Best Time to Travel:
While November to March, and July to August are the best weather for Vietnam, it also gets pretty crowded. If you don’t mind the rain, May, June and September are the quietest months, as far as tourism goes.
Known for its beaches and scuba diving, Nha Trang is ideal for the beach lover. Take a ride down Tran Phu Street, known as the Pacific Coast Highway of Vietnam, has simply stunning views of the water and surrounding landscape. Take the Vinpearl Cable Car over to Hon Tre Island and check out the Vinpearl Under Water World, which houses nearly 300 species of marine life. Back on Nha Trang, there is plenty to do, and eat. Try some fresh seafood and barbecued pork rolled in rice paper. The bird’s nest soup is some of the best in Vietnam.
The Mekong Delta, a large fishing and rice-farming region of Vietnam, is also teaming with dozens of small towns and the famous floating markets. Visit Cần Thơ, and experience the Cái Răng Floating Market and Phong Điền Floating Market first hand.
Ho Chi Minh City still carries its French roots around with it; you’ll notice that in the buildings in District 1, in the heart of the city. Several museums, as well as Vietnam’s largest zoo, The Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens, are located in District 1, as well. Going back to its French roots, the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica is also a site to see. With definite French influences, this little piece of the Western world seems a bit out of place in Southeast Asia. The history buffs will enjoy a journey into the Cu Chi tunnels, where Viet Cong soldiers hid and maneuvered themselves around the city undetected. Today, it is a war memorial park where visitors are invited to crawl around and see the inner workings of Cu Chi. Ho Chi Minh City also has a lively theatre scene. Unlike most of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City’s theatre district is completely funded by the citizens, and takes no help from the government.
Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is nestled in the north of Vietnam, is teaming with history. The city did recently celebrate its 1,000th birthday, after all. Linger in the Old Quarter and see what Hanoi looked like in its early stages. Famous for its silk shops and restaurants, be sure to check out the Đồng Xuân Market for a truly authentic taste of life in Hanoi. Right near there is Hoàn Kiếm Lake, one of the most scenic spots in the city. Look closely and you might see Cụ Rùa, the mysterious turtle that lives there. Of course, there are some things that are a guarantee sight, like the amazing cuisine that originated in Hanoi. Pho, Bánh mì sandwiches, and bánh cuốn are just a few of the favorites you’ll experience here. When you’re not eating or hunting turtles, head over to one of Hanoi’s many gems, like the Presidential Palace, Hanoi Opera House, and St. Joseph’s Cathedral. See how the French influenced this country while maintaining their own culture.
We can arrange private guides and drivers, cooking classes and boat visits down the Mekong Delta.
Many tourists also check out Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia at the same time. Ask us about adding Laos or Cambodia to your tour while you’re over there.
Feeling more adventurous? Check out our monocycle tour!