Why visit Vietnam?
A fashionable destination, Vietnam is attracting more and more tourists but is still preserved from mass tourism. The war that ended only 40 years ago has left stigma, but the people want to forget, go ahead, and the country is advancing rapidly. With almost 275 inhabitants per km?, you will feel a bit stifled, but once outside the big cities, the air will be a little purer, and the landscapes so much more beautiful. Vietnam is a beautiful country for various tourist activities and honeymoon.
Whatever your starting point to visit Vietnam, you will have to go through Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh (Saigon). Hanoi is the current capital, and Saigon is the economic capital. Anyway, in the North, or the South, the activities are numerous. You will visit Halong Bay, the Mekong Delta, rice terraces, pagodas and temples, superb beaches, and all of this complemented by local culinary specialties.
Activities in Vietnam: What to visit and what to do?
Take a walk around Hoan Kiem Lake, get lost in the streets of the city center on foot or by bicycle, go for a stroll at the Dong Xuan market, eat soup ( Ph? ) in the street, visit the pagodas and surrounding museums.
Located in the mountainous region north of Hanoi, the town of Sapa rises to 1650m above sea level and offers a panorama of rice fields. It is a good opportunity to meet Vietnamese ethnic minorities.
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Halong Bay site lists nearly 2000 islands and islets and can be visited by boat over one, two, or three days for the most common stays. You will visit the best spots, floating villages, and huge caves and caves. You can’t miss this place during your trip to Vietnam.
Ho Chi Minh City:
The most populated and largest city in the country is a strategic point to visit the South of Vietnam but also to reach Cambodia nearby. In Saigon, only a few museums explaining the war, and some interesting monuments are to be seen.
The country having the shape of a dragon, we are here in the narrow part of the throat. Hoi An is a compulsory stop as the village is beautiful. Built around a river, you will fall in love with its small streets with Japanese, Chinese and French influences, filled with restaurants. Finally, do not miss the Imperial City of Hue, and the national park Phong Nha – Ke Bang not far away in which you can visit gigantic caves recently discovered (!).
Note: In Vietnam, one in two people drives a scooter, so avoid renting one in big cities. Prefer small towns and villages to circulate more quietly. Journeys between cities are difficult because the roads are completely rutted or do not yet exist. For very long distances, take the plane or the train instead.
The cost of living in Vietnam is not high so avoid showing signs of wealth and be respectful to the people. Regarding the routes, if you have two to three weeks in front of you you can pretty much visit everything from either Saigon or Hanoi.
The future of tourism in Vietnam
In 2017, the Prime Minister approved a program of 30 Trillion VND (1.32 billion USD) to develop tourism and road infrastructure to the same standards as the major tourist destinations.
In parallel with this decision, the government also approved the release of a tourism development fund of VND 300 billion ($ 12.9 million) for promotional activities and to assess the best strategy to adopt.
In addition to the establishment of these funds, the government has also streamlined its visa policy by extending the existing policy to other authorized visitors from 46 countries including China, Japan, South Korea, the United States, United Kingdom and thus be able to enter Vietnam for 30 days with a single entry visa until 2021.
By 2025, the government aims to generate $ 45 billion in revenue from the tourism sector, increasing the sector’s contribution to GDP by more than 10%, as well as direct and indirect creation by more than 6 million jobs.