Here we leave you clues about what to see and what to do in Vietnam for each of the three areas in which the country is divided.
What to see and do in North Vietnam
Highlights from the northern part of Vietnam is Hanoi, the capital of the country and airport main of Vietnam, almost as popular as Hanoi or even more, we have the landscape of legend and a prettier postcard of Vietnam: Halong Bay.
So to speak Hanoi and Halong Bay are the two essential points of northern Vietnam, northern Vietnam but has much more to offer.
The area north of Vietnam one of the most prominent tourist destinations is Sa Pa, located in the mountains of the Lao Cai province near the border with China. In addition to Sa Pa, we have the perfume Pagoda and also the province of Ninh Binh, where stands out above all the Tam Coc area as destinations on the rise. As a last point of interest of North Vietnam we have to Haiphong that represents the gateway to the Island Cat Ba.
What to see and do in central Vietnam
Centre of Vietnam has the tourist triangle formed by the cities of Da Nang, Hue and Hoi An that monopolize the vast majority of trips and excursions through the Centre of the country.
You have the imperial tombs in the vicinity of the city of Hue distributed along the perfume River, near Hoi An have the remnants of civilization in My Son Cham, the marble mountains and finally the mountain pass called The Paso de las Nubes.
The center of Vietnam and especially Hoian is known for the beautiful beaches of white sand and crystal clear waters.
What to see and do in South Vietnam
In the South of Vietnam the reference without place to doubt is the Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon city. The rest of tourist attractions in the South of Vietnam are divided between the Mekong Delta, beaches and natural parks.
Beach in Vietnam destinations have the Phu Quoc Island, Nha Trang and Mui Ne. As a place featured in the South of Vietnam, to Middle Road between Ho Chi Minh City and the beaches of Nha Trang is Dalat, and Cat Tien Park is located very close of Dalat. The most important city in the Mekong Delta is Can Tho, even though in the Mekong delta offers the possibility to visit floating markets, such as the Cai Rang floating market. Finally, the South of Vietnam and the Mekong River are the gateway to Cambodia and its stunning Temples of Angkor, passing through the border town of Chau Doc.
Sightseeing in Vietnam
Vietnam is living on the street, if we know the real Vietnam just to walk anywhere in the country to contact the smiling people, buying at markets and street markets, visiting historical anywhere, etc...
Museums of Vietnam
Vietnam is not a country where highlighting museums, but can be found distributed throughout the geography of the country certain museums which can be interesting, many of them focusing on the thematic Vietnam war and wars of Indochina, but there are also museums of history of Vietnam and Vietnamese ethnicity.
Parks in Vietnam
There are many natural parks where its greatest attraction is more than the faunia flora in Vietnam. We have mountains in the North of Vietnam and the part South of Vietnam can find jungle.
Tourist itineraries for Vietnam
A journey that seeks to cover the highlights of Vietnam is to visit the northern, central and southern Vietnam. Also recommend touring the country in that order, entering and exiting the Hanoi Ho Chi Minh.
Visiting northern Vietnam
The most common route for the North of Vietnam is: Hanoi, Sapa, Tam Coc, Ninh Binh (Hoa Lu), the Perfume Pagoda and Halong Bay.
The capital of Vietnam and one of the oldest cities of the country. In Hanoi we find Pagodas, mausoleums, museums, temples and markets. The landmark of Hanoi is its central lake, the Hoan Kiem Lake, from where the vast majority of tourist attractions in Hanoi can be visited on foot.
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Museums in HanoiThe most famous Museum of Hanoi is the Ethnological Museum, where you can see the different ethnic groups that make up Vietnam. Also in Hanoi have the History Museum, Museum of the Vietnamese revolution, Military museum, the Museum of Vietnamese women, etc...
SapaThe mountain area located in the North near the border with China. Sapa (Sa Pa in Vietnamese) offers mountains of over 3000 meters of altitude (southern part of the Himalayas), villages populated by ethnic minorities and most outstanding excursions for hiking and trekking.
Tam Coc, Ninh Binh and Hoa Lu
Ninh Bình is located very near Hanoi, years ago was the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Vietnam called Hoa Lu, where today we can visit important remains of a civilization and city extinct, incredible landscapes where the most beautiful sightseeing of all is the area of Tam Coc, known as Halong Bay between rice paddies.
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The Perfume PagodaOne of the most important of Vietnam religious sites is the Perfume Pagoda. It's a set of temples, pagodas and caves located in a beautiful mountain area which can be accessed across the River at boat's oars and later ascending cable car.
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Halong BayIf there is a point of Vietnam that can not miss is is undoubtedly The Halong Bay. A beautiful Bay full of rock formations and Islands where imagination and legends transport us to past eras. This place is known with the name of the Bay of the descendants of the dragon, magic name as with an ancient legend on their backs.
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Visiting Central Vietnam
The most touristic parts of the center of Vietnam are Hue, Hoi An and Danang. The city of Danang has little that offer the traveller however has well connected airport with Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. In the vicinity of Hoi An we have interesting tourist spots such as the ruins of My Son Champa and the Marble mountains.
HueThe city of Hue was the ancient capital of Vietnam, and home to the emperors for years. Today we can still visit the forbidden city, the imperial tombs and the impressive Citadel of Hue. The city of Hue is crossed by The River Perfume, not to be confused with the Perfume Pagoda.
In Hoi An we will find a beautiful town of fishermen and traders where you can visit the Bridge covered Japanese bonito. The city of Hoi An has great tradition of tailors, which has earned him the title of being one of the best places to make clothes tailored to Southeast Asia. In addition to shops, history, River, and narrow streets, in Hoi An are some of the best beaches of white sand and crystal clear waters of all Vietnam.
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Museums in Hoi AnMost curious of all Hoi An is the Museum of Sa Huynh culture because it houses the museo de la revolucion where photographs and war material are exposed on its top floor. Other museums in the city of Hoi An, are little attractive to the visitor, but include the Museum of history and culture of Hoi An, the ceramics Museum and the Museum of popular culture.
my SonThe excursion by excellence in the vicinity of Hoi An is My Son. It's a sanctuary with the most important remains of the former Champa civilization that inhabited Vietnam for centuries.
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Visiting Southern Vietnam
The nerve center of the South of Vietnam is the Ho Chi Minh City, formerly called Saigon city. From Ho Chi Minh City we can visit The Mekong Delta, any of the cities of beach as Vung Tau, Nha Trang, Mui Ne and Phu Quoc or enjoy natural parks such as the natural park of Cat Tien.
The South of Vietnam is the gateway to Cambodia and the Temples of Angkor in Siem Reap city.
Ho Chi Minh City
The ancient city of Saigon was renamed after the war as Ho Chi Minh City. It is the westernmost of all Vietnam city with wide avenues, skyscrapers hundreds of meters high, malls and thousands of motorcycles. Without a doubt the most vibrant city of throughout Vietnam and the best point for shopping.
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Museums in Ho Chi Minh CityIn the center of the former City of Saigon we have the vestiges of the War Museum and the Museum of the Palace of independence. Another museum / visit are the famous Cu Chi tunnels.
Virtual visit to the Vietnam War museum.
The Mekong DeltaThe most famous River in throughout Southeast Asia, the Mekong River, forms the beautiful area called the Mekong Delta at its mouth. Essential surf boat to not to lose detail, most remarkable of seeing are the floating markets.
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Beaches of Vietnam (Vung Tau, Mui Ne, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc)
We have Sun and beach destinations such as Vung Tau (1 hour by ferry), Mui Ne (4 hours by bus), Nha Trang (7 hours by bus) and the island of Phu Quoc (30 minutes by plane) in the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City.
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Dalat and ParksThe city of Dalat is known as the City of lovers, where we have Lakes, parks of flowers, love Valley, the mountains of Romeo and Juliet and water falls.
Cambodia and the Temples of Angkor
After seeing the highlights of Vietnam is the turn to the neighboring country of Cambodia. In Cambodia there are 2 cities that are the primary see: Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
To move to Cambodia from Vietnam can be done by plane, bus or boat, as there is no railway line between the two countries.
Phnom Penh is Cambodia's capital and scale if we travel overland from Vietnam, has some very beautiful temples but the big attraction of Cambodia Angkor Temples are located in the city of Siem Reap. The temples of Angkor are the largest religious building built by human hands where today there are many unsolved mysteries, such as why he abandoned thousands of years ago.
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