The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is a colorful and vibrant country, full of delicious food and friendly people. You won't leave Vietnam without a full belly and hundreds of amazing memories!
Visitors to Vietnam from most countries are required to have a valid Vietnamese visa in their passport before arrival. This should be arranged in advance. If you are already traveling in Southeast Asia, the Vietnamese embassies in Bangkok or Phnom Penh are the quickest and most reliable places to secure a visa.
Da Nang is a city of just over 1 million, which sits on the coast and is cut in half by the Han River. Many of the city’s most attractive spots (nicest hotels, most scenic restaurants) are located along the Han River Front area. The river is spanned by several modern and unique bridges, and is especially beautiful to visit at night, when the bridges are lit up in an impressive display of color.
Da Nang, Vietnam is home to some of Vietnam’s most interesting museums. I’ve chosen three of the best museums in the city. These are the ones that I think give visitors the best look at Vietnamese history and culture. Learn more about the Da Nang Museum, the Museum of Cham Sculpture, and the Fine Arts Museum. These three museums are perfect escapes from a rainy day in Da Nang.
Although Hanoi is Vietnam’s capital city, the larger Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) is home to some of the country’s best museums. Though most of the museums in the city are dedicated to Vietnam’s independence struggles and the Vietnam War, there are a number of fine art and culture museums as well.
After witnessing the crazy traffic and crowds around Hoan Kiem Lake all week, our first weekend in Hanoi , Vietnam surprised us by how peaceful and lovely this area could be without the hustling and bustling of the weekday traffic.
The most interesting attraction in all of Saigon? Take a self-guided tour of Independence Palace (now re-named Reunification Palace), the former residence and seat of power for the South Vietnamese President and a relic of the wild glory days of 1960's South Vietnam. If you see nothing else in Saigon, you can’t miss a visit to the Independence Palace Museum.
The Saigon Museum of Fine Arts has an impressive collection, but the building itself is something of a work of art as well.
Visit the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens, once considered to be the pearl of Indochina. Vietnam’s largest zoo dates back to 1865, and is a great place to spend a day in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City).
Nha Trang is a resort town located on Vietnam’s south-central coast. Though the city is popular with visitors for its Vinpearl Land amusement park and resort, there are tons of free and budget-friendly attractions within the city too. These are some of the cheap and free things to do in Nha Trang, Vietnam.
The Celestial Lady Pagoda is one of the symbols of Hue, Vietnam’s old imperial city. Located along the Perfume River just west of the old Imperial Citadel, the Celestial Lady Pagoda is a quiet and peaceful place of beauty and contemplation. And the best part is, it’s completely FREE to visit.
FREE BEER? Beautiful German women? A French village on top of a mountain in central Vietnam? Count me in! B’estival is Ba Na Hill’s answer to Oktoberfest, a huge beer festival in the cool, misty mountains of Da Nang. The best part is, they give the beer away liberally and freely to visitors!
These are the top sights that you can’t miss in Saigon! Explore central Saigon on foot! While it may not be the most pedestrian-friendly city, many of Saigon’s (Ho Chi Minh City) top sights are within a block of each other in the beautiful and easily walkable area surrounding the city hall. Visit the Saigon Cathedral, old post office, book street, and more.
The Jade Emperor Pagoda in Saigon is one of the city’s oldest and most interesting temples. Best of all, it’s completely FREE to visit.
Just 10 kilometers north of Da Nang City, the Son Tra Peninsula, commonly known by its nickname "Monkey Mountain", is one of the most popular spots to spend a day outside of Da Nang.
Hoi An, central Vietnam’s historic UNESCO city, may be famous for its beautiful old shops and monthly lantern festival, but it’s also world-famous for several unique and tasty dishes that can be found only in the city! Try these five unique and famous dishes that you must not miss when visiting Hoi An!
Everything you need to know about Da Nang’s bright pink Coco City Tour Bus! This hop on hop off bus zips all around the city. How does it work? Where does it go? How do you buy a ticket, and how much does it cost? We review Da Nang, Vietnam’s famous Coco City Tour Bus!
Once considered by merchants from across Asia to be the center of the world, Hoi An is home to a number of ancient temples, shop houses, and clan houses for the different trading missions that made port in the city. Today, Hoi An is a protected city, and walking through the pedestrian-only old town is like stepping back in time.
Is Vietnamese coffee the best in the world? Try these three unique and famous brews that put Vietnamese coffee on the map. From Hanoi to Hue, and everywhere in between, Vietnamese coffee is famous across the world. What makes Vietnamese coffee so special? Which coffee drinks must you have in Vietnam? Here are three cups of coffee not to miss while traveling in Vietnam.
Da Nang’s Marble Mountains, a sacred Buddhist site just outside of the city, is one of the top sights to see while visiting central Vietnam. Save money and skip the package tours by going on your own self-guided budget tour. The beautiful Marble Mountains are one of the most breathtaking and unique sites in all of Vietnam!
If you are looking for a colorful and unusual sight, Vietnam has not one, not two, but THREE bright pink churches! These unique buildings are not only remarkable because of their odd and unique colors, but because of their history too! DA NANG, SAIGON