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Vietnam is a beautiful land of sublime landscapes and vibrant cities. The country is starting its three-phase plan to resume regular international flights from 2022! Now is the perfect time to start planning your trip and the top 5 destinations in Vietnam that you must not miss!
The Mekong Delta
Vietnam’s Mekong River winds through the south of the country and feeds nine tributaries that make up the fertile Mekong Delta, known as the Vietnam’s ‘rice bowl’. For hundreds of years, communities have existed on the river and depend on it for food and travel. The main town in the heart of the delta is Can Tho, a busy cultural and transportation hub, whose waterfront is lined with floating restaurants, pagodas, hotels, and peaceful gardens. It is an ideal base for exploring the temples, lush orchards and traditional villages of the region.
From Can Tho, take a boat cruise around the the famous floating markets of the delta. In bustling Cai Rang, wholesalers converge en masse on the canals, piloting boats laden with locally grown fruits and vegetables. Phong Dien is a quieter, more traditional floating market, where cooking utensils, farm tools, and fishing gear can be won alongside fresh produce. Here you’ll find more scull boats than motorboats, and a more laid back vibe than Cai Rang. Most of the stock market is early in the morning, so set your alarm clock to beat the heat and the crowds.
Phu Quoc Island
Located in the Gulf of Thailand off the coast of Cambodia, Phu Quoc Island is the largest of the 28 isolated islets that make up the Phu Quoc region of Vietnam. A beach lover’s paradiseThe island has more than 20 shores, including Long Beach, a 20 km stretch of powdery white sand, perfectly placed to watch the setting sun. Much of Phu Quoc’s rugged interior is designated a UNESCO Protected Biosphere, a pristine wilderness of craggy peaks, tropical rainforest, and plunging waterfalls. The coral reefs that surround the island are home to hawksbill and green turtles, and are great for diving and snorkeling. Take a ride in the cable car that connects Phu Quoc Island with neighboring Hon Thom and enjoy spectacular seascapes as you glide through the air, eight kilometers across the Gulf.
This historic seaside town and former commercial port has its roots in the 15e century. Perfectly car-free, the picturesque old town offers a charming cultural blend of Japanese, Chinese and French colonial architecture, crossed by a network of canals. Don’t miss the beautiful Japanese Covered Bridge, built in 1590 to connect the Japanese and Chinese communities of Hoi An.
The city enjoys a vibrant culinary reputation, a nod to centuries of cultural diversity. Take part in a cooking class where you’ll head to the market to shop for locally grown ingredients, then learn to cook (and devour) a tempting feast. Rent a bicycle and explore the surrounding countryside along quiet country roads lined with bright green rice fields. Five kilometers north of town you will find the white sands of An Bang beach, where you can cool off in the waves and lounge under thatched-roof umbrellas before having a beer and a bite to eat at one of the beach bars.
The bustling capital of Vietnam is an alluring mix of ancient temples, serene lakes, tree-lined boulevards, cacophonous traffic and historic colonial architecture. Stroll through the narrow alleys of the prosperous old quarter, filled with craft shops, bars, cafes and the irresistible aromas of street food stalls. Stroll along the tree-lined shores of serene Hoan Kiem lake, the lung of the city, where locals come to relax and practice yoga and tai chi. An 18e The temple of the century, Ngoc Son, sits on a small island in the center of the lake. Look closely and you may spot the endangered softshell turtles that reside in the waters. For shopping, head to Dong Xuan Market, Hanoi’s largest, where you can browse four floors of clothing, food, and electrical goods. Bring your bartering skills – it’s all part of the fun!
Located in the northeast of the country, glittering Ha Long Bay is valued for its amazing natural beauty. The region is Vietnam’s number one tourist attraction, thanks to its splendid otherworldly appearance. This UNESCO World Heritage Site comprises a vast expanse of emerald sea dotted with over 1,600 protruding karsts, limestone islands that rise dramatically out of the water. Many tree-lined islets contain surreal caves filled with stalagmites and stalactites. Take an excursion aboard a traditional Vietnamese junk or sailboat. You’ll cruise around the bay, stopping at many of the island’s unspoiled beaches where you can swim, kayak, and snorkel in the idyllic waters.
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