One of the many benefits of doing work with Development Together is that you can travel before and after your volunteer experience. Vietnam is one of four placements offered to Engineering, Environment & Urban Planning students and professionals and offers some of the most stunning and unique pre/post travel experiences. In this article we will go over the 5 best places to travel within Vietnam in the hopes that you, like so many others before you, will get to explore these places for yourself.
Located in northwest Vietnam, Sapa is a small town surrounded by a mountainous landscape and littered with rice terraces and beautiful waterfalls. The best way to fully experience all Sapa has to offer is by taking part in organised tours which present the landscape in a way that not many people get to see.
4. My Son
Located on the central coast of Vietnam, My Son is an archaeological site and holds some of Asia’s most important and notable structures’. My Son is especially significant in the Hindu religion as it is where many ceremonies were held to worship the God, Shiva.
3. Hoi An
Located in Central Vietnam, Hoi An is one of the oldest cities within the country being built over 2,000 years ago. With amazing architecture and a rich history and culture, Hoi An is a popular destination with many shops, perfect for bartering and a chance to engage with the locals.
2. Ho Chi Minh City
Located in southern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City (previously known as Saigon) served as the capital of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War and therefore has a very interesting history. It is one of the busier and more built up areas of Vietnam and therefore has great shopping, restaurants and nightlife.
1. Ha Long Bay
Located in northern Vietnam, with amazing water, beautiful rocky landscapes and over 2,000 different islands to explore. Ha Long Bay is a must see destination for any traveler looking to experience the more adventurous side of the country.