Whittling down the top sites to see in any place can be difficult, so I’ve started the Super Six Series! In these articles, you’ll be able to read all about the best places to visit in some of the best locations around the world! Super Six indeed!
Vietnam is a country full of character. From the cities, to the beaches, the pagodas, to the parties – there is something for everyone here. Let’s delve right in to this month’s Super Six!
#1 Hoi An
Hoi An was my favourite city when I visited Vietnam, for so many reasons. The city had a great vibe to it, and I felt so relaxed and welcome here. It’s most famous for being the mecca for tailored clothing. Here, you can have anything you want made to measure. And yes, I mean anything – I even asked if they would make cosplay outfits! Also be sure to check out the basket boat rides, book on a cycle tour, and try some Cao Lao – the local delicacy.
Another of my favourite cities was Hue. This historic city is home to the Imperial Palace, as well as having some cracking nightlife. Be sure to check out some of the (many) rooftop bars here, as they’re sure to grant you with exceptional views across the lake, and the glittering lights of the city. Finally, if you have a spare day, head down to Beach Bar Hue. This is a lovely spot for some relaxation, and the bar there serves tasty food and fresh drinks all day – just beware of the jellyfish!
#3 Hai Van Pass
I am a massive fan of (old) Top Gear, so when I had the opportunity to experience part of their epic Vietnam adventure on this road – I jumped at the chance. The Hai Van pass is a great road for enjoying the beauty of Vietnam’s nature, while letting out your wild side. Don’t worry if you can’t ride a motorbike – neither can I! There are numerous tours that will drive you along the road, while you sit on the back of the bike!
#4 Phong Nha National Park
There is so much to do in this national park, there’s no way it wasn’t going to make this list! You can explore huge caves, go zip-lining, splash around in natural water parks, visit pagodas, and enjoy cold beer at one of the friendliest pubs I’ve ever been to. There’s so much to say, I couldn’t simply condense it to a short paragraph, so I wrote a blog post on it instead – read it here!
#5 Ha Long Bay
Of course, this is the biggie. Everyone knows about Ha Long Bay and its beautiful limestone mountains. It’s constantly on the top of people’s bucket lists around the world – and with good reason. But, did you know about Castaways Island? It’s a crazy, party island, surrounded by natural beauty, and topped off with a great boat cruise around the bay. It’s my top recommendation for seeing this spot, and you can read all about it right here.
#6 Trang An
Trang An is also known as Ha Long Bay on land, which is funny, since I visited on a boat! The boat trip through Trang An reminded me of Jurassic Park. All the trees and plant life that covered the mountains around us as we sailed on through was mesmerising! Going through the caves here is certainly a highlight. Many of them have very low roofs, which require you to lay down, almost completely flat in the boat!
My favourite Vietnam articles from around the blogosphere:
11 Vietnamese Food Dishes to Fall in Love With (Beyond Pho!) – Television of Nomads
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