Vietnam is such a vibrant and interesting country, full of amazing landscapes, interesting food, and wonderful people.
Here are our Views of Vietnam!
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1. Views of Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh, aka Saigon, is one of Asia’s most frenetic cities. Situated in the South of Vietnam, the town is home to some 8 million people and has in recent times become a bit of a ex-pat hub. Expect crazy traffic, fun nightlife in District 1, backpacker heaven in Bue Vien and interesting post-war sites like the War Remnants Museum and the Chu Chi Tunnels (which are an hour drive outside of Ho Chi Minh).
2. Views of Hoi An
Hoi An is a colourful coastal village about half way between Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi. It has great cultural and historical significance in Vietnam as its port was strategically placed for trade activity with the Chinese, Japanese and colonially with the French. The rich influences from these three cultures are palpable in the architecture in and around Hoi An. Make sure to visit the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge and the ornate Vietnamese Tubehouses. The beaches near Da Nang are worth a visit too!
3. Views of Hanoi
Hanoi, is the old communist capital of Vietnam. The city has fast modernised over the last two decades but is still very culturally different to Ho Chi Minh. There is loads to see and do in Hanoi, such as visiting the Presidential Palace, but it is the outskirts that are really worth travelling too. In particular, the Sapa rice terraces to the North and Halong Bay to the East are two trips that I would definitely recommend.