Step into a world of adventure and fall in love with Vietnam, a country full of breathtaking landscapes, rich history and culture. This budget destination offers stunning beaches, wild jungle, mountain views, fantastic gastronomy and impressive historical monuments.
Descend into the Cu Chi Tunnels, located 70km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City, and gain insight into the remarkable history of the Vietnam War. This historical site comprises more than 120km of underground tunnels - a part of a much larger subterranean network that underlie much of the country. The tunnels functioned as busy underground cities, with trapdoors, living areas, kitchens, storage facilities, armoury and hospitals.
From Saigon Skydeck at Bitexco Financial Tower you can enjoy the sight of the Saigon River and many beautiful views of the Ho Chi Minh City from above. Don't hesitate to visit the War Remnants Museum and Saigon Opera House (Municipal Theatre).
How to get there:
Take a look at the flight deals to Vietnam:
- Flights from Bucharest to Ho Chi Minh City for €401 >>
- Flights from several UK cities to Ho Chi Minh City from £316 >>
- Flights from Warsaw to Ho Chi Minh City for €116 one-way >>
- Flights from London to Ho Chi Minh City for £309 >>
- Flights from Belgrade to Ho Chi Minh City for €385 >>
- Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City from $71 >>
- Flights from Los Angeles, Chicago or New York to Ho Chi Minh City from $479 >>
- Flights from Chicago or New York to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City from $498 >>
- Flights from Australia to Ho Chi Minh City from AU$220 >>
Where to stay:
Accommodation in Vietnam is generally very cheap. For example, in Ho Chi Minh City, we encourage you to stay at 3* Duc Vuong Hotel with very good reviews. This excellent hotel provides free WiFi access in public areas. Located in the bustling Backpacker’s Area in District 1, the hotel has an on-site restaurant, bar and a terrace. Offering air conditioning, all non-smoking rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV, minibar and refrigerator. En suite bathroom in each room has shower facilities, free toiletries and a hairdryer. Certain rooms are furnished with large windows and/or offers views. A seating area, desk and/or sofa can be found in some rooms.
In Hanoi we recommend you to book 4* Eco Hanoi Hotel. This top rated hotel offers modern and comfortable accommodation with free WiFi access in the guestrooms. Operating a 24-hour front desk, this non-smoking property features a business centre and free parking on site. Elegantly-furnished, air-conditioned rooms come with parquet flooring, a wardrobe, clothes rack, in-room safe and a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Minibar and ironing facilities are also included. Offering shower facility, en suite bathroom also has slippers and hairdryer. At Eco Hotel Hanoi, guests may utilise the sauna facility or enjoy a relaxing massage at the spa.
What to do:
Cruise the Mekong Delta in a private long-tail boat to explore the jungle-shaded canals, fishing villages and exotic fruit farms. Visit the citadel at the Imperial city of Hue and enjoy the beautiful sunset from Trang Tien Bridge at Huong River. Discover the Imperial Royal Palace and Royal Tombs.
If you seek for adventure, you should explore the Paradise Cave, Phong Nha Caves or Trang An Grottoes. Head to the small town of Trai Mat, just outside Da Lat, to enjoy the beauty of Linh Phuoc Pagoda, built from debris of glass. Cycle through Vietnam’s lush landscapes and be immersed in an up-close view of Vietnamese life.
See the Marble Mountains (Ngu Hanh Son) – five marble and limestone formations topped with pagodas. Wander past street stalls and bustling markets of Hanoi and enjoy fresh Vietnamese cuisine straight from the wok.
Immerse yourself in the majestic beauty of the terraced rice field landscape that can be found at Muong Hoa Valley, near Sapa. You can also visit the rice terraces at Mu Cang Chai, YenBai (in the northwest).
Vietnam has plenty of secluded coves with white sands and turquoise waters fit for snorkelling. Discover the unique scuba diving along the country’s central and south coast. You can dive the reefs, kayak in the bays or just lounge on the beach and indulge in a massage. Don’t forget to visit a traditional fishing village and learn about the culture and customs of the locals.
If you need some entertainment, have fun at Suoi Tien, the world’s first Buddhist waterslide park. You can also visit the European style city built at the top of the Ba Na Hills.
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