Vietnam is a small country with a rich culture and plenty of history. Since the infamous war, Vietnam has begun a resurgence into the tourist spotlight as a place with amazing food, great beaches and a very low cost of living. Vietnamese food is considered to be one of the world’s best cuisines and there are plenty of new dishes to try when you visit.
Vietnam boasts some incredible cities that either make for excellent day-trips or that are great for setting up base whilst you explore the rest of the country. Hanoi is the capital and is packed full of wonderful things to do, see and experience. A stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake, a moving visit to Bach Ma Temple and panoramic views from the top of Lotte Tower Observation Deck are just some of the attractions on offer in the country’s capital.
Ho Chi Minh city is another extremely popular holiday destination within Vietnam. Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh city represents some incredibly important history in this part of the world. There is an abundance of monuments, museums and tunnels that point back to the war and unification of Vietnam. Despite all of the city’s history, it is now one of the most contemporary spots in Vietnam. A Bonsai River Cruise is highly recommended and having a drink on the bustling Pham Ngu Lao Street is always worth doing.
What makes Vietnam even more attractive is the warm, temperate climate that it experiences all-year-round. The dry season lasts from December until around May and this is the time that we would recommend travelling to the country. The wet seasons last from June to November but the weather isn’t as extreme as in other parts of Asia so doesn’t usually affect travel. Tan Son Nhat airport serves Ho Chi Minh City and Noi Bai International Airport is best to fly into if you are travelling to Hanoi.