We’re dreaming, not of a White Christmas, but a trip to Vietnam.
Here are our top 20 things to do in Vietnam.
Saigon Central Post Office
A French colonial masterpiece as stunning inside as it is out.
Not just a popular tourist attraction, it is still a functioning post office.
Just across from the Notre Dame cathedral.
Explore the Old Quarter in Hanoi
Comprising of 36 streets each home to a different set of craftsmen and traders.
Take a leisurely stroll around discovering the amazing fare on offer.
Even better during the evening when the street food is added to the charm of the area.
Vietnam has a number of excellent dive sites and Nha Trang has some of the best of them.
Most diving will take place in Hon Mun Marine Protected Area around 40 minutes from Cau Da Port although Whale Island is a quieter option.
There are a range of dive sites suitable for all standards and experience of divers from complete beginners to experts.
Ba Na Hills, Da Nang
Developed with Vietnamese tourists in mind but equally attractive to foreign tourists.
This tourist resort is accessed by cable car and includes a replica French village, the incredible Golden Bridge, Fantasy Park, a wax museum, alpine coaster and more for the whole family.
Beware that Ba Na Hills is 1,487 metres above sea level and so temperatures are much lower than in the city and beach.
Ride the Reunification Express
The view from the Reunification Express is one of the main reasons for taking the train rather than hopping onto one of the many flight connections available in Vietnam.
Depending on the length of your journey, you will travel through rice paddy fields, jungle, tiny Vietnamese villages, incredible bridges with even better views.
The section between Hue and Da Nang is probably the most famous and spectacular. Running through dense jungle, alongside sheer cliff faces, wonderful beaches and looking out over the South China Sea and magical looking islands. The Hoi Van Pass is often called the “Ocean Cloud Pass” for good reason.
Mui Ne Beach
15km of wonderful beach stretching from the tradional fishing village of Mui Ne in the north to the watersports haven in the south.
Marble Mountains, Da Nang
Five limestone and marble hills with a number of wonderful Buddhist pagodas and shrines.
The five mountains are known as Thuy Son (water), Moc Son (wood), Hoa Son (fire), Kim Son (metal) and Tho Son (earth).
Head up early morning to Thuy Son, take the steps to the summit and marvel at the incredible views. There is a lift available for those with disabilities.
Japanese Covered Bridge in Hoi An
One of the most pictured attractions in the town, this 12 metre bridge is famous for its carvings and romantic setting.
The bridge was opened in 1719 and restored in 1986.
Cu Chi Tunnels, near Ho Chi Minh City
During the Vietnam War the North Vietnamese Army utilised hundreds of miles of underground tunnels to evade and attack the Americans.
Probably the most famous attraction in town and one not to be missed.
The big draw here is to sample what it may have been like to live in the tunnels in a section that has been widened and reinforced.
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi
Built to house the embalmed body of Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh.
Vietnamese and visitors alike queue for hours to visit the mausoleum and pay respects.
Po Nagar Cham Temple, Nha Trang
Built by the Cham people between the 8th and 11th centuries.
The temple was built to honour Po Nagar “the mother of the country”.
Hoi An Riverside
Equally as attractive in the day as at night, the Riverside has some wonderful food in restaurants and street stalls, wonderful buildings, scenic river views and an enjoyable, laid-back night-life.
If you need to have a bit more shopping in Hoi An, there is plenty here to keep you occupied as well.
Long Bien Bridge, Hanoi
A stunning bridge dating back to 1902 that offers wonderful views over the Red River and Hanoi.
Best visited in the evening when the bridge is illuminated and street vendors sell food and handicrafts.
Hai Van Pass, Da Nang
If you have seen the Top Gear Vietnam special, then you have seen a little of the Hai Van Pass.
Offering incredible views over Da Nang, Son Tra Peninsula and the South China Sea, the pass is a must visit to take in this stunning part of Vietnam.
The road is stunning but can be treacherous especially during a rainstorm.
My Son, Central Vietnam
An UNESCO World Heritage Site and often called the Vietnames Angkor Wat.
Home of the Champa Kingdom and spanning eight centuries of ruins, as far back as the 4th century.
There are over 70 temples in what is regarded as one of the most important heritage sites in Vietnam.
White Sand Dunes, Phan Thiet
Incredible white sand dunes with a small, lotus flowered fringed lagoon at the bottom.
Also popular for sand surfing and dune buggies.
Ha Long Bay
a stunning location, famed for its karst limestone cliffs, incredible caves and traditional floating village.
Top of many peoples bucket lists on a trip to Vietnam.
From street food to incredible restaurants Vietnam is a culinary wonder. Be adventurous and you will rewarded.
Coffee is a lifestyle in Vietnam.
Each region has its own specialities and so it is worth sampling a wide range of options if coffee is your thing.
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