7 cities to visit in Vietnam

When we decided to visit Vietnam, some people were a bit surprised because they don’t know anything about it and some others were super jealous because it is on their bucket list and they know the beauty of this wonderful country.

I dedicate this article to all those who are still hesitating if they should visit Vietnam!

Here are 7 cities to visit in Viet Nam!

1- Hanoi

This is the Capital of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

What to do:

  • Hanoi Old Quarter: 36 different streets each one dedicated to 1 type of store
  • Hoan Kiem Lake

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  • Ngoc Son Temple ngoc-son-temple
  • Temple Of Literature temple-of-litterature-3.jpg
  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum: Final resting lace for Ho chi min Ho_Chi_Minh_Mausoleum_2006
  • Thong Nhat Park
  • Opera HouseInfiniteCurl-Hanoi-7
  • Craft Link shop: It is a Vietnamese not – for – profit Fair trade organization which helps traditional craft producers to revive their culture and improve their live hoods through handicraft production and marketing. It is recommended to buy beautiful gifts done with very good materials. craft-link1.JPG

Where to sleep:

  • Hilton Opera Hotel: One of the hotels we got to try. It is perfectly located in Hanoi’s stylish French Quarter. It is within walking distance of Hoan Kiem Lake and the Old Quarter. The rooms are very comfortable and the breakfast very rich. You can try international as well as Vietnamese breakfasts.

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  • Airbnb: You can always consider this option for cheaper prices. One advice I got from a friend living in Vietnam is to expect that the Vietnamese beds are made from wooden base and might not always be comfortable.

Where to eat or drink:

  • Pizza 4P’s: Pizza for Peace! 🙂 It is a Japanese-Italian restaurant based in Vietnam. They do not do only excellent pizzas live in front of you but they have a mission: Delivering Wow and Sharing Happiness. The founder is Japanese and lived i Tokyo before moving to Vietnam. I would recommend 4 pizzas that we got to try: Burrata Parma Ham, Burrata Parma Ham Margherita, Salmon Sashimi, Salmon Miso Cream. (Order halves to benefit to the max) Try as well their mojito and tiramisu.

  • Pho Cuon Huong Mai: This is a beautiful tasty cheap street food experience where you get to try Pho Cuon which are rice noodle rolls, rolled around beef and green herbs like cilantro and basil. For the equivalent of US $2, we got a heaping plate. You have to eat it with  Nuoc Cham, a sweet dipping sauce with a fish sauce base and flavors like sugar, vinegar and chili. They have other tasty platters that  you can try at your ease.

  • Chim Sao: You can either sit on a table downstairs or try the traditional way by eating while sitting on the floor. You will taste here the north vietnamese food. Try the fried eggplant with garlic which is amazing. (eggplants are not usually my favorite). Another dish to try is the Grilled beef rolled in “lot” leaves. I found it salty a bit but it is worth a try. Their shrimp soup is amazing. You can try as well the Banana flower salad which is well known in Vietnam. It is a different experience that can be very nice if you are willing to discover new platters.

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  • Cheering Beer Collection: You will enjoy having beers from all over the world and especially the Asian ones. infinitecurl-cheeringbeer
  • The Unicorn Pub: One of the cutest pubs I enjoyed. It is a real cocktail bar with amazing drinks. Try of course their signature cocktails and especially the Pho Cocktail and do not miss watching how they prepare it. 🙂 In case you don’t like the music, they are sweet enough to change it! Take with you your local money so you display it on their board.

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  • Pho 10: Recommended by a local for amazing Traditional Soups Hanoian style.
  • Bún Bò Nam Bộ: Recommended by a local to try more Vietnamese Street food.
  • Banh Cuon: for Traditional Breakfasts in Vietnam
  • Summit Lounge Rooftop at Pan Pacific Hanoi Hotel: where you can enjoy a beautiful view of Hanoi from above.

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  • Avalon Cafe LoungeIt has a beautiful view overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake

2- Ninh Binh

What to do:

  • Lying Dragon: Through Mua Caves, we climbed long stairs to arrive to the lying dragon where there is an amazing view on all over Ninh Binh. 20171101_111058

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  • Ecotourism Trang An Boat Tour: We took the 3 hours tour that passes through 9 caves and many temples. It was a relaxing afternoon where a small boat took us in a beautiful lake surrounded by a splendid nature. You can buy a Vietnamese hat before going on board to avoid the sun.

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Where to sleep:

  • Mua Caves Ecolodge (Hang Mua) is located 6 km away from the city center, it offers a peaceful and comfortable accommodation. You rent like bungalows and you live in the middle of nature with beautiful lotus flowers. The hot water is not perfect. Better not to open it all the time while showering. The breakfast is average. You can have eggs or Pho soup. They only serve Vietnamese coffee.

Where to eat:

  • Bamboo Bar and Restaurant:

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  • Coconut

3- Halong Bay

What to do:

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  • Sung Sot Cave: Its lighting is artificial but not bad. cave.jpg
  • Bay Tu Long Bay
  • Pristine Lan Ha Bay
  • Pearl Village and Farm InfiniteCurl-HalongBay-PearlFarm3
  • Dark and Bright Cave
  • Ba Trai Dao Islet
  • Frog Home
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  • Quick Cooking Class
  • Tai chi
  • Sunset Screenshot_20171203-210909
  • Sunrise InfiniteCurl-HalongBay-10
  • Where to sleep:

    • One of the beautiful experiences is to reserve rooms on a cruise. We chose the Galaxy Premier Cruise and spent 2 nights there. The food is pretty good for a cruise.

4- Sapa

We did not have the chance to visit it but I was told that we could have taken a train by night and the nature there is amazing but it is very cold. People enjoy doing hiking there. sapa-vietnam-rice-terraces-field.jpg

5- Hoi An

What to do:

  • Hoi An Central Market
  • Hoi An Ancient Town
  • Chua Cau Bridge: Iconic built in 1700s 20171030_134023
  • Nguyen Thai Hoc StreetInifiniteCurl-HoiAn-12
  • An Bang Beach
  • Oche Boutique: Hoi An is know for silk and excellent tailors. Think about the dress or the suit you always wanted to wear and they will prepare it for you in 24h.

Where to sleep:

  • Little Hoi An Beach & Resort: comfortable and clean with average food, breakfast and spa and a cute outdoor pool that you can enjoy in case the weather is not rainy.

Where to eat:

  • Ganesh Indian Restaurant
  • The Cargo Club: This is coffee shop in the most beautiful street in Hoi An and is known for yummy desserts!20171031_124639
  • Thai Kitchen: The owners are a couple where the man comes from Spain and his wife who is the brilliant cook comes from Thailand! The Pad Thai is one of the most delicious platter I ever ate! 🙂

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6- Ho Chi Minh (Saigon)

Where to sleep:

  • Thao Dien Village: We got to try this hotel because of a friend’s wedding and we were extremely lucky to try this beautiful place. It is near a lake a bit far from the busy center and definitely an amazing location for weddings. It is surrounded by lots of trees so you should be aware of mosquitoes. Its restaurant is very tasty. Do not hesitate to try it!

Where to eat:

  • The River Cafe: Delicious Vietnamese restaurant that we got to try because it is near our hotel.
  • Propaganda: An amazing Vietnamese restaurant located in the center. I fell in love with its decoration.

What to do:

  • Ben Than Market: It is a huge market where you can find anything you think about including souvenirs. Make sure to bargain hard because they suggest very high prices for tourists.
  • Saigon Central Post Office & Notre Dame Cathedral: The Central Post Office is one of the oldest buildings in Ho Chi Minh City. It was built around 1886 – 1891, based on the design of Gustave Eiffel – a famous French architect and has become a significant symbol of the city, just like its opposite neighbor Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral. It has long been the busiest post office of the country. We got our souvenirs from the shops inside because the prices are pretty good and fixed.
  • War Remnants Museum: It contains exhibits relating to the Vietnam War and the first Indochina War involving the French colonialists.
  • Cu Chi tunnels: They are a huge network of connecting underground tunnels. They were the location of several military campaigns during the Vietnam War against America.
  • City Opera House: Check its website because you might be lucky to watch a beautiful show.
  • Motorcycle Tour: You will be amazed by the number of people riding a motorcycle. Uber and Grab offer taxis on motorcycles.
  • Spa & Massage

7- Phu Quoc:

A beautiful island in the south that can be a good getaway to enjoy the beach and relax. We wanted to visit it but were unlucky with the weather.

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I will always remember this beautiful trip not only because of the beauty of the region but also because of amazing people that made it very special!

Special dedication to: 

  • Alex a new dear friend and our unique guide!
  • Dalia who is one of the best friends to travel with by excellence!
  • Jenny a very special friend who has a beautiful positive spirit and excellent photography skills.
  • Pi & Pou who joined the trip luckily and with whom I finally traveled for the first time and I shared beautiful moments.
  • Eloise, Ludo, Celine, Hanane, Sid & Truyen: it was a pleasure to meet you!
  • Guy the hero who helped us with our Visas!

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That’s all folks! Hope you will enjoy your trip to Vietnam! Happy Curling!

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Cheers to Happy & Healthy Days! 🙂

8 comments

    • Hello, well when I was there, my friend explained that usually each word is one syllable.
      From wikipedia reference: In English, the two syllables are usually combined into one word, “Vietnam.” However, “Viet Nam” was once common usage and is still used by the United Nations and by the Vietnamesegovernment.

      Anyway Thanks for your comment! I decided after all to keep the common name used nowadays! 🙂

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