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A view of the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon from afar

Travel Guide

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Vietnam, nestled on the Indochinese Peninsula in Southeast Asia, is a captivating country with diverse landscapes and a stunning coastline. Alongside vibrant cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam beckons travelers with its emerging coastal resort towns, including Phu Quoc Island, Nha Trang, and Da Nang, each exuding its own unique charm. The best time to visit is during the dry season from November to April.

Vietnam's history is a tapestry of influences. The southern region was once under the rule of the Kingdom of Champa, while the northern region witnessed the presence of Baiyue tribes and later experienced Chinese dynastic rule before reclaiming independence in the 10th century. French colonial influence in the late 19th century left an indelible mark on Vietnam's culture and architecture. Immerse yourself in this rich history and savor the diverse culinary landscape, with authentic delights like pho, spring rolls, and shrimp cakes, as well as French-inspired treats like banh mi and Vietnamese coffee.


Top Attractions in Vietnam

Top Destinations in Vietnam

   Ho Chi Minh City


Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, is Vietnam's largest city and the country's economic and cultural hub. Beyond its towering skyscrapers and modern shopping centers, you'll find charming remnants of French colonial architecture, such as the Central Post Office, the Pink Church, and the Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral. Venture beyond the city to discover the intriguing Cu Chi Tunnels, the picturesque Mekong Delta, the enchanting highland city of Dalat, and the breathtaking sand dunes of Mui Ne.



Hanoi, the capital and second-largest city of Vietnam, has long been an important city in the northern part of the country. The city still preserves many buildings from the French colonial era, as well as traces of Chinese cultural influence. There are numerous historical sites worth visiting, such as the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, Hanoi Cathedral, and the ancient village of Duong Lam. Hanoi also serves as a gateway to the northern region, where you can embark on unforgettable adventures to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay and the renowned attractions of Ninh Binh.

   Da Nang


Da Nang, Vietnam's fourth-largest city and a coastal paradise renowned for its 30-kilometer-long beach. It's one of the country's most tourist-friendly destinations, with clean and modern streets, as well as several amusement parks, including Sun World Ba Na Hills situated at an elevation of 1,487 meters. It's conveniently located near three of Vietnam's world heritage sites: the enchanting Hoi An Ancient Town, the captivating My Son Sanctuary, and the majestic Imperial City of Hue.

   Phu Quoc Island

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Phu Quoc Island, the largest island in Vietnam as well as the only "visa-free" zone for all travelers, is renowned for its fish sauce, pepper, and pristine beaches. The island was once home to "Phu Quoc Prison", a military prison during the Vietnam War. In recent years, the island has transformed into a thriving tourist and resort destination, with notable Vietnamese companies like Sun Group and the Pearl amusement park making their mark. Visitors can also indulge in the island's exquisite resort accommodations for a truly memorable stay.

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