Vietnam is perhaps the most fascinating destination in Southeast Asia. Located on the Indochina Peninsula, it covers a total area of approximately 331,210km2, mostly hilly and forested. Mountains account for 40% of the country’s land area while the forests cover other 42%. Vietnam also boasts a coastline of 3,260km and a maze of rivers and canals. With its diverse terrain, this country allure visitors by a variety of sights and unique cultures across Buddhist temples, exotic beaches, and bustling cities. Prepare yourself for a new adventure through our exclusive guide to Vietnam Vacation now!
Currently, there are 11 international airports offering direct and indirect flights from and to various destinations around the world. Noi Bai, Danang, Tan Son Nhat are the three busiest ones to access the most visited places in three regions.
Korean Air, Cathay Pacific, and American Airlines have flights daily to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city from New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco of United States with a connection in Seoul and Hong Kong respectively. Air Canada and Cathay Pacific offer flights from Toronto and Vancouver to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City with transit in Hong Kong. Korean Air and Japan Airlines also connect Vietnam with major cities in Canada but the transit time can be longer.
The climate of Vietnam varies considerably from region to region due to its stretching of over 1,650 km (1,025 miles) in length. Adding to that point, this country has an approximately 3,260km (2,026 miles) long coastline, making it a year-round destination to travel. Its climate is divided into 3 regions with different weather.
New Year holiday or Tet in Vietnam is generally celebrated on the same day as Chinese New Year. This is the best time for you to learn Vietnamese New Year tradition and customs as well as feel the spirit of this country.
Hanoi Old Quarter is small enough to explore by foot. You can walk on the narrow streets of the Old Quarter or visit the countless coffee shops and galleries dotted around this bustling city.
Ho Chi Minh City is worth to explore, especially its exotic nightlife. Amazing street food, impressive rooftop bars with stunning views of the city and plenty of bustle nightclubs are available there. take these 7 ideas here to have a fascinating trip around this appealing city
Water Puppet is a traditional show of North Vietnam but has recently been famous all over the world, and you can see the performance at the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre in Hanoi.
With more than 2,000 karst limestone mountain islands rising from the emerald water of the UNESCO World Heritage site, a trip on a luxury cruise over the charming bay will blow your mind away from its majestic landscape.
Trek Sapa to visit the rice paddies, learn about how the terraces are cultivated, discover Thac Bac waterfall, shop the multi-color products of the local, learn the ethnic culture
From bursting fields, lush mountain, land paths, wooden traditional stilt houses of ethnic people, Mai Chau is the place where you can forget all the tiredness and worries of busy everyday life.
Over 200 meters wide and a drop of more than 70 meters, Ban Gioc Waterfall offers a stunning site of 3 layers of cliffs among a picturesque background of green forest and unique ethnic villages. Among top 7 amazing waterfalls in Vietnam, Ban Gioc is listed as the number 1.
This ancient town used to be an international port in the 16th century. Ride your bike to visit Tra Que vegetable villages, Kim Bong carpentry village, amazing food, vibrant streets, and tranquil beaches. Hoi An will seduce you in its own unique way.
The Mekong Delta is a vast maze of rivers, swamps and islands, home to colorful floating markets, old Khmer pagodas, mangroves, orchards, and local villages surrounded by lush rice paddies.
One of the first things when people talk about Vietnam, it’s the Vietnamese wars. Go to Cu Chi to know more about how the Viet Cong lived and combated in 1948.
The most famous floating markets in Vietnam are Cai Rang and Cai Be but you have to wake up early because the markets will finish at around 9am.
Thanks to its beautiful clear water and colorful sea creatures, Nha Trang is the main spot for scuba diving in Vietnam. The best place to dive is at the fantastic Ninh Van Bay, which is only 60km from the center of Nha Trang.
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003, the remarkable Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park contains the oldest karst mountains in Asia.
Has been ranked in the list of top 10 beautiful sand dunes in the world, Mui Ne attracts a large number of visitors getting to its dunes to do sandboarding.
The official currency in Vietnam is Dong. The US dollar is widely accepted among major big shops and restaurants but the price might be rounded up to the nearest USD, making it a little bit more expensive than the cost in Dong. The Euro, Pound and other currencies are also easy to exchange but make sure your notes are clean and undamaged. Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are becoming more accepted in many of the bigger hotels, restaurants, and shops, especially in the larger cities with 3-4 percent per transaction. An ATM is easy to find in any city of Vietnam.
For tipping, big hotels and restaurants in Vietnam often add a 5 – 10% service charges to bills, so you don’t need to tip there but small gratuities for great services are much appreciated. But you should tip waiters, hired drivers, massage ladies, and tour guides because they don’t get high paid.
Learn some bargain techniques in our competed guide to deal with local salesmen, that can be interesting and will save your money. In the big cities such as Hanoi and Saigon, it’s better to use taxis or private car with driver due to the terrific traffic or you can go for tours to visit more attractions, get more amazing moments and experiences.