Vietnam has arguably the finest food culture in Southeast Asia. Where some travelers may have a preference for the spicy tinge of Thai cuisine or the diversity and fusion of Malaysian food, the sheer volume of Vietnamese dishes–using an abundance of regional ingredients and cooking techniques—puts Vietnam’s food tradition near the top of most anybody’s list.
With its mist-covered mountains, colorful local tribes-people and the faint but undeniable feel of a French Alpine town – albeit one with rice terraces – it’s pretty easy to find reasons to visit Sapa. Just an overnight train ride and an epic bus ride away from Hanoi, Sapa is unmissable. Here are our 10 reason [...]
Many first-time visitors find Hanoi a little too chaotic, the traffic a little too crazy, and the people a little too cold (and not just in winter). However, if you know what not to do in Hanoi you can more quickly get under the skin of the place and learn to love this fascinating city. [...]
The UNESCO World Heritage listed ruins of My Son are the most complete set of archaeological remains from the Cham Empire and are an easy half-day visit from picturesque Hoi An on Vietnam’s central coast. The Champa Kingdom, active between the 4th and 13th centuries, was based on Indian Hinduism and the My Son Sanctuary [...]
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.