Vietnam is a fascinating and geographically diverse country that has become increasingly popular as a tourist destination. It is famous for its stunning beaches, beautiful rivers, and bustling cities. Many people visit this country to explore the history and culture of Vietnam and admire the many breath-taking structures and landmarks that are huge visitor attractions. While Ho Chi Minh City and the country’s capital Hanoi are two of the most obvious destinations that people head for when visiting Vietnam, this country also has many outstanding destinations that are lesser-known amongst tourists. Here are five of the best hidden gems to visit when visiting Vietnam.
Hue is the ancient capital of Vietnam and its history is just one of the reasons why you should visit this beautiful part of the country. The influence of the Nguyen Dynasty is clearly evident in the modern culture and is reflected in both the cuisine and the architecture. Hue is home to the Emperor’s residence and many other structures of historical and cultural significance. If this is the location you choose to visit, you should spend some time in the local restaurants sampling the traditional cuisine of Vietnam and this area is famous for its royal cuisine. You8 should also take a walk to the nearby beach village, Lang Co.
2. Phong Nha- Ke Bang National Park
This nature reserve is located in Don Dong which is recognized by UNESCO. It is here that you can see some of the most spectacular natural features in the world. There is an underground river measuring 13 meters and this lies within the largest cave in the world. There are a further 300 grottos and caves that all boast mind-blowing stalagmite and stalactite formations. Some of the other best caves to visit in this area are the Von cave system, Thien Duong Cave, and Tien Son Cave. The cave areas are surrounded by evergreen forests and tropical vegetation.
3. Hoi An
For those who want to experience the look and feel of ancient Vietnam, this is the ideal destination. The architecture is influenced by the Chinese, Cham, and Vietnamese cultures. The best way to experience the main landmarks and the traditional wooden houses is to walk around the winding lanes. The busier part of the town is famous for its delicious street food. The surrounding area consists of paddy fields, pretty fishing villages, and a magnificent backdrop of forested hills.It is also close to the coast so you can visit some of the best beaches in Vietnam. These include China Beach, An Bang, and Cua Dai.
4. Phu Quoc Island
While most tourist destinations are on the mainland, you are missing a trick if you don’t visit any of Vietnam’s wonderful islands. Phu Quoc Island is a place to head for tranquillity. The island has a romantic feel, so it is ideal for couples traveling together. Walking barefoot on the white sands, paddling in the emerald green waters, and floating in the crystal waters of the Gulf of Thailand are all perfect ways to relax. There are plenty of things to do if you are feeling a little more adventurous, however. Scuba diving, fishing, wind sailing, and jet skiing are just some of the activities on offer on this island. As darkness falls, you should try to visit the seafood night market on the island and try some of the local specialties.
5. Mekong Delta
This part of the country is the perfect place to visit if you want to experience rural Vietnam. There are pretty villages, bird sanctuaries, vivid green rice fields, fruit gardens, and unusual floating markets. As it is one of the most fertile regions of the country, it has some outstanding produce and you should try as much of it as possible. Grilled snails in a black pepper sauce are a local specialty. Other dishes you should try are the fish hotpot and the Ben Tre coconut. It is not unusual for the locals to open their homes to visitors and offer them a feat and, if you have the opportunity to do so, you will get a true insight into life in Vietnam. During your stay, you should appreciate the wildlife and explore the rivers and rice paddies. The sunsets here are spectacular, and watching these with a drink is a relaxing end to the day.
Written by Garrett Parker
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