I create this new discussion because I saw lots of people don't know which places visited in Vietnam. I hope this introduction will help you.
Cities where we should to go :
- Hanoi :
Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam. It is one of the two entry points to the country. The first impression you will have, is that this is a chaotic city. But the longer you stay, the more you will appreciate Hanoi. To visit Hanoi, you will need around seven days. Most tourists do not stay for so long here. They stay a couple of days, visit the Old District, and go to Ha Long Bay or Sapa. If you can, stay longer and explore the city and its lakes. More
- Ha long Bay :
It is an UNESCO World Heritage site. Probably you have seen pictures of this unique bay with its thousands of islands. A two or three day tour should be enough to visit Ha long Bay. In Summer its air will be clearer and its water bluer, but it can be visited any season. You can get there by bus from Hanoi.
- Sapa :
Sapa is the name of a town in the Northwest of Vietnam, from where you go on many trekkings and excursions, and visit the traditional ethnic peoples who inhabit this mountainous region. How long you stay in Sapas region depends on the excursions you want to do. Most trekkings last from two to five days. Go on a weekend and you will enjoy its markets. You get to Sapa by an overnight train from Hanoi. Winters can be quite cold, sometime it snows.
- Ninh Binh :
It is a town south of Hanoi. Many agencies offer a one day excursion to Ninh Binh. Locals call it the Ha long Bay on land, because of it similarities with the world famous bay. If you want to visit its national park, add a couple more days. You get here from Hanoi on a minibus. From here you can also go to Hue.
- Hue :
410 miles (660 km) south of Hanoi sits this ancient capital of Vietnam. To visit the city you need two days. Add another day to visit the surrounding temples (must see). If you are traveling South, your next stop should be Hoi An. You get there by bus (or taxi). If you are traveling North, your next stop is Hanoi.
- Hoi An :
It is another must see. Dedicate a couple of days to visit its picturesque streets. This is also the place to buy taylor clothes. There is also a nice beach, in case you want to stay longer. If you are traveling North, your next stop is Hue. If you are traveling South, your next stop can be Nha Trang, Muine or Saigon. To get to any of these destinations you should take the train (in Da Nang) or the plane.
- Da Nang :
It is the third biggest city in Vietnam, but has not much interest for tourists. If you are traveling around Vietnam, you go here only to get the train south after visiting Hoi An. You can stay in Da Nang one or two days to visit a couple of interesting sites, though.
- Nha Trang :
It is a big town with nice beaches. A great place to relax although I prefer Muine. If you are into scuba diving, stay here five or more days. If not, a couple of days should be enough. If traveling North your next stop should be Hoi An. If traveling South, you can go straight to Saigon, or stop in Muine. You can get there on a bus.
- Muine :
It is another beach destination. Tourism is developing fast in the area. I enjoyed it much more than Nha Trang. Stay two or three days, relax on the beach, do an excursion, and keep traveling. From here you should go to Saigon, if traveling south.
- Dalat :
Dalat is quite different from anywhere else youll visit in Vietnam. You would almost be forgiven for thinking youd stumbled into the French Alps in springtime. This was certainly how the former colonists treated it escaping to their chalets to enjoy the cooler climate.
- Saigon :
Or Ho Chi Minh is the business city in Vietnam. It is even noisier and more chaotic than Hanoi. The town has a nice center. I would recommend a stay of three to five days to visit the city. From here you can do an excursion to the Mekong Delta. And if you still have some days left, take a plane and go to Phu Quoc.
- Mekong Delta :
The Mekong Delta is another must see in any travel to Vietnam. Do not miss its floating markets. Two or three days is the minimum stay. You get here by bus from Saigon.
- Phu Quoc Island :
This island south of Cambodia is like paradise on earth. Although tourism is developing fast, it is still unspoiled. Crystal clear waters, long beaches, hassle free,
a great place to chill out. Stay here around four days (longer if you can). If you come here at the end of your travel you will appreciate it more. My favorite destination in Vietnam (and in the world probably)
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