Vietnam Travel Guide

Vietnamese FoodVietnam Travel Guide:  Vietnam’s stunning scenery together with its turbulent history make it one of most unique, charming and cheapest destinations to visit in all of Asia. This Vietnam Travel Guide along with the linked Destination and Hotel Guides will give a brief yet informal look at Vietnam.

Southern Vietnam is the home to Ho Chi Minh City (Formally Saigon) and is the nation’s economic and manufacturing capital, further south from Saigon is the Mekong area which is considered the rice bowl of Vietnam.

After a hectic few days or weeks in Ho Chi Minh City a scenic and relaxing trip to the Mekong area is a great experience, travel to Vinh Long and take visit a Mekong river island orchard relaxing under the shade of the many varieties of tropical fruit trees  

Travelling back the other way past Ho Chi Minh City the next major tourist destination is Dalat, set in the mountains Dalat is a in total contrast to Ho Chi Minh with its cool temperate climate. Because of Dalat’s weather and similarities with France the during the 100 year French rule of Vietnam, Dalat was setup as a retreat from the chaos and heat of Ho Chi Minh City. The cool climate also made it ideal for study and research so a University was started here. 

To the north east of Dalat is Nha Trang, Nha Trang beach is the best beach in Vietnam and is a great place to catch a few waves or simply relax. Nha Tran is also large fishing town, so the Seafood is especially good in Nha Trang
Continuing on north you will come to the central region of Vietnam which include Hue, Danang and the imperial capital of Vietnam Hue.

Danang is another just like Nha Trang is another of Vietnam’s great beach spots, during the Vietnam Danang was a major fleet base for the US navy with many troops, equipment and supplies off loaded here.

Hoi An is a quaint town, that is very French in architecture and charm, Hoi an is most notability known for it tailors and quality clothing.
A little further north is Hue the Imperial capital of Vietnam, a trip to Vietnam is not complete without a trip to the imperial capital, History oozes from this city. A visit to the emperor’s palace shows a reminder of this, gun shot marks can still be seen today after centuries of conflict with first the Chinese, French and then America.

Going into northern Vietnam we reach the capital of Vietnam Hanoi, compared to the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Min City Hanoi seems worlds away, Hanoi is somewhat peaceful in comparison.

East from Hanoi is the world heritage listed Ha long bay and its limestone rock formations rising from the ocean.
Finally to the north is the village of Sapa which lies on the Hoang Lien Son Mountain that crosses the Chinese border.

Vietnamese Food

For those that have not eaten traditional Vietnamese food before you are in for a real treat, firstly for the fresh and exotic flavours and then for its unique traditional Asian tastes with a mix of French.

Vietnamese Food  

Some famous Vietnamese Dishes include:

Pho Bo – Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup
Bun Bo – Spicy Beef Noodle soup
Cha Gio – Fried Spring rolls
Nem Nuong – Beef balls drilled on a skewer then wrapped in rice paper and filled with Vietnamese mints
Banh Xeo – Vietnamese Pancake with Pork Prawn, wrapped in lettuce leaf also filled with Vietnamese mints then dipped in Nuoc Mam (Vietnamese fish sauce mixed with lime garlic chilli and sugar) as you are eating

The above list is just a few of the wonderful Vietnamese dishes, watch out for new websites from Asia Travel Magazine covering Vietnamese Food and Restaurants.

Visit our destination, hotel and resort guides the places mentioned the Vietnam Travel Guide

Mekong Travel and Hotel Guide
Ho Chi Minh Saigon Travel and Hotel Guide
Hanoi Travel and Hotel Guide
Dalat Travel and Hotel Guide
Nha Trang Travel and Hotel Guide
Danang Travel and Hotel Guide
Hoi An Travel and Hotel Guide
Hue Travel and Hotel Guide
Halong Travel and Hotel Guide
Sapa Travel and Hotel Guide


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