As the end of year grows nearer, so too does my travel itch begin to take hold. My fiance and I are planning a much needed vacation and are hunting down destination possibilities.
Vietnam has always been one of my favourite countries. The food is amazing, the scenery is breathtaking and most of all the locals are incredibly hospitable.
I have put together my top five favourite things to do in Vietnam for you all, to ignite the travel bug within you all too!
As Saint Augustine said “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
1. Visit the Tailors in Hoi An. You’ll thank me later. If you can manage to take pieces of clothing over that you want replicated, that is easier for them, but photos from magazines, or suits are pretty standard fare.
There are a myriad of tailors and fabrics to choose from. From experience, things like suits and shirts are great, plus I got several dresses made up in amazing fabric that I still wear to this day! One of the more well known tailors is A Dong Silk Tailors, but do a little research before you head over.
2. Visit Phu Quoc. Located in front of the Cambodia coast, Phu Quoc is the largest island in Vietnam. Phu Quoc is likened to a less touristy version of Phuket. The island is packed full of beautiful signs…amazing forests, coral reefs for snorkeling and diving and great beaches for lazy lounging. Phu Quoc is also world renowned for producing the best local delicacy nuoc mam (fermented fish sauce).
3. Understand the history, visit the Vietnam Military History Museum and the Cu Chi Tunnels, I truly believe that all visitors to the country should experience, however confronting it is. Hanoi has the Vietnam Military History Museum, as well as Hao Lo Prison and the Fine Arts Museum. For me, it was hard to keep back the tears but it really brings a new perspective to all that the locals have gone through.
Outside Ho Chi Minh City are the Cu Chi Tunnels. Deep in the jungle, are 70cm x 90cm tunnels that the soldiers used during the war. Afterward, if you are keen (I wasn’t) you can shoot a few guns to really get the authentic experience.
4. Get some Pho in you. If you haven’t noticed, everyone in Sydney these days is crazy about Pho. Generally costing around $1.50 Australian or cheaper, this is famous street fare in Vietnam and totally delicious. Suggestions for Pho joints to hit include Pho 10 in Hanoi and Pho 2000 and Pho 24 in Ho Chi Minh.
5. Suoi Tien Amusement park. You’ve been exploring Vietnam, soaking up the beaches and enjoying motorbike rides around town. Time to have some big-kid fun at this amazing theme park. Located in District 9 in Ho Chi Minh City, the park includes several entertainment areas, that include gardens that depict the countries history, an artificial seawater pool, a dinosaur garden, a man made beach with an incredible waterfall, as well as a zoo. You can snap up lots of cheap local fare at the park too for a all day session.