Vibrant culture, incredible scenery, and unbelievable food – Vietnam is all-round amazing! This Vietnam Travel Guide contains everything from where to go, what to eat, things to do, transportation and more. Whether you are choosing your next destination, have plans to travel to Vietnam or are a day dreamer after inspiration, you’re sure to be mesmerised by Vietnam’s allure.
Where to travel in Vietnam
Long and narrow in shape, Vietnam creates a liner path to travel. It’s a simple matter as to whether you travel north to south or vice versa and where you stop along the way.
Vietnam’s capital offers a lot to see and do; the Old Quarter, the French Quarter’s colonial architecture, lakes, temples and museums. Hanoi is also a popular base for visiting Ha Long Bay.
This charming, laid back coastal town in central Vietnam is a Southeast Asian hidden gem! A vibrant architectural melting pot of international and local influences, the Hoi An Ancient Town is a 15th century trading port and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
A quite town in North-west Vietnam with a mountainous landscape lined with endless terraced rice fields. Take a night train from Hanoi and spend a few days hiking to nearby villages taking in the picturesque scenery.
A region in Vietnam’s Central Highlands known for its agriculture, farming exotic fruit, rice, silk, flowers and lots of coffee. Da Lat offers some amazing sights, including the Elephant and Pongour waterfalls, the WOW architecture of Truc Lam Pagoda, and the wonderfully weird Crazy House.
Saigon, commonly known as Ho Chi Minh City
A modern city with many sights to see and a great base to discover the Mekong Delta, the tunnels at Chu Chi, and Cao Dai temple.
Situated on the coast of central Vietnam, Da Nang is one of Vietnam’s major port cities and a great base for visiting near by UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Old Town of Hoi An, the Imperial City of Hue, and the My Son ruins.
Popular for its beachside location, Nha Trang offers nightlife and turquoise water. Relax by the beach, take a mud bath or discover Cham towers in Nha Trang’s city centre.
Things to do in Vietnam
- Ha Long Bay and its 3000+ limestone mountains
- Wander aimlessly around Hoi An Ancient Town
- Explore Hanoi Old Quarter and French Quarter
- Eat street food – you’ve got three options here: Street food tour, a self-guided street food tour and eat with the locals on the sidewalk or eat the weird and the wonderful in the safe environment of Ms Vy’s Market
- Hike mountains lined with terraced rice fields in Sa Pa
- Temples and pagodas each more detailed then the last
What to eat in Vietnam
Simple anwser? Eat all of this things!
- Bun Cha – Grilled pork belly served with rice noodles, herbs and dipping sauce
- Banh Mi – A baguette with various meat and vegetable fillings
- Pho – Vietnamese chicken noodle soup. Pho Ba is beef and Pho Ga is chicken.
- Coffee, all of the coffee. Egg coffee, coconut coffee, Saigon iced coffee and more
- White rose dumplings – a Hoi An specialty
- Bun Thit Nuong – Barbecue pork with fresh herbs, salad and noodles
How to get around Vietnam
- Metered taxi’s are very affordable in Vietnam
- Flying domestically from Hanoi to Da Nang with Vietnam Airlines saved us both precious time and money – $6 USD each to be exact. Yes, the flights we booked were cheaper than the night train!