Must see's & do's in Vietnam

Travel Forums Asia Must see's & do's in Vietnam

Last Post This thread is marked as being about Vietnam
1. Posted by Thomasvo (Budding Member 28 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


I'm thinking about doing a round the world tour next year and I'm planning to start in Vietnam. Can somebody give me some hints regarding what to definately see & do overthere?

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3580 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Everyone who has visited VN will chime in with their favorite spot. It would be a shame to visit VN and not hit HaLong Bay. Many movies filmed there and worth a stop. Since much of recent VN history was shaped by the 'American War', you should hit several of the places that were important during that era. Both HaNoi & HCMC have museums that should be on your list, same with the Cu Chi tunnels and the DMZ close to Hue. The delta is unique and worth a few days of your time. For hilltribes and scenery, try to hit the Central Highlands: Pleiku, Buon Ma Thuot, DaLat. Of course you are going to hit a few beach cities, Nha Trang has the best diving options and should be on your list.

Thomas, I would look at the many photos under 'Vietnam' located in the 'Photography' option. Perhaps you may see a photo of an area that you would like to visit. I would also use the 'travel help' option. Once you have a better idea of what you want to see, contact a travel helper that lives in that part of VN. There are many VN TP members that have signed up to help visitors to their country.

Good luck with your planning and send me a PM if you have specific questions.

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3935 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hanoi is a great city and is worth spending a few days. As Mike says, don't miss Halong bay - its worth doing a 2 night/3 day tour if you can. Saigon is not as nice as Hanoi, in my opinion, but still has a few days worth of things to see. don't miss the cu chi tunnels - a tour to these can be arranged for a tour operator in Saigon or through your hotel. The ancient city of Hue is an interesting place to stop for a couple of days, and hoi an is also a nice little town, and is the best place to have clothes tailor made. it's also nice to hire a bike here and cycle along to the beach. A good way to travel between Hanoi and hue is via the comfortable overnight sleeper train - you can organise this through your hotel (make sure you get a 'soft' sleeper). Vietnam airlines offer some good deals on internal flights.

4. Posted by jafatuf (Budding Member 19 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

We really enjoyed Sapa, although we went in the middle of the week when the town and trails were empty and we lucked into terrific weather. The overnight train was not too bad heading there from Hanoi.
I agree about Hoi An, it is a wonderful town, but do escape the tailor shops and bike to the beach.

Post 5 was removed by a moderator
6. Posted by Vorks (Budding Member 50 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi guys - i'm planning to visit vietnam too but won't have lots of time. If I can only do 1 - Hanoi or HCM - which place would you guys suggest and why?


7. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Like others have already said Ha Long Bay is fantastic. That is a "must see" place in Vietnam that I went to and doing a cruise there is an obvious must do. Another really nice thing to do weather permitting in Vietnam is a island hopping trip when down at Nha Trang. If you are going to be heading to Cambodia after Vietnam a thing I'd definitely recommend as a must do is a 3 day 2 night Mekong Delta tour from Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh. That was a really good experience, but unless you are heading to Cambodia you could probably just do the 2 day 1 night tour and see most the same stuff and head back to Ho Chi Minh city instead of going across to Cambodia.

Vorks If you can only do one of the cities Hanoi would be the one and that is only because Ha Long Bay which is the shining jewel of Vietnam is a short trip from there where as their is nothing that is a stand out must do thing that can be done in only a day from Ho Chi Minh City.