As one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Southeast Asia, when you travel to Vietnam, many different kinds of attractions ranging from stunning natural landscapes, quaint villages, untouched islets to ancient citadels, colonial structures or war museums will definitely amaze you. But if you are concerning about what to explore for your Vietnam tours, let me show you some interesting places that you should not miss from the North to the South of Vietnam, today review will focus on the Central of Vietnam, now have a look!
I. What is the best time for Vietnam itinerary?
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 experiences the most rainfall between June and September. Meanwhile, 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.
II. Highlights of Vietnam itinerary in the Middle
1. Nha Trang
Known as the Riviera of Southeast Asia, Nha Trang impresses everyone by a long stretch of wonderful coastline, white smooth sandy beaches with mountains at the end and historical attractions. When traveling to Nha Trang, visitors can not only discover appealing attractions, but have a chance to join numerous meaningful and fun activities.
Sunbathing, relaxing and enjoy Nha Trang’s beautiful beaches
With favorable natural condition, Nha Trang impresses tourists by amazingly beautiful beaches. And of course, coming to the beach, sunbathing and relaxing on the beach or being deep into clean blue water to enjoy swaying palms, and a pleasant promenade are great.
When lying on the beach, visitors will not only admire the crystal-like water and the pristinely white sand of the long stretch beach, but the many idyllic surrounding islands, which will give an exotic get-away from the bustling city as well. The rather peaceful and energetic modern city brimming with tall green mountains in the background lie along the gently curved stretch of dazzling white sand. This perfect combination of human construction and natural beauty together with the clear blue water and the vast blue sky at the faraway horizon create spectacular masterpieces of Nha Trang Vietnam.
Taking a boat to the sea
If you wish to have the same experience as in Ha Long Bay, it is not a bad idea to take a boat trip. This is a great opportunity for us to see the different islands off the mainland. The common trip route includes Mun (Mun), Mieu (Miễu), Mot (Một), and Tam (Tằm) islands. It also includes full equipment for snorkeling, a trip to the aquarium and a fish farm with plenty of boat grub, cocktails and alcohol, lunch, transport and of course some stops for sunbathing at nice beaches along with an aquarium with no fees.
Diving and Snorkeling
Other favorite water sports are diving and snorkeling, which satisfies almost tourists. What is more amazing than observing underwater life and even playing with sea turtles? When observing Nha Trang from the sea, I bet that you will love this beach in particular and Vietnam, in general, more and more.
Visiting Vinpearl Land
The main attraction of Nha Trang will be Vinpearl land, the pearl of the ocean queen’s crown, offering a marvelous scene and excellent services. To arrive in Vinpearl Land, you need to go by the cable car, which is regarded as the longest ropeway in both Vietnam and in the world. Another way to reach here is traveling by boat, which takes about 20 minutes. The cable car just takes about 7 to 9 minutes, which is much shorter. Thus, the cable car is not only the most convenient path to Vinpearl Land but allows tourists to admire the spectacular view of the privileged bay of Nha Trang and Nha Trang city from above as well.
Especially at night, tourists can enjoy a special moment to witness the whole Nha Trang in beautiful night lights – so stunning.
Another ideal destination is Po Naga Cham towers, which represent the Cham ethic, are older than 1200 years, which is extremely great for taking photos. Other must-see attractions are Po Nagar Cham Towers, Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam, and many different places more. So what is more amazing than enjoying the stunning landscapes and exploring the culture uniqueness at the same time in Nha Trang?
It is no surprise when Hue is one of the top must-see destinations in Vietnam as its peaceful, outstanding natural landscapes together with friendly and helpful people. 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.
It is famous for its temples, bastions, mausoleums, architecture, and natural landscapes mostly covered by a layer of green moss, which creates a relaxing sensation. And spending time visiting Hue is considered as one of the top things to do in Vietnam.
Where to visit?
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.
In Hue, visitors can travel back in time to admire a citadel system, the result of a harmonious blend of Eastern and Western architecture. It is really amazing to travel to Vietnam, travel to Hue – a historic and dreamy land.
Entrance to the Citadel is 150,000 VND per person.
Trang Tien bridge
In Hue, visitors should also not miss Trang Tien Bridge, which has been the city’s most iconic bridge for over 100 years. Trang Tien Bridge, also called Truong Tien Bridge, spans the Huong River. Trang Tien Bridge is 402.60 m in length, comprising six coronary comb steel beams, each spanning 67 m aperture. The bridge is six meters wide and was designed in the Gothic style. The northern bridgehead is located in Phu Hoa Ward and southern one in Phu Hoi Ward.
Over 100 years in existence, the bridge experienced much historic upheaval. The Trang Tien Bridge light show is a wonderful nocturnal display. There are thousands of shimmering electric lights changing color. Some people compare Trang Tien Bridge at night to the beauty of a rainbow. If visitors want to enjoy the spectacle, they should wait until the weekend and go at night for the nicest views.
Ngo Mon Square
Ngo Mon Square is the bare land between the Southern Gate and the Citadel. More precisely, it’s bounded by Street 23/8 in the north at the foot of the Southern end of the Imperial City, a short way behind the The Nhan Gate (usually referred to as the Ngan Gate) in the east and just behind Quang Duc Gate in the west. Its width is about 125m north to south and 360m east to west.
Ngo Mon Square is a venue for important national and local ceremonies. Today, the appearance of the Square has changed, but it remains a focal point during the Festival period. Furthermore, Ngo Mon Square has become a place for local people to enjoy themselves and spend time outdoors in Hue.
Don't forget to explore the sophisticated cake heaven in Hue.
It is no surprise when Hoian, the most beautiful gem of Vietnam is on the list of must-see destinations when coming to this beautiful country. Being one of the oldest cities in the country, Hoian attracts thousands and millions of tourists every year for its unique architectures, ancient streets perfectly dotted with unobtrusive street vendors in their Vietnamese silk pajamas. It is also the best place for foreigners to get a deeper understanding of Vietnamese lives, tradition, and customs.
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.
What to explore?
Cao lau - Hoian's signature dish
Cao Lau or Hoi An’s secret noodle is one of the most famous dishes in Hoi An. It is the best taste when being enjoyed in Hoi An and just available in Hoi An. Cao Lau is a delectable dark pork broth with fat yellow noodles, slices of juicy pork, and served with bean sprouts, green vegetables, slices of and crispy croutons.
Hoian Chicken Rice - Com Ga Hoi An
Another dish is Hoian chicken rice - Com ga, one of the most favorably delicious fluffy rice cooked in chicken stock with a tiny bit of turmeric for color, thrown in a wok and served with boiled, coarsely shredded chicken.
White Rose in Hoian
White rose is actually not a flower. It is a type of shrimp dumpling made from translucent white dough bunched up to look like a rose. Shrimp and pork or other ingredients are placed on top the carefully folded noodles and topped with crispy shallot. Hot chilies, lemon together with sugar are mixed to create a special dipping sauce.
Quang Noodle – Mi Quang
When travelling to Hoian, it is such a big pity when you forget Mi Quang, a noodle dish typical for Quang Nam province. Like Cao Lau, Mi Quang is served with a little broth. It is yellow or white in color and made from rice flour. It is mixed with shrimp, pork and vegetables, and topped with grilled rice paper and spices. This noodle dish is a complex mixture of flavors and texture. Unlike other noodle soups, Mi Quang is almost like a dry noodle dish or noodle salad with the broth serving to bring all the flavors together.
4. Danang with Golden Bridge
As the most livable city of Vietnam, if you want to enjoy fresh air in golden sands, gentle waves, year-round warm water and surrounding coconut palm trees, Danang is the most amazing choice. The traffic here is very light and safe, excellent accommodation with luxurious resorts, international standard villas are available.
What to explore?
My Khe Beach
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. In addition to swimming, tourists can participate in many fun activities like scuba diving and observing coral reefs, regatta, flash mobbing, and many more activities at the beach. My Khe beach has something to suit all tastes. Watching the sunset and views of Da Nang City is also an enjoyable experience at My Khe. You can enjoy city views without all the noise from here.
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.
The bridge is open from 8.00 am to 18.30 pm all day of the week.
Price for Ba Na Hills: 700.000 VND/adult, 550.000 VND/child, free for children under 1m3.
Da Nang is truly blessed with outstanding nature. Apart from My Khe Beach, you should spend some time during your trip to travel to other attractions, such as Son Tra Peninsula, Ba Na Hills Mountain Resort, The Ngu Hanh Son Mount or Hoi An. You will discover uniqueness in every place you come to. So when being in this Danang tailor-made tour, visitors can not admire the beauty of My Khe Beach, but other breathtaking places as well.