Vietnam, a country nestled in the southern part of Eastern Asia is known for its peaceful and serene environ. Once haunted by the bloodshed and strife of Vietnam War, the streets of the country in its current avatar buzz with youthful energy. Tall and looming skyscrapers, quaint floating markets, mopeds zooming through the roads, and paddy fields add even more to its overall charms. Oozing overwhelming natural beauty and rich heritage, the country takes you on a journey through its ancient architecture and its vibrant culture.
Vietnam is a thin and long country spread along the eastern coast of the Indonesian Peninsula for 1600 km. The place is mainly agriculture based with beautiful Red River dominating the Northern part of the country bisecting the city of Hanoi along with Chay and Lo Rivers. The country is adorned with green hilly areas and beautiful Sapa Valley in north while on the east of Hanoi lays Halong Bay sporting more than 3000 gorgeous natural formation of limestone islands projecting out of the South China Sea. The south part of Vietnam features Mekong River along with fertile plain that grows rice, rubber, coffee and tea.
Spring (February to April) and Autumn (August to October) is the best time to visit Vietnam
Spring (February to April) and Autumn (August to October) is the best time to visit Vietnam since these months bring in the lowest rainfall across the country. The conditions are ideal for trekking in the mountains, swimming at the beach and cycling in the countryside. However, Vietnam is a year-round destination, and its weather can be split into tropical and temperate zones. While South Vietnam doesn't see any drastic changes in the weather, North Vietnam experiences distinct seasonal variations.
The best time to visit North Vietnam would be either from March to May or from September to November to experience the clear blue skies and pleasant temperatures. The central provinces of Vietnam are great to visit in the first half of the year (up till April), when they flaunt sunny, beach weather. December to late April or early May is the best time to explore South Vietnam. This coincides with the dry season, and one won’t have to worry about the rainfall and its related complications.
Breathtaking natural beauty
Ancient architecture and rich culture
Shopkeepers tend to overcharge foreigners.
Touts and tourist scams
Unsafe traffic conditions
People who enjoy the beaches
Those who are crazy about local crafts
Hotels in Vietnam are mostly scattered all over the country, however, you can find the several good standard hotels and international chains concentrated around the major cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh offering facilities such as air conditioning, swimming pool, health club and good restaurants. You can also find many small budget hotels/guest houses or as they are called mini-hotels all across the country. They are usually without air-conditioning and quite often without hot water and with shared bathrooms. For those who want a taste of true Vietnamese culture and traditional hospitality can opt for homestays or AirBnBs which are increasingly becoming popular among visitors. There are options of staying at the stilt houses in the northeast with hill tribe family or with a farming family in the Mekong Delta.
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