Covid 19 has hit tourism and the tourist industry in countries all over the world. This is because very few people can now afford tourism, and moreover, the ones who can afford to travel worry for their health and safety while traveling. Vietnam is a place which is very suitable for tourists. This country has excellent avenues and activities for travelers, takes good precautions for both locals’ and tourists’ safety, and adapts very well to the new normal.
Here are 10 places where tourists can enjoy and have a lovely time with their friends and family while taking safety precautions from the coronavirus.
- Halong Bay
Halong Bay is one of the most visited sites in Vietnam. Some of the tourists come to Vietnam to mainly visit Halong Bay. Your tour will start when you travel from Hanoi to Halong Bay. This is a World Heritage UNESCO Site, and it is preferred that you go to Halong on an overnight cruise. There are a lot of activities to do onboard and offboard. You get to visit caves that are hundreds of years old and have the chance to interact with fishermen in their villages. On the cruise, you can have a relaxing time at the spa, gym, or jacuzzi, and also enjoy the breathtaking views of Halong Bay and take pictures of beautiful memories.
Sapa is a small town, but it is also the most famous mountainous destination in Vietnam. The weather is pleasant all year round and sometimes, it is a bit freeze in the winter, created the marvelous scenery here. But people did not come here mainly because of its comfortable weather. Sapa is known as a gate to the world of ethnic minorities’ culture in Vietnam. You would see many local people walking in colorful traditional costumes and selling their products coming to this town. These people come from different tribes with multiple cultures that you may find out it is pretty hard to distinguish them. Trekking tours to the local hill tribes and conquering the Fansipan Mountain (the highest peak in the Indochina) are highlights for any trip to Sapa, and you shouldn’t miss any of them.
- Hoi An
Hoi An is an ancient town, so you will get to notice the history of this place. In old times, this town was known for its economic and commercial importance for Vietnam. There are still some small shops and stalls here where you can shop. However, the trading and day-to-day businesses have mostly ended with time. This part of Vietnam is mainly known for tourism and history. Chinese, European, and Japanese have left behind some of their art, culture, and history in Hoi An, which is still admired by tourists today.
Hanoi is Vietnam’s capital and perhaps the most important city if looked at with economic and political perspectives. There are many places tourists can visit after Covid 19, such as museums, religious temples, and famous relics. Besides, you would be impressed by the street foods that are super cheap and tasty, which becomes world-known for at least a decade.
This is another essential place when it comes to Vietnam’s history. Several buildings were destroyed due to wars, but they are now preserved well so that tourists can enjoy the traditional culture. One of them is the Imperial Citadel, which was home to Vietnam’s last dynasty. Therefore, the tourists can see what luxuries the royal family lives in the pre-modern era. Many relics are worth visiting in the Citadel, such as The King’s Palace, Museums of Royal Antiquities, and Flag Tower. Besides, you can join a tour to travel along the Huong River, visit the famous Thien Mu Pagoda and royal tombs with impressive architecture.
- Ho Chi Minh City
Obviously, you can’t come to Vietnam without spending a few days exploring the most crowded metropolis here – Ho Chi Minh City. Like many other country’s financial centers globally, Ho Chi Minh City is bustling and packed with millions of residents. As it is famous for the best and varied of services and entertainment. If you seek excitement and want to party all night long, this city should be on your top list.
- Mekong Delta
This part is the rural area of Vietnam. The Mekong Delta is known for local food production for most of Vietnam. This is the part of Vietnam where life is very slow-paced, and the locals have a traditional mindset compared to the busy urban life. You will see how the rural economy of Vietnam works, from making handmade bricks to sowing crops for food production. Other activities you get to do are cracking coconuts and weaving mats, so you get to know how women and men conduct their daily lives.
- Da Nang
Only more than 20km far from the peaceful Hoi An Ancient Town, Da Nang is like the other side of a mirror. This city is ranked as the 3rd biggest city in Vietnam and is the economic center of the Central area. Crowded streets, shopping malls, luxury hotels and resorts, KTVs, casinos, amusement parks, etc., you can find all the services you want in Da Nang. Usually, if you are not so fond of entertainment, 2 days in Da Nang is enough to experience the hustle and bustle of this young city and for visiting some must-see attractions such as Marble Mountains, Son Tra Peninsula, Ba Na Hills, Dragon Bridge, and relaxing on My Khe Beach.
- Ninh Binh
Many people would know Hanoi with more than a thousand years of history and Hue – the old capital of the last empire in Vietnam, but only a few of them have ever heard about Ninh Binh as Vietnam’s most ancient capital (Hoa Lu) that still exists up until now. Besides the relics of the old citadel, there are many attractions with breathtaking scenery and diverse ecosystems like Trang An and Cuc Phuong National Park for people who love nature. As there are many places to explore in Ninh Binh, you would need at least 2 or 3 days traveling here if you want to experience it all. Therefore, if you are short of time, just choose to visit 1-2 most popular attractions here, then transfer to other destinations in Vietnam and save other places for your next trip.
- Quang Binh
As Quang Binh is the land of mountains and caves, which is not really fit with the travel needs of most tourists, Quang Binh is amazingly safe from Covid-19. Son Doong – the world’s biggest cave – is located in Quang Binh, help this become a dreamland for adventurers. Son Doong is a part of an extensive and complicated cave system available in Phong Nha National Park, which includes hundreds of big and small natural caves, and many of them are connecting with each other. As Son Doong is the most challenging site here, you can explore some more accessible caves like Tu Lan, En, Nuoc Nut, etc. Phong Nha Caves and Paradise Cave are marvelous and always available for sightseeing activities for people who are not fond of adventure activities.
Here are 10 amazing and safe places for Vietnam tours that you can visit or go to after the pandemic. These places will give you joy after a long time being under quarantine, and they are also pretty affordable and light on your pocket. The tour guides and people you meet will indeed adhere to Covid-19 precautions, but you must also maintain a safe distance from others and follow the rules to ensure your safety. This way, you can have a safe and enjoyable trip.