Vietnam is the perfect mix of the past, present, and future. Explore the ancient Imperial Palace in Hue. Joining tours to discover Ho Chi Minh City. And watch the Dragon Bridge in Da Nang which puts on a pyrotechnic show. Cuisine in Vietnam is phenomenal. I would travel back to Vietnam just for the food…it’s that good. But there are also beautiful beaches, mysterious caves, and exotic cities to explore. Here is our list of the best things to do in Vietnam for your Vietnam journey.
First thing in your Vietnam journey – Trying Pho in Hanoi.
Pho is a Vietnamese staple — a quick, tasty meal from four simple ingredients: clear broth, beef, rice noodles and herbs or green onions. In Vietnam, you’ll find it served on street corners and upscale restaurants or in every family home.
Hanoi has gained a reputation as the “Pho capital” of Vietnam. Every restaurant boasts a secret recipe — and you’ll find one of the best at Pho Thin on Lo Duc in the historic French Quarter. It is different from other restaurant, such as stir-frying the beef in garlic before adding it to the soup. Pho Thin is always packed.
Researching Vietnam bloody past.
More than 60% of Vietnam’s population was born after the end of the Vietnam War. But that doesn’t mean its war-torn history is ignored. As a nation, Vietnam has moved on. But the sacrifices made by both sides of the conflict are still remembered in Ho Chi Minh City.
Ho Chi Minh City Museum has many informative exhibitions. And explains the country’s bloody past through photographs, artifacts and memorabilia.
The War Remnants Museum is a more grisly — but equally essential — reminder of local atrocities. This is a chilling reminder of life not long ago.
Visit Vietnamese churches.
Tây Ninh, a busy town on the Mekong Delta, is perhaps the most unlikely holy city on the planet. Here, amongst the busy streets stalls and noisy traffic sits Cao Dai Temple, the Holy See of the Cao Dai religion.
Caodaism is a Vietnamese hybrid religion founded in the 1920s. It fuses Christianity, Buddhism, Taoism, occult and Islam with the ultimate aim to break free of the cycle of life and death. From a distance, the temple’s towers resemble a parochial church.
Explore Vietnam clearly in a Hanoi Day Tour.
Cycling around Hue – Peaceful experience in your Vietnam journey.
Halfway between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Hue marked the divide between the north and the south during the Vietnam war. Set upon the pretty Perfume River, it always plays an important part in Vietnamese history. Moreover, it dotted with important historical sites.
Hue is also a great place to cycle. Enjoy the cool morning and head three kilometers out of town to the Tiger Fighting arena. It was Vietnam’s version of the Colosseum, a place where elephants and tigers would fight to honor the strength of the monarchy. Next, head to Tu Duc Tomb before reaching Vong Canh Hill — the best spot for panoramic views of the Perfume River.
Finding romance at Sapa’s love market.
The market town of Sapa, in Vietnam’s mountainous north, first became popular as a French hill station in the 1930s. Set on a 1,650m-high mountain ridge, the town has a fabulous views of the Hoang Lien Mountains. There is a colorful market on the hill tribes from the surrounding countryside every Saturday.
The town has become increasingly popular with tourists, but there are still hidden old traditions. One of those is Love Market, where Dao (and H’mong) come from miles around to sing and connect. It originally happen at the end of trading at the Saturday markets. But over-zealous visitors taking intrusive photos has driven the tradition underground.
Love Market still exists, but now it takes place in secret locations in the dead of night, stay away from visitors. However, if your interest is genuine and you can find a local willing to trust you, the romance can still be found.
Hanoi Cooking Class for you to make your own Vietnamese meal.
Hope with our sharing, you will find for yourself a great time to enjoy your Vietnam journey!
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