When we talk about Vietnam, we often immediately think of its magnificent rice terraces. This country that I really enjoyed discovering left me with very good memories. However, for me it was, above all, human encounters.
Hanoi and Hoi An Tour
The capital of Vietnam was of course my first stopover. And the first thing that struck me when I arrived in Hanoi was the helpfulness and the great sympathy of the local inhabitants. No sooner had I had time to say hello when we were already looking after me. It touched me a lot and it helped me very easily to forge links afterwards.
It is through Hanoi that I will be able to access the Perfume Pagoda, one of the most famous religious sites in the country. However, the time to organize my excursion, I take advantage of the beauty of this city which was once the seat of the imperial city of Thang Long-Hanoi. Moreover, since 2010 this city has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Either way, the metropolis is so bustling that it’s impossible to get bored.
As for tourist activities, I mainly devoted them to visits to historical and cultural monuments. Among the must-sees are the Mausoleum of Ho Chin Minh, the National Museum of History and the temples of Lake Hoàn Kiêm. If, however, you are looking for peace and quiet, then go to Hoi An. I arrived in this city at nightfall and was pleasantly surprised by the red lantern lighting of the city streets. However, the main interest of Hoi An is the virtual absence of automobile traffic. I stocked up on clothes and handicrafts there.
Visit of Phu Quoc Island and Vinh Long
Once I had spent all my money on the purchase of travel souvenirs, I headed for Phu Quoc, a paradise island famous among other things for the beauty of its underwater world. There is no shortage of beautiful beaches either, to name only Bai So for example, for fans of tanning and relaxation. However, before giving in to my favorite nautical activity, namely snorkeling, I first made a small stop at the legendary pearl market.
I went to Coconut prison, the equivalent of the Vietnamese Grévin museum, which I also advise against for sensitive souls. However, since I am a big fan of Chinese cuisine, it was the visit to the nuoc-mâm factory that I enjoyed the most. And of course I brought some in my luggage. I also ate on the island the best Bo bun in the country, a tasty soup with its peanut sauce.
But a vacation in Vietnam would not be complete without a ride on the Mekong Delta. The river is accessible from Vinh Long, the starting point for all river excursions. Don’t miss the city’s Hauban Bridge and stop off at Bin Hoa Phuoc Island. Here is a destination that I will gladly recommend!