We are going to do another world trip and would love some advise on Veitnam as this will be one of our many stops along that way. What are the main points of interest in Vietnam and what is worth seeing and not seeing.
Ha Long Bay is an absolute must, and spend as much as you can afford on the junk - the cheap ones are rubbish, and the service and food we received on ours was superb.
Hoi An is also a very lovely spot, I would recommend a few days there as well.
And what the heck, why not take an overnight train to Sapa too! almost 11 years agoAnswered by richard maddock via Travellr.com
Hoi An is gorgeous (if rather touristy these days) - Highly recommend going there. I've heard great things about Sapa + Ha Long Bay (though haven't been there myself).
The war museums in Hanoi + Saigon are both fantastic (if confronting) if you're in to that sort of thing.
Nha Trang is supposed to be the best beach, but ultra touristy - To be honest, Vietnam has better things to offer than beaches, so I wouldn't put it too high on the list.
If you're in to food, Vietnam is an absolute gold mine - the French/asian fusion with all-fresh ingredients means it's just absolutely stunning. If you go to Hoi An, make sure you eat at Hai Scout cafe and Mango Rooms.
Have fun! almost 11 years ago
Sapa Markets in the northern mountains - about a day's train trip from Ha Noi. Excellent experience with local hill tribes coming down to town to sell wares and produce on the weekends.
Hue for its Chinese temple ruins. At one time the temples were on par wit hThe Forbidden City but the Vietnam War changes all that.
Ha Long Bay for the magical scenery - but be prepared for the tourist hordes on the imitation junks.
Hoi An is a beautiful little fishing village (outside Da Nang) where tailors and jeweler are numerous. i got a whole new wardrobe for less than USD$100 (including 2 suits) - and after 6 moths of trekking I surely needed it :)
Nha Trang is perfect to simply chill out on the beach and soak up the rays. There are some expensive resorts here but you can also get cheaper accommodations if you look. about 10 years ago
Hoi An is a wonderful place, the Red Bridge Cooking School is a great fun experience. Halong Bay is ok but definitely pick the right company, our's was absolutely awful and the junk didn't even have sails. Hanoi is very, very smoggy and the people are not as friendly as in the South. The walled city in Hue is beautiful and Tu Duk tomb worth a visit if just to see the insence sellers on the way, the colours are amazing and makes great photos. almost 10 years ago