Vietnam

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Vietnam is a country so mind bogglingly astounding there aren’t many words that can capture it’s beauty. There’s cascading mountain ranges, hidden local villages, thriving cities and tremendous caves. It even boasts such beauty, people decided to label parts of it as one of the natural wonders of the world (it’s true, Google it). This is all before we’ve even mentioned the food.

As soon as you arrive in this wonderful country you’ll fall madly in love with it. It’s wildlife is so vast, it’s culture so diverse, it’s landscapes so addictive and it’s people so darn lovely. For these reasons, over the past few years, it has become one of the most popular destinations for tourists across the world, but fear not, there’s still plenty of off the beaten track-ness to be had.

So, what is it you’re waiting for?

Highlights

Hi there! My name is Linh and I’m the local ambassador for Vietnam for NITGB. While Vietnam has many must-see destinations the four that I’d pick out as being my highlights would be:

Phong Nha

The UNESCO world heritage site, is an incredible system of caves, of varying shapes and sizes, was formed over 400 million years ago and is an absolute explorers heaven on earth. It even boasts the largest cave in the world!

Ha Giang

Ha Giang in the mountains of northern Vietnam is truly the “final frontier” of Vietnam and is bursting with natural splendour and authentic experiences with local minority villages.

Ha Long Bay

Although this is probably the most famous attraction in Vietnam it does get busy. But, because it’s considered among the “7 natural wonders of the world”, it’s a definite must see and the amazing rock structures jutting out of the ocean is a sight everyone owes themselves at least once in life. (Even if you have to bear the crowds for a little while).

Mekhong Delta region

Last but not least is the Mekong Delta region; here in the ‘bread basket’ of Vietnam on it’s myriad of lakes and rivers you have loads of great opportunities to witness local life in action, as well as visiting the floating villages and the abundance of craft workshops.

When is the best time to go?

Here in Vietnam we have very diverse climate, due to being such a big country, stretched over 1000km, we have three different micro-climates. This makes Vietnam a great all year round destination.

Nov-April is seen as the peak time to come to Vietnam as the temperatures are the highest and the rainfall is the lowest across the country.

It can, however get really hot towards the end of the year, so if you were looking for cooler temperatures I’d advise coming between Feb-April, the temps are moderate and the rainfall is lighter.

NotintheGuideBooks Tips

Be open minded – Some people still associate Vietnam with the war. Many first-time visitors are very surprised at how much the country has moved on in the 43 years since the end of the war. A lot of them also expect resentment and grudges held over the war, but nothing could be further from the truth, as the past is the past, and here in Vietnam everyone is welcome.

Check your vaccinations are up to date – sounds obvious, but make sure you’ve had all the up to date jabs for travelling here.

Smile! – Vietnamese people are lovely, but might not always stop and help confused looking foreigners, like in some other Asian countries. So if you do ask a local a question, do it with a smile, you’ll have your question answered and the smile returned.

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