Of all the countries in the world you can visit, Vietnam has to be among the most astonishing and breath-takingly beautiful. Packed with history and a completely different cultural experience from anywhere in the Western world, this wonderfully friendly places offers a combination of lively, bustling cities and tranquil, peaceful landscapes, and you need to go now before everybody discovers one of the most memorable places on Earth.
Where do I recommend you go when in Vietnam? There is so much to see here that you have to choose carefully, and plan your journey in advance. Much of the country remains undeveloped – with roads being rough and unfinished in some of the more remote parts – while the major cities – Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi – are wonderful places full of life and colour, and some of the most vibrant in the region.
Travelling in Vietnam
There is a lot of mileage to cover in Vietnam, especially if you want to visit both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, which lie at opposite ends of the country. However, it is perhaps what lies in-between – and in the surrounding areas – that you need to visit to get the full Vietnam experience. I also recommend you consider travelling by motorbike, which is the most convenient – and cost-effective – method of traversing this amazing place.
You should talk to the friendly and very helpful team at Tigit Motorbikes. They can rent you a bike, with up to date maintenance and guaranteed reliability, from one of the top Japanese manufacturers. Often, you will find that hire companies use inferior Chinese copies, which don’t offer the same level of reliability. You will find their rental terms and rates to be impressive, too. Travelling by bike in Vietnam gives you the chance to stop where you wish and take in the scene – which you will find yourself doing a lot in this glorious place.
For a truly wonderful experience, one that gives you the best idea of what the undeveloped Vietnam is about, you need to visit the amazing Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, where you can take in many of the most beautiful sights in the country. If you can afford it, you should also visit the astonishing Hang Son Doong, which is known as the largest cave in the world and is utterly spectacular. Be warned, however, that access is restricted, visiting is by organised tour, and there is only one licensed tour operator who is permitted to take you. It is, if ever there was one, a once in a lifetime experience.
Halong Bay is another must, a stunning and mystical bay with a selection of tiny islands in the North-East of Vietnam, and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. It is very popular, especially one of the cruises that gives you the best views of the bay, and you are advised to book in advance – but don’t miss it, it is a genuinely unique experience.
In fact, unique is a word that covers all of Vietnam, so have a closer look at booking your motorcycle, and enjoying a holiday in one of the most rewarding places of all.