Da Nang, one of the best beach resorts in Vietnam, is recommended from March to May!
Ho Chi Minh City is pleasant from December to April, when there is little rain.
Hanoi, the capital city, has four seasons, with summer half the year.
June through August are especially hot and humid, so be careful!
Hanoi (the capital city)
Ha Long Bay
A 4-hour drive from Hanoi, you can take a boat ride and encounter fantastic scenery and the life of local people living on the water. You can choose from a variety of tours, including a day trip with transportation from Hanoi and an overnight stay on a luxury cruise ship.
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
The mausoleum, built entirely of marble, is shaped like a lotus flower, and the body of Ho Chi Minh, a national hero, is enshrined inside. At night, the square is beautifully illuminated until 10:00 p.m., attracting people to cool off and watch the sunset.
St. Joseph's Cathedral
This Catholic church was built in the late 19th century. It is a Gothic-style building consisting of twin towers, and the stained glass windows imported from Venice in the cathedral are fantastic.
Vietnam Military History Museum
Fighter planes, bombs, and extinguishers used in the Vietnam War, which lasted for 20 years, are displayed both outdoors and indoors. These artifacts are valuable in telling the story of Vietnam's history.
Dong Xuan Market
This is one of the largest indoor markets in Hanoi. Inside the three-story building with an atrium, shoe shops, general merchandise, clothing, and other goods are lined up in a narrow space. The outdoor area around the market is lined with fabric stores, foodstuffs, and kitchenware, making it a fun place to walk around!!
The area still retains the old town atmosphere of the Vietnamese dynastic period, with a night market and the Dong Xuan Market, a large indoor market, perfect for shopping and eating local food.
Hoa Lo Prison
The Hoa Lo prison housed Vietnamese during the French colonial period and Americans during the Vietnam War. Visitors can learn about the lives of the people who were prisoners of war at that time.
Imperial Citadel of Thang Long
Registered as a World Heritage Site, it was the site of the capital from the 11th century to the early 19th century and was the residence of successive emperors. It is easily accessible from Hanoi, and the area is being excavated and opened to the public year by year.
About a two-hour drive from Hanoi, Ninh Binh was the capital city before Hanoi. Tam Coc, with its rice paddies, and Trang An, where visitors can take a boat ride through a valley. The area has many sights to see, including the Mua Temple built on top of a rocky hill and the Thien Ha Cave.
This pottery village has a history of over 700 years and is located about 10 km from Hanoi. Bachan pottery varies from vases, bowls, and figurines. They make great souvenirs!
Water Puppet Theater
This traditional Vietnamese performance art is performed on a stage above the water and consists of short plays based on folk tales.The easy-to-understand stories with laughs and live music make it an enjoyable experience for adults and children alike.
Da Nang & Hoi An & Hue
My Khe Beach
My Khe Beach in Da Nang, once voted one of the world's most enchanting beaches, offers a relaxing and resort-like atmosphere. There is a well-maintained, wide boardwalk, shower rooms and changing rooms, and parasols and deck chairs for rent.
Non Nuoc Beach
Nong Nuoc Beach is the most southerly of Da Nang's popular beaches. Since it is away from the center of the city, the beach is less crowded than My Khe Beach and offers a quiet and relaxing time. There are also many resort hotels.
One of the most enjoyable tourist attractions in Da Nang, the 666-meter long bridge features a giant undulating yellow dragon. It is lit up at night and shows are held on weekends! Flames and water spurt out from the dragon's mouth.
Also known as Marble Mountain, the entire mountain is made of marble and is one of Da Nang's power spots. There are numerous caves and temples inside, and the observatory offers a 360-degree view of the city of Da Nang. Comfortable walking clothes are recommended!
With its pastel pink exterior, Da Nang Cathedral is an impressive church. There is a chicken motif at the end of the church's tower, and the stained glass windows and paintings inside are also excellent. On Sundays, visitors can observe a large chorus of worshippers.
Tran Phu Street
This is the main street of Hoi An Old Quarter. Souvenir shops, restaurants, cafes, temples, and museums line the street. At night, lanterns light up the street, creating a festive atmosphere. It is fun to spend time relaxing in the cafes or strolling around eating at the food stalls.
Hoi Quan Phuoc Kien
It is the most Chinese-colored building in Hoi An. It is a meeting place built by overseas Chinese who moved from Fujian Province. Inside the building, incense sticks are hung from the ceiling, and the candlelight and smoke from the sticks give the place a very emotional atmosphere.
This covered bridge was built to connect the Japanese and Chinese Towns in Hoi An. It has a unique design with statues of a dog and a monkey enshrined at the entrance and exit, and a mixture of Chinese and Vietnamese architecture and decorations.
Hoi An Night Market
The Hoi An Night Market is held at two locations: Nguyen Hoang Street, just across the An Hoi Bridge, and Bac Dang Street near the market. Food stalls and souvenirs line the streets, and visitors can watch lantern makers at work.
Full moon nights in Hoi An are special♪ The lights in the entire city are turned off, leaving only the moonlight and lanterns to illuminate the night. The lanterns floating on the Thu Bon River are even more magical and beautiful.
The ancient capital of Hue is just a two-hour drive from Da Nang and is a popular one-day tour. The main attraction is the Nguyen Dynasty, a gorgeous style of dynasty that lasted for 150 years. There are tours that include a stop at a village where you can enjoy court food served in royal garb and make original incense sticks.
Ba Na Hills
This amusement park opened in 2017 in a summer resort at an altitude of 1,500 meters. The park offers a variety of unusual monuments, such as a bridge held by the hand of a giant god and a chalk statue of the Great Buddha, creating a truly mysterious space. There are also many restaurants, so you will be able to fully enjoy the day with a spectacular view!
My Son Sanctuary
Located less than two hours drive from central Da Nang, the ruins of the Champa Kingdom, which prospered through maritime trade with India and Java, offer sacred landscapes are set among lush greenery and nature. The carvings and reliefs are heavily influenced by Indian culture and Hinduism.
Ho Chi Minh
The Independence Palace
It was the presidential palace during the South Vietnamese regime. Inside, visitors can tour more than 100 rooms, including the reception room, banquet room, and other luxurious rooms, as well as the commander's room, which was used as a military base, and the code breaking room, which is well worth seeing.
Central Post Office
With its characteristic yellow exterior and beautiful interior with arched ceilings, the building is still used as a post office. It was designed by Gustave Eiffel, the architect who designed the Eiffel Tower. It is open to the public as well as to tourists.
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral
It is a large red brick Gothic-style church built in the late 1800s. The twin towers soaring high in the sky are the symbol of the church, and the statue of the Virgin Mary in front of the entrance always attracts many tourists as a photo spot. The garden is filled with blooming flowers and is a place of relaxation.
Ho Chi Minh Squares
This extravagant colonial building, a short walk from Dong Khoi Street, was built in 1908 as a public hall for French expatriates. The fountain area features a large lotus flower and is illuminated at night, offering a fantastic sight.
Ben Thanh Market
Many stalls line the streets, selling not only food, but also lacquerware, bamboo products, and other handicrafts and sundries, making it a great place to buy souvenirs. At night, the night market is open, and different stores line the streets during the day.
Saigon Sky Deck
Saigon Sky Deck is a popular tourist attraction that offers a 360-degree view of Ho Chi Minh City. The observation deck is on the 49th floor of the 68-story Vitexco Financial Tower, and further up are restaurants and bars where visitors can enjoy food and drinks while taking in the night view.
Saigon River Dinner Cruise
In the evening during your stay in Ho Chi Minh, take a dinner cruise on the Saigon River!! Enjoy authentic Vietnamese cuisine and the illuminated cityscape of Ho Chi Minh City from the river.
Saigon Central Mosque
A beautiful emerald green place of worship for Muslims. It is open to tourists, so when visiting, avoid exposing your skin in shorts or skirts!
Tan Dinh Church
The church was built in 1876 during the French colonial period and is famous as the Pink Church. It is the second largest church in Ho Chi Minh City after Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral
Mekong River Cruise
A cruise on the Mekong River, the longest river in Southeast Asia, is a day trip from Ho Chi Minh City. Visitors can experience the rainforest atmosphere as they sail through the jungle on a rowboat and observe the local people who live with the river.
Cu Chi Tunnels
The Cu Chi Tunnels, located 1.5 hours by car from Ho Chi Minh City, are underground bases built during the Vietnam War. There are hospitals and assembly halls in the tunnels, which continue to the Cambodian border and are a total 200 km in length! Visitors can tour the tunnels while watching a video of the time.
Pho is a must-try when you come to Vietnam. It is made from flat, slippery rice noodles in a clear broth made from beef, pork, or chicken, with plenty of herbs. In Da Nang, you can try mee quan, which has a chewy texture similar to that of noodles.
Influenced by the food culture of the French colonial period, "bahn mi," a sandwich consisting of a baguette stuffed with meat, vegetables, and herbs, is now an indispensable national dish for both adults and children. The toppings and sauces differ from store to store, so enjoy comparing them!
Also known as Vietnamese okonomiyaki or Vietnamese crepe, Bain xeo is made of rice flour and coconut milk and filled with pork, shrimp, vegetables, and herbs. It is served with Nyokumam (fish sauce) or sweet chili sauce.
Che is a typical Vietnamese sweet. It is a dessert similar to a combination of shaved ice and zenzai, and is made with sweet potatoes, beans, grains, fruit, jelly, and other ingredients and served with coconut milk. Cold che is the most common, but warm che is also delicious.
White Rose(Hoi An Local food)
It is called "White Rose" because the shrimp inside the wontons, which are made of thinly spread rice flour, appear slightly pinkish. The glutinous texture and shrimp flavor are unforgettable♪
Banh Khot Trung Cut (Hoi An Local Food)
This is a popular snack in Hoi An, made of flour and eggs topped with shrimp or pork surimi and served with sauce. Each restaurant offers different flavors and toppings, and they go perfectly with alcohol.
Cao Lau(Hoi An Local Food)
Cao Lau is a local food in Hoi An, featuring thick noodles with a firm texture, which is rare in Vietnam. It is a delicious local food of Hoi An, topped with fried pork, fried wontons, and herbs, and served with a sauce that is thoroughly tossed in.