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Vietnam is a beautiful tropical country and is home to an immortal enchantment. Many world-class travel agencies and tourism magazines voted Vietnam as Asia’s most prominent destination with sunny beaches, impressive limestone mountains and delicious cuisine.
Vietnam is located in South East Asia with a population of more than 90 million people. This S-shaped country has developed an extraordinary culture and is full of national identity.
Coming to Vietnam, it is not just a general trip but a culture adventure. With 4,000 years of history, Vietnamese culture has made visitors overwhelmed by its complexity and diversity. Evidence for this is the colorful festival of ethnic minorities in the North West or the variety of customs in the three main regions of Vietnam. Besides the outstanding architecture of the Vietnamese, visitors can see the remaining of French colonialism through contemporary churches and grand state buildings in major cities.
Vietnamese cuisine is considered as a symbol of this Asian country. The variety of ingredients, as well as the way of food processing, has brought impressive flavors for the dishes. Your day will start with a bowl of hot “Phở” with a cup of Vietnamese coffee, and that’s how you begin your Vietnam tour.
The Northern Region
As the capital of this S-shaped country, Hanoi is the second most populous city in Vietnam. This ancient city is the evidence of the power of Vietnamese culture that stands firm against wars and natural disasters. Coming to this more 1000-year-old city, visitors will witness the rare but elegant combination of centuries-old houses, religious buildings, and modern skyscrapers.
Ha Long Bay
Halong Bay is the destination that the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism considers the most attractive destination in the first half of 2018. The value of this world heritage lies in its 1600 islands and islets. The eternal beauty of Ha Long Bay comes from the emerald sea, limestone pillars and fishing villages hidden behind the mist.
Founded by the French in 1922, Sapa is a small town located on the Hoang Lien Son mountain range in northwestern Vietnam. This peaceful town is one of the few places in Vietnam where there is snowfall. This attracts a large number of Vietnamese tourists coming here every year.
However, international visitors will be impressed by the diversity of cultural identity here. As the roof of many ethnic minorities, visitors will be attracted by the hospitality of the local people as well as traditional festivals.
With wild nature, charming scenery, Ninh Binh is now one of the famous destinations of the Northern Region. Among exotic destinations, Trang An, Tam Coc, and Bich Dong deliver a striking experience. The scenery here is made up of rivers flowing through the limestone mountains, forming numerous mysterious caves. Many tourists choose Ninh Binh as a favorite stop in their Vietnam private tour.
Located in Thanh Hoa province, Puluong is a land of quiet wilderness. There is no presence of smoke, motorbikes, and hustle. Puluong is the place to nourish the human soul after days of facing life out there. Fresh air, the scenery will be the best chicken soup for your soul.
The Central Coast
This is the land containing the wonderful gifts of mother nature. Quang Binh is the home of the world famous limestone caves such as Phong Nha and Thien Duong (Paradise Cave). Notably, in the core zone of Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park is the largest cave in the world – Hang Son Doong.
It was once the capital of Vietnam. Today, Hue is known as the Festival City of Vietnam attracts millions of visitors each year. Hue is a prominent destination in the Vietnam holiday package thanks to the poetic scene and the historical relics of the Nguyen dynasty feudal. For those who love to explore Vietnamese culture and history, Hue is a must-go destination.
Hoi An is where the time stops. Here, the gentle pace of life can easily make you forget the fact that you are living in the 21st century. The ancient town of Hoi An is preserving the lives hundreds of years ago with brick streets full of the red lantern and centuries-old houses.
This coastal town is where you can find endless golden beaches. In addition to the beautiful beaches, tourists can visit gorgeous islands such as Hon Tam or Cam Ranh peninsula. Historical sites of Khmer people here also contribute to the development of tourism here.
The Southern Region
Ho Chi Minh
The 300-year-old city is home to skyscraper, top-notch recreational facilities, and the roofs of well-known traditional markets. Visitors to Saigon can’t ignore Cu Chi tunnels. This is not only an underground shelter but also a small society of local people for 30 years.
This large delta consists of one municipality and 12 provinces. Mekong Delta is an important cultural center in the South of Vietnam. The life of local people is associated with boats, rivers, and harvests. The picturesque charm of this area will make you want to come back.Phu Quoc
This secret paradise island delivers visitors an unforgettable experience with an astonishing scene made up endless beaches, tropical forests and luxury resorts. Its cuisine is also an impressive memory for those who have come to Phu Quoc.
Vietnam is a country that has the advantage of developing water sports thanks to its dense system of rivers and a long coastline. Besides surfing, diving, Kayaking is a favorite activity in the tourism community.
The experience of kayaking in Vietnam is praised as one of the most fascinating and unique experiences in Southeast Asia. Imagine stepping on a kayak and strolling into the early mist in Ha Long Bay. You can’t say enough to describe the feeling of being immersed in the timeless beauty of the emerald water and thousands of limestone mountains karsts and isles. Kayaking is also quite popular in South Vietnam, particularly in Nha Trang, where you can challenge your courage before the tropical waves.
This is an activity you can’t resist in Vietnam. Mother nature has granted this country a variety of terrain. With ¾ terrain is hilly and mountainous, you can go trekking in any area here.
Outstanding among the famous trekking sites, Sapa appears as a mighty monument in the northwest. This small town offers the most magnificent route with rugged mountains intermingled with golden rice fields. If you are lucky, you will probably get a friendly local person to accompany you.
Besides that, you can buy tickets to discover the pristine beauty of Vietnam at Pu Luong National Reserve. Situated in the province of Thanh Hoa, Pu Luong offers travelers with overwhelming scenery created from forests, limestone mountains, and rice fields.
Vietnam’s cuisine is extraordinarily diverse and delicious. It is surprising to know that the best dishes here are not served in 5-star restaurants. Instead, the best place to start your Vietnamese culinary journey is on the sidewalk or in a small stall near the markets.
Street food is the pride of this friendly country. Our Vietnam holiday package makes sure that you will not miss anything from the tasty Bun Dau Tom Tom (tofu and rice noodles served with shrimp paste) in Hanoi’s narrow alleys to Mi Quang (Quang noodles) served in Hoi An grandma’s food stalls. Further down south, get yourself a Banh Mi Saigon (Saigon Vietnamese Sandwich) with a Caphe Sua Da (Vietnamese Milk Coffee) and called it a day!
Vietnam knows how to provide you with both luxury and pleasant experience in one place! That’s the rivers! Especially in the south of Vietnam, local people here have developed a miniature society on the waterways of the Mekong Delta. With a single boat, one can travel all the way to the most remote parts of the area. Your day can begin by being in the middle of the floating markets and ending with a glass of wine in the lush orchards.
There are many types of cruises to choose from. If you want a private ship that offers romantic space, it’s not a problem. Or joining other groups in a bigger cruise would bring you endless fun.
This S-shaped country is an ideal destination for those who prefer the endless beach with brilliant sunshine. No surprise that most beaches in Vietnam are included in the top most worth visiting beaches in Asia. Out of the list, Phu Quoc is a shiny one.
Vietnam’s biggest island is considered as a treasure of Vietnam with untouched beaches lying next to luxury resorts. Your holiday in Phu Quoc will be the most memorable holiday with water sports or watching the sunset on the calm coast.
If you are in Central Coast, you can’t leave without giving Nha Trang a visit. This city besides offer you delicious dishes also bring you many activities on its shining coast.
Location & Population
Vietnam is an S-shaped coastal country on the Indochinese peninsula in Southeast Asia. Vietnam has three sides of East, South, and Southwest looking out to the sea with a 3,260 km coastline. Due to this particular long coastline, this country has many beautiful beaches with fine sand scattered from Quang Ninh province (next to Chine) to Kien Giang province (next to Cambodia).
The terrain of Vietnam is diverse and mostly low mountains and hills. Notably, Vietnam has the highest peak of Phan Xi Peng in Indochina. In addition, the country has a dense network of living make water travel is very developed.
According to recent reports, Vietnam is a country with rapid population growth. As of 2010, the population of Vietnam is 86,927,700 and has grown to 93.7 million by 2018. Vietnam is the 14th most populous country in the world and is home to many different ethnic groups. A total of 54 ethnic groups live in this country, with the Kinh accounting for 86%.
The Environment & Climate
Vietnam is a tropical monsoon country. Due to its relatively long length, the climate and environment in Vietnam have changed from north to south. North Vietnam and the northern part of Central Vietnam is two only regions that have cold winters. Especially in mountainous areas, there may be snowfall in winter. The southern part is extremely warm year round. In summer, the temperature can fluctuate between 33-35 degrees Celsius. Specifically, the temperature on some days can reach 40 degrees Celsius.
Vietnam has a significant high annual rainfall in all parts of the country. Combined with tropical storms, floods can occur at certain times of the year. You are advised to consult the Travel Agency as well as the weather forecast before booking your trip.
Languages in Vietnam
The official language in Vietnam is Vietnamese. You can communicate in English in some urban areas like Hanoi or Saigon. However, the level of foreign language of the local people is not the same in different regions. You will find it a bit difficult to communicate with people in rural areas. To ensure the best experience of Vietnam, you should refer to our Vietnam tour guided by experienced tour guides.
The national currency of Vietnam is the Vietnam Dong (VND). You can only use US dollars to pay at international airports and bus stations. However, do not worry too much when there are money exchange points at international border gates.
The most outstanding feature of Vietnamese food is that they are a harmonious combination of flavors, spices, and exceptional decoration. They are not the most complicated dishes to cook. But the Vietnamese know how to put a spell on simple ingredients (like the mussels and homemade fish sauce) and turn them into magnificent dishes.
Profoundly affected by the regional culture, Vietnamese cuisine varies from North to South. Foods in the south tend to be sweeter than the rest of the nation. In contrast, food in the Central is quite spicy while the North prefers soups.
Foreigners can apply for a tourist visa in Vietnam for one month or up to 3 months. A Tourist visa has the DL symbol to distinguish it from other types of visa. Currently, visitors coming from these following 24 countries don’t need a visa for Vietnam:
- 90 days: Chile
- 30 days: Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Laos, Kyrgyzstan
- 21 days: Philippines
- 14 days: Brunei, Myanmar
- 15 days with restrictions: Belarus, Norway, Denmark, Russia, Finland, South Korea, France, Spain, Sweden, Germany, United Kindom, Italy, and Japan.
Citizens from other countries can apply for an E-visa using this link or contact us to connect with our travel agents.
Roads, railways, air routes constitute transportation systems in Vietnam and mainly move in the north-south direction.
Moving between big cities like Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City is quite comfortable with a lot of cheap daily flights and buses. However, it is sometimes difficult to move within cities and from cities to tourist spots. Vehicle density in Vietnam ranks high in the world.
With 1.6 million motorcycles sold in the first half of 2018, these cities witness the movement of millions of bikes every day. You should choose reputable travel companies with Vietnam private tours providing car service to ensure trip’s safety.