Vietnam from North to South; a Quintessential Guide

attractions - Vietnam: June 11, 2019

There is no shortage of reasons for why Vietnam is on the rise as one of the most desirable destinations for world travellers! Its landscape is made up of lush green rice terraces, winding rivers, verdant highlands and tropical beaches with opulent resorts such as La Veranda Resort on Phu Quoc island. This Southeast Asian country is a dragon-shaped strip that occupies the space between the East Sea and the Laos and Cambodian borders. It’s affordability and diversity of offerings as a destination make it accessible to a wide range of travellers who are interested in a memorable journey into a land of diverse culture, intriguing traditions and natural serenity.

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TOP DESTINATIONS FOR TRAVELLERS IN VIETNAM

Hanoi

Second in size only to the southern city of Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi is one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in Vietnam because of its style and sophistication that known worldwide. The city’s seasonal weather can be cool in comparison with much of the rest of the country during the winter months, offering a nice respite from the sweltering heat elsewhere.

Hanoi has been the capital of Vietnam since the Southeast Asian country was liberated in 1954 at the iconic Battle of Dien Bien Phu. Rich in history and culture, as well as historical and heritage landmarks, Hanoi now stands proudly as a monument to Vietnamese Independence. Visitors flock to see sites such as the Temple of Literature, which is an almost millennium-old monument to Confucianism dedicated to Vietnamese sages and scholars; Huu Tiep Lake, where an American B-52 bomber was shot down, the remains of which have been preserved in the lake; and the iconic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

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Part of Hanoi’s signature charm lies in its memorable architecture and historic buildings built during the French-Indochine era. Beautiful villas from this bygone time have a similar style to the famously charming seaside mansion that can be found on Phu Quoc island—La Veranda Resort.

Travellers looking to enjoy some of the most picturesque natural beauty that Vietnam has to offer can head from Hanoi to the famous Ha Long Bay. Ha Long Bay is renowned for its emerald waters and rainforest-topped limestone mountains. Further north, in mountainous Sapa, travellers can journey into gorgeous terraced rice fields and meet the diverse ethnic groups that reside there. The H’Mong and Red Dao are particularly well-known for their exquisite embroidery and textile handcrafting.

Hue

The former Imperial City of Hue is a gem of a city that’s a bit off-the-beaten-path for most travellers, but an amazing destination for those interested in the rich cultural heritage and architectural history of Vietnam. It was from the royal seat of Hue that the Nguyen Dynasty ruled the country from 1805 until 1945. Hue was also the site of many intense historical battles, remnants of which can still be visited from the city’s centre. The opulent tombs of the Nguyen emperors shouldn’t be missed, especially the unforgettable splendour of the tomb of Khai Dinh. Hue might be categorised as a bit of a sleepy town in comparison to some of Vietnam’s more popular tourist attractions, but is a must-visit for any tourists with a desire to “peel back the layers” of history and gain a deeper understanding of the complexity of Vietnam.

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Danang and Hoi An

Although just a short drive from one another, Danang and Hoi An cater to the sensibilities of world travellers in very different ways. Visitors seeking beachside chill-out time in one of Vietnam’s most quickly-developing cities travel in droves to Danang. Danang has recently developed into one of Vietnam’s most popular international tourism destinations, with its lavish beaches and neon-lit nightlife.

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On the other hand, Hoi An, a historical melting pot with influences from France, Japan, China, and Vietnam, is a well-preserved ancient town. With a population of only about 120,000, its artisan appeal has earned it a place as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s name translates as “Peaceful Meeting Place”, and this small city has a long history of being just that. Many, travellers come to Hoi An to seek out the skills of the diverse artisans and to gaze at the serene yellow tones of the buildings in this waterfront town. The islands off the coast of Hoi An make great destinations for tranquil day-trips, while night time in the ancient town is perfect for visitors seeking romantic nights over fresh cuisine, surrounded by indigenous arts and crafts!

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Quy Nhon

Quy Nhon is one of Vietnam’s hidden gems, but it’s quickly on the rise as a premiere beachside destination for international travellers in Southeast Asia! The area has traditionally been a bit isolated from mainstream tourism, and for many years most of its visitors consisted of locals, and adventurous backpackers. However, recent development has turned the interest of many to this quaint coastal city with absolutely gorgeous, pristine and tranquil beaches.

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Dalat

“This doesn’t even feel like Vietnam anymore…” Is a phrase you hear a lot from travelers in Dalat. The capital of the central highland province of Lam Dong is a beautiful example of the French-Indochine architectural influences that are present to this day throughout Vietnam. In Dalat, you might feel like you’re in a mountainside town somewhere in Europe.

The architecture, infrastructure, and cool, brisk air, all give Dalat an atmosphere like no other place in Vietnam. Add to that a diverse range of activities, from visiting the majestic waterfalls of Datanla, to meandering amongst into some of the most interesting pagodas in all of Vietnam. For those looking for some repose, it is also a perfect place to relax in a mountainside coffee shops that were famously frequented by some of Vietnam’s most well known literary and musical icons.

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Travellers to the historical La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc who are interested in continuing their journey into the bygone beauty of the 1930s should definitely put Dalat on their list.

Nha Trang

For a place that’s generally regarded as a beach resort town, the southcentral city of Nha Trang has a surprisingly diverse range of activities to enjoy for those seeking a lively beachside getaway. Nha Trang is best known for its beautiful sandy beaches. But visitors will also find amusement parks, mud baths, golf, and the historic Po Ngar temple complex, as well as a variety of hotels and restaurants. Adventurous foodies can sample bun cha ca, a sumptuous local dish made from sailfish and jellyfish. For some time now, Nha Trang has been a haven for Russian vacationers seeking to warm up with some sea and sun, so when you see them, raise your glass and say “nostrovia!”

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Ho Chi Minh City

With a population of over 10 million people, the Southeast Asian metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon) is the largest in Vietnam. Saigon is well-known for its “openness”, having a reputation to being welcoming to foreign visitors, which gives it an international appeal. Visitors are usually surprised by the variety of international food offerings and the city’s bustling nightlife.

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Cultural landmarks like the War Remnants Museum and Independence Palace are must-sees for history buffs. Old pagodas, eateries in shady hems (alleyways), chaotic bike-traffic, and streets brimming with the energy of daily life all make up the fabric of Saigon. You could spend a lifetime exploring this city and still only skim the surface!

Phu Quoc

Due to its pristine blue waters, expansive beaches, and the luxury and boutique resorts dotting its coastlines, Phu Quoc island, is often referred to as “the Maldives of Asia”.

Phu Quoc doubles as a family-friendly as well as a romantic getaway for people looking to avoid the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy some ocean views and tranquil time along the natural beauty of the seaside.

La Veranda Phu Quoc Resort is known as one of the top luxury boutique hotels on the island. This AccorHotels Group MGallery Collection Heritage hotel lives up to its reputation as a standalone destination for those who are looking to immerse themselves in gastronomic cuisine, and cultured beauty.

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Complete with spa, an organic garden, beachside villas, a wellness center, and some of the finest dining establishments on the island, this elegant, colonial-style mansion on Dai Beach has been attracting guests with luxurious downtime and tranquil solitude. Whether you’re looking for an immersive adventure, or a secluded sanctuary, La Veranda Hotel Spa and Resort in Phu Quoc has everything you could want for your island getaway as you explore all the magical experiences that Vietnam has to offer.

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