With so much to do, a Vietnam trip can be overwhelming, especially if you’re short on time. Rather than spreading yourself thinly, focus your time on one or two areas. Hanoi’s a fine choice – navigate its traffic-choked streets to find crumbling colonial buildings, street vendors and the ornate Temple of Literature; meanwhile, in Hoi An you can take a cooking class with coracle (basket boat) ride.
In the south, Saigon (or Ho Chi Minh City as it’s still often called) is a town on the up. Its brash new skyscrapers cast shadows across a panorama of French-style architecture, Soviet-style blocks and wing-tipped pagodas. Spend a few days soaking up the atmosphere, with side trips to the noodle-y Cu Chi tunnels and the austere War Remnants Museum.
A Vietnam trip isn’t complete without a rural adventure. South of Ho Chi Minh City, the vast Mekong Delta is a tangled web of rivers, canals and islands, with fruit farms, flower orchards and delightful floating markets. Or head further north to chocolate box-pretty Ninh Binh, which’s a little like an inland version of Halong Bay with twisting rivers, swaying rice paddies and silvery stalactite-lined caves winding between lumbering mountains.
Whatever you do, don’t skip the country’s lush, green countryside – it’s magnificent and gives a real sense of Vietnamese culture, which has a fascinating mix of spiritual elements. Visit a local produce market for a lesson in how the food is grown, and chat away to the friendly sellers about their daily lives. 하노이 유흥의 특징과 종류