Vietnam is an astonishing mix of natural highlights and cultural diversity. The scenery ranges from jagged peaks seen from winding mountain passes down to verdant paddy fields painted every shade of green in the palette. Or the rural areas brim with fantastic panoramas, the big cities breathe with contemporary life and provide ample opportunities to get stuck into Vietnam’s tasty culinary highlights.
And HCMC, Ha Noi and Ha Long are among the world’s 100 top travel destinations for international tourists, according to a report issued by global business intelligence firm Euromonitor International.
Ho Chi Minh City has been ranked 36th on a list of the 100 leading cities in the world in terms of international tourist arrivals.
The list, compiled by global business intelligence firm Euromonitor International, also placed Hanoi in 52nd and the northern city of Ha Long in 56th.
Ho Chi Minh City
For big city fans, no Vietnam Holiday Package is really complete without a visit to Ho Chi Minh City, the buzzing of the country.
Travelling to Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll find the HCMC Museum, with a brilliant collection of artefacts that weaves together the story of the city, and the grand Notre Dame Cathedral, built in the late 19th century with the famous destinations : The Reunification Palace, Jade Emperor Pagoda …
Ha Noi City
Hanoi, also spelled Ha Noi, city, capital of Vietnam. The city is situated in northern Vietnam on the western bank of the Red River. In addition to being the national capital, Hanoi is also a province-level municipality (thanh pho), administered by the central government .
The trip into the city from Noi Bai Airport takes about an hour and offers some poignant glimpses of modern Vietnamese life.
The north end of Hoan Kiem Lake is Hanoi’s “ground zero”. Not only is it the oldest part of the city, it is the busiest and most interesting. Every street is winding, intimate, and shady. At night the lights of storefronts keep the streets lit and animated.
Hanoi is very compact, and the city’s most interesting places for tourists are all relatively close to each other, which makes it easy to enjoy the best parts of the city on foot or by cyclo. You could probably explore the Ancient Quarter and visit all the places below in a single day: Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square, Quoc Tu Giam (National University)…
3. Halong Bay
The karst seascape of Halong Bay is one of the world’s most spellbinding sea views and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thousands of limestone islands sit within this bay in the Gulf of Tonkin, eroded into jagged pinnacles by wind and water action over millennia. With the bay’s scenery best seen by boat, this is prime cruising territory. Opt for at least an overnight tour to see Halong Bay’s iconic views as a day trip doesn’t do it justice.
The Telegraph recently recommended Hanoi as an amazing food destination, while Ho Chi Minh City has cracked various lists of top destinations for solo and retiree travelers, including being named by priceoftravel as one of the cheapest cities for backpackers. Both cities were named among the world’s fastest growing destinations by MasterCard.
Hanoi City and Ho Chi Minh City also known as the paradise of street food.