Vietnam is full of natural treasures. This Southeast Asian country has many different climates and remarkable landscapes. Get your cheap tickets and then decide what you’d like to explore; maybe you want to view the lush green rice fields in Northern Vietnam or see where the Mekong Delta meets the ocean in the south. This rapidly changing nation has ancient traditions and temples that are rich with history. There’s no shortage of sights to see in the beauty of Vietnam.
Vietnam’s “Rice Basket”
The bustling Mekong Delta is home to charming, sleepy villages and idyllic watery green fields in Southern Vietnam. The strong river has two tides a day. It’s where the Mekong River empties into the sea through a series of tributaries. The lush region provides almost half of Vietnam’s agricultural yield and is rife with rice paddies. Its friendly inhabitants travel from place to place by boat, providing crops to barter in colorful floating markets. Here you can discover rustic riverside towns, view thousands of species of animals (the Delta is considered a “biological treasure trove”) and relax in pretty beaches. The Mekong Delta is the perfect Vietnamese landscape to explore in the South.
Phu Quoc Island
Vietnam’s largest island is fringed with pristine white–sand beaches and dense with tropical jungle. Outside of the resorts on Long Beach, the island is still largely deserted. There is little nightlife, so visit during the day to go diving or snorkeling by the reefs, motor biking on back roads or just relaxing by the blue water. This is the place to indulge in a beachside massage lined with coconut trees. Phu Quoc Island is one of the few remaining unspoiled beaches in the Gulf of Thailand. This is the time travel to Vietnam to behold the beauty of this tear-shaped island.
The Bay of Descending Dragons
In North Vietnam there is a 120-kilometer coastline featuring thousands of breathtaking islands, covered in jungle vegetation, creating a striking seascape. Ha Long Bay is one of Vietnam’s top tourist attractions and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And for a good reason, these beautiful limestone islands are full of gorgeous caves and wind-eroded grottoes. A legend claims that the two thousands islands where created by a dragon in the mountains whose tail knocked the islands apart, leaving water in the spaces. The emerald bay is a spectacular sight, and often tourists take boat cruises to explore the caves. Ha Long Bay is the most popular tourist attraction in North Vietnam; consider booking your flight to Vietnam between February and April, when there are fewer tourists, but also less visibility.
The previous capital of the Nguyen empire is full of enough gorgeous palaces, pagodas, tombs and temples to impress even the most experienced and jaded of travelers. Hue, pronounced “hway, still echoes the glory of Imperial Vietnam, despite major destruction after the American War. Part of Hue’s charm is the lovely Perfume River, century-old Citadel walls and colonial era architecture. It’s a sleepier town, not know for much of nightlife, but it’s a history buff’s day-trip paradise. The royal splendor is a delightful mix of old and new, with constant restoration to Hue’s buildings and walls. Hue’s main attraction is the Imperial Citadel, a sprawling complex of temples, walls, gates and moats. Travel back in time and tour the emperor’s coronation hall and his “Palace of Longevity”, which housed the King’s mother. Take the time to tour the Tombs of the Emperors by river boat. The tombs date back to the 18th and 19th century and are a beautiful treasures of Vietnamese Buddhist aesthetics. After a day of walking around the capital, you can relax at some of the nearby hot springs or go zip lining.
Vietnam is full of natural and historic wonder, home to a wide variety of climates and treasures. There’s no short of wonderment to discover sightseeing this beautiful country.