Locals affectionately call their home country Vietnam a "bamboo stick with two rice bowls". This is due to the elongated shape of the Southeast Asian coastal state. In the north and south of Vietnam, there are two fertile river deltas, which are used for rice cultivation - the "rice bowls". Between the delta of the Red River in the north and the Mekong Delta in the south, the "bamboo pole" is home to an exciting mountain landscape. It contrasts with the miles of flat sandy beaches along the coastline. Whether culture lovers, sun worshippers or adventurers - a trip to Vietnam promises all travelers an unforgettable experience.
Vietnam offers fantastic sandy beaches - partly touristically developed, partly natural. The warm tropical climate invites you to swim almost all year round. Numerous sights await you in the capital Hanoi. If you prefer more activity during your vacation, you can try out various water sports on the beach in Mui Ne, in the city of Phan Thiet. The clear water also tempts you to go diving, where you can admire a fascinating underwater world with colorful corals and fish.
An important holiday is the Vietnamese New Year, usually between January and February.
The National Day on September 2nd is one of the most important holidays in Vietnam. Many stores are closed and the locals are on vacation.
So beautiful that it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994, Ha Long Bay captivates with its sheer unnatural beauty - thousands of forested islands rise up out of the emerald green water. The best way to explore the most beautiful corners of Halong Bay is the traditional way: on a junk trip. On this classic ship you will sleep in comfortable cabins and can enjoy the beauty of Halong Bay on deck.
Outside the Vietnamese capital Hanoi, the landscape is transformed into wide open rice fields, majestic karst mountains and picturesque bamboo villages. Mai Chau is at first glance a small rural valley. However, the inhabitants preserve their culture and traditions - many of them still live in traditional stilt houses, cook typical Vietnamese food and make a living from rice cultivation.
The temple city My Son is located in the middle of the jungle in central Vietnam. It comprises a large complex of religious relics with more than 70 architectural works, including temples and towers built of red bricks. The UNESCO World Heritage Site was the cultural and religious center of the Champas from the 4th to the 13th century.
Visiting floating markets is one of the most exciting activities you can do in Vietnam. Cai Rang's floating market is the largest in the entire Mekong Delta. During the early morning hours, the waterway becomes a labyrinth of hundreds of boats filled with exotic fruits such as mangoes, coconuts, papayas and pineapples.
A former French mountain station, Sapa is now a popular destination for travelers. In the northwest of Vietnam, it is picturesquely embedded in the Hoang Lien Son mountain range and overlooks the terraced rice fields, which seem almost mystical in the morning mist. In addition to the spectacular views, the indigenous mountain people, the H'mong and Dzao, make up the unique charm of the city. Less
Vietnam fascinates: with its metropolises, with its typical Asian friendliness and serenity and above all with its unique nature. A total of 30 national parks are spread across the country and are waiting to be discovered by you: The mangrove forests in the south of the country, the tropical rain forest in the north and a diverse fauna. Animal watching is only one of the many experiences that await you in Vietnam's national parks. Tours through the rainforest, guided hikes over hilly terrain or to spectacular waterfalls, diving excursions into an impressive underwater world or bicycle tours await you.
Those interested in culture will discover an exciting mixture of native cultural assets, Chinese influences and elements of Central European culture on their tour of Vietnam. Also a highlight on a journey through Vietnam: the present capital Hanoi. Less
There is no travel time in which you cannot visit Vietnam. The best time to travel in North Vietnam is from October to April. During this time there is mostly a moderate dry climate with pleasant temperatures. The situation is somewhat different in the mountainous regions of the far north: The dry season from October to March is the best time for a trekking tour through the mountain regions of North Vietnam.
The best travel time for Central Vietnam is from mid-February to the end of August. During this time you will enjoy a pleasant warm and dry climate in Hoi An, Hue and Danang in Central Vietnam. For water sports fans, the months October to mid-May are the best time to travel. The best travel time for South Vietnam is the dry season from December to early May.
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