Recently I posted an article that contained my travel bucket list. It's almost impossible to choose a list of the top 10 places I want to go to, because there are so many spectacular places to see around the world. It was very difficult, but I managed to narrow my list down to 10, and Vietnam made the cut.
Choosing Vietnam was easy, because it would probably also make it into my top three. It looks like such a dynamic, eye opening, beautiful place. I hear the people are some of the friendliest people in the world, and some of the scenery is jaw dropping.
Following on from my bucket list, I thought I would show you exactly why each of my chosen destinations deserve their place. Here is why I want to visit Vietnam and the things that I would squeeze onto my travel itinerary.
Learn about Vietnamese history in Hanoi
Hanoi, the capital city is home to over six million people. It's one of the best places to learn about Vietnamese history in the country because it has numerous fascinating museums. Many important political and historical events have taken place here, and I want to find out about them.
I want to visit the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology to learn about the 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam. There's also a display of historical homes from different times in Vietnamese history. Hoa Lo Prison is another key place on my travel itinerary. It's well preserved prison which exposes the conditions that prisoners lived in and gives visitors an insight into what they went through. I am sure it will be an eerie, eye opening experience but certainly a worthwhile one nonetheless.
I would also spend some time exploring the city. I imagine myself tucking in to some mouth-watering street food, getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of the city and walking along the Hoan Kiem Lake.
Sail around Ha Long Bay on a wooden junk boat
When I interviewed my friend about her trip to Vietnam, she said Ha Long Bay was her favourite place. It's not hard to see why. Ha Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage site with thousands of limestone islands surrounded by stunning emerald waters. I want to sail around on a wooden 'junk' boat and take in the lush scenery. Each of the islands is topped by green rainforests and named after its shape. I want to sit on the beaches and stargaze at night and go kayaking around the islands.
Unwind on Hoi An beaches
Vietnam is home to some of the most gorgeous beaches in the world. Some of the best beaches in the country are supposed to be dotted around Hoi An. Some of the well know beaches include Cua Dai Beach and An Bang Beach.
I also plan to visit An Bang beach because it's meant to be unspoilt by development, has clear blue sea and a few bohemian beach bars. There are over 2,000 miles of white sandy beaches around Hoi An and Nha Trang. There are also some great spots to go snorkelling and take part in some watersports, which I always love to do.
Climb through some of the Cu Chi Tunnels
The Cu Chi Tunnels are a complex network of underground tunnels and a chilling reminder of the Vietnam War. The Vietnamese soldiers managed to dig these tunnels without the Americans noticing.
Those who are brave enough (and aren't claustrophobic) can climb through some sections of the tunnels on your hands and knees. This would be a challenge for me as I don't like being crammed into small space, but I really want to see what it would have been like for the soldiers (despite the fact that the tunnels have been widened slightly for Western tourists).
See the Tropical wetlands and grab a bargain at one of the floating villages
I can't wait to visit the charming and remote fishing villages and floating markets in and around the Mekong Delta. I want to row around the wetlands on a traditional wooden rowing boat, take in the peaceful atmosphere and admire the picturesque scenery. The Mekong Delta is basically a maze of swamps and rivers, so boats are the main form of transportation.
Abseiling down waterfalls in Dalat
I love to get active and try lots of different physical challenges while I am out travelling. I can't say I have ever had the pleasure of abseiling down a waterfall. I have stood underneath a waterfall in Iceland and swam in the pools beneath the waterfalls in Krka National Park in Croatia, but I have never been abseiling.
Try some of the Vietnamese street food
The street food in Vietnam is supposed to rival many Asian countries. My friend who went there said Vietnam had some of the tastiest food she had ever had. The meals are very colourful, fresh and also cheap. Some dishes I would like to try are Vietnamese crispy fried Chow Mein noodles and Pho Bo which is a beef noodle soup. Personally I am not a fan of beer but I have heard if you go to Vietnam you have to try some Saigon beer.
Hike up the Sapa Mountains
Finally, another thing I would love to do in Vietnam is hike up the Sapa Mountains. I would make the trek up the mountains and take in the amazing views of the rice terraces, bamboo woodlands, waterfalls and rugged mountain scenery.
Bye now, check my other dream destinations
So there you have it, my Vietnam bucket list of places that I would love to have the opportunity to visit. I hope you find this article inspiring and get some ideas for your next trip to Vietnam. Click the underlined text and see some of the other places on my travel bucket list.