Ho Chi Minh City
Formally known as ‘Saigon,’ Ho Chi Minh is one of the most populous cities in Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh City played a key role in the Vietnam War and is full of landmarks such as the Cu Chi Tunnels and War Museum. Once you are done crawling through tunnels from the imperial era, experience beautiful French architecture at the Central Post Office. Then, round off your visit by practicing your bartering skills in Binh Tay Market.
Da Nang is Vietnam’s third largest city and is home to a population of over 1.3 million. It has recently been voted as the most livable city in Vietnam, and it is shockingly clean and organized. The best part is that it has all three features people often look for such as mountains, beaches, and urbanization. You will never be bored, and there are plenty of things to do, see and travel around, especially the gorgeous Ancient Town which makes a fantastic retreat.
Nha Trang is one of the best beachside cities in Vietnam. Known for its beautiful beaches and infamous diving sites, Nha Trang is backpacker’s paradise. Stunning green hills leading to emerald waters create a stunning environment for a few days of rest and relaxation.
Just an hour north of Nha Trang lies Ninhvana. Located in Ninh Van Bay, this all-inclusive resort offers locally sourced food, kayaking, guided jungle treks and much more. With activities galore, Ninhvana is your very own private paradise.
One of the busiest cities in Vietnam, Ha Noi is full of hustle and bustle. Vietnam’s capital can at first seem a little overwhelming. A city that is home to more motorbikes than people, Ha Noi is a perfect introduction to a country that is unique, if somewhat chaotic. Beyond the crazy traffic, there are a multitude of things to see in Ha Noi.
Learn about Ha Noi’s ancient history by visiting Heritage House and the Vietnamese Women’s Museum in the city’s Old Quarter. Then, treat yourself to some well-earned R&R in one of the city’s many spas. Wander around the tranquil Hoan Kiem Lake before you hit up the night market, a welcome pedestrianised respite from the insane traffic!
Famed for its Full Moon Lantern Festival, Hoi An brings a touch of elegance to Vietnam’s coastline. Cycling through Hoi An’s sleepy streets, you can easily feel as though you have been transported back in time to the colonial era. Hoi An’s riverside location makes it a wonderful place to be in when the full moon appears. Spend your days attending cooking classes and exploring rice paddies. Cycle around on two wheels to visit ancient monuments such as the Japanese Covered Bridge. Head into town at night to catch sight of the world famous magical lantern festival.
Da Lat, set at an altitude of about 5000 feet (1500 meters), is what the French colonists used as a cool retreat from the heat and humidity of Vietnam. Da Lat has year-round cool weather that is extremely welcoming. Not only that, but there is good food, and plenty of nature.
The town is picturesque with colorful French-influenced architecture. You will find an okay nightlife, a good handful of restaurants that you will find yourself returning to time and time again, gardens, parks, and supermarkets. The coffee scene here is wonderful, with many plantations and something you can start up if you know what you are doing.
Mui Ne has a population of around 300,000, and is a nice little coastal city in the south, offering beaches, resorts, and sand dunes. You can make what you want of it, a luxury escape, or something more humble, as it can cater to both. Start a beach side bar, with games, books, live music and soul food, and you will win at life. You will make a good living that way and meet some awesome people. During your free time, you can partake in some kitesurfing, as this town is known to get some awesome wind swell.