Located in Southeast Asia, Vietnam is the easternmost country found within what is known as the Indochina Peninsula. It is partially defined by lush tropical forests and partially by high mountain ranges. Additionally, the beautiful beaches here combined with a unique culture have allowed the country to be a tourist haven for the better part of 50 years now.
The Best Times to Visit Vietnam
We should first note that the opposing monsoon seasons between the north and the south can make visiting a bit tricky. However, this also means that this is nearly always a time to arrive. For those travelling to the north, arriving between November and the middle of April will tend to avoid the copious rainfall. In the south, recommended travel times fall between February and March. Still, even the late spring can offer some great weather before the heat of the summer fully kicks in.
The Best Things to do in Vietnam
The Imperial City located within the Hue district is perhaps one of the most famous sights to be seen throughout all of Vietnam. Constructed during the beginning of the 19th century, the architecture here is distinctly Vietnamese. It displays outer and inner gates, an imperial court, places of worship and an inner court (sometimes off limits). There are also pavilions and gardens to be seen; excellent photo opportunities for those who appreciate the unique history of this eclectic land.
Pham Ngu Lao Street is an urban area that tourists have flocked to due to the sheer amount of foods and gifts that are offered. Open-air and indoor markets are able to cater to even the most unique of tastes while this massive shopping district is known for the cheap clothing items which have become a mainstay of the tourist industry. There are also affordable guest houses and miniature hotels for those who wish to become immersed in Ho Chi Minh City as a whole.
Cat Ba natural park is in direct contrast to the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Found in the lush tropical forests of North Vietnam, is covers more than 260 square kilometres of land. Thus, it is one of the largest parks in the country. Limestone forests, mangrove outcroppings and large lakes make this region quite diverse. More thatn 700 different species of flora and nearly 300 species of animals (and fish) can be observed during one’s visit. There are numerous guided tours which are offered and its rugged mountain ranges are excellent for those who are into hiking and climbing. As this is a protected area, one needs to stay on the designated paths during an excursion.