Vietnam is an exotic, friendly, colourful and vibrant holiday destination, offering travellers dramatic landscapes, perfect beaches, rich culture and thriving cities all in one. Here we take a look at five not-to-be-missed destinations within this jewel of Southeast Asia. The same gracious, friendly welcome is sure to be found in every place!
Delightful Da Nang
It’s surprising how many people manage to skip over Da Nang. It has one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, amazing seafood and fantastic attractions in the surrounding area. China Beach is every bit as beautiful as it was in the past and extremely safe. Surrounding attractions include a trip to Ba Na Mountain Hill Station, a motorbike trip along the crest of Monkey Mountain on the Son Tra Peninsula, a day trip to Lang Co beach to the north, plus the tourists’ favourite Marble Mountain. Marble Mountain is popular as it is amazingly beautiful and unique. There are fantastic opportunities here for dancing, drinking and the beach is a Mecca for surfers from all over the world. Da Nang is a place not to be missed on any Vietnam holiday.
Marvellous Mekong River Delta
Mekong Delta is the perfect place to relax during a holiday to Vietnam. Classed as the southern rice bowl of Vietnam, it is a fertile area covered with rice fields and the winding tributaries of the Mekong River. Originating from the high plateau of Tibet, the Mekong River stretches over 2600 miles and travels through China, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia before reaching Vietnam. The Delta is a colourful and beautiful display of rural life with its lush and plentiful vegetation, island farms and floating markets. A place not to be missed, the Mekong River Delta will provide some memorable Vietnam moments.
In the central highlands lies DaLat, or ‘Le Petit Paris’, as this former French hill station was also known. The Vietnamese like to name it City of Eternal Spring because of the cooler, fresher air of this mountainous region. Nestled in the highlands, the town is known for its tranquil beauty and was a favourite of the French during colonial days. There is a lot of French influence here and there are hundreds of picturesque colonial villas dotted throughout the town. The alpine landscape of pine forests, rolling hills and tranquil lakes make it a popular getaway for honeymooners, as well as regular holidaymakers.
Hang in Nha Trang
Nha Trang offers the widest selection of accommodation in the central coastal region of all the seaside areas in Vietnam. It proudly hosts some of the best-known beaches and pristine crystal clear waters. Popular for snorkelling and diving, the area has a lively atmosphere and many ocean front seafood restaurants and sidewalk cafes. Stunning examples of the Cham culture can also be found in the 10th century Po Nagar Towers.
Happening Halong Bay
Halong Bay situated in the North of the country is one of the most scenic areas in Vietnam. It has over 3000 fascinating sculptured islands rising from the clear emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. Perfect for a day visit while on holiday in Vietnam, the rock formations are full of fabulous grottos, caves and lovely beaches. You can wander through rock formations which legend says were made by a mighty dragon whose feet caused the formation of mountains in the sea.
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