luxury cruise experience. We did 3 days and 2 nights, which gave us just the right amount of time to completely immerse in the beauty of the place. We went with Paradise Cruises and was very happy with their boat, the staff, and overall experience. Check out my review of our cruise through HaLong Bay here.
- Take in the Architecture. I quickly loved the style of Vietnam’s architecture. A blend of European & Asian, traditional & colonial, colorful and distinctive. Hanoi is home to the French Quarter, which is simply beautiful to walk through. The Saigon Post Office & Notre Dame Cathedral are stunning landmarks. As you walk through Vietnam, be sure to look all around so not to miss a thing.
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