Vietnam Travel Guide: Hanoi, Hoi An, Ha Long Bay, Ho Chi Minh City, the Mekong Delta and Sa Pa

  • Ho Chi Minh City (formerly called Saigon): Located in the south of Vietnam, Ho Chi Min City is the country’s largest city and its economic centre. The former Saigon features many buildings from the French colonial era and was the capital of South Vietnam from 1955 to 1975. Given its substantial amount of French colonial architecture, the city is also nicknamed “the Paris of the East”. Many of the exhibits in the War Remnants Museum commemorate the American phase of the Vietnam War.
Saigon Central Post Office

Saigon Central Post Office (image by {a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/meenaghd/” target=”_blank”}meenaghd{/a})

  • The Mekong Delta: With its location around Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), the Mekong Delta is an extremely bio-diverse and fertile area and produces more rice than Japan and Korea together. Visitors will enjoy picturesque riverside villages and floating markets.
Mekong Delta

Mekong Delta (image by {a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidconger/” target=”_blank”}davidconger.com{/a})

  • Sa Pa: Located in the north of Vietnam, in a beautiful valley close to the Chinese border, Sa Pa is a small and picturesque mountain town. It is hidden by mist most of the time and the local H’mong and Dzao people come to this city for the market every Saturday. Quite a few tourists visit Vietnam especially to see this colorful and lovely city. Trekking around the mountains is very popular and a day trip from Hanoi is possible too. Be aware that the weather in the winter is cold and foggy, and many hotels do not have adequate heating, so it’s better to visit during the summer.
Sa Pa

Sa Pa (image by {a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/dgmckelvey/” target=”_blank”}David McKelvyey{/a})

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