Vietnam is a land of extremes and is rich in its history and culture. In this article, you will read more about the most beautiful sites to visit, and how to apply for your Vietnam visa.
The vibrant and romantic capital of Vietnam is a city you need to visit when you are in Vietnam. It is both chaotic and pleasant, and it shows the perfect intertwining of the old and new Vietnam. The French ruled this place from 1873 until 1940, which significantly influenced the city’s architecture. This can be seen from, for example, the wide streets, the opera house, or the many French bakeries found in the city. Especially the old city centre, Old Quarter, is a mixture of scooters, colonial houses, local street vendors, and small alleys. Your mouth will surely start watering at the abundance of food carts that decorate the city with aroma and colour.
Halong Bay has the looks of a fairytale picture. It lies in the northeast of Vietnam and consists of more than 2000 small islands and strangely formed limestone rocks in its bay, rising high above sea level. It will be worthwhile to take a boat trip through the bay past the rock formations, visiting hidden caves and floating fishing villages. There is also the option of renting a kayak to paddle your way to the harder to reach areas. Additionally, you could spend the night on a traditional boat.
If you wish to enjoy the sunset on this magical place, do not hesitate to apply for your Vietnam visa on time, to enjoy the wonders of Vietnam without any worries.
View on Halong Bay, where boats are floating on the cristal clear blue water
Sapa is a small mountain town in the far northwest of Vietnam, close to the Chinese border. Surrounded by green rice fields, it lies hidden in the shadow of mount Fansipan, the highest mountain of Vietnam with its 10,000 feet. Due to its position, it is popular among hikers and backpackers, which means it can be crowded. You could choose to go hiking in the idyllic hilly countryside and go a little further into the mountains to enjoy the beautiful landscape to the fullest.
South of Da Nang, Hoi An lies on the shore of the Thu-Bon river. Because the port got sanded over in the 19th century, authorities forgot about the city’s existence. Because of this, many remains of the old Vietnamese wealth and culture has been preserved. Here you can visit herb shops and tea homes, take photos of the Japanese bridge, or enjoy the authentic Vietnamese kitchen in the evening at one of the many restaurants.
Forbidden city of Hué
On the shores of the Son Huong river, also known as the perfume river, lies the old imperial capital of Hué. Because of its central position, there were countless heavy battles here, during the Vietnam War. As a result, many old monuments of the imperial period were lost. One of the monuments that did withstand the war, is Tu Cam Thanh: the Forbidden City. Although it used to be the emperor’s private terrain, and therefore inaccessible for the public, it has now opened up to everyone. Here you can find impressive temples, mysterious tombs, idyllic lotus ponds, and the citadel.
The tunnels of Cu Chi
For those who literally want to crawl through the history of Vietnam and get to know more about the Vietnam War period, a visit to the tunnels of Cu Chi is a must. The tunnels are about a two-hour drive away from Ho Chi Minh City and consist of 125 miles of complicated passageways. The Vietcong had dug the tunnels during the Vietnam War in an attempt to outsmart the American army. You will have plenty of time to dive in the history of Vietnam with a 30-day validity period of the Vietnam visa".
Ho Chi Minh City
The capital of the former South Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon, is a city of contrasts. It is one of the few cities in Vietnam in which the influences of the Western and Asian cultures are so clearly visible. There are high office buildings and ancient temples, side by side. The influence of the French is also noticeable. It is often named the ‘Paris of Vietnam’ for a reason. Obvious remnants of this era are the Notre Dame and the old post-office that was designed by Gustav Eiffel, designer of the famous Eiffel Tower in Paris.
The Mekong Delta lies south of Ho Chi Minh City. It is where the 2500 mile-long Mekong-river branches into smaller streams, rivers, and countless islands. Due to its highly fertile soil, it is also called ‘Asia’s rice barn’. It is best to visit the delta by boat, which will guide you through the labyrinth of waterways to see daily life played out. To visit the floating market of Cai Rang, you will have to wake up early. The trading of tropical fruits and special vegetables happens before the dawn of day.
Apply for your Vietnam visa
If you want to admire the beauty of Vietnam, you will need a visa. For a short stay, the Vietnam e-visa, with a 30-day validity period from the day you receive the visa, will suffice. Should you arrive in Vietnam after this effective date, you can stay for less than 30 days. It is a single-entry visa, so can only be used once. It can be used for both tourism or business trips and can easily be applied for online. The visa comes with the advantage of not having to go to an embassy for the application, and not having to wait in line to get a stamping fee at your arrival in Vietnam.