Vietnam is one of the last truly unspoilt tropical paradises and over the past few years, this South East Asian nation has opened its doors to tourism. This jewel of the region has it all, from premier tropical beaches to the mountainous north, where you can immerse yourself in the wonderful natural beauty that can only be found in Vietnam.
The South of Vietnam
This is the part of the country where they have the best beaches and if you are looking for a premier resort in Phu Quoc, an online search will bring up a list of resorts that have all the amenities you would expect from a 5-star resort. The idyllic white sandy beaches combine with some of the best snorkelling in the world, and with all the major water sports represented, you can have an active time during the days and relax in sheer luxury during the evenings.
Ho Chi Minh City
This is very much the southern hub of the nation, which used to be called Saigon, with the best colonial buildings to be found in and around District 1, such as the Reunification Palace and the amazing Notre Dame Cathedral. There are many classy boutiques in District 1, which are part of the old apartment renovations, and here you can find some unique shopping malls, while taking in lunch at one of the many cosmopolitan restaurants. If you plan to spend a few days in Bangkok, here is a great article that highlights the top attractions.
Da Nang is a beach city with a vibe of its own, with a growing collection of bars and restaurants in a beautiful beach environment. You can enjoy early morning walks along the pristine stretch of beach, while the sunsets really have to be seen to be believed, and the local fisherman sell their fresh catch along this stretch of beach. The locals play football and handball all along this region in the early evening, and they love for tourists to join in. Thanks to the French occupation, the Vietnamese make great baguettes with some delicious fillings, this delicacy is called ‘banh mi’ and you simply must try this. Click here for the latest Covid-19 travel restrictions for Vietnam.
The North of Vietnam
Your trip would start with Hanoi, the nation’s capital, which was founded more than 1,000 years ago, with the old quarter offering amazing architecture, with old colonial building from the days of French colonisation. The street food is really something else, and the old city has some great places of interest, while evenings can be spent exchanging travel stories with other tourists as you enjoy your favourite drink in one of the many watering holes that are found in this unique city.
Many tourists prefer to spend time in the north, central and southern regions of Vietnam, as each region has its own charm and appeal, and if you love nothing more than relaxing in a beach environment, then Phu Quoc is the place to head for.