Vietnam is one of the most incredible places to have a vacation that is both relaxing and adventurous.
This country has a fascinating history littered with both peace and war, enlightenment and strife. There are many exotic historical sights – from the Citadel in Hue, one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, to the underground kuchi tunnels.
For many, Vietnam brings to mind fields of rice paddies, banana boats or their delectable Pho noodle soup. However, one of the absolute most incredible things about Vietnam vacations has got to be its beaches. You may not know that Vietnam has beaches with fantastic tours, clear oceans, gorgeous dives and a party scene to die for.
The best way to see all of Vietnam’s best beach spots is to find a top notch Vietnam tour operator. These Vietnam tours usually include an English speaking guide, food, accommodation and a catered experience of the best spots in the neighborhood.
Some of Vietnam’s best beaches and historical spots include:
Da Nang has a rather rough history. In 1535, explorers from Portugal anchored their ships to Da Nang. Commercial trade and peaceful relations lasted for about 300 years between the European countries and Vietnam. Then, in 1847, France accused Vietnam of killing Christian missionaries and attacked Da Nang’s port. Throughout the French invasion and occupation, Da Nang played a crucial role.
The beaches of Da Nang are the stuff of legend. Non Nouc beach is renowned for its unique white sand. It’s also a historical spot, a place where soldiers in the Vietnam War chose to go when they had a break. My Khê beach is another beach that’s incredibly popular with tourists.
Hue is one of the architectural and historical capitals of Vietnam. There are pagodas, temples, tombs and monumental palaces, all open to tourists.
The most famous sight in Hue is the Citadel. The Citadel is made of 10km long walls. Inside are the nine holy cannons, which are spiritual monuments, designed to protect the city. The cannons were made from metals taken from the city’s enemies. They’ve never been actually shot.
You may also want to take a look at the Thai Hoa Palace. This is the majestic palace that’s used by the emperor to receive foreign dignitaries and guests. In other words, when the Vietnamese court wants to put their best foot forward, they use this palace. It’s absolutely worth the visit.
Let’s not forget the pagodas. The Bao Quoc Pagoda, the Chieu Ung Pagoda and the Dieu De National Pagoda all have unique stories and histories to tell.
If you have the time, take a visit to the perfume river. As the name suggests, the scent can be quite an experience. Also, something in the air makes pictures come out just a little differently.
Hoi An Beach is a fantastic place for a bit of rest an relaxation. Unlike most of Vietnam, where you’ll often be asked for money by various touts and salespeople, Hoi An is much more relaxing. Every once in a while, the city goes on a purge and takes these touts off the streets. Also, cars are completely banned in the city’s Old Town.
In other words, if you want a break from endless traffic and touts, Hoi An is the place to be. Go for a relaxing afternoon swim or sunbathe at this fantastic Vietnam vacation spot.
Of course, swimming isn’t all there is to do in Hoi An. Hoi An is home to the Museum of the Revolution, where remnants of the last two wars are stored. Here you can relive the hope and tragedy that made up Vietnam’s unusual past.
It’s also home to the Japanese Covered Bridge. This bridge was built to help mend the gap between the Chinese and Japanese people who both lived in Hoi An. There’s an ancient fold legend around the bridge – That there used to be a monster who lived under the bridge. The tale is definitely worth a listen, should you find someone who knows the whole legend.
ABC’s of planning a trip to Vietnam
Best Times to Visit:- Visiting Vietnam during the period of Jan-March helps you catch colorful festivals happening across the country including the famous Tet festival. Although be forewarned that things can get really crowded in January-February during the Tet festival and many hotels get fully booked, so that’s a time for which you’d need to do plenty of pre-planning. For beach and sun lovers, the best time to visit Vietnam is between June to early September as it’s a wet and hot period – it’s sunny through the day and thunderstorms usually in the nights. Mid-September to December is the golden time to visit North Vietnam such as Sapa, Halong Bay, Hanoi and other nearby provinces where the temperatures are moderate and skies are clear.
Where to Fly To:- Vietnam has 3 international airports:- NoiBai serving Hanoi, Tan Son Nhat serving Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang International Airport serving Da Nang. From there, you’ll find well established and connected Rail, Road and Water services to help you get around to nearby places.
These are some of the many incredible sights, sounds and experiences you can find in Vietnam. You can explore it alone, explore it with a friend or find a top notch Vietnam tour operator to help you find all the secret nooks and crannies the city has to offer.
About The Author: This article has been written by Dzung Trinh, CEO, TNK Travel Vietnam. His company specializes in Vietnam tours, holidays, vacations etc. They are also one of the best Cambodia tour operators providing the cheapest Cambodia travel deals.
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