Vast rice fields, misty mountain villages, a coastline full of enchanting coves, the mighty Mekong and swarming scooters through lively streets filled with open kitchens. The land of the rising dragon is blessed with a variety of impressions. Vietnam has its war past behind and buzzing like never before. Tour of northern Hanoi to southern Ho Chi Minh City (or vice versa) and discover a country full of beautiful people and fascinating culture. A trip from north to south or vice versa passes the highlands of Sapa, the colonial Hanoi, the fabulous Halong Bay and the charming town of Hoi An, through the resort of Nha Trang to surf, take a Mui Ne tours, the Cu Chi tunnels the Mekong Delta. Travel by public transport along the coast or visit the mountains in the back of the engine at the Easyriders.

Highlights & beautiful places in Vietnam

Hanoi’s ‘Old Quarter.’

The north is a good place to start your journey. It rains quite a lot, about eight months a year, and it is cooler than in the south. The old Hanoi is one of the liveliest capitals in the world. The Central point is the Hoan Kiem Lake, where morning (very) early residents doing their morning exercises. Its north lies the charming ‘Old Quarter’. Here slalom every day thousands of scooters and cyclists through narrow streets full of merchandise on display. Every street has its hand (craft): tailors, shoemakers, grocers, and goldsmiths. A fun place of the old district, the cozy junction with big hoi-bars. Here drinking locals, expats and tourists along a freshly tapped Vietnamese beer (at € 0.15 per glass!).

Halong Bay and Sapa

The spectacular Halong Bay

Hanoi everywhere to book tours to the magnificent Halong Bay, famous for its large rock formations that stabbing from the sea and small islets. The view at sunset is unforgettable, like kayaking along the rock formations, often part of the tours.

Rice fields Sapa

The far north of Vietnam, near the border with China, is mountainous and green. Between the picturesque rice varieties and valleys live minorities, such as the colorful Hmong tribes. From the central mountain town of Sapa, you can make beautiful walks along traditional Hmong villages. Let your first spreading quite a bit Sapa; in the nearby villages, there is too much geared towards tourism.

Hoi An

For each route (north to south or vice versa) halfway between the time to relax in Hoi An. The excellent restaurants, atmospheric streets and riverside location (near the beach) make this an addictive town. Have yourself a suit fitting at one of the dirt-cheap tailors and rent a bicycle to explore the area.


The colonial Dalat, located in a green environment.

In the central highlands, thick 300 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City and a considerable detour off the major north-south route, is Dalat. This cool storage place was a favorite retreat in the French colonial period. For twenty years it is the base of the so-called ‘Easy Riders’. These Vietnamese motorcyclists offer the adventurous traveler to explore the possibility, the back of the engine, the rugged interior of Vietnam. From Dalat, you can be in a three- or four-day tour ‘crossing’ to Hoi An or Nha Thrang (or vice versa). You pay around € 40, – € 50, – per day, including some meals and accommodation in simple houses and homestay (sleeping with indigenous tribal groups). The tour will leave you along mountainous areas, minority villages, elephants, waterfalls, lakes, coffee plantations and cotton spinning mills. You have to sacrifice a little luxury, but it is an experience for life.

Ho Chi Minh City and Mekong Delta

A busy intersection in front of the Ben Thanh market in Ho Chi Minh City. The old Saigon is teeming with mopeds and food stalls with a typical Asian city. Try once a Vietnamese massage or learn more about the Vietnam War. If you dare, you crawl through the narrow Cu Chi tunnels near the city. Little traveled the southern part of the Mekong Delta. On the way to Phu Quoc or Cambodia, you can call the greenest and water-richest part of Vietnam, with a maze of rivers. The houses are built in or on the water; even drives the market.

Phu Quoc Island

Vietnam does not you dream of tropical beaches. Nha Trang has a beach (pretty bleak), Mui Ne is excellent (especially for windsurfers and kite boarders), and the beaches near Hoi An are being patched up but remain so-so. Exception: Phu Quoc Island, off the south coast. There are sand and water Thailand-rescue. Difference: quieter, less developed and more pristine nature! The perfect ending to any Vietnam trip.

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