Tourism in Vietnam is mentioned as an indispensable key component of the modern Vietnamese economy. Vietnam has a very rich and diverse tourism potential due to the natural landscape, climate, culture, food, festivals, and especially Vietnamese people. For people who love traveling, Vietnam has become a new tourist destination in Southeast Asia – “Asia’s Leading Destination”
1. Vietnam Tourism Overview
Vietnam is leaning on the largest continent in the world – the Asia continent. With over 3000 kilometers of coastline, pristine beaches, dynamic growing cities, mountainous highlands, and diverse cultural and historic sites, Vietnam’s tourism industry continues to rank amongst the fastest-growing tourist destinations in the world.
The coastline of Vietnam borders the East Sea, the Gulf of Thailand, the Gulf of Tonkin. It creates advantages for Vietnam to develop marine tourism. Moreover, the history of geological tectonics over the ages has carved the face of our territory with many unique and non-monotonic lines.
2. Where to visit in Vietnam
In Vietnam, travelers are attracted by a wealth of cultural and natural resources, as well as eight UNESCO-listed World Heritage Sites: Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thăng Long (Hà Nội), Citadel of the Hồ Dynasty (Thanh Hoá), Complex of Hue Monuments (Huế), Hạ Long Bay (Quảng Ninh), Hội An Ancient Town (Quảng Nam), Mỹ Sơn Sanctuary (Quảng Nam), Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park (Quảng Ninh), Tràng An Landscape Complex (Ninh Bình).
For culture lovers, every small moment of discovery is a step closer to understanding a new and different way of life. Scattered throughout the country, Vietnam’s UNESCO Heritage Sites are jackpots for these moments of discovery. Each one promises exceptional beauty and exceptional insight into Vietnamese culture.
2.1. Ha Giang
Vietnam also has many other tourist destinations to explore. First of all, it is impossible not to mention Ha Giang – the first place of the S-map. Ha Giang is rugged, remote, and spectacular.
And it would be great for the tourists who love motorbike rides because Ha Giang overlooks terraced rice paddies and deep valleys that have been carved into the limestone mountains over thousands of years.
As the location of the roof of Indochina – Fansipan, Sapa is a destination that Vietnam tourists can not miss. Sapa retains the wild and strange features of the Northwest mountainous and forested areas. The climate is cool all year round. Beautiful, peaceful scene. In winter, there is also very beautiful and rare snowfall.
Hanoi’s Old Quarter – one of the most beautiful places of Vietnam’s capital city. Ha Noi is full of history and culture, especially in the Old Quarter near Hoan Kiem lake. This is the epicenter of tourism in the city, with market streets, nightlife options and some of the best Vietnamese food in the country.
Dubbed as a coastal resort city, Danang is definitely worth a visit in central Vietnam. Da Nang is among a few destinations that can offer both beach and mountain. Some of the must-see attractions are My Khe beach, Non Nuoc beach, Son Tra Peninsula, Marble Mountains, Ba Na Hills, Golden Bridge, The world cultural heritage My Son, Linh Ung pagoda.
2.5. Nha Trang
Nha Trang is significantly busier than some of the other beach towns in the south, that also means there is so much more to do. The nightlife is a lot of fun, and there are so many extreme activities for the adrenaline junkies among you – jet skiing, surfing or even a flyboard.
2.6. Da Lat
Possessing a romantic and charming natural landscape, Da Lat is known as the city of mist; City of pine forests, city of hills, streams, lakes and waterfalls.
Da Lat is also known as the paradise of dreams, paradise of love, paradise of festivals and paradise of flowers. To date, there have been many romantic and romantic films made in this city.
2.7. Ho Chi Minh City
Located in southern Vietnam, the economic center and bustling Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in regards to the population. Fondly referred to by its evocative older name of Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City retains a preserved air of its French colonial heritage in the old areas of the city while still reflecting the dynamic modern vibes of a cutting edge Vietnam.
Key attractions such as the Notre-Dame Cathedral, Saigon Opera House, Central Post Office, and Ben Thanh Market reflect this colonial heritage, while the War Remnants Museum, Reunification Palace, and preserved Cu Chi Tunnels north of the city lay testament to the fighting spirit and recent history of the ravages of war.
2.8. Phu Quoc
And at the bottom of the S-map, here is a slice of heaven for beach lovers – Phu Quoc. With sandy palm-fringed beaches and turquoise water, Phu Quoc is one of the best beach destinations in Vietnam.
The northern part of Phu Quoc is a part of a UNESCO-listed biosphere reserve while the southern coastline is filled with luxury resorts, funky bars, and quaint cafes. Vietnam’s island paradise is also famous as the top producer of fish sauce – an essential spice in Vietnamese cuisine.
3. Why Vietnam?
There are many beautiful places to visit all around the world so why do tourists choose Vietnam as one of the first countries to explore?
3.1. Helpful locals
It’s because of Vietnamese people. Everyone loves visiting locations around the world that have some amiable locals. It is impossible not to interact with locals on any type of travelling trip, and the Vietnamese people are very welcoming to all different races and religions. This makes visiting some of the touristy areas that much more enjoyable.
Instead of having to rely on what is hyped up by travel blogs online, people can ask questions that only locals know about. Maybe a very awesome restaurant or cafe is very close, but no one would know about it unless they checked with a local first.
3.2. Reasonable prices
No matter what season it is, Vietnam is one of the most affordable locations to visit for people on a budget. Even when compared to a lot of other affordable Asian countries, Vietnam stays very competitive. The sticker prices for a lot of different opportunities are low as it is, and the more people start to look for new experiences on their own, the cheaper they can drive prices down as well. It is also very easy to bargain for better rates if a person wants to put in the work.
Getting a place to stay is obviously the most expensive thing, but that can cost $20 a day to get a high-end spot to rest and relax. Travelling is next to nothing, whether a person opts for a bike or a taxi. Food is also very affordable, but people will notice that they might need to order a little more than normal to feel full.
3.3. Vietnamese food is the best
A travelling highlight for anyone to a different country is the food. Vietnam is no different, as there are plenty of street fairs for people who want to experience something different for the first time.
What people notice is that the food is actually fairly healthy in Vietnam for the most part. They can keep things relatively healthy because they use natural ingredients, and portions are pretty low as well. This could lead to people needing to order more food as a visit, because they might not be used to portions too small. Since most of the food is located on the streets, it also keeps people active by burning calories while they eat on the go.
Vietnam has certainly morphed into a fordable travel destination. Save this idea: it is time to take actions! See for yourself why international travelers love Vietnam.