Five destinations of Vietnam have been listed among the 19 under-the-radar places in the Southeast Asia that will change your life by the US-based newspaper – Huffingtonpost.
Located in the southern province of Kien Giang, the Phu Quoc is the biggest island in Vietnam and known as the “Pearl Island”. Almost everybody agrees that Phu Quoc is a hot destination of Vietnam, but thankfully the perfect beaches are still mostly empty. You can rent a motorbike and zip up, down, and around the red dirt roads of this island paradise. Then, take a snorkeling or scuba dip.
Just about 190km from the bustling Ho Chi Minh City, but Mui Ne Sand Dunes seems to belong to another continent entirely. It is one of the longest sand dunes whose area cannot be identified.
To experience the sand dunes, you can sled, bike, or just freely frolic down both white and red mountains of bliss. Be sure to find the Fairy Stream, a magical river with a soft, sandy bottom that flows between dry rocks.
The Mekong River creates a rich marshland responsible for the bulk of Vietnam’s rice crops. There are oodles of tiny villages and floating markets to visit, with kindly locals who will gladly let you sample their fruit or teach you to birdwatch. Avoid feeling like a yuppie in a tour boat by biking the Delta– that way, you can see the impressive rice paddies and stop off at destinations on your own.
As released by Huffintongpost, there’s nowhere on Earth like Sapa: tiers on tiers of bright-green rice fields are dotted with the colorful clothes of hill-tribe dwellers and roofs of French colonial villas. Sometimes the view gets clouded by a warm, jungle-y mist, but it only makes your day of hiking even prettier.
A visit to Cu Chi Tunnels may be a ideal way to learn about a part of Vietnam history and the hardship experienced by the Vietnamese during their wars against enemies. Viet Cong soldiers used these narrow, claustrophobia-inducing tunnels as hiding places during the Vietnam War. Trap doors in the jungle led down into the underground network, where soldiers suffered from malaria and parasites while guarding food sources. The eeriness is all too real during a modern-day tour.
Do you want to visit such places, apply for Vietnam visa, take your luggage and go!