Most of the people who travel to Vietnam have the proverbial “Hanoi or bust attitude,” which stops them from seeing the most intimate details of this Asian republic. Truth is, if you’re going to see everything there is in the country (Vietnam), you’ll possibly need more than just a week or two for your travel. A month and perhaps more, will be needed for anyone to fairly exploit Vietnam satisfactorily. However, an option most travelers prefer to roll with is to limit their visit to the coastal regions and hopping only to the country’s top mainstream tourist destinations- which will never be enough for one to fully understand Vietnam. However, if you want to fully explore the country, cheap internal flights can allow you this comfort to maximum satisfaction.
Ho Chi Minh City provides the illustrious introduction to the communist republic of Vietnam to visitors, especially new ones. Situated close to the swelling Saigon River, the city of Ho Chi Minh City is a true manifestation of what this Asian agricultural giant is about. Like cities in other countries, Ho Chi Minh City has a bizarre set of attractions for visitors of all ages. This city is the best place to go shopping, for business and other city indulgences. The city is also good for your state of the art hotels and office blocks, which provide a perfect home away from home situation. However, you may have to be prepared for the numerous Japanese model taxi vehicles plying the chaotic Ho Chi Minh City boulevards.
Religious exploration is also very special for Vietnam travel. Right from its past, Vietnam is full of religious places and attractions you can explore on a tour there. While numerous places exist, there is no city that provides much satisfaction as Tay Ninh. This city is the home of the Cao Dai religion, which is one of the most popular indigenous religions in Vietnam. With the great architecture, great art and culture, this city presents amazing sights even for travelers with little or no religious belonging.
The other destination you can easily reach from the Ho Chi Minh City is the Mekong Delta, which is considered one of the world’s mightiest rivers, pouring into the South China Sea. The Mekong Delta boasts of a unique set of tributaries and waterways which end up in lush rice paddies and rice fields with defined terraces. With its truly remarkable setting, leaving Vietnam without playing around with the river water, and or at least buying from the floating markets at the Mekong Delta, is doing disservice to your trip.
When travelling inside Vietnam, another place you don’t want to miss out on is the Da Lat. This is the gateway to the country’s highlands. Standing at about 1500m above sea level, Da Lat is the perfect place to travel in Vietnam when you’re looking to relax in a quiet location, with a cool, wet highland breeze. Travelling to Da Lat will also give you a taste of the Vietnamese countryside, where many of the minority people reside. However, if you want to venture further into the countryside, be ready to bear the attention, but nothing dangerous.
Last but not least important is Hanoi, which is a fantastic city to travel to when you’re in Vietnam. Hanoi opens you up to the northern side of the country and connects to the capital through the newly constructed Ho Chi Minh City Highway 1. The city comes with a wide range of attractions, all ranging from the sand dunes, to beach resorts, among others. Although most visitors try Vietnam’s most prolific natural attraction from Hanoi (the Ha Long Bay), there is no end to how many new places you can explore to the northern side of the country.
Overall, Vietnam is a great country to travel intercity. There are so many attractions starting from the capital city of Ho Chi Minh, to the countryside highlands and the northern sides. There are also many natural attractions from the Ha Long Bay and the Mekong Delta, to many others. When you travel to Vietnam, don’t just limit your city travel to the mainstream attractions only, there are a lot of other attractive places to travel and explore in Vietnam than what you might imagine.