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Places to visit…

No matter whether you are an adventurer or enjoy relaxing activities, there is a place somewhere in Vietnam for you to visit. One of the most popular places is UNESCO world heritage site Halong Bay. Halong Bay is located about a 4-hr. drive east of Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi. Here you can see large limestones and witness some of the most picturesque sunrises and sunsets in the country. You can book a cruise, a small boat, or kayak through Halong’s jade green waters. This is an experience you do not want to miss! More spectacular sights in the north also include Sapa, a mountainous area in northwest Vietnam that is marked with incredible rice fields. This region of Vietnam requires a bit of a drive from Hanoi. Most foreigners and locals usually take a night train late at night and arrive at sunrise the next day, but a motorbike trip is also possible. Sapa is also home to some of Vietnam’s ethnic minorities who still hold on strongly to their traditional dress, houses, and way of life. Although some of the ethnic minority’s villages have become tourist spots, many remain undisturbed by tourism and keep on with their traditions. Sapa has the tallest peak in Vietnam called Fansipan (Phan Xi Pang), also dubbed, “The Rooftop of Indochina” at 3,143 meters. This hike is a challenging but a very rewarding one since you pass through beautiful bamboo forest on the way to the summit and a fantastic view at the top! Vietnam also has some caves, including the largest cave in the world! Son Doong cave was only discovered in 2009 and opened to tourists in 2012. It is fairly expensive to enter and only a few are allowed to visit a year. Those caves more accessible to the public and visitors include Hang Ken cave located in Quang Binh and Phong Nha Cave in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. The caves are absolutely amazing, providing an adventure for any of the more outdoorsy visitors. If you want to escape to a picturesque, atmospheric town, then Hoi An is the perfect town for you. Hoi An use to be an ancient city and major port in Vietnam. It is located in Quang Nam Province and is a delta region. For this reason, you can find a blend of influences from the architecture of its previous colonizers and its own “flavor” as well. Speaking of flavor, Hoi An is widely known in Vietnam for its unique cuisine. There are a number of local delicacies in Hoi An, and you can find plenty of delicious food anywhere from street vendors to little restaurants to hotels. One of the dishes Hoi An is known for is cao lau, a noodle dish made with thick rice noodles, juicy pork, bean sprouts, green veggies and croutons. What makes this dish so special to the region is the source of the ingredients. The water used in the broth must come from the ancient Cham wells, the vegetables from Tra Que village, and the ashes used to soak the noodles from Cham Island. This means that traditional, authentic cao lau can ONLY really be found in Hoi An. Other places we recommend you visit are Hue, Da Lat, Ha Giang, the floating markets of the Mekong Delta, Ho Chi Minh City, and the capital, Hanoi! However, the best thing to do is to go on an adventure of your own. Don’t be afraid to discover the less visited spots. Make this your journey, unique to you.

 

Things to do…

So what is there to do in Vietnam, right? Here are some of our suggestions you can try during your internship or study program in Vietnam. This is just a short list, however. Rest assured that there are endless other options, so get ready to customize your own journey with SE Vietnam! Trekking/Hiking Caves

  • Ha Giang
  • Tam Dao
  • Pu Long
  • Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park (contains the oldest karst mountains in Asia, formed approximately 400 million years ago)
  • Sapa
  • Ho Chi Minh Trail
  • Son Doong Cave
  • Paradise Cave
  • Phong Nha Cave
  • Mua Caves
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