Vietnam is located in the southeastern area and the neighboring countries included China, Cambodia, and Laos. The geography of Vietnam consists of densely forested mountains and hills in the northwest. Vietnam is also known as the ‘Socialist Republic of Vietnam’. The country is about the size of New Mexico (329,560 sq km), but its shape is long.
Vietnam has the monsoon climate in the north and a hot tropical climate in the south. The country has the warm, dry season in October to March and the hot, rainy season lasts May to September. Based on the years of history Vietnam is traditionally divided into three parts (North, South, and Central). These regions also have a difference in food, culture, and temperament of the people.
Best Places to Visit in Vietnam
Vietnam is one of the most beautiful travel destinations in the world. Vietnam tourist places included rivers, mountains, deep valleys, seas, sparkling white sand beaches, monuments, sand dunes, national park, and sanctuaries. There are numerous things to see in Vietnam. The country has a mix of cultural diversity and natural highlights.
Ha Long Bay
It is one of the world’s most spellbinding sea views and also it is the UNESCO world heritage site. There are thousands of limestones islands sit within this bay. You can see this beautiful view by boat. Here, the cluster of limestone rocky rising from the water like a sea dragon and the sea water color is aqua-green. The Ha Long Bay is situated 130km east of Hanoi in northern Vietnam.
Hoi An is located off the coast of the South China Sea in South Central Vietnam. It is one of the beautiful old cities in the world. The city’s traditional culture, textiles and historic architecture make the city most popular tourist destination in Vietnam. You can easily walk around through this old town. Hoi An city has a traditional wooden house, and beautiful old architecture, as well as hundreds of tailor shops selling clothing, bags, shoes, and custom-made services.
Hue is located on the banks of the Perfume River in Central Vietnam. it is also one of the historic towns in Vietnam and the city is packed to the brim with relics from the region of the Nguyen emperors in the 19th century.
One of the best ways of visiting the collection of sites is by taking a riverboat cruise on the Perfume River. If you have a short time, one of the main places to visit is the Tomb of Tu Doc and also the important pagoda in the area is the Thien Mu Pagoda.
Ho Chi Minh City
Big city fans are not satisfied Vietnam tour without a visit to the Ho Chi Minh City. It is the best shopping place in the country and you will find a number of café and restaurants. The city is located along the Saigon River near the Mekong Delta in South Vietnam and it is the largest city of the reunified country.
My Son is the ruined Cham era temple that dates from the 4th century. It is surrounded by lush jungle-covered mountains. There are around 20 temple structures still standing here. During the 7th to 10th centuries, this old Hindu temple is very much in use. All temples built of sandstone or brick blocks and it shows the interesting influences from the various Asian empires, including Malay and Indian.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
It is one of the world’s most popular caving destinations. The famous place within the park is Paradise Cave, which extends for 31 kilometers below the ground. Tu Lan Cave is the ‘wet cave’ and here, you can swim through the cave-systems river. The other most famous destination is Phong Nha Caves, where the interior of the cave is accessed by boat.
Popular Temples to Visit in Vietnam
Bai Dinh Pagoda
Bai Dinh Pagoda is undoubtedly one of the most popular Buddhist temples in Vietnam. This place offers a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains, exploring limestone grottoes, and trails for hiking through the forest. Bai Dinh Pagoda has the 500 intricately carved statue of Buddha.
Tran Quoc Pagoda
Tran Quoc Pagoda is one of the oldest temples in Hanoi, Vietnam and it was built during the 6th century. The main Pagoda stands at the height of 15 meters with eleven levels. The place surrounding structure includes museum and incense burning house.
Cao Dai Temple
It is also one of the well-known temples in Vietnam. Cao Dai temple was constructed in the 1930s and completed in 1955. This beautiful religious site attracts many travelers every day.
Culture of Vietnam
Vietnamese culture is one of the oldest cultures in the world. Their culture is heavily influenced by the culture of neighboring country China. Vietnamese is the official language of Vietnam. Buddhism is the mainstream in Vietnam, there are more than half of the population are followers.
Vietnam’s food culture is formed in a natural lifestyle. The country is an agricultural-based country and their food culture is influenced by the wet rice civilization for thousands of years.
Food in Vietnam
Vietnamese food is one of the most delicious foods in the world. They are proud of their cuisine and definitely, they make the world’s best food. Geography of Vietnam has influenced the food of the country. However, the majority of the country is hilly and mountain and also the country has longest coast along the South China Sea, that provides fish and other seafood that are one of the staple food in Vietnam. Vietnamese food is varied and it is divided into three distinct regions, the south, north, and central.
How to reach Vietnam
You can reach Vietnam by air. There are three international airports named Noi Bai international airport (Hanoi), Tan Son Nhat international airport (Ho Chi Minh City), and Da Nang international airport.
There is only one way to reach Vietnam by sea that is through the Mekong Delta via Cambodia.
You can reach Vietnam by rail only from Beijing and Nanning in China.
You can also reach Vietnam by the road that is only from Laos and Cambodia.
Hotels and Resorts in Vietnam
Vietnam has simple dorm accommodation hotels to world-class hotels, both in rural destinations and large cities and also popular coastal areas.