6 top places for a once-in-lifetime experience in Vietnam 2018 for Australians

Vietnam has been an attractive tourist destination in the world with spectacular landscapes. Vietnam is granted beautiful beaches, peaceful and ancient towns and majestic mountains by mother nature. In this post, we recommend you vibrant places in Vietnam that you can’t miss out.

However, firstly we need to answer the question of so many Australians to Vietnam “Do I need a visa for Vietnam”. The answer is “Yes, certainly”

Currently, there are 2 ways of getting a Vietnam visa for Australian citizens, namely:

  1. Apply for a visa via embassy, you need to directly contact the embassy to check detailed prices and procedure as well.
  2. Get Vietnam visa on arrival. You just need to complete an online form to get a visa approval letter before departure and then get visa stamped upon arrival at Vietnam airport. And this option is for travelers to Vietnam by air only. Here is the link to apply for the letter: https://booking.vietnam-visa.com/step1.html.

In case you wish to know in details, read Vietnam visa for Australians here.

1. Hanoi – a must-include-destination for your Vietnam trip

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Hanoi – the travel trend for Australians to Vietnam 2018

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is over 1000 years old. It is a fascinating mixture of the East and the West which is the vestiges and influences of the invasions in the past.

– Hanoi Old Quarter

Coming to Hanoi Old Quarter, you can indulge in the history of Hanoi, rich cuisine, French-colonial architecture and especially the manner of true Hanoi people. This place is always the top destination of foreign travellers. By sitting in a pedicab, the driver will take you to each corner of 36 ancient streets. Don’t forget to buy typical souvenirs in each street for your friends and relatives.

– Temple of literature

Temple of literature is considered as the first university of Vietnam. It contains various pavilions, halls, statues and stelae of doctors who achieved the best in examinations. Visiting this place, you have a chance to learn about Vietnamese history, especially Ly and Tran Dynasties. The entrance ticket is very cheap, just 10,000 VND

Besides, you can pay a visit to other places in Hanoi such as Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, Hoan Kiem lake, Ngoc Son temple, Ho Chi Minh mausoleum,…

2. Ninh Binh – to complete your trip to the North of Vietnam

Ninh Binh is around 100 kilometres away from Hanoi. In this Northern provinces of Vietnam, you should come to Trang An, Bich Dong and Bai Dinh pagoda. Those places are the background for the big-hit movie Kong: the skull island

3. Hoi An – the must-see destination in central of Vietnam

Hoi An - an ideal destination for a Vietnam trip 2018 - Vietnam visa for Australians
Hoi An – an ideal destination for a Vietnam trip 2018

Hoi An at night has a charming beauty like a young beautiful lady. It is filled with food stalls, colorful lanterns and stream of people. In here, you can try some traditional dishes such as brown rice noodle goes with sliced pork, crunchy rice crackers, spicy, big handfuls of fresh herbs and tasty broth. Banh mi is one of the tastiest street foods ever.

4. Ho Chi Minh city – a great destination in the South of Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City is the heart of all economic activities in Vietnam. For people coming to the city for the first time, the hustle and bustle of the city life, the non-stop traffic, the abundance of offices, banks, stores and shopping centers, and the mingling of people coming from everywhere can overwhelm them and make them feel dynamic.

Don’t forget to set your foot in some famous places like Ben Thanh market, Thien Hau temple, Museum of Ho Chi Minh city, Independence Palace, Opera House,…

Ho Chi Minh City is truly a food paradise for anyone in the world. A wide range of delicacy at an affordable price including a hot bowl of Pho, “banh xeo”, “chuoi nep nuong”, etc. are all waiting for you.

5. Phu Quoc Island – for a perfect beach trip in Vietnam

This well-kept island located near the coast of Cambodia. It is made of 28 islands; most are uninhabited while some are planned to develop as private resorts. Stretching over 574 square kilometres, Phu Quoc Island, is the largest in the district in the Gulf of Thailand.

The most beautiful island is Hon Xuong – also known as Robinson Crusoe island which took after the novel under the same name, and can only be reached by boat.

The island is a popular spot for a day trip and its protected waters and breathtakingly beautiful beach can be enjoyed overnight by beach camping as part of a tour only.

Phu Quoc also known as a hub of marine activity, it is the house of large patches of coastal ecosystems, hundreds of species of corals, and roughly 130 different types of mollusks, not included the migrating fish and mammals in the surrounding areas. It is one of the few places left where wildlife lovers can spot unique species like hawksbill turtle or green turtle.

6. Mekong Delta – for a great local experience in Vietnam

The rice basket of Vietnam, the delta is covered with an endless variety of greens. It’s the water world flowing into the rhythms of the Mekong. Boats, houses and even markets float upon the water with canals and streams crisscrossing the landscape like body’ arteries.

There are plenty of destinations tourists can explore in Mekong Delta such as Ninh Kieu Wharf, Cai Rang Float Market, Cai Be fruit orchard, Tra Su Mangrove forest, etc.