Vietnamese Dreams: 5 of the Best Travel Experiences in Vietnam
Vietnam has emerged as a wildly popular destination in southeast Asia, with Aussies flocking to its pristine beaches, epic mountains and bustling cities in the December-January holiday period, and for good reason. The country has something for everyone; not to mention the best food that the region has to offer.
Here are some of our picks of the best places to visit in Vietnam. Add them to your itinerary, and grab some Vietnamese Dong from WeXchange before you depart – as you never know what condition the local ATMs are in… that’s if you can find one at all on your mountain trek or junk boat cruise!
Cruise in Halong Bay
Jump aboard a junk boat for the ultimate Halong Bay experience! Sure, this spectacular scattering of islands in northern Vietnam is the number one tourist attraction – so you’re following the masses if you add Halong Bay to your itinerary. But you’d be a fool not to. What’s not to love about spending a few days cruising the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin, drinking in the incredible scenery (and a cold beer or two)?
Culture fix in Hanoi
After chilling out on a boat, you’re ready for action! Vietnam’s northern capital, Hanoi, is guaranteed to keep you on your toes – just crossing a road clogged with honking motorbikes is an experience in itself. Get your cultural fix at remarkable icons like the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and get lost in the Old Quarter. Then, fill up on a delicious array of street foods, washed down with an icy cold Bia Hoi.
Head for the hills
Step away from the hustle and bustle, and head up into the cool, misty mountains. Make a town like Sapa your base, where you can fortify yourself with mind-bendingly strong Vietnamese coffee before setting off on incredible treks through the high country. From Sapa, you can climb the highest mountain in Vietnam – Fanispan Mountain – and be rewarded with some pretty amazing views!
Coastal vibes in Hoi An
Vietnam is big. North to south, it spans about 1,650 kilometres – that’s roughly equivalent to a Melbourne-Brisbane road-trip! So don’t be hard on yourself if you don’t see it all in one go. If you can, though, stop over in Hoi An. About halfway down the coast, this gorgeous city oozes old-world charm, and is a short bike ride away from beautiful beaches. Come for a few days; but be warned... you might end up staying a week!
Island life Phu Quoc
While Vietnam’s island vibe is a little more laid-back than its Thai neighbours, you can still find a great party on an island … you just need to know where to look! Head to Long Beach on the western side of Phu Quoc Island to soak up the sun on pristine beaches, kayak the clear waters, cruise the back-roads on a motorcycle, and then hit a decent bar to party the night away.
Remember, get your Vietnamese Dong sorted well before you get to the airport with WeXchange. With local currency safely stashed in your carry-on, then you’ll be raring to go as soon as you land in Vietnam. Order online or in-store with us today.