As a backpacker of Vietnam and now a resident, I can say that there are countless amazing places to visit. Vietnam is a country filled with breathtaking sights, delicious foods, and gracious people. This blog is a list of the “must-see” spots of Vietnam for those travelers who are on a time crunch. If you hit up these regions, I can assure you, you will not be disappointed!
The country’s capital, Hanoi, is by far my favorite city in Vietnam. So much so, that I chose to move here two months ago. Hanoi was founded over 1,000 years ago, and it is truly charming. During our tours, many of our clients say that Hanoi is their favorite stop. Unlike Saigon, Hanoi seems to move at a slower pace. Wake up early, and you'll find locals exercising (from dancing to tai chi) around Hoan Kiem Lake, a picturesque focal point of the city. Stroll through the maze that is the Old Quarter region of Hanoi and find amazing local foods (be sure to try Bun Cha for lunch) and a plethora of different shops. Each street in the Old Quarter is known for something. For example, Hang Gai street, nicknamed silk street, is where you can barter for beautiful silk outfits or even get them custom made. At sunset, grab a drink at a rooftop restaurant near the main roundabout and enjoy the smells, sounds, and sights of Hanoi. While in Hanoi, be sure to visit the Women’s Museum and visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, where you can walk past Uncle Ho’s embalmed resting body (take note: Uncle Ho is sent to Russia for touch-ups from October to November).