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24 Essential Things to Do in Vietnam

Discover 24 essential things to do in Vietnam!


1. Tour Thang Long Imperial Citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that blends northern influences of China and the ancient Kingdom of Champa

2. Visit Ho Chin Minh’s mausoleum and the house on stilts where he lived from 1958 until his death in 1969

3. Discover Buddhist and Taoist pagodas, temples and deities as you stroll around Hanoi’s picturesque West Lake

4. Enjoy a walking tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, a bustling area of narrow streets and alleys, and includes the charming Hang Be Market and Hoan Kiem Lake

5. Enjoy a North Vietnamese Water Puppet show performance, depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of national history

6. Taste authentic Vietnamese cuisine in authentic restaurants whilst perusing traditional markets

Hoa Lu

7. Experience a drive through rural northern Vietnam to the site of Vietnam’s first capital, Hoa Lu, visiting its citadel and temples of past Vietnamese Emperors

Ninh Binh

8. Enjoy a peaceful river boat journey, passing through a valley of spectacular karst peaks and caves at Trang An Landscape Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

9. Experience an unforgettable overnight cruise on Halong bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Hoi An

10. Walking tour of ancient town of Hoi An (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

11. Watch a demonstration of Vietnamese cooking combined with a tour of Hoi An market includes an overview of ingredients common in Vietnamese food


12. Discover the ‘Complex of Hue Monuments’, the former citadel of the last Nguyen Dynasty and a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) (Saigon)

13. Discover how European art fused with traditional Vietnamese materials and techniques to give birth to modern Vietnamese art on a tour of an art café

14. Visit the impressive HCMC Fine Arts Museum, a stunning example of Sino-French architecture to learn how artists have been tools of government during resistance, revolution and the reconstruction of Vietnam, as well as learn about Vietnam’s 90’s art market boom

15. Experience the AO show, that depicts a cultural story of both old and new Vietnam through dance and music, at the Municipal Theatre, a landmark building in the city

16. Enjoy a river cruise on the Mekong and a ride in a xe loi (a trailer towed from the back of a bicycle)

17. Visit an orchard of tropical fruits, owned by a Veteran from the Vietnamese war, who will tell stories from his life, as well as taking you in to his garden to sample the fruits

18. Take a boat tour of the famous Cai be floating fish market

19. Enjoy a relaxing ride in a sampan boat along tropical canals

20. Enjoy cuisine that only exists in the Mekong Delta in a 100 year old house with European and Vietnamese designs

21. Cruise up the Vinh Long river to the charming town of Sa Dec. French novelist Marguerite Duras lived here as a child, and decades later the town  provided the backdrop for the movie adaptation of her novel The Lover.

22. Get a first-hand look at Vietnam-American war history with a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels. As you are led through the jungle you will learn about the ingenuity of the Cu Chi residents and even have a chance to crawl through the tunnels (if you wish!)

23. View rice paddies, villagers drying noodles by the side of the road and other scenes of typical southern Vietnamese life

24. Enjoy a relaxing sunset boat trip on Saigon river, seeing the most interesting sights of the city; everything from traditional wooden boats to larger seafaring vessels. Watch the sun set over the city.









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