Vietnam is one of the most underrated and also less fancied luxury travel destination in Vietnam the bucket list of the Southeast Asia traveler. The reasons can be far too many but the most glaring factor is the presence of Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos in its back garden and the beautiful islands of the Philippines just offshore which gathers more interest and eyeballs. Add to that the country’s bloodied past which largely attracts a sorry state. But Vietnam is far more than it meets the eye. It is now a heavily bankable luxury tourism destination with mostly untouched hidden gems. So let’s know more of the amazing country Vietnam.
- The best time to visit- For a lot of countries in Southeast Asia it is hard to determine, but the best time of year to travel to Vietnam is easy: March and April. Spring gets the least amount of rain and has moderate temperatures. The rainy season in Vietnam lasts from May to October. But it must also be kept in mind that the North of Vietnam has distinct summer and winter seasons. Expect little to no snowfall in Hanoi, but it has happened before. If you decide to go for a trekking in Sapa, one of the best things to do in Vietnam, then beware that December, January and February it can be really cold. When you visit South Vietnam there is no need to bring warm clothes as the lowest average temperature in Ho Chi Minh is in December: 27 C / 81 F.
- Vietnam’s turbulent past- It is virtually impossible to refrain yourself from being fascinated by Vietnam’s long and interesting history. For starters, it has one of the oldest cultures in Southeast Asia dating back to 2000 BC. Over the years, the Vietnamese culture has had several influences including Chinese, Khmer, Indian, Japanese and also Western. Because of colonization, war ravaged the country, a series of very tragic events in history which are still in the minds of many Vietnamese. For them, however, it is much more than a war. As a nation, Vietnam stood tall in its determination which enabled them to defeat the French and make the Americans retreat and finally become one country. The country is filled with educational sites for you to learn more about these historic events, the Vietnam War, and even its aftermath. In fact, each city has monuments and museums that showcase the country’s deep-seated history. To get a deeper insight of the Vietnam War, you can visit the places such as War Remnants Museum (Saigon), Cu Chi tunnels, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hoa Lo Prison etc.
- Hoi An is worth a trip as well- Yes, there is a populist thought that Vietnam is renowned for the cities like Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi, a fact which is quite true. But equally popular is Hoi An. This ancient riverside trading town with well-preserved buildings and temples that date back to the 17th century served as the first place of Chinese settlement. Today, the descendants of the Chinese merchants continue to sell their products. Hoi An is lit up at night by multiple colorful lanterns in the streets. The city is also a backpacker’s favorite and they tend to end up for a longer period of time thanks to the beach which is just 10 minutes away on a bicycle.
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