Vietnam Journals

Planning Vietnam

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A travel journal to Vietnam by SeenThat

River Photo, Hoi An, Vietnam More Photos
Quote: Vietnam is easy to tour Very narrow and with a length of over 2200km, the main decision is if to begin from the north or from the south. In both cases, an unforgettable experience awaits you in every sense of such a trip: the nature, the culture, and the people.

2. Coasts and Mountains

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Inner View Photo, Hoi An, Vietnam
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Da LatHigh in the Southern Central Highlands, Da Lat is the main mountain resort in Vietnam and a great place to chill out; it attracts huge numbers of honeymooners but some tourists as well. The main sights are Emperor Bao Dai's Summer Palace, the French Quarter, the Hang Nga Guesthouse & Art Gallery, and the Valley of Love, which is 5km north of the city centre and aimed to the newly wed.Around Da Lat:Five kilometers south of Da Lat, halfway down the dramatic Prenn Pass is the Lake Tuyen Lam (daily 7:30am–4:30pm); boats can be rented on the lake's north shore. On the summit behind it there is a meditation pagoda. A few hundred meters onwards are the Dat...Read More

1. Good Morning, Vietnam!

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Chau Doc Photo, Vietnam, Asia
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Getting the VisaThe best strategy to get the Vietnamese visa is to start early and get it in Bangkok. Due to the magic powers of the traveling agents in Khaosan Road, this visa is one of those which is less expensive to arrange through them than in the relevant embassy; thus, leave them the passport and go for a couple of days to the beaches in Pattaya while it gets ready. Other option is to issue the visa in ...Read More

3. Ancient Towns

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River Photo, Hoi An, Vietnam
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Hoi AnHoi An is a unique place within Vietnam: a small town with no aims of expansion, populated with astounding ancient structures of various cultures.Highlights:There is a combined ticket ($3.30) that covers Hoi An's more famous sights and allows access to five sights to choose from a list of temples, handicrafts´ shops, Chinese Assembly Halls, merchant’s houses, family’s chapels and museums. The tickets are available at the Tourist Office of Hoi An, 12 Phan Chu Trinh, or at each site.Moreover, Hoi An is an open museum, and walking along its narrow streets is a feast. There are more than 850 historical structures; a thorough description will nee...Read More

4. The North

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Selling Plants Photo, Hue, Vietnam
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HanoiElegant and majestic, Hanoi is the pinnacle of a visit to Vietnam, not only due to its richness and beauty, but also for the attractions surrounding it, which are among the most spectacular in the country.Highlights:Old Quarter, The 36 Streets MarketFrom Cau Go Street on the northern end of Hoan Kiem Lake, begins the 36 Streets Market. Its narrow, twisting streets take their names from the products sold there since ancient times. The area is divided among 36 guilds, each gathered around a dinh (communal house) or a temple dedicated to its patron spirit. The backpackers' quarter sits just next to it and creates a wonderful opportunity to leisu...Read More

Planning Vietnam

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River Photo, Hoi An, Vietnam
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BackgroundAny country with such a complex story holds a promise of many cultural attractions. However, Vietnam adds to those a strikingly beautiful and lush nature which spans varied landscapes, from the fruits and rice basket of the Mekong Delta to the four season’s solemnity of Hanoi. A long exploration seems to be compulsory under such conditions, but most visitors find the over-extra-hyper-assertive approach of the locals towards the tourists intimidating. ...Read More