Vietnam is an amazing country with a vibrant culture, stunningly beautiful landscape and delicious food. A large country, Vietnam has three distinct weather patterns related do the different regions of South Vietnam, Central Vietnam and North Vietnam. So when is the best time visit Vietnam? Well, high season in Vietnam is the time you will get the most ideal weather conditions across all three regions.
When looking for things to do in Quy Nhon I came across images of spectacular and secluded beaches in the area. Determined to find them, I managed to find a great tourist map (I’ve attached it below) which indicated they were all located on the Phuong Mai Peninsula, about 8km north east of Quy Nhon City. We decided to spend the day exploring the Phuong Mai Peninsula Quy Nhon and it was amazing. You won’t want to miss it and these other awesome things to do in Quy Nhon.
Ninh Binh Provence is located in central north Vietnam and has some of the most spectacular natural beauty in South East Asia. A designated UNESCO world heritage site, the Trang An Landscape Complex encompasses the beautiful limestone karst peaks of Trang An, as well as two of our favourite things in Ninh Binh, the Bich Dong Pagoda and Bai Dinh Temple. While you’ll need a tour or motorbike to see the temples and Pagoda, a Trang An boat tour is the perfect way to see the ‘Halong Bay of the land’. There are so many things to do in Ninh Binh, you don’t want to miss it.
The Imperial City of Hue is one of the biggest draw cards for travellers visiting Vietnam. Construction of the Imperial City began in 1804 under Emperor Gia Long, the first emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty. Surviving 143 years and 14 emperors the Nguyen dynasty came to an end when Emperor Bao Dai abdicated the throne and transferred power to the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. The tombs of the Emperors are in various places around Hue and are equally as impressive as the Imperial City itself. If you’re wondering which tombs to visit in Hue, here is a run down on the best tombs in Hue.
My Son Sanctuary
The UNESCO World Heritage site of My Son is one of the largest Hindu temple complexes in South East Asia. Once the political and cultural epicentre of the Champa Kingdom, what remains is a beautiful complex of ruins, laid out amongst the mountains.
Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park is one of our favourite places in Vietnam. A stunningly beautiful national park with limestone karst mountains covered in forest, tropical landscapes, underground caves and rivers and the Phong Nha Botanical Garden, you could, and we did, spend days wandering through the region. The good news is, you do not need a guide if you’re able to ride a bicycle or motorbike and access the National Park on your own.
Motorbike Itinerary for a one day trip to Marble Mountains, Hai Van Pass and Elephant springs
Known to have one of the most spectacular coastal views in Vietnam, the Hai Van Pass is a mountainous road on most motorbike riders to do list. Starting out of Hoi An, we decided to make a day of it and visit Danang’s Marble Mountains and Elephants springs, located between the Hai Van pass and Hue. A doable day trip, we’ve put together an awesome motorbike itinerary: Marble Mountains, Hai Van Pass and Elephant Springs.
Challenges of travelling in Vietnam – How to avoid them and get the most out of your trip
What’s it like to travel in Vietnam? Is it safe? Will you be scammed? How touristic is it?
Over the last few years in particular we’ve heard a lot of people talk about the challenges of travelling in Vietnam. In fact, there are some people who don’t want to go there because of a previous bad experience or after having heard of the experiences of others. Over two trips, we’ve now spent over 4 months in Vietnam and so I feel we’re fairly qualified to put our two cents in. `
Hoi An Highlights – The best things to do in Hoi An
The world heritage listed Hoi An Ancient Town is a must see for most travellers in Vietnam. Located near the mouth of the Thu Bon River, Hoi An has managed to maintain the original layout and look of a 15th to 19th century port town. Not an easy feat in Vietnam! After spending two and a half weeks in Hoi An, we’ve put together a list of Hoi An Highlights as well as some information on the Hoi An Ancient Town ticket, which can be confusing at best!
Our 2 day DIY motorbike itinerary of 4 Dalat Waterfalls and nearby attractions
Located at the base of the Langbiang valley, Dalat is often referred to as the ‘Sapa of the south’. Boasting rolling hills, spectacular natural scenery, local villages and an endless number of activities for tourists, it’s become a popular place on the tourist trail. Pongour waterfall, Elephant waterfall, Prenn falls and Datanla waterfalls are high on the lists of many travellers. We decided to create our own itinerary for motorbike waterfall tour and took in a few other sights on the way, including the Dalat Crazy House.
Mui Ne Travel Guide – Including things to do and the best time to visit Mui Ne
Mui Ne is a coastal town about 5 hours north of Ho Chi Minh City. Interestingly, what most travellers call Mui Ne is Ham Tien, a town between Mui Ne and Pham Thiet. These days the area is largely a tourist region with resorts and restaurants lining an extremely long section of coast line. Catering to tourists the area has lost its ‘Vietnamese feel’ but most places also don’t cater very well to foreigners so there’s a strange vibe around. There’s a lot of talk among travellers these days. Is it worth visiting Mui Ne? We think its worth a visit, even if only for a short stay. There’s plenty of things to do in Mui Ne Vietnam at night, the red and white sand dunes, the mui ne fishing villiage and of course the beach.
Best things to do in the Mekong Delta Region of Vietnam
We spent about 3.5 weeks exploring and discovering things to do in the Mekong Delta region. The south of Vietnam is a fascinating place full of culture and history and not overtly affected by tourism. The land here is fertile and people have learnt to use the Mekong Delta to their advantage.
Best beaches in Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam
Want to know what the best beaches on Phu Quoc Island are? We spent 12 days hunting them out for you! The most southern point of Vietnam located near Cambodia, this beautiful paradise is surrounded by stunning coastline. Keep reading to see how to find Starfish beach Phu Quoc, and which Phu Quoc beach is our favorite.
Phu Quoc travel guide
Located in the Gulf of Thailand, Phu Quoc is Vietnams largest island and part of the Kien Giang province. A fishing and agricultural hub, tourism is fast becoming a major contributor to the economy. This tropical paradise is spectacular with its pristine beaches and mix of authentic culture, local cuisine and development. Get in quick though, the development will eventually consume the island. Our Phu Quoc travel guide will help to prepare you.
Can Tho City: A Travel Guide
Can Tho city is the second biggest city in Southern Vietnam and is still the political, social and economic hub of the Mekong Delta region. The area closest to the Hau river is a hive of activity with a mix of tourists and locals alike. During the day you can cruise the river to visit the floating markets, relax in the smaller back canals or unwind with a drink overlooking the water. The local area is incredibly fertile and local markets are full of exotic fruits and exquisite seafood. By night, the river area comes alive with music and neon lights that rival those of many big cities. Read on to find all the information you need in our Can Tho City Travel Guide.
17 Fascinating Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City
There are an endless number of things to do in Ho Chi Minh City. With a population of close to 9 million people and an influx of tourism, Vietnams biggest city by population is a dizzying whirl of culture and modern development. A unique mix of old and new, historical and high end, The fast paced nature of Ho Chi Minh City will certainly keep you on your toes.