15 Photos to Inspire You to Travel to Vietnam
Whichever part of the country you choose, North or South, Vietnam has so much to offer. A very rich culture with strong influences from its neighbouring countries, ancient and modern history we all need to learn about, some of the best food in the planet, and some of the most awe-inspiring natural landscapes I have ever set my eyes on.
I spent one month travelling through Vietnam, and I could have easily spent another month or even longer. Vietnam has so much to offer that I left a lot of things I would like to come back to explore some day. And to give you some inspiration and show you why I think you will love visiting this captivating country, I have put together some photos from my trip. I had real trouble picking only 15. This post almost ended up being a never-ending photo album of places you will want to see and experience yourself.
Sunrise on the Mekong Delta
So I woke up to this on my first day on the Mekong Delta. I stayed at Minh Viet Homestay in Cân Thó and as soon as I stepped out of my room I was greeted by this view. What I way to start the day!
Ho Chi Minh City’s Chinatown (Cholon)
Cholon used to be one of the biggest Chinatowns in the world. Even though it is not immediately obvious that you are in Chinatown, if you look around you will see that it is dotted with Chinese-style buildings and temples.
The Charming Ancient City of Hoi An
Hoi An is one of the most popular destinations in Vietnam. With its well-preserved old town covered in lanterns, you feel like you’ve been transported back in time. It’s cute, it’s quaint and it comes alive when the lanterns are switched on at night.
The Hai Van Pass
Made famous by the Top Gear TV programme, the Hai Van Pass is a mountainous stretch of road with incredible views over the South China Sea. Hai Van Pass means the Pass of Ocean Mist. You couldn’t get any more mystical than that!
Fishing villages near Hue
I made the journey between Hoi An and Hue on the back of a bike with Hue Easy Rider Tours. Just before arriving to our destination, we took a detour to one of the fishing villages nearby just in time to see the fishermen landing their catch.
The Caves of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
Phong-Nha-Ke Bang has Asia’s oldest karstic mountains which are riddled by enormous cave systems. The most popular with visitors are Phong Nha Cave, Dark Cave and Paradise Cave.
The Streets of Hanoi
Chaotic, noisy and at times overwhelming, Hanoi has a charm that few Asian capitals have. It feels exotic with a touch of French influence – they call it the Paris of the East – and the street food and bia hoi (beer brewed in the last 24 hours) is not to be missed.
What can I say about Halong Bay that hasn’t already been said? It is such a breathtaking sight that there are no words that could describe it, so I’ll let this photo speak for itself.
The Mountains of Sapa
You come to Sapa to trek and to meet people from the local ethnic Hmong group. I joined Mama Chi and her daughter Cu, who led me and my friends on a trek through the mountains to her homestay. The greenest mountains I have ever seen!
Remote Ha Giang
Ha Giang is the northernmost province in Vietnam and has some of the most dramatic landscapes I have seen. It changes at every twist of the road from rice paddies to karstic plateaus, from conical mountains to bamboo-lined river valleys. A spectacular and not a very well trodden part of the country…. Yet!