In our new Globe Trotter series, Viral Travel reviews all the best places to see, eat, and stay at, in every country of the world!
This week we visit: Vietnam
Vietnam, despite its tumultuous and often violent history, has grown into one of the most inviting and spectacular tourist destinations in the world. With its singular charm and stunning natural vistas, it offers the visitor a very unique experience that no other country can offer. But what are the places that you simply must see?
The first of these is Hanoi, country’s capital and one of the busiest and most lively cities in the world. Its crowds and buzzing energy will envelop you from the moment you step on its streets and the city will reward you whatever path you take in it. Also, do not miss out on the Hoan Kiem Lake located in Hanoi.
Ha Long Bay is one of the most breath-taking parts of the world, a bay which is riddled with innumerable rock formations that had to be inspiration for the world of Pandora from the Avatar movie. There is no place quite like it on earth and it will change your life.
Hoi An is often called the Venice of Vietnam and once you visit it, you will understand why this is the case. It is a gorgeous, traditional town which used to be an international port. Its Old Town is incredibly atmospheric and the canals really do make it feel like Venice.
Phu Quoc is Vietnam’s largest island and believe it or not, it is still not ruined by over-development. It boasts thick tropical forests, coral reefs of unimaginable beauty and beaches that will take your breath away. Bai Dai is perhaps the most beautiful of the beaches on the island and among the most gorgeous in the world.
Sa Pa is a traditional town in the Northern Vietnam and it is world-famous for its paddy terraces which form one of the most recognizable sceneries in the world. Pictures do not do it justice and you really need to go there to understand how mesmerizing this part of the world is.
If you want to see and experience a part of Vietnam’s more recent history, you should definitely check out the Cu Chi Tunnels which are found some 25 miles northwest of Ho Chi Minh City (former Saigon). This elaborate network of tunnels was used by the Viet Cong army during the Vietnam War.