You’re walking down the street and you can hear the chatter of locals as steel spoons clash against woks, the smell of fish sauce, chili and mint in the air. You see a street vendor hand someone a bowl of steaming beef pho with a separate plate heaped with bean sprouts and herbs. You’re in Ho Chi Minh City, a place that has seen devastation and rebirth, and the busyness, sounds, smells and relaxed air of it all ensures you’re completely present.
Besides the vibrant street scenes and authentic cultural experiences that are ever-present, there’s a lot to see and do in Vietnam. The country spans the entire lengths of the eastern borders of Laos and Cambodia, so there’s a lot of ground to cover and plenty of cultural differences.
Ho Chi Minh City is one of the most popular tourist destinations for its historical experiences such as the Cu Chi Tunnels and War Remnants Museum, as well as cruises on the Mekong Delta. It’s located in the south of the country, whereas the nation’s capital, Hanoi, is in the north. In Hanoi travellers can take day trips to Halong Bay to see the famous limestone karsts that rise up from the waters up close.
Half-way between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh is Hue, what is considered the capital of imperial Vietnam. Here you’ll find the impressive Imperial City full of places of worship, palaces and gardens. Hue’s chic, new, boutique accommodations are juxtaposed against centuries-old citadel walls.
Welcome to a place where ancient and modern history influence everyday life, where the locals will take time from their day to give you a ride on one of their buffalo (for a cheeky fee) and where your eyes will be well and truly opened to a different way of living.
If you’re looking to cover the whole country, the best time to visit is in the spring from February to April or autumn from August to October when the temperatures aren’t too hot and the country experiences low rainfall. Vietnam has a huge diversity in climate depending on where you travel with... view
Travelling Vietnam can be an inexpensive holiday where the cost of daily travel is significantly less than other parts of the world. Food is very economical, even at restaurants where you can get a great, fresh meal for a few dollars. Domestic flights within Vietnam can be purchased for around... view