Discover the Beauty of Vietnam

Few nations are as interesting and diverse as Vietnam. It features significant historical changes, lovely landscapes, idyllic beaches, delicious food, and unusual natural scenery. As a result, in recent years, Vietnam has attracted a large number of tourists.

Visiting Vietnam, visitors will have the opportunity to admire the outstanding beauty of each region. If the North is famous for destinations such as Sapa, Ha Long Bay, Ninh Binh… then the South attracts tourists with ideal destinations such as Nha Trang, Phu Quoc with diverse beaches…. All will be encapsulated in a beautiful S-shaped strip of land.

Day tours & Excursions

A day trip is an excellent way to visit some of your desired destinations

Amazing Mu Cang Chai 3 Days 2 Nights

Mu Cang Chai - Vietnam

Adventure in Hoang Su Phi Ha Giang – Comfort stay in Panhou Retreat

Hoang Su Phi - Ha Giang - Vietnam

Northern Vietnam “Golden Season” Luxury Adventure

Ha Noi - Sapa - Hoang Su Phi - Ha Long

Vietnam Mix Tour Train & Flight From North To South

Hanoi - Halong Bay - Ninh Binh - Danang - Hoian - Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta

Summer Family Vacation In Vietnam

Ha Noi - Ha Long - Da Lat - Ho Chi Minh

Vietnam Package Tour 10 Days

Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Nha Trang - Danang - Hoian - Hanoi - Halong Bay

Vietnam 6 Days Tour Packages

Hanoi - Halong Bay - Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam 3 Days Tour Package

Hanoi - Halong Bay

Highlight 14 Days Vietnam Tour From South To North

Hanoi - Lao Cai - Halong Bay - Hue - Danang - Hoian - Ho Chi Minh City - Can Tho

Amazing Mu Cang Chai 3 Days 2 Nights

Mu Cang Chai - Vietnam

Adventure in Hoang Su Phi Ha Giang – Comfort stay in Panhou Retreat

Hoang Su Phi - Ha Giang - Vietnam

Northern Vietnam “Golden Season” Luxury Adventure

Ha Noi - Sapa - Hoang Su Phi - Ha Long

Vietnam Mix Tour Train & Flight From North To South

Hanoi - Halong Bay - Ninh Binh - Danang - Hoian - Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta

Summer Family Vacation In Vietnam

Ha Noi - Ha Long - Da Lat - Ho Chi Minh

Vietnam Package Tour 10 Days

Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Nha Trang - Danang - Hoian - Hanoi - Halong Bay

Vietnam 6 Days Tour Packages

Hanoi - Halong Bay - Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam 3 Days Tour Package

Hanoi - Halong Bay

All Packages Tours in Vietnam

Metta Voyage customizes tours based on the client’s preferences and budget 

Vietnam Panorama Package

Ha Noi - Ninh Binh - Ha Long Bay - Da Nang - Hoi An - Hue - Ho Chi Minh

Explore Two Main Cities Of Vietnam

Authentic Vietnam in North

Hanoi - Sapa - Ha Long Bay

Vietnam Special – Best trekking in Sapa

Ha Noi - Ninh Binh - Sapa - Da Nang - Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta

Highlights Of Vietnam

Ha Noi - Ninh Binh - Ha Long - Da Nang - Hoi An - Ho Chi Minh

Vietnam Classic In North & Central

Ha Noi - Ninh Binh - Ha Long Bay - Da Nang - Hoi An

Da Lat & Nha Trang Tour

Ho Chi Minh - Da Lat - Nha Trang

Explore The North Of Vietnam

Ha Noi - Ninh Binh - Ha Long Bay

Classic Vietnam & Cambodia

Vietnam - Cambodia

Mixing Vietnam Nature & Culture

Ho Chi Minh City - Can Tho - Da Lat - Hoi An - Hue - Quang Binh - Ha Noi - Ha Long Bay - Lao Cai - Ninh Binh

Family Vacation In Phu Quoc Beach

Da Nang - Hoi An - Phu Quoc - Ha Noi - Ha Long

Highlight of Central Vietnam

Da Nang - Hoi An - My Son - Hue

Amazing Mu Cang Chai 3 Days 2 Nights

Mu Cang Chai - Vietnam

Adventure in Hoang Su Phi Ha Giang – Comfort stay in Panhou Retreat

Hoang Su Phi - Ha Giang - Vietnam

The untouched local charm of Hoang Su Phi 3 Days 2 Nights – Luxury and Rustic

Hoang Su Phi - Ha Giang - Vietnam

Northern Vietnam “Golden Season” Luxury Adventure

Ha Noi - Sapa - Hoang Su Phi - Ha Long

Vietnam Mix Tour Train & Flight From North To South

Hanoi - Halong Bay - Ninh Binh - Danang - Hoian - Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta

Vietnam & Cambodia Family Holidays

Vietnam - Cambodia

Summer Family Vacation In Vietnam

Ha Noi - Ha Long - Da Lat - Ho Chi Minh

Vietnam Package Tour 10 Days

Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta - Nha Trang - Danang - Hoian - Hanoi - Halong Bay

Vietnam 6 Days Tour Packages

Hanoi - Halong Bay - Ho Chi Minh City

Highlight 14 Days Vietnam Tour From South To North

Hanoi - Lao Cai - Halong Bay - Hue - Danang - Hoian - Ho Chi Minh City - Can Tho

Fascinating Vietnam Tour 12 Days

Hanoi - Halong Bay - hue - Danang - Hoian - Ho Chi Minh City - My Tho - Can Tho

Vietnam Group Tour 9 Days

Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hue - Hoian - Ho Chi Minh City - Mekong Delta

Best Place To Visit In Vietnam ​

Best beaches in Vietnam

Vietnam has a long coastline that boasts a variety of beautiful beaches. We recommend some beaches for your vacation in Vietnam

  • Phu Quoc Island: Sao Beach, Khem Beach, Long Beach,..
  • Nha Trang: Bai Dai, Doc Let, and Ninh Van Bay
  • Da Nang: My Khe Beach and Non Nuoc Beach.
  • Mui Ne: Bai Rang, Bai Da, and Hon Rom.
  • Con Dao Islands: Dam Trau Beach and An Hai Beach.
  • Hoi An: An Bang Beach and Cua Dai Beach.

FAQ

Each region in Vietnam has different weather patterns especially the North and South of Vietnam. Make sure to research your destination’s weather in advance so that you can pack the most essential and suitable things for your trip to Vietnam. 

North  Vietnam

The North of Vietnam has all 4 seasons including spring, summer, autumn, and winter. The best time for travelers is likely to be from March to May and September to November. 

You will be able to experience the pleasantly warm weather of late spring in the North of Vietnam around March-May. The best thing about this season is the blooming season of many beautiful flowers of the North. This can be a perfect time to visit the mountainous Sa Pa and enjoy the impressive scenery of light pink ban flowers all over the town. This is also the time when the paddy fields are in fresh green. 

In addition to mountainous Northern towns, Halong Bay is also a top hit. Everyone yearns for relaxing on the deck in the sun and cool breezes. The water is not too cold, which makes it perfect for swimming as well. 

The least recommended time to visit North Vietnam is between June and August. The temperature can nearly hit 40 degrees Celsius which is extremely hot and humid. If you are a summer lover, make sure to stay hydrated all time and apply sufficient sunblock to protect yourself from the heat.

A lot of the North locals escape this summer heat by flying to beaches in the Central Highlands and the South. So this season’s domestic flight tickets and accommodation can be more pricey than usual. 

The weather can change suddenly in summer and a downpour can come at any moment. Unexpected showers can be a “delicacy” of summertime in Hanoi so remember to carry an umbrella or a poncho with you.

On the other hand, winter (November to February) is totally opposite. Hanoi and North Vietnam are cold and humid in the summer. The temperature can drop to below 10 Celcius degrees sometimes. With the humidity, it can feel a lot more freezing than the number. Northern destinations such as Sa Pa and Ha Giang are sometimes below 0 Celcius degrees. 

Average temperature and rainfall levels of Hanoi: here 

Central Vietnam

The central region of Vietnam has a coastal climate so it has great weather most of the year. However, there are likely to be thunderstorms in October and November so it is better not to plan too many outdoor activities at this time. May to August is summertime, which means it can be quite hot. The temperature can hit up to 40 Celsius degrees. 

If you plan to visit Da Nang, Hue, and Hoi An, January/ February to August is recommended. The weather is pleasantly nice with rare heavy showers. 

Average temperature and rainfall levels of Hue: Here

South  Vietnam

The southern region of Vietnam is especially great between December and April. In contrast to the North of Vietnam, the South has a consistently warm weather pattern all year round. 

There are specific seasons in Southern Vietnam including dry and wet seasons. The dry season is between November and April/ early May. The hottest time of the year belongs to this season’s February and May with a peak of 34 Celsius degrees. The wet season begins in May and ends in early November. June, July, and August are the months that receive the largest amount of rainfall. An interesting feature of the Southern wet season is how quickly the heavy rains last. Sometimes the rain only lasts for 10 minutes but it can get you soaking wet. 

At the end of Vietnam, Phu Quoc and Con Dao Island are often sunny all year round with enjoyable weather. 

Average temperature and rainfall levels of Ho Chi Minh City: here

Within the country

To travel within Vietnam, airplanes, trains, and coaches are the most common mode of transportation. If you want to get from Hanoi to the Central Highlands or South Vietnam, it is highly recommended to book a flight. Flight tickets might be pricier but it will save you from the long wait and uncomfortable accommodation on trains. 

If you only travel to a nearby city that takes only 4-5 hours on the road, book a coach.

Within the city

Vietnam offers a wide range of transportation from taxis, taxi motorbikes, Grab app, Be app, and buses. (But it can be really difficult for foreigners to take a bus.) 

Vietnam has different climates depending on each region. Therefore, this is a broad question to answer. If you want to experience a bit of everything in Vietnam, you can scroll down to understand more about the weather in Vietnam.

If your Vietnam plan is to go on a North-to-South tour, spring (February to April) and autumn (September to December) might be the most beautiful seasons of Vietnam. Overall, the weather is not too hot or cold. Most of the time, it will be cool with breezes and light sun rays.

In short, each Vietnam region has different weather patterns but spring (February to April) and autumn (September to December) have the most pleasing weather.

North Vietnam

Ha Noi

Hanoi, the capital of thousands of years of civilization, is one of the places that any Vietnamese would like to visit once in a lifetime. Traveling to the capital, visitors will visit famous attractions such as Ba Dinh Square, Temple of Literature, Tran Quoc Pagoda… or admire the beautiful scenery of West Lake, Sword Lake, and Hoang Thanh Thang Long… Besides, visitors can also taste many unique delicacies such as Vong village nuggets, bun cha, pho, fried spring rolls,…

Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh is one of the most attractive destinations in our country. With an area of ​​​​up to 1,553 square kilometers, including 1,900 limestone islands with many beautiful and vivid shapes.

Traveling to HaLong – one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, visitors will discover many unique caves, beautiful islands such as Dragon Eye Island, Ngoc Vung Island, Con Coc Island… Along with the beautiful scenery, this place also has many delicious specialties such as squid rolls, sam worms, grilled oysters, spring rolls, sea sam…

Trang An – Ninh Binh

Among the Vietnamese tourist destinations that hide the most cultural and historical values, Trang An – Ninh Binh is certainly the top name. This relic was recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural and Natural Heritage in 2014.

This beautiful location collects the buildings from the regal ancient capital of Hoa Lu, which was tucked away in the majestic limestone mountains and the ethereal meandering river. Some of the following structures will leave visitors “heartbroken” if they follow cultural or spiritual tourism: Temples in Tran Ninh Binh, Tu Tru, Suoi Tien, etc.

Visitors can take a boat to travel through the water, across the lotus lake, and across the golden rice fields to the Vu Lam palace, one of this location’s most stunning structures. Trang An is the center of caves with several oddly formed stalactites, through woods and pristine lagoons, in addition to man-made monuments. Nau Ruou cave, Ba Giot cave, and others are popular tourist destinations.

Sapa – Fog Town

Located in the northwest of the country, Sapa, in Lao Cai province, is known as the land of fog, with a dreamy landscape hiding many miracles of natural scenery. Fansipan Peak is not only the roof of Vietnam but also of Indochina. Its massive height created a majestic scene. When you come here, you can almost touch the clouds.

There are some other places in Sapa, such as Stone Church, Ham Rong Mountain, Muong Hoa Valley, an ancient stone beach, etc, that you should not miss.

Central Vietnam

Da Nang 

In the journey to discover Central Vietnam, visitors cannot ignore the tourist destination of Da Nang. This is the city of many beautiful bridges such as Han River Bridge, Dragon Bridge, Thuan Phuoc Bridge, Love Bridge; wild and poetic beaches such as My Khe beach, Non Nuoc beach, Xuan Thieu beach… and many other beautiful landscapes such as Ngu Hanh Son mountain, Son Tra peninsula, Ghenh Bang, … Da Nang not only attracts tourists by the beautiful scenery, but also attracts visitors by many attractive Da Nang delicacies such as vermicelli with seasoning, veal, Quang noodles, chicken rice, …

Hoi An

Located on the central coast of Vietnam, Hoi An is a well-preserved Ancient Town that cuts through the canals. As a former port, Hoi An is a reflection of history in its architecture. It is a combination of Chinese styles with wooden shophouses and temples, the colorful French colonial buildings, the iconic Japanese Bridge Pagoda, and the traditional Vietnamese tube houses.

Regardless of the fast pace of life outside, once you set your foot in this town, your mind is instantly calm and restful. The incredibly cozy and intimate atmosphere created by the ancient houses and the peaceful scenery will definitely put your mind at ease. 

Hue

Hue City is a vibrant and lively city located in the central region of Vietnam. It has a rich cultural heritage, with many temples, pagodas, and monuments that are popular tourist attractions. Hue is also known for its stunning natural beauty, including beaches, rivers, and mountains. The city offers plenty of activities for visitors to enjoy, from shopping at local markets to exploring ancient ruins or taking a boat ride along the Huong River. With its unique blend of culture and nature, Hue City tour is an ideal option for travelers looking to experience something truly special in Vietnam.

South Vietnam

Sai Gon

The most vibrant and busy metropolis in our nation is Saigon. Visitors to the popular tourist destination of Saigon can explore numerous notable landmarks and attractions throughout the city, including Nguyen Hue pedestrian street and Nha Rong Wharf. Additionally, tourists have the chance to explore well-known tourist destinations close to Saigon such as the Cu Chi tunnels, Thanh An island, Long Hai beach…

Mekong Delta 

The Mekong river is the 12th longest river in the world flowing from the Tibetan plateau to the South China Sea. It stretches over an area of almost 5,000 km2 and crosses 6 countries, namely China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. The river itself has created the fertile Mekong Delta with a biological treasure nowadays. Even though this magical land of Vietnam is quite off-the-beaten-track to foreign tourists, we are sure that a day trip to the Mekong Delta will not let you down. Let’s quickly explore the beauty of the Mekong Delta before you take your own real trip!

Cu Chi Tunnels

The Cu Chi Tunnels is a giant underground tunnel system that was initially built under the forest, connecting tunnels among hamlets and small communities during the war against French colonialists. It provided cover for Vietnamese revolutionaries as they traveled between areas covertly and avoided French scouts. This will definitely be a memorable destination for you in your travel in Ho Chi Minh City.

Most visitors to Vietnam will need to obtain a visa before arriving. You can apply for a visa through the Vietnamese embassy or consulate in your home country, or contact Metta Voyage for support with your e-visa application.

Hanoi food tour

Talking about Hanoi’s capital is talking about the land of thousands of years of civilization, in addition to famous destinations such as Sword Lake, Bat Trang pottery village, Hanoi’s old town, commercial centers, etc. You will experience the unique cuisine here.

Hanoi cuisine is known for its delicious traditional dishes with unique and rich flavors that have never disappointed diners everywhere. Hanoi, with its 36 ancient streets, has a variety of delicious food options spread throughout, so everyone can enjoy delicious Hanoi dishes.

When it comes to Hanoi, the first thing will be pho, a dish that has reached the world. In addition, there are many other special dishes such as vermicelli, vermicelli, vermicelli, vermicelli, vermicelli, Thang long fish cake, Hanoi vermicelli, shrimp paste vermicelli, Ho Tay shrimp cake, rib porridge, mussel porridge, cake Thanh Tri rolls, Phu Thuong sticky rice, Vong village nuggets, Phu Do vermicelli, banh chung, Uoc Le spring rolls, etc.

Northwest food tour

Food tourism in the North, especially in the Northwest mountains, always gives visitors new experiences. Northwest cuisine is very diverse and prepared according to the local people’s own recipes. You can try dishes such as buffalo meat guarding the kitchen, Thang Co horse of Lao Cai, pa ping top, Lai Chau’s armpit pig, grilled stone moss, au tau porridge, Bac Me Lam rice from Ha Giang, etc.

The Northwest is also famous for forest bamboo shoots from Vau, cork, bamboo, and apricot. Northwest specialty rices such as Bac Huong Dien Bien rice, Eight Dien Bien rice, Seng Cu rice (Bat Xat Lao Cai), Ta Cu rice (Muong Te Lai Chau), Nuong Dien Bien sticky rice, Tu Le sticky rice…

Hue food tour

Besides discovering the ideal destinations in Hue, you should definitely not miss the culinary experience here. Referring to Hue cuisine, we will immediately think of royal cuisine because of the sophistication in each dish.

For Hue, eating is also one of the arts that Hue people pay great attention to and elaborate on. The dishes in Hue are very carefully prepared and have a very unique taste that can’t be confused anywhere.

Hue cuisine is one of the elements that make up the quintessence of Vietnamese cuisine. Most of the dishes are made from popular ingredients but have a rich and unforgettable aftertaste. The most famous specialty is probably “Bun bo Hue”. Besides, there is also mussel rice served with fish sauce and topping, Hue cakes such as filter cake, Banh Beo, or Hue cake, 36 kinds of Hue royal tea, etc.

Hoi An food tour

Traveling to Hoi An includes discovering and experiencing famous places such as the old town, Cu Lao Cham, Tra Que vegetable village, beautiful beaches, etc. You will experience Hoi An cuisine with Hoi An specialties such as Quang noodles, Cao Lau, chicken rice, wontons, cauldron cakes, wet rolls with grilled meat, etc.

Not only causing memories with ecstatic delicious dishes, the restaurants in Hoi An also make visitors fall in love with their beautiful decoration, professional service, and distinctive space. Restaurants located in the old town often hang old paintings decorated with flower pots, ornamental plants, and fine art objects. Restaurants in Hoi An also have traditional names, inherited from many generations.

Saigon food tour

Saigon is the most developed and busiest city in Vietnam. Saigon cuisine has the influence of many regions and some countries in the world. Saigon is a city that “does not sleep”, You can come here and comfortably eat and play at any time. You can experience Saigon cuisine by eating in clusters such as markets or food alleys such as:

Ben Thanh Market and Ho Thi Ky Market are two places that always attract a large number of diners. Coming to Ben Thanh market, there will be vermicelli, rice vermicelli, sweet tea or sticky rice, and also various kinds of Banh Beo in the Central region. Ho Thi Ky Market is famous for attractive dishes with Cambodian cultural colors such as Cam tea, Num Bo Choc vermicelli, grilled beef spring rolls with lemongrass, etc.

You can also try to experience culinary alleys such as alley 76 Hai Ba Trung, alley 84 Nguyen Du, and alley 284 Le Van Sy to learn more about street food culture. The Japanese Quarter (Le Thanh Ton), the Chinese Quarter (District 5, District 6, District 11), or the Han Quarter (District 7) are the same attractions in Saigon.

In addition, in Saigon, there are hundreds of street stalls, street vendors, and street vendors specializing in Saigon snacks such as mixed rice paper, grilled rice paper, Saigon knock-on noodles, smoothies, etc. It will make you forget the way home because it is surprisingly delicious, cheap, and diverse.

No matter what parts of Vietnam you are traveling to, here is a list of 10 essential items you need to pack.

  • Backpack 

A thick-strapped backpack will be extremely useful for all the walking and traveling. It is recommended to pick a backpack that is big and durable enough to carry all your essential belongings such as water bottles, sunscreen, snacks, and maybe some clothes to change during the day. If you buy some food or souvenir on the way, a backpack is your credible safe. 

  • Travel pillow

If your trip includes a lot of road trips, a travel pillow is a must-have. Long hours of sitting and sleeping on a coach will be much better with a soft pillow to assist your neck. For your health, remember to pack a travel pillow to Vietnam.

  • Earplugs

Vietnam is sleepless, but travelers are not. Earplugs are necessary for light sleepers to have a restful and peaceful sleep. These items are perfect to ward off snorers or crying babies on long flights as well.

  • Diarrhea treatment

Medicines are a need for travelers. At some time during your travels, you will suffer from a terrible stomach ache for eating something you are not used to. Your travel routine is also different from your normal routine so the digestive system might have some problems getting used to it. Some remedies will help you to quickly recover and allow you to fully enjoy your Vietnam trip.

  • Below-the-knee skirts/ trousers

Vietnam has a lot of pagodas and temples along with the country. If you want to enter these holistic places, below-the-knee clothing is required. To express your respect, make sure that you bring some modest skirts or trousers while visiting sacred locations. On days that you plan to visit pagodas or temples, it is best to dress politely and not show too much skin. 

  • Power adapter

For Vietnam, travelers are recommended to use plugs type A (two flat vertical pins), type C, and type F (two round pins). The electricity supply in Vietnam is 220 Volts at 50 Hz. It is best you prepare a global adapter before traveling to Vietnam. 

If you are from Europe (excluding the UK), your power plugs are similar to the ones in Vietnam. If you are from North and Central America or Japan, you use the same plugs but it is needed to check the voltage carefully. If you are from the UK, type G plugs with 3 rectangular pins can be used in Vietnam but this plug is not common in Vietnam. If you are from Australia, you need an adapter. 

  • Power bank 

Power banks are super convenient. This will save you from boredom on a long flight, bus, or train ride. If you are using LTE constantly, power banks will be your lifesaver as your phone battery will burn down really fast. The worst scenario is having a dead phone in a foreign country that doesn’t speak English so avoid that by having a power bank.

  •  Sun protection

Vietnam has a tropical climate, which means it will be sunny and hot for most of the time. Protection yourself with a high SPF sunblock or spray. A wide-brimmed hat is also recommended to cope with the extreme sunlight. 

  • Waterproof jacket

During the monsoon season, a light and waterproof jacket will protect you from sudden rainfall. In Vietnam, the locals often use a thin plastic poncho that is extremely helpful when you are riding a motorbike. 

  • Mosquito-repellent

Undoubtedly, there are a lot of mosquitoes and insects in Vietnam. It is wise to carry a bottle or spray of insect repellent. Remember to apply it before going out and reapply it during the day. This can save you from malaria and dengue fever. 

If you happen to get bitten by mosquitoes, the famous tiger balm can prevent the bites from getting infected. Rub it to the mosquito’s bite to reduce swellings and itching

The currency used in Vietnam is the Vietnamese dong (VND). While US dollars are accepted in some places, it’s generally recommended to use Vietnamese dong for smaller transactions.

Most visitors to Vietnam will need to obtain a visa before arriving. You can apply for a visa through the Vietnamese embassy or consulate in your home country, or through an online e-visa application.

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  • Bring mosquito nets during the rainy season if you go backpacking. 

As mentioned above, petechial fever is quite dangerous even though we have treatment for it. If you have a petechial fever, the worst scenario is that you would end up hospitalized. The mosquito sucks your blood to nourish her eggs and our trip sadly ended earlier than expected. A mosquito net will protect you from this bloodsucker. 

  • Equip yourself with hats, umbrellas, and raincoats to avoid heat in hot seasons

Some tourists prefer to soak up the sun but in Hanoi, Vietnam, the hot season is so extreme that many people get sunstroke. Do not underestimate this problem! Also, without umbrellas or raincoats, you may get soaked to the skin due to sudden showers. 

If your immunity is weak, it makes sense anyway that you are ill, have to lie on your bed, take some pills and stare dejectedly out the window. A sense of disappointment arises, for sure. 

Weighing up all the pros and cons, Metta Voyage highly recommends tourists visit Hanoi during the dry season (November to April) for the sake of your exhilarating and unforgettable experience. 

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About Northern Vietnam

  • Visiting President Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum

President Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, also known as Uncle Ho’s Mausoleum, is the resting place of Uncle Ho. This is the work with the most precious cultural value of the nation and the pride of the country with foreign tourists.

The landscape around the mausoleum is green, with more than 250 species of plants; each tree and each flower planted have their own meaning. In front of and behind the mausoleum are planted 79 perennials, symbolizing the 79 years of President Ho Chi Minh’s life.

Every Monday and Friday, Uncle Ho’s mausoleum will be closed. If that day coincides with the holidays of May 19, September 2, and the 1st of the Lunar New Year, Uncle Ho’s Mausoleum is still open to welcome visitors.

  • Ba Dinh square

Ba Dinh Square is the largest square in Vietnam, located on Hung Vuong Street, in front of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

Ba Dinh Square has a large campus with many large grass squares that are images of mats spread on communal courtyards in ancient Vietnamese villages, interspersed with a 1.4-meter-wide walkway. In the middle of the square is the national flagpole.

  • Ho Chi Minh Museum

Ho Chi Minh Museum, located south of Ba Dinh Square (behind the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum), is one of the favorite destinations of many domestic and foreign tourists when traveling to Hanoi for one day. 

Ho Chi Minh Museum is a place to display and store documents, artifacts, and images reflecting the life and career of President Ho Chi Minh. The museum also has an exhibition floor on thematic images of President Ho Chi Minh. Vietnam and other interesting cultural and historical topics

  • Discovering the unique One Pillar Pagoda

One Pillar Pagoda is an ancient temple in Vietnam built during the reign of King Ly Thai Tong. It is also known by many different names, such as Mat Pagoda, Lien Hoa Dai, or Dien Huu Tu. The pagoda was built entirely on a single pillar in the middle of a lotus pond.

One Pillar Pagoda is one of the most unique architectural temples in Asia and a cultural symbol and spiritual destination in Hanoi, the Vietnamese capital.

  • Walking around Hoan Kiem Lake

Hoan Kiem Lake is a natural freshwater lake located in the center of Hanoi, also known by other names such as Sword Lake, Luc Thuy Lake, or Ta Vong Lake. Sword Lake with its azure water, surrounded by trees casting shadows on the surface of the water, creates a romantic beauty. This is the perfect place for an afternoon stroll in Hanoi.

Turtle Tower is located in the middle of Sword Lake and also has other famous heritages such as Pen Tower, Dai Nghien, The Huc Bridge leading to Dac Nguyet Floor, or Tran Ba communal house on the entrance to Ngoc Son temple… creating an image of Hoan Kiem Lake bearing a characteristic imprint in the hearts of tourists

  • Exploring Hanoi’s Old Quarter

Hanoi’s Old Quarter has long been famous for its 36 streets. This is a busy and bustling trading place for Ha Thanh people from ancient times to the present. Not only that, but this place also preserves and faithfully reproduces the cultural and historical values of the people of the capital.

Hanoi’s Old Quarter seems to have become a must-visit place for most tourists when traveling in Ha Thanh. Coming to the old town, you will admire the beauty of the architecture, quiet lifestyle, and culture of the landscape and people here.

  • Visiting Hoa Lo Prison, a former prison turned museum

Hoa Lo Prison has the French name Maison Centrale. Hoa Lo Prison was originally built by the French to hold political prisoners. A place to witness barbaric crimes, the will, and the unyielding spirit of so many patriotic Vietnamese children.

After buying tickets to visit, there will be a guide for you to follow. From the first exhibition space, you will be able to go through many different areas in turn, with realistic images exposed right in front of your eyes.

  • Watching a traditional water puppet show at Thang Long Water Puppet

Water puppetry is a tradition dating back to the 11th century, originating in the villages of the Red River Delta in northern Vietnam. Water puppetry is a traditional folklore art bearing the imprint of the wet rice agricultural civilization.

Thang Long Water Puppet Theater is the place where Vietnamese water puppet shows take place. This art form attracts a lot of domestic and foreign tourists.

  • Visiting Tran Quoc Pagoda

Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi has a very long cultural history of nearly 1500 years; the oldest is in Thang Long, Hanoi. Traveling to Tran Quoc Pagoda, visitors will discover and learn about Hanoi’s cultural beauty.

The pagoda is located on the only island in the romantic West Lake. In the midst of a bustling capital like Hanoi, the pagoda has a fresh and quiet atmosphere. The landscape of the pagoda and the scenery of West Lake have changed, but somewhere, they still create a unique historical and spiritual landscape for this place.

  • Bun Cha

Bun Cha is one of the most famous dishes in Northern Vietnam, especially in Hanoi. This dish consists of grilled pork belly and pork balls. It is served with a bowl of fish sauce mixed with garlic, chili, sugar, and lime juice. In addition, a few herbs and lettuce leaves are also regularly present in the bowl.

  • Pho Bat Dan

Pho is a dish you should try at least once during your trip to Hanoi. Beef noodle soup is prepared the traditional way, including vermicelli, onions, and green onions in a bowl with beef broth for a long time. It also includes a bit of coriander and various types of beef.

  • Noodles with bean paste with shrimp paste

This dish is called “bun dau mam shrimp” in Vietnamese. The vermicelli served in this dish is made into patties and usually cut into bite-sized rectangular pieces. As the name suggests, it also includes soft and crispy fried tofu.

  • Trang Tien ice cream

Although many new ice cream brands at home and abroad were born in Hanoi, many people still ignore Trang Tien because of its unique, natural, and cool taste. The secret to making this dish popular with many people is the traditional way of making it without using preservatives.

Address: 35 Trang Tien Street, Trang Tien Ward, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi City

  • Try egg coffee at Giang Café

Cafe Giang is one of the first egg cafes to appear in Hanoi, attracting a large number of guests thanks to its delicious taste. The shop’s egg coffee has two types: hot egg coffee and iced egg coffee. Giang Coffee Hanoi is not only a place to serve the best egg coffee but also a place to keep a simple and beautiful Hanoi amidst the hustle and bustle.

Address: Lane 39 Nguyen Huu Huan Street, Ly Thai To Ward, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi City.

  • Go discover caves

There are currently 59 “discovered” caverns in Halong Bay, but experts think there may be up to quadruple that number still hiding there. Sung Sot Cave (Surprise Cave), Thien Cung Cave (Paradise Cave), and Trinh Nu Cave (Virgin Cave) on Bo Hon island are the most well-known of these caves.

Sung Sot Cave is ideal for spelunking since it includes two chambers that climb to a height of around 30 meters with a steep route. If you enjoy folklore, you might be interested in the legend surrounding Trinh Nu Cave (Virgin Cave).

  • Go Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

Our tours provide a wonderful opportunity to go snorkeling or scuba diving in and around the renowned karst of the bay. Dive deep into the ocean to see up to 163 different varieties of colorful corals, including red and forest corals. On your scuba diving tour, discover subterranean caverns and seagrass beds that are home to marine turtles and sea horses.

Take a boat excursion out to sea if you’re a diver and see what lies beneath the emerald waves. There are many PADI-certified dive operators nearby for a secure and memorable dive. Keep your underwater camera close at hand!

  • Go Sea Kayaking and Canoeing

Taking out a kayak or canoe is one of the best things to do in Halong Bay because tourist vessels cannot travel some of the narrow passages that cut between some of the 1960 islands. In some cases, accessing hidden lagoons among the islands requires paddling through tunnels in the rock.

The beaches like Tuan Chau, Bai Chay, Bai Dai, Quan Lan, Ti Top, and Tra Co are the greatest sites for these activities. In addition, Bai Chay is the beach that is closest to Halong Bay.

  • Visit a Floating Village

For centuries, there have been floating settlements. Cua Van floating hamlet, with its vibrantly painted houses and fishing boats, is unquestionably the most well-known. About 170 families make up its approximately 600 residents, the majority of whom depend on fishing.

Visit this place to see how locals live. Visit the serene and beautiful Cua Van Village to get a feel for daily life there. Take a boat ride with the fishermen and try your hand at nighttime prawning, pulling fishing nets, and nighttime squid fishing.

Ambassador Cruise

Ambassador Cruise was launched in 2018 and has gained much popularity among luxurious Halong Bay cruises for its premium amenities, unique classy live music, professional butlers, signature Michelin menu, and environmental-friendly business. With 86 meters long, 13.9 meters wide, and 13 meters high, the Steel vessel of Ambassador is the largest and newest one in Halong Bay, making it an ideal ship to grace seascapes. Also, its elegant cabin design will dazzle first-time passengers. It is well-suited for tourists who want to explore Sung Sot Cave, Titop Island, Cua Van Fishing village, etc. 

  • Style: Modern & International
  • Category: 5-star standard services
  • Highlight: Spacious boat with complete privacy; Unique Evening Entertainment with Brazilian Jazz Band; Professional Butlers; a signature Michelin menu; Environment-friendly Cruise.
  • Location: 1st Floor, 29 Phan Dinh Phung Str., Ba Dinh Dist., Hanoi 

Capella Cruise

Debuting in 2020, Capella Cruise is an all-suite vessel with Indochina interior decor that cruises around Halong bay and Lan Ha bay and provides tourists with luxury facilities. It is recognized as a gateway for passengers to experience the grace of the untouched beauty of seascapes to the fullest. In particular, the cruise has a swimming pool and a card room  to make customers time for relaxing on the cruise after daytime activities on the bay.

  • Style: retro style
  • Category: 5-star with state-of-the-art amenities
  • Highlights:  ocean-view bathtub, onboard recreations at Oasis and Ocean Pool and Card’s Room
  • Location: Lot 27, Tuan Chau International Harbour, Halong City

Elite of the Seas Cruise

In addition to having full of the finest comforts such as fine dining, a panoramic bar, a Wine and Cigar Cellar, a mini-golf course, an Infinity swimming pool, and the like, the Elite of the Seas Cruise also attracts tourists with long itineraries to off-the-beaten-track areas of Lan Ha Bay. You can enjoy a private sun terrace and bathtub guaranteed in each room offered by this modern yacht. Moreover, you can do kayaking, watch a cooking demonstration, join a Taichi class or take a local row boat. 

  • Style: Modern Yacht 
  • Category: 5-star with excellent services and professional staff
  • Highlights: private sun terrace and bathtub guaranteed in each room, Organizing new itineraries 4 days/ 3 nights and 5 days/ 4 nights to lesser-known areas of Lan Ha Bay
  • Location: 39B Hang Hanh Street, Hanoi, Vietnam

Orchid Premium Cruise

Ultimate comfort is the first thing that Orchid Premium Cruise promises to give each tourist. Built in a simple chic design, Orchid Premium Cruise lures passengers with its simple but sophisticated decorations such as wooden furniture, fine artful pictures, and brocade rugs. As many reviews say, the food on board is absolutely delicious and pleases the pickiest eaters. 

  • Style: Indochine
  • Category: 5-star with immaculate service
  • Highlights: Ultimate comfort, the perfect combination of Asian and European styles cuisine, Large outdoor Jacuzzi, particularly explore Lan Ha Bay
  • Location: Suite 901, 9th Floor, Viet Tower, 152 Pho Duc Chinh St, Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi

Heritage Line Ginger

If you decide to enjoy Halong Bay – Lan Ha Bay with Heritage Line Ginger, the thing waiting for you is a spacious designer suite offering the highest standard and comfort for a luxury overnight cruise. Heritage Line Ginger stands out from other luxury cruises with its opulent, tasteful cabin, faultless service and totally delicious food. The cabin right at the front with its own private jacuzzi provides tourists with fabulous forward views. 

  • Style: Indochinese-Ming Design with contemporary accents
  • Category: 5-star standard services
  • Highlights: Restaurant with Live Cooking and Al Fresco Dining, Terrace Deck, health treatments in massage room
  • Location: 6D Ngo Thoi Nhiem, District 3. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

About 100 kilometers from Hanoi, Ninh Binh is the right choice for travelers who do not have much time but they want to explore the majestic nature. Famous for tourist attractions such as Trang An, Bai Dinh, Hang Mua, Ninh Binh attracts millions of tourists to visit here every year. Metta Voyage would like to suggest the top 10 ideal destinations for Ninh Binh Private Tour that visitors should not miss

  • Trang An Scenic Area

Trang An has an area of over 6000 hectares, known as “Ha Long Bay on land,” with a natural cave complex and a unique limestone mountain system. You will be surprised by a majestic natural masterpiece with a population of 50 trans-water caves connecting 31 flooded valleys. When visiting the caves, you will be able to admire the natural stalactite system and take a boat ride through the cool water to form beautiful winding flows.

  • Tam Coc – Bich Dong

Tam Coc-Bich Dong has a system of limestone caves and historical sites of the Tran dynasty. Tam Coc-Bich Dong tourist area has a natural area of 350.3 ha, belonging to Ninh Hai commune, Hoa Lu.

  • Hang Mua

Hang Mua is an attractive “check-in” place when traveling to Ninh Binh, with an impressive view from the top of the mountain of the whole beautiful scene of Tam Coc area, from the ripe rice fields to the vast river scenery. Hang Mua, in addition to its wild beauty and beautiful scenery, is also a challenging journey to conquer the 500 stone steps.

  • Hoa Lu ancient capital

Hoa Lu’s ancient capital, Ninh Binh, is a complex of historical and architectural relics, consisting of three main areas: a special protection zone, a buffer zone, and other important monuments. With more than 1000 years of ups and downs, the current ancient capital of Hoa Lu still retains important relics from the Dinh and Le dynasties.

  • Van Long Lagoon

Van Long Lagoon is a natural landscape located in the largest wetland nature reserve in the Northern Delta. When visiting Van Long Lagoon, you will be able to sail on the calm water, reflecting the beauty of heaven and earth. You can also admire the limestone formations of Mother Nature, which have many interesting names such as Meo Cao Mountain, Mam Xoi Mountain, Hom Sach Mountain, etc.

  • Ninh Binh mountain goat meat

Ninh Binh mountain goat is a famous specialty here with moderately tender meat, not too chewy, and a characteristic but not strong smell. When eating Ninh Binh mountain goat, you can eat it with cork sauce or ginger fish sauce with lemon, ginger, chili, lemongrass, galangal, and raw vegetables to increase the flavor and sweetness of the meat.

  • Burnt rice

Burnt rice is a famous specialty of Ninh Binh made by mixing two types of rice: dry rice and sticky rice. Through the process of cooking in many stages, the finished piece of burnt rice has a spongy yellow color, is crispy, and is a little salty, so when eaten, it has a greasy but not too greasy taste.

  • Eel vermicelli

Eel vermicelli is a specialty in Ninh Binh, using eel nuggets, the back is pinkish brown, the belly is yellow, and the baby is a bit small, but the meat is very fragrant and firm. Ninh Binh eel vermicelli broth is cooked from the eel bones, and the tubular bones are boiled for a long time to create a natural fatty and sweet taste with a dark brown color, rich consistency, and mouth-watering taste.

  • Fish Nhech salad

Fish Nhech salad is loved by everyone, even the people of Ninh Binh. The best fish Nhech salad is still in Kim Son, and it is not only famous in Ninh Binh; it is also famous throughout the North. Processed fish for salad is carefully selected and must be the freshest; after filtering, it will be combined with seasoning spices (ginger, lemongrass, dried onion, etc.) and served with star fruit, figs, chili, and herbs.

  • Ninh Binh mountain snail

Ninh Binh mountain snail is a specialty dish of Ninh Binh with a characteristic sweet taste and is slightly chewy with many cooking methods, such as stir-fried with chili and pepper or boiled snails with fish sauce and steamed with ginger.

  1. Trekking Fansipan 

Fansipan is the highest mountain in Vietnam, with a height of 3,143, and is a trekking location to be noticed by any adventurous travel lover. This place is known as the “Roof of Indochina” with diverse flora and fauna. Standing on the top of Fansipan, you will see a majestic and poetic Sapa firsthand. In particular, you can also feel the cold of the dew, about 8-10 °C. You can climb this mountain self-sufficient or book tours with tour guides in tourist destinations.

  1. Cable car trip Fansipan

Besides climbing, Fansipan has a cable car 6,292.5m long for tourists who love sightseeing and relaxation. This activity has made many people’s dreams come true: to touch the “Roof of Indochina” easily. When taking the cable car, you can see the four-season beauty of Muong Hoa Valley and the majestic Hoang Lien Son range. Besides, you can also see the spiritual cultural complex with 12 impressive architectural works through 6 transparent tempered glass panels. 

  1. Traditional experience at Cat Cat village 

Cat Cat village is a place that attracts many tourists every time they come to Sapa, just 3km from the town. You can rent motorbikes and motorbike taxis or book tours to visit this place. On the way around Cat Cat village, you will encounter factories powered by flowing water wheels, ethnic houses, Cat Cat waterfall, terraced fields, etc. Besides, there are many things to do in Sapa village, such as drinking alcohol, enjoying local food, or trying on Hmong clothes. Surely this place will make you feel excited with countless beautiful photos.

  1. Have fun at The Hmong Sisters bar

The Hmong Sisters bar is one of the most favorite bars for tourists when they visit Sapa, with a cozy space and wooden decoration design. Moreover, this place has modern music, good food, a great drink list, and friendly staff. The Hmong Sisters is a great place to kick-start the nightlife by strolling around the pool, playing billiards, or simply sitting by the fire to enjoy a cocktail. Although the space here is small, it is very chill and affordable. 

  1. Enjoy Red Dao herbal bath

Red Dao herbal bath is one of the things to do in Sapa. This herbal is a perfect medicine for your health because Dao ethnic has tested them for hundreds of years. Specifically, they help to clean the skin, treat rheumatism, blood circulation, restore health, and relax the mind. The tobacco mixture will be heated for about 30 minutes, then the water will have a deep red color like wine, with a characteristic aroma of herbs. You can take a herbal bath after a long trip in Sapa or rest after a trekking trip. 

  1. Shopping at the Sapa market

Sapa Market is only about 1.5 km from Holy Rosary Church, right in town. This market of Hmong and Red Dao ethnic with Vietnamese cultural identity. In particular, the market is also a meeting place for young men and women through singing, flute, and lip lute. In addition, the market sells food products and gifts of the Northwest, such as shiitake mushrooms, buffalo meat, brocade meat, and beautiful handicrafts for tourists to bring back as gifts. The items here are affordable and of outstanding quality.

  1. Visit Thac Bac waterfall 

Thac Bac waterfall is about 12km from the center of Sapa town. You can comfortably take many beautiful photos; feel the charming scenery of Northwest nature. February to June every year is a suitable time to visit Thac Bac waterfall because of the cool weather. You can also experience some places, such as visiting Muong Hoa stream, Love Waterfall, Ham Rong mountain, etc. Coming to this famous place, you should try to eat specialti

  1. Buffalo meat upstair kitchen 

Buffalo meat upstairs kitchen is made from tenderloin and corn of buffalo. After preliminary processing, the meat will be marinated with typical spices of the northwest mountains and finally smoked. The taste of this dish has the spicy taste of chili mixed with the spicy taste of ginger, along with the unique spice of mac Khen and the smell of wood smoke.

  • Recommended address:
    – An Thinh service – 57, Thach Son street, Sapa, Lao Cai
    – Sapa night market – Dien Bien Phu street – Sapa, Lao Cai
  • Price: From 25.42$ to 33.90$/kilogram
  1. Armpit Pigs 

Armpit Pigs are also known as Sapa Muong pigs; people often put them under their armpits and bring them to the market to sell. Because it is raised in the highlands, the pork is very fresh and clean. Armpit pig can be processed in many different dishes such as grilled pork, fried pork, and steamed very attractive.

  • Recommended address:
    – A Dung restaurant – 12 Xuan Vien, Sapa Town, Lao Cai
    – Hoa Dong Tien restaurant – 29 Cau May, Sapa, Lao Cai
  • Price: From 2.12$ to 10.59$ 
  1. Bamboo – tube rice

Com lam known as Bamboo – tube rice, is an indispensable food in Sapa. People will remove the bamboo tube, bake it over the fire, and then put it in a tray on a layer of banana leaves. Each tube of lam rice is big, round, and fragrant when you enjoy it. 

  • Recommended address:
    – Cat Cat village – Cat Cat village, Sapa town, Lao Cai
    – A Quynh restaurant – 15 Thach Son, Sapa town, Lao Cai 
  • Price: From 4.24$ to 12.71$ 
  1. Stream fish

Stream fish is considered the best food in Sapa. Stream fish is smaller than the fishes living in ponds and lakes but has the characteristics of firm meat, soft bones, delicious, and is not fishy. Usually, stream fish will be grilled and eaten with sour fish sauce.

  • Addresses:
    – Thai Bac restaurant – Thac Bac tourist area, Sapa town, Lao Cai
    – A Phu restaurant -15 Fansipan Street, Sapa town, Lao Cai 
  • Price: From 8.47$ to 23.30$  
  1. Salmon 

With a rich taste, eye-catching color, and high nutritional value, salmon is often present in the high-end menus of Sapa, such as sashimi salmon, curry salmon, pan-fried salmon, fish salad salmon, steamed salmon roe, smoked salmon, salmon salad, etc.

  • Recommended address:
    – Dong Nhi restaurant – Thac Bac Waterfall, Sapa, Lao Cai
    – A Phu restaurant – 15 Fansipan Street, Sapa town, Lao Cai 
  • Price: From 4.24$ to 42.36$ 
  1. Con Sui 

Con Sui is used with flat noodles like pho, also known as Pho Khan. This dish is not eaten with broth, but with a thick and fragrant sauce. Eating a bowl of Con Sui will surely make you feel warm in the cold weather of Sapa. 

  • Recommended address: Ong Ha restaurant – 436 Dien Bien Phu Street, Sapa, Lao Cai
  • Price: About 1.48$/ bowl 
  1. Thang Co

Thang Co is a traditional Northwestern food. Initially, it was only cooked from horses, then other ethnic groups modified beef, buffalo, and pig and created many different ingredients and recipes. Eating Thang Co will be more delicious when drinking highland wine such as corn, Bac Ha, and Lan Sung wine. 

  • Recommended address:
    – Lien Ton restaurant – 61 Xuan Vien, Sapa town, Lao Cai
    – Cau May restaurant – 92 Ngu Chi Son, Sapa town, Lao Cai
  • Price: From 4.24$ to 13.98$ 
  1. Five coloured sticky rice

Five-color sticky rice has five colors: red, yellow, blue, purple, and white. It is made entirely from natural ingredients: upland sticky rice and forest leaves. This food is the specialty food in Sapa you should try. Specifically, on the occasion of Tet holidays, or there are precious guests, the villagers will invite visitors to enjoy this fragrant sticky rice with the taste of the Northwest mountains. 

  • Recommended address:
    – Anh Dung restaurant – 6 Xuan Vien, Sapa town, Lao Cai
    – Hoa Dao restaurant – 48 Le Van Tam, Sapa town, Lao Cai
  • Price: From 3.39$ to 6.35$ 
  1. BBQ

BBQ is a familiar culinary feast around the world, but eating BBQ in Sapa is a fascinating experience. Under the cold weather, fresh meat in the mountains will bring you a feeling of both deliciousness and mouth-watering.

  • Recommended address:
    – Gia Bao restaurant – 498 Dien Bien Phu, Sapa town, Lao Cai
    – Hmong BBQ restaurant – 33 Cau May, Sapa town, Lao Cai
  • Price: From 4.24$ to 42.36$ 
  1. Chestnut cake

 

Chestnut cake is the best food in Sapa with reasonable price. The cake is designed to be small, made with flour, nuts and sugar, sometimes with honey. The cake has a very fragrant and delicious taste and is baked and heated before being sold to tourists.

  • Recommended address:
    – Sapa night market – Dien Bien Phu street, Sapa town, Lao Cai
    – Muong Hum Market – Muong Hum, Bat Xat district, Sapa town, Lao Cai 
  • Price: 2.96$ / 10 pieces
  1. Chargrilled Sapa black chicken

Unlike many other chicken breeds, Sapa black chicken weighs only about 1.2kg to 1.5kg and is quite small. Thanks to that, this is one of the rare chicken breeds. Black chicken can be processed into many different dishes, such as fried, pan-fried, steamed, and boiled, but visitors say that black chicken is best eaten when they are marinated with Northwest spices and grilled with honey.

  • Recommended address:
    – A Phu restaurant -15 Fansipan Street, Sapa town, Lao Cai
    – Red Dao restaurant – 4B Thac Bac Waterfall, Sapa town, Lao Cai
  • Price: From 4.24$ to 42.36$ 
  1. Khau Nhuc

Khau Nhuc is a dish of Chinese origin, later reprocessed by the Tay people. This dish is made from pork with five spices, garlic, and chili and is very delicious with white rice. On important occasions, this is an indispensable dish on the trays offered to ancestors.

  • Recommended address:
    – A Phu restaurant -15 Fansipan Street, Sapa town, Lao Cai
    – Red Dao restaurant – 4B Thac Bac Waterfall, Sapa town, Lao Cai
  • Price: From 2.12$ to 2.96$ 
  1. Pau Plau 

Pau Plau is a delicious Sapa dish that is highly suitable for people who like sweets. To make this cake, the chef must select the roundest glutinous rice grains and then grind them manually; afterward, sun exposure to sufficient. Pau Plau cake is usually filled with green beans, baked or steamed, and served with honey.

  • Recommended address: Sapa new market, Sapa town, Lao Cai 
  • Price: From 0.85$ to 1.27$ 
  1. Pau Co

Pau Co has ingredients, including Dao (a plant of the Northwest) and glutinous rice milled into powdered water. The finished cake has the aroma of glutinous rice; when eaten, it will have a yummy and flexible taste. This cake can be preserved for a long time, so visitors often bring it back as a gift. 

  • Recommended address: Sapa new market, Sapa town, Lao Cai
  • Price: From 0.85$ to 1.27$ 
  1. Men Men 

Men Men is a dish of the Hmong ethnicity, made from cornmeal. Men men have aromatic, flexible, and bold flavors typical of the mountains; when enjoyed, you need to be accompanied by pumpkin soup or chayote to taste better. 

  • Recommended address: Highland markets in Sapa
  • Price: 0.42$ / bowl
  1. Pho Bac Ha

Pho is a familiar specialty food in Vietnam. In particular, Pho Bac Ha in Sapa is famous for its sweet and fragrant pho flavor. You can also feel chewy meat and yummy in each bowl. In addition, Pho Bac Ha has an affordable price and is located in an easy-to-find location, so it is very popular with tourists.

  • Recommended address: 53 Le Van Tam, Sa Pa town, Lao Cai
  • Price: From 1.69$ to 2.12$/ bowl
  1. Nem mang dang

Nem mang dang is a wonderful ingredient in the cooking style of the Tay ethnic group. Spring rolls are made from chicken, shallot leaves, tubers, and a little spice. This food, when combined with Muong Khuong chili sauce – a specialty in Sapa is tastier.  

  • Recommended address:
    – A Quynh restaurant – 15 Thach Son, Sapa town, Lao Cai
    – Red Dao restaurant – 4B Thac Bac Waterfall, Sapa town, Lao Cai
  • Price: From 2.54$ 
  1. Moc Com

Moc Com is a rustic dish, but it is the best food among tourists as a gift after coming to Sapa. Every autumn, the Tay people will harvest rice and process Moc Com. To make the dish, people first take a fat duck’s fat and thick skin and cut it into thin and long pieces. Next, the remaining parts of the duck, such as wings, neck, and spine, are minced and then fried until cooked to make the filling.

  • Recommended address: Bac Ha market – Sapa town, Lao Cai 
  • Price: 5.08$ /kilogram
  1. Roasted chestnuts

Roasted chestnuts are a food to be noticed when coming to Sapa; nuts contain many vitamins such as C, B1, and B2. Sapa chestnuts have brown skin. You will feel the fleshy, greasy, and extremely mouth-watering taste when eating. In addition, Sapa chestnuts can also be grilled with butter and honey.

  • Recommended address:
    – Sapa new market, Sapa town, Lao Cai
    – Muong Hum market  – Muong Hum, Bat Xat district, Sapa town, Lao Cai
  • Price: From 0.42$ to 0.85$ 
  1. Tao Meo

Tao Meo is a favorite fruit in Sapa and can be made into many different foods, wines, and remedies. In particular, Tao Meo can be processed into a sweet and sour snack that appeals to the taste buds. Tao Meo’s benefits are liver cooling, digestive benefits, sedation, stress relief, etc. They are sold at many markets at very low prices.

  • Recommended address:
    – Sapa new market, Sapa town, Lao Cai
    – Bac Ha market – Sapa town, Lao Cai 
  • Price: 1.69$/ kilogram 

About Central Vietnam

  1. The Imperial City of Hue

The Imperial was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. Hue Imperial City sustained significant damage in 1968 during a military campaign in the Vietnam War. After the fight, only 10 important structures were left out of the 160 total. Over time, the Hue Citadel’s structures have been gradually restored. There are many temples, pagodas, royal tombs, quarters, palaces, residences, and the Forbidden Purple City within this expansive complex. 

  1. Royal Tombs of Hue

The Hue tombs give off the impression of a long-forgotten, almost legendary world, with their moss-covered structures concealed in the hills and their worn-out stone warriors bravely guarding the dead. Before the Nguyen Dynasty’s deaths, all of them prepared their own royal tombs that reflected their individual temperaments and ideologies.

  1. Huong river (Perfume river)

Huong river or Perfume river which looks like “a silver sword upright to the sky”, is around 80 kilometers long. When traveling to Hue, do not forget to experience a while of boating along the Huong river to take in the fresh air and the stunning views of the surrounding landscape on both sides of the poetry River. When the nights come and the lights are on, you will immerse yourself in the splendor and romance of Hue. 

  1. Thien Mu Pagoda

Thien Mu Pagoda (as known as Linh Mu Pagoda) was built by Lord Nguyen Hoang in 1601. The most distinctive feature of the pagoda, the Phuoc Duyen octagonal seven-story tower, was erected in 1884. The pagoda is not only famed for its significant architectural achievements but it is also regarded as the most sacred temple in all of Vietnam. In 1996, Thien Mu pagoda was recognized as a national relic (art architecture).

  1. Dong Ba Market

Dong Ba Market is the largest commercial center of Thua Thien Hue. In the market, you may find a variety of foods such as clam rice, beef noodles, khoái cakes, pancakes, and sour shrimp…. In addition, the market sells Hue’s traditional crafts, such as Phu Cam conical hats, bronze items made by the Duc guild, Phuoc Tich pottery, and Bao La rattan and bamboo products. These cultural gifts and souvenirs would be very special!

  • Walk around the Old Town

Hoi An ancient town is located on main roads close to the river, such as Bach Dang, Nguyen Thai Hoc, Phan Chau Trinh, Tran Hung Dao, Tran Phu, Le Loi streets, Minh Anh Ward, Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province.

  • Visiting the assembly hall and ancient house

One of the most opulent buildings in Hoi An is the Fujian Assembly Hall which dates from the 17th century. This was built by the Fujian Chinese community in Hoi An and is considered a sacred space.

  • Admire the Japanese Covered Bridge

The Japanese Covered Bridge is located in the center of the city and is also one of its focal points. The bridge spans some 12 meters and is famous for its ornate carvings. 

  • Enjoy a traditional Hoi An water puppet show

A great way to get under the skin of local culture, this re-creation of Vietnamese traditional village tales through the medium of puppets who seem to float on the water is a delight for all ages. An English-language narration helps you keep up with the light-hearted storylines. Make sure to pre-book – these hour-long shows (made up of several mini-tales) are deservedly popular.

  • Dropping flower garlands on the river 

If tourists come to Hoi An on the full moon day of the month (lunar calendar), do not miss participating in the traditional lantern festival on the Hoai River. This is the most beautiful moment that Hoi An owns. When the shimmering lights from the candles flicker from the lanterns floating on the river, it is also the time when they bring people’s thoughts and sorrows along with the flowing water.

  • Discovering the old-town cuisine 

Hoi An cuisine is extremely rich and diverse, with a distinct Central Coast flavor. When visiting Hoi An, you should try white rose cake and Cao Lau.

  • Participating in Folk games 

Coming to Hoi An and participating in folk games is a great experience you should not miss on your travel itinerary.

  • Take a trip to Ba Na Hills

When you come to Danang, Ba Na Hills is a destination you should not miss. Ba Na Hills, nestled in the Truong Son Mountains near Danang, is a captivating destination that offers an enchanting escape for tourists. Accessible via a scenic cable car ride, this mountain resort boasts breathtaking panoramic views, a cool climate, and a charming French village ambiance. Visitors can explore attractions like the Golden Bridge, a stunning architectural marvel held up by giant hands. Thrill-seekers can indulge in exhilarating rides at the Fantasy Park amusement center, while nature enthusiasts can trek through the lush forests and discover hidden waterfalls. 

  • Visit My Son Sanctuary

A visit to the My Son Sanctuary is one of the top things to do in Danang Vietnam for tourists. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a mesmerizing complex of ancient Hindu temples dating back to the Champa Kingdom. Steeped in history and spirituality, the My Son Sanctuary showcases intricate architectural details and ornate carvings, offering a glimpse into Vietnam’s rich cultural heritage. Exploring the ruins and learning about the religious significance of this sacred site is a truly immersive experience. The tranquil atmosphere and picturesque surroundings make it a perfect place for photography enthusiasts and history buffs alike.

  • Visit the Museum of Cham Sculpture 

Located in the heart of the city, the Museum of Cham Sculpture houses an impressive collection of Cham artifacts, providing a fascinating insight into the ancient Cham civilization that once thrived in central Vietnam. The museum showcases intricate sculptures, statues, and reliefs, showcasing the artistic and cultural brilliance of the Cham people. Visitors can admire the exquisite craftsmanship and learn about the religious and historical significance of these artifacts through informative exhibits. With its rich cultural heritage and captivating displays, the Museum of Cham Sculpture offers an enriching experience that should not be missed.

  • Explore the Marble Mountains

Exploring the Marble Mountains is also a must-do activity for tourists visiting Danang, Vietnam. These five majestic limestone mountains are not only a natural wonder but also hold great cultural and spiritual significance. Each mountain is named after one of the five elements – metal, wood, water, fire, and earth – and is adorned with caves, pagodas, and breathtaking viewpoints. Visitors can climb the stone steps to reach the mountain peaks, where they can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Inside the caves, intricate Buddhist shrines and statues create a serene atmosphere. Whether you’re a nature lover, a history enthusiast, or simply seeking tranquility, a visit to the Marble Mountains is a memorable experience in Danang.

  • Visit the Linh Ung Pagoda

Linh Ung Pagoda is a well-known pagoda, situated on the Son Tra Peninsula in Danang. The pagoda is home to a towering 67-meter-tall white statue of the Goddess of Mercy, known as Lady Buddha, which is an awe-inspiring sight. The tranquil atmosphere, beautifully manicured gardens, and stunning coastal views create a peaceful ambiance for visitors. Exploring the pagoda complex allows tourists to admire the intricate architecture, and intricate Buddhist artwork, and learn about Vietnamese religious practices. A visit to the Linh Ung Pagoda definitely is an unforgettable experience in Danang for visitors.

  • Visit Danang Night Market

The Night Market in Danang is a vibrant and bustling destination that should not be missed when visiting Vietnam. As the sun sets, the market comes alive with colorful stalls selling an array of goods, from local handicrafts and souvenirs to delicious street food. The aromas of sizzling grilled meats and aromatic herbs fill the air, tempting passersby to sample the mouthwatering dishes. With its lively atmosphere, friendly locals, and unique offerings, the Night Market in Danang is truly one of the top things to experience in this coastal city.

Exploring the entertainment paradise Vinpearl Land

Vinpearl Land Nha Trang is without a doubt a top-tier entertainment haven. Vinpearl Land boasts the second-longest cable car across a coastline in the world (3320 meters), which has been used as the most thrilling visitor transportation system. 

A visit to Vinpearl Nha Trang is an opportunity to enjoy the recreation paradise and the beauty of top-notch world-class resorts in addition to immersing into the elegance of the unending heaven, the white sand beaches, the pleasant sea air, and the wonderful green palm.

  • Address: Hon Tre Island, Nha Trang Bay, Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa
  • Opening hours: 8:30 – 21:00
  • Ticket price (including the fee of all games and cable car going in, out Vinpearl Land): 

800,000 VND (~$40): people over 1.4m

700,000 VND (~$30): people under 1.4m

Free for people under 1m

Exploring Po Nagar Cham Towers

Po Nagar Cham Towers is a unique architectural complex that has long been recognized as a representation of Nha Trang City. Paying a visit to Po Nagar Cham Towers will give you the chance to discover the magnificent Champa architecture and discover more about the Cham people’s history. 

  • Address: 61 Hai Thang Tu Street, Vinh Phuoc, Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa, 2km north of the center of Nha Trang City
  • Opening hours: 8:00 – 18:00
  • Ticket fee: 21,000 VND/person/visit

Soaking at Thap Ba Hot Springs and Mud Baths

The Thap Ba Hot Springs Center, which is situated behind the Ponagar Tower, is the first in Vietnam to offer hot springs and mud bathing. It is the ideal location if you are looking for relaxation. Due to the rich mineral composition of the mud, which is claimed to have healing effects, people typically apply it to their skin before lying down in the bath to let it do its magic. 

  • Address: 438 Ngo Den st, Ngoc Hiep ward, Nha Trang city, Khanh Hoa province, Viet Nam
  • Serving time: 7:30 – 18:00
  • Price: 1-4 pax/ private pool: 350,000 VND/ pax

5 pax/ private pool: 300,000 VND/ pax

6 or more/ private pool: 260,000 VND/ pax

Child (1- 1,4m height): 130,000 VND/ pax

Discovering the National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam

The National Oceanographic Museum is home to substantial collections of marine life and archipelago history from Vietnam. 20.000 marine specimens are housed in the museum’s extensive collection for use in research and teaching. Furthermore, many aquatic animals reside in its huge aquarium.

    • Address: 01 Cau Da, Vinh Nguyen ward, Nha Trang city, Khanh Hoa province.
  • Ticket prices: Adults: 40,000 VND (about $2)

Students: 20,000 VND (about $1)

  • Opening hours: 6:00 – 18:00

Visiting Monkey Island

Monkey Island is located outside of the city core of Nha Trang. This is a perfect habitat for a variety of wild creatures, mainly monkeys. Visitors to Monkey Island get the opportunity to interact with more than 1,500 monkeys of various varieties. On this 25-hectare-wide island, a variety of delightful monkey-related activities have been devised to provide guests with amazing experiences.

  • Address: Ninh Phu Commune, Ninh Hoa town, Khanh Hoa province.
  • Entrance fee: free
  • Price (including 2-way train tickets, tent seats, fresh water bathing, animal circus viewing, watching monkey swimming and motor racing, watching dog racing, and playing in the floating park):
  • Adult: 600,000 VND
  • Children: 1m – 1,4m height: 400,000 VND
  • Children: less than 1m: free

 

Taking a tour to Hon Chong Promontory

The Hon Chong complex is one of the must-see sights in Nha Trang since it is at the confluence of a lively coastal city and peaceful nature. Travelers can participate in a range of exciting activities while visiting Hon Chong. You can participate in physical activities like swimming, rock climbing, or picking up seaweed and sea snails with the locals when the tide is out.

  • Address: Phuoc Vinh ward, Nha Trang city, Khanh Hoa
  • Entrance fee: Free
  • Prices (climb the rock): 22,000 VND/adult, 11,000 VND/child
  • Opening hours: 7:00 – 19:00

Going Diving

Due to its vibrant marine life and colorful coral reefs, Nha Trang is a fantastic location for scuba divers from all over the world. The summer months of June through August are the finest for diving in Nha Trang. During this time, the weather is quite sunny, the water is crystal clear, and the currents are calm, making it possible to take a deep plunge under cool water.

You can experience diving in Nha Trang:

  • Hon Mun Island
  • Monkey Island
  • Mot Island

Taking a Jet Ski Tour

Riding a jet ski in the sea is one of the most intriguing options to explore Nha Trang beach. Your instructor will demonstrate how to operate, drive, and troubleshoot so you can begin your journey. You can explore islands, observe monkeys and native cultures. Taking part in riding a jet-ski in the sunshine on the waves by yourself is an extremely wonderful experience!

Trying street food in Nha Trang

Along with being a popular destination for island hopping and historical tourism, Nha Trang is also renowned for its delectable local cuisine, which features a variety of unique dishes for both domestic and international tourists. The street food in Nha Trang is a delicious fusion of ingredients from the ocean and other natural sources.

About South Vietnam

  • Visit Ben Thanh Market 

Ben Thanh Market started construction in 1912, which is a characteristic of Saigon. With an area of ​​over 13,000 m², the market sells mainly clothes, fabrics, shoes, fashion, handicrafts, fresh food, fresh fruits, and flowers. Also, coming to the market, you will be overwhelmed by the long line of sweet soup stalls of all colors and delicious flavors. Besides, dishes like broken rice or hearty crab soup noodle bring irresistible flavors for visitors. 

  • Saigon Central Post Office

Saigon Central Post Office is one of the ancient architectural works in Ho Chi Minh City, built from 1886 to 1891 by a famous French architect. Many souvenirs and postcards about the country and people of Vietnam, as well as about Saigon in particular, are sold to serve tourists along both sides of the building’s corridors.   

  • Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts 

Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts has a unique beauty imbued with history and art culture. The museum has a lot of valuable artifacts, with up to 21,000 artifacts of famous painters from Gia Dinh school, Indochina Fine Arts, and modern art from before 1975.

Vietnam History Museum 

Vietnam History Museum was established in 1979, which collects and preserves the unique cultural heritage of the Vietnamese nation since the reign of the Hung king built the country. The whole building was built in the style of ancient Indochina, with tiled roofs decorated with phoenixes and stylized dragons, attracting many international visitors.

  • War Remnants Museum

The War Remnants Museum was established in 1975, specializing in researching, collecting, preserving, and displaying evidence of crimes and consequences of the wars of aggression in Vietnam. It consists of 3 exhibition floors, with a total area of 4,522 m² and with nearly 1 million visitors annually. 

  • Independence Palace

Independence Palace is one of the most unique and famous architectural works in Ho Chi Minh City, which has existed for more than 150 years. The Palace has three main floors and a terrace that is also a helipad. More than 100 rooms of the Palace are decorated in different styles depending on the purpose of use, including staterooms, cabinet meeting rooms, offices of the President and Vice President in the past, etc.

  • Explore the floating markets in Can Tho and Cai Rang

Experience the vibrant culture of Vietnam by exploring the floating markets of Can Tho and Cai Rang. These markets are a unique sight to see and offer visitors an unparalleled opportunity to immerse themselves in the local culture. From exotic fruits, to colorful souvenirs, and fresh seafood, these markets offer a variety of goods that are sure to catch your attention. Take a boat ride down the Mekong River and witness the hustle and bustle of the vendors as they barter and sell their goods. Not only will you get a chance to see the unique floating markets, but you’ll also get the chance to interact with the locals and learn about their way of life. Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind experience that is sure to be a highlight of your trip to Vietnam.

  • Visit the Banh Xeo rice paper village for a unique culinary experience

If you’re a foodie searching for a unique culinary experience, look no further than the Banh Xeo rice paper village. Located in Vietnam’s central region, this village is renowned for its Banh Xeo pancakes, which are made from rice flour, coconut milk, turmeric, and a variety of savory ingredients such as pork and shrimp. What sets Banh Xeo apart is its crispy texture and unique method of preparation. At the village, you can take part in making the pancakes by yourself or watch the locals do it while learning about the cultural significance of the dish. The experience is not complete without savoring the finished product, served hot and fresh with a side of herbs and dipping sauce. Visiting the Banh Xeo rice paper village is a must-do for those seeking an unforgettable culinary adventure.

  • Enjoy a boat ride down the Mekong River to explore more of its beauty

The Mekong River is a natural wonder that spans over six countries in Southeast Asia. With so much to discover, a boat ride down the Mekong River is the perfect way to explore its beauty. As you cruise along, you’ll be surrounded by lush greenery and stunning landscape. From floating markets to local temples, there’s plenty to see and experience. Delight your taste buds with delicious cuisine from the region while taking in the breathtaking views. Don’t forget to snap a few photos to remember this unforgettable journey. A boat ride down the Mekong River allows you to immerse yourself in the lively culture and history of this magnificent area. It’s a must-do experience for anyone visiting Southeast Asia.

  • Visit Coconut milk candy factory

Ben Tre, one of Mekong’s provinces, is known for its abundance of coconut plantations, which has resulted in a variety of coconut goods, including coconut milk sweet. Chau Thanh hamlet is one of several localities who have made a living by producing this delicious dessert for decades. Coconut milk candies, known as one of the best Vietnamese delicacies, have been sold to numerous markets throughout the world. When visiting Ben Tre, you may witness the ancient process of creating coconut candy using the old techniques. When you visit the factory of this traditional technique, you will be able to taste this candy 

  • Explore local fruit gardens

The enriched soil in the Mekong Delta is suited to producing various types of tropical fruits all year round; such fertile land has earned the region the title of “the country’s fruit bowl.” In the local gardens, you’d usually see tropical fruit trees including durian, jackfruit, mangosteen, watermelon, bananas, pear, and pomelo. The majority of the fruits grown in the Mekong Delta are consumed domestically, and some are even exported throughout the world. These local orchards allow you to experience the farmer’s life by picking fresh fruit and bringing some home for a very affordable fee. The price is determined by seasonal demand for that type of fruit. 

Com Tam (Steamed Broken Rice)

Com Tam is an iconic dish from Saigon, Vietnam that is deeply rooted in the history and culture of the city. It is a simple yet satisfying breakfast, lunch, or dinner item typically made with broken rice grains cooked in a steamer. The Vietnamese people have long used broken rice in times of poverty and hardship, making Com Tam more than just a meal but a symbol of strength and resilience. 

The flavor of Com Tam is subtle yet distinct, with the steamed broken rice cooked to a light crispness that pairs perfectly with various condiments such as fish sauce, garlic, and chili. The addition of pork, shrimp, or other meats adds an extra dimension of flavor while still allowing the broken rice to shine through. 

Reference price: 25.000 – 65.000 VND/bowl. ( 1-3$ )

Reference address:

  • Sa Bi Chuong: 179 Tran Binh Trong, Ward 13,  District 5, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Com Tam Phuc Loc Tho: 236 Dinh Tien Hoang, Da Kao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Com Tam Tu Map: 89-91 Dong Den, Ward 12, Tan Binh District
  • Com Tam Bai Rac: 73 Le Van Linh, Ward 13, District 4, Ho Chi Minh City 

Banh My (Saigon Baguette)

My is a signature dish in Vietnam that has become popular among locals and tourists alike. This delicious bread can be found on the street corners of Saigon and usually comes with various toppings such as Chinese sausage, lean pork paste, egg, chicken, and pork. This dish has a unique flavor, making it a must-try for anyone who visits Saigon. The combination of various ingredients makes for a hearty and flavorful sandwich that can be enjoyed any time of day. It is also surprisingly affordable, making it an attractive option for those looking to get their street food fix. All-in-all, Banh My is an excellent example of the delicious cuisine available in Vietnam and definitely worth a try. 

Reference price: 25.000 – 65.000 VND/piece. ( 1-3$ )

Reference address:

  • Hoang Yen – Saigon Bakery: 654/1 Pham Van Chi, Ward 8, District 6, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Tu Hai Banh Mi Sticks: 356 Dinh Tien Hoang, District 1. Ho Chi Minh City
  • Huynh Hoa Bread: 26 Le Thi Rieng, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Co Diep Bread: 238 Vo Thanh Trang, Ward 11, Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Hoa Ma Bread: 53 Cao Thang, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City

Pha Lau dishes

Pha Lau is a popular street food in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, made of various animal organs including stomach, intestine, lungs, liver, and heart. The organs are marinated with spices and then fried until golden brown before being boiled until tender. Coconut milk is the main ingredient of the broth which gives it a sweet and fatty flavor. Eating Pha Lau with bread adds an extra delicious twist that can only be found in Saigon. The dish is widely available at small alleys throughout the city and appeals to both local tourists and visitors from afar due to its unique taste. In conclusion, Pha Lau is definitely a must-try for anyone visiting Ho Chi Minh City and wanting to experience the true flavors of Saigon.

Reference price: 35.000 – 65.000 VND/dish ( 3-4$) 

Reference address:

  • Pha Lau Mr.Li: 1A Suong Nguyet Anh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 
  • Pha Lau Mrs.Thao: 243 Ton Dan Street, Ward 15, District 4, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Pha Lau Mrs. Nui Saigon: 243/30 Ton Dan Street, Ward 15, District 4, Ho Chi Minh City 
  • Pha Lau Mrs. Hat: 533 Ba Hat, Ward 8, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City 
  • Pha lau Mrs. Oanh: Alley 200 Xom Chieu, Ward 14, District 4, Ho Chi Minh City  

Banh Trang Tron (Rice Paper Salad) 

“Banh Trang Tron” is a Saigon street food dish that has become increasingly popular throughout Vietnam. This savory snack is composed of small pieces of raw beef jerky, dried shrimp, quail eggs, mango, laksa leaves, satay, and shrimp. These ingredients are all then wrapped in a thin layer of rice paper, which adds an interesting texture to the dish. The spicy and slightly sweet flavor of the laksa leaves provides a unique depth of flavor not found in many traditional Vietnamese dishes. 

The best part about this street food is that it can be eaten on the go or enjoyed while sitting in one of the many street-side eateries. The small size of the dish also allows for a quick meal, making it ideal for busy urbanites.

Reference price: 15.000 – 35.000 VND/dish (1-2$)

Reference address:

  • Banh trang tron Sai Gon Hao Hao: Hoa Hao Street, Lot S, Ngo Gia Tu apartment building, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City 
  • Banh trang tron Long: 34 Nguyen Thuong Hien, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City 
  • Banh trang tron Sai Gon Mr Vien: 38 Nguyen Thuong Hien, Ward 5, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City 
  • Banh trang tron Sài Gòn Thuy Long An: 108/2 Le Tu Tai, Ward 4, Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City 
  • Banh trang tron Nhat Quynh: 78/10 Ho Thi Ky, Ward 1, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City 

Banh Trang Nuong (Grilled Rice Paper)

Banh Trang Nuong, or grilled rice paper, is a simple but delicious dish that has been beloved by the people of Saigon for generations. This dish is so popular because it is easy to make and very cheap, yet still provides an unforgettable flavor. The thin rice paper is placed on a griddle and then topped with a mixture of beaten eggs, scallions, and dried shrimp. A hint of chili sauce gives it an extra bit of kick that ties the flavors together beautifully. Banh Trang Nuong is a great dish for any occasion and can be enjoyed by everyone. 

Reference price: 15.000 – 35.000 VND/dish (1-2$) 

Reference address:

  • Goc Da Lat: 386/43B Le Van Si, Ward 14, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Banh Trang Cao Thang: 61 Cao Thang, Ward 3, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Banh Trang C002: 002 Lot C, Apartment 23/49 Dinh Tien Hoang, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Banh Trang Mam Ruoc: 173 Cao Thang, Ward 12, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City.

Hu Tieu (Noodles)

Hu Tieu is a delicious and unique specialty dish from Saigon. It is made with soft metal noodles combined with water, along with special spices to give it a strong flavor that is distinctly Southern. The combination of the flavors and textures makes Hu Tieu stand out from other noodle dishes. 

The aroma of the spices fills the air as soon as you open the package and it just gets better from there. When cooked, the noodles are perfectly soft with a subtle flavor of the spices that really bring out the best in this dish. The addition of raw vegetables provides a nice contrast to the softer ingredients and creates an overall balanced flavor. 

Reference price: 35.000 – 60.000 VND/bowl ( 2$-3$)

Reference address: 

  • Hu Tieu Pham Van Hai: 154/56 Pham Van Hai, Ward 3, Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Hu Tieu 18 Ly Thai To:  18 Ly Thai To, Ward 2, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Hu Tieu Nam Vang: A65 Nguyen Trai, Ward Nguyen Cu Trinh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Hu Tieu 52 Tan Hung Dao: 52 Tran Hung Dao, Ward 11, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Hu Tieu food stall with braised ribs: alley 192 Ngo Quyen, Ward 8, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City

Fried dough

The fried dough dish is made very simply using fried flour, eggs, shredded papaya, soy sauce, and green onions. Crispy fried dough with soy sauce gives a deep, tasty taste. Many visitors to Saigon must praise it since the meal appears to be basic, made from common materials, and simple to prepare, yet it has such a unique flavor. On cold days, come to Saigon to savor this delectable fried dough.

Reference price: 45.000 VND/dish

Reference address

  • Hoai Thuong- Fried dough near Cho Lon post office: 280 Hai Thuong Lan Ong, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Dat Thanh Fried dough: 277 Vo Van Tan, Ward 5, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Van Thanh Fried Flour – Vo Van Ta: Alley 185 Vo Van Tan, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Fried Noodles, Fried Flour – Nguyen Kim: 187 Nguyen Kim, Ward 6, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City

Bo Kho (Vietnamese Beef Stew)

According to TasteAtla, which presents itself as a globe atlas of traditional meals, local ingredients, and genuine eateries, Bo kho (Vietnamese beef stew) ranks fourth among the top ten stews in the world. Bo Kho is full of juicy, fall-apart braised beef slices, herbs, aromatics, and a savory broth that pairs nicely with Vietnamese bread!

Reference price: 45.000 VND/dish

Reference address

  • Bo kho Tron: 706 Truong Sa, Ward 14, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Bo kho Mrs Mai: 6 Thang Long, Ward 4, Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Me Chung Quan: 166 Ngo Tat To, Ward 22, Bình Thạnh District, Ho Chi Minh City

Xoi Saigon (Sticky rice)

Xoi- is not only a tasty and appealing food for many Saigon locals, but it is also an important part of Vietnamese culinary tradition. Vietnamese people like eating sticky rice for breakfast. Nobody knows how long or who originated this dish, but it is currently one of the most popular meals served at the breakfast table. I hope you give it a shot if you ever get the chance to visit Vietnam. You could choose to have a choice between salty and sweet flavors. People in Saigon prepare sticky rice on the spur of the moment; no matter what can be eaten with sticky rice, another unique sticky rice meal will emerge.

Reference price: 20.000 – 45.000 VND/bowl. ( 1-2$ )

Reference address:

  • Sticky rice Mrs. Lan: 14b Ky Dong, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Sticky rice in Ba Chieu Market: Ba Chieu Market, 318/1 Bui Huu Nghia, Ward 1, Binh Thanh, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Mama Chang: 318 Hoa Hao, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City

Bap rang (Roasted popcorn)

It comes to Bap rang (Roasted popcorn), you undoubtedly already know how tasty and oily this Saigon street snack is. This meal is popular throughout the country due to its distinct flavor, which generates a distinct regional style. Bap rang is created with simple ingredients like sweet corn, dried shrimp, and green onions, as well as a little butter. The sweet and soft corn kernels combined with creamy butter, the crispiness of fried shrimp, the fat, and the scent of green onions all combine to make an unforgettable meal.

Reference price: 15.000- 30.000 VND/disc( 1$)

Reference address

  • Miss Ba – Stir-fried Corn with Salted Eggs: 24c Cao Thang, Ward 5, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Stir-fried Corn in Turtle Lake: 118 Co Giang, Ward 2, Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City
  • SUDO Stir-fried corn with salted egg: 435/47/12c, 47 Huynh Tan Phat, Tan Thuan Dong, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City

Snail 

Snail is a famous street dish in Saigon that is cooked in a variety of ways, giving it a distinct flavor. And the Saigon snail dish has a distinct Southern taste. Several different cuisines are made from various species of snails, such as boiling snails, fried snails with spicy tamarind, fried snails with chili pepper, grilled snails, and so on. It makes a meal with the dusty style of Saigon people when combined with the signature sweet dipping sauce, fiery chile, and salty figs. Snail foods are often seen and enjoyed throughout Saigon’s streets. Try this recipe in particular during the winter, as its unique hot and spicy flavor will provide you with a sense of relaxation on cold days.

Reference price: 80.000 – 200.000 VND/dish ( 3-10$)

Reference address:

  • Oc Nhu: 650/4/29D Dien Bien Phu Street, Ward 11, District 10,  Ho Chi Minh City
  • Oc Nho: 178 Le Quoc Hung Street, Ward 12, District 4, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Oc Dao: 212B/C79 Nguyen Trai Street, Nguyen Cu Trinh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

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