Many people leave for Vietnam thinking it will be their short vacation, but then end up spending a lot more time than planned. It is the country to blame as there are so many things to see, do and eat that it hardly fits your 2 week itinerary. Sapa trek is a must for trekking enthusiasts, you will lose yourself in the natural beauty of this wonderful place. Today we will take you to discover the best things to do in Vietnam.
Visit Hoi An
Hoi An is well known as one of the UNESCO world heritage sites. Located in central Vietnam, Hoi An reflects the profound influences of Chinese, Japanese and French cultures over hundreds of years, through its architectural attractions and ordinary residential homes. This ancient city is a sweet mix of lively shops and the trendy lifestyle of the locals.
In Hoi An you can try not only the variety of cuisine which for us is the best in the whole country (My Quang and Cao Lau are just a few); but also a shopper’s paradise from renowned tailored suits to eccentric travel suits with geometric motifs; and of course the breathtaking beaches; and delicious cafes along the quiet river; and crafts; and much more.
Con Dao Islands
Con Dao is a secluded spot on the south coast, easily accessible from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Con Dao is often underestimated, but trust me, it’s a hidden paradise: a tropical island with turquoise shores: beautiful and picturesque. In the eyes of the people of Con Dao, however, it is a more historical witness – where the French built Con Dao prison or also known as “Hell on Earth” in the memoirs of prisoners of war.
Currently, the Vietnamese travel to Con Dao as part of their spiritual experiences, mainly to visit the cemeteries of iconic national heroes. Therefore, all the beautiful beaches are left to nature lovers. Con Dao is definitely a less popular destination, but if you are a culture enthusiast who would like to have the best of both worlds (tourism and history), this is the place to be.
Floating markets in the Mekong Delta
Compared to other parts of Vietnam, the Mekong Delta seems a bit behind when it comes to natural landscapes. Even so, it is inherited with unique business habits and practices. Thanks to a sophisticated system of well connected water tanks that sellers and buyers use to sell their fresh produce.
Since dawn, merchants from all cities have gathered here to prepare for the day’s work. So the best time to experience the authentic vibes is around 6:00 – 7:00 am. There would be no other place where food is served as you move from boat to boat and you can eat the Hu Tieu bowl on a kayak while watching the speedboats go by. You’d be overwhelmed by how crowded and lively the attractions can be.