Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Top 5 vibrant places to visit in Vietnam

This is a special guest post, from the guys over at Vietnam visa. We’ve teamed up to talk all about our favourite destinations in our own countries. You can find my post on their blog here.

Vietnam is an absolutely great destination to discover, having travelled there last year, and Vietnam visa are the leading service provider that takes the stress out of obtaining your visa on arrival.

Here are their top 5 most vibrant destinations to visit in Vietnam:

1. Sapa

Located in the north-west Vietnam, Sapa is one of the most attractive places for tourists in Vietnam. It is also known as the roof of Vietnam with Fanxipan Mountain at 3143m. If you are a person who likes to live on the edge, climbing is an activity you can’t miss whilst here. Equipment is cheap and easy to come by so don’t worry if you’re not a natural mountain goat. But if climbing is not for you, you can simply use the cable system to go to the top. Going trekking in the hills of Sapa also gives you amazing views across the jungle and mountain ranges, and is an unforgettable experience.

Sapa, Vietnam

2. Da Nang

Nowhere in Vietnam is changing as fast as Da Nang. For decades it had a reputation as a provincial backwater, but now it’s on the up and up. Da Nang is well known as the cleanest and most hospitable city in Vietnam. Coming to Da Nang, you have the chance to discover not only its diverse cuisine but also its famous unique architectural bridges. The most special one is the Dragon Bridge that sprays fire and water at the weekends.

Danang, Vietnam

3. Ho Chi Minh city

Located in the South, Ho Chi Minh or Saigon, as it was known in the past, is the biggest city in Vietnam. It has one of the best cuisine streets in the world. With over 4,000 years of history, the “Saigoners” have created many delicious dishes, bearing the traditional regional mark. Yet Ho Chi Minh is not only famous cultural tastes but also for its many attractions including the Jade Emperor Pagoda and historical rooftop bars.

Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

4. Hanoi

The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi also has the same hustle and bustle as Saigon. But don’t let the weaving motorbikes and screaming street hawkers put you off. Beyond them, you will find more than 4000 years of history in the Temple of Literature, tranquility at the One Pillar Pagoda, and more charming French patisseries than you could wish for in the Old Town. If you have plenty of time to explore, then a Hanoi short tour is a wonderful way to see the city.

Hanoi, Vietnam

5. Hoi An

Hoi An City is located on the northern bank of Thu Bon River, about 25km southeast of Da Nang and about 50km northeast of Tam Ky. In the 16th and 17th centuries, this place was known as a trading center for merchants from Japan, China, Portugal and Italy in Southeast Asia. Hoi An now preserves the status of the ancient architectural and intangible cultural heritage of traditional customs, beliefs, folk arts, and cultural festivals. The culinary culture in Hoi An is also one of the most popular things that visitors come for. Here you can enjoy traditional dishes such as Cao Lau, Quang noodle and “white rose” cake.

Hoi An, Vietnam

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