Panorama with aerial view of Halong Bay in Vietnam

Vietnam

Vietnam was one of the reasons we set up this website; we had an amazing time there! Vietnam is a country with a beautiful coastline, impressive green mountains, breathtaking national parks, booming cities with the world’s best kitchens, and wonderful culture. Everything you are looking for; Vietnam has it! The people are energetic, friendly, and open. Add to that the highlights of Vietnam and you have a country that leaves an unforgettable impression!

 

Vietnam Travel Information

Want to know what the best time is to travel to Vietnam? How to prepare for your visa or which vaccinations you need? Read our articles below to find out everything you need to know about your trip to Vietnam.

Boy with a lantern in Vietnam

Traveling in Vietnam – All You Need to Know

Vietnam is a country with beautiful nature. Just the coastline is already worth a visit. Add to that the bizarre green mountains, breathtaking national parks, booming cities with the world’s best kitchens, and a sparkling culture. Everything that a traveler or vacationer is looking for; Vietnam has it! The people are energetic, friendly, and open.

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Vietnamese people are friendly towards foreigners

Vietnam – Guide to Backpacking in Vietnam

Backpacking in Vietnam; it is undoubtedly on many people’s “to-do” list. It’s a wonderful way to explore the country. You can visit beautiful coastal towns, atmospheric cities, mountainous areas full of beautiful valleys and jungles. Not to mention places like Ha Long Bay which is one of the most beautiful places in Asia, and a

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Hanoi cityscape on a sunny day

Traveling to Vietnam – Overview of Overnight Costs

You will find many types of accommodations in Vietnam. You do not have to worry that you have no options when it comes to spending the night in Vietnam. You will find accommodation in all shapes and sizes. Whether you sleep in Hanoi, travel around Mai Chau or visit different islands in the south; countless

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Room with a mountain view

Guesthouses in Vietnam – What Can I Expect?

The difference between guesthouses and hostels in Vietnam is often difficult to determine. Travelers visit hostels more often than guesthouses. A guesthouse is a house where you can sleep. Locals who have a room or rooms rent them out to tourists.   The prices of guesthouses in Vietnam are often lower than those of hotels

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Example of hotels in Vietnam

Hotels in Vietnam – What Can I Expect?

Even a seasoned backpacker sometimes stays in a hotel. And there is nothing wrong with that. Hotels in Vietnam are more expensive than the hostels or guesthouses but also offer more luxury and comfort which is sometimes wanted during a trip or vacation. Unfortunately, it is often the case that the “hotel” label does not

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Private hostel room

Hostels in Vietnam – What Can I Expect?

Hostels are probably the best known and most favorite option among backpackers. They are cheap, the quality is usually good and the biggest advantage; you can meet many other travelers there. A hostel is in many cases comparable to a hotel, but the prices are lower. Fortunately, a hostel is not that hard to find.

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Vietnamese people driving scooters on the road

Traveling in Vietnam – Transportation Guide

Transport in Vietnam is always accompanied by scooters. For those of us who are not great on two wheels there are other ways to get around. Most Vietnamese ride a scooter themselves, and sometimes with entire families all at once. It is extremely busy on the roads and they don’t have many traffic rules here.

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Bowl of traditional Vietnamese noodles

Vietnamese Food and Drinks You Have to Try

Food lovers, be warned! Vietnamese cuisine is the biggest surprise in the country. From traditional snacks at street stalls to internationally acclaimed five-star restaurants. Traditional Vietnamese food will spoil your taste buds. The food here is, in our opinion, the best in all of Asia.   Read this page to find out what the food

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Cheerful doctor with a syringe

Traveling to Vietnam – Which Vaccinations Do I Need?

A trip to Asia, in this case, Vietnam, is in many ways incomparable to a trip to Europe or other parts of the world. The culture, the people, the nature, the religion, everything about Vietnam is different from other countries. Proper preparation for your vacation is important to prevent unpleasant surprises. One of them is

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Passport in a bag

Vietnam – Visa Requirements & How to Apply

Most people traveling to Vietnam are required to apply for a Vietnam visa! You can do this online, at the border or in your country. We recommend arranging your visa online. Nowadays this is very easy and fast and you also prevent unpleasant surprises when you arrive in Vietnam!   Your Visa for Vietnam Most

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Image of: Vietnamese dong bills on a table

Traveling to Vietnam – Manage Your Budget

Like most Asian countries, the prices in Vietnam are lower than in most of the Western world. The food, transport, the hotels/hostels, the sights, etc. are very cheap. Exactly how much you spend per day depends on your own wishes. A Vietnam budget is different for everyone.   Do you want to know what your

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Image of: Mu Cang Chai terraces rice field in harvest season

Traveling to Vietnam – Best Time to Visit Vietnam

The best time to visit Vietnam is difficult to specify as the country is 1,600 kilometers long. The country also has three different climate zones; North, Central and South Vietnam. There is not one particular season when it is best to travel through Vietnam.   It depends on which region you visit and when. In

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Vietnam Highlights

The shocking war is still visible, but the country has recovered quite well and today Vietnam is a unique country with beautiful highlights. The population is open and likes to drink a beer with tourists. In our opinion, you can easily make contact here with the locals who smile a lot! Nature or culture, quiet beaches to bustling cities, you will find it all.

 

In addition, Vietnam is one of the easiest countries to travel to. That is why most highlights can be visited quickly in Vietnam. Due to great developments in the country, many people speak English and transportation is well organized by Asian standards.

 

Which Sights to See in Vietnam?

There are plenty of sights to see in Vietnam! Of course, everyone knows the famous sights of Vietnam such as Ha Long Bay, Sapa and Hoi An, but there is much more to see than that. You have the beautiful nature in the north of Vietnam, the beautiful beaches at Whale Island or the special Cat Ba.

 

Vietnam may not have the temples of Thailand or Myanmar or the beaches of Indonesia, it more than makes up for it with impressive cities, the most beautiful rice fields in Southeast Asia, and the impressive nature. On this page, we have listed the most beautiful sights of Vietnam, take a look below!

Con Dao Islands – Visit Vietnam’s Tropical Paradise

The Con Dao islands are one of the best-known highlights of Vietnam. It used to be called Devil’s Island because the island held many prisoners. Today, it is a beautiful area with white beaches, coral reefs, beautiful bays, and dense forests. Hiking, diving, and spotting wildlife are some of the activities that you can do

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Image: Bac Son valley Surround with Rice field in harvest time, Lang Son province, Vietnam

Lang Son – A Connection Between Vietnam and China

Lang Son is a city on the border of Vietnam and China. Although Lang Son is no more than a village, it does have city status. It is a thriving village surrounded by the Karst Mountains. More than 80% of the area is covered with mountains and this spectacular terrain provides breathtaking views. The area

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Image: Bangioc waterfall in Caobang, Vietnam

Cao Bang – A Base to Explore Beautiful Nature in Vietnam

The mountainous province of Cao Bang is one of the most beautiful regions in Vietnam. In itself, it is not that spectacular, but it is a great base to explore the area. An environment surrounded by beautiful nature. The great thing about Cao Bang is that tourism here is not yet at its peak unlike

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The beautiful BaBe Lake

Ba Be National Park – Paradise of Flora and Fauna

One of the most beautiful national parks in the country is located in the north of Vietnam. The Ba Be National Park covers more than 100 square kilometers and is known for its great diversity of flora and fauna. The park is about a 3-4 hour journey from the capital Hanoi.   The park was

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Turquoise clear river near the town of Phong Nha in the National Park of Phong Nha Ke Bang, Vietnam.

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in Vietnam

There is a special ‘calm before the storm’ feeling in Phong Nha-Ke Bang, one of the most beautiful national parks in Vietnam. It is a place that appears more and more often on the radar of nature-loving backpackers, but has not yet been completely overwhelmed by tourists and expensive hotels. That’s pretty strange when you

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Image of: Mu Cang Chai terraces rice field in harvest season

Mu Cang Chai – Breathtaking Rice Terraces in Vietnam

When it comes to beautiful rice fields everyone knows Ubud in Indonesia, the rice terraces of Banaue in the Philippines, and of course Sapa in Vietnam. But the incredible scenery and breathtaking beauty of the Mu Cang Chai region in Vietnam may just be the most beautiful region our world has to offer.   Mu

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Image of: View of the beach on the Cham islands, Vietnam

The Cham Islands – A Wonderful Day Trip From Hoi An

About 16 kilometers from the coast of Hoi An are the Cham Islands. They are beautiful islands with an even better coast. And the biggest advantage is that they are not very touristy. Not too long ago you wouldn’t even be allowed to come here.   Cham Island National Park The Cham Island National Park

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Image of: Quy Nhon beach in Binh Dinh province, Vietnam

Quy Nhon – A Small Paradise in Central Vietnam

Imagine a medium-sized city in Asia with a wonderful beach where you do not stumble over crowds of tourists. Quy Nhon in South Central Vietnam is one of them. Long stretches of beach, beautiful boulevards and fresh fish and shellfish await all visitors who take the time to deviate from the standard routes.   For

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Image of: Cua Dai Beach Vietnam

Cua Dai – The Most Beautiful Beach of Hoi An

One of the nicest cities to visit in Vietnam is Hoi An. This old port city has a lot of beautiful architecture. Unlike other large Vietnamese cities, it is very quiet in Hoi An. This is partly because cars are prohibited to drive in the center. In addition to the relative tranquility in the city,

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Mekong Delta in Vietnam - Tropical River

Ben Tre – A Hidden Pearl in The Mekong Delta

The Mekong Delta is one of the most visited regions in Vietnam. Where most travelers go to My Tho, the picturesque Ben Tre has the most beautiful surroundings. It has long had an isolated existence due to its location in the Mekong Delta. The construction of a bridge between My Tho and Ben Tre makes

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Boat on the mekong river

The Mekong Delta – Vietnam’s Biological Treasure Trove

A visit to Vietnam is not complete without a visit to the fascinating Mekong Delta. Despite the rapid development of the country, you can still see how people live here like they have been doing for centuries.   The endless waterways take you on a fascinating journey through vast green rice fields, sleepy villages, pagodas,

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Phu Quoc – The Tropical Paradise of Vietnam

Crystal clear water, waving palm trees and dining on the beach. Welcome to Phu Quoc! This beautiful island is located in the gulf of Thailand at about 45 kilometers from the Vietnamese mainland. Vietnam may have fewer islands than Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia, but it does have a few islands, like Phu Quoc, which make

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Limestone Mountains in Ninh Binh, Vietnam

Ninh Binh – The Definitive Travel Guide

In this complete Ninh Binh travel guide you can read everything you need to know before visiting one of the most beautiful places in Vietnam. You might frown your eyebrows when you enter Ninh Binh City; the town itself is not exactly inspiring. But don’t judge too quickly. It is one of the most beautiful

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Mai Chau Valley, Hoa Binh province, VietNam

Mai Chau – Fairy-tale Valleys and Green Rice Fields

Located in a valley about 140 kilometers southwest of Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, Mai Chau is easy to reach. However, a one-day trip often means you don’t see much of the beautiful nature and that you spend a long time on the bus.   Most tourists come here to enjoy the impressive nature and

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Wonderful view of the East Gate (Hien Nhon Gate), Hue

Hue Vietnam Travel Guide – All You Need to Know

Welcome to Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. Rich in history, culture, excellent cuisine and surrounded by beautiful rural landscapes. It is also a city that, unfortunately, is often skipped by travelers traveling directly to the nearby highlights Phong Nha and Hoi An.   We can say that Hue definitely deserves a day or

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High view of Da Nang city in Vietnam

Da Nang – A Beautiful Vietnamese Coastal City

Not long ago, Da Nang was a harbor town like so many others you can find in Vietnam. However, in a short time Da Nang has developed into one of the largest and most modern cities in Vietnam. Many people probably know this city from the American landing on nearby China Beach which marked the

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Dalat in the night, Vietnam

Da Lat Guide – The City of Eternal Spring

Da Lat was previously a refuge for French settlers who wanted to escape the heat of the lowlands. This also explains its totally different architectural style compared to the rest of Vietnam. Nowadays this is a popular holiday destination for Vietnamese and foreign tourists.   If you think away the scooters for a moment, you

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Champa ruins, My Son - UNESCO World Heritage Centre

My Son Sanctuary – The Angkor Wat of Vietnam

The My Son Temple complex in Central Vietnam is one of those sights in the area of Hoi An that is often skipped. However, if you have the time, a visit to these ruins is very worthwhile. We say ruins because the temple complex suffered a lot of bombings during the Vietnam War.   Nowadays,

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View of Nha Trang Bay with beautiful colors of water in Vietnam

Nha Trang – The Beach Capital of Vietnam

If you’re looking for a lively city with beautiful beaches and a great nightlife, then Nha Trang is the place for you. Nha Trang’s municipal beach is about 6 kilometers long and is flanked by the Tran Phu boulevard where you can stroll, drink a beer or try one of the many snacks on offer.

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Underground room in the Cu Chi tunnels

Cu Chi Tunnels in Vietnam – An Extraordinary Story

For anyone who wants to find out more about the Vietnam War, a visit to the Cu Chi tunnel complex is an absolute must. This immense complex is located just under 45 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City and is a must-do activity in Vietnam. Travelers often combine the Cu Chi Tunnels with a visit

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Landscape of Dam Mon coast

Whale Island – Hòn Ông – Waving Palms and White Beaches

Have you ever dreamt about a beautiful island with white sand and blue water? You might have dreamt about Whale Island (a.k.a. Hòn Ông Island)! On this small island, you will find waving palms, white beaches, a beautiful blue sea, and above all tranquility. It is a unique place! Whale Island is approximately 80 kilometers

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Beach in Mui Ne, Vietnam

Mui Ne – The Adrenalin Capital of Vietnam

Mui Ne used to be a sleepy fishing village until the first travelers settled here. Now, Mui Ne is a special seaside resort and has everything to offer for every traveler. First, there are wonderful beaches, but also for water sports enthusiasts, Mui Ne is the place to go. It is a famous place for

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Azure water and rock formations in Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay in Vietnam – Limestone Rock Formations

In the Gulf of Tonkin lies an absolute masterpiece of mother nature. More than 1,600 limestone islands rise from the sea to form the mighty Ha Long Bay. The landscape is a mysterious and breathtaking spectacle and is on the UNESCO World Heritage List for good reason.   Legend has it that the famous Ha

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Rock formations with azure clear water

Cat Ba Island – Largest Island in Ha Long Bay

Cat Ba, the largest island in Ha Long Bay, is a rugged island covered with jungle. Travelers who come here are looking for adventure and tranquility. Apart from Cat Ba Town, with its concrete hotels, the island is unspoilt with an idyllic Ha Long Bay just off the coast. The nature here is so beautiful

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View of ThuBon's River and Hoi An ancient town

Hoi An – Vietnamese Port City With a Dreamy Atmosphere

Everyone traveling through Vietnam will arrive in Hoi An sooner or later. This world heritage site is the ultimate combination of architecture, history, beaches and excellent food.   Hoi An was an important port city from the 16th to the 18th century and attracted many traders from China, Japan and Europe. These traders have all

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Ho Chi Minh City Aerial View at night

Ho Chi Minh City – The Paris of Southeast Asia

Welcome to Ho Chi Minh City, still known as Saigon to many locals and travelers. You have arrived in one of Vietnam’s largest cities. Life in the city is going fast and there seems to be no end to the relentless flow of scooters that determine the street scene of the city.   The city

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Aerial skyline view of Hanoi

Visit Hanoi – The Complete Hanoi City Guide

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. You can write a book about this city. When you first arrive in Hanoi you will be amazed! Everything is happening around you and you need several days to get used to the crowds and all the new impressions. We will tell you everything you need to know about Hanoi

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Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi

Hanoi – 4 Nonstandard Highlights You Should Visit

We have said it before on our blog, and would like to say it again; Hanoi is one of our favorite cities in Southeast Asia. You have those places that leave a certain impression on you. Whether that depends on the atmosphere, the sights, the people you meet or just the experiences you gain. We

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Rice Terrace in Sapa - Vietnam

Sapa – Home of Beautiful Rice Terraces and Valleys

Sapa is a destination in Vietnam that you must see as a traveler. Besides the beautiful Ha Long Bay rock formations, it is one of those natural wonders in northern Vietnam. Endless views of majestic rice terraces, the Hmong way of life and their agricultural techniques are the main attractions of this area.   Isn’t

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There is plenty to see here! The country extends between the impressive cities of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, our favorite city in Asia. However, it has much more to offer than just these two cities. Inland you will find green forests with waterfalls, in the south the impressive Mekong Delta and the north is characterized by mountains, beautiful valleys, bizarre green rice fields, and traditional mountain villages.

 

And oh yes.. then there is the 3,260 kilometers of coastline. And did we mention Ha Long Bay?

 

So there is plenty to see here. Our passion for traveling in Asia has largely started in Vietnam. We loved everything about the country. The nature, the culture, the incredibly friendly locals, and the delicious food. Everything you expect and hope from your journey becomes a reality here.

 

Our Top Tips for Vietnam


Traveling in Vietnam is a unique experience. The country is one of the most popular countries in Southeast Asia after Thailand and Indonesia. This is partly due to its good location; many travelers visit Vietnam on their route through Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia. Whether you are going to Vietnam for the first time or have already been there, we would like to share these tips with you.

 

  • The best time to visit is from December to March, while July and August are considered the high season;
  • Do you want to see everything Vietnam has to offer? Then stay in the country for at least 4 weeks;
  • Do you like surfing? Then check out Mui Ne, the best kite surfing spot in Southeast Asia. Vung Tau and China Beach are good for wave surfing;
  • Do you want to scuba dive? Then check out the Con Dao Islands, Nha Trang, and Hoi An.

Vietnam Travel Checklist