Vietnam has long been an ideal for foreigners with irresistible landscapes, honest locals, unique diversified culture of over 54 ethnic minorities and amazing cuisine ranging from the North to the South. But do you know what is the best time, which place should visit on which month or how to live your trip up in Vietnam? Let VieGo clarify some interesting facts about Vietnam destination - top 10 most common questions for not missing about Vietnam travel guide.
1. What is the best time to visit Vietnam?
The best time to visit Vietnam varies in seasons & regions: The North, Central & South.
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 like Danang, Hoian and Hue, rainfall happens during the winter months including October and November.
- Like the North, the South of 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.
2. What are the best beaches in Vietnam?
Phu Quoc Island used to be an unknown retreat, a hidden gem for those travelers searching for a true hideaway. Today, Phu quoc has become a premier beach destination with many luxury resorts and construction sites growing almost everywhere.
Being the largest island in Vietnam, Phu Quoc boasts dozens of excellent beaches, including Star Beach (Bai Sao Beach) with sleepy palm trees, incredible white sand, and distinctive turquoise water; Long Beach (Bai Dai Beach) - th - the scene of the most intense development on the island with a wide range of hotels, resort, and restaurant from the budget to the top-notch one; Ong Lang Beach - a long stretch of lovely, sandy bays dotted with black volcanic rock...
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 on 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.
Nearby: You can visit Golden Bridge in Bana Hills, one of the new world's masterpieces since 2018
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. I highly recommend this place for those wishing to escape the often overcrowded city. Some outstanding beaches are Tran Phu Beach and Hon Chong beach, Bai Tru Beach, Bai Dai beach, Nhu Tien beach. One of the most favorite beaches is Doc Let with a lot of palm trees and fishing boats offshore as well as the image of white salt mountains and locals carrying heavy baskets across the fields.
Actually, Doc Let beach seems to be primitive and squeaking under foot as you walk in soft sand will be a perfect escape.
3. Top Vietnam Tourist Attractions
As the center of the political, cultural, historical, and social-economic quintessence built up over a thousand years of national construction of the Vietnamese nation, lots of meaningful places in Hanoi are waiting for visitors to explore. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son temple, The Old Quarter, and The Temple of Literature are worth visiting.
A unique cuisine that attracts both Hanoi foodie and many travelers is street food Hanoi. Do not worry, as when traveling to Hanoi, you are “lost” in the food heaven: Pho, Pho Bo, Cha Ca, Xoi, Che, Bun Cha, Banh Cuon and many other.
A lot of things to do in Danang Vietnam, the most livable city of Vietnam, but do not forget to visit My Khe Beach, as one of the must-see destinations in Danang Vietnam. Why? Simply if you want to enjoy fresh air in golden sands, gentle waves, year-round warm water and surrounding coconut palm trees, My Khe is the most amazing choice. The traffic here is very light and safe, excellent accommodation with luxurious resorts, international standard villas are available. 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.
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.
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.
You can get to Hue from Danang.
4. What are the most remarkable landmarks 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.
Hoian ancient town
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 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.
In the past, the former French station on the 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.
Son Doong Cave
Being discovered for the first time by a local man named Ho Khanh, Son Doong Cave is recognized as the largest cave in the world. Located in the heart of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, Son Doong Cave is more than 5 kilometers long, 200 meters height, and the main cavern is large enough to contain an entire New York City block. The ecosystem inside this cave which was formed during the Cambrian-Permian geological eras is as unique as its large.
Son Doong Cave even has its own localized weather system and is rich in forms of life. People find here many new species of fish, spiders, shrimp, wood lice - they are all completely white.
5. What are the best places for a yoga retreat in Vietnam?
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.
In addition to the unique culture of ethnic minorities, Ha Giang’s majestic beauty of the mountain is such a hit with both local and foreign tourists. With its untouched scenery, Ha Giang is one of the most recommended tourist attractions in Vietnam, especially for those wishing to get closer to the Vietnam countryside.
This is ideal for backpackers and those wishing to conquer new lands and challenge themselves. The mountain ranges soaring up will give a breathtaking view when we are at mountain summits. The deep valleys, dense forests together with amazing waterfalls create majestic scenery that can satisfy all visitors. In late spring and early autumn, the region looks colorful with rice terraces, while in the winter, the mountains are even covered with snow. Especially, Ma Pi Leng Pass and Happiness Road in Ha Giang are the favorite spots of adventurous trekkers.
Just about 60 km from Hanoi, Tam Dao town in Vinh Phuc province is one of the most favorite places for those wishing to rest after a week of hard work. The first feeling when you step foot down on this dreamy land is the fresh air and there seems to be a giant natural air conditioning quietly spraying the cold air for the whole area.
Traveling to Tam Dao, enjoy the cold early autumn, take a sip coffee cup or relax on the romantic ramp to see the mountain clouds. Feeling the tranquility of the evening or the peace of the morning is no better. After a week of hard work, leaving behind tired tension, avoiding the smoke and dust of the city, what is better than going to peaceful Tam Dao for relaxation with nature to find yourself the silence in the soul.
6. What are the most spectacular hiking/trekking trails in Vietnam
Naturally blessed with a variety of landscapes from highlands, national parks, hills, mountains, forests to beaches and islands, Northern 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.
With its pristine scenery, Ha Giang is not only one of the best tourist attractions in Vietnam, but also an ideal place for all backpackers by its perfect mountainous landscapes, dense forests, magnificent waterfalls and distinctive cultures of tribal people.
Having remained untouched by mass tourism, with the majestic highland, Ha Giang is the best choice for mountain discovery in Vietnam. In spring and autumn, this region looks charming and colorful with rice terraces, while in the winter, the mountains are covered by snow, thus, besides Sapa, Ha Giang is also a great place to taking photos with snow in the tropics like Vietnam. Ma Pi Leng Pass and Happiness Road in Ha Giang are such a hit with adventurous backpackers.
A unique and high-valued culture attracts tourists coming to this mysterious land. Spending time visiting some villages, you can explore and get closer to the life of different tribal groups such as Tay, Dao, Pu Peo, Nung, or Lo Lo. Dong Van Karst Global Geopark as UNESCO-listed Park with its geological and cultural values is also worth visiting.
Just a small town in the mountainous northwest of Vietnam, Sapa has always been listed as the best tour in North Vietnam, which has attracted millions of travelers each year.
Coming to Sapa, tourists will be impressed by the magnificent mountains loom in front of them. The high green hills, the colorful terraced rice fields, and the marvelous mountain peaks are the irresistible appeal to travelers. In recent years, under the influence of the climate change, the winter gets dramatically cold and the temperature drops sharply. Therefore, if you come to Sapa in late December or early January, there is a likelihood of seeing snow. Especially, Fansipan peak – the summit of Indochina is crowned with a headdress of ice.
Despite unfavorable terrain, hiking in Sapa is still such a hit with tourists. What is more interesting than trekking, visiting trial group villages, sightseeing, admiring the sunrise and sunset or enjoying the cool air?
Lang Biang Mountains is located on Lang Biang Plateau, Lam Dong Province. About 12 km from Dalat center, Lang Biang stands stunningly like the roof of Dalat. From the top of Lang Biang Mountain, you can admire the Golden Stream and Silver Stream, or observe the whole dreamy Dalat, which looks like a lush green valley with two pieces of silver silk (the Golden and Silver Stream), and especially enjoy the sunset with your lovers and hear the legend about K’Lang and Ho Biang’ love story.
Here, tourists can take part in many different activities such as camping, exploring the natural flora and enjoying the unique and diversified culture of ethnic minority groups. Lang Biang is also an ideal place for those wishing an adventurous trip like mountain climbing, conquering high peaks, paragliding and trekking.
Finally, “Hundred-year valley” at the foot of Lang Biang is a must-see destination for those loving an entertainment and ecological tourist site.
7. What is the paradise for cycling in Vietnam? - Cycling in Vietnam| Top 3 for not missing!
Though as a small country in Southeast Asia, Vietnam has long been an attractive destination for different kinds of tourism due to its diverse nature, from vast deltas, national parks, highlands to long coastline of marvelous beaches or islands. You can spend time with your family or friends, travel to get a deeper understanding of a new culture, or simply travel to relax and get closer to nature. If you wish to be deep into nature, biking will be a good choice, which is also top thing to do in Northern Vietnam.
What is more amazing than cycling in the most beautiful gem of Vietnam? 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.
Ba Vi is also regarded as “Dalat of Northern Vietnam”. Just 50 kilometers far from Hanoi, in the summer morning, biking in Ba Vi is such a great experience as its cool and fresh air creating a sense of well-being for everyone who comes here. That is the reason why Ba Vi seems to be the most popular choice for those wishing to relax after the hustle and bustle of modern life in Hanoi.
The romantic scenery will make every visitor love it at first sight. On one side, there are many tall trees covered with soothing moss, and the other side impresses everyone with a clear blue sky with white wisps of white clouds lurking around the mountain peaks. On the top of the mountain, the vibrant violet color of lust brushes looks like purple clouds being prominent in the mist. From the gateway, there are two directions, if visitors want to enjoy exotic flowers and birds, let’s choose the bamboo forest. If you want to reach the top of the mountain, let’s go deeper and follow a steep slope. This road goes up high, bringing visitors into a virtual space of clouds, wind and birds singing in the forest.
Approximately 200km from Hanoi, at the height of 1,000m above sea level, Moc Chau plateau (Moc Chau district, Son La province) is naturally endowed with stunning beauty. Each season, Moc Chau attracts tourists with a delicate and beautiful appearance.
Moc Chau is gorgeous all year round, but the most beautiful time is the nesting season of birds and the blooming flower season with the pure white of broccoli, the green of tea fields, the wild and yellow color of wild sunflowers or the picturesque of plum blossoms and pink blossoms in Spring.
You can ride your bike around the town to pay a visit to many different places such as the pine forest in Ban Ang where you can cycle around the lake, take a deeper discovery into the pine forest with some strange animals, harvest strawberries or enjoy the sunset and slowly sip at your coffee. Other destinations are Happyland, Heart-shaped tea hill, Doi cave, Dai Yem waterfall and tea farms.
8. Why you should choose Vietnam for your honeymoon vacation?
Despite as a small country, Vietnam has become such a hit in Southeast Asia with tourists by hundreds and thousands of natural wonders, fantastic natural beauty and cultural complexities, and dynamic megacities and hill-tribe villages.
Each region impresses visitors by different landscapes ranging among the three most wonderful destinations in the North, the Middle and the South of Vietnam.
The ideal weather
Vietnam is divided into three regions with different climates and landscapes. The North in which you can visit Hanoi, Sapa, Ha Giang or Halong Bay experiences the most rainfall in their summer months between June to September. Meanwhile, Central Vietnam like Danang, Hoian, and Hue, rainfall happens between October and November. Like the North, the South of Vietnam if you choose Ho Chi Minh City or Vung Tau, please pay attention to the highest rainfall in June, July, August, and September.
In each time of year, you could make a visit to different provinces in a wonderful country with your children. In spring, you can book a trip to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City to enjoy thoroughly the traditional culture of locals when they are busy with preparation for Tet. There is nothing entertaining for children than observing cultural activities by naked eyes and having opportunities to take part in such meaningful events.
Vietnamese people are very friendly and kind. Although they are sometimes quite conservative but still willing to help foreigners. They are eager to help you if you get lost or attentively show their cuisines, handicrafts or festivals if you wish to travel like a real local.
Whoever you are, don’t worry, even it is your first time in Vietnam, the locals are eager to invite you to join them at their table with share snacks, attend their family meal or take part in festivals, or even just simply say hello to you in the street.
Various types of travel spots
Naturally blessed with diversified landscapes ranging from highlands, valleys, forests, national parks, temples to beaches, bays and islands, Vietnam is undoubtedly a great destination which enables travelers to enjoy different kinds of tourism. The irresistible appeal of the top tourist attractions in Vietnam such as Halong Bay, Moc Chau, Ba Na Hills and Hoian has attracted millions of travelers each year.
9. Top special dishes & drinks in Vietnam
Bun Cha Hanoi (Grilled Pork & Noodles)
If Pho is Hanoi’s number one dish, then Bun Cha ranks easily number two when it is regarded as a Hanoi local food favorite, where grilled pork and rice noodles are the stars and fresh herbs, sliced papaya, red chili and garlic are the supporting players. And you can add fried spring rolls to the mix to enjoy the dish in the most amazing way.
Cha Ca (Grilled & Fried Fish with Rice Noodles)
It is obvious that visitors will fall in love with the Hanoi food scene immediately just after tasting Cha Ca, the most unique food to try in this city. Cha Ca, a Northern Vietnamese specialty is created by pan-fried chunks of meaty, turmeric, dill, fatty skinned fish, peanuts, shrimp paste and rice noodles and other fresh ingredients.
Pho (Noodle Soup)
This is the most popular dish in Hanoi as travelers love it for the savory broth and slow-cooked meat, both beef and chicken, and just around $2 US. I really like its condiments, especially the small but potent red peppers and freshly made rice noodles. Let’s try it, it is actually a cheap bowl of soup with ultra-fresh ingredients and slow-cooked, melt-in-your-mouth slices of beef or chicken.
Ninh Binh goat meat
The goat meat is popular everywhere, but tourists are often served with raised goat meat. Ninh Binh’s goat meat taste is better than other regions for two main reasons: Ninh Binh has many limestone mountains for raising goats so the meat is fresh and firm.
Also to have a good rare goat meat dish, the locals have to perform several steps from the processing procedure to the mixture procedure like fresh meat and crispy served with precious fine herbs which are all good for health. They are ginger, chilly, lemon, seasoning powder, or citronella and all these ingredients and spices are well-mixed with goat meat. That is why this dish is nutritious and delicious.
As Ninh Binh seems to be a tourism city, visitors can try this dish in many restaurants at different prices, from luxurious to reasonable ones.
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 the 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.
Ta Hien and Bui Vien are normally called "Pho Tay".
On Old Quarter of Hanoi, and near Hoan Kiem Lake, Ta Hien has been a famous spot for tourists, especially for foreigners. Moreover, you can explore the street food heaven in Vietnam.
Ta Hien is in Hanoi, what about Bui Vien? Bui Vien is the most interesting night street in Ho Chi Minh city. It is quite similar to Ta Hien, but it is much more vibrant, sounding and complicated as well.
Wine of the locals (ethnic minorities)
With 54 ethnic minorities, Vietnam cuisines will never disappoint you. Each tribal group will surprise you with different unique food and drink.
What about wine? Yes, when talking about Wine sticky, Vietnamese people will definitely think about this specialty of Kim Son province. It is made from the seeds of the sticky yellow flowers in the rural area in the Red River. Under the skilled hand of the locals, combined with natural water, the wine has a different taste and easy to recognize.
But the most special drink that you should not miss is the local wine in mountainous areas. Why is it special? - As it is made from rice or corn.
10. Highlights of Vietnamese Culture
With over 4000 years of history with ups and downs, Vietnam attracts foreigners not only by amazing landscapes but also its unique culture. So what to see?
Central Highlands - the mysterious land
As its name indicates, Central Highlands is located in the Middle of Vietnam, of which more than 95% is mountainous terrain. If you are a mountain-lover, it would be a big regret if you travel to Vietnam but do not pay a visit to this beautiful region.
The mountains seem to dominate the horizon whatever directions we look. They look like huge green dinosaurs which had laid down for a nap and would never wake up. Taking a deeper discovery into the jungle, you will be amazed by its scenic beauty with different types of trees and flowers and the marvelous waterfalls.
The Central Highlands is also famous for their high-valued cultures. The ethnic people here still well maintain its traditional lifestyle as well as cultural activities. The houses on stilts, heroic epics and the Space of Gong are what appear on our minds when talking about this area. Matriarchal society can be seen in some groups such as Ede and Mnong. Especially, the traditional music of the ethnic people, with unique musical instruments such as T’rung and Klong Put, is undoubtedly a huge appeal of Central Highlands in particular and Vietnam in general. Thanks to its high cultural value, Gong Culture has been recognized as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Hue – a historic and dreamy land
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. The most noticeable place is Hue Citadel.
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 by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage site in 1993.