Everyone knows that South East Asia is a traveler’s dream. Not only does the region boast amazing sites and adventures, but it is also affordable. Typically, globetrotters flock to countries like Thailand and Cambodia on their SEAsian journeys, but these days Vietnam has started to truly grab the world’s attention.
Filled with diverse landscapes that go from jampacked cities to seemingly neverending sea views, Vietnam has so much to offer. Just ask Detroit native Chae Michael (@chaemichael) who recently ventured out to get lost in its amazingly unique wonders.
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From Pho to dragons, this guide is everything you need to start planning your own trip to experience the timeless charm of Vietnam.
Welcome to Vietnam
In most phots of Vietnam you see the crowded, bustling streets of the capital city, Ho Chi Minh (formerly Saigon), but there’s so much more to this diverse South East Asian country. Vietnam has something for every type of traveler and budget we advise going in the Spring or Fall.Book a room in the heart of the city at hotels like the Park Hyatt Saigon or escape the crowds and head to the coast to spend a few nights at one of the country’s most instagrammed hotels, the Intercontinental Danang.
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Ask anyone who has traveled to other SEAsian countries, and they’ll tell you the cuisine in this region is unmatched – and Vietnam is no exception. Foodie lovers will rejoice in the flavorful (and affordable) foods they will find throughout the country, including the ubiquitous Vietnamese dish, Pho.
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Play with Dragons
Temples are great, but if you’re looking to experience something a bit outside of the norm, head to Ho Thuy Tien, an abandoned waterpark located just outside the central Vietnam city of Hue. The park’s signature giant three-story-tall dragon aquarium makes for great photos.
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Hands to the Sky
If you do nothing else on your trip to Vietnam, you must go to Da Nang and experience the famous Golden Bridge. Supported by two massive stony hands emerging from the mountains, the bridge soars 3,280 ft. above sea level in the Ba Na Hills. A cable car connects to nearby gardens that add to the already spectacular experience.