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From the vertiginous rice valleys of Sapa in Vietnam's north stretching to the fascinating bustle of the Mekong Delta in the south, Vietnam is home to a wealth of attractions which will seduce both spending budget and top range travelers. Welcoming international tourists and their dollars since the late eighties, enterprising Vietnam has rapidly developed a well trodden trail of attractions. Vietnam's war torn history, the French, Americans and Chinese have all left their very own distinctive and not frequently positive stamps on the country, and also its spectacular and varied geography, amazing cuisine, plentiful beaches and near endless shopping are various reasons to travel to the fast paced Communist nation.Our Vietnam travel guide is here to assist you get the most out of every and every single one of your trips to Vietnam. We begin with a few simple guidelines below, aimed at first time travelers to the nation.

Absolute highlights.

There's Much more in Vietnam than Ha Long Bay and Hoi An! It's a country, however, where it really pays to follow the maxim less is more. Do not be too ambitious in what you are attempting to see, particularly if you are factoring in a lot of long distance travel. In case your time is limited, keep yourself to one part of the nation Because Vietnam does not lend itself to high speed travel.

Slow down and try the soup! What to do.

You mean aside from eating non stop right? All major tourist centers will offer an astonishing range of short visits, courses and activities. What follows are just some of the most famous options. Diving and kitesurfing: Best not combined. Although Vietnam's diving is not the best in the area, You can learn to dive in both Nha Trang and Phu Quoc Island. For kitesurfing, Mui Ne is the premier location within the nation. Explore historic ruins: although Vietnam has nothing of the scale of Cambodia's Angkor, it does have remnant of the Cham Empire still standing, best seen in my Son near Hoi An. Other Cham ruins can be visited in Phan Rang Thap Cham, Nha Trang and Mui Ne. 

Cooking classes and food walks: Fancy a cooking class in Hoi An, a street food walk in Hanoi or a vespa tour in Saigon? We have got you covered.

Trekking: Among the main activities to do around Sapa is trekking, butwhich trek is the right one for you? We checked two different day treks to narrow down your choices.

When to go?

There Is no ideal time to visit Vietnam. Generally, destinations at the north like Hanoi and Sapa are excellent in October, Nov and December, as you will see small rain and must have clear skies and temperate conditions. The coast stretch from Hue down to Nha Trang is excellent at the very first 50% of the season, from January through to July, while Saigon and the Mekong Delta are best from Nov through to Feb or even March. Hoi An, Da Nang and Hue see heavy rain and regular flooding in October and November. Please check for more localised advice in our weather section.

What to watch out for?

Vietnam is a safe country for traveling in. Petty theft is an issue in tourist centers, especially Saigon and Nha Trang where grab and grab robbery are a significant issue. Violent crimes against foreigners remains rare, but use your common sense when out in the day and keep in control. If you are feeling threatened, particularly in a pub or club environment, swallow your pride and depart. Scamming, notably By travel agents, is at the level of the plague in Vietnam and remain.

The Ha Long Bay tours out of Hanoi remain absolute serpent pit of dishonest wheelers and dealers. There's really little one may do other than ask around for recommendations from other travelers. Having adequate travel insurance cover is essential. Vietnam's road toll is high. Drunk driving is common. Always, always, always wear a motorcycle helmet when on two wheels. Don't ride stoned or drunk. Drug laws in Vietnam are enforced haphazardly, although severe. Simply since the tuk driver who sold you a bag of pot did not get arrested does not mean you won't be.

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