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Vietnam

Vietnam is a Southeast Asian country known for its breathtaking natural beauty, including lush mountains, bustling cities, and iconic rice paddies. It has a rich history that reflects a blend of influences from various civilizations throughout the ages, most notably visible in its vibrant culture, architecture, and cuisine.

The nation is both modern and traditional, with a rapidly growing economy and deep-rooted cultural practices that continue to captivate visitors from around the world.

Places to visit

Day plans

Spend a day exploring around

day 1

Exploring Hanoi

morning:Start your day with a visit to the iconic Hoan Kiem Lake. Enjoy the serene atmosphere and learn about the legend of the lake. Don't miss out on the delicious banh mi from Banh Mi 25!

afternoon:Explore the fascinating Old Quarter and its narrow streets filled with shops and street vendors. Visit the Temple of Literature and revel in its rich history and beautiful architecture. Treat yourself to authentic pho at Pho Thin.

evening:Experience the bustling atmosphere of the Hanoi Night Market, offering a wide array of local handicrafts and street food. Head to Bia Hoi Corner for a truly Vietnamese beer experience. 🍻

day 2

Historical Hue

morning:Begin your day with a visit to the Imperial City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dive into the rich history of the Nguyen Dynasty and marvel at the ancient citadel. Start your day with a hearty bowl of bun bo Hue at Hanh Restaurant.

afternoon:Discover the tranquility of the Thien Mu Pagoda and enjoy the panoramic views of the Perfume River. Stroll through Dong Ba Market and immerse yourself in the vibrant colors and flavors of local produce and handicrafts. Savor the delicate flavors of com hen at Lac Thien Restaurant.

evening:Witness the mesmerizing sunset over the Perfume River from Trang Tien Bridge, and then head to a traditional Vietnamese garden house for a cultural performance and dinner. 🎶

day 3

Enchanting Hoi An

morning:Embark on a guided walking tour of the well-preserved Ancient Town, admiring the charming architecture and traditional houses. Start your day with a delightful bowl of cao lau at Ms. Vy's Cooking School.

afternoon:Visit the Assembly Hall of the Fujian Chinese Congregation and the Japanese Covered Bridge, two iconic landmarks in Hoi An. Explore the bustling Central Market and sample the delectable white rose dumplings at White Rose Restaurant.

evening:Immerse yourself in the magical atmosphere of the Lantern Festival, where the town is adorned with colorful lanterns, creating a mesmerizing sight. Head to one of the many lantern-lit restaurants along the riverside for a delightful dinner. 🏮

day 4

Adventurous Ha Long Bay

morning:Embark on a memorable cruise through the breathtaking limestone karsts of Ha Long Bay. Marvel at the stunning natural beauty of the bay and visit the awe-inspiring Surprise Cave. Indulge in a sumptuous Vietnamese seafood feast on board.

afternoon:Take a kayak or bamboo boat to explore the hidden coves and secluded lagoons, immersing yourself in the tranquility of the surroundings. Enjoy swimming and relaxing on the pristine beaches of the bay, surrounded by picturesque landscapes.

evening:Witness the stunning sunset over the karst formations and then savor a gourmet dinner on the deck of the cruise ship. Unwind with a cocktail on the sundeck as you take in the breathtaking views of the starlit bay. 🌅

Vietnam Famous Food

Must-Try local dishes

Pho

A must-try Vietnamese noodle soup consisting of flavorful broth, rice noodles, herbs, and your choice of meat. Found at street stalls and local eateries throughout the country, with some of the best in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Must-Try!

Banh Mi

A Vietnamese baguette sandwich filled with a variety of ingredients such as grilled pork, pate, pickled vegetables, and herbs. Available at street food vendors and bakeries, particularly famous in Hoi An.

Bun Cha

A Hanoi specialty featuring grilled pork patties and slices of pork belly served in a broth with rice noodles and herbs. Best enjoyed at local eateries in Hanoi.

Food Markets & Street Food

A food market and street food guide

Ben Thanh Market

Located in Ho Chi Minh City, this bustling market is a great place to sample a wide variety of Vietnamese street food, from pho to fresh seafood and tropical fruits.

Hoi An Night Market

A vibrant market offering an array of local delicacies, including Cao Lau (a regional noodle dish) and White Rose Dumplings, as well as an opportunity to enjoy the lively atmosphere of the ancient town.

Dietary Restrictions

Navigating dietary restrictions locally

Vegetarian and Vegan Options

While Vietnamese cuisine features a lot of meat, there are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options available, particularly in Buddhist-influenced areas and restaurants. Dishes like Vegetarian Pho and Fresh Spring Rolls are popular choices.

Vegetarian, Vegan

Gluten-Free Options

Many Vietnamese dishes are naturally gluten-free, centered around rice and rice noodles. However, caution should be taken with sauces and condiments, as they may contain gluten. It's advisable to communicate dietary restrictions clearly at restaurants.

Gluten-Free

Restaurants & Cafés

Best places to eat and drink in Vietnam

Nha Hang Ngon

A popular restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City known for its wide selection of Vietnamese street food in a comfortable and clean setting, perfect for those wary of street food hygiene.

The Deck Saigon

Set along the Saigon River, this restaurant offers a modern take on Vietnamese cuisine with a blend of traditional and contemporary dishes, along with a great selection of cocktails.

Things to do in Vietnam

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