Whether you’re a seasoned diver of a complete novice, Vietnam’s beach-side resort city of Nha Trang is one of the best and most affordable places in the country to go diving. Here’s all you need to know about scuba diving in Nha Trang.
Located 278 miles (448 kilometers) up the coast from Ho Chi Minh City, the beach side resort of Nha Trang is the beach and scuba diving capital of the country, and while the city has become more developed (some would say in a bad way) than other Vietnamese beach towns, there’s still something undeniably charming about it.
During the Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 to 1945, Hue served as the imperial capital of Vietnam, making it one of the most historically and culturally important destinations in the country. Hue’s Imperial City is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a must on any itinerary to the city.
Aside from being one of Vietnam’s most charming towns, Hoi An is also a shopper’s paradise. If you’re looking for a new suit, a perfectly fitting pair of jeans or a completely new wardrobe, you can find it in Hoi An — custom made — for less than you’d pay off the rack back home. Whether or not you consider yourself a fashionista, having custom clothes made in Hoi An is a must while you’re in Vietnam.
The Mỹ Sơn (pronounced mee son) temple tour is a popular and easy half-day trip from Hoi An. The temples date back to between the 4th and 14th centuries, and give visitors a glimpse into the Hindu and Islamic history of central Vietnam.
Some countries have embraced the vegetarian movement, making it easy for meat-free travelers to find a good meal. Vietnam, unfortunately, is not one of them. In a country where fish sauce gets added to almost everything, sticking to your dietary restrictions can be challenging. Here are a few vegetarian travel tips for Vietnam to help you on your way.
Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam and second largest city after Ho Chi Minh, offers a rich cultural heritage, slower pace, lots to do and excellent cuisine to visitors who spend time in the city. Unlike Ho Chi Minh City, traffic in Hanoi is a bit less chaotic, making the feat of getting around a bit easier. Here’s a guide on how to get around in Hanoi to make the most of your time.
Like many cities in Southeast Asia, Ho Chi Minh City owes its existence to a river, the Saigon River. Aside from providing the city’s main water supply, the Saigon River is also the home of the city’s main port, making it one of the most commercially important bodies of water in Vietnam. One of the best ways to experience this important part of the city is via Saigon River Cruises in Ho Chi Minh City.
The Mekong Delta region is the commercial and agricultural lifeblood of Vietnam, and if you want to see a more rural counterpart to the frenetic pace of nearby Ho Chi Minh City, you should definitely plan to visit the Mekong region during your time in Vietnam.
The city of Hue, once Vietnam’s capital and Imperial City, is a hotbed of cultural and historical sights, with palaces, tombs, temples and pagodas popping up around every turn. Any Vietnam itinerary should include a stop in Hue, and if you find yourself at a loss for what to do, here are 10 suggestions of things to do in Hue.