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Looking for ideas on things to see and do in Vietnam? In this episode of the Tour the World travel TV series, we join Wendy Wu Tours on an incredible journey through Vietnam. This is the perfect introduction to Vietnam as a travel destination, with visits to all the key cultural centres.
Vietnam offers such a diverse range of travel experiences that it can be difficult to know where to begin!
If you’re planning a visit to the region, this episode of Tour the World with Wendy Wu Tours — hosted by The Big Bus tour and travel guide’s editor Adam Ford — is packed with Vietnam travel ideas and inspiration, including culture, food, history, shopping and relaxation must-sees and dos.
Whether you plan to travel with a tour group or independently, in this episode you’ll get information about bustling Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam’s biggest urban centre), picturesque Hoi An and Hue, charming capital city Hanoi, and spectacular Halong Bay in the country’s north-east corner.
Here are Adam’s top five experiences from this amazing tour.
Five top things to do in Vietnam
Fabulous Vietnam — I’m yet to come across a traveller that doesn’t sing the praises of this incredible destination.
The food is always high on the list of highlights but it doesn’t stop there. Cultural and historical experiences abound in Vietnam. I know it’s a cliche, but this destination really does offer something for everyone.
Here are five top things to do in Vietnam.
Explore Hanoi’s Old Quarter
There are lots of reasons why Hanoi should be on any list of the top things to do in Vietnam, but for me, it’s the fabulous Old Quarter and its intoxicating fusion of seemingly complete chaos and French-inspired chic. There’s no doubt Vietnam has an amazing energy wherever you go, but it’s palpable in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. There is method to the madness; half the fun is working out what it is!
Cruise Halong Bay
No Vietnam holiday would be complete without a visit to Halong Bay to cruise the emerald waters that surround the bay’s scattered limestone karsts. Take up the option to stay a night on the bay on a traditional junk boat. Heck, push the boat out and stay two nights!
Get lost in Hoi An
You’ll fall head over heels in love with lovely Hoi An in central Vietnam. There are so many delightful diversions on offer here, and if you only have a day or two make sure you put aside some time just to wander the cobbled streets or park yourself at a street café with a deliciously sweet Vietnamese coffee to watch the world go by.
Pay your respects at the War Remnants Museum
As our collective memory of the Vietnam War grows dim and the conflict passes well and truly into history, the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City is a shocking, confronting and necessary reminder of the realities of war. You must see this.
Tuck into a bowl of pho
Pho is so much more than a bowl of noodles. It’s a way of life; some might even say a state of mind. Pho is central to Vietnamese culture and incredibly versatile (it’s eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner). Tucking into this simple chicken or beef noodle broth infused with fresh herbs and lime is a wonderfully simple way to connect with the real Vietnam.
Don’t be afraid to try pho at a local noodle house, where you’ll invariably be seated at a stainless steel communal table with any number of local diners. Exchange a wink and a smile with your neighbour, then take up your chopsticks and dig in.
Do you have any Vietnam travel ideas to suggest? We would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below.
This episode of Tour the World was produced by Late Night Media Productions, under a co-production agreement with Peppercorn Productions, publisher of The Big Bus tour and travel guide. Copyright © Late Night Media Productions.
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About the writer
Adam Ford is editor of The Big Bus tour and travel guide and a Melbourne-based travel TV presenter, writer, blogger and photographer. Adam has travelled extensively through Europe, Asia, North America, Africa and the Middle East. He worked as a travel consultant for a number of years with Flight Centre before taking up the opportunity to travel the world himself as host of the TV series Tour the World on Network Ten. Adam also appears regularly as a travel commentator on Sky News Business Class. He loves to experience everything a new destination has to offer and is equally at home in a five-star Palazzo in Pisa or a home-stay in Hanoi.