Tag: Vietnam travel tips

What to Do and See in Cao Bang Province, Vietnam Highlights

This provincial outpost lies in a picturesque crook in the Bang Giang River. Few foreigners get up this far, and the state of hotels and services might indicate why, but rugged travelers are in their element. The city alone is…

Planning Your Trip to Vietnam

Obtaining a prearranged visa and following some important medical guidelines is all that’s required for a safe and exciting trip to Vietnam. But the information below helps you plan your finances, decide whether to go on your own or by…

Plan A Cycling Tour in Northern Vietnam

Few rides can match the magnificent scenery, colorful people and sense of adventure gained on this odyssey into Vietnam’s remote north-west. Those who take up the challenge will not be disappointed. And it is a challenge, with numerous mountain passes…

Mai Chau Visitor Guides, Vietnam Attractions

Mai Chau makes a good overnight after the shakedown cruise from Hanoi (about a 5-hr. ride). The town center is a rather dull strip of small shops and a few pho and com stands (noodle soup or rice), but there…

Northwest Loop in Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam Highlights

Tired of tourist trails? Here’s a great opportunity to get off the track and into rugged terrain that is little affected by tourism or the world economy. In an area along the border of China and Laos, rugged roads traverse…

Hai Phong Visitor Tips

With its wide avenues and grand parks lined with colonnaded buildings of a yellowed, aging stucco, Haiphong is like a smaller, more manageable version of Hanoi. You won’t find jaw-dropping sights, but the town is worth a wander and not…

The Best Time to Visit Vietnam

Think Vietnam and you might imagine a steamy jungle and hot sun and you’d be mostly right. But even though Vietnam is tropical, you’ll find a real range, from chilly mountaintops and cool highland areas to sun-drenched coastline and, yes,…

The Best Luxury Accommodations in Vietnam

InterContinental Hanoi Westlake With rounded villas dotted around West Lake and a chic outdoor bar overlooking the water, this new resort is a perfect escape from the city. Sofitel Metropole Hanoi The best hotel in Vietnam for luxury, service, style,…

The Best Museums in Vietnam

War Remnants Museum (Ho Chi Minh City) Formerly called the Museum of American War Crimes, this ever-evolving collection is the face of Vietnam’s war past. Exhibits are insightful and certainly rife with rhetoric, but offer a unique glimpse at propaganda…