Must-sees and Must-dos in Vietnam and Laos
A trip through Vietnam and Laos will leave you inspired and impressed with the fascinating highlights of both countries.
What to do and what to see in Vietnam
In Vietnam, you will discover the incredible diversity there: walk through the ancient city of Hanoi, uncover the vibrant Ho Chi Minh City, enjoy a boat cruise on the picturesque Halong Bay, explore the historical Hoi An Town and Hue, experience a homestay in Sapa and unwind on the Mekong River.
1. Enjoy the hustle and bustle of the big cities
Many travelers have said that no other place in Southeast Asia is more wonderful than Hanoi. Immersing yourself in the city life is really one of the best things to do once you get there. You will find that much in Vietnam takes place just on the street: locals eat and drink there, get haircut there, read newspaper there, talk with each other there and play games there.
2. Wander around the local Vietnamese markets
The markets in Vietnam is the most vibrant and interesting among all the markets in Southeast Asia. The smells and the sights are something that you will never forget. And there are lots of amazing floating markets in the Mekong Delta area where you can buy fruits and vegetables on the small boats.
Vietnam Local Market
3. Have a boat trip in Halong Bay
Halong Bay is probably the most famous attractions in Vietnam with many thousands of karst islands, hidden beaches and tiny fishing villages. A boat trip is the best way to discover the beauties of this mysterious wonder.
4. Relax in the quiet town of Hoi An
It is the most comfortable and charming ancient town in Southeast Asia, standing in strong contrast to the major cities in Vietnam. There are not only famous sights, but also a beautiful beach nearby. Besides, if you are a lady, you will probably want to get a custom-tailored clothes there.
Hoi An Ancient Town
5. Discover the pure natural beauty of Sapa
Located in the remote northwest of Vietnam, Sapa is famed for its rice terraces and is a great base for hiking. You will amazed at the fabulous rice terraces, pictorial mountains and the local hill-tribe people there.
Sapa Rice Terraces
6. Enjoy the sunshine and white sands in Phu Quoc Island
Phu Quoc is the most beautiful island in the south Vietnam according to all tourists who have been there.
Phu Quoc Beach
7. Rent a motorbike and explore the countryside
It is said that you haven’t seen the real Vietnam until you ride a motorbike into the countryside of Vietnam. It will be more close to the beautiful Vietnamese landscapes.
What to do and what to see in Laos
1. See one of the nicest waterfalls in Asia
During your time in Luang Prabang, make sure you take a trip to the Kuang Si Waterfalls, which is the prettiest one in Asia. It is located 29km south of Luang Prabang and you can get there by tuk tuk, bicycle or book a tour. The falls are in several stages, featuring a large cascade from which you can jump down into pools below.
Kuang Si Waterfalls
2. See the Golden Stupa in Vientiane
The Golden Stupa, That Luang or the Royal Stupa in Vientiane is an impressive Buddhist temple, which was first built in 1566. It is a symbol of Buddhism in Laos and Laos rule. You’d better learn the history of Laos before you paying a visit to it. Or you can visit it with a local guide to show you around.
3. Wander Bare Foot around the Royal Palace Museum
Royal Palace Museum has the most impressive temple in town, although tourists can only admire it from the outside. In the main hall, there are intricate brightly colored murals that showing the Laotian life through the years.
The Temple in Royal Palace Museum
4. Be Humbled by Tak Bat
Alms giving ceremony is one of the most sacred Laos traditions, happens peacedully and spiritually. You are encouraged to be involved as long as a level of respect is maintained throughout. It takes place in the morning as the sun rises, beginning on the main street of Luang Prabang. Or you can enjoy the ritual by sitting quietly on the opposite side of the street and use your camera without a flash.
Laos Alms Giving
5. Climb Mount Phousi
After arriving in Luang Prabang, if you are not tired, you can walk up the 355 steps to the viewing point on Phousi mountain to get a 360 degree panoramic view of Laos. Phousi is right in the center of town, opposite the Royal Palace Museum.
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