Anyone travelling to Vietnam is generally seduced by the resplendent scenery this incredible country offers. The north is abundant with gorgeous green rice fields while southern Vietnam offers historical sites like the Mekong Delta and the promise of excitement in Ho Chi Minh City. Most Vietnam package tours will give you the opportunity to soak up the ancient history and wonderful traditions and some of the most unique tourist attractions are detailed further below.
10) Nha Trang
Vietnam’s most admired seaside resort is located on one of the most beautiful bays in the country, come to think of it, Southeast Asia. An incredible selection of clean sandy beaches await and the turquoise ocean offers the perfect pace for a dip during the hottest days. The city is occupied by roughly 300,000 citizens and boasts a highly urbanized character compared with many other coastal cities included on Vietnam Holiday Packages. This vibrant seaside resort town is also popular among scuba divers and lovers of marine life.
9) Cu Chi tunnels
This immense network of tunnels was established during the Vietnamese war of independence against the French colonials in the 1940s. Situated roughly 40km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), these tunnels were used by Viet Cong guerrillas during the Vietnam war and played an important role in the Tet offensive in the late 1960s. These tunnels are now a very popular segment of many Vietnam Package Tours and visitors are frequently invited to explore the safer parts of these tunnel systems.
8) Mekong Delta
This region of Vietnam is located in the south and is the estuary between the Mekong River and the ocean. This lush area is abundant with rice fields and is responsible for roughly half of Vietnam’s agricultural produce. Subsquently, much of the local life revolves around this river and many of the nearby villages are accessed more easily y boat as opposed to road.
7) Mui Ne
Originally a small fishing village, the last 15 years have seen plenty of development occur in this area. Strong sea breezes make this neighbourhood a haven for windsurfers, however most Vietnam package tours which touch this region will also include a trip to the famous sand dunes. A gentle hike to the top of these dunes promises panoramic views of the area, which are especially beautiful during sunset.
6) Sa Pa Terraces
No Vietnam Package Tour would be complete without a trip to the incredible Sa Pa Terraces. Located close to the Chinese border in Northern Vietnam, these rice terraces make up a large part of the Muong Hoa valley close to Fansipan mountain and a lush backdrop of thick bamboo forestry. The local mountain people such as the Tay, Dao and Giay can often be seen cultivating rice and vegetables on these terraces.
5) Phu Quoc
Many Vietnam Honeymoon Packages lead right here to the largest and most gorgeous island in the country, Phu Quoc. Picture a Phuket without the commercialization, a haven of immense tropical woodland, unspoiled coral reefs and enough sandy real estate to feed a small country. ABC News did a feature on Phu Quoc a few years ago and named Bai Dai (long beach) as one of the most stunning island locations across the globe. This island is also famous for producing the most delicious fish sauce in the world!
4) Hoi An
This fishing village dates back to the 16th century, however is now one of the most enjoyed tourist attractions throughout Vietnam package tours. Located on the South China Sea, Hoi An was one of the most important shipping ports until business expanded to Da Nang. The heart of Hoi An is still referred to as ‘Old Town’ and features many Chinese style stores and a plethora of winding avenues. Often referred to as the ‘Venice of Vietnam’ due to its narrow canals, this small city promises intrigue around every corner.
3) Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi
Numerous Vietnam package tours will include a venture towards the capital city of Hanoi and for good reason too! Hoan Kiem Lake is one of the most stunning scenic attributes here and is situated in the city’s historic center. A prized leisure retreat among locals, Hoan Kiem (returned sword) derives its name from the legend of King Le Loi, a heroic character famed for driving out the Chinese invaders. This magical sword was presented to him by the Gods, which he then returned to the Golden Turtle God following his victory.
2) Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue
As the tallest of all Vietnamese pagodas, its no surprise that Thien Mu is a regular features on Vietnam Package tours. This pagoda promises outstanding views of the Perfume River and is often regarded as the former imperial capital’s unofficial symbol. This temple was built in the early 1600s during the reign of the Nguyễn lords. Initially this temple was built on simple foundations, however over time, redevelopment has resulted in more intricate assets being added to Thien Mu.
1) Ha Long Bay
One of Northern Vietnam’s most prized assets, Halong Bay gathers more than 120 km of coastline known as the ‘Bay of Descending Dragons’. An essential feature of almost every Vietnam Package Tour, Halong Bay contains thousands of islands, most of which are iced by a lush and thick vegetation, creating a spectacular array of limestone pillars. Many of these islands are hollow and boast stunning cave networks, while others are centered with beautiful lakes and streams.