Best experiences along the coast
Take a flight to Vietnam and then experience some magical stops along the coast. Here are six places you must not miss.
Another option is to get a plane ticket and then get around on your own. In Vietnam, trains can be a lovely way to travel. A bus is not a good option as it can be quite dangerous in traffic. However, the trains in Vietnam can be of varying degrees of freshness. Even if you choose luxury beds, bring your own travel sheets, such as a sarong or a thin side sleeping bag. State toilets onboard are standard.
1. Ho Chi Minh – History and entertainment
An excellent place to start your Vietnam journey may be in the south, in the city formerly called Saigon. This is a bustling metropolis with many exciting attractions and good shopping. He or she who is historically interested should visit Hotel Continental, where Graham Greene wrote the classic The Quiet American. A stone’s throw away is the Rex Hotel, where many of the foreign journalists used to live during the war.
Outside the city are the Chu Chi Tunnels, a tunnel system that is hundreds of kilometers long was used as a hiding place in the wars against the French and Americans. For those of you who have been traveling for a long time and maybe come from Thailand where you lived on Fried rice, Ho Chi Minh is like coming home. Among other things, there are good pizza and delicious baguettes.
2. Nha Trang – Sun and nightlife
Nha Trang is the country’s largest tourist resort and is usually called Vietnam’s Riviera. Here you will find shopping, good restaurant selection, and exciting excursions. The beach is in the middle of town. Many, however, take an excursion boat to one of the beautiful islands in the bay outside.
3. Phu Quoc – Paradise beaches
Near the Cambodian border, there is sun and bath paradise style. The largest community on the island is Duong Dong, and here are most charter hotels. If you live in Duong Dong, the colorful night market is a must.
4. Phan Thiet – Child-friendly charter holiday
Largest charter resort with beautiful and child-friendly beaches. Some consider that Bai Rang, located 15 kilometers northwest of the city, is Vietnam’s most beautiful beach. But the most famous beach is Mui Ne. Many airlines go directly to Phan Thiet. For the golf lover, it is a must, as some of Vietnam’s best golf courses are here.
5. Hoi An – Tailor-made clothing
Hoi An is a hot destination if you like to move beyond the routine charter paths. The city is one of Southeast Asia’s oldest and is UNESCO protected. Here it is easy to combine culture with beaches and excursions. There are sound baths on Cua Dai Beach and Cham Island, located in the bay outside the city. Hoi An has 300 tailors, and here you can sew clothes really cheap. Nearby is Son My (My Lai), where one of the worst massacres of the Vietnam War occurred.
6. Halong Bay – A unique archipelago
The archipelago of Halong Bay in northern Vietnam contains 2,000 steep islands that rise straight out of the sea. Here you can go on day trips or be out on week-long cruises. The islands have beautiful beaches, caves and floating villages.
How to get here
There are flights from many locations in Europe. You should expect a stopover at one of the major European airports. There are also several arranged trips to Vietnam, both charter and round trips.
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