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Discover Top 10 destinations of cultural tourism in Vietnam

Vietnam is a country rich in history and tradition, blending various cultures, dialects, and historical backgrounds. Over the years, the country has been influenced by a blend of historical customs and the entry of foreign cultures. The diversity in each region also helps to enrich the cultures in Vietnam. You will find different cultures in every city and region in Vietnam.

Hoi An Tourism

Hoi An Tourism
Hoi An Tourism

If you want to experience the rich culture of Vietnam in the past, visit Hoi An Ancient Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is also the best destination in Vietnam. This city is well preserved. Originally, it was a trading port in Southeast Asia and flourished in the 16th and 17th centuries. In its heyday, Hoi An welcomed merchants from Japan, China, and Spain. Nha and the Netherlands and is known as a place of cultural exchange. Nowadays, you can experience the culture in the old town through history museums, heritage houses and enjoy food and shopping. Rich cultural experiences await you around the streets of Hoi An Ancient Town.

Interesting experiences you should try when traveling to Hoi An:

Explore the old town: You can walk on the streets to visit the museums and gorgeous structures.

Visit craft villages: Around Hoi An there are some craft villages where you can see and learn the process of making some crafts, such as making ceramic vases, etc.

Take cooking courses: Hoi An is the most popular place in Vietnam to take cooking classes. In addition to learning Vietnamese cooking, you also often visit a local market.

Hue

If you are interested in exploring history or exotic cultures, you cannot miss the old royal capital of Vietnam. Hue once represented the strength of the Vietnamese empire, a city full of monuments, temples, palaces, and tombs, attracting tourists from all over the world to visit.

Interesting experiences you should try when traveling to Hue

Royal Palace: This is the best place to see ancient structures and discover royal history.

Boat ride: You can take a boat ride on the Perfume River and see the sights located along the river.

DMZ: If you want to learn more about past wars, go to the demilitarized zone.

Ha Giang

Ha giang
Ha Giang – Source: Internet

Traveling to Ha Giang, you will have the opportunity to visit ethnic minority villages and local markets. Thanks to this ethnic diversity, you will discover the unique features of Ha Giang culture. Each of these ethnic groups has different unique customs.

Interesting experiences you should try when traveling to Ha Giang

Sightseeing by motorbike: This is an interesting experience, allowing you to fully explore the breathtaking natural landscape of this place.

Visit the markets: Visiting a market is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in local culture. Markets in Ha Giang are often a mix of ethnic minority groups, where not only cattle, vegetables and meat are traded, but also a place to meet locals and share interesting stories.

Sapa

Sapa tourism is made even better thanks to the easily accessible local culture. Moreover, you also have the opportunity to fully explore the culture here. Going to Sapa, you can walk around town, from village to village, where you get to meet ethnic minority groups. You will have the opportunity to experience local life and to pass through rice fields where people are hard at work.

Interesting experiences you should try when traveling to Sapa

Trekking: Walking from one village to another is a great way to learn about the local culture.

Visit the markets: This is the best place to discover the typical culture of the Sapa people.

Homestay: Staying in a homestay is the most unique way to get in touch with the local culture. Staying in a homestay means you are living with a local family, where you will enjoy food cooked on a traditional fire.

Hanoi

Hanoi
Hanoi – Source: Internet

Hanoi is influenced by both the local culture of Vietnam and the colonial powers that once occupied the capital. In Hanoi, you will find many buildings, many architectural works and even cuisine from this colonial era.

Interesting experiences you should try when traveling to Hanoi:

Explore the museums: Many museums in Hanoi tell about Vietnam’s culture and colonial past.

Exploring the Old Quarter: The best way is probably to wander around the Old Town, experience the local street life, see the French architecture, Chinese temples and historical buildings in Vietnam.

Watch a water puppet show: This is a special traditional form of entertainment for the old Hanoians.

Mekong Delta

Mekong Delta
Mekong Delta – Source: Internet

Mekong Delta is inhabited by different cultures. The majority of people in the region are Vietnamese and Khmer, with nearly 2 million people. As a result, you will experience different customs, parties and cultures. Since the people living here mainly live on the water, the lifestyle of the people in the Mekong Delta is also different from other places in Vietnam. There is a lot of water here, so houses are built on the river and there is even a floating market.

Interesting experiences you should try when traveling to the west of the river

Boat ride: The Mekong is a river delta, and the best thing to see its beauty is to sit on a boat. From here, you can explore the lives of the locals and visit different villages.

Local factories and plantations: The Mekong Delta is very fertile. You can visit different fruit plantations, but also local factories like coconut candy factories.

Floating Market: One of the highlights of the Mekong Delta is the floating market. Here you can see locals buying and selling food on boats.

Cycling: Another way to visit the villages and see the life of the locals in this area is to ride a bicycle.

Ho Chi Minh City/ Saigon

The culture of Ho Chi Minh City was formed by Western imperialists. Besides, Ho Chi Minh is also the economic center of the country, so people from all over have flocked here. This city clearly embodies the best of both Asian and Western civilizations. When you visit, you will be able to witness skyscrapers, French colonial structures, ancient Chinese temples, modern bars, and enormous shopping complexes.

Interesting experiences you should try when traveling to Ho Chi Minh

Sightseeing by motorbike: The best way to explore Ho Chi Minh City is by motorbike. Join this experience, you will feel like a real local. You will travel to famous attractions through congested streets crowded with motorbikes and scooters.

Visit Vietnam War Sights: If you want to know more about the war, you can visit different locations, like the War Remnants Museum, Cu Chi Tunnels and Independence Palace, where the end of the war was.

Dalat

Dalat
Dalat – Source: Internet

Da Lat has a very modern Vietnamese culture and that is why you should visit this destination. At the lake, the forest, the plantation, the observatory and the cafe, you can see the selfies of the Vietnamese youth. Here you will easily find specialty shops and coffee shops, which sell the most unique products.

Interesting experiences you should try when traveling to Dalat

Visit the cafes: It’s a good idea to take the time to visit one or more coffee shops to see the unique decor or the wonderful scenery of the lake or tea plantation.

Take a City Tour: Da Lat is a pleasant city, and the best way to see its surroundings is by riding a motorbike. Sitting on a motorbike, you will have the opportunity to see the breathtaking beauty of waterfalls, forests, tea plantations and hidden places in the area.

Ninh Binh

During the reign of King Dinh Tien Hoang in 968, Ninh Binh was the cultural and political center of Vietnam. Hoa Lu, Vietnam’s first capital, can be found here. The enormous Bai Dinh Pagoda, officially opened in 2010, is 12 kilometers from Hoa Lu.

It is the largest Buddhist complex in Southeast Asia. In Trang An, there are archaeological sites with evidence of human life in caves dating back 30,000 years. There are also numerous pagodas scattered across Ninh Binh.

Exploring the area: Exploring the local culture in Ninh Binh by bicycle or motorbike is the best experience here.

Read more: Tips to travel Trang An (Ninh Binh Province)

Kon Tum

Kon Tum
Kon Tum – Source: Internet

Kon Tum is an interesting and attractive place, but very few tourists come here. The area around Kon Tum has many different ethnic minority communities. The area witnessed bloody wars and the city itself was destroyed in the final battles of the war.

Interesting experiences you should try when traveling to Kon Tum

Visit the Ethnic Minority Villages: Since there are almost no tourists here, you have to explore on your own. Visiting ethnic minority villages in the area is the best experience for you.

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  1. Hi, plan to visit Vietnam in April 2023, tentatively 6 April 2023 to 17 April 2023, approx. 12 days trip for a group of 6 adults.

    Most probably arriving in Danang, leaving from Hanoi, would also like to visit Dalat.
    Would appreciate you quote and suggestion for the trip.

    Thanks & regards,
    Angeline

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