We visited Vietnam in 2018. Here are some of the places we went:
Lovely Hoi An is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The historic Old Town is recognized as an exceptionally well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port dating from the 15th through 19th century. The architecture reflects all the influences over the years, both domestic and foreign. A notable example is the famous wooden Temple Bridge from the 16th century.
Da Nang is the largest city in central Vietnam and one of the country’s most important ports. The city is surrounded by mountains to the west, and the South China Sea to the east. We visited the fantastic Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture, which documents the ancient kingdom of the Champa. We marveled at the undulating golden Dragon Bridge that breathes fire during a show each evening.
Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) is Vietnam’s largest city. It is known for its well-preserved French colonial architecture, historical landmarks and vibrant street life.
Ha Long Bay
One of our favorite places, Ha Long Bay is a stunning natural wonder as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The emerald bay features thousands of towering limestone islands topped by thick jungle vegetation. We started with Sung Sot Cave, trekking through its massive chambers and marveling at the stalactites and stalagmites. Afterward, we boated to Ti Top Island, where we walked on the white crescent beach, then climbed the 450 steps to the top of the mountain for the gorgeous panoramic views of Ha Long Bay.