VIETNAM – The German travel website, Reisereporter, introduces some unique travel experiences in Vietnam destinations that are not widely known to foreign tourists.
Reisereporter highlights Vietnam’s remarkable landscapes, historic cities, and captivating culinary scene. This S-shaped country hides numerous culturally unique destinations and awe-inspiring natural wonders that are seldom featured in international media. Editor Daniel Schramm suggests some “must-not-miss” experiences and destinations for foreign travelers when visiting Phong Nha – Ke Bang, Hoi An, Con Dao, and Hue.
Phong Nha – Ke Bang Cave System, Quang Binh
The German news site describes this as the “treasure beneath Vietnam’s land.” This UNESCO World Heritage site is a sanctuary for adventure enthusiasts and those seeking close encounters with nature. While the Son Doong Cave is well-known to many foreign travelers, less-visited caves like En Cave and Thien Duong Cave are equally captivating. En Cave is an excellent spot for camping, and Thien Duong Cave boasts intricate stalactite formations.
Reisereporter suggests that travelers consider guided cave tours of varying difficulty levels organized by local travel companies. For those who may not be up for trekking, boat rides offer a splendid view of the Phong Nha – Ke Bang Cave System. Regardless of the experience chosen, the natural landscapes here leave an unforgettable impression on travelers.
Con Dao, Ba Ria – Vung Tau
This famous southern destination in Vietnam is introduced as having “dreamy and unspoiled beaches.” It is a suitable place for travelers in search of a peaceful and tranquil retreat.
One of the most impressive beaches on Con Dao recommended by Reisereporter is Dat Doc Beach, offering pristine white sand and crystal-clear waters. This location is also ideal for snorkeling. Another gem on Con Dao is An Hai Beach, with gentle breezes and turquoise waters, perfect for a romantic getaway.
Additionally, Con Son Bay is a paradise for diving enthusiasts, featuring a diverse marine ecosystem and colorful coral reefs. Staying in a suggested homestay allows guests to immerse themselves in the local way of life and experience the warm hospitality of the island’s residents.
Hoi An, Quang Nam
Hoi An may not be unfamiliar to foreign tourists visiting Vietnam, but there are many intriguing aspects beyond its bustling ancient town. Reisereporter acknowledges the “enticing charm” of Hoi An lies in its historically tinted architecture in the old town. However, this destination is popular and often crowded with tourists.
Instead of staying solely in the city center, travelers can wake up early and spend a full day exploring the “hidden gems” of Hoi An. The surrounding areas feature numerous small temples, such as the Chuc Thanh Pagoda. Here, travelers can learn about the history and architecture of the pagoda and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of the place of worship.
Another experience is visiting the Hoi An Market near the old town. This location is suitable for those who wish to understand the daily life of the locals and explore authentic Vietnamese ingredients.
Regarding cuisine, Reisereporter suggests trying dishes like Cao Lau or Banh Vac and recommends visiting small eateries along the streets.
Venturing away from the old town, visitors can immerse themselves in the peaceful countryside. This area is perfect for cycling or strolling through the fields, admiring rustic villages, and gaining insight into the rural life of Central Vietnam.
Hue, Thua Thien-Hue
Hue is often perceived by many foreign travelers as the ancient capital with historic tombs. However, this historically rich destination has more to offer. Hue boasts serene temples with an air of mystery that often goes unnoticed.
One such temple is Thien Mu Pagoda, located on the banks of the Perfume River. The pagoda provides a peaceful space, isolated from the noise and bustle of the city.
Another temple is Dieu De Pagoda, situated in the suburbs of Hue. This location mainly attracts domestic tourists and local residents. These quiet and contemplative temples in Hue are suitable for travelers interested in exploring Vietnam’s culture and religion, offering a deeper understanding of the former imperial city’s land.