Things to do in Vietnam

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Overview

There's more to Vietnam, in terms of being a tourist destination, than its war-torn past. The wondrous beauty of the country, the warmth of its people and the richness of its culture can be felt once a visit to Vietnam is done. Lofty peaks, dense woods, riverine valleys and massive deltas make up the diverse and striking Vietnamese terrain. The Vietnam climate is tropical monsoon in character. 

Tourism is increasingly important in Vietnam. Vietnam has emerged itself, as a new tourist destination in South-East Asia and on is now on lists in magazines worldwide. 

For backpackers, culture and nature lovers, beach-lovers, this place is a big attraction. 
Hanoi - the capital, Ho Chi Minh City - the largest city in Vietnam, Hai Phong - third largest city, Da Nang - the largest city in central Vietnam, Nha Trang - One of largest cities in the South Central Coast are a few beautiful cities of Vietnam. 

Owning to stretching the length of the Indo Chinese Peninsula, Vietnam boasts a unique shape of an elongated S and a long coastline with a lot of wonderful sites. Vietnam is one of the most beautiful countries located in the South East Asia. 

Famous Attractions: 

• The Halong Bay 
This is one of world’s natural wonders and is one of the top tourist attractions in Vietnam. The literal meaning of “Halong” is “Bay of Descending Dragons”. 

• Cat Ba Island 
Vietnam is home to the Cat Ba National Park. It has both forests and water bodies within its boundaries. The national park is an attraction to the tourists who enjoy hiking. To the east of the island is the LAN Ha Bay. This bay is famous for its excellent beaches and breathtaking scenery. 

• Tam Coc 
Some million years ago, Halong Bay used to connect with these limestone mountains. Vestiges of the ocean still remain through the erosion of the mounts-Caves can offer an adventurous tour to many curious tourists. Boat trips on the rice fields to three mountains with caves are very interesting. 

• Bich Dong 
A nice pagoda built quite long time ago is situated at a scenic area. There are many statues of Buddha. The bell tower is well decorated. The incense and the sound of the bell seem to transfer tourists to the holy world of Buddha. 

• Ban Gioc Waterfall 
It is now an attractive beauty spot for national and international visitors. Ban Gioc Waterfall on the Quy Xuan River is located in Cao Bang Province, nears the Sino-Vietnamese border. The waterfall falls thirty meters. It is separated into three falls by rocks and trees, and the thundering effect of the water hitting the cliffs can be heard kilometers away from Trung Khanh. The sight in Ban Gioc Waterfall bears a poetic, fresh, quiet beauty of water, forest and cloud area mixed with village atmosphere of mountainous ethnic minorities. 

• Ghenh Da Dia 
It is a potential tourist attraction to both domestic and foreign visitors. With natural stones, strangely structured rocks, columns or obliques of frozen mineral flows, Ghenh Da Dia (Rapids of Stone Plates) is considered as a masterpiece of stone gifted by the nature. 

• Town of Bac Ha 
Being a minority ethnic people market, the town of Bac Ha is famous for its Sunday market which is a trading centre and meeting place for couples, friends, and relatives every Sunday. 

. Hoa Lu 
Ancient Capital is the tourist destination, which will bring you to a few imperial capitals of the country in the ancient and medieval eras.

How to Reach Vietnam

By train 
A Journey by train is actually a very pleasant way of reaching a country known for its scenic natural beauty. To travel to Vietnam by train, there are rail routes between China and Vietnam. There are two rail route connections between these two countries, twice a week, one from Beijing to Hanoi, Vietnam, via Nanning and Lang Son and another from Kunming to Hanoi and passing through Lao Cai. 

By Road 
One can travel to Vietnam by road from China, Laos and Cambodia. There are road crossings between these countries and Vietnam. 

By Plane 
There are three international airports in Vietnam: one each at Ho Chin Minh City, Hanoi and Danang and Vietnam is well connected to the major cities of the world via the numerous flights to these places. There are many major airlines in the world that operate regular Vietnam flights. 

By Boat 
Vietnam boat service is quite frequent between the mainland of Vietnam and its islands. There are express boat services between Rach Gia and Phu Quoc and between Vung Tao and Con Dao. All these services are quite budget friendly as well. International Boat Services are also available and the only overseas linking place is an intersection in the Mekong River, which can be reached when traveling between Phnom Penh to Chau Doc. 

By Bus 
Vietnam bus travel allows the people to reach almost all parts of the country. All the major cities in Vietnam are connected by bus services. They are availed by both tourists and people traveling for work. Long distance buses mostly start the journey or travel by night. 

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Food

Foods of Vietnam

Eating out in Vietnam ranges from street food to fine dining in luxury hotels. It is often made by different kinds of vegetables. Rice is the staple cereal and fish-sauce is extensively used. The most popular dish among the local people is the noodle soup with meat, beef or chicken. Another specialty is the spring roll, which is found in many versions, with varying ingredients used. 

Chè is a dessert made from sticky rice, beans, and a seasonal fruit. Fruit smoothies made from seasonal fruits are popular. It is also recommended to buy bottled water rather than drinking tap water.

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Best Time to go to Vietnam

The best time to visit Vietnam is between April to August when the weather tends to be good in both North and South.