Below are some common questions about sightseeings in Vietnam that we have collected. If you need other questions, please comment below or share to your friends If you find them useful.
Q1: WHAT KIND OF WEATHER SHOULD I EXPECT IN VIET NAM?
A1: – Weather is changeable, especially in mountainous areas
– Recommended months for traveling in Vietnam: October, November, March, April, May
– Weather with lower temperatures than in the south is in northern Vietnam
– Prepare to high humidity.
Q2: WHERE TO EAT IN VIETNAM?
A2: – The most delicious, cheap and typical Vietnamese dishes you will find on the street (streetfood)
– Restaurants with western meals are only in the tourist spots
– There are a lot of mini-restaurants and snacks with one or two meal.
Q3: WHERE CAN I VISIT ETHNIC MARKETS IN THE NORTH OF VIETNAM?
A3: – The most authentic market you will find in the North at the border with China
– markets take place in less frequented areas (except Sapy and larger cities)
– check out for list of ethnic markets in northern Vietnam
Q4: IT IS NECESSARY TO TAKE WARM CLOTHES IN NORTHERN VIETNAM?
A4: – Yes, if you go into mountainous areas, weather can change quickly
– It is very cold in the mountains in the winter
– Temperatures can fall to 0 °C, sometimes there is even snow (Sapa).
Q5: SHOULD I GO TO SAPA OR NOT?
A5: – Sapa is a big tourist place in northern Vietnam, you should know it – Sapa area is suitable for trying a real homestay
– the highest concentration of Black Hmong and Red Dao ethnic minority .
Q6: IT IS NECESSARY TO TRAVEL IN VIETNAM WITH A TOURIST GUIDE?
A6: – It depends which places you want to visit, but teoretically it is not necessary
– Tourist guides in Vietnam visit mainly the most visited tourist places
– If you want to hike or climb some mountains you should have a tourist guide.
Q7: WHERE ARE THE BIGGEST AND MOST BEAUTIFUL RICE TERRACES AND FIELDS?
A7: – A lot of people agree that it is in Mu Cang Chai in Yen Bai province
– Then also in Sapa or Ha Giang province (eg. Hoang Su Phi)
– Huge rice fields you can find also in Mai Cha.
Q8: WHERE TO GO WHEN I WANT TO SWIM OR KAYAKING
A8: – Go to the island of Cat Ba or Quan Lan / Co To, and the smaller islands in Ha Long Bay
– Northern Vietnam is not the top destination for swimming in the sea
Q9: WHEN NOT TO TRAVEL TO VIETNAM?
A9: – TET holiday it is not recommended
– Some services do not work, people have a holiday, overcrowded transportation…
– TET is the most important celebration in Vietnamese culture
– If you will bee here, however, it may be for you a nice experience
Q10: IS THERE A SPECIFIC TIME OF YEAR I SHOULD AVOID TRAVELLING AROUND VIETNAM?
A10: The months of April and May can be extremely hot. Some areas, such as Central Vietnam, experience storms and floods in the late rainy season. Also, during the Tet festivities many businesses tend to be closed, which can be an inconvenience to travellers with a shortage of time.
Q11: WHERE TO GO IN VIETNAM
A11: As a first time visitor, you are almost inevitably bound to land in either Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh. Hanoi was our first port of call with Ho Chi Minh following immediately after.
These two rivalling cities are perennial travellers faves with great accommodations options and other good infrastructure geared towards travellers’ needs, both having great transport connections with all the major destinations throughout the country and mouth-watering cuisine from every corner of the country. Bustling local markets, freshly brewed and high quality coffee, an abundance of museums – these two are definitely not to be missed!.
Q12: WHERE TO GO IF I LIKE BEACHES?
A12: Danang is the largest city in Central Vietnam and a great base from which to explore the central region. The area’s best beaches are to the East of the centre, including the famous China Beach (My Kye). The city becomes very hot and dry during the summer, with temperatures hitting 40°C and tropical storms common in October and November. Just outside the city centre lies the Marble Mountains, the largest of which is Thuy Son, where you can find Am Phu Cave, a series of caves depicting a Buddhist re-imagining of hell.
The beach town of Nha Trang is hugely popular in summer, so worth booking ahead at this time. The area is best avoided between October and December when the monsoon season makes it difficult to access the excellent diving spots. The town is a great spot to relax for a few days but always leave your valuables in the hotel safe as although the town is generally safe for tourists, petty crime at the beach can happen.
The low-key charms of Phan Thiet – and its fresh cheap seafood – attract hordes of local tourists, but the main draw point in the area is definitely Mui Ne, the kite-surfers capital of the world..
Q13: WHERE TO GO IF I LIKE ISLANDS?
A13: Vietnam may not be the first SEA country which comes to your mind when you are searching for tropical paradise islands. Not yet, at least. Check these island destination before the hordes of tourist come!
Although closer to Cambodia, the most famous Vietnamese island is Phu Quoc island, which boasts idyllic beaches, the best of which is Sao Beach in the South East. There are also good diving and snorkelling opportunities around the island. As this is a fairly small island and a popular tourist destination, booking ahead is highly recommended.
The Con Dao islands may be the former home of a prison but they offer some of the best snorkelling in Vietnam and if you’re lucky, you may spot a turtle. The majority of the islands are covered in thick jungle so it is possible to combine trekking with a beach break.
Anyone looking to escape the crowds on the mainland may wish to discover islands such as Hai Tac and Nam Du, where it is still possible to enjoy some of the country’s best beaches all to yourself..
Q14: WHERE TO GO IF I LIKE HERITAGES CITIES?
A14: Hue, the former imperial capital, boasts the magnificent Imperial Citadel. A huge series of palaces, temples and gardens used to be home to the Nguyen dynasty and are well worth spending a day exploring. Another day can be spent visiting the nearby tombs of past emperors. Closer to temples or palaces than tombs, these are best accessed by boat or bicycle.
Hoi An is a paradise for those who love food or shopping, its charming lantern-lit streets are filled with stalls selling food and crafts. The ancient Cham ruins at My Son, a UNESCO world heritage site from the 4th century, are easily accessible for a day trip.
The town of Dalat is situated in the Southern countryside and has a distinctly European feel. The French escaped the heat here and it remains a popular destination for Vietnamese. More laid-back than many other parts of Vietnam, there is also plenty to do in the nearby hills including the stunning cable car to Thien Vien True Lam Monastery. Although the town is usually warm and dry, it can become cooler at night..
Q15: WHERE TO GO IF I LIKE NATURE?
A15: Vietnam has 30 national parks located mostly in the north and in the south with only 7 of them found in the narrow central part of the country. Featuring an abundance of wild life, lush tropical greenery and some of the most imposing caves in the world, national parks in Vietnam are an ultimate destination for caving, trekking, biking, canoeing and much more.
Probably the best place in the country for bird watching, Cuc Phuong, Vietnam’s first and largest national park, remains well off-the-beaten path destination. Though it is possible to visit as a day trip from Hanoi, we recommend staying in the park for a couple of days. There are even more spectacular vistas of karst mountains around Tam Coc village in the province of Ninh Binh, home to Cuc Phuong NP.
Hiking and canoeing are probably the two most popular activities people come for to Cat Tien, easily reachable from Ho Chi Minh City. The park boasts an astonishing bio-diversity and is kept in a great condition.
Located close to Hoi An, the Cham island is the greenest place in the country and definitely well worth a short boat trip, although best avoided between September and April when weather conditions can make access difficult..
Q16: HOW TO GO FROM THO XUAN AIRPORT TO CENTRE OF THANH HOA?
A16: To move between Tho Xuan airport and Thanh Hoa city, you should take bus number 19. This route has a frequency of 30 minutes / trip (operates daily from 5:30 am to 6:30 pm). Starting point: Guest house 25B, ending point: Tho Xuan airport. Starting from 25B guesthouse – Provincial Post Office – Tay Thanh Market – Phu Tho Market, Dong Son District Party Committee – Dong Son Hospital – Airport Junction – Tho Xuan Airport. Ticket price under 20km is 15,000 VND / passenger / one way, over 20km is 25,000 VND / passenger / one way.
In addition, you can also choose bus routes right in front of the airport gate with the following price: from the airport to the city center. Thanh Hoa is priced at 50,000 VND or about other districts and towns like Quang Xuong and Sam Son for 100,000 VND..