Vietnam is a beautiful country located on the South China Sea. Its beaches, rivers, Buddhist monasteries are well known. The cultural complexities and its natural beauty is mesmerizing. Its temples depict the influence of Chinese culture and also, Hindu origins. Vietnamese food has a reputation and it definitely lives up to it. Flavours subtle and diverse as it is, Vietnam draws attention of a large number of travellers from all over the world. If you are going for a trip to Vietnam with family or friends, you should definitely not miss the taste of the awesome street food.
Vietnam has a lot of places to explore, so if you are planning a trip, you need to decide on the places you want to see there. According to that you need to decide on how many days you want to stay in Vietnam. You have to pick your zone, either north of Vietnam or south. Vietnam is a pretty long country if you check the map, so deciding a zone will be convenient for you. The distance between India and Vietnam by air is 3194 kms. By flight, it takes around 3 to 4 hours to reach Vietnam from India. And yes, you need a Visa to travel to Vietnam.
There are also tour packages available nowadays, so in case you are planning to go and are unsure about the places to see, you can get a tour package. That way, you will save money as well.
There is no direct flight facility to Vietnam from India. The current flight routes include a few transit points. Board a flight from Delhi (Indira Gandhi International Airport). Airlines travelling from IGI airport to Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi are China Southern Airlines, Jet Airways – 9W, Malindo Air – OD. You can also book a Jet Airways flight to Bangkok from New Delhi and then book a Vietnam Airlines flight from there to Vietnam. Jet Airways and Malindo Airlines are two frequently flying flights from New Delhi to Vietnam.
Here is a list of places you should definitely pay a visit if you are planning a trip to Vietnam:
1. War Remnants Museum: Here, various items of different wars of the world history are displayed. It is one of the most famous tourist places in Vietnam. Bombs, weapons, armoured vehicles, you will find here everything. The opening hours of this museum is from 7 AM to 12.30 PM and from 1.30 PM to 5PM. There is an entry fee of 150,000 VND.
2. Hoi An Ancient Town: It is an ancient coastal town. The architecture of this place will blow your mind; it has a very vintage feel. If you looking to visit a serene place without much crowd, Hoi is the place for you.
3. Halong Bay: It is located 180 kms east of Hanoi. It is declared as the World Heritage site in 1994. It has a number of caves, lakes and grottoes.
There are a lot of other places other than the ones mentioned above. Vietnam is definitely a place you should visit!