With its endless natural beauty, Vietnam is quickly becoming one of the world’s top destinations. White sand beaches, limestone mountains, terraced rice fields, and other destinations attract visitors from all over the world. Here are some tips for 7 days deep in Vietnam beauty.
Top beautiful destination in Vietnam
Hanoi is Vietnam’s capital with the frenetic heartbeat of the nation.
The motorbike madness and constant clamor of streets may be too much for some travelers, but if you want to immerse yourself in Vietnamese city life, Hanoi is the place to be.
Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay is one of the famous tourist destinations in Vietnam so it can be crammed during high season, but gazing at the limestone formations in the water is worth it. Coming to Halong Bay, visitors will be overwhelmed by the overnight tour through the emerald waters, the magnificent sunsets over the bay and mysterious geological features.
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Ninh Binh is known as “Ha Long Bay on land” in Vietnam. It a region includes luminescent green rice fields carved and hundreds of limestone karsts covered in dense jungle. Besides, Ninh Binh Vietnam has plenty to explore including ancient caves, beautiful pagodas, Nature Reserves and excellent hiking trails.
Sa Pa is a town located in northwest Hoang Lien Son Mountains and close to Phang Xi Pang, Vietnam’s highest peak. The town is home of H’Mong people – Vietnam’s indigenous tribe. Besides exploring the wonderful landscape of Sa Pa, you can join the highland markets to experience the local culture and buy souvenirs.
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Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park
Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park is a stunning region with turquoise lakes, ancient caves and forested mountains. The highlight in the national park is Son Doong cave. It was discovered in 1991 by a local man and only became internationally known after the British Cave Research Association began to explore the cave. The cave is more than 5 kilometers long, 200 meters high and 150 meters broad which is large enough to accommodate a 40-story skyscraper block in New York City.
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Situated in Vung Tau Peninsula Vietnam, Vung Tau City is one of the best places to admire sunrise and sunset on the sea. Along the 20 km coastline, it has many beautiful beaches such as Truoc (Front), Sau (Back), Vong Nguyet, Dua (Pineapple) which are all ideal for sunbathing, swimming and leisure.
Da Nang is the third largest city in Vietnam and lies north of Hoi An. It is a must-see destination for beach lovers with white sand, clear water beaches and the fabulous nightlife. Da Nang is also known as “The city of bridges” with a unique design crossing the romantic Han river.
Hoi An is another top choice for 7 day travel in Vietnam. The old city is full of colonial architecture with lush gardens, illuminated lanterns glowing after dark, good food and gorgeous beaches. A small tip for visitors when coming here is that you should spend time in the late afternoon to experience the famous night market.
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Ho Chi Minh City is the buzzing commercial hub of Vietnam. Besides many famous attractions such as Independence Palace, Nha Rong Wharf, Ben Thanh Market, etc, museums in Ho Chi Minh City are also popular for tourists.
Mekong Delta is a huge maze of rivers, swamps, small islands and lush greenery in Vietnam. You can stay in a quaint homestay on the river, visit the bustling town of Can Tho, tour rice paddies or even visit a crocodile farm.
Phu Quoc Vietnam is predicted to become Asia’s top vacation destination in the coming years. It has dense jungles and beautiful waterfalls, and the northern beaches which are relatively unexplored by tourists.
Suggested Itinerary for a week in Vietnam
Recommended Budget: from US $500 – US $600 /person
Transportation used: Car, Cruise, Domestic Flight
Travel distance: approximately 1,700 km
Travel style: Easy, Sightseeing, Cultural
Day 1: Come to Hanoi
Day 2: Explore Hanoi Capital and local life in Hanoi Old Quarter
Day 3: Admire the mystical limestones on the Halong Bay
Day 4: Say hello Ho Chi Minh city
Day 5: Uncover Vietnamese history in Cu Chi Tunnels
Day 6: Visit Mekong Delta
Day 7: Depart from Ho Chi Minh city
What to eat in Vietnam for a week?
- Snail Noodle Soup (Bún ốc): a tomato-based broth with freshwater snails, rice vermicelli noodles and fresh Vietnamese herbs.
- Grilled Pork Meatballs with Vermicelli Noodles (Bún chả): the combination of grilled pork, cold broth, a plate of rice noodles and various fresh greens.
- Vietnamese Sun-Dried Squid (Mực một nắng): a large, fresh squid is sun-dried for a day, and it’s then grilled over hot coals.
- Stuffed Tapioca Dumplings (Bánh bột lọc): prepared with tapioca-based wrappers and a filling of shrimps and fatty pork.
- Broken Rice (Cơm tấm): a traditional Vietnamese dish served with fried eggs, shredded pork skin, grilled pork chops, or deep-fried fish patties.
- Vietnamese Fried Spring Rolls (Chả giò): the pork and shrimp filling, wrapped in delicate rice paper with carrots, cabbage, or mushrooms, glass noodles, and bean sprouts.
What to prepare for a 7 day trip to Vietnam?
To plan your 7 day trip to Vietnam easily, you should ask yourself some questions such as how much is your budget, who are you traveling with or what type of experience do you prefer?
You should check your passport, visa to ensure it is valid when traveling Vietnam. Finding out in advance about accommodation facilities and means of transportation at the tourist destination is also something to be concerned about.
There is everything you can see, do and experience during 7 days in Vietnam. Don’t let limited time put you off visiting this beautiful country.
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