Updated July, 2022
Vietnam can be said to be the perfect mix of the past, present, and future. Within Vietnam, tourists can consider exploring the ancient Imperial Palace in Hue., joining tours to discover Ho Chi Minh City, watching the Dragon Bridge in Da Nang putting on a pyrotechnic show, trying phenomenal Vietnam cuisine – which is promising to be the reason for a travel back, etc. Moreover, there are also beautiful beaches, mysterious caves, exotic cities and many other things to explore. Here is our list of the best things to do in Vietnam for your unforgettable Vietnam journey.
First thing in the 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 even street corners, in 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.
Tasting Pho with us in a Hanoi Food Tour.
Researching Vietnam bloody past.
Most 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, although Vietnam has moved on significant further from the end of the war, 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 explaining 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.
Visiting Vietnamese churches.
Tay 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 is 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.
Cycling around Hue – A peaceful destination in the 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. After that, heading to Tu Duc Tomb before reaching Vong Canh Hill will be 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, with a fabulous views of the Hoang Lien Mountains, has 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 with old traditions. One of those is Love Market, originally happen at the end of trading at the Saturday markets where Dao (and H’mong) come from miles around to sing and connect. 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.
Hope with our sharing, you will find for yourself a great time to enjoy your Vietnam journey!
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