Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and the political and cultural cultural center of the country. To visit Hanoi is to step yourself in history and legendary traditions, in a capital that has been inhabited for almost a millennium. The flow of time brought this capital various different names: Thang Long, Dong Do, Hanoi.
Grasp all the beauty of this fascinating country, one of the most astonishing destinations in all Asia. Aside from the magical temples of Angkor, Cambodia possesses other jewels, such as deep jungles, surprisingly bucolic regions and pristine white sand beaches in the Gulf of Thailand.
Travel to Laos and unearth all the mystery of this land. This country, still relatively unknown by tourists, is a real hidden treasure in South-East Asia. This place is incredibly charming not only for its serene atmosphere, but also for its picturesque sceneries and its stunning regions.
Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam's largest city. This megalopolis has a rich culture and is also the country's economic powerhouse. The center of the old Saigon is boasts charming French colonial architecture and wide boulevards, usually congested by the huge traffic.
Ben Tre province is located near the mouth of the Mekong Delta (85km from Ho Chi Minh City). It is home to some of the most picturesque scenery in the region. The milk coffee colored waters wind their way along small canals lined with water palms trees while thatch and bamboo houses are surrounded by lush orchards.
Can Tho is the largest city in the Mekong Delta. It is located on the south bank of Hau River, the largest tributary of the Mekong, and at 169km from Ho Chi Minh City. Can Tho is renowned for its floating markets, rice paper mills and picturesque canals. The local climat is tropical with monsoons and marked by two distinct seasons: the rainy season from May to November, and the dry season, which runs from December to April.
Chau Doc is one of the most beautiful places in the Mekong Delta, just at the border with Cambodia. The Bassac River, flowing through the city, is a waterway for inland navigation and Sam Mountain offers an excellent view point on the vast plains situated on the other side. Due to the strong cultural diversity marked by the Khmer, Cham and Chinese communities, Chau Doc is home to several attractions worth visiting.
My Tho province is located at approximately 80km from Ho Chi Minh City. The main asset of this region full of rivers is characterized by the possibility to take boat trips in the middle of picturesque islands of fantastic shapes, such as the Phoenix Island, the Turtle Island or Unicorn Island. You can visit the peaceful Vinh Trang Pagoda, a worship temple for Caodaism, and you can enjoy discovering the daily life of the inhabitants.
Da Nang is a major port city lying on the estuary of Han River. The mountains and peninsulas surrounding Da Nang offer both a safe shelter to the port and fantastic landscapes to visitors. Da Nang is a pleasant city in terms of climate and topography, with its white sandy beaches and the banks of the river that are particularly well laid out.
Located at 240km from Hanoi, in Ba Be National Park (Ban Can province), it is one of the largest freshwater lake in the world. In spite of its calcareous soil and its location at 145m above sea level, Ba Be Lake never runs dry. It covers 500ha, its length is 8km and its width is 3km, while its depth varies between 20m and 30m.
Cao Bang province, located in the northeastern part of Vietnam, has borne significant importance during the independence war against the French. This is where Nguyen Sinh Cung (also called Nguyen Ai Quoc, meaning “The Patriot”) became Ho Chi Minh. This mountainous area is home to 9 different ethnic groups.
Ha Giang province is 300 km north of Hanoi, at the highest latitude in Vietnam. It shares a border with Yunnan province in southern China and is neighboring the provinces of Cao Bang, Tuyen Quang, Lao Cai and Yen Bai. It is a very mountainous area; its landscapes of limestone pinnacles and granite outcrops are among the most spectacular in Vietnam. 22 ethnic minorities, mainly the H'Mong, Tay, Dao, Nung, and Lo Lo, give a lot of colors and cultural value to visits in Ha Giang.
Hoang Su Phi is a district of Ha Giang Province, located at 300 km in the northeast of Hanoi. This region is blessed with rugged mountains and lush valleys, but best known for its beautiful rice terraces classified as “National Heritage” by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
Buon Ma Thuot is the capital of Dak Lak Province. It is the largest city in Vietnam's Central Highlands region and is also known as the capital of coffee in Vietnam, a country that is second only to Brazil in coffee exports. Apart from the coffee, the province is also famous for rubber. Buon Ma Thuot is considered as the elephant country: you can have the opportunity to ride the back of an elephant in Don Village or at the Lak Lake.
Lang Son is province in North-East Vietnam that shares a border with China. It is a region made of mountains and dense forests, which make up almost 80% of its territory, and where a lot of valuable species of wood are found, but also home to wild animals (most notably tigers, leopards, bears and deer). Anise oil and yellow tobacco leaves are the local specialties.
Dalat is the capital of Lam Dong province and is located at 1,500m above sea level on Lang Bian Plateau (also called Lang Biang), in the southern part of the Central Highlands. Dalat is a popular tourist destination among Vietnamese: it’s the “honeymoon capital” in the country and an escape destination for Ho Chi Minh City residents looking for fresh.
The province of Kon Tum is located in the northern part of the Central Highlands. Kon Tum Plateau’s average altitude is 527m and the forest covers more than 50% of its surface. The local economy is mainly focused on agriculture (including cassava, rubber and coffee).
Dien Bien Phu is mostly known for having been the place of the decisive battle against the French in 1954. Nowadays, it is a growing city with beautiful surroundings. The ruins of the French defensive installations were rebuilt and are now opened to visitors.
Nha Trang is a coastal city and the capital of Khanh Hoa Province. It is one of the most important tourist hubs in Vietnam, thanks to its beautiful sandy beaches and pleasing ocean with clear water and mild temperatures all year round. The average temperature in Nha Trang is 26°C. Nha Trang also enjoys the lowest humidity level in all of Vietnam.
The Lai Chau province is located in the Northwestern part of Vietnam and shares borders with China, Laos and the provinces of Lao Cai, Son La and Dien Bien. Lai Chau is at around 210km of Dien Bien Phu, 200km of Sapa and 400km of Hanoi by way of the famous road N°32.
Mai Chau, in Hoa Binh province, is an isolated place at 140km from Hanoi. At an altitude of only 150m, Mai Chau is surrounded by a sea of rice fields shaping beautiful landscapes. This land is home to the White Thai ethnic group, living on stilt houses. Many hamlets are accessible by foot or by bicycle. Mai Chau is typical of the peaceful and simple life in rural Vietnam. It is a fantastic place where people can hike in a fresh and lush nature while staying at night in homestays.
Phan Thiet is the capital of Binh Thuan province, in Southeastern Vietnam. Mui Ne is a coastal city adjacent to Phan Tiet. Both are traditionnally known for their fish sauce production, but they are today tourist haven which reputation is quickly soaring. The average temperature is 27°C and the climate is hot and dry most of the year.
This nature reserve was established in 2006 and is opened to tourists since 2010. Therefore, it’s a relatively new and attractive eco-touristic destination located southwest to Hanoi, between Cuc Phuong National Park and the Pu Luong Nature Reserve.
The Pu Luong Nature Reserve is in Thanh Hoa province, in the Ba Thuoc and Quan Hoa districts, not far from Mai Chau. It consists of two mountain ridges; only the ridges covered by forests are part of the reserve. The central valley is a large agricultural area where you can also find stilt houses dotting the land.