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Rundreise durch Vietnam, Bild: Rimma Z / shutterstock

Round trip through Vietnam – from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam is one of the up-and-coming travel destinations that have not yet been overcrowded with tourists. The Asian country has a lot to offer for all tourist interests. From the metropolis of Hanoi to lonely beaches. For all those interested who cannot decide where they want to travel in Vietnam, there is the possibility to have your round trip through Vietnam individually put together.

The capital Hanoi

Hanoi, Tran Quoc
The Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi, Image: Vietnam Stock Images / shutterstock

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and the perfect start for an exciting round trip through the country. It is located in the northern part of the country and, although it is a metropolis of millions, captivates with a lot of old charm and authenticity. It is definitely worth spending a few days in the metropolis and exploring the individual districts.

A very exciting district is the Old Quarter Hanoi, the enchanting old town. This is where the colourful life takes place in the narrow streets. Almost around the clock, people eat and sell directly on the streets. The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is also worth seeing. The Ho Chi Minh Museum, the Presidential Palace and Ho Chi Minh’s residence should also be visited here. It is an interesting piece of Vietnam’s history and gives a deep insight into the country’s culture today.

The Temple of Literature with its beautiful pagodas and also the Hoan Kiem Lake are sights that you should not miss in Hanoi. Another special feature is the so-called water puppet theatre. The most famous theater is located next to the bridge to Ngoc Son Temple.

Day trips can also be easily organized from Hanoi. An absolute must-do is a visit to the legendary Halong Bay. Ha Long Bay is located a little southeast of the metropolis and fascinates with its hundreds of rocks that protrude from the water. In Halong Ba, there are a total of more than 2000 limestone islands, some of which are overgrown with moss and jungle, or with caves and grottos. Here you can experience a nice day of excursion and sail around among the mystical scenery on one of the traditional wooden boats.

The highlands of Sa Pa are also always worth a detour. However, this excursion cannot be done in a day trip, as it will take you about 8 hours by train to Sa Pa. Here you can experience a completely different side of Vietnam and relax from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis in the remote mountain villages. Here you head to the Hoàng Liên Sơn Mountains, which are located at an altitude of 1,600 meters. Get to know the hill tribes of the Hmong and Dao and enjoy a breathtaking panorama.

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Hue – Danang and Hoi An – Explore Vietnam’s beautiful coast

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Halong Bay, Image: JunPhoto / shutterstock

The east coast of Vietnam is known to many only because of its beautiful beaches. But it is also here that the cultural highlights of the country are located. Hue, for example, is the former imperial city that was built in the 19th century. Architecturally, it is very similar to the Forbidden City in Beijing. In the old imperial city, you should definitely take a boat trip on the Perfume River. On the water, you can easily reach Thien Mu Pagoda, the Buddhist monastery from the 17th century. The citadels, the Ngo Mon Gate and many pagodas, palaces, temples and museums make a stay here so culturally exciting.

Danang awaits you with great sandy beaches and the old charm that is left over from the French colonial era. Here, too, the immediate surroundings are an absolute hit. Be amazed by the beauty of the Marble Mountains and enjoy the view of Danang from the viewpoints of Hai Van Pass. The Cloud Pass provides a picturesque backdrop and lets you gaze far into the distance, provided it is not foggy or hazy.

Hoi An is a picturesque port town. This city is also absolutely steeped in history. Stroll along the esplanades and marvel at the small, old houses, the typical family pagodas and visit the local open-air museum. Hoi An is also famous for the production of traditional lamps and shades. Here you can visit many small craft workshops and look over the shoulders of the workers.

Ho Chi Minh City – the former Saigon

Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City, Image: De Visu / shutterstock

Ho Chi Minh City also impresses with an interesting mix of authentic flair and big city. Here, the Notre Dame Cathedral is an absolute must-see. You should also have seen the architecturally interesting old main post office and the city theatre here. In the former Saigon, stroll through the Ben Thanh Central Market and think about the old geisha traditions in an old tea house. Even today, delicious and healthy matcha teas are prepared and served with small bamboo whisks according to old traditions.

A trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels should also be on every itinerary of a Vietnam round trip. This is the historic military facility that was built underground. Even today, some tunnels are open to visitors. Underground was an entire city with hospitals and more. If you have the opportunity, you should go to the Ben Duoc, the real tunnels. There is also significantly less tourist activity here.

A varied Vietnam round trip is best concluded in the Mekong Delta, or with a beach stay on the island of Phu Quoc . The Mekong Delta is best known for its colorful floating markets. Floating gardens and floating villages can also be visited here. On small islands in the delta, bicycles are often offered for rent and you can explore the beautiful natural region on your own. You can also discover one or two authentic restaurants that hardly look like a restaurant from the outside, but still serve the most delicious specialties.

Phu Quoc is a dream island with dream beaches, located in the Gulf of Thailand . The island invites you to relax under palm trees. You also have the opportunity to dive and snorkel, or explore the original jungle of the national park.

The most popular tourist destinations in Vietnam

  1. Halong Bay: Known for its emerald waters and thousands of imposing limestone islands. A boat tour of Halong Bay is a must for any visitor.
  2. Hanoi: The capital of Vietnam offers a fascinating mix of East and West, ancient temples alongside modern developments. Highlights include the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Old Quarter, and the Temple of Literature.
  3. Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon): A dynamic city known for its French colonial buildings, lively markets, and historic Vietnam War landmarks such as the War Remnants Museum.
  4. Hoi An: A well-preserved ancient town, known for its unique architecture, ancient streets, and famous lantern light nights. Hoi An is also known for tailor-made clothing and delicious street food.
  5. Hue: Once the imperial capital of Vietnam, Hue is famous for its historical monuments, including the Citadel, the Forbidden Purple City, and the Imperial Tombs on the Huong River.
  6. Sapa: Known for its stunning terraced fields, ethnic minorities and trekking routes. Sapa offers a great escape to nature and the opportunity to experience the local culture of the H’mong, Dao and many other ethnic groups.
  7. Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park: Home to some of the largest and most impressive caves in the world, including Son Doong Cave. This park is a paradise for speleologists and nature lovers.
  8. Nha Trang: A coastal town known for its beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters, and a lively night scene. Nha Trang also offers excellent opportunities for diving and snorkeling.
  9. Da Nang: Known for its sandy beaches, the Marble Mountains and the impressive Dragon Bridge. Nearby is also the picturesque Ba Na Hills Resort, made famous by the “Golden Bridges”.
  10. Mekong Delta: The “Rice Grain of Vietnam” offers unique insights into rural life along the rivers and canals. Boat tours through the delta reveal floating markets, traditional villages, and lush landscapes.