My Blog

PALM VIETNAM TRAVEL

Tours in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanma

Are you dreaming of perfect holidays?

Vietnam travel destinations – Where to go and what to see

  • Sapa or Sapa located in Vietnam’s remote north west mountains, Sapa is famous for both its fine, rugged scenery and also its rich cultural diversity. Its lush, deep river valleys, in the shadows of Vietnam’s tallest peak Mount Fansipan, are home to Blue H’mong and Red Dao communities, who continue to maintain their strong traditions and warmly welcome visitors to their homes. Sapa is also famous for its street market, which attracts villagers from the surrounding hills and is particularly busy on Saturdays. Read more

  • Dalat is a young city compared to other cities in the south of Vietnam such as Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Nha Trang as it was founded only in the late 1890s. Once serving as the capital of the Federation of Indochina, Dalat’s permanent image nevertheless is as a holiday resort in Vietnam’s Central Highlands, the reason for which it was originally established. Read more

  • Imagine a view of over 2,000 islands rising from the bright green ocean waters. Now after imagining this serene paradise, wouldn’t you like to experience it in person? Ha Long Bay, Vietnam was declared as World Heritage Site in 1994. These limestone islets are a popular tourist destination of mystical intrigue. Although sometimes compared with Krabi of Thailand and Guilin in China, many tourists find Ha Long Bay more magical. Read more

  • Da Nang’s west-coast location makes for beautiful sunsets, a holiday-like atmosphere and good, safe swimming from May to August. Da Nang is home to four museums – two of which are dedicated to last century’s military conflicts and one entirely to “Uncle Ho” – a replica of Ho Chi Minh’s house. Read more

  • In 1975, Saigon was renamed Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) but today they are both used interchangeably by foreigners and locals alike, most preferring the former. Technically speaking, Saigon is actually downtown District 1 of the larger HCMC (which has 19 urban and 5 rural districts). Downtown Saigon is the most popular tourist destination in Vietnam. In the past it was referred to as the Pearl of the Orient and Paris of the East because of its wide boulevards, colonial-style villas and lively café society. Today, it is a curious mix of the past and present. Read more

  • Sapa is a town in Lao Cai Province in Northwest Vietnam close to the Chinese border. It is located about 350km Northwest of Hanoi. Here is where one will find the Hoang Lien Son range of mountains, which includes Fan Si Pan – the country’s highest peak. This quiet Vietnamese town is home to a population which consists mostly of minority groups. There are five main ethnic groups in Sapa: the Hmong, Dao, Tay, Giay and Xa Pho. Read more

  • The mighty Mekong River is one of the longest rivers in the world, it goes through 6 countries from China, to the border between Laos and Thailand, to Cambodia, and Vietnam before it empties in the East Sea (You may know with the name South China Sea, but Vietnamese don’t say that). This long river makes up the large Delta, the second in the world after Amazon River Delta. The Mekong Delta – or Cuu Long in Vietnamese – consists of nine branches (the Nine Dragons) of the mighty Mekong River, which begins its long journey to the East Sea (south China Sea) in the mountains of Tibet. Read more

  • Pagodas in Vietnam are one of the country’s top attractions for travelers. They are not just historical monuments of the past: Vietnamese visit them regularly to receive a blessing, to pray or to organize charity events. The best time to visit a pagoda is early morning, when it is not too busy. After the night falls, it is also interesting as the lights and candles can create spectacular effects. Read more

  • The Xá Lợi Pagoda is the largest pagoda in Hồ Chí Minh City, Vietnam. It was built in 1956 and was the headquarters of Buddhism in South Vietnam. The pagoda is located in District 3, Hồ Chí Minh City and lies on a plot of 2500 square metres. The name Xá Lợi is the Vietnamese translation for śarīra, a term used for relics of Buddhists. Read more

  • With its cascading rice paddles and misty peaks, Sapa, the main market town in northwestern Vietnam, is a sight of extraordinary beauty. The town also serves as a trailhead for hikers happy to test the area’s unpredictable weather during a walk in the mountains. Read more