Vietnam Hidden Gem
Vietnam is a country full of wonders, whose rich history, fascinating cultural traditions and spectacular scenery as well as the astonishing variety of its cuisine with unfailing warmth and hospitality of its people.
Explore the beautiful north of Vietnam with a stroll around the small alleys and well-preserved colonial architecture buildings in the Old Quarters. A hike in the mist-shrouded tribal valleys of Sapa or witness the limestone karsts rearing out of the water in Ha Long Bay.
Centrally, you will find the Imperial city – Hue, sail out onto the picturesque Perfume River as age-old landscapes unfold before you—women wearing traditional conical hats and children running along the banks. Cycling through the ancient riverside town and its lush rice paddies and take a bite of the world’s most delicious sandwich – Banh Mi.
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Vietnam Suggested Itineraries
Explore our Vietnam sample itineraries to inspire your travel planning. The itineraries can be easily customised and adapted to your personal interests and preferences.
Culture & Tradition
The Vietnamese trace their beginnings to legendary kings that ruled nearly 5000 years ago, making the Vietnamese culture one of the oldest distinct cultures on Southeast Asia. Over thousands of years, this distinct culture has been influenced by neighbouring and ruling cultures as well, including the Chinese, Cham, Khmer and French, among others. Visitors to Vietnam can see an overall unifying Vietnamese culture throughout the country, with regional unique features in different areas.
Festivals & Events
Some of the most interesting Vietnamese festivals are unique to small localities. When planning to travel to Vietnam, contact your travel consultant to see if any local festivals will occur during your itinerary. Some of the larger festivals in Vietnam are celebrated nationwide:
+ Tet: Also known as the Lunar New Year, Tet usually falls between mid-January and mid-February. This is the largest and most important Vietnamese holiday when people travel to their hometowns and many businesses close for several days. There is a special festive atmosphere in the air during Tet.
+ Vu Lan: This festival is when Vietnamese people honour their parents, especially their mothers, whether living or deceased. The date is on the 15th day of the 7th lunar month.
+ Mid-Autumn Festival: The hallmarks of this festival, called Tet Trung Thu in Vietnam, are colourful paper lanterns, mooncakes and lion dancing. With such exciting activities, children especially enjoy this holiday. It falls in the middle of the 8th lunar month, and is also a time for families to spend time together drinking tea and eating sweet mooncakes.
Health & Safety
In general, there are no serious health or safety risks when traveling in Vietnam. However, it never hurts to take precautions. Please consult your healthcare provider to see if they recommend any vaccinations or other medications when traveling.
In large cities and other crowded areas, be mindful of your belongings such as cameras, mobile phones and wallets/purses.
The Vietnamese Dong (VND) is pegged to the US Dollar and the current exchange rate is 1 US Dollar = 23,200 VND (as of February 2020). ATMs are widely available in all cities and many of them work with overseas ATM cards. Some larger hotels and shops accept credit cards, and this method of payment is becoming more common. Keep in mind that some merchants may charge small fee and that international transaction fees may apply.
Post & Communications
The Vietnamese postal system can mail letters and postcards worldwide for less than $2 US. International shipping companies such as FedEx, UPS and DHL are available in Vietnam as well if there is a need to ship something quickly.
SIM cards for mobile phones are cheap and widely available. Short term data packages for mobile phones are very inexpensive and easy to set up. Get in touch with your travel consultant to arrange a SIM if you wish to use your mobile phone upon arrival.
A visa is required for entry into Vietnam and the regular tourist visa is valid for up to 30 days from the date of the first arrival date in Vietnam.
+ Tourist Visa exemption is available for passport holders from some Southeast Asian countries including Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Laos are exempted from visa when entering Vietnam. Vietnam also has a visa exemption for Japanese, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish and Finnish citizens. Passport holders from these countries can travel to Vietnam up to 15 days without applying for tourist visas.
+ There are two kinds of tourist visas. The first, Vietnam Associates (VNAS) for Australians can assist and expedite obtaining, or, you can contact direct to the Vietnamese Embassy in Canberra or the Consulate in Sydney. The cost whether you obtain a tourist visa from us or direct is AU$95.00 per person per visa for a Single Entry Tourist Visa, however if you are stopping in Vietnam more than once then a Multiple Entry Tourist Visa is required and costs AU$150.00.
+ The second is a Tourist Visa on Arrival which can be obtained at the international airports (Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Danang) on arrival in Vietnam provided that it has been pre-approved by the Immigration Office. VNAS offers visa procurement services for individuals and groups. Approval Letter costs vary and may depend on how long before date of arrival – from US$25.00 pp to US$45.00 pp. To board your flight you must show this Approval Letter before you will be allowed to fly. On arriving at the Vietnam international airport you will need to take your Approval Letter to a “LANDING VISA” counter to fill in a form (a passport photo is required) and obtain your tourist visa (cost approximately US$35.00 pp) before proceeding to Immigration. Please be aware that if there are numerous flights arriving at the same time this process may take one hour or so – as reported by clients. Please be patient.
The basic principle of customs policy in Vietnam is that visitors should enter and exit with the same goods and personal possessions with the following exceptions:
Cash amounts greater than US$ 7,000 (formerly US$ 3,000) should be declared upon entry or exit.
1. Souvenirs: Visitors are free to buy products in Vietnam for personal use. The exception to this principle is antiques. Antiques considered of “national interest” will be confiscated without refund or recourse. In general this applies to articles of ancient (over 50 years old) or religious nature. “National interest” is interpreted by an expert at the airport. In cases where a visitor is unsure of the acceptability of the export of any goods purchased, they can check with the Customs Office in either Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi for prior ruling without risk of confiscation
2. To avoid confiscation of goods not purchased, visitors must be sure an accurate description appears on the Customs Declaration form upon arrival. Particular note should be taken of antiques purchased in other countries in the region which might possibly be deemed of Vietnamese origin. Also, extra care should be taken to declare loose gemstones and jewelry.
3. Firearms, narcotics and other internationally prohibited goods are banned and those found in possession of such items are liable to prosecution. Items that you cannot bring into Vietnam include weapons, munitions, explosives and inflammables, firecracker of all kinds, opium and drugs, toxic chemicals, and cultural materials unsuitable to Vietnamese society (pornographic seditious publications, films and photos), harmful child toys.
If you break these rules you will be subject to Vietnamese law.
Airport tax is already included in the air ticket effective from 1 November 2006.
MEET & GREET
On exiting the Arrivals Hall, passengers will be met, greeted and welcomed by our partner REALISTIC ASIA whose guide will ne holding holding a VIETNAM ASSOCIATES / REALISTIC ASIA sign. Guests will then proceed to an air-conditioned vehicle for the trip to the hotel.
When traveling to Vietnam, remember to be flexible and keep an open mind. Many traveler frustrations begin with differing expectations and miscommunication. If there is an issue, try to stay pleasant, smile and enjoy the experience. Vietnamese people are very proud of their country and culture and are proud to showcase their nation to international visitors.
1. Why to choose Vietnam luxury tours?
With 10 years of experiences, Realistic Asia is confident to insist that our premium services, local experts and unique experience will be the best companion to your trips.
100% Tailor-made itinerary
Luxury Vietnam Tours mean seeing the world exactly how you want to see it, on an itinerary customized for you by the best local travel experts. When traveling with us, the travel consultants will work closely with you to create a tailor-made journey of a lifetime, optimized to make sure you get the most out of every moment. No matter what you like, admiring Halong Bay from a private helicopter or experiencing the farmer life in Hoi An, we can arrange for you. We provide the knowledge, the access, and the guidance to show you the best that Vietnam offers.
24/7 Personal support
We take into consideration every little detail such as mobility issues or dietary restrictions and choose the most appropriate accommodation for every type of travelers. We will acknowledge every inquiry within 12 hours and provide a quote for your Vietnam Cambodia itinerary within 24 hours. You will have 24/7 support on the ground and a dedicated staff member from arrival to departure. In addition, we have a 24-hour dedicated hotline for our clients in every country. Therefore, your trips to Vietnam and Cambodia will be assured of safety, comfort, and excellence.
We invest a lot in product development, and constantly keep you up to date on the latest tours and trendiest products available in the region. Each tour is designed to capture the crème de la crème of culture and food in each region, allowing travelers to really get a feel of the places they visit. We live in the countries that we serve and love Southeast Asia, which is why we strive to ensure that travelers experience the best of each country we specialize in.
We serve today’s most sophisticated travelers that seek the best of the best when traveling. We have long-established relationships with our local luxury suppliers … ensuring not only competitive prices but also a tested and approved quality service. To ensure the comfort of our travelers, we always use private transport when traveling by road.
2. What are in a luxury Vietnam tour packages?
Realistic Asia offers privately guided and fully bespoke holidays coupled with personalized customer service.
Explore Stunning Natural Beauty (highlands & mountains), Admire Ancient Architecture like Hue, Hoian. Enjoy Floating Markets with Locals, Taste Superb Local Cuisine, Wander on Primitive Islands and Beaches, Be closer to Diversified Culture, Touch the World Heritages, what’s more?
Private & luxury transport:
When joining a trip, moving from one destination to other destinations is unavoidable. Especially on a long trip, you may spend many hours on your vehicle. Therefore, vehicle stick really sticks you on every trip, that is the reason why you should choose a suitable and comfortable vehicle. Usually, you cannot choose which kind of transportation you prefer using in a normal tourism agency. However, if you are on a luxury trip, you can consider and choose the most comfortable vehicle for your trip. For example, in Realistic Asia, we own a modern fleet of vehicles from standards car to luxury Mercedes Benz. Private jets, yacht, helicopter, and many luxury transportations are always willing to serve you!
Services – Incredible services for your luxury holiday
For over 15 years of tourism experiences, Realistic Asia is confident to insist that our knowledgeable staff will be one of the best companions to your trips. Our outstanding staff will recommend you in finding the most wonderful itineraries based on your tastes and demands. We – Realistic Asia attracts more and more high-end domestic and international tourists.
We have worked with almost all high-end and luxury hotels, resorts and cruises in Vietnam to ensure the most convenient and suitable accommodation for you. In the north, we have a well-established relationship with Intercontinental West Lake, Park Hyatt, Sofitel Metropole Hanoi, Emperor Cruises Halong, etc In the central, we work closely with Six Senses Hideaway Ninh Van Bay Nha Trang, La Residence Hotel & Resort, Vedana Lagoon Resort & Spa, Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa, Pilgrimage Village Resort Hue, Cendeluxe Tuy Hoa, etc. Anh the South, our partners are Palace Saigon Hotel, Pullman Saigon Centre, Park Hyatt Saigon Hotel, Six Senses Con Dao, Chen Sea Resort & Spa
When coming to a country, not only the local people, places or experience but also the cuisine impresses tourists. Vietnam is divided into three regions, including the North, the Central and the South. Although there are common features in the dining style still have different characteristics in each region. It results from the differences in geography, culture, climate, and taste, but above all, it contributes to bringing richness and diversity to the cuisine of Vietnam. In luxury Vietnam tour package, you can enjoy most of the traditional Vietnamese cuisine.
3. Benefits of luxury private tours to Vietnam?
Private tours give you freedom, independence, and flexibility to explore whatever you want and your wishlist.
It is time for real-life movie set to yourself after the busy life. As small countries lying on the east coast of the Pacific Ocean and possessing naturally favorable conditions, Vietnam is the perfect choice for a retreat with many different kinds of attractions and tours. Especially, naturally blessed with over 4,000 islands, it is no surprise when Vietnam has become such a hit with tourists wishing to spend their vacation on an isolated and peaceful island. Clear crystal blue water, white smooth sand beaches, charming scenes together with unique local life create an irresistible appeal to every tourist coming to these islands at the first sight. This is really a great chance to relax or just simply spend quality time enjoying a new place together away from the bustle and hustle of modern life.
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Private guides will be your interpreters in case you cannot understand and communicate in the local language, which will minimize the culture barriers and embarrassments, especially in limited time. Moreover, local tour guides enable you to explore primitive landscapes and several spots unavailable on the Internet.
Luxury tour operators always strongly confident in their knowledgeable staff and local experts are one of the most outstanding staffs here. Local experts acknowledge impressively about all destination. Vietnam still exists many corners that even media has not approached. Therefore, local experts can bring you to go to every corner of Vietnam and find out the wonderful hiding places which are suitable the most with your demand.
Flexible timeline to explore off the beaten path places
Flexibility is for sure in private tours as you are the planner and it is yours. Whatever you want, adding or deleting some places or activities is up to you. Tours can often be extended or booked for consecutive days with the very same guide if you are tired after long distances among the cities or just wish to explore the culture and new places. On the contrary, large group tours with many people have scheduled a fixed plan for that day, there is no much time to stop and take pictures or access closer to the local culture and people. In larger groups, you must follow the tour guide and even run to catch up with them, in order not to be lost.
Flexibility, therefore, is the most favorable benefits of private tours – it all depends on what you want, just inform your tour guide if you want.
Dotted with the rich history for centuries, Vietnam remains its intact beauty, especially in rural areas. All kinds of tourist attractions are available, islands, beaches, highlands, cultural heritages, temples, architecture structures or just local life exploration and cuisine tour are waiting for you to experience. Moreover, as Vietnam is safe, solo travel to off-the-beaten-track places is also ideal and worth a try.
4. Why to choose a luxury tour operator in Vietnam?
As a small country lying on the East coast of the Pacific Ocean and possessing naturally favorable conditions, Vietnam is a perfect choice for a family holiday. When traveling to Vietnam, visitors will have chances to experience many different kinds of attractions and tours, especially it is safe for kids.
Vietnam is well-known for its peace. That’s also the reason why the president of The United States and North Korea chose Vietnam as their venue for their agreement. Many other conferences and competitions are also held in Vietnam due to its stable politics and society.
Vietnam ranks 9th in the safest countries to visit in Asia and ranks 44th safest country in the world in 2018, according to Touradar. And in fact, it is. The single-party regime in Vietnam makes its consensus politics and is able to prevent any internal or external threat. Vietnamese officials are on the same page when talking about national defense against terrorism. Terrorism has never happened in Vietnam.
There is no war or terrorism here, so you will feel really relaxing and peaceful – that’s extremely ideal for a family vacation, right?
Advice from local experts
Local reviews from our travelaholic team will definitely support your needs from transportation, hotels to tours with big discounts and vouchers.
Local tips and tricks to avoid travel scams or overcharging will be available as well.
24/24 personal support
Every time you call for support to luxury tour operators, they are always willing to help. In spite of time difference, luxury tour operators will never waste you a second, because in many cases, waiting is the first reason for hesitation and procrastination to book a trip. Therefore, the luxury tour operator ensures you to have 24/7 personalized support. Time is inestimable. Realistic Asia in particular and other luxury tour agents, in general, will try to acknowledge customer’s inquiry and provide a quote as soon as possible. Every client will receive 24/7 support from their arrival moment to departure.
5. Visa requirement to Vietnam?
Here is the information about Visa Requirement to Vietnam
The entry requirements
– Passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond arrival date.
– Passport has 2 blank pages for visa stamp.
The available methods
– Visa at local embassy
Please contact the local embassy in the country where are residing.
– Visa on arrival
You can complete your visa application in just a few simple steps, receive the visa approval letter by email in 3-5 working days and print out the documents to pick up the visa upon arrival at Vietnam airport.
In February 2017, Vietnam launched the e-Visa program to simplify the process to enter the country. Now citizens of 46 countries, can apply online and get their e-Visa electronically.
What do I need to apply for a Vietnam e-Visa?
You are required to have the following in order to submit your application:
– A Passport (Valid for at least 6 months after arrival to Vietnam)
– A Credit / Debit card / Paypal account
– Digital Passport Scan (main page)
– Digital ID/Passport image
How long does it take to obtain an e-Visa?
It depends on the method of processing time you choose. There are three options:
– Standard Processing: 5 business days.
– Rush Processing: 4 business days.
– Super Rush Processing: 3 business days.
How long is the Vietnam e-Visa valid for?
The Vietnam e-Visa is valid for 30 days after arrival and it is a single entry visa.
The visa cost for Vietnam e-Visa is 25 USD. Additionally, there is a service fee of 20 USD for standard processing. For rush processing and super rush processing the service fee is 30 USD and 60 USD, respectively.
Realistic Asia can arrange for you your visa on arrival to Vietnam by sending you the pre-approved letter. With this letter you can get a Vietnam visa stamp upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat Airport, Danang airport or Noi Bai International airport in Hanoi. This letter is complimentary for our tour guests only. Upon arrival at your airport, you can expect to fill out a simple form. Kindly prepare two passport sized photos for each traveler and a USD$25 stamp fee per person. Expect to wait about 15 minutes for processing.
Kindly contact a Realistic Asia advisor if you want us to arrange this visa on arrival pre-approved letter once your booking has been confirmed and provide us with the following information:
1) Full name on passport
2) Passport number
3) Date of birth
5) Date of arrival
6) Flight number and time
7) Fax number or your email address.
Please make sure that you have your passport, that your passport is still valid for six months and contains two empty white pages.
Upon receiving the pre-approved visa, we will send it to you right away. Kindly print it out and show it when needed upon arrival at the airport in Vietnam.
Please feel free to contact us for Pre-approval letter for Vietnam Visa WITHOUT FEE for tourists from Canada, Australia, India, New Zealand or India.
6. When is the best time to visit Vietnam?
Best time to visit Vietnam is from September to April
Vietnam’s elongated shape, stretching from the tropics to the subtropics zone, accounts for the varied climate in the country. Vietnam is a year-round destination when one part of Vietnam is cloudy and rainy, there are other parts of the country that can be sunny and warm.
North Vietnam enjoys four seasons, meanwhile Central and South have four, rainy and dry seasons. Heat and humidity are typical weather of Vietnam. Since Vietnam covers several climatic zones, the weather can change significantly traveling north to south. Most travelers come to Vietnam from September to April.
The peak travel season in Vietnam
The peak season is usually from December to February, especially on Chrismas Holiday (X-Mas), New Year holidays and Lunar Traditional New Year holidays (Tet Holiday)
How about the summertime in Vietnam?
The summertime which coincides with the rainy season in Vietnam runs from May to August? Is it a good time for holidays in Vietnam? Discerning visitors often plan a journey to Vietnam with a single query in the head,“Is the summer ia good time to discover the place and enjoy beach holiday getaways?” The simple answer is, absolutely!”
7. What are top Vietnam Tourist Attractions?
Here are the top tourist attractions for your Vietnam luxury tours
As the center of the political, cultural, historical, and social-economic quintessence built up over a thousand years of national construction of the Vietnamese nation, lots of meaningful places in Hanoi are waiting for visitors to explore. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son temple, The Old Quarter, and The Temple of Literature are worth visiting.
A unique cuisine that attracts both Hanoi foodie and many travelers is street food Hanoi. Do not worry, as when traveling to Hanoi, you are “lost” in the food heaven: Pho, Pho Bo, Cha Ca, Xoi, Che, Bun Cha, Banh Cuon and many other.
A lot of things to do in Danang Vietnam, the most livable city of Vietnam, but do not forget to visit My Khe Beach, as one of the must-see destinations in Danang Vietnam. Why? Simply if you want to enjoy fresh air in golden sands, gentle waves, year-round warm water, and surrounding coconut palm trees, My Khe is the most amazing choice. The traffic here is very light and safe, excellent accommodation with luxurious resorts, international standard villas are available. Da Nang is truly blessed with outstanding nature. Apart from My Khe Beach, you should spend some time during your trip to travel to other attractions, such as Son Tra Peninsula, Ba Na Hills Mountain Resort, The Ngu Hanh Son Mount or Hoi An.
Hoian is not just famous for its ancient beauty and beautiful landscapes recognized many times worldwide, but also for its authentic cuisine as one of the 25 most attractive destinations for foodies around the world. Do not forget that you are in a heaven of street food. Trying street food will bring you an interesting and unforgettable experience and here are top 4 most popular and favorable dishes that you must eat when landing on this lovely city – Cao Lau – Hoian’s signature dish, Hoian Chicken Rice – Com Ga Hoi An, White Rose in Hoian and Quang Noodle – Mi Quang.
It is no surprise when Hue is one of the top must-see destinations in Vietnam as its peaceful, outstanding natural landscapes together with friendly and helpful people. Located along the banks of the Huong River, Hue, the regional economic, cultural, touristic, scientific, specialized health, education and training hub of central Viet Nam is an attractive destination.
It is famous for its temples, bastions, mausoleums, architecture, and natural landscapes mostly covered by a layer of green moss, which creates a relaxing sensation. And spending time visiting Hue is considered as one of the top things to do in Vietnam.
As on top 3 famous tourist attractions by National Geographic and top 10 cruise heavens in Asia by Asia One, Phu Quoc is undoubtedly your must-see destination this summer. Phu Quoc’s untouched beauty attracts those loving pristine beaches and the intact beauty of the wilderness and nature.
The beach remains pristine with crystal blue water, romantic palm trees and soft sands, which is extremely suitable for boat-sailing, sunbathing, diving, swimming, scuba-diving and wandering, especially enjoying the sunset and sunrise with your lovers.
With some outstanding characteristics of the tropical island, Phu Quoc’s cuisine from fresh seafood will definitely impress everyone. What is more amazing than enjoying sea urchins cocktail, tuna soup cake, grilled herring with lemon, boiled crab with lemon-pepper-salt sauce, crab bologna or barely grilled grouper in a paradise with friends and family?
8. Where to discover the best beaches in Vietnam?
Here are the best beaches in Vietnam:
Phu Quoc – The best beach for the luxury small group tour in Vietnam
Phu Quoc Island used to be an unknown retreat, a hidden gem for those travelers searching for a true hideaway. Today, Phu quoc has become a premier beach destination with many luxury resorts and construction sites growing almost everywhere. Being the largest island in Vietnam, Phu Quoc boasts dozens of excellent beaches, including Star Beach (Bai Sao Beach) with sleepy palm trees, incredible white sand, and distinctive turquoise water; Long Beach (Bai Dai Beach) – the scene of the most intense development on the island with a wide range of hotels, resort, and restaurant from the budget to the top-notch one; Ong Lang Beach – a long stretch of lovely, sandy bays dotted with black volcanic rock…
Mui Ne Beach, Phan Thiet – The best beach for luxury adventure holidays
If you are adventure-lover, Phan Thiet with Mui Ne is also an attractive cultural tourist destination with a diverse population of Chinese and Cham people along with the unique cuisine from fresh seafood. Located in Phan Thiet, Mui Ne is one of the most famous beaches in Vietnam for its spectacular bright red sand dunes where we can sled down on bits of cardboard to have great fun as well. The wind can pick up on the beach in the afternoon, the breeze is great but you can end getting sand blasted on the beach in the morning.
My Khe, Danang – One of the most charming beaches in the world
Rated as one of the six most charming beaches on the planet in 2015 (Forbes) and one of the ten best beaches in Asia by Sunday Herald Sun Magazine of Australia, My Khe is worth visiting. In addition to swimming, tourists can participate in many fun activities like scuba diving and observing coral reefs, regatta, flash mobbing and many more activities on the beach. My Khe beach has something to suit all tastes. Watching the sunset and views of Da Nang City is also an enjoyable experience at My Khe. You can enjoy city views without all the noise from here.
Nha Trang – The premium beach for M.I.C.E
Known as the Riviera of the South China Sea, Nha Trang boasts a six-km stretch of beautiful coastline along with the white sandy beaches and blue water. I highly recommend this place for those wishing to escape the often overcrowded city. Some outstanding beaches are Tran Phu beach and Hon Chong beach, Bai Tru Beach, Bai Dai beach, Nhu Tien beach. One of the most favorite beaches is Doc Let with a lot of palm trees and fishing boats offshore as well as the image of white salt mountains and locals carrying heavy baskets across the fields. Actually, Doc Let beach seems to be primitive and squeaking underfoot as you walk in soft sand will be a perfect escape.
9. What are the most remarkable landmarks in Vietnam?
Son Doong Cave – The Largest Cave in the World
Being discovered for the first time by a local man named Ho Khanh, Son Doong Cave is recognized as the largest cave in the world. Located in the heart of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, Son Doong Cave is more than 5 kilometers long, 200 meters height, and the main cavern is large enough to contain an entire New York City block. The ecosystem inside this cave which was formed during the Cambrian-Permian geological eras is as unique as its area. Son Doong Cave even has its own localized weather system and is rich in forms of life. People find here many new species of fish, spiders, shrimp, woodlice – they are all completely white.
Fansipan summit – The roof of Indochina
In the past, the former French station on the Sapa Mountain is the main trekking destination of the hill tribes of Vietnam thanks to its epic landscape, its excellent hiking opportunities and its proximity to the Hoang Lien Son mountains with the Fansipan peak – the roof of Indochina. From Fansipan summit, you can admire stunning landscapes of 3 countries including Laos, Vietnam, and China.
Halong Bay – One of the New Seven Natural Wonders of the World
Officially recognized as one of the New Seven Natural Wonders of the World in 2012, Halong Bay is a must-see on anyone’s itinerary for Vietnam, thanks to its turquoise water and thousands of jagged, limestone islands.
The best way to appreciate this magical scene is from a boat, cruising between the karst cliffs, which loom like fairytale castles, complete with rocky spires and hidden caves. Still used for fishing, whole families live on floating villages that are easily visited. Some will even take you out on a fishing trip. It was also among Asia’s top five tropical island paradises as selected by CNN.
Golden Bridge – The Giant Hand of God
Famous as a phenomenon since 2018 for its special architecture of gray hands and beauty, Golden Bridge is also a must-see spot. Lobelia Chrysanthemum is along the path on the bridge, creating accents of color and attracting all visitors. Standing on this amazing bridge, you can admire the entire endless landscapes and marvelous nature of Ba Na area. Golden Bridge is located in Thien Thai Garden of Sun World Ba Na Hills, thus if you wish to visit this unique architecture, please travel to Ba Na Hills.
10. Top authentic experiences for your Vietnam luxury tours - Discover highlights of Vietnam
Enjoy the egg coffee
Vietnam is pretty famous for its coffee and you will find coffee shops on every corner of every street. What you might not have known is that there are also a lot of specialty coffees, such as this deliciously frothy egg white coffee which you can purchase in certain cafes in Hanoi. A real treat after a long day sightseeing! Head to the Giang cafe (39 Nguyen Huu Huan) and Dinh Café (13 Đinh Tiên Hoàng) if you want to try in while in Hanoi.
Egg coffee by Mr. Nguyen Giang was from the late 1940s when condensed milk was not as abundant as today. Egg coffee is a mix of the egg yolks, sugar, condensed milk, and Vietnamese coffee. The drink is made by beating egg yolks with sugar and coffee, then extracting the coffee into the half of the cup, followed by a similar amount of egg cream, which is prepared by heating and beating the yolks. The cup is served inside a bowl of hot water to retain its temperature. The marriage of the egg’s rich taste and aromatic coffee wafting through the air makes up a specific flavor. Let’s wander and enjoy Hanoi in another taste.
Take a luxury train from Hanoi to Sapa
Take the deluxe Victoria train for part of your journey to Sapa (north of Hanoi), have an adventure by day and comfort by night at Victoria Sapa Resort and Spa. Trek in Sapa through the dramatic hill-tribe country. During the journey, you can discover the beauty of O Quy Ho – the most famous pass of North Vietnam
Discover Halong Bay free and easy
Spend a couple of lazy days on a private chartered boat around spectacular Halong Bay, cruise on your own itinerary, do whatever you want, kayaking, boating, caving, sunbathing and at the end of the day, enjoy sunset over a glass of wine in one of Asia’s top five best tropical island paradises as voted by CNN.
Discover Hanoi & Saigon’s Nightlife
Spend a couple of night in Hanoi, to experience the contrast of two cities, Hanoi and Saigon. Take a vintage to do a city tour. Hunt for paintings of famous artists, and have afternoon tea in the terrace bar in Sofitel Metropole Hanoi Hotel. Cyclo ride and dine in style in many French villas converted to the gourmet restaurant. Take a day trip to magnificent attractions in surrounding Hanoi.
Take a trip through the Mekong Delta south of Ho Chi Minh City.
Vietnam’s rice basket, the Mekong Delta is a watery landscape of green fields and sleepy villages, everywhere crisscrossed by the brown canals and rivulets fed by the mighty Mekong River. The uniquely southern charm, with its welcoming introduction to life along the river, is the real draw, and visitors can explore quaint riverside towns, sample fruits bartered for at the colorful floating markets or dine on home-cooked delicacies before overnight stays as a house guest. Other highlights include visits to local orchards, flower markets, and fish farms. There are also bird sanctuaries and impressive Khmer pagodas in the region.
Relax on a stunning beach at the end of your trip
Vietnam is not only famous for golden rice terrace, incredible karst cave, but also for a long stretch of beach in the east. It will be a huge mistake when traveling to Vietnam without spending a couple of days relaxing in the tropical beach such as Mui Ne Beach, Phu Quoc or Con Dao Island and enjoy the delicious fresh seafood with unexpectedly reasonable prices here.
Trekking to the colorful local village in Sapa
Tucked high in Vietnam’s remote northern mountains, close to the Chinese border, the former French military outpost of Sapa offers some of Vietnam’s most colorful experiences. The region is home to several ethnic minority groups, all wearing their traditional and colorful attire. To discover the local community, go trekking to some of the most famous villages including Cat Cat Village, Ta Van village, Ta Phin villages
Journey through Hue to Hoi An Ancient Town
See great places like on the heritage road from Hue to Hoi An, and then relax at one of the most luxurious beaches in the world in Danang. Located along the banks of the Huong River, Hue, the regional economic, cultural, touristic, scientific, specialized health, education, and training hub of central Viet Nam is an attractive destination. Hue is famous for its temples, bastions, mausoleums, architecture, and natural landscapes mostly covered by a layer of green moss, which creates a relaxing sensation. Situated on the northern bank of the Huong River, Hue Citadel was built on a surface area of more than 500 ha, including the Hoang Thanh and Tu Cam Thanh Citadel. It was the administrative center of the Nguyen dynasty and served as the living quarters of the Emperor and the Royal Family. The Citadel belongs to the old Imperial Capital of Hue, recognized the by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage site in 1993.
11. What are the best places for a yoga retreat in Vietnam?
Dalat – The City of Eternal Spring
Known as the City of Love and Eternal Spring, Dalat is an extremely ideal place for those wishing to enjoy all-year-round cool temperate weather, romantic landscapes from dreamy pine tree forests, awe-inspiring flower fields to French boulevards and villas from the colonial period. A lot of amazing, famous and peaceful attractions are waiting for us. Liang Biang, The Valley of Love, Crazy House – the world’s ten most creative buildings, Dalat Flower Gardens, Dalat Railway Station, Xuan Huong lake and many more will not disappoint you.
Vinh Hy Bay – The beautiful bay where the sky meets the ocean
Located in Ninh Thuan Province, Vinh Hy Bay is one of the most beautiful seascapes worth a discovery in Vietnam. Still remaining unspoiled and untouched by humans, Vinh Hy Bay is home to some of the world’s most diverse wildlife. Vinh Hy Bay is a perfect place for romantic escapes and wellness retreat where pristine jungle tumbles into crystal-clear waters. Pioneering in Spa House, Aman Spa in Vinh Hy Bay offers you a customized wellness experience of three immersion programs and exceptionally beautiful setting.
Ha Giang – Home to Incredible Rice Terrace
In addition to the unique culture of ethnic minorities, Ha Giang’s majestic beauty of the terrace is such a hit with both local and foreign tourists. With its untouched scenery, Ha Giang is one of the most recommended tourist attractions in Vietnam, especially for those wishing to get closer to Vietnam countryside.
This is ideal for backpackers and those wishing to conquer new lands and challenge themselves. The mountain ranges soaring up will give a breathtaking view when we are at mountain summits. The deep valleys, dense forests together with amazing waterfalls create a majestic scenery that can satisfy all visitors. In late spring and early autumn, the region looks colorful with rice terraces, while in the winter, the mountains are even covered with snow. Especially, Ma Pi Leng Pass and Happiness Road in Ha Giang are the favorite spots of adventurous trekkers.
Tam Dao – An amazing Hideaway Place near Hanoi
Just about 60 km from Hanoi, Tam Dao town in Vinh Phuc province is one of the most favorite places for those wishing to rest after a week of hard work. The first feeling when you step foot down on this dreamy land is the fresh air and there seems to be a giant natural air conditioning quietly spraying the cold air for the whole area.
Traveling to Tam Dao, enjoy the cold early autumn, take a sip coffee cup or relax on the romantic ramp to see the mountain clouds. Feeling the tranquility of the evening or the peace of the morning is no better. After a week of hard work, leaving behind tired tension, avoiding the smoke and dust of the city, what is better than going to peaceful Tam Dao for relaxation with nature to find yourself the silence in the soul.
12. What are the most spectacular hiking/trekking trails in Vietnam
Naturally blessed with a variety of landscapes from highlands, national parks, hills, mountains, forests to beaches and islands, Vietnam is an amazing place for trekking and hiking tours. Let’s discover some of the best trekking trails in Vietnam.
Pu Luong, Thanh Hoa
Located in Thanh Hoa Province, Pu Luong is a new tourist attraction deeply rooted in culture. Pu Luong is home to a scattering of Thai villages which are the epitome of sleepy, rural life where the people rise with the sun to nature’s soundtrack. Trekking to Pu Luong, you should wake up early, join with the local farmers to scroll around the village, listen to the very first sounds of nature stirring into action, watch the sun rising from the valley, breath the incredibly fresh atmosphere. During the journey, you can admire a wide array of natural sceneries including crystal stream, jungle, rice terrace, a limestone mountain, and cascades.
Cuc Phuong National Park
Located in Ninh Binh, Cuc Phuong National Park is the first national park in Vietnam which now conserve some of the last primary tropical forests of the country. It’s also the most important protected area which is home to more than 300 species of birds and more than 2,000 species of registered plants. Trekking to Cuc Phuong National Park, you can follow the short trail to the large botanical garden – the massive nature museum and the longer one to the Muong minority village. Boasting a considerable nature value, the diverse ecosystem, the valuable history and culture, Cuc Phuong is the outstanding destination for trekking as well as eco-tourism.
Nam Cat Tien National Park
No place in South Vietnam can surpass the Cat Tien National Park for the incredible biodiversity and outdoor adventure. Recognized as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 2011, Nam Cat Tien National Park is home to many ancient trees, numerous birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, as well as more than 400 varieties of butterflies. Grasslands and forests can be explored through well-established trails. And thanks to a series of comfortable bungalows in the park, it is possible to spend the night here or spend a few days exploring this area.
Sapa – The city in the cloud
As a country which mountainous area makes up over ¾ of the whole area, Vietnam is undoubtedly a great destination that enables travelers to discover the majestic beauty of mountains and experience exciting adventurous activities. Just a small town in the mountainous northwest of Vietnam, Sapa has always been listed as the best tour in North Vietnam, which has attracted millions of travelers each year.
Coming to Sapa, tourists will be impressed by the magnificent mountains loom in front of them. The high green hills, the colorful terraced rice fields, and the marvelous mountain peaks are the irresistible appeal to travelers. In recent years, under the influence of climate change, the winter gets dramatically cold and the temperature drops sharply. Therefore, if you come to Sapa in late December or early January, there is a likelihood of seeing snow. Especially, Fansipan peak – the summit of Indochina is crowned with a headdress of ice.
Despite unfavorable terrain, hiking in Sapa is still such a hit with tourists. What is more interesting than trekking, visiting trial group villages, sightseeing, admiring the sunrise and sunset or enjoying the cool air?
Lang Biang Mountain, Dalat
Lang Biang Mountains is located on Lang Biang Plateau, Lam Dong Province. About 12 km from Dalat center, Lang Biang stands stunningly like the roof of Dalat. From the top of Lang Biang Mountain, you can admire the Golden Stream and Silver Stream, or observe the whole dreamy Dalat, which looks like a lush green valley with two pieces of silver silk (the Golden and Silver Stream), and especially enjoy the sunset with your lovers and hear the legend about K’Lang and Ho Biang’ love story.
Here, tourists can take part in many different activities such as camping, exploring the natural flora and enjoying the unique and diversified culture of ethnic minority groups. Lang Biang is also an ideal place for those wishing an adventurous trip like mountain climbing, conquering high peaks, paragliding, and trekking.
Finally, “Hundred-year valley” at the foot of Lang Biang is a must-see destination for those loving an entertainment and ecological tourist site.
13. What are paradises for cycling in Vietnam?
If you wish to be deep into nature and close to the local community, Vietnam biking tour will be a good choice. Here are some places considered as the paradise for cycling in Vietnam.
Located 90 kilometers from Hanoi, Ninh Binh is widely known as “Halong Bay on land” thanks to its special topography. Ninh Binh comprises of three different types of landscapes: wetlands, coastal delta, hills, and mountains. Being endowed with many famous natural site such as Tam Coc – Bich Dong, Cuc Phuong National Park, Trang An Grottoes, Van Long Nature Reserves, as well as many historical relics including Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, Bich Dong Pagoda, Phat Diem Stone Cathedral, Ninh Binh is a perfect destination for biking lovers. Go cycling in Ninh Binh will be a truly unforgettable experience, as you pass between towering limestone peaks, rice fields, lotus flowers ponds and local villages. As you cycle along the local roads between villages, you’ll have the chance to meet local people, see their daily lives and often have a cup of tea and chat with them.
What is more amazing than cycling in the most beautiful gem of Vietnam? Being one of the oldest cities in the country, Hoian attracts thousands and millions of tourists every year for its unique architectures, ancient streets perfectly dotted with unobtrusive street vendors in their Vietnamese silk pajamas. It is also the best place for foreigners to get a deeper understanding of Vietnamese lives, tradition, and customs.
Hopping on the bicycle and cycling your way through Mekong Region is positively the best way to discover the beautiful nature and immerse yourselves into the local culture. To ensure a one-in-a-life-time experience, don’t forget to combine your cycling tour with the boat cruising.
Ba Vi is also regarded as “Dalat of Northern Vietnam”. Just 50 kilometers far from Hanoi, in the summer morning, biking in Ba Vi is such a great experience as its cool and fresh air creating a sense of well-being for everyone who comes here. That is the reason why Ba Vi seems to be the most popular choice for those wishing to relax after the hustle and bustle of modern life in Hanoi.
The romantic scenery will make every visitor love it at first sight. On one side, there are many tall trees covered with soothing moss, and the other side impresses everyone with a clear blue sky with white wisps of white clouds lurking around the mountain peaks. On the top of the mountain, the vibrant violet color of lust brushes looks like purple clouds being prominent in the mist. From the gateway, there are two directions, if visitors want to enjoy exotic flowers and birds, let’s choose the bamboo forest. If you want to reach the top of the mountain, let’s go deeper and follow a steep slope. This road goes up high, bringing visitors into a virtual space of clouds, wind, and birds singing in the forest.
Approximately 200km from Hanoi, at the height of 1,000m above sea level, Moc Chau plateau (Moc Chau district, Son La province) is naturally endowed with stunning beauty. Each season, Moc Chau attracts tourist with a delicate and beautiful appearance.
Moc Chau is gorgeous all year round, but the most beautiful time is the nesting season of birds and the blooming flower season with the pure white of broccoli, the green of tea fields, the wild and yellow color of wild sunflowers or the picturesque of plum blossoms and pink blossoms in Spring.
You can ride your bike around the town to pay a visit to many different places such as the pine forest in Ban Ang where you can cycle around the lake, take a deeper discovery into the pine forest with some strange animals, harvest strawberries or enjoy the sunset and slowly sip at your coffee. Other destinations are Happyland, Heart-shaped tea hill, Doi cave, Dai Yem waterfall, and tea farms.
14. Why you should choose Vietnam for your honeymoon vacation?
Gorgeous landscapes for luxury romantic escapes in Vietnam
Despite as a small country, Vietnam has become such a hit in Southeast Asia with tourists by hundreds and thousands of natural wonders, fantastic natural beauty, and cultural complexities, and dynamic megacities and hill-tribe villages. Each region impresses visitors by different landscapes ranging among the three most wonderful destinations in the North, the Middle and the South of Vietnam.
The ideal weather
Vietnam is divided into three regions with different climate and landscapes. The North in which you can visit Hanoi, Sapa, Ha Giang or Halong Bay experiences the most rainfall in their summer months between June to September. Meanwhile, Central Vietnam like Danang, Hoian and Hue, rainfall happens between October and November. Like the North, the South of Vietnam if you choose Ho Chi Minh City or Vung Tau, please pay attention to the highest rainfall in June, July, August, and September.
In each time of year, you could make a visit to different provinces in a wonderful country with your children. In spring, you can book a trip to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City to enjoy thoroughly the traditional culture of locals when they are busy with preparation for Tet. There is nothing entertaining for children than observing cultural activities by naked eyes and having opportunities to take part in such meaningful events.
Vietnamese people are very friendly and kind. Although they are sometimes quite conservative but still willing to help foreigners. They are eager to help you if you get lost or attentively show their cuisines, handicrafts or festivals if you wish to travel like a real local. Whoever you are, don’t worry, even it is your first time in Vietnam, the locals are eager to invite you to join them at their table with share snacks, attend their family meal or take part in festivals, or even just simply say hello to you in the street.
Various types of travel spots
Naturally blessed with diversified landscapes ranging from highlands, valleys, forests, national parks, temples to beaches, bays and islands, Vietnam is undoubtedly a great destination which enables travelers to enjoy different kinds of tourism. The irresistible appeal of the top tourist attractions in Vietnam such as Halong Bay, Moc Chau, Ba Na Hills, and Hoian has attracted millions of travelers each year.
15. What to do in Mekong Delta?
Mekong Delta is covered with rivers and canals, so traveling by boat is the easiest and fastest way of transportation. If you have a chance to travel to Southern Vietnam, do not forget the floating market – the highlight of Southern Vietnam. Besides fruits orchards, yellow rice paddies, Southern folk songs, and special regional cuisine, the vibrant floating market is what comes on tourists’ mind when talking about Mekong Delta.
Floating markets have long been an integral part of the lives of the locals in the Southwest from generation to generation. A floating market is a gathering place where the locals can buy their own products and fresh fruits or vegetables hanging on the poles while visitors can travel around to enjoy the locals’ life and buy something. Even you can find some floating bars, floating restaurants and the same kinds of shops as on the land.
Sitting on a boat and traveling around the market, visitors will be overwhelmed by hundreds of different boats packed with fresh and vivid colors of abundant fruits, poultry products, vegetables, seafood, handicraft goods, regional goods or aquatic products. Therefore, it is always crowded with many retailers from small markets in nearby cities, they come here to get fresh goods at reasonable prices.
Stunning scenery, hospitable locals, the greenness and rural characteristics will definitely ease your mind from all everyday troubles and give you memorable moments.
Do not forget to pay a visit to Cai Be, Cai Rang, Tra On, and Nga Bay Floating Markets.
16. Unusual things to do in Vietnam?
Experience Mekong Delta with fish catching by bare hands and floating markets
If you have a chance to travel to Southern Vietnam, do not forget the floating market – the highlight of South Vietnam. Besides fruits orchards, yellow rice paddies, Southern folk songs, and special regional cuisine, the vibrant floating market is what comes on tourists’ mind when talking about Mekong Delta. It attracts visitors by dense rivers, canals system, house stilts and lifestyle of the locals. The floating market is the gathering place where the locals can buy their own products and fresh fruits or vegetables hanging on the poles while visitors can travel around to enjoy their life and buy something. Even you can find some floating bars, floating restaurants and the same kinds of shops as on the land.
Learn how to ride a buffalo
Learning to ride a buffalo is surely a great life skill, perfect for when you become a farmer and need to plow your fields! Places that offer this kind of activity include Ninh Binh, Mai Chau, Sapa and Hoi An. Even Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg sees the value in riding a Buffalo!
When you try this buffalo riding, it will not only bring you exciting moments but get closer to the agricultural culture of Vietnamese people. So meaningful and amazing, right? Don’t be afraid of mud, it is funny.
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17. Highlights of Vietnam's Food & Cuisine
When coming to a country, not only the local people, places or experience but also the cuisine impresses tourists. Vietnam is no exception as well.
Northern Vietnam’s cuisine – delicate and sophisticated
Northern cuisine is a bold statement of a long-standing culture. Coming to the rendezvous was the capital of many dynasties, and Hanoi was considered as the elite cuisine of the North with delicious dishes such as noodles, noodle soups, Bun Cha, Bun Bo, and special spices like Pho Cuon or Nem.
Northern cuisine is not dark, spicy, fatty and sweet like in other regions. It is tasteful, not too intense but colorful. They mainly use diluted fish sauce, shrimp paste, many vegetables and easy-to-make freshwater fish such as shrimp, crab, fish, clams, mussels etc. And in general, due to the ancient tradition of poor farming, Northern cuisine was less prevalent with the main ingredients being meat and fish.
Northerners prefer tasty food, focusing on the natural flavor of the ingredients and colors. They love eye-catching food to stimulate the taste buds. Besides, the northern dishes are also processed in a sophisticated way to highlight the appeal of each dish.
It is such a big pity if you forget Hanoi street food heaven and Northwest mountainous cuisine with Hanoi noodles, sticky rice noodles, spring rolls, fried shrimp, Ho Tay shrimp cake, Cha Cuon and many more.
The Middle of Vietnam – sophisticated and spicy cuisine
The Middle cuisine impresses us by the beauty of an elegant land. The locals use spicier but less sweet flavors than the South. Especially Hue people, from the dishes for the common people or kings serve many dishes with spicy and especially the sour like tomato sauce or shrimp paste.
Due to its location, The Middle is not as fond of nature as other areas, so the people here always appreciate and turn their wonderful products into the flavor of food. They dedicate to the dishes and make the best ones. It’s very personal, but once you enjoy it, it will be such a memorable taste.
Southern Vietnam – Bold and Diverse cuisine
Southern cuisine is simple and charming, not as sophisticated as the honest locals, and just like the simple way of life – the nature but the love of the people here.
Food in the South is very diverse because of the interference of many regions as well as many different ethnic groups. Southern people prefer the food to stimulate the taste, was sweet, must be sweet, has spicy, must be spicy, salty, must be salty, sour, must be sour, bitter, must be bitter.
Interestingly, when thinking about Southern food, tourists often remember amazing dishes with the flavor of coconut milk. Indeed, the food in the South is often accompanied coconut juice to create a more appealing taste. In addition, they also like to add pepper to their dishes to add flavor.
18. What are top special dishes for Vietnam Food Tours?
Bun Cha Hanoi (Grilled Pork & Noodles)
If Pho is Hanoi’s number one dish, then Bun Cha ranks easily number two when it is regarded as a Hanoi local food favorite, where grilled pork and rice noodles are the stars and fresh herbs, sliced papaya, red chili, and garlic are the supporting players. And you can add fried spring rolls to the mix to enjoy the dish in the most amazing way.
Cha Ca (Grilled & Fried Fish with Rice Noodles)
It is obvious that visitors will fall in love with the Hanoi food scene immediately just after tasting Cha Ca, the most unique food to try in this city. Cha Ca, a Northern Vietnamese specialty is created by pan-fried chunks of meaty, turmeric, dill, fatty skinned fish, peanuts, shrimp paste, and rice noodles and other fresh ingredients.
Pho (Noodle Soup)
This is the most popular dish in Hanoi as travelers love it for the savory broth and slow-cooked meat, both beef and chicken, and just around $2 US. I really like its condiments, especially the small but potent red peppers and freshly made rice noodles. Let’s try it, it is actually a cheap bowl of soup with ultra-fresh ingredients and slow-cooked, melt-in-your-mouth slices of beef or chicken.
There is a banh mi stand on almost every corner of Vietnam, from the big & modern cities like Hanoi, Saigon, Hoi An to the small towns of which names you haven’t ever heard about. A typical Vietnamese banh mi is made from meat, vegetables from native Vietnamese traditional cuisines such as cha lua (pork sausage), grilled pork, cucumber, pickled carrots, and pickled daikon combined with Chinese char siu (barbecued pork) and condiments from French cuisine such as pâté, along with chili and mayonnaise. If you do not like pork, you can choose beef, chicken or even Grilled chopped fish. Eating banh mi is really part of the culture – it’s passion and fashion and a part of daily lives. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, fast snack.. there is no right time for eating banh mi.
Ninh Binh goat meat
The goat meat is popular everywhere, but tourists are often served with braised goat meat. Ninh Binh’s goat meat taste is better than other regions for two main reasons: Ninh Binh has many limestone mountains for raising goats so the meat is fresh and firm.
Also to have a good rare goat meat dish, the locals have to perform several steps from the processing procedure to the mixture procedure like fresh meat and crispy served with precious fine herbs which are all good for health. They are ginger, chilly, lemon, seasoning powder, or citronella and all these ingredients and spices are well-mixed with goat meat. That is why this dish is nutritious and delicious.
As Ninh Binh seems to be a tourism city, visitors can try this dish in many restaurants at different prices, from luxurious to reasonable ones.
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19. Most famous drinks for your amazing Vietanam gastronomy tours?
Vietnam is pretty famous for its coffee and you will find coffee shops on every corner of every street. What you might not have known is that there are also a lot of specialty coffees, such as this deliciously frothy egg white coffee which you can purchase in certain cafes in Hanoi. A real treat after a long day sightseeing! Head to the Giang cafe (39 Nguyen Huu Huan) and Dinh Café (13 Đinh Tiên Hoàng) if you want to try it while in Hanoi.
Egg coffee by Mr. Nguyen Giang was from the late 1940s when condensed milk was not as abundant as today. Egg coffee is a mix of the egg yolks, sugar, condensed milk and Robusta coffee. The drink is made by beating egg yolks with sugar and coffee, then extracting the coffee into the half of the cup, followed by a similar amount of egg cream, which is prepared by heating and beating the yolks. The cup is served inside a bowl of hot water to retain its temperature. The marriage of the egg’s rich taste and aromatic coffee wafting through the air makes up the specific flavor. Let’s wander and enjoy Hanoi in another taste.
Ta Hien and Bui Vien are normally called “Pho Tay”.
On Old Quarter of Hanoi, and near Hoan Kiem Lake, Ta Hien has been a famous spot for tourists, especially for foreigners. Moreover, you can explore the street food heaven in Vietnam.
Ta Hien is in Hanoi, what about Bui Vien? Bui Vien is the most interesting night street in Ho Chi Minh city. It is quite similar to Ta Hien, but it is much more vibrant, sounding and complicated as well.
Wine of the locals (ethnic minorities)
With 54 ethnic minorities, Vietnam cuisines will never disappoint you. Each tribal group will surprise you with different unique food and drink.
What about wine? Yes, when talking about Wine sticky, Vietnamese people will definitely think about this specialty of Kim Son province. It is made from the seeds of the sticky yellow flowers in the rural area in the Red River. Under the skilled hand of the locals, combined with natural water, the wine has a different taste and easy to recognize.
But the most special drink that you should not miss is the local wine in mountainous areas. Why is it special? – As it is made from rice or corn.
In Ha Giang, Thanh Van capital where corn wine is very famous, the Mong family cooking wine and to sell at fairs flooded. Thanh Van corn wine should be a unique creation by two factors are water and enamel. Source water cooking wine taken from water high over 1000m above the sea level. The flow of water from the mountain Vietnam-China border runs through a lot of rocks to Thanh Van, fresh and cold water about 15 degrees combined with excellent enamel create unique wines. Making alcohol through many stages and processes that give the wine a delicious corn so captivating.
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20. Highlight of Vietnamese Culture
With over 4000 years of history with ups and downs, Vietnam attracts foreigners not only by amazing landscapes but also its unique culture. So what to see?
Central Highlands – the mysterious land
As its name indicates, Central Highlands is located in the Middle of Vietnam, of which more than 95% is mountainous terrain. If you are a mountain-lover, it would be a big regret if you travel to Vietnam but do not pay a visit to this beautiful region.
The mountains seem to dominate the horizon whatever directions we look. They look like huge green dinosaurs which had laid down for a nap and would never wake up. Taking a deeper discovery into the jungle, you will be amazed by its scenic beauty with different types of trees and flowers and the marvelous waterfalls.
The Central Highlands is also famous for their high-valued cultures. The ethnic people here still well maintain its traditional lifestyle as well as cultural activities. The houses on stilts, heroic epics and the Space of Gong are what appear on our minds when talking about this area. Matriarchal society can be seen in some groups such as Ede and Mnong. Especially, the traditional music of the ethnic people, with unique musical instruments such as T’rung and Klong Put, is undoubtedly a huge appeal of Central Highlands in particular and Vietnam in general. Thanks to its high cultural value, Gong Culture has been recognized as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Hue – a historic and dreamy land
Located along the banks of the Huong River, Hue, the regional economic, cultural, touristic, scientific, specialized health, education and training hub of central Viet Nam is an attractive destination.
Hue is famous for its temples, bastions, mausoleums, architecture, and natural landscapes mostly covered by a layer of green moss, which creates a relaxing sensation. The most noticeable place is Hue Citadel. Situated on the northern bank of the Huong River, Hue Citadel was built on a surface area of more than 500 ha, including the Hoang Thanh and Tu Cam Thanh Citadel. It was the administrative center of the Nguyen dynasty and served as the living quarters of the Emperor and the Royal Family. The Citadel belongs to the old Imperial Capital of Hue, recognized
by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage site in 1993.
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21. Where to stay in Vietnam luxury? (Top luxury hotels & luxury beach resorts in Vietnam)
Top Hotels in Vietnam for your luxury Vietnam Tours
InterContinental Hanoi Westlake – Luxury Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam
A welcome retreat from the bustling city center, the hotel is uniquely placed over the serene waters of West Lake while only minutes from Hanoi’s famous Old Quarter. Discover absolute tranquility at this luxurious urban resort with Tai-Chi lessons beside our outdoor pool; savor the finest cuisine at the hotel’s Café Du Lac & Milan restaurants, and relax in contemporary Vietnamese designed guest rooms and suites with spectacular views from your own private balcony. The combination of the tranquil lake, spacious luxurious accommodations, facilities, and attentive Vietnamese hospitality blend together to make this the perfect place to stay for both the corporate and leisure traveler.
Sheraton Hotel Hanoi – Luxury hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam
Close to the bustle and excitement of the city, Sheraton Hanoi Hotel is surrounded by lush gardens, sweeping lawns, and tranquil courtyards. This peaceful oasis features picturesque views of West Lake and is less than 10 minutes from downtown Hanoi. Truly “resort within the capital city of Vietnam”, the hotel provides the perfect balance between tranquility and convenience. Clear your mind with an early morning swim or a sauna retreat at sunset in the lush garden. Focus on your body during a vigorous workout with one of our certified personal trainers in our fitness center, or play a set of tennis on our lighted outdoor court.
Intercontinental Hotel Nha Trang
The ultimate enriching urban retreat in beautifully designed surroundings, InterContinental Nha Trang is the latest modern luxury beachfront hotel in town. Located in the heart of Nha Trang, a mere 40-minute scenic drive from Cam Ranh International Airport, the hotel offers the perfect blend of local charm and seamless personalized service.
The 279-room hotel overlooks the pristine coastline and waters of the Nha Trang Bay and includes 56 luxuriously furnished suites. Guests looking for unique culinary experiences in Nha Trang can find what they are looking for right at the hotel, which has a number of dining options. The hotel’s main restaurant Cookbook Café offers live interactive cooking stations with seafood, chargrilled meats, and authentic Vietnamese specialties, while poolside bar Aqualine provides guests with the best views over the bay as they enjoy light bites. Those looking to unwind can enjoy signature drinks prepared by the hotel’s resident mixologist at the Lobby Bar.
Sheraton Nha Trang Hotel & Spa
Overlooking one of the world’s most beautiful bays, the beachfront Sheraton Nha Trang Hotel & Spa offers easy access to a 7-kilometer stretch of golden sand and picture-perfect waters. Our idyllic seaside setting is an ideal jumping-off point for island hopping, scuba diving, snorkeling or a simple stroll through the sand for a drink in a beachfront bar. Cam Ranh Airport is approximately 30 minutes by car (35km) over a new coastal highway along the scenic coast of the South China Sea. Whether you’re planning an important business conference or searching for a tranquil venue, Sheraton Nha Trang Hotel & Spa is your gateway to an idyllic destination.
The Grand – Ho Tram Strip
Only 2-hour drive from Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Tram Strip’s first luxury integrated resort is drenched in tropical sunshine and bordered by the untouched beaches fringing the East Sea. Combining elegant and gracious service with entertainment that pushes the limits, The Grand Ho Tram Strip is the perfect mix of exciting day life and exhilarating nightlife. This resort is good for MICE and Asian travelers.
Park Hyatt Saigon – Luxury Hotel in Saigon
Experience the essence of the modern Vietnamese lifestyle at Park Hyatt Saigon, a 5-star hotel situated at Lam Son Square in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) center. Our grand hotel in Saigon majestically rises nine stories above District 1, steps from the elegant Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral, Reunification Palace, Ben Thanh Market, and other Saigon main tourist attractions, the exhibition center and business district. Ho Chi Minh International Airport, Tan Son Nhat, is just 7 km away, allowing for effortless airport access in a city known for its bustling streets. The hotel plays host to world-class restaurants and bars, including Italian Restaurant Opera, Square One Vietnamese Restaurant, Park Lounge, with a traditional Afternoon Tea, and 2 Lam Son martini bar, one of the city’s top nightlife destinations. For sheer relaxation, Park Hyatt features Xuan Spa, a tranquil urban retreat offering private therapy rooms, a fitness center and outdoor pool.
Pullman Saigon Centre
Located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, close to Ben Thanh market and major tourist attractions, the upscale Pullman Saigon Centre has 306 signature rooms combining design, comfort, and connectivity. This 5-star hotel serves innovative cuisine at Food Connexion – all day dining restaurant and rooftop restaurant, which has stunning city views. The hotel also has free WiFi, a swimming pool, a fitness center, Thann Sanctuary spa and high tech meeting venues able to host up to 600 guests.
Caravelle Hotel Saigon
A leading international 5-star hotel – in the center of the business, shopping and entertainment district, 8 km from Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Caravelle Hotel has 335 superbly appointed rooms, suites, exclusive Signature Floors, Signature Lounge, non-smoking floors, specially equipped room for the disabled.
Caravelle Hotel has six superb wining and dining venues and is the most prestigious address in Ho Chi Minh City. Nowadays, the hotel is a favorite for nostalgic travelers and discerning visitors alike. The Caravelle remains the definitive luxury hotel in the heart of Saigon.
Victoria Sapa Resort &Spa.
Once in Sapa, stay at the four stars Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa. The very first upscale mountain resort in Northwestern Vietnam, it was built as a traditional mountain chalet with accented wooden décor and a welcoming stone hearth fireplace. The location and luxury services of the hotel have been carefully planned to allow guests to experience something different and unique, in close harmony with nature and with the local hill tribe people.
Top High-end Beach Resorts for your luxury Vietnam Tours
Sun Spa Resort and Villa – Dong Hoi
Located in the picturesque Central Vietnam city of Dong Hoi, 50 kilometers from the mystical UNESCO recognized caves of Phong Nha, Sun Spa Resort offers luxurious accommodation in Dong Hoi. With excellent facilities along Bao Ninh Beach, it is the perfect gateway to discover local sites like Da Nhay and Ly Hoa Beaches, Nhat Le Beach, Dong Thien Duong and Hang Son Doon.
Banyan Tree Langco Resort Hue
Dramatic landscapes and sensational East Sea vistas greet you every day at Banyan Tree Lang Co, Central Vietnam. Located in Vietnam’s new playground and just over 40 kilometers away from both Da Nang and Hue Airport, this stunning all-pool villa resort is poised to be its most exclusive attraction. With the gentle waves of the East Sea lapping at your feet and the magnificent Truong Son (Annamite) Mountain Range in the background, Banyan Tree Lang Co is truly a multi-dimensional tropical beach retreat.
Angsana Hotels & Resorts
Angsana is a hotel brand that caters to the modern traveler seeking style and authenticity. Comprising contemporary and chic retreats, Angsana properties are designed to create and deliver a vibrant enlivening experience for guests at work and at play. Each Angsana hotel, resort, spa, and retail gallery exudes the spirit and conscience of its environment while offering a strong sense of individuality infused with our Asian heritage. Facilities and services at all Angsana properties are focused on enabling guests to draw the most of every moment.
Ana Mandara Hue
Set amidst almost three hectares of tropical parkland, Ana Mandara Hue fronts a 400-meter white sand beach. There is a total of 78 accommodations comprising deluxe rooms, duplex suites, beach villas, and pool villas, excellent local cuisine in the Vietnamese restaurant and La Cochinchine Spa.
InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort.
InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort is located on 600 meters of private beach, rising into the slopes of the Son Tra Peninsula, 20km from downtown Danang. The 39-hectare luxury resort will include 197 guest rooms, including 16 Atrium Suites with large terraces and daybeds, six Seaside Villas with private pools and sundecks, two Spa Lagoon Retreat Villas, four Heavenly Penthouses with private pools, and one Royal Residence By The Sea, which comes with a separate dining area, bar and private pool. All guestrooms come equipped with separate bathtubs and rainforest showers, along with flat screen TVs with a choice of 84 channels, iPod docking stations with BOSE sound systems, espresso machines and wine fridges.
Hyatt Regency Danang Resort & Spa
Poised on a tranquil stretch of white-sand beach, between the Marble Mountains and the sun-kissed beachscape of renowned Non Nuoc is Hyatt’s newest offering in Vietnam. Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa has ushered in a new era in contemporary design with touches of the Asiatic. The resort feels secluded, yet just 15 minutes from Danang International Airport making both location and accessibility most favorable for group events. It is situated in Danang only moments away from the UNESCO World Heritage Town of Hoi An and two international class golf courses.
The Nam Hai Resort &Spa – The luxury resort in Hoi An
Along a seemingly infinite stretch of sand, amidst Vietnam’s richest cultural heritage, a strand of sophisticated, visually striking villas lines the dramatic beachfront. Inspired by 2,500 years of history, The Nam Hai’s architecture and interior design present a dramatic play on wind and water inspired by ancient feng shui philosophy and the grandeur of the Tu Duc royal tombs of Hue.
Explore the nearby UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Hoi An, My Son and Hue with its Buddhist pagodas, royal tombs, and historic citadels. Return to our calm, tropical shore on Ha My Beach to relax around three expansive swimming pools, in the spa on a lotus pond, over gourmet Eastern and Western cuisine or in the privacy of one of our 100 private retreats, elegantly finished with Vietnamese lacquer and diaphanous silk, some of which are served by a most attentive butler.
Sunrise Hoi An Resort & Spa – The luxury resort in Hoi An
The Art of Luxury, Embracing the Heritage and Legacy of Hoi An. Perfectly positioned along the popular Cua Dai Beach, Sunrise hotel in Hoi An Beach Resort offers enchanting views to one of the most stunning coastlines in the world. Boasting 222 rooms, suites and beachfront villas, guests are pampered with all the residential touches of home, while providing a lavish escape to beachfront elegance. Sunrise Beach Resort & Hotel Hoi An designed to inspire, the Sunrise guest room connects you with the surrounding peaceful cool breath of Hoi An, while ensuring your utmost comfort
Anantara Hoi An Beach Resort
Experience an idyllic blend of riverside relaxation and Anantara luxury, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on your doorstep, and beautiful beach life just a short bicycle or boat ride away.
Scenically positioned on the banks of the Thu Bon River, Anantara Hoi An Resort in Vietnam is a charming boutique retreat in the historic port town of Hoi An. Designed with French, Dutch, Chinese and Japanese influences that reveal Hoi An’s fascinating cultural diversity, split level rooms and suites open onto porches with comfortable daybeds, overlooking the river or a garden courtyard.
Delve into Vietnamese culture with language, lantern making, and cookery classes. Savor authentic local dishes and popular world flavors in elegant and casual settings beside the river. Meet up at the heritage inspired wine bar for an atmospheric view of Hoi An’s street life. Or laze by the pool and let us bring an exotic cocktail to your sun bed.
The hotel is the ideal starting point from which to venture further afield and discover the region’s magnificent natural beauty and ancient cultural sites.
Avani Quy Nhon Resort & Spa
One of the best choices for a spa destination in Vietnam. Dreams of a secluded beach and spa hideaway come to life in contemporary style at AVANI Quy Nhon Resort & Spa. Providing all the right ingredients for laid back relaxation with attention to the details that really matter, our upscale retreat is the only internationally managed resort in the region, nestled between a palm fringed beach and mountains covered with fruit orchards.
A quiet and completely private beach allows you to sunbathe on a kilometer-long stretch of soft sand and swim undisturbed in clear ocean water. This very private retreat offers a real Robinson Crusoe style escape with neighboring islands to explore. Delectable dining at Quy Nhon’s only international restaurant is enjoyed on a cliff-side with panoramic views. Our award-winning spa comes with the extra temptation of complimentary wellness and lifestyle classes.
Bai Tram Hideaway, Tuy Hoa, Phu Yen
Bai Tram Hideaway represents a state of mind, an approach, a lifestyle, in which your spiritual and physical well being will be enhanced in a setting that respects the environment and the culture. Preserving the natural beauty of the bay, creating a serene environment and providing personal services are the foundation of Bai Tram Hideaway’s philosophy.
Located in a private bay along the beautiful coastline of Phu Yen Province, Bai Tram Hideaway is about 45 minutes from Quy Nhon Airport and one hour and a half from Tuy Hoa Airport by car. Vietnam Airlines and Mekong Air operate daily flights to Quy Nhon and Tuy Hoa Airports from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. South of Bai Tram Hideaway is Nha Trang, one of Vietnam’s largest and most popular seaside holiday destinations on Vietnam, north of Bai Tram Hideaway is the ancient UNESCO World Heritage town of Hoi An.
The climate in the region is one of the best and most stable in the country, with a minimum of rain and a balmy average temperature of 28C all year round.
Anantara Mui Ne Resort and Spa
Seaside elegance amid Vietnamese charm are the attractions at this resort, which has89 rooms, suites and pool villas. Anantara Mui Ne Resort & Spa is set on Mui Ne’s pristinely sweeping beach and offers a unique and unforgettable way to experience the southern coast of Vietnam. Mornings are spent by the sea, afternoons are good for hikes through nearby sand dunes and soothing spa treatment before starlit evening drinks on the beach ends the day.
Expertly blending Vietnamese tradition and legendary Anantara service, Anantara Mui Ne Resort & Spa offers a tropical retreat, worlds away from Vietnam’s urban bustle. Take in the splendor of the sunset from the pool deck, sample fine international dining, and mouth-watering cuisine, and relax at this great resort.
Victoria Can Tho Resort and Spa
Victoria Can Tho Resort and Spa is a boutique resort in the center of the Mekong Delta, which blends colonial-style architecture with the natural beauty of the river. Close to Can Tho town, but a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city, the resort lies on the banks of the Hau River, set amidst gardens with a plethora of exotic plants. Victoria Can Tho combines the grace of traditional Vietnamese architecture and the comfort of an international hotel.
The Lady Hau, a remodeled rice barge, is available for breakfast, sunset, and dinner cruises. It also seats up to 40 guests for sightseeing tours and visits to floating markets.
Salinda Premium Resort and Spa
Standing proudly on 2.5 hectares of grounds only 4 km away from the International airport of Phu Quoc by the enchanting seashore and peaceful town of Duong Dong, Salinda Premium Resort and Spa is inspired by an interplay of rustic local heritage with contemporary design. An unprecedented commitment to innovation and authentic local traditions is reflected in every feature of 121 rooms and villas with private balconies, embodying the inherent essence of luxury experience with understated beauty and enchanting spirit of the pearl of Asia. The architecture and design of Salinda Premium Resort and Spa hold dear to the revered and long-standing maxim of luxury in simplicity. Much thought was given to the architecture and design, valuing the understated, quality and privacy to combines seclusion and privacy with unrivaled standards of luxury and indulgence guaranteed to reinvigorate, rejuvenate and renew.
La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc
Located on Phu Quoc Island, La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc, a member of the M Gallery collection, boasts a style reminiscent of a French seaside mansion. Set in tropical gardens on a beautiful stretch of beach, the resort boasts evocative design comprising a rich blend of dark woods, fine linens, and mosaic tiles, complemented by large terraces with sweeping views. In addition to 70 rooms with private balconies, La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc features two restaurants, a lounge bar, swimming pool, water sports and day spa.
Chen Sea Resort & Spa – Centara Boutique Collection
Chen Sea Resort & Spa Phu Quoc, Centara Boutique Collection is a beachfront, 4-star resort located in a quiet pristine bay, allowing guests to enjoy the peace and natural beauty of Phu Quoc Island.
Conveniently located 15 minutes away from Phu Quoc Airport, the resort was built after a long and thorough study in order to be integrated into the natural environment of the bay and its surrounding coastal zone. All the bungalows are sea view; the hotel offers 24 Sea View Villas and 12 Pool/Sea View Villas. All the villas have also a marvelous outdoor tropical bathroom. Maybe best of all each villa offers a private, outdoor, freshwater pool!
Six Senses Con Dao
The first five-star resort in the archipelago islands is contemporary in design and reflects the essence of a traditional fishing village. Passionate about supporting and protecting the environment, Six Senses Con Dao’s demonstrated commitment to sustainability has been recognized as one of the world’s top eco-lodges by National Geographic Traveler. Con Dao is an untouched and breathtakingly beautiful archipelago only a 45-minute flight from Chi Minh City. The 50 private pool villas offer space and privacy along, with an uncompromising standard of luxury. Villas are either Ocean View or Ocean Front (single-level and duplex) offering a choice of one, three and four bedrooms.
22. Activities shouldn't be missed when traveling to Vietnam?
Day trips and Excursion tours to do in Vietnam
Are you wondering what kind of day trips and excursions you can plan for your holidays in Vietnam? At Realistic Asia, we sure know that the best thing about traveling is being able to get a closer look at local customs and do things out of the ordinary. That traveling, while trying on new activities and finding less classic routes is just what makes the magic of a personalized trip. Whether it’s about cultural tours, cruises, day trips or adventure activities, all day trips and excursions in Vietnam will unveil new aspects of the Vietnamese culture and its natural charms to you.
You can find several types of day trips from Hanoi such as day trips to the Perfume Pagoda, as well as excursions to artisan villages, or planning a day trip to the Van Long Nature Reserve, known for its canals, lakes, streams and limestone mountains.
In other regions of Vietnam in the center or in the south, the best excursions leave from Danang to the incredible Phong Nha National Park and its caves or, from Ho Chi Minh City to the Mekong Delta and its picturesque little towns.
If you’re keen on riding a bicycle, in Vietnam you will be thrilled because there are several places that give you the opportunity to bicycle around to enjoy the scenery at your own pace. Near Ninh Binh, in Tam Coc or Trang An, you can take a ride through the extraordinary Thung Nham valley. It is also possible to ride a bike through the Mekong Delta, where you will get closer to the everyday life around the Delta. And when in Hue, try on the village of Thuy Bieu to unveil the Vietnamese fisherman and farmer’s best-kept secrets.
You can choose different excursions in Vietnam that can result in a short or a long walk. Trekking excursions are usually done in the area of the mountains in Sapa, or Mai Chau valley and Ninh Binh between the rice fields and mountains. Choose your pace and get going for a thrill-seeking trail or a more soft adventure.
Gourmet Tours/Culinary Tour
You can find among the gourmet tours in Vietnam, cooking classes in the major cities of Hanoi, Hoi An, or Hue, and choose to do it where you will stay longer. The activity usually consists of going to the market to buy the ingredients, get familiar with the most delicious recipes and then taste your own cooked meal. Be sure to take some time for this kind of activity because it is really fun and… tasty!
Vietnam Luxury Boat Tour in Halong Bay or in Nha Trang
Halong Bay – one of the 7 wonders of the world is undoubtedly THE must-see excursion. We also recommend that you try a tour in Nha Trang Bay. Did you know that it is one of the 29 most beautiful bays in the world?
Excursion to Plant Rice and Fish with Nets
Did you think that it would be possible to try the close experience of planting rice with local farmers and at the same time prove to be a fisherman for a day using the traditional fishing methods of the local population? Well, at Realistic Asia, we made it possible! With our excursions including agricultural activities, very fun experience for families traveling together to Vietnam. It includes plowing and raking, learning to ride a water buffalo and transplanting and grinding rice.
Boat Trips to Mekong Delta (Luxury Vietnam River Cruise)
The rides in basket boats allow you to get close to the different handicrafts such as grasshoppers, rings, hats, flowers, and, coconut leaf bracelets. When in the south, in Ho Chi Minh City precisely, you can enjoy a unique boat pass! If you travel from there to the Mekong Delta, where the floating market brings lots of entertainment every day, you can alternate between a rowing boat in the channels and boat to the island of Tan Phong.
Have you taken notes on everything? Do not miss out on the extensive catalog of activities Vietnam has to offer and contact us to help you plan your trip to Vietnam. We are from here, and we want to introduce you to our beautiful country.
Wellness & Spa
Indulge in the complete restorative holiday where we guide you to the best wellness retreat, provide you the ample time to focus on the treatments that interest you most
Romantic Escapes in Vietnam
Romance is in the air in Vietnam. We guide you to some hand-picked romantic destinations, boutique resorts, and luxury spas that intrigues and entertains you both, while also ensuring your privacy.
23. Weather in Vietnam?
Vietnam is divided into three regions with different climate and landscapes. As a tropical country, like other Southeast Asian countries, Vietnam possesses two typical seasons: the dry and rainy season. For tourism, traveling in the dry season should be better to enjoy the sunny sky, warm blue seas, and exotic landscapes.
Vietnam is divided into three regions with different climate and natural beauty.
– The North in which you can visit Hanoi, Dien Bien, Mocha or Halong Bay, Ninh Binh and Hagiang experiences the most rainfall between June and September.
– Central Vietnam like Danang, Hoian, and Hue, rainfall happens during the winter months including October and November.
– Like the North, South Vietnam if you choose Ho Chi Minh City or Vung Tau, it is on their highest rainfall in June, July, August, and September.
So if you want to spend your holiday in Vietnam in the most amazing weather to explore all sports and activities, avoid these months.
However, you can choose to visit Vietnam during monsoon months to not only save the costs but enjoy something interesting that the dry season cannot possess like lower crowds, cooler climate, no need for booking in advance.
24. What to pack for luxury Vietnam Tours?
Vietnam is generally a casual country by western standards although people do like to dress in their Sunday best whenever the opportunity arises therefore simple and casual clothes are appropriate for almost any occasion.
The year-round heat and humidity in the south, especially Ho Chi Minh City, make lightweight quick-dry clothing the most appropriate. The north and central highlands get cool enough for sweaters or light jackets for much of the year but the northern highlands will require cold weather clothes in the winter. If you are not participating in any trekking tours, sandals and lightweight shoes are sufficient. If trekking is included in your itinerary you will need trekking boots.
25. How to get to and away Vietnam?
Ho Chi Minh City’s (Saigon) Tan Son Nhat Airport is Vietnam ‘s busiest international air hub, followed by Hanoi ‘s Noi Bai Airpot. A few international flights also serve new Danang International Airport, Phu Quoc International airport.
Singapore, Hongkong and Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur have emerged as the principle embarkation points for Vietnam but it’s still possible to get direct flights from a number of major Asian and European cities and a few American and Australian cities.
There are currently six major international border crossings for travellers coming to Vietnam, but more may open soon. All crossing points suffer from heavy policing and often requests for ‘immigration fees’.
For getting to/ from China, it’s become very popular to cross the border at Friendship Pass or Dong Dang, 20km (12mi) north of Lang Son in northeast Vietnam , to get to/from Namning. There is a twice-weekly international train between Beijing and Hanoi that stops at Friendship Pass. The other popular border crossing with China is at Lao Cai (near Sapa) in northwest Vietnam, which lies on the railway line between Hanoi and Kunming in China ‘s Yunnan Province. There’s also a seldom used crossing at Mong Cai, Quang Ninh Province.
It’s possible to enter Laos from Lao Bao in north-central Vietnam; there’s an international bus from Danang to Savannakhet ( Laos ). The other crossing is at Keo Nua Pass/Cau Treo, west of Vinh or Tay Trang in Dien Bien Phu in the mountainous North Vietnam.
Travellers can cross to Cambodia is via Moc Bai; an international bus links Phnom Penh with Ho Chi Minh City or take a speed boat from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh.
26. Do’s and Don't in Vietnam
With many different kinds of travel spots and especially safety, Vietnam is a perfect choice for a family holiday. However, there is something that you should pay attention to in order to have the most comfortable trip.
+ Dress discreetly in public
Dress conservatively, especially for female travelers and children. The Vietnamese are quite conservative about their clothes, and it would be disrespectful to wear skimpy clothing in public. Dress appropriately not only to feel free to enjoy your trip, but more importantly to show your respect to others and especially in sacred places like pagodas and temples.
+ Be careful when crossing the roads
Traffic jam is one of the most terrific things that frighten foreigners first time coming to Vietnam. Riding bikes or motorbikes will be such an unforgettable experience. But the story will be more interesting when you try to cross the roads in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh city. Don’t stop as you cross the busy roads. Frightening as it can be, just keep walking. The traffic will avoid you. Pick a spot across the road, stare at it and keep walking, no matter what.
+ Make a bargain
Overcharging is also one of the most alarming problems of foreigners first time traveling to Vietnam as locals always think that foreigners are rich. However, this issue affects considerably the image of Vietnamese people on tourists’ eye when they read reviews on the Internet. Therefore, remember to make bargain whatever you buy, please read the reviews carefully to consult the prices, or just contact us for local tips and tricks at Realistic Asia.
+ Wear a lot of jewelry or show valuables in public, especially when in Ho Chi Minh City.
When walking on streets in Vietnam, especially big cities like Ho Chi Minh City, if you wear a lot of jewelry like rings or even make a phone call, you will be a target for pickpockets or robbers. Also when you can’t speak Vietnamese, it will be such a challenge to ask people surrounding you to help you.
+ Express the affection of lovers in public.
Western culture encourages or allows people to be free to show their love or affection. By contrast, it is impolite in Eastern culture countries, like in Vietnam. You can see couples holding hands, but they will not kiss when many people can see that. Thus, avoid kissing your friends or lovers in front of other people at public places.
+ Give money to the beggars on the street or tourist attractions.
Actually beggars are sometimes not beggars. There is another way you can help people in difficult circumstances like donating to the charity. Children are exploited to earn money to groups of people. So be aware of that.
There are a lot of things you should and shouldn’t do when coming to Vietnam, but don’t worry, if you have any query or need local help, please feel free to call us at Realistic Asia to have an affordable, safe and local journey.