Da Lat: Do You Really Visit this Place? This Will Help You Decide

Dalat is a hilly romantic city with a cool ‘western’ climate. The French named the city Dalat from the latin ‘Dat Aliis Laetitiam Aliis Temperiem’ (“Giving Pleasure to Some, Freshness to Others”, and it is commonly known as ‘the City of Eternal Spring’, which has made it a popular destinations for holiday makers who want to beat the heat, and for Vietnamese couples, for whom it is known as the city of love.

The average temperature is 17°C, and does not exceed 25°C in the hottest season. In the early mornings, the city arises to mystic fog over the lake. Its temperate climate is ideal for agriculture, and in recent years the number of farms and plantations around the city have grown rapidly. It provides most of flowers and vegetables for the massive markets across the south of Vietnam. Dalat is also very well-known for its variety of flowers and orchids as well as expansive pine forests, which may remind travellers of home more than the tropics in the valleys below.

Dalat is another one of those Vietnamese towns that began as a French resort area. Whatever else might be said about the French, they certainly had good taste in choosing sites for resorts, and Dalat is living proof of that. Designed to be almost a Swiss alpine village, the French urban planner Ernest Hebrard designed the highland town with broad boulevards, elegant villas, a golf course, open green spaces, schools, and modest homes.

Luckily for Dalat’s modern visitors, the city was virtually untouched during the American Vietnam War, however its popularity amongst amorous Vietnamese couples has lead to a fair amount of kitsch ‘attractions’ and this combined with the booming agricultural industry means the town is now much busier than the tranquil hill station of the past, with more and more concrete buildings, karaoke rooms and ‘mini hotels’ springing up across town. These days to enjoy the best of Dalat it is best to use the town as a base to explore the hills and nature surrounding it than to expect too much from the town itself.

Sightseeing in Dalat

Xuan Huong Lake is a popular destination with honeymooners; you can stroll around its outer banks, or hire a paddle boat and go out for a spin. However, be warned that the lake was recently drained, and won’t be filled back up until January or February 2011.

Xuan Huong Lake isn’t the only lake in and around Dalat, though. Just 5 km north of the city centre is the Valley of Love, where a lake was added in 1972 to make its picturesque, peaceful beauty even more attractive. On the other side of town lies the Truc Lam Pagoda, the second biggest Zen Buddhist centre in Vietnam, surrounded by Tuyen Lam lake and pine forests.

Just 20 minutes from Dalat lies the Lang Bain mountain; at the height of 2169m above sea level, it is the highest mountain in the Southern Vietnam. It is a popular spot to climb and enjoy stunning vistas of the surrounding areas and it is also possible to camp. For those who don’t feel quite so energetic, it is also possible to catch a ride to the summit.

Getting to and around Dalat

It is quite easy to get to Dalat as there are daily direct flights from both Saigon and Hanoi. The flight from Saigon takes just 35 minutes while buses run every two hours and take 6-8 hours from Ho Chi Minh City. The best time to visit is November to May, as there are less rain and a pleasant temperature – but be prepared for it to get chilly in the winter months. It is a great place to rent a motorbike of your own to explore the hills, or you could take on one of the ‘Easy Riders’ who has learnt a great reputation as excellent guides to explore the area and Vietnam as a whole.

If you like to visit this city, you can find out any tours about it. Besides Dalat, Ho Chi Minh city also the best place you can choose for your destination. Ho Chi Minh City, the former Saigon, is by far the largest urban centre in Vietnam. It has a population of around ten and a half million, a figure that is expanding rapidly as poor people migrate to the wealth of the metropolis. Saigon is the country’s main commercial area: brash, noisy and, in Vietnamese terms, expensive. People seldom seem to be indifferent about it – they either love or hate the place.

It is easy to use the service of airport pick up saigon when you travel this place and do not forget to try the motorbike tour saigon if you have free time.

 

Top Ten Must-See Destinations in Vietnam

This post shall list the top ten must-see destinations in Vietnam.

  1. 1.Son Tra Peninsula

Son Tra Peninsula, about 10km from the central city of Danang, is a special gift of the god to Danang. It is an ideal place for tourists to travel to the city to get away for the day and enjoy the real feeling of a different Vietnam.

Son Tra looks like a mushroom of which the cap is Son Tra Mountain and stalk is a beautiful sandy beach that affords an ideal area for bathing, swimming, playing sports and fishing.

Son Tra acts as a giant screen protecting Danang from storms and cyclones coming from the sea. Son Tra is put under the national protected forest regulation since it is a natural preservation area.

The peninsula is famous for its plentiful plants and fauna as well as the attractive scenery. It is said that fairies used to come here for singing, dancing and playing chess, so Son Tra is also called Tien Sa.

On this mountain, there still remain more than 30km² of natural forests, nearly 300 types of plants and several hundred kinds of fauna, including rare animal. From the top of the mountain, you can get a panoramic view of Danang City, Marble Mountains, Ba Na – Mount Chua.

Suoi Da (Stone Stream) lies by the side of the mountain, fine sandy surfaces run round the peninsula, several breaks of waves are running steadily up and down and washing up on the stones heaped up around the seaside. All are attractive spots for tourists. It is so majestic, so romantic, so wide and really beautiful.

  1. Royal tombs of Nguyen dynasty

The Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945) is the last of the Vietnamese dynasties. In total, there were 13 emperors, only seven of which had tombs however: Gia Long, Minh Mang, Thieu Tri, Tu Duc, Duc Duc, Dong Khanh and Khai Dinh.

The seven imperial tombs are located in a hilly region southwest of the Citadel. The tombs of Minh Mang, Tu Duc, Dong Khanh and Khai Dinh belong to the major touristic destinations in Hue.

Each of the tombs was constructed during the reign of the emperor it was named after. All the tombs are equipped with statues and monuments in perfect Feng Shui harmony to create a natural setting, in the architecture of which the respective emperor’s philosophical tendencies are often reflected.

The general elements incorporated in all the tombs are: walls, triple gate (Tam Quan Gate), Salutation Court, Stele House, temples, lakes and ponds, pavilions, gardens, and finally the tomb.

King Khai Dinh tomb is considered the most beautiful.

  1. Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc is part of the southern province of Kien Giang province. The island is 50 km long (from north to south) and 25 km wide (from east to west at its widest part).

Surrounded by more than 40 km of white beaches decorated with coconut palms, Phu Quoc is Vietnam’s largest island. Its western coastline is sparsely populated while the interior is largely covered with jungle and mainly deserted.

A stay on Phu Quoc Island would not be complete without visiting one of the factories producing nuoc mam (fish sauce), one of the most popular ingredients of the Vietnamese cooking as well as one of the pearl farms with panels describing the formation of pearls and shops selling pearl jewelry.

The island has a unique species of dogs, the Phu Quoc ridgeback, which has a ridge of hair that runs along its back in the opposite direction to the rest of the coast. Much of this island’s nature is still protected.

Around 70 percent of the island, an area of 31,422 hectares, became a national park in 2001. The rainy season on Phu Quoc is from July to November and the peak season for tourism is midwinter, when the sky is blue and the sea is calm.

  1. The Mekong Delta

The Mekong Delta is the region in southwestern Vietnam where the Mekong River approaches and empties into the sea through a network of distributaries.

The Mekong delta region encompasses a large portion of southwestern Vietnam of 39,000 square kilometers. It has recently been dubbed as a ‘biological treasure trove.’ Over 10,000 new species have been discovered in previously unexplored areas of Mekong Delta.

The region lies immediately to the west of Ho Chi Minh City, roughly forming a triangle stretching from My Tho in the east to Chau Doc and Ha Tien in the northwest, down to Ca Mau and the East Sea at the southernmost tip of Vietnam.

Ho Chi Minh city known as “Saigon”, the best place to visit. At places, you should find more information  about walking tour saigon and saigon by night tour.

It displays a variety of physical landscapes, ranging from mountains and highlands to the north and west to broad, flat flood plains in the south.

This diversity of terrain was largely the product of tectonic uplift and folding brought about by the collision of the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates about 50 million years ago.

The soil of the Mekong River basin consists mainly of sediment, deposited over thousands of years as the river changed its course due to the flatness of the low-lying terrain.

Coming to the delta, visitors will discover the daily life of local people and diverse landscape.

  1. Tram Ton Pass (Heaven Gate)

Tram Ton Pass is Vietnam’s highest mountain pass. On a clear day, the view is spectacular.

Don’t be deterred by mist in Sapa. Conditions on the pass are frequently different to those in town. The temperature can also rise quite a bit on the pass as you break away from the cooler air of Sapa.

Thach Bac (Silver) waterfalls are a compulsory stop for local tour groups and can be pretty busy. The falls are beautiful but probably only warrant a visit if time permits and in conjunction with a visit to Tram Ton Pass 3km further along the road.

  1. Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Phong Nha-Ke Bang is a national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site in the central province of Quang Binh, about 500 km south of Hanoi.

The park is noted for its cave and grotto systems as it is composed of 300 caves and grottos with a total length of about 70 km, of which only 20 have been surveyed by Vietnamese and British scientists; 17 of these are located in the Phong Nha area and three in the Ke Bang area.

After April 2009, the total length of caves and grottoes is 126 km. Before the discovery of Son Doong Cave, Phong Nha held several world cave records, as it has the longest underground river, as well as the largest caverns and passageways.

The park derives its name from Phong Nha Cave, containing many fascinating rock formations, and Ke Bang forest. The plateau on which the park is situated is probably one of the finest and most distinctive examples of a complex karst landform in Southeast Asia.

This national park was listed in UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites in 2003 for its geological values. The world’s largest cave, was discovered by a team of British cave explorers in April 2009.

  1. Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a popular travel destination, located in Quang Ninh province. The bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various sizes and shapes.

Ha Long Bay has an area of around 1,553 km2, including 1,960–2,000 islets, most of which are limestone. The core of the bay has an area of 334 km2 with a high density of 775 islets.

The limestone in this bay has gone through 500 million years of formation in different conditions and environments. The evolution of the karst there has taken 20 million years under the impact of the tropical wet climate.

The geo-diversity of the environment in the area has created biodiversity, including a tropical evergreen biosystem, oceanic and sea shore biosystem. Ha Long Bay is home to 14 endemic floral species and 60 endemic faunal species.

Historical research surveys have shown the presence of prehistorical human beings in this area tens of thousands years ago.

The successive ancient cultures are the Soi Nhu culture around 18,000–7,000 BC, the Cai Beo culture 7,000–5,000 BC and the Ha Long culture 5,000–3,500 years ago.

Ha Long Bay also marked important events in the history of Vietnam with many artifacts found in Bai Tho Mout, Dau Go Cave and Bai Chay.

In 1994, the core zone of Ha Long Bay was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, and listed for a second time.

  1. One-pillar pagoda

One Pillar Pagoda is a historic Buddhist temple in Hanoi. It is regarded alongside Perfume Pagoda, as one of Vietnam’s two most iconic places of worship.

The pagoda was built by King Ly Thai Tong, who ruled from 1028 to 1054. According to the court records, the king was childless and dreamt that he met the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, who handed him a baby son while seated on a lotus flower.

The King then married a peasant girl that he had met and she bore him a son. He constructed the pagoda in gratitude for this in 1049 by erecting a pillar in the middle of a lotus pond, similar to the one he saw in the dream.

The structure was built of wood on a single stone pillar 1.25 m in diameter, and it was designed to resemble a lotus blossom, which is a Buddhist symbol of purity, since a lotus blossoms in a muddy pond.

In 1954, the French Union forces destroyed the pagoda before withdrawing from Vietnam, it was rebuilt afterwards.

  1. Da Dia Rapids

Da Dia (Stone Plate) Rapids are located in Tuy An District, the south central province of Phu Yen.

With strange rock formations, foamy rapids, a fissure with multi-colored fish and a deep cave, Da Dia Rapids was listed as a National Heritage Site by the former Ministry of Culture and Information, now the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Da Dia Rapids is a baffling and beautiful riddle of nature, and set in stone for all time. It’s like a giant jigsaw, irritatingly made of the same shaped pieces, and forming a solidified structure that has proved more than just a curiosity for thousands.

The stones in Da Dia Rapids are bazan stones of dark black and light yellow. There are stones of different sizes with different shapes such as round, pentagon, and polygon and so on.

In the middle of the rapids, there is a small fissure filled with rain and sea water. In this fissure, rocks stick out at odd angles. Hence, when travelling to this area, visitors can also enjoy the fresh air and refresh after a long drive.

Visiting Da Dia Rapids – you will have the chance to learn about many species of marine creatures, especially jam seaweeds.

  1. Hue ancient capital

On December 11, 1993, UNESCO recognized the architectural ensemble of Hue as a World Cultural Heritage site.

That was the first time a Vietnamese city had ever received such a title. Hue was the capital of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945), the final feudal regime of Vietnam.

Situated 638 km to the south of Hanoi, only with 6,777 hectares in area and 280,000 in population, this historical ancient capital has become one cultural and tourism center of Vietnam and the world.

The most amazing thing about Hue is the blend of royal-folk architecture and romantic nature.

This romance is all evident in the beauty of the Huong River, Ngu Mountain, chanties and folklore songs, ancient citadels, palaces, temples, pagodas, ancient garden houses, special cuisine only found in Hue, court music and dancing, Hue chanties on the Huong (Perfume) River and especially in the souls of the people here.

Beautiful nature, ancient architecture, and elegant people are combined together to make Hue a heaven of poems, music and paintings, and a World Heritage site that serves as an everlasting inspiration for generations of artists.

 

Vietnam Travel Guides: Why Do You Need to Know

Vietnam has a rich cultural heritage shaped by both the Chinese and French over the year, incredible historical building and monuments, breathtaking natural scenery and landscapes including serene beaches, lush mountains, sweeping rivers and deep forests making Vietnam an ideal destination for an eco-trip to really get back to nature.

Hanoi Holidays
Hanoi is the capital city and the second largest city in Vietnam with a population of some 6.4 million people. Hanoi mixes East and West culture and is suffused with a rich history and culture thanks to centuries of rule by the Chinese. The city is definitely the cultural center of Vietnam and oozes historic charm. There are more than 600 pagodas and temples in the city, as well as French colonial buildings and Vietnam tours, should include:
French Colonial Architecture – Hanoi has many beautiful French colonial buildings constructed by early French settlers. Many remain untouched by the modernization which swept the city in the 1970s and 1980s. These buildings include the Grand Opera House, Presidential Palace (built between 1901 and 1906), State Bank of Viet Nam, historic hotel the Sofitel Metropole and the magnificent Cathédrale St-Joseph.
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum – The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is housed in a magnificent structure in the center of the city and on display within the mausoleum itself is the preserved body of Uncle Ho, Ho Chi Minh himself, who looks very peaceful. After a thorough security check, visitors shuffle through the mausoleum in a line, but remember; no talking, no photos and no shorts! The mausoleum is only for a few hours each day and is closed two days a week and for two months a year, so check before visiting.
Ho Chi Minh’s Vestige – Step out of the mausoleum into Uncle Ho’s fascinating vestige where he both worked and lived from 1954 to 1969 when he died. Visitors can see his two houses, immaculately preserved as well as his cars and pond complete with carp.
Fine Arts Museum – Visit the fine arts museum to see silk paintings, Buddhist art and pieces covering 20th-century wars. There is no English information though and only a little in Vietnamese.

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One-Pillar Pagoda – Constructed in 1049, the One-Pillar Pagoda is highly respected among Buddhists who travel to Vietnam. The pagoda is hidden between the mausoleum and museum and can be busy with tourist groups at peak periods.
National Museum of Vietnamese History – This museum offers excellent collections of Vietnamese antiques, ceramics, southern ethnic groups, and rare ancient artifacts and some of the descriptions are available in English. The comprehensive displays date from 1,000 years ago and up to 1945.
Ho Chi Minh Museum – The museum is situated in a French colonial building on the banks of the Saigon River. Only finished in 1990, the stark white building is said to resemble a white lotus. Sail on the Saigon River and re-live the experiences when young Ho Chi Minh set sail for the first time to Europe in the beginning of 20th century, with his photos and letters on display.
Museum of Ethnology – For an intriguing look into the cultures and rituals of the ethnic groups of Vietnam, head to the Museum of Ethnology. There is an open-air museum with characters in local attire and plenty of information to better understand the local culture.
Dong Xuan Market – There are some forty or more stalls trading at the indoor Dong Xuan Market which caters mostly to travelers. There are plenty of locally produced handicrafts such as brightly-woven textiles, lacquered art, and painted ceramics. There is also a good array of local food on offer with such dishes as a fried frog and raw duck blood juice.
Army Museum – Set amongst four buildings on Dien Bien Phu Street, the Army Museum is an interesting glimpse into two millennia of Vietnam’s military history. There are some good exhibits and information is also in English and French. Outside a Mig-21 jet fighter, T54 tank and variously assorted bombs are also on display.
Vietnamese Women’s Museum – Set in the district of Hoan Kiem about one km south of the lake, this museum is quite unique in that it focusses entirely on the female roles within Vietnamese culture with details on women’s role in history and traditions. This museum recently completed a large update and modernization programme to its array of exhibits. The Women’s Museum is well laid out and geared up for tourists with plenty of details on the strong Vietnamese female influences from history, with details in both French and English. Make sure you visit the display of female outfits and explore the contemporary displays for a glimpse into the modern day lives of Vietnamese women.
Temple of Literature – A must-see on many itineraries is this impressive temple which dates back to 1070. On display are pieces from the university which was established on the site in 1076 including the names of graduates of old, inscribed onto ancient stone tablets within the courtyard.

Ho Chi Minh City Holidays
Ho Chi Minh City is also known as Saigon to the locals. Saigon Vietnam is the largest city in Viet Nam, with nearly 7.2 million inhabitants, and it is also the former capital of the Republic of Vietnam, the city is the vibrant commercial hub and great for a Saigon travel adventure. The city offers a complete glimpse of Vietnam travel to overseas visitors and your trip should include:
Reunification Palace – This is the former home of the president of South Vietnam and most standard Saigon tours will include a visit here. The Reunification Palace is one of the most interesting places among visitors whilst on a travel in Vietnam because of its role in the war as well as the unique architecture. While visiting, don’t forget to see the amazing collection of vintage phones and radios.
War Remnants Museum – The War Remnants Museum is formerly known as the Museum of Chinese and American War Crimes. Aside from glimpses into atrocities suffered during wartime, the museum has many ancient helicopters, tanks, jets, and other armaments to observe, a sobering moment on a Saigon holiday.
Notre Dame Cathedral – This French creation is the reminder of the French legacy. The 18th-century bricks and stained glass structure is the beautiful example of Ho Chi Minh City’s architectural heritage. Most Viet Nam holidays itineraries will include a trip here.
Giac Lam Temple – The 1744 structure, the Giac Lam temple is probably the oldest Chinese temple to see in HCMC and is highly regarded locally.
Vung Tau – Vung Tau offers fresh and clean beaches and is a popular destination for those looking for exotic beaches whilst on Vietnam tours and is a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of a Ho Chi Minh holiday.
Mekong Delta – The Mekong region is situated to the east of HCMC and is also known as the Nine Dragon River Delta and is the wonderful waterway to southern Vietnam travel. For the lovers of water sports, the Mekong Delta is one of the best places visit. Several water sports and boat tours are available to tourists. There are infinite selections of itineraries such as afternoon cruises, night trips and 2-3 day tours available on your Vietnam Hanoi travel adventure. You can also sail to Phnom Penh in Cambodia.
Jade Emperor Temple – The Jade Emperor Temple is one of the most popular Chinese temples in Vietnam. The 1909 structured temple was built in honor of Emperor of Jade.
Ben Thanh Market – Possibly the oldest and probably the busiest market in all of Vietnam, the Ben Thanh Market is bustling with over 3,000 stalls in one open-air square. Situated in District 1 between the streets of Le Loi, Ham Nghi, Tran Hung Dao and Le Lai, the market sells coffee, food, clothes, trinkets, Chinese medicine – in fact everything you might need (and plenty of things that you’d never need) can be found here! So be prepared to jostle with the locals and practice your bartering skills!
Water Puppets – HCMC also features its own weekly traditional water puppet show at the local Ngon Restaurant every Saturday evening. Book a seat in advance so you don’t miss out.
Central Mosque – There are a total of twelve mosques within Ho Chi Minh City and the Central Mosque was built and served local worshippers in the city since 1935. Visitors come from afar, Indonesia, Pakistan and India, and all visitors are reminded to dress appropriately.

IF you are interested in Saigon holiday tour, you may check out guided tour saigon to find further information. You can sellect private tour saigon to discover this city with your friend.

Do not forget saigon street food tour, I guess you will happy with several street food.

Hue Holidays
Hue is full of culture and is included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site and has a unique charm. Hue is 400km south of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City tours are about 550km away. The famous Perfume River is also located in the city as well as:
Imperial City – The Imperial City is one of the largest attractions of Hue with several sprawling complexes, temples, walls, museums, and galleries that feature various eras of Vietnamese history.
Cua Ngo Mon – Also known as The Noon Gate, this is the main entrance to the city from the south. The Noon Gate was built in 1823 by Gia Long and presents a wonderful example of ancient architecture.
Thai Hoa Palace – Thai Hoa Palace is another site worth visiting on your tour Vietnam. Also known as the Palace of Supreme Harmony, the 1833 structure is the living example of architectural expertise. Visit the Palace to receive a glimpse of exquisite artistry through wall paintings, the emperor’s coronation hall, and his original throne.
Forbidden Purple City – Set with the Imperial Citadel complex, the Forbidden Purple City is situated behind the Thai Hoa Palace. There are some remaining historical monuments, such as the Mandarin Palaces, but the site was largely lost as part of the Tet Offensive in 1968.

What to do in Halong Bay
A visit to UNESCO World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay is highly recommended, especially as the region has just been announced as one of the new 7 Wonders of Nature. Halong Bay is in the north of Vietnam and is to the east of Hanoi by 170km in the Quáng Ninh province. Many visitors are drawn to Halong for a glimpse of the everyday life played out on the floating houses and villages, where entire families live. Visitors can also discover the ancient rock formations and the various activities and adventures that can be enjoyed both on water and within the many caves.
The name Halong Bay actually translates as the “bay of the Descending Dragon” and legend has it that a dragon was sent to protect the Vietnamese from invaders, which breathed jewels of fire into the bay, creating the many islands. Many locals, especially the older generation believe the dragon still resides in the waters.
The bay is situated on the Gulf of Tonkin and has some 1,969 islands formed from limestone scattered across 1,553 square kilometers. The coastline itself is some 120km long and is a popular place to swim and fish, as there are around 200 different species of fish and a huge variety of mollusks. The crystal clear lakes within the islands make an ideal spot for kayaking, snorkeling, and swimming and inside the caves and grottoes explorers can try rock climbing and rappel.
By far the most popular activity on Halong Bay itself has to be a cruise and there are options to suit all travelers and all budgets. Choose from luxurious cruisers with well-appointed cabins and exceptional Vietnamese cuisine, to traditional fully-restored sailing junks and French colonial steamer type cruise boats. All operate trips ranging from a few hours to a few weeks; the choice is yours.
Rent A Junk – Stay overnight or a least a few hours aboard a traditional junk on Halong Bay. Gawp at some of the 1,969 limestone islands which rise up from the waters. Routes are monitored and visitors will need to buy a ticket and choose a route around the bay. Route one is Thien Cung Grotto and Dau Go Cave. Route two will visit Sung Sot Cave and route three will explore Su Tu Bien Islet. The choice is yours!
Luon Grotto – This is just one of the many grottoes to explore, with a 1km wide lake enclosed by mountains. Monkeys dart around the steep cliffs of Luon whilst fig trees and wild orchids sway gently overhead. Try a refreshing dip in the turquoise lake or try your hand at fishing for cuttlefish and crab.
Cong Do Island – If you want to pack in some watersports and all-terrain adventures, then try Cong Do Island, whose mountainous peaks rise to 172m, perfect for climbing and hiking. You can also snorkel and scuba here along the pristine coral reef which is more than 700m long. You can also try fishing in one of the many lagoons for crab, squid, and shrimp.
Cat Ba Island – Combine your trip to Ha Long Bay with the rich diversity of Cat Ba Island, which counts the local langur (Old World monkey) as a local resident. There is also a designated National Park complex which visitors can spend the day walking and trekking through. There are plenty of scenic stops along the way with opportunities to cool off in the surrounding waters.
Tuan Chau Island – The Halong Bay area boasts its own resort complex in true Vegas-style. If you want to sample the party atmosphere head to Tuan Chau Island, 8km outside of Halong City, for luxury hotels, casinos, a theme park and non-stop entertainment, all set on the beach.

When To Go – Vietnam Guide

Vietnam has a tropical monsoon climate with monsoon season running from May to September in the south and October to April in the north.
When on a south Vietnam tours the dry season is from December to May and rains from May through to November, although these can be light showers. Day temperatures can be as high as 40C from March-May and rarely fall below 20C.
Whilst on north Vietnam travel it is cold from late December to early March and the weather is pleasant from March onwards with day temperatures reaching an average 30C.
The Tet Festival (New Year) is held during January to early February and this period could be busy locally.
Top Tips for Vietnam Adventure Holidays

Social Etiquette – Etiquettes such as handshaking and greeting are normal. Your clothing should be simple and informal on your Vietnam vacations. In Vietnam only children wear shorts so, if possible, try to avoid them, especially if on a Vietnam luxury tour. You have to remove any footwear when entering temples and Buddhist pagodas. Do not touch Vietnamese people on the head.
Photography – Taking photographs is normal and allowed, though except restrictions at some places such as ports and airports. If you wish to take photos, it’s better to ask permission first.
Travel – The main airports for a Vietnam trip are Noi Bai International Airport, 35km north of Hanoi and Tan Son Nhat International Airport, 7km from your Ho Chi Minh City vacation.
There are bus and taxi services available for your Hanoi holiday and other parts of the country on your vacation Vietnam.
There are many ports such as Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Cam Ranh, Da, Qui Nhon, Haiphong, Da Nang, and Vung Tau. International cruise services are available from these ports.
For traveling while on Vietnam trips, there is a rail service from Vietnam Railways available. For international travelers, it’s advisable to avoid traveling by rail. You can also go cycling Vietnam as an option to really explore the country.
There are several road routes to China through Mong Cai, Lang Son, and Lao Cai available. Similarly, you can also cross Vietnam from Cambodia through Moc Bai. Road service to Laos is also available from Lao Bao and Cau Trieu.
Language – When in Vietnam, it’s a good idea to request an English speaking travel Vietnam guide, as most signs are written in the Vietnamese language.
Vietnam Holidays in Focus

Adventure and Activities on Vietnam Trips

Make sure to include adventure activities on your Vietnam tour. Vietnam offers various adventure sports and activities. You can play golf, go motorbiking, rock climbing, river rafting etc. and experience the thrill of exploring rugged terrains.
Hiking – Want to know Vietnam more closely? Explore the scenic mountains up north. Get drunk with the mesmerizing setting of nature in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. The grassy tracks of Mekong Delta are another destination for memorable hiking expeditions.
Jungle Trekking – Vietnam is the country of deep forests. Explore the virgin interiors of the forests and observe the abundance of local flora and fauna in the jungles of Vietnam. The jungle trekking is one of the best adventure activities you can do in the country.
Water Sports – Vietnam has several rivers that allure international tourists to surf their beaches, swim, river rafting, and play many other water adventures. Venture to Ha Long Bay and you will be bowled over by the spectacular scenery herein.
Scuba Diving at Vung Tau and Nha Trang Beaches – Visit the places and you will discover the innumerable colors of water sports whilst on a Vietnam adventure. Scuba is one of them.
Rafting in the Pong Nha River – Experience the thrill of river rafting in the river Pong Nha. You can go windsurfing in the numerous beaches as well.
Kayaking in the Ha Long Bay – Vietnam is one of the most favored places for paddling activities. While in the country don’t forget to kayak in the Ha Long Bay. The dramatic setting at the Ha Long bay that includes charming isles, wonderful beaches, quaint bays, beautiful coastal areas, and dark caves makes it the perfect place for water adventures.
Nature and Wildlife

Lakes – Hanoi is rich in natural beauty as well. The city is called City of Lakes due to its many scenic lakes. The most famous lakes that every traveler should visit are Hoan Kiem Lake, Halais Lake, West Lake, and Bay Mau Lake.
Visit the Hoan Kiem Lake when you are holidaying in Vietnam, where you can participate in martial arts sessions, do amazing tai chi stunts, and make your tour a memorable one. You can also visit the West Lake, the city’s biggest lake. It’s located on the foot of the Beverly Hills. There are also several trendy restaurants & clubs available in this lake area. The 6th century Tran Quoc, Vietnam’s oldest pagoda, is also a site situated in the middle of the lake.
For cultural and spiritual travelers, there is a ‘boddhi’ tree. The tree is grown from the seeds of the tree under which Gautam Buddha achieved enlightenment.

Classic Itineraries – Visit Vietnam

Vietnam adventure holidays offer a wide range of experiences to international travelers. There are several tranquil beaches such as Mui Ne Beach, mountains and popular party places such as Nha Trang and much more. You will find wonderful rock formations and grottoes of Halong Bay at Halong Vietnam to explore as well. Alternatively, for adventure lovers, Halong Bay Vietnam also offers several trekking places in the northern mountains. Sapa further north is also recommended for hiking and trekking opportunities.
Vinh Moc Tunnels – The Vinh Moc tunnels are the examples of true patience and dedication. Built between 1965 and 1966, the tunnels are over 70 feet deep and spread over 64,000 square feet of area. With underground homes, a small cinema hall, and a hospital, these tunnels speak the story of that time and how a whole community used to live in these tunnels.
Dalat – Dalat has wonderful and challenging mountains in Asia. With perfect climate, the place offers excellent mountain biking opportunity for adventure lovers.
Pinhatt Mountain – Wear your adventure gear and bike the trails of Tuyen Lam Lake to the top of Pinhatt Mountain. Experience the true fun of mountain biking when enjoying the scenic view of the hills.
Thuan An Beach – For those who want an escape from the hustle and bustle of cities, Thuan An beach is the perfect place. Located just 8 miles to the north, the beach is one of the most popular places among overseas travelers.
Cu Chi Tunnels – The Cu Chi Tunnels are one of the surprises that every visitor should include in their program. These tunnels are located 40 miles northwest of Ho Chi Minh City. The 200 mile long tunnels with multiple chambers are built under the city.
The most important aspect about these tunnels is that these tunnels were dug with bare hands and ordinary tools. The 1940 structures were first made during the French regimen and expanded later during the 1960 Vietnam War. These are the tunnels that saved Cu Chi people, where they slept, ate, healed their wounds, planned attacks, and taught their young.
The amazing tunnels are the engineering marvels that you not one should miss. There are many agencies that offer tours to Vietnam and many also visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. You can crawl through the tunnels to experience the Cu Chi days, which is an experience in itself not to be missed on tours of Vietnam.

Nha Trang Holidays

The town of Nha Trang is probably best known as Vietnam’s premier seaside resort and is pretty lively (certainly more so than Mui Ne and Phu Quoc beach towns). Nha Trang is scuba diving capital of Vietnam and boasts many watersports opportunities. It is also each to reach as it’s on the main Hanoi-HCMC rail line and is served by its own local airport.
Po Nagar Cham Towers – In Nha Trang you can pay a visit to the Po Nagar Cham Towers and temple complex which is an important site for Buddhists. The four brick towers date back to the 7th century and were built for the ‘Mother of the Kingdom’ by the Cham people.

Da Nang Holidays

The fifth largest city in Vietnam, Danang is on the eastern coast by the South China Sea. And as it is halfway between Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, Danang proves to be a popular stopover spot for tourists.
Marble Mountains – Skip the beaches and shops of Danang for a morning and explore the caves and grottoes of the Marble Mountains. Make sure you pack your walking shoes to scoot between the uneven rock caves and explore the Buddhist temples that have been built into the rock faces. Many visitors opt to climb through the Am Phu cave which rewards those that have made the steep climb with awesome mountain views complete with a bird’s eye view of the sacred images carved into the rock.

Hoi An Holidays

Hoi An was an important international port during the 16th and 17th centuries and today retain a sense of style and beauty with quaint vehicle-free lanes, ancient shophouses and plenty of intriguing historical sites. Now designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hoi An is on the east coast of Vietnam and just south of Danang.

Can Gio Mangrove Forest Recognized as Worlds Biosphere Reserve

After evaluation of various aspects, including the people, ecology, environment and biosphere sustainability, Can Gio has been recognized as the world’s biosphere reserve by UNESCO. Now, Can Gio is not only a protective forest safeguarding millions of city dwellers, but also an ideal ecological tourist site attracting tourists in Vietnam travel.

Covering an area of over 70,000 ha, of which 35,000 ha is a salt-watered forest; Can Gio has been recognized as a biosphere reserve in the world by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). It is situated 50km away from downtown Ho Chi Minh City.

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For tourists who visited this place decade ago can hardly recognize it today, due to the countless towering trees and plants that stretch out of sight, and the harmonious biosphere of the coastal mangrove forest. So far nearly 40,000 ha of forest and land have been restored. According to the Can Gio Forest Managing Board, at present more than 600 households with 1,500 people reside in this area. They live on reforestation, forest protection, and aquatic production. In the early 1970′s, the concept of “Biosphere reserve” was announced with the aim of protecting the species in danger of extinction. The biosphere reserves must preserve the samples of the ecological systems in the world, and work as a laboratory where research and observation of these ecological systems are undertaken. The reserve seeks measures to help the local people benefit from nature.

Before the construction of a 20 km-long road linking Binh Khanh wharf to Can Thanh, which runs along Can Gio to beach April 30, Can Gio was a remote area whose residents lived on catching crabs and mussels. Now it is an interesting eco-tourist site attracting many people from Ho Chi Minh City and other places. The Saigon Tourism Company and Phu Tho Tourism Company have established eco-tours to this area. Visiting Can Gio, tourists will see crocodiles lying in the swamp and hundreds of monkeys that come from mangrove clumps to the walk-ways of Lam Vien ecological site, to welcome the visitors joining tours in Vietnam. They catch sugarcane the visitors give them, and eat them with delight. On holidays, there were averages of 2,000 visitors a day to Can Gio. At peak times there were over 6,000 visitors a day. Visitors could stay in the residential quarter April 30, adjacent to the beach or at Actmang quarter in the 2,100ha Lam Vien area with countless mangrove trees. Quite a few people like to hire hammocks and umbrellas to rest under the canopy of the trees.

In the near future the war zone in the shrub forest, which was home to 800 commando soldiers in wartime, would be restored. It will become 3,000m² preservation sites with 14 houses-on-stilts, roofed with date palm trunks and water-coconut leaves. When this project is completed, Can Gio will have another traditional tourist site, attracting not only young people but also those who want to know more about the struggle of the fighters in the shrub forest in the past.

Taking a boat ride on the big Dong Nai and Long Tau Rivers or on the smaller Vam Sac, Dong Thanh and Soai Rap Rivers, which run through Can Gio, visitors will not think that they are visiting a district on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City. They seem to be in the watery areas of Ca Mau and Kien Giang, the southernmost area in Vietnam with vast mangrove and cajeput forests. The roots of the mangrove trees on the sides of the river twist with one another then spread out and root deep into the earth. It is these roots that make Can Gio a protective forest safeguarding millions of city dwellers, and an ideal ecological tourist site as well.

Cu Chi Tunnels

Located 37 miles (60km) from Ho Chi Minh City, Cu Chi is now considered a heroic district for its role during the American war in Vietnam. It is legendary for its network of tunnels, which extend over 135 miles (220km), and is a popular destination for both Vietnamese and foreign visitors

This afternoon, depart for Cu Chi tunnels, a 1.5-hour drive from Ho Chi Minh City. Your tour guide will give you an overview introduction to Cu Chi and its legendary history. A documentary film about the tunnels tells you how about the tunnels histories and how fierce the war did happen in the area. You will be guided to the tunnels system including the weapon factory, hospitals, kitchens and crawl under the tunnels. After that travellers can try delicious manioc which is the main food for guerillas in Cu Chi during the war. Visitors can try to fire off an AK47 or MK16 or machine guns at the nearby shooting range. Leave Cu Chi tunnels and back in Ho Chi Minh City. You can try cu chi tunnels half day tour to discover special thing in that location.

Mekong Delta tours

Leaving the village, it takes you about 20 minutes on small row boats. Your boat will zigzag through a huge network of silhouette canals to immerse yourself to the fresh air along the canal and magnificent water landscape. We will take a break and roam through a quiet and peaceful village and relax on a hammock for a short rest. It is also a good opportunity to see how and what the local merchants do business with others. You can find out more information about mekong delta tour 1 day or mekong delta tour 2 days.