After the rainy season, everyone yearns for a spot of sunshine. After stay-at-home orders and lockdown measures around the city, there is no better time to reminisce about previous trips. Most of us are endlessly day-dreaming about our next trip whilst waiting to be freed from lockdown. Do you know the best place for a laid-back vacation? Well, Vietnam might be the answer.
In contrast to the beginning of 2020, July looks to be the positive turning point after the Covid-19 pandemic. The strict lockdown measures ended a few months ago and life is gradually returning to a kind of normality that has been missing for months. During the first half of 2020, we passed slowly, drowsily and sorrowfully. It was really tough for everyone, especially for those who are passionate about exploring the world.
However, everyone remained hopeful that the virus would pass and everything would become even better. Vietnam has returned to normal with intense vitality and energy. Thanks to its stunning beauty and effective safety measures, Vietnam has gained favour amongst nationals. If you are looking for a relaxing beach vacation or a leisurely forest excursion, Wanderlust Tips Magazine brings you destination ideas in Vietnam to inspire you to hit the open road this summer.
THE COASTAL CITY OF NHA TRANG, VIETNAM
As summer approaches, you will likely have one thing on your mind: the beach. Everyone desires to dip into the refreshing seawaters. When it comes to Vietnamese beaches, Nha Trang is always a must on the list due to its picturesque glamour and blissful atmosphere. Situated in Khanh Hoa Province, Central Vietnam, this coastal city entices people with its endlessly beautiful coastline, undulating mountain ranges and ancient Po Nagar Towers.
Looking out of the cabin window, the breathtaking panoramic view of Nha Trang will blow your mind. The calm azure waters dotted with uniquely-shaped islands and islets add a touch of magic to this destination. With its laid-back pace of life, spectacular nature, friendly locals and fantastic gastronomy, Nha Trang exude a distinctive elegance. Only when you arrive in the city, can you wholly appreciate its beauty? Lying on the smooth white sand whilst sipping a fresh coconut or taking part in underwater activities, you can get the most out of your holiday in Nha Trang.
Must see: Ninh Van Bay, Hon Mun Island, Hon Tam Island, Oceanographic Institute Nha Trang, Vinpearl Land Amusement Park and Po Nagar Towers.
A DREAMY HOLIDAY IN PHU QUOC
The Covid-19 pandemic introduced a stressful ambience and left the streets, towns and cities desolate. Phu Quoc – home to the most beautiful Pearl Island in Vietnam has had little negative impact yet has become even more alluring and marvellous. Pearl Island paints an untouched and gentle natural picture. A stretch of creamy-white sand embraces the waves crashing against the shore. Lines of lush green trees along the road pave the way to small coastal fishing villages, where fishermen wake up early to catch fresh fish and shrimps.
Treat yourself to one of the most beautiful beachfront resorts with verdant gardens or discover the unique pearl farm. Additionally, Phu Quoc offers a whole host of exhilarating experiences for relaxation and fulfillment. A wide range of large amusement parks, unique wild zoos and interesting underwater activities will definitely allow your family to unwind and enjoy refreshing moments during your summer adventure on Pearl Island.
Must see: Bai Truong, Bai Dai, Hon Sao, Hon Thom, Aquatopia Water Park, Phu Quoc Safari, Ho Quoc Pagoda, Dinh Cau, Duong Dong Night Market and pearl cultivating farms.
THE MISTY CITY OF DA LAT
How long has it been since you visited Da Lat in Vietnam? A few months, years or perhaps never. Da Lat – the city of mist – is stunningly beautiful all year round, making it a popular destination for many travellers. Hence, when it is time to travel again, pack your bag and drive yourself to Da Lat with your besties to discover its peaceful and refreshing ambience.
Da Lat is truly the top destination for dreaming and romantic souls. The city is home to an amazing variety of jaw-dropping natural landscapes such as the magical pine forest, a silent valley surrounded by fragrant flowers, a calm lake gently rippled by the light breeze and the bustle-free streets. Addtionally, Da Lat offers a wide range of off-the-beaten-track experiences. Take a stroll around the mountaintop, marvel at the fluffy white clouds and revel in the magical ambience that will definitely satisfy your cosmopolitan passion.
Must see: Thien Phuc Duc Hill, Cau Dat Tea Hill, Truc Lam Zen Monastery, Cu Lan Village, Dambri Waterfall, Lam Vien Square, Xuan Huong Lake, Da Lat Station and Lonely Pine Tree by the bank of Suoi Vang Lake.
GO BACK IN TIME IN HUE
If you are wondering about the best time to visit Hue, July is perfect for a holiday due to its convenient climate and serene atmosphere. Many people often say that the ancient capital conjures a nostalgic picture. Nonetheless, only when you arrive in Hue and spend time strolling around, can you really appreciate its hidden charm and tranquillity oozing from every corner. After visiting, Hue will have a special place in your heart forever.
Hue is famous for its incredible ancient palaces and tombs that make youngsters feel proud of the older generation. Every architectural structure is a genuine work of art. The peaceful land in Central Vietnam is also a sacred Buddhist destination amongst locals and travellers due to its wide range of mesmerising and holy temples. If you are looking for a splendid little getaway, Hue is a fantastic idea to satisfy your wanderlust.
Must see: Imperial City of Hue, tombs in Hue, Thien Mu Pagoda, Vong Canh Hill, Huong River, Ngu Binh Mountain, Bach Ma Mountain, Thuy Tien Park and Dong Ba Market.
VISIT THE “KINGDOM OF DRAGON FRUIT”
Aside from being a beautiful coastal city, Phan Thiet is also known as the famous “Kingdom of dragon fruits” in Vietnam. Located in Binh Thuan Province – home to many famous tourist destinations, Phan Thiet intrigues people with its unprecedented beauty that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. In Phan Thiet, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the crystal-clear turquoise waters, stroll through the coconut groves soaring from the white sand and take Instagrammable photos of the plentiful dragon-fruit orchards.
What’s more, Phan Thiet has people falling head over heels with its diverse culture, mainly influenced by the ancient Chinese and Cham communities. After a long day wandering around the city, treat yourself to a sumptuous seafood meal. Phan Thiet is waiting for your discovery, so make a clear plan before you go and have a once-in-a-lifetime experience in this fascinating city.
Must see: Bai Rang, Hon Rom, Bau Trang, Mui Ne Fishing Village, Van Thuy Tu Temple, The Prince’s Castle, Po Shanu Cham Towers, Ke Ga Lighthouse, Ta Cu Mountain and Cu Lao Cau.
MAGNIFICENT NATURE IN CAO BANG, VIETNAM
Vietnam offers so many appealing holiday destinations from idyllic beaches and fine white sand dunes to buzzing metropolises like Hanoi or Saigon. However, if you want to find somewhere which allows you to explore mountains and forests as well as learning about the heroic national history, Cao Bang is a great destination. The place is a twist of magnificent nature and the great pride of Vietnamese people.
Cao Bang is surrounded by the majestic beauty of nature emanating from the dense forests, spectacular rocky mountains and magnificent waterfalls. Moreover, the place has a strong bond with history as it has witnessed many stages of war and revolution. Thanks to its dangerous and mysterious nature, it has become a favourable destination amongst adventurers and explorers. After a relaxing trip to Cao Bang, its staggering beauty will be engraved on your memory forever. Standing in front of the striking mountains and forests, you will fall harder for Vietnam than ever before.
Must see: Pac Bo Historical Site, Tran Hung Dao Forest, Ban Gioc Waterfall, Thang Hen Lake, Phat Tich Truc Lam Ban Gioc Pagoda, Nguom Ngao Cave, Thien Son Thinh An Gia Pine Hill and Ma Phuc Pass.
Thu Ha | Wanderlust Tips