Naturally blessed with a variety of landscapes from highlands, national parks, hills, mountains, forests to beaches and islands, Vietnam can satisfy all tourists – whatever they wish to explore, they can start immediately if they join some Vietnam all-inclusive packages for their trip. But do you know what is top 10 best authentic experience in Vietnam?
I. The best time to visit Vietnam?
Vietnam is divided into three regions with different climate and landscapes. As a tropical country, like other Southeast Asian countries, Vietnam possesses two typical seasons: the dry and rainy season. For tourism, traveling in the dry season should be better to enjoy the sunny sky, warm blue seas and exotic landscapes.
Vietnam is divided into three regions with different climate and natural beauty.
- The North in which you can visit Hanoi, Dien Bien, Mochau or Halong Bay, Ninh Binh and Hagiang experiences the most rainfall between June and September.
- The Central Vietnam like Danang, Hoian and Hue, rainfall happens during the winter months including October and November.
- Like the North, the South Vietnam if you choose Ho Chi Minh City or Vung Tau, it is on their highest rainfall in June, July, August and September.
So if you want to spend your holiday in Vietnam in the most amazing weather to explore all sports and activities, avoid these months.
However, you can choose to visit Vietnam during monsoon months to not only save the costs but enjoy something interesting that the dry season cannot possess like lower crowds, cooler climate, no need for booking in advance.
II. Top 10 authentic experience in Vietnam 2019
1. Enjoy the egg coffee
Vietnam is pretty famous for its coffee and you will find coffee shops on every corner of every street. What you might not have known is that there are also a lot of specialty coffees, such as this deliciously frothy egg white coffee which you can purchase in certain cafes in Hanoi. A real treat after a long day sightseeing! Head to the Giang cafe (39 Nguyen Huu Huan) and Dinh Café (13 Đinh Tiên Hoàng) if you want to try it while in Hanoi.
Egg coffee by Mr. Nguyen Giang was from the late 1940s when condensed milk was not as abundant as today. Egg coffee is a mix of egg yolks, sugar, condensed milk, and Robusta coffee. The drink is made by beating egg yolks with sugar and coffee, then extracting the coffee into the half of the cup, followed by a similar amount of egg cream, which is prepared by heating and beating the yolks. The cup is served inside a bowl of hot water to retain its temperature. The marriage of the egg’s rich taste and aromatic coffee wafting through the air makes up the specific flavor. Let's wander and enjoy Hanoi in another taste.
2. Reach Fansipan summit
Sapa Mountain is the main trekking destination of the hill tribes of Vietnam thanks to its epic landscape, its excellent hiking opportunities and its proximity to the Hoang Lien Son mountains with the Fansipan peak - the roof of Indochina. From Fansipan summit, you can admire stunning landscapes of 3 countries including Laos, Vietnam and China.
3. Explore World Wonders & Heritages
For over 4000 years, Vietnam remains a lot of historical sites and places that embraced the national victory. Naturally blessed with stunning landscapes, Vietnam has been widely famous for a lot of world wonders and heritages like Halong, Hoian or Son Doong cave. Hue, for example. Located along the banks of the Huong River, Hue, the regional economic, cultural, touristic, scientific, specialized health, education and training hub of central Viet Nam is an attractive destination. Hue is famous for its temples, bastions, mausoleums, architecture, and natural landscapes mostly covered by a layer of green moss, which creates a relaxing sensation. Situated on the northern bank of the Huong River, Hue Citadel was built on a surface area of more than 500 ha, including the Hoang Thanh and Tu Cam Thanh Citadel. It was the administrative center of the Nguyen dynasty and served as the living quarters of the Emperor and the Royal Family. The Citadel belongs to the old Imperial Capital of Hue, recognized the by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage site in 1993.
A lot of other places are Hoian, Halong Bay, Nha Trang, etc.
4. See Halong bay on the bird view
With an area of 2,000 square kilometers, scattered all around with more than 1,900 magnificent islands and limestone pillars, Halong Bay is known for its splendid beauty and one of the world’s best natural marvel of all time as well as a long-standing spot in the “bucket” travel list of many travelers. Take a seaplane as one of the unique ways for travelers to perfectly feast their eyes on Halong bay’s scenery, especially with its astonishing 150-300m high flyovers above this stunning wonder of Vietnam.
Amazingly, there is no better way to witness Halong Bay wonderful limestone karsts and caves from the Seaplane.
5. Experience Mekong Delta with fish catching by bare hands and floating markets
If you have a chance to travel to Southern Vietnam, do not forget the floating market – the highlight of the South Vietnam. Mekong Delta is covered with rivers and canals, so traveling by boat is the easiest and fastest way of transportation. If you have a chance to travel to Southern Vietnam, do not forget the floating market – the highlight of Southern Vietnam.
Floating markets have long been an integral part of the lives of the locals in the Southwest from generation to generation. The floating market is a gathering place where the locals can buy their own products and fresh fruits or vegetables hanging on the poles while visitors can travel around to enjoy the locals’ life and buy something. Even you can find some floating bars, floating restaurants and the same kinds of shops as on the land.
Sitting on a boat and traveling around the market, visitors will be overwhelmed by hundreds of different boats packed with fresh and vivid colors of abundant fruits, poultry products, vegetables, seafood, handicraft goods, regional goods or aquatic products. Therefore, it is always crowded with many retailers from small markets in nearby cities, they come here to get fresh goods at reasonable prices.
Stunning scenery, hospitable locals, the greenness and rural characteristics will definitely ease your mind from all everyday troubles and give you memorable moments.
Do not forget to pay a visit to Cai Be, Cai Rang, Tra On and Nga Bay Floating Markets.
6. Learn how to ride a buffalo
Learning to ride a buffalo is surely a great life skill, perfect for when you become a farmer and need to plough your fields! Places that offer this kind of activity include Ninh Binh, Mai Chau, Sapa and Hoi An. Even Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg sees the value in riding a Buffalo.
When you try this buffalo riding, it will not only bring you exciting moments but get closer to the agricultural culture of Vietnamese people. So meaningful and amazing, right? Don't be afraid of mud, it is funny.
7. Reach Golden Bridge in Danang, the most liveable city in Vietnam
Famous as a phenomenon since 2018 for its special architecture of gray hands and beauty, Golden Bridge is also a must-see spot. Lobelia Chrysanthemum is along the path on the bridge, creating accents of color and attracting all visitors. Standing on this amazing bridge, you can admire the entire endless landscapes and marvelous nature of Ba Na area.
Golden Bridge is located in Thien Thai Garden of Sun World Ba Na Hills, thus if you wish to visit this unique architecture, please travel to Ba Na Hills.
Opening hour: 8.00 am - 18.30 pm all day of the week.
8. Explore the heaven of the world's most amazing beaches - My Khe, Nha Trang, Mui Ne or Phu Quoc
Rated as one of the six most charming beaches on the planet in 2015 (Forbes) and one of the ten best beaches in Asia by Sunday Herald Sun Magazine of Australia, My Khe is worth visiting.
Known as the Riviera of the South China Sea, Nha Trang boasts a six-km stretch of beautiful coastline along with the white sandy beaches and blue water.
If you are adventure-lover, Phan Thiet with Mui Ne is also an attractive cultural tourist destination with a diverse population of Chinese and Cham people along with the unique cuisine from fresh seafood. Located in Phan Thiet, Mui Ne is one of the most famous beaches in Vietnam for its spectacular bright red sand dunes where we can sled down on bits of cardboard to have great fun as well. The wind can pick up on the beach in the afternoon, the breeze is great but you can end getting sand blasted on the beach in the morning.
9. Wander in the most ancient town in Vietnam - Hoian
Hoian is not just famous for its ancient beauty and beautiful landscapes recognized many times worldwide, but also for its authentic cuisine as one of the 25 most attractive destinations for foodies around the world. Do not forget that you are in a heaven of street food.
Trying street food will bring you an interesting and unforgettable experience and here are top 4 most popular and favorable dishes that you must eat when landing on this lovely city - Cao Lau - Hoian's signature dish, Hoian Chicken Rice - Com Ga Hoi An, White Rose in Hoian and Quang Noodle – Mi Quang.
10. Visit Dalat "little Paris of Asia"
Known as the City of Love and Eternal Spring, Dalat is an extremely ideal place for those wishing to enjoy all-year-round cool temperate weather, romantic landscapes from dreamy pine tree forests, awe-inspiring flower fields to French boulevards and villas from the colonial period.
A lot of amazing, famous and peaceful attractions are waiting for us. Liang Biang, The Valley of Love, Crazy House - the world’s ten most creative buildings, Dalat Flower Gardens, Dalat Railway Station, Xuan Huong lake and many more will not disappoint you.
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