Visiting Vietnam awakens the vitalizing spirit and overwhelms the senses. A weeklong stay isn’t enough to fully grasp this Southeast Asian country. In the midst of the climate, the historical events that took place and the captivating preserved culture, there’s a ton on the bucket list why this country is a must-visit.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site — Hue, is a great place to unravel for history buffs to bring yourself back in time for the historical significance of Vietnam. Hue is located in the heart of the country by the side of the Perfume River. Hue is once the midpoint of former religious, culture and politics. This place is an extraordinarily well-preserved model of feudal city zoning. Tourists can step into Hue and roam at the tombs of the four citadels, several pagodas, Nguyen dynasty, and the ruins and foundations of the Forbidden Purple City.
After spending time in a historical place, it’s time to unwind at Vietnam’s most beautiful beaches near Da Nang. The beach vibe continues to be a serene, calm atmosphere perfect for doing nothing at all. See the ample emerald forests flourish into the azure water at Lang Co Beach, about 70 km south of Hue. Non Nuoc beach is a great spot to do surfing and it is located at the foot of the steep Marble Mountains, which travelers can hike for superb, pristine views. Just a tip: Be an early bird as possible to beat the tour crowd. The Son Tra Peninsula is located minutes away from Da Nang is a national park habitation to some of the endangered species and a home to coral reefs where visitors can do snorkeling.
A morning walk around Hoan Kiem Lake is a must-do before proceeding on your next food crawl. Try local dish like cha ca or a way of cooking local fish sautéed with dill and turmeric and served over vermicelli and order nam cua be or egg rolls packed with crabmeat. The evening event is full pack and you may start by watching a performance of the renowned Thang Long Water Puppet show and relax and have a good sound and drink on one of the many jazz bars in town.
Tam Coc is home to one of Vietnam’s most eye-catching landscapes for this little piece of heaven. Experience going down the Ngo Dong River, comfort into tranquility by the quiet beat of the waves against the rowboat. Rice paddies can be seen from the river unswerving to the base of the moving upward karst mountains. The boat trips include a relaxing journey through three caves and the biggest among the three is 125 meters long.