Destination Vietnam

Vietnam is a country in southern Asia with a fascinating history, an amazing mixture of bustling cities, landmarks, amazing sceneries, eco-tourism attractions, temples and interesting cultural heritage. The country has a population of over 90 million and is one of the leading tourism destinations in south-east Asia, welcoming over 11.5 million international tourists in 2017. If you are planning a trip to Vietnam or just thinking about the destination as a possible option for your future travels, it is always great to have an idea of what to expect, what are the best places to visit and when to visit to get the best value for travel. We will highlight some of the things to consider before booking your trip to Vietnam!

Getting to Vietnam

Vietnam is a long haul destination with a minimum flying time of approximately sixteen (16) hours from the United States. It is best to fly from a West Coast Airport such as Los Angeles (LAX). There are currently no direct flights from the United States to Vietnam available- most flights connect through Japan or Taiwan. You also need a tourist visa to travel to Vietnam which you can apply for easily online. One site that offers online visa processing is

Where to go in Vietnam

Destination Vietnam offers a wide array of attractions and experiences for the discerning traveler. Some of the leading destinations within the country are; Ho Chi Minh City, the Mekong Delta, Phu Quoc Island, Hoi An and Hanoi.

Ho Chi Minh City

A trip to Vietnam would not be complete without visiting the iconic Ho Chi Minh City. This pulsating city is distinctly modern, with infusions of colonial heritage that speaks to the history of the city. Ho Chi Minh City was a pivotal part of the Vietnam Wars, and the War Remnants Museum includes preserved artefacts of the different wars and conflicts that the city and the country, in general, have been through over the years. A visit to this museum is an excellent place to start your tour through Vietnam to get a historical perspective of the city. Another alluring attraction in Ho Chi Minh City is the Cu Chi Tunnels. These tunnels were made famous during the Vietnamese wars, serving as a hiding place, supply route, storage spot, living quarters and hospital for the soldiers involved in the wars. These tunnels are preserved in their original form and visitors with surreal and first-hand experiences of what the combat armies went through during the wars. The Cu Chi tunnels are one of the most popular attractions in Ho Chi Minh City. Other attractions of note in the city are; the Notre-Dame Basilica, the Municipal Theatre, the Museum of Vietnamese History, the Ben Thanh Market and Independence Palace. The city is also an entertainment hub at night time-lively Rooftop Bars and nightclubs, Dinner Cruises on the Saigon River and casinos are some of the exciting options available to you!

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Ha Long Bay

Hai Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site inclusive of over 1600 islands and is one of the most picturesque places in Vietnam with crystal clear waters and unspoiled rainforest. Some of the places to visit in Ha Long Bay include Tuan Chau Island, Bai Tu Long Bay, Dragon Park Ha Long and the Quang Ninh Museum. Ha Long Bay is a perfect place for nature lovers, thrill seekers and also people who want fun and relaxation.

Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc Island is an exotic Vietnamese island off the coast of Cambodia, known for its beautiful white sand beaches and resorts. The interior of the island is also filled with hiking trails and, national parks, wildlife and dense tropical jungles. It is the perfect place to escape for a honeymoon or just a laid back relaxing vacation away from it all! Some of the best beaches on the island are Sao Beach, Kem Beach and Starfish Beach. The island is also home to luxury resorts such as the JW Marriot and Intercontinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort. It is currently Vietnam’s best-kept secret, but this won’t be for too long since. You should visit here as soon as possible!

Hoi An

Hoi An, which is also known as the City of Lanterns due to the presence of a variety of different picturesque lanterns been visible at nights, is a small historic town in central Vietnam. The town is filled with ancient Temples, beaches and delectable local fresh food options coming straight from the local farms. The dreamy town also includes some pristine beaches for you to enjoy! Some of the top sites in Hoi An are the An Bang Beach, the Japanese Covered Bridge, the Quan Cong Temple, the Hoi An Museum and the Precious Heritage Art Gallery Museum. Hoi An is another destination of note in Vietnam that is worth a visit.

The Mekong Delta

The Mekong Delta is the region of Southern Vietnam where the Mekong River approaches and then empties into the sea. This extremely flat region is known for its floating markets, wetlands, and parks. One of the most alluring attractions in Mekong is the Cai Be Floating Market which is accessible by boat only; you can get a wide variety of local fruits, vegetables, street food and many other items from the many local suppliers who trade their wares while cruising along the picturesque Tien river. This is an experience of a lifetime that you should definitely not miss when in Vietnam. The Mekong Delta is also home to several eco-tourism attractions such as Tram Chim National Park, Phu Quoc National Park, Suoi Waterfalls and U Minh Ha National Park. There are stunning white sand beaches on the Mekong Delta, including the Ong Lang Beach.

When to Visit Vietnam

Vietnam enjoys tropical temperatures throughout the year, making the country a year-round destination. However, if you want to visit when the temperatures are moderate, and rainfall is minimal, you should visit in the February to April or August to October.