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Three Vietnamese Destinations Shine with ASEAN Clean Tourist City Awards 2024

In a significant recognition of their commitment to cleanliness, waste management, and environmental awareness, three enchanting Vietnamese destinations – Hue, Vung Tau, and Quy Nhon – have been honored with the prestigious ASEAN Clean Tourist City Awards 2024. The announcement took place at the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2024, held in the picturesque capital of Laos, Vientiane, from January 22 to 27, 2024. This accolade not only celebrates the beauty and cultural richness of these destinations but also highlights their dedication to sustainable tourism practices.

These three places have previously received the ASEAN Clean Tourism City Award. Quy Nhon received the honor in 2020, while Vung Tau and Hue had each received it three times before.

The recognition was based on 108 criteria divided into seven major categories: environmental management, cleanliness, waste management, environmental protection and cleanliness awareness-building, the presence of green spaces, health safety, urban safety, and security, and the quality of tourism infrastructure and facilities.

Huế: Preserving Imperial Grandeur with Cleanliness
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Nestled along the picturesque Perfume River, the ancient city of Hue is renowned for its imperial history and architectural marvels. The city has seamlessly blended its historical charm with a modern commitment to cleanliness and sustainability. From the well-preserved citadel to the vibrant markets, Hue has become a shining example of a destination that values both its rich heritage and the environment. The ASEAN Clean Tourist City Award recognizes Hue’s efforts to maintain its imperial grandeur while adopting eco-friendly practices.

Vũng Tàu: Where Pristine Beaches Meet Environmental Consciousness
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Vũng Tàu, a coastal gem with stunning beaches and panoramic views, has been recognized for its pristine landscapes and a dedication to environmental preservation. The city’s authorities have implemented innovative waste management systems and initiatives to ensure the cleanliness of its beaches and public spaces. Vung Tau’s recognition at the ASEAN Clean Tourist City Awards is a testament to its commitment to providing a delightful and sustainable experience for both locals and tourists.

Quy Nhơn: Balancing Natural Beauty and Environmental Responsibility
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Quy Nhơn, known for its tranquil beaches and pristine landscapes, has struck the perfect balance between preserving its natural beauty and promoting environmental responsibility. The city’s efforts in waste management and environmental education have not gone unnoticed, earning it a well-deserved place among the recipients of the ASEAN Clean Tourist City Awards. Quy Nhon stands as a model destination that demonstrates how responsible tourism can enhance the allure of a place without compromising its ecological integrity.

The ASEAN Clean Tourist City Awards 2024 have cast a spotlight on three remarkable Vietnamese destinations – Hue, Vung Tauand Quy Nhon – for their dedication to cleanliness, waste management, and environmental awareness. These cities not only showcase the diverse beauty of Vietnam but also serve as inspiring examples for other destinations aiming to harmonize tourism with sustainability. As Hue, Vung Tau, and Quy Nhon continue to welcome visitors with open arms, their commitment to a cleaner and greener future will undoubtedly make them even more appealing to travelers seeking responsible and enriching experiences.

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Some Experiences You Need to Do in Cao Bang

Tucked away in a remote area of Northern Vietnam, Cao Bang Province is bursting with beautiful geo-cultural sites. With five major river systems and 47 lakes, water plays a vital role in shaping the landscape and local life. Much of Cao Bang is protected as UNESCO Global Geopark. The province’s extraordinary diversity makes it a spectacular place to explore, especially for adventure travellers. Here are seven stops in Cao Bang you must not miss.

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Bản Giốc Waterfall

Located on the border between China and Vietnam, Bản Giốc is the fourth largest waterfall in the world. Measuring 300 meters wide, the falls are absolutely breathtaking in size. The vast area and range of different falls and pools within the park is captivating. Set in a striking valley and surrounded by lush jungle, Bản Giốc feels like a paradise of its own. 

TIP: The best time to visit is during the dry season from October to April. At the end of the dry season, a daily release of water from the dam-controlled Quây Sơn River takes place between 10:30am and 1:00pm, bringing the falls up to their full flow.  

Trúc Lâm Phật Tích Pagoda

A short but steep walk brings you to this traditional Vietnamese-style temple. The design of Trúc Lâm pagoda fits perfectly into the hillside. As you climb higher to the main temple area, a valley filled with karsts unfolds below. A stunning spot not far from Bản Giốc Waterfalls, Trúc Lâm Pagoda can easily be visited in the same day.

Ngườm Ngao Cave

The Ngườm Ngao cave system has some of the most unique stalactite formations in Southeast Asia. As you step foot into the cave, the formations change with each new cavern. The entire cave system is 2,144 meters long, but local authorities have only opened 948 meters to visitors to preserve its natural beauty.

TIP: Don’t forget to bring drinking water for this trip: the one-kilometre walk can easily take an hour or more. 

Thang Hen Lake System

The Thang Hen Lakes are made up of 36 miniature lakes that are all connected through caves and underground passageways. In the rainy season, water levels rise to form a single lake, which meanders through a valley of karst peaks for over 300 kilometres. While the lake is picturesque, it’s the rock formations and scenes of daily life that make Thang Hen worth visiting. 

TIP: Hire a local guide to bring you to Tuyệt Tình Cốc, also known as The Mountains Eye. This single karst peak is home to a cave that runs through one side to the other, forming a giant hole in the mountain.  

Ethnic minority groups

Cao Bằng Province has over nine ethnic groups, which have lived in these valleys for centuries. The Tày, Nùng, Dao, and H’mong are some of the most well-known, and each minority has its own special crafts and way of living. To experience ethnic culture, visit a minority craft village with one of the local guides, or book an ethnic homestay during your trip.

Cao Bằng City

Anchored around the Sông Bằng River, Cao Bằng City has grown into a bustling centre of development. With a small but contemporary selection of hotels, shops, and restaurants, it’s the perfect base for exploring the rest of the province. You’ll find many northern specialities to try in town, such as Phở Chua (sour noodle soup) and Bánh Cuốn (steamed rice rolls). Cao Bang City also has several festivals which are unique to the region. 

Pác Bó Historical Complex

Pác Bó Historical Complex is a memorial and museum founded on the site where Hồ Chí Minh began his revolution. Here you can take a look at the cave where Ho Chi Minh lived in hiding, and the river where he fished and wrote poetry. This tasteful tribute to the life and work of Ho Chi Minh is an important pilgrimage spot for the Vietnamese.

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Transport to Cao Bang

The distance from Hanoi to Cao Bang City is around 280 kilometres. Travel time can be around eight hours depending on type of transportation. Day and overnight buses are available from Hanoi to Cao Bang. Buses leave from the My Dinh Bus Station. Private charter and group tours to Cao Bang are also available. Local and online travel agencies can help you book your trip.

When to Visit Cao Bang

The best time to visit Cao Bang is during the dry season, from October to April. It’s worth noting that North Vietnam can get quite cold during the winter months, from November to February, so pack accordingly. Rainy season — from May to September in North Vietnam — can be beautiful, just be prepared for hot and humid weather.   

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Ha Giang: markedly different geography and culture makes a difference

Ha Giang is just 300 kilometres from Hanoi, but the life that unfolds in the province is a world apart from most other places, given its topography and ethnic diversity.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Between September and November is the most ideal time to visit Ha Giang with dry climate and cool weather with average temperatures of 28 degrees Celsius.

From the end of September to early October marks the ripening of its terraced rice fields, which are a spellbinding sight.

Buckwheat flowers blooming in November is another unique sight in the northern highland’s province.

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WHAT TO EXPLORE

Nestled in the middle of a valley, the Dong Van Old Quarter, also called Dong Van Old Town, is a unique gem in Vietnam’s final frontier that is surrounded by high Rocky Mountains and limestone formations.

The old town was formed in the early 20th century with a few Hmong, Tay and Chinese families settling down here.

Now, the town has 40 two-storied houses with a touch of Chinese architecture such as yin-yang tiled roofs, yellow walls and red lanterns hung on the gables.

Since 2006, the town has attracted tourists by organizing a lantern festival on the 14th, 15th and 16th days of each lunar month, around the full moon time. All the local families hang red lanterns, display their special product – ethnic brocade – and sell their traditional food to boost tourism, somewhat like what the more famous Hoi An ancient town has been doing.

A cup of coffee at the Pho Co Café, one of the few places that have retained its Chinese-Vietnamese architecture, is a highly recommended experience.

Another cultural-commercial highlight of the town is its flea market, held every Sunday morning. It is a place to shop for local products made by ethnic minorities such as the Mong, Dao, Giay, and Tay and a place for young women to hang out with friends in their colorful traditional costumes, shopping and having fun.

Located in Sa Phin Valley of Dong Van District, the Hmong King’s Palace, the seat of the H’mong kings Vuong Chi Thanh and Vuong Chinh Duc, who ruled over the region during the French colonial era up until Vietnam regained independence in 1945, takes visitors to another age.

The palace consists of six two-storied houses with a total of 64 rooms, all connected to each other. The architecture features the Qing Dynasty style, with green pebbles, pine woods and terra-cotta tiles as the main building materials.

Admission fees cost VND20,000 per person.

Leaving Dong Van Town, a 25-kilometer road through steep paths and rugged mountains leads to the Lung Cu Flag Tower, which proclaims the nation’s territory and sovereignty, and is mark of pride for all Vietnamese citizens.

Built at the summit of Rong Mountain at the height of 1,700 meters above sea level, the octagonal monument is 33 meters tall and on top of the tower flies a 54-square-meter flag that represents 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam.

Visitors have to climb 389 stone steps and another 140 steps on a spiral iron staircase to get to the tower. A panoramic view of Ha Giang awaits those who reach the summit.

The Ma Pi Leng Pass is often described as one of the four most dangerous passes in Vietnam. Soaring over the pass is a mountain 2,000 meters high that is hugged tight by the Hanh Phuc (Happiness) Road connecting Ha Giang Town with the districts of Dong Van and Meo Vac.

The road was completed in 1965 after 11 years of construction mostly by workers belonging to the Hmong ethnic group.

Negotiating the pass is a tough task even for the most seasoned travellers and some foreign tourists have died driving off the pass.

“Ma Pi Leng pass is such a wonder of the world which lies right on the border of Vietnam and China. The pass offers breathtaking landscapes and exotic walking trails along the mount. Love this!” said Victor from Denmark.

“This might be one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to. A bit dangerous, I suggest you pay for a service with a driver,” Zupanc Nina wrote on Tripadvisor.

Currently, some tour operators also offer one-day tours for inexperienced tourists to navigate Ma Pi Leng Pass. Experienced tour guides will take them through the rugged curves and steep cliffs.

A boat trip on the Nho Que River’s turquoise waters at the foot of Ma Pi Leng Pass is another highly recommended travel experience.

Hire a motorbike taxi (xe om) to reach the pier and pay VND100,000 per person for a 30-minute boat trip.

Visitors can also request special photo stops along their way down Tu San, known as one of Southeast Asia’s deepest canyons.

There are 23 tourist boats that transport thousands of visitors who come to admire this majestic wonder every year.

“Before the Covid-19 outbreak, this place was crowded with tourists during weekends and holidays. Now we only get tourists traveling in groups to ensure safety,” said boatman Trieu Chuong.

Along both sides of the river are rice fields planted by the Giay people.

Pho Tro, a small village on the outskirts of Pho Bang Town in Dong Van District, is characterized by traditional ‘trinh tuong’ houses with yin-yang tiled roofs.

As part of a rural renovation program, local authorities have improved infrastructure to develop tourism here. The village now has spacious headquarters and an elementary school. Cemented pathways provide easy access to every house. Households have received subsidies under the program to build bathrooms and indoor toilets.

As noted earlier, visiting Ha Giang from September until November is an opportunity to visit Hoang Su Phi District, famous for 3,000 hectares of terraced rice fields that form wavy, mesmerising golden yellow carpets.

There aren’t many places to stay in Hoang Su Phi, but homestays are available in villages or motels in Vinh Quang Town for VND250,000 to 550,000 ($10.68 to 23.50) a night.

It gets cold at nights and early in the morning, so taking a jacket along is a good idea when visiting Hoang Su Phi. Extra care has to be taken when driving on the road from Ha Giang Town to Hoang Su Phi because it’s narrow, winding and crowded with trucks.

WHERE TO STAY

Built atop a mountain in Yen Dinh Commune in Bac Me District, the P’apiu Resort is particularly favored by well-to-do couples who wish to enjoy a peaceful, secluded atmosphere and green landscapes.

The resort is also unique in that all its staff are local ethnic minority residents. Room prices start from VND9.8 million a night.

The Hmong Village resort in Quang Ba District, around 50 kilometers northeast of Ha Giang Town, has 25 bungalows surrounded by green trees and picturesque natural scenery.

Bungalows designed in the shape of rattan baskets that Hmong women sling on their backs to carry rice and other things are a distinctive feature of the resort.

It also has a community guesthouse that can accommodate up to 40 people at VND400,000 a night. A night’s stay in the bungalow’s costs from VND2.4 million ($105.31).

To gaze up on the rice terraced fields during the golden season from their windows, the Hoang Su Phi Lodge and Kinh Homestay in Nam Hong Village are ideal options.

Dong Van and Meo Vac districts offer budget-friendly homestays with prices ranging from VND100,000-230,000 per night.

WHAT TO EAT

Given the diversity of ethnic minority communities who live in Ha Giang, a culinary exploration of the province is a rewarding exercise.

The xoi ngu sac (five-colored sticky rice) – red, yellow, blue, purple and white – is made by using fruits, roots and leaves of plants. Glutinous rice is soaked in water for 6-8 hours and divided into five parts. Apart from the original white color, the other parts are dyed with a natural food coloring agent and steamed until tender.

The dish can be found at the weekly flea market in Dong Van Town.

From mid-October onwards, the Ha Giang rock plateau blooms with buckwheat flowers, a season which has already made the place a major tourist attraction. Residents use these flowers to make a signature dish – triangle buckwheat cake – that is difficult to find elsewhere.

The buckwheat seeds are harvested, dried and crushed into fine powder. The power is mixed with water to make flat round cakes that are then steamed for about 10 minutes. The cakes bought at the markets can be taken home as a special gift.

Tourists can buy this cake from street food vendors or food stalls in the Dong Van flea market.

Thang den is another signature dish made with glutinous rice flour in Ha Giang. It looks like banh troi, the cake with a sweet filling that is popular in Hanoi.

The thang den is made by mixing glutinous rice flour with sugar, shaped into balls and steamed. They are served with a syrup made with sweetened coconut milk and ginger. A bowl of thang den is topped with peanuts and/or black sesame seeds.

Though the steamed rice roll, banh cuon, is a popular dish in the north of the country, the version in Ha Giang is quite different. It is filled with pork/egg and mushroom, topped with dried shallots and served with a bowl of delicious bone broth flavored with fresh coriander, chopped scallions and Vietnamese pork sausage.

In Ha Giang’s chilly mornings, a bowl of hot broth with banh cuon makes for a great breakfast.

The most popular restaurants to try this dish are: Ms.Ha’s stall at 31 Dong Van Town; and Ms. Cuc’s stall opposite to Ha Giang Town’s social security center.

A special porridge favored by the Hmong people in Ha Giang is made of the root of the monkshood aconite plant, known as au tau, which grows on Ha Giang’s highest mountain peak, Tay Con Linh.

The process of cooking the porridge is very time-consuming, because the roots can be poisonous without being processed and cooked in the right manner.

After harvest, the roots are soaked in water for a night and then simmered on a fire for about four hours. They can then be turned into dough and mixed with glutinous rice and pork trotters.

The porridge is only sold at night and is served with fried minced pork, pepper, herbs and sour bamboo shoots.

You can find this treat at Ngan Ha Restaurant at 161 Tran Hung Dao Street.

The black chicken hotpot is a not-to-be-missed dish on a cold day in Ha Giang. It is normally had with cabbage, peas and other vegetables that make the hotpot sweeter.

Unlike ga ac, a kind of black chicken in the Mekong Delta, the Hmong variety is a rare breed found in the northwestern mountainous provinces of Son La, Lai Chau, Lao Cai and Bac Kan. It is a favorite of the Hmong people, who believe that it helps enhance human vitality, including libido, and is good medicine for heart disease.

The hotpot is served at Oanh Hieu Restaurant in Dong Van Town and at Phan’s Restaurant on Hai Ba Trung Street.

HOW TO GET THERE

Ha Giang Town is 300 kilometers from Hanoi and the most popular method of transportation is by overnight sleeper bus, for which tickets can be booked/bought at the My Dinh Bus Station. The journey of around six hours to reach Ha Giang Town costs VND200,000-350,000 ($8.54-15) per person.

On arrival, hiring a motorbike for VND150,000 a day is probably the best way to explore the undulating paths that embrace the province’s mountainous terrain.

With one’s own motorbike, take National Route 2 to Vinh Yen Town, turn into National Route 2C past Tuyen Quang and Viet Quang towns to reach Ha Giang. This is the easier route, though slightly longer.

Source: VNExpress International

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Central Highlands aglow: golden rice paints the terraces

Since late May, Kon Tu Rang Village in Mang Den Town has transformed, its terraced fields turning a vibrant yellow, offering travelers a glimpse into the harvest season.

In Vietnam’s Central Highlands, Kon Tum Province boasts a hidden gem: Kon Plong District. Traveling just ten kilometers from the township of Mang Den, this region transforms during harvest season. Here, nestled amidst the tapestry of seasonally changing hues, lies Kon Tu Rang Village. Known for its vistas, the village offers a prime location to witness the wonders of the harvest season.

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Visitors can ride a motorbike or car along the main road in the village until the intersection at the end of the road. There, park at the nearby forest ranger’s house, and walk to the terraced fields.

It is currently the rainy season, and the road to the village is being repaired. Visitors should consider taking a motorbike taxi or taxi.

“The dirt road after the rain was muddy, I slipped at the Pa Sy Waterfall because I was careless,” said Minh Le (pictured), 25, after a trip to Kon Tu Rang on May 19. He had driven from the center of Mang Den Town, through the pine forests for about half an hour.

Kon Tu Rang Village is located near the “37 households” area of Mang Den Town, which is home to many agricultural projects and famous tourist attractions. The terraced fields are located at the foot of Ngoc Le Mountain, with Dak Bla Stream flowing below. There is also the famous Kon Tu Rang Bridge, which offers a wider and more open view of the terraced fields.

Minh, a tour guide at Mang Den, said the ripening rice season in Kon Tu Rang usually comes in May, earlier than in the northern mountains. In April, the fields were still green, but now they have turned yellow under the sun, signaling that the harvest is approaching.

Unlike regular fields in the plains, Mang Den terraced fields are irregular plots overlapping each other. Each plot has different colors, creating an interweaving color transition.

“If the ripe rice season in the northwest is magnificent, the Kon Tu Rang terraced fields are like a new baby of mother nature, beautiful in a gentle and peaceful way,” he said.

The rice fields in Kon Tu Rang are gradually turning yellow, ready to be harvested. This is also a good time for tourists to visit and take photos. From the field, visitors can trek to Ngoc Le Peak to have a panoramic view of Kon Tu Rang terraced fields and Mang Canh Commune.

According to Minh, visitors should spend about half a day in Kon Tu Rang, then move to Mang Den to visit other places such as the café located at the beginning of the new Mang Den Pass, which has a panoramic view of the mountains and hills, or Highway 24 towards Quang Ngai Province, curving up to the the statue of Our Lady of Mang Den, a significant pilgrimage site for Catholics in the Kon Tum Diocese.

Photos by Minh Le

Source: VNExpress International

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Best Things to Do in Nha Trang in 2024

Nha Trang is one of the most popular and exciting cities in Vietnam. This coastal city offers a variety of attractions and activities for all kinds of travelers. Whether you are looking for fun, relaxation, culture, or adventure, Nha Trang has something for you. We have carefully selected the top things to do in Nha Trang that will make your trip unforgettable. You can go diving or snorkeling in the crystal clear waters, visit the amazing waterfalls and temples, cruise the islands and bays, and enjoy the lively nightlife and cuisine. Join us on a journey to the city of fun and relaxation in Nha Trang.

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1.Swim & sunbathe in picturesque beaches

With total length of about 7 kilometers coastline, Nha Trang has some of the most breathtaking beaches in Vietnam where the blue sea mixes harmoniously with white sandy coastline. Possessing many beaches which are equal in beauty, Nha Trang can accommodate different choices for anyone’s beach break. From bustling beaches in downtown center to quiet and pristine beaches, tourists can have all to their own tastes. Nha Trang’s beaches can be distinguished from beaches in other regions in Vietnam by its minor waves, which makes it as an ideal place for persons who look for a peaceful beach vacation. Not only attracting tourists by beautiful beaches, Nha Trang also has a wide array of beach resorts and recreational beach-side activities. Below are our suggested beaches:

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– Tran Phu Beach: It’s the most popular beach of the city because it can easily be seen and accessed from everywhere in Nha Trang. The beautiful Nha Trang coastal city is partly formed by the boulevard running along Tran Phu Beach with swaying palm trees; wide range of seaside resorts, hostels and restaurants. Nightlife is also active here with most popular bars, such as: The Sailing Club, ZIMA, Skylight Skydeck & Rooftop Beach Club.

– Doc Let Beach: lying 50km north of Nha Trang City, relatively untouched due to its remote location. Featuring warm blue sea, hot white sand, plenty of palm trees, and fishing boat docked offshore, Doc Let Beach is a romantic place for married couples and honeymooners.

– Long Beach: located 28km from southern coast of Tran Phu Beach, Long Beach can be a perfect day trip for those who seek for empty and pristine beaches. This beach is mostly visited by backpackers so it’s famous for the hippy-like ambiance.

2. Discover local religious life through cultural sites

Besides beautiful beaches, Nha Trang attracts tourists by its historical relics and various ritual areas, which reflects local residents’ beliefs and religions.

2.1. Ponagar Towers.

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Location: 2 Thang 4, Vinh Phuoc.
Opening hours: Daily from 6 am to 5:30 pm.

Ponagar Towers – a scared Hindu site dating back to the 7th century, is the most well-preserved ruins of Cham Culture in Central Vietnam, just after the World Heritage My Son Sanctuary in Hoian. Each of the towers honors different Gods and Goddesses but the most striking structure is Yang Po Inu Nagar, which was built to worship Goddess Ana – the mother of Champa Kingdom. The towers are square red-bricked structures with tapered roofs. Situated on the top of a hill, Ponagar Towers offers spectacular views to the Cai River and the fishermen’s village. There are traditional music and dance performances in special occasions.

2.2. Long Son Pagoda.

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Location: No. 22 Road 23/10, Phuong Son.
Opening hours: Daily – open 24 hours.

Long Son Pagoda with a remarkable history of over 100 years is the most famous and impressive Buddhist pagoda in the style of Taoist architecture in Nha Trang. Coming there, tourists will be impressed by its plethora of Vietnam’s largest outdoor Buddha Statues. The main highlight is the 24-metre tall white Buddha image seated on a lotus throne. Another impressive structure is the large reclining Buddha whose back panel features a bas-relief representation of the monks and nuns who died in the late 1950s while fighting against the corrupt US-backed Diem regime.
As Long Son Pagoda is set upon a hilltop, visitors can enjoy a bird’s eye view of Nha Trang and the sea beyond from the platform at the base of the white Buddha statue.

2.3. Nha Trang Stone Cathedral.

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Location: No. 31 Thai Nguyen Street, Phuoc Tan.
Opening hours: 5:30 AM – 5 PM on Monday-Saturday | 5 AM – 7 AM & 11 AM – 4:30 PM on Sundays

Nha Trang Stone Cathedral is also called Nha Trang Mountain Church and official name as King Christian Church. It was built from 1928 to 1933 by the French with the architectural style of a Catholic cathedral. The design is the perfect combination of the French Gothic style and distinct Vietnamese architecture elements. The church layouts are constructed by simple cement blocks and the chapel’s dome was made of lattice girders and hard-core bamboo.

Perched atop a small hill, the cathedral has picturesque setting with the mountains rising dramatically in the distance behind it. Therefore, it’s a must see site for visitors and photographers to take excellent photos in both day and night time.

3. Snorkeling and Scuba Diving – Unique things to do in Nha Trang

Snorkeling and Scuba Diving in nearby islands are two most interesting water-related activities in Nha Trang. Known as Vietnam’s premier scuba location, Nha Trang and nearby Hon Mun Marine Park give divers the chance to enjoy 350 species of hard coral species and many colorful sea creatures in clear and calm waters. June to August is the peak season of diving because the sea water will be at its clearest and most beautiful conditions during these months. Even you take any level of diving, the most important things are following basic safety rules to ensure a fun but safe diving experience. In addition, many foreign tourists said that diving in Nha Trang is cheap and straightforward.

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* Suggested diving organizers:
– Sailing Club Divers – 72 – 74 Tran Phu Boulevard.
– Rainbow Divers Vietnam – 132 Nguyen Thien Thuat Street.

4. Wallow in a mud bath to refresh your body & mind

It will be such a regrettable loss if you visit Nha Trang without trying mud bath because it’s considered as the quintessential experience in this coastal city. The mud used in mud bath resorts in Nha Trang is mineral mud with lots of benefits, such as: remove dead skin cells, deposit minerals into the body, eliminate blackheads, and support blood circulation.
If tourists are tired of sightseeing trips and islands hopping tours, it will be a great idea to spend at least half day to relax your body and soul in a hot mineral spring.

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* Where to take mud bath?
– I-Resort hot mineral spring – To 19 – Xuan Ngoc – Vinh Ngoc.
– Thap Ba hot mineral spring – 438 Ngo Den – Ngoc Hiep.

5. Celebrate festive spirit in Vinpearl Amusement Park

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Location: Vinpearl Resort Island, Nha Trang Bay.
Opening hours:
 Daily 9 AM – 6 PM.

Regarded as Disneyland in Vietnam, the fun and festive Vinpearl Amusement Park makes for a great day out for all the families with children or youngsters with high adventurous spirit. Located on Hon Tre Island, the park can be approached by 15-minute ride by Vinpearl Cable Car from Nha Trang mainland. This Cable Car used to be the world’s longest oversea cable car with a length of more than 3km before 2018. The park offers a plethora of rides, games, water slides, fish-filled aquarium and huge water park. The park complex consists of restaurants and shopping malls, as well as a gorgeous beach for tourists to recline on, with lots of fantastic watersports.

6. Enjoy Nha Trang bustling nightlife

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In the night time, Nha Trang brings tourists a tremendous feeling with wide range of options from local experiences to rooftop night clubs and bars, all which will keep you entertained.

6.1. Buying some local souvenirs at Nha Trang Night Market.

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Nha Trang Night Market is really a great place for tourists to take insight into local culture of this city. The walking street and night market are opened along Tran Phu Street from 6-7 pm and busy until midnight. Walking here, you can find a lot of items like clothing, souvenirs, handicrafts to bring home. But don’t forget to stop at street food stalls where you can enjoy the mouth-watering local dishes with affordable prices.

6.2. Have fun at bars & nightclubs.

Nha Trang bars and clubs are exactly where you can find the sleepless atmosphere of the late night revelers as well as this dynamic city. To mingle with the locals and fellow tourists; you are highly recommended to take a stroll along Tran Phu Street; where plenty of bars and clubs are welcoming you to come.

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Here are some popular nightlife spots to check out:

* Nha Trang Sailing Club

Location: 72 – 74 Tran Phu Street,
Opening hours: Daily 07:30 – 02:30

Located along Tran Phu Beach; Sailing Club is like an open space offering diverse services such as restaurants, bars and a vibrant club. During sunset, the club appears with a shimmering and fanciful look. It becomes busier after sunset until late night because more and more tourists will come there to dance and swing with the latest electro house tunes and EDM tracks from the talented hands of famous DJs.

* Louisiane Brewhouse and Restaurant:

Location: 29 Tran Phu Street
Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 00:00

Louisiane Brewhouse Nha Trang offers exciting combinations of beer, cuisine and entertainment against the stunning backdrop of Nha Trang beach. It serves the most exclusive beers in Vietnam, that are made with specialty malts from Australia and New Zealand. To match its special home-brewed beers; this all-day beach bar also offers a special collection of favorite Western and Asian dishes. Evening events are held from 8:30 AM to 11:00 PM with a wide range of popular music styles from Latin American, Pop & Mainstream to Rock & Blues.

* Skylight Skydeck & Rooftop Beach Club:

Location: 38 Tran Phu Street, Nha Trang
Opening hours: Skylight Skydeck: 9.00 – 12.00 and 15.00 – 18.00 daily | Rooftop Beach Club: 17.00 – 00.00 Tuesday to Sunday

To enjoy the nightlife of the young and admire the shimmering lights of Nha Trang City at night from above at the same time, there is no place as perfect as Skylight Skydeck & Rooftop Beach Club. Located in the 43th-45th floors of Havana Nha Trang Hotel; this is the first attraction of its kind in Nha Trang that allows guests to view the beautiful beach city from unrivaled heights. Meanwhile, the Rooftop Beach Club features handcrafted specialty cocktails, ice-cold draught beer, international Pan-Asian cuisine, and an unparalleled nightlife experience.

6.3. Sunset Cocktail & Dinner on luxury Emperor Cruise.

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Duration: 4 hours (approx.) from 4:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Services included pickup and drop off at hotels/stay in Nha Trang City Center.

Set sail on Emperor Cruise in Nha Trang Bay; you will have the great opportunity to enjoy the wonderful panorama of Nha Trang Bay; along the coastline while cruising and enjoying the dinner with best selection of cocktails.

Essential Takeaways:

Nha Trang, a coastal city in Vietnam, is renowned for its stunning beaches, vibrant marine life, and rich cultural heritage. Here’s a curated list of must-do activities that promise an unforgettable experience:

  1. Dive into the Underwater World at Hon Mun Island: Discover the marine biodiversity at Hon Mun Island, known for its crystal-clear waters, captivating caves, and colorful coral reefs. It’s a paradise for snorkelers and divers alike.
  2. Soak in the Architectural Splendor of Po Nagar: Step back in time at the Po Nagar Cham Towers, a testament to the Cham civilization. Admire the intricate carvings and statues that reflect a blend of cultural influences.
  3. Relax on the Pristine Beaches: Nha Trang’s beaches are perfect for a day of relaxation. Soak up the sun, enjoy the soft sand between your toes, and listen to the soothing sound of the waves.
  4. Savor the Local Cuisine: Treat your taste buds to the local flavors. Don’t miss out on the fresh seafood, and be sure to try the famous ‘Bun Cha Ca,’ a delightful fishcake noodle soup.
  5. Embrace the Nightlife: As the sun sets, the city comes alive with bustling night markets and lively bars. Experience the local nightlife and mingle with both locals and travelers.
  6. Find peace at Long Son Pagoda, Nha Trang’s most renowned Buddhist landmark, and marvel at the colossal white Buddha statue.
  7. Admire the European charm of Nha Trang Stone Church, a captivating blend of French Gothic architecture and Vietnamese influences.
  8. Take a boat tour to pristine islands like Monkey Island or explore Nha Trang Bay’s hidden coves.
  9. Visit the National Oceanographic Museum to learn about Vietnam’s marine life and its rich underwater ecosystems.
  10. Hike to Ba Ho Waterfalls, a scenic spot with cascading waterfalls and refreshing pools for a dip.
  11. Experience a mud bath at Thap Ba Hot Springs, known for its therapeutic mineral-rich mud baths.
  12. Enjoy a thrilling ride on the Vinpearl Cable Car, offering panoramic views of Nha Trang and access to Vinpearl Land amusement park.

In comparison with other beach destinations in Vietnam; such as Mui Ne and Phu Quoc; Nha Trang is more urban and lively and home to some of Vietnam’s best beach resorts. It will be definitely the perfect choice for those who are looking for a mix of big city life and a relaxing coastal atmosphere; busy night markets and quiet places under the palm trees; modern buildings and ancient architectures. 

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Sapa, Vietnam : Weather,Climate, Seasons

Nestled amidst the breathtaking mountainous landscape of northwestern Vietnam, Sapa offers a captivating blend of cultural charm and natural beauty. But planning a trip to this enchanting destination requires consideration of its unique weather patterns. From the crisp, cool air of winter to the misty embrace of summer, Sapa’s climate fluctuates dramatically throughout the year. Understanding the intricacies of Sapa’s weather can help you choose the best time to visit, pack effectively, and make the most of your outdoor adventures. This comprehensive guide provides a detailed breakdown of Sapa’s weather, encompassing its climate, seasons, rainfall patterns, temperature variations, and tips for navigating unpredictable conditions.

Sapa Vietnam Weather Overview

Sapa’s weather is characterized by its mountainous setting, which profoundly influences its climate. Situated in the Hoang Lien Son mountain range, Sapa enjoys a subtropical highland climate, marked by distinct seasons and notable temperature variations throughout the year. The town’s elevation, ranging from 1,500 to 1,650 meters, contributes to its cooler temperatures than those found at lower altitudes.

What is the climate like in Sapa?

Sapa experiences a diverse range of weather conditions throughout the year, from chilly winters to warm summers. The climate is significantly influenced by its location in the mountains, leading to distinct seasons and unpredictable temperature swings. The mountain terrain creates varying microclimates within the Sapa region, resulting in localized weather variations.

Key aspects of Sapa’s climate:

  • Subtropical Highland Climate: Sapa’s climate belongs to the subtropical highland category, characterized by distinct seasons and significant temperature fluctuations.
  • Mountainous Influence: The presence of the Hoang Lien Son mountain range plays a crucial role in shaping Sapa’s weather, leading to cool temperatures, frequent rainfall, and occasional fog.
  • Elevation: Sapa’s elevation, ranging from 1,500 to 1,650 meters, contributes to its cooler temperatures compared to lower altitudes.
  • Microclimates: The mountainous terrain fosters diverse microclimates within the Sapa region, leading to variations in weather patterns within close proximity.

When is the best time to visit Sapa for good weather?

The ideal time to visit Sapa depends on your personal preferences for weather and activities.

  • Spring (March – May): Spring offers pleasant weather with milder temperatures, occasional rain, and vibrant greenery. It is a good time for hiking, trekking, and exploring rice terraces.
  • Autumn (September – November): Autumn presents clear skies, comfortable temperatures, and stunning autumn foliage, perfect for photography and leisurely walks.
  • Winter (December – February): Winter in Sapa brings chilly temperatures, occasional snow, and breathtaking winter scenery. It’s ideal for enjoying a cozy atmosphere and experiencing the unique charm of Sapa in winter.

Average temperatures throughout the year in Sapa

Sapa experiences a wide range of temperatures throughout the year, with distinct variations across the seasons. Here’s a breakdown of average monthly temperatures:

MonthAverage High (°C)Average Low (°C)
January146
February167
March189
April2111
May2314
June2516
July2517
August2417
September2315
October2012
November179
December157

Seasons in Sapa Vietnam

Sapa experiences four distinct seasons, each offering unique characteristics and appeal. Understanding these seasons will help you choose the time that best suits your travel preferences.

Winter in Sapa

Winter in Sapa (December – February) is a magical time, characterized by crisp, cool air, occasionally dusted with snow. The landscape transforms into a breathtaking spectacle of frosty mountains, misty valleys, and snow-covered rooftops.

  • Temperature: Average high temperatures range from 14°C to 16°C, while average lows hover around 6°C to 7°C. Snowfall is infrequent but can occur, especially in higher elevations.
  • Weather: Days are often sunny and clear, with occasional fog and misty mornings. Nights are cold and crisp, requiring warm clothing.
  • Activities: Winter offers the perfect setting for cozying up in a local café, savoring traditional cuisine, and admiring the snow-capped landscapes. Enjoying winter festivals, like the Sapa Winter Festival, provides a unique cultural experience.

Spring in Sapa

Spring in Sapa (March – May) heralds the arrival of warmer days and lush greenery. As the weather transitions from winter’s chill to the warmth of summer, the landscape comes alive with vibrant colors.

  • Temperature: Average temperatures gradually rise from 18°C to 23°C, making it comfortable for outdoor activities. Nights are cool, with average lows ranging from 9°C to 14°C.
  • Weather: The weather is generally pleasant, with sunshine, occasional showers, and milder temperatures. Foggy mornings may occur.
  • Activities: Spring is ideal for hiking and trekking, immersing yourself in nature, and witnessing the beauty of blooming flowers and flourishing rice terraces.

Summer in Sapa

Summer in Sapa (June – August) is the wettest season, characterized by warm temperatures, high humidity, and frequent rainfall. While the weather can be unpredictable, it also brings an enchanting misty ambiance to Sapa’s scenery.

  • Temperature: Average temperatures range from 24°C to 25°C, with high humidity and frequent rain showers. Nights are warm, with average lows ranging from 16°C to 17°C.
  • Weather: The weather is often cloudy and rainy, with occasional bursts of sunshine. Foggy days are common, adding a mystical touch to the landscape.
  • Activities: Summer is a great time to explore Sapa’s waterfalls, immerse yourself in the local markets, and enjoy the tranquility of the misty mountains.

Autumn in Sapa

Autumn in Sapa (September – November) is a magical time with warm days, cool nights, and a vibrant tapestry of fall colors. As the season progresses, the mountains transform into a breathtaking canvas of reds, yellows, and oranges.

  • Temperature: Temperatures drop from 23°C to 17°C, offering pleasant days and cool evenings. Nights are crisp, with average lows ranging from 15°C to 9°C.
  • Weather: The weather is generally sunny and clear, with crisp air and occasional showers. The skies are often clear and blue, perfect for photography.
  • Activities: Autumn is ideal for hiking, biking, exploring the local culture, and capturing the stunning scenery of Sapa’s fall foliage.

Rainfall in Sapa

Sapa experiences a significant amount of rainfall, particularly during the summer months. Understanding the rainfall patterns is crucial for planning your trip.

How much rain does Sapa receive?

Sapa receives an average of 2,000 mm of rainfall per year, with significant variations across the seasons.

MonthAverage Rainfall (mm)
January134
February127
March153
April178
May220
June335
July503
August493
September345
October216
November112
December90

Rainy season in Sapa

The rainy season in Sapa typically runs from June to August, with the heaviest rainfall occurring in July and August. During this period, expect frequent showers, occasional downpours, and high humidity.

  • Impact: Rainy season can make outdoor activities challenging, especially hiking and trekking. However, it can also create a mystical atmosphere with misty mountains and waterfalls.
  • Preparation: Packing a waterproof jacket, umbrella, and appropriate footwear is essential.

Impact of rainfall on travel plans

Rainfall can impact your travel plans in Sapa.

  • Transportation: Heavy rainfall can affect road conditions, leading to delays or cancellations for transportation.
  • Outdoor Activities: Hiking and trekking can be challenging during heavy rain, as trails can become slippery and muddy.
  • Photography: Cloudy skies and rain can limit photography opportunities, but also add a unique and atmospheric quality to photographs.

Temperature variations in Sapa

Sapa experiences significant temperature variations throughout the year, with distinct differences between daytime and nighttime temperatures.

Daytime temperatures in Sapa

Daytime temperatures in Sapa generally range from 14°C to 25°C, depending on the season. Spring and autumn offer comfortable daytime temperatures, while summer brings warmer days with high humidity.

  • Warmest Months: July and August are the warmest months, with average highs reaching 25°C.

Nighttime temperatures in Sapa

Nighttime temperatures in Sapa can be significantly cooler than daytime temperatures, especially during winter. Average lows range from 6°C to 17°C, depending on the season.

  • Coldest Months: January and December are the coldest months, with average lows around 6°C to 7°C.

Variations in temperature by season

  • Winter (December – February): Daytime highs average 14°C to 16°C, while overnight lows dip to 6°C to 7°C.
  • Spring (March – May): Temperatures gradually rise, with daytime highs reaching 23°C and overnight lows ranging from 9°C to 14°C.
  • Summer (June – August): Warm days with average highs of 24°C to 25°C and humid nights with lows around 16°C to 17°C.
  • Autumn (September – November): Pleasant days with average highs ranging from 23°C to 17°C and cool nights with lows from 15°C to 9°C.

Weather conditions for outdoor activities

Sapa’s diverse weather patterns can influence your enjoyment of outdoor activities. Understanding the best weather conditions for specific activities is crucial for a successful trip.

Trekking and hiking in Sapa

Trekking and hiking are popular activities in Sapa, offering breathtaking views and cultural immersion.

  • Best Weather: Spring and autumn provide optimal conditions for trekking. The weather is pleasant, with clear skies and comfortable temperatures.
  • Considerations: Avoid trekking during periods of heavy rainfall, as trails can become slippery and muddy. Pack layers of clothing to adjust to temperature fluctuations.

Cycling tours in Sapa

Cycling tours offer a unique way to explore Sapa’s scenic landscapes and charming villages.

  • Best Weather: Autumn is ideal for cycling tours with clear skies, pleasant temperatures, and dry trails.
  • Considerations: Spring can also be enjoyable for cycling, but be prepared for occasional showers. Avoid cycling during heavy rainfall, as roads can become slippery.

Best weather for outdoor adventures

  • Hiking and trekking: Spring (March – May) and autumn (September – November) offer the most favorable conditions.
  • Cycling tours: Autumn (September – November) is the ideal time for cycling tours, with clear skies and dry trails.
  • Waterfall exploration: Summer (June – August) is the wettest season, perfect for witnessing waterfalls at their fullest.

Packing tips for Sapa weather

Packing appropriately for Sapa’s diverse weather is crucial for a comfortable and enjoyable trip.

Essential items to pack for all seasons

  • Waterproof jacket: A waterproof jacket is essential for all seasons, especially during the rainy season.
  • Comfortable walking shoes: Pack sturdy walking shoes for hiking and exploring Sapa’s cobblestone streets.
  • Layers of clothing: Pack layers of clothing to adjust to temperature fluctuations throughout the day.
  • Sunglasses and sun hat: Protect yourself from the sun, especially during the summer months.
  • Insect repellent: Mosquitoes can be prevalent, especially during the warmer months.
  • First-aid kit: Pack a basic first-aid kit for minor injuries.

Clothing recommendations for different times of the year

  • Winter (December – February): Pack warm clothes, including sweaters, jackets, scarves, gloves, and a hat. Consider thermal underwear for extra warmth.
  • Spring (March – May): Pack light layers, including sweaters, a light jacket, and a waterproof jacket.
  • Summer (June – August): Pack light, breathable clothing, such as t-shirts, shorts, and dresses. Pack a waterproof jacket for rain showers.
  • Autumn (September – November): Pack comfortable layers, including sweaters, a light jacket, and a waterproof jacket.

Tips for staying comfortable in changing weather conditions

  • Layer your clothing: Wearing layers allows you to easily adjust to temperature fluctuations.
  • Pack a raincoat or umbrella: Be prepared for sudden rain showers, especially during the rainy season.
  • Carry a small pack with essentials: Keep a small backpack packed with a waterproof jacket, sunscreen, insect repellent, and water.
  • Stay hydrated: It’s important to stay hydrated, especially in the hot and humid weather.
  • Be prepared for fog: Fog can be common in Sapa, especially in the mornings and evenings. Pack a scarf or face mask to protect your face.

Local weather patterns in Sapa

Sapa’s weather is influenced by its unique geographical features and local weather patterns.

Influence of nearby geographical features on Sapa’s weather

  • Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range: The Hoang Lien Son mountain range plays a major role in shaping Sapa’s weather, creating a cooler and wetter climate compared to lower altitudes.
  • Fansipan Peak: Sapa’s proximity to Fansipan, the highest peak in Southeast Asia, influences its weather patterns, particularly in terms of snowfall and fog.
  • Muong Hoa Valley: The Muong Hoa Valley, which surrounds Sapa, contributes to the area’s unique microclimates and distinct weather patterns.

Microclimates within the Sapa region

The mountainous terrain of Sapa creates various microclimates within the region, leading to variations in weather patterns within close proximity.

  • Hilltop villages: Hilltop villages experience cooler temperatures and higher rainfall compared to lower lying areas.
  • Valleys: Valleys often experience milder temperatures and less rainfall than hilltop villages.
  • Rice terraces: The areas surrounding rice terraces can experience unique microclimates, influenced by water bodies and elevation.

Weather forecasting accuracy in Sapa

Weather forecasting in Sapa can be challenging due to the mountainous terrain and the influence of microclimates.

  • Accuracy: Forecasts for Sapa can be accurate in terms of overall weather patterns, but may vary in accuracy for specific locations and times.
  • Local awareness: Paying attention to local weather patterns, such as fog and rainfall, can help you stay informed and adjust your plans accordingly.

Important Notes

Weather can be unpredictable in Sapa, so it’s crucial to stay informed and adaptable.

Importance of checking weather updates before traveling to Sapa

  • Before your trip: Check weather forecasts for Sapa before your trip, and be aware of potential weather conditions.
  • During your trip: Stay updated on local weather patterns during your trip by checking forecasts and speaking with locals.

Flexibility in travel plans based on weather forecasts

  • Be flexible: Be prepared to adjust your travel plans if necessary, depending on weather conditions.
  • Alternative activities: Have backup plans for indoor activities in case of rain or bad weather.

Frequently asked questions

What is the hottest month in Sapa? July and August are the hottest months in Sapa, with average highs reaching 25°C.

What is the coldest month in Sapa? January and December are the coldest months, with average lows around 6°C to 7°C.

Does it snow in Sapa? Snowfall is infrequent in Sapa, but it can occur in higher elevations during the winter months.

What should I pack for Sapa? Pack layers of clothing, a waterproof jacket, comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses, a sun hat, insect repellent, and a basic first-aid kit.

Sapa’s weather adds an element of excitement and unpredictability to your travel experience. By understanding its climate, seasons, and rainfall patterns, you can prepare for anything and make the most of your adventures in this captivating region. From the chilly embrace of winter to the misty charm of summer, Sapa offers a unique and unforgettable experience throughout the year. Embrace the weather as part of your journey and enjoy the beauty of this enchanting destination.

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Best time to visit Hanoi-How many days in Hanoi is enough?

Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam, is a bustling metropolis that offers a unique blend of traditional and modern culture. From its ancient temples and pagodas to its vibrant street markets and trendy cafes, Hanoi has something for everyone. But with so much to see and do, it can be overwhelming to plan a trip to this vibrant city. One of the most common questions among travelers is how many days are enough to explore Hanoi. In this blog post, we will answer this question and also discuss the best time to visit Hanoi.

Hanoi is worth being visited?

Before we dive into the ideal duration of a trip to Hanoi, let’s first address the question of whether Hanoi is worth being visited at all. The short answer is yes! Hanoi is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Vietnam. It is a city steeped in history, culture, and delicious food. Here are some reasons why Hanoi is worth being visited:

  • Rich history: Hanoi has a long and fascinating history, dating back over a thousand years. The city has been influenced by various cultures, including Chinese, French, and Vietnamese, which is reflected in its architecture, cuisine, and traditions.
  • Vibrant culture: Hanoi is a city that never sleeps. Its streets are always buzzing with activity, from street vendors selling their wares to locals practicing tai chi in the parks. The city also hosts numerous festivals and events throughout the year, showcasing its rich cultural heritage.
  • Delicious food: Hanoi is known for its mouth-watering street food, from pho (noodle soup) to banh mi (baguette sandwich). The city is a food lover’s paradise, with countless options to satisfy any craving.
  • Affordable: Compared to other popular destinations in Southeast Asia, Hanoi is relatively affordable. Accommodation, food, and transportation are all reasonably priced, making it an ideal destination for budget travelers.

How Many Days in Hanoi is Enough?

Now that we have established that Hanoi is worth being visited, let’s discuss “How many days in Hanoi is enough?“. The answer to this question depends on your travel style, budget, and personal preferences. Some travelers may be content with a quick one-day visit, while others may want to spend a week or more in Hanoi. To help you decide, here are three suggested itineraries for 1, 2, and 3 days in Hanoi.

Itinerary: 1 day in Hanoi

If you only have one day to spare in Hanoi, don’t worry; you can still experience the best of the city. Here is a suggested itinerary for a jam-packed day in Hanoi:

TimeActivity
8:00 AMStart your day with a bowl of pho at one of the many street food stalls in the Old Quarter.
9:00 AMVisit Hoan Kiem Lake, a picturesque lake in the heart of the city. Take a stroll around the lake and admire the Ngoc Son Temple located on a small island in the middle of the lake.
10:00 AMExplore the bustling streets of the Old Quarter, where you can find everything from souvenirs to traditional handicrafts. Don’t forget to bargain with the vendors!
12:00 PMStop for lunch at a local restaurant and try some authentic Vietnamese dishes like bun cha (grilled pork with noodles) or banh xeo (savory pancake).
1:30 PMVisit the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university, and a beautiful example of traditional Vietnamese architecture.
3:00 PMTake a cyclo (bicycle rickshaw) tour around the French Quarter, where you can see the colonial buildings and tree-lined boulevards.
5:00 PMHead to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, where you can pay your respects to Vietnam’s beloved leader.
6:00 PMEnjoy a traditional water puppet show, a unique form of Vietnamese entertainment that dates back to the 11th century.
7:30 PMEnd your day with a dinner cruise on the Red River, where you can enjoy stunning views of the city at night.

This itinerary may seem hectic, but it will give you a taste of Hanoi’s top attractions in just one day. Keep in mind that you may not have time to fully explore each destination, but it will give you a good overview of the city.

Itinerary: 2 days in Hanoi

If you have two days to spend in Hanoi, you can slow down the pace and explore the city in more depth. Here is a suggested itinerary for two days in Hanoi:

Day 1TimeActivity
 8:00 AMStart your day with a cup of Vietnamese coffee and some banh mi from a street vendor.
 9:00 AMVisit the Ho Chi Minh Complex, which includes the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house, and the One Pillar Pagoda.
 11:00 AMExplore the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, which showcases the country’s diverse ethnic groups and their cultures.
 1:00 PMStop for lunch at a local restaurant and try some regional specialties like bun bo nam bo (beef noodle salad) or cha ca (grilled fish with turmeric and dill).
 2:30 PMTake a leisurely walk around West Lake, the largest lake in Hanoi. You can also visit the Tran Quoc Pagoda, one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Vietnam.
 4:00 PMHead to the Thang Long Water Puppet Theater for another water puppet show.
 6:00 PMEnjoy a traditional Vietnamese dinner at one of the many restaurants in the Old Quarter.
Day 2TimeActivity
 8:00 AMStart your day with a visit to the Hoa Lo Prison Museum, also known as the “Hanoi Hilton.” This museum offers a glimpse into Vietnam’s turbulent history.
 10:00 AMVisit the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that served as the political center of Vietnam for over a thousand years.
 12:00 PMStop for lunch at a local restaurant and try some northern Vietnamese dishes like bun thang (chicken noodle soup) or banh cuon (steamed rice rolls).
 1:30 PMExplore the Temple of the Jade Mountain, dedicated to Confucius and his disciples.
 3:00 PMTake a stroll around the Hoan Kiem Lake and visit the Ngoc Son Temple.
 5:00 PMEnd your day with a sunset cruise on the Perfume River, where you can enjoy stunning views of the city.

This two-day itinerary allows for a more relaxed pace, giving you enough time to fully explore each destination. You can also add or remove activities based on your interests.

Itinerary: 3 days in Hanoi

If you have three days to spend in Hanoi, you can take your time and explore the city at a leisurely pace. Here is a suggested itinerary for three days in Hanoi:

Day 1TimeActivity
 8:00 AMStart your day with a bowl of pho at one of the many street food stalls in the Old Quarter.
 9:00 AMVisit the Ho Chi Minh Complex, which includes the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house, and the One Pillar Pagoda.
 11:00 AMExplore the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, which showcases the country’s diverse ethnic groups and their cultures.
 1:00 PMStop for lunch at a local restaurant and try some regional specialties like bun bo nam bo (beef noodle salad) or cha ca (grilled fish with turmeric and dill).
 2:30 PMTake a leisurely walk around West Lake, the largest lake in Hanoi. You can also visit the Tran Quoc Pagoda, one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Vietnam.
 4:00 PMHead to the Thang Long Water Puppet Theater for another water puppet show.
 6:00 PMEnjoy a traditional Vietnamese dinner at one of the many restaurants in the Old Quarter.
Day 2TimeActivity
 8:00 AMStart your day with a visit to the Hoa Lo Prison Museum, also known as the “Hanoi Hilton.” This museum offers a glimpse into Vietnam’s turbulent history.
 10:00 AMVisit the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that served as the political center of Vietnam for over a thousand years.
 12:00 PMStop for lunch at a local restaurant and try some northern Vietnamese dishes like bun thang (chicken noodle soup) or banh cuon (steamed rice rolls).
 1:30 PMExplore the Temple of the Jade Mountain, dedicated to Confucius and his disciples.
 3:00 PMTake a stroll around the Hoan Kiem Lake and visit the Ngoc Son Temple.
 5:00 PMEnd your day with a sunset cruise on the Perfume River, where you can enjoy stunning views of the city.
Day 3TimeActivity
 8:00 AMStart your day with a visit to the Bat Trang Ceramic Village, located just outside of Hanoi. Here, you can learn about traditional ceramic making and even try your hand at making your own pottery.
 10:00 AMVisit the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum, which showcases a collection of Vietnamese art from ancient times to the present day.
 12:00 PMStop for lunch at a local restaurant and try some more Vietnamese delicacies.
 2:00 PMTake a trip to the outskirts of Hanoi to visit the Thay Pagoda and Tay Phuong Pagoda, two beautiful Buddhist temples nestled in the mountains.
 6:00 PMEnjoy a farewell dinner at one of Hanoi’s rooftop restaurants, where you can take in the stunning views of the city while enjoying delicious food.

This three-day itinerary allows for a more immersive experience in Hanoi, giving you enough time to explore the city’s top attractions and also venture out to nearby destinations.

Best time to visit Hanoi

Now that we have discussed how many days are enough to explore Hanoi, let’s talk about the best time to visit the city. Hanoi has a tropical climate, with hot and humid summers and cool, dry winters. The best time to visit Hanoi is during the spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) months when the weather is pleasant, and there is less chance of rain.

If you don’t mind the heat and humidity, you can also visit Hanoi during the summer months (June-August). However, be prepared for occasional heavy rains and high temperatures. The winter months (December-February) are also a good time to visit Hanoi, but it can get quite chilly, especially in the evenings.

Another factor to consider when planning your trip to Hanoi is the festivals and events that take place throughout the year. Some of the most popular festivals include Tet (Vietnamese New Year), which usually falls in January or February, and the Mid-Autumn Festival, which takes place in September or October. These festivals offer a unique opportunity to experience Vietnamese culture and traditions.

FAQs

1. Is Hanoi safe for tourists?
Yes, Hanoi is generally considered a safe city for tourists. However, like any other destination, it is always advisable to take precautions and be aware of your surroundings.

2. What is the currency used in Hanoi?
The official currency of Vietnam is the Vietnamese dong (VND). However, US dollars are widely accepted in tourist areas.

3. What is the best way to get around Hanoi?
The best way to get around Hanoi is by walking or using public transportation. Taxis and ride-hailing services like Grab are also available, but make sure to negotiate the fare before getting in.

4. What are some must-try dishes in Hanoi?
Some must-try dishes in Hanoi include pho (noodle soup), banh mi (baguette sandwich), bun cha (grilled pork with noodles), and banh xeo (savory pancake).

5. Is it necessary to tip in Hanoi?
Tipping is not expected in Hanoi, but it is always appreciated for exceptional service.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the number of days you should spend in Hanoi depends on your travel style and preferences. However, we recommend spending at least two to three days in the city to fully experience its rich culture and history. The best time to visit Hanoi is during the spring or autumn months, when the weather is pleasant and there are many festivals and events to enjoy. With this guide, we hope you can plan the perfect trip to Hanoi and make the most out of your time in this vibrant city.

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Quang Binh Province: The land of 500 caves

With the recent discovery of 22 more caves, the central province of Quang Binh, renowned as Vietnam’s cave kingdom, now boasts over 500 caves, with about 40 open for tourism.

On April 14, Pham Hong Thai, Director of Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, announced that an expedition team had discovered 22 caves in Minh Hoa and Tuyen Hoa districts during a recent survey, and an additional three caves the Va, Doi Trieng 2, and Tien cave system, combining for a total length of 3,550 meters. With a plethora of caves, both large and small, already accessible for tourism, Quang Binh has earned its title as the kingdom of caves.

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Phong Nha Cave

Phong Nha Cave stands as one of Quang Binh’s most sought-after destinations for tourists. Nestled within Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site, it is located in Son Trach Commune, Bo Trach District, approximately 45 kilometers from Dong Hoi City.

Having been explored numerous times since the early 20th century, Phong Nha Cave garnered recognition in 1994 when a report on a geomorphological survey of Vietnam by a renowned British exploration group hailed it as “one of the two most beautiful water caves in the world.” Serving as the flagship attraction within Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, it was among the first sites opened for tourism in the area.

To embark on an exploration of Phong Nha Cave, visitors purchase tickets from the Phong Nha Tourism Center, then board a boat journey along the Son River, enjoying a 30 minute journey before entering the cave. Inside, visitors are greeted by stalactites and other natural wonders.

Paradise Cave

Paradise Cave, situated in Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, lies 60 kilometers northwest of Quang Binh’s capital city Dong Hoi. Discovered in 2005, Paradise is a dry cave, distinct from Phong Nha Cave as it lacks an underground river. Its terrain mostly consists of soft and flat ground, and the cave’s temperature remains consistently around 10 degrees Celsius cooler than outside.

To reach Thien Duong Cave, visitors depart from the west branch of the Ho Chi Minh Highway, traveling approximately 5 kilometers before ascending over 520 steps to access the cave entrance. The cave path extends for 1.1 kilometers.

Son Doong Cave

Son Doong Cave holds the distinction of being the largest cave in the world. Discovered by Ho Khanh, a native of Phong Nha, in 1990, it underwent survey and measurement by an English-Vietnamese cave exploration group in 2009. Subsequently, in 2013, Son Doong earned recognition from the Guinness World Records as the world’s largest natural cave.

With a total length of nearly 9 kilometers and a vast cave arch, Son Doong Cave boasts a volume of 38.5 million cubic meters. Within its chambers, visitors encounter towering stalactites, some exceeding 80 meters in height, alongside a primeval forest, unique ecosystem, and an underground river.

Offered as an adventure tourism experience, Son Doong cave exploration tours span 6 days and 5 nights, with bookings available since 2013. Demand for these tours remains consistently high, often fully booked a year in advance. This photo captures the Dinosaur Echo at Sinkhole 1 within Son Doong Cave.

Tu Lan cave system

The Tu Lan cave system is nestled within the primeval forest and limestone mountains spanning over 650 hectares in Tan Hoa Commune, Minh Hoa District. The cave system is connected to eight different valleys and mountain ranges via underground rivers and cave passages, which are all outside of Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park.

Comprising 20 caves, this system was explored in 1992 by a joint Vietnamese and English cave exploration team. Subsequent extensive surveys were conducted from 2010 onwards.

The above photograph showcases the stalactite columns found within Tu Lan Cave.

Ba Cave

Situated within the heart of Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, the Ba Cave area lies within the park’s strictly protected zone. This expanse is adorned with ancient forests featuring millennia-old trees, providing habitat for rare animal species.

Among the features of this area are several large caves, each adorned with diverse stalactite formations. These caves were discovered and mapped by a joint British-Vietnamese cave exploration team in 1992 and 1994.

Scheduled for development into an adventure tourism destination in 2022, this area offers exhilarating experiences for adventurers.

This image captures the Sang Cave campsite during the Ba Cave deep jungle expedition.

Va Cave

Va Cave, situated within the core area of Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, and it is situated around 4 kilometers away from the west branch of the Ho Chi Minh Highway.

Known as an underground water cave, Va Cave has a stalagmite system featuring around 1,000 conical-shaped stalactites of uniform size. These formations have developed within sedimentation lakes, with stalagmite towers characterized by steep slopes, reaching heights of up to 2 meters. These columns are covered in a layer of soft mud.

En Cave

En Cave, one of the largest natural caves globally, is nestled deep within the core area of Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park. To embark on an exploration of En Cave, adventurers must traverse through Doong Village, home to the Bru – Van Kieu ethnic communities.

Spanning more than 1.6 kilometers, the cave runs through a mountain range, boasting three entrances. Among these, the largest and most renowned entrance stands at an impressive height of 120 meters and width of 110 meters.

Moreover, the cave ceiling reaches heights of up to 145 meters in certain areas, while the cave corridor stretches to a width of 200 meters at its broadest point. Inside the cave, visitors encounter a stream leading towards Son Doong Cave.

This image showcases the back entrance of En Cave, soaring to a height of 120 meters.

The Tiger Cave System

The Tiger Cave system lies within Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, spanning the Bo Trach and Minh Hoa districts. This complex comprises three significant interconnected caves: Tiger, Over, and Pygmy caves. Within the Tiger Cave System, visitors also encounter Kong Sinkhole, one of the tallest sinkholes globally, boasting a height of 450 meters.

Stretching approximately 1,600 meters in length and descending to a depth of 46 meters, the system features a cave entrance approximately 50 meters wide. Located around 10 kilometers from Dong Hoi City, tourists typically access the cave by traveling along the Ho Chi Minh Road to DT20 Road, where they then turn left and continue for about 3.5 kilometers to reach the cave entrance.

This photograph shows a night camp in the heart of Tiger Cave.

Hung Thoong Cave System

The Hung Thoong Cave System comprises several caves, including Tron, Hung, and Thung, each named after its discoverer. This system is notable for its Nightmare Sinkhole, plunging to a depth of 250 meters, and a natural lake amidst limestone mountains.

Hung Cave has an exceptional stalactite system where crystal-like formations hang from the cave’s ceiling, appearing hollow inside. These stalactites release droplets of water at their tips, resembling pearls. Additionally, Hung Cave is adorned with cave pearls of different sizes, resembling eggs. Further exploration of the cave leads to the discovery of a clear underground lake.

Tron cave features a blue lake stretching over 1 kilometer in length, offering visitors the opportunity to swim or enjoy some stand-up paddleboarding.

Resource: VNExpress International.

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16 best resorts in Vietnam as voted by The Times

British newspaper The Times introduced the 16 best hotels and resorts in Vietnam for a wellness retreat.

Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai spreads over 35 hectares and overlooks Ha My Beach in the central province of Quang Nam.

The Times described the resort as ‘best for romance.’

Surrounded by coconut palms and green trees, it has 100 villas and eight separate spa rooms all designed in traditional Vietnamese style.

The resort has its own vegetable garden and uses eco-friendly materials. At the heart of the resort is a small temple where fishermen pray for peace before each voyage.

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Zannier Hotels Bai San Ho on a secluded peninsula in the central province of Phu Yen is described as ‘best for a secret retreat.’

The resort has 73 suites and villas wearing the architecture of traditional Vietnamese villages with thatched roofs and woven bamboo walls.

Its interior decorations highlight unique local culture with items like dried calabash gourds, traditional braided baskets and coconut shell tools made by local artisans.

Located on Le Phung Hieu Street in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, Capella Hanoi Hotel is described as ‘best for drama.’

The hotel has 47 rooms and suites, each individually styled with operatic artefacts and custom portraiture that pay tribute to legendary Opera artists, composers, designers and performances.

Each has a balcony, overlooking Hoan Kiem (Sword) Lake.

Amanoi Resort is nestled in Nui Chua National Park beside Vinh Hy Bay in south-central Ninh Thuan Province.

Vietnam’s first six-star resort is described as ‘best for one-percenters.’

It has 36 villas facing the sea or hills. Its most luxurious villa costs $8,000 a night, while the lowest deal starts at $1,150.

Tam Coc Garden Resort in Ninh Binh Province, around two hours to the east of Hanoi, is hailed by the British newspaper as ‘best for country living.’

The resort is in Hai Nham Village of Hoa Lu District, around five kilometers from Bich Dong Pagoda and Tam Coc Tourist Area.

One of the highlights of the resort is the surrounding rice fields, ancient villages and fruit orchards.

Located on a secluded peninsula in Ninh Van Bay in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa, An Lam Retreat Ninh Van Bay has 37 villas made of eco-friendly materials like wood and bamboo.

The Times described it as ‘best for nature.’

The only way to reach the resort is by boat.

Six Senses Con Dao on Dat Doc Beach is the only five-star beach resort in the Con Dao archipelago off Vietnam’s southern coast.

Located inside Con Dao National Park, it has 50 beach villas, built mainly with natural materials and each with a private swimming pool.

It is described as ‘best for beaches.’

The Reverie Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City is described as ‘best for glitz.’

The hotel on Nguyen Hue Boulevard has 286 rooms, suites and residential suites that combine modern design and traditional Italian craftsmanship.

It has a 24-meter-long swimming pool decorated with unique tiles on the sixth floor where guests can enjoy music from an underwater sound system.

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoiis ‘best for history.’

Founded in 1901, it is one of the few capital hotels featuring French architecture and has garnered numerous travel awards in recent years.

The hotel is home to a two-meter-high wartime bomb shelter discovered by chance in 2011. It was where many famous figures of the Vietnam War, including actress Jane Fonda and author Tom Hayden, both anti-war activists, took refugee as bombs rained down on Hanoi.

JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa on the southern island Phu Quoc is described as ‘best for style.’

Lying only 15 minutes from Phu Quoc International Airport, the resort stretching along Khem Beach has 234 rooms, suites and stand-alone villas.

Construction of the French-style resort started in 2015, with its doors opening in 2016.

Azerai La Residence in the former imperial capital Hue is described ‘best for boutique vibes.’

Set on a two-and-a-half-hectare site with 200 meters of frontage on the Huong (Perfume) River, the hotel was built in a colonial style.

The mansion at the heart of the hotel was built in 1930 as part of the residence of the French Resident Superior.

Its distinctive facade, long horizontal lines and nautical flourishes are hallmarks of the streamline modern school of art deco.

Anantara Quy Nhon near Bai Xep beach is ‘best for getting off the beaten track.’

The resort has 26 beach-view villas with private outdoor swimming pools. And it is near Bai Xep fishing village that was listed by Business Insider as “one of the 16 hidden gems” of Asia.

InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort in the central city of Da Nang is described as ‘best for monkeying around.’

It has 201 rooms, suites, penthouses, and villas along a 700-meter-long private beach.

Located within Son Tra Nature Reserve, home to some critically endangered species including red-shanked douc langur, the resort has strict policies to protect the wildlife.

Situated in the eponymous bay around 60 kilometers from downtown Nha Trang, Six Senses Ninh Van Bay is ‘best for barefoot luxury.’

It consists of 62 villas built entirely of wood and rattan and with thatched roofs.

No plastic bottle is allowed inside, making it one of the few eco-friendly resorts in Vietnam.

Regent Phu Quoc, which opened in April this year, is described as ‘too fancy for mere rooms.’

It features 302 suites and villas, six restaurants and bars, swimming pools overlooking Long Beach, one of the most beautiful on Phu Quoc, next to a UNESCO-recognized world biosphere reserve.

Topas Ecolodge in northern highlands town Sa Pa is described as ‘best for gorgeous views.’

Opened in 2005, the five-star resort offers 41 bungalows built with white granite that resemble ethnic minority stilt homes.

All furniture is made from natural materials like wood, bamboo and rattan.

All rooms offer views of Hoang Lien Son mountain range and terraced rice fields.

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Chu Chi tunnels or Cu Chi tunnels – Which one is right name?

1. Chu Chi or Cu Chi tunnel?

It may sounds similar by visitors but Vietnamese says “ Cu Chi”

2. Why it namesCu Chi?

The name of the District Cu Chi which located 40 km in the North – west of HCM City. In Nguyen Dynasty Cu Chi belong to Binh Duong district, Tan Binh, Phien An. In 1836, Cu Chi became part of Binh Duong District, Gia Dinh Province. In 1956 Cu Chi became a new district of Binh Duong.

In 1963, South Vietnam setup Hai Nghia province and half of Cu Chi remain the same name and belong to Hai Nghia Province. The other half belong to Phu Hoa, Binh Duong province. After 1975. These two parts rejoins and became Cu Chi District of HCM City.

Cu Chi is local name of plan “Strychnos” (Vietnamese called Mã Tiền) which growing wildly here, and people use its seed as local remedy.

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3. Cu Chi tunnels

It was designed and dug with simple tools and bare hands during the French occupation in the 1940s, and further expanded during the Vietnam War in the 1960s to provide refuge and a defensive advantage over the American soldiers. Despite all the bombings in their town, the Cu Chi people were able to continue their lives beneath the soil, where they slept, ate, planned attacks, healed their sick, and taught their young. Some even wed and gave birth underground, but over 10,000 lost their lives here.

There are two different tunnel sites open to travellers NOT one, operated by the same organization and with similar experiences in each (a 15-minute scratchy B&W propaganda film, tunnel tour, displays of booby traps, tasting of tapioca): Ben Dinh & Ben Duoc

• Ben Duoc (VietnameseBến Dược)

Closer to HCM City
Larger grounds with more to see
Could see some broken tanks and other war items along the walking route
One long tunnel setup for casual tourists
The gun site is positioned at the end of the tour conveniently.

BUT

Touristy with so many visitors
Due to the quantity of people, guides (at the site) are under pressure to push you around quickly
The actual tunnel is hugely widened make it easier for visitors to test but not authentic.

• Ben Dinh (VietnameseBến Đình)

Slow-paced level of tourists with no queue
Most of the tour is built around going through lots of small tunnels. Good for those who really want to experience the true value of Cu Chi.
Local guides (ath the site) are taking their time, no rush, all they want is a good service to get tips.

BUT

Less things to see, the tour takes shorter time.
Alot of small tunnels, no good for non-adventurers or oversize visitors
Longer drive from HCM City
The gun range is nearly impossible to find.

Here is a part of Cu Chi tunnels design.

4. Where is Cu Chi tunnels from HCM City?

5. Some Old images Cu Chi from 1965 -1967.