Vietnam in 14 days - An experience for life is written by The editorial staff, RejsRejsRejs.
What should I experience in Vietnam in 14 days?
Vietnam is a fantastic travel country!
But with a flight time of more than 10 hours, it's nice to have plenty of time to explore the country's sights.
Here you get a taste of what you can experience in 2 weeks in Vietnam.
Hanoi - The capital of Vietnam
Start in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, located in the northern part of Vietnam.
It is an atmospheric metropolis that offers interesting contrasts between beautiful colonial buildings and historic temples. It all lies side by side with today's modern skyscrapers.
There are great experiences waiting in the capital.
First, take a walk in the Temple of Literature, one of the few remaining examples of Vietnamese architecture and which was also Vietnam's first university. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Complex, created to honor Vietnam's first president, Ho Chi Minh.
Visit Hanoi's special streets, e.g. the old quarter's 36 streets, each street named after the goods that were originally traded here. Yes, the city does not lack interesting sights.
Hanoi is also the place of origin for the Vietnamese dish Bún chả (a soup with, among other things, meatballs and a bowl of rice noodles), as well as the Vietnamese Egg Coffee.
It may not sound delicate, but is actually a velvety coffee experience. Hanoi is a great place to start your experience in Vietnam in 14 days.
Vietnam in 14 days must be with Halong Bay in North Vietnam
Continue southeast to HaLong Bay, which is among Vietnam's top attractions. You can hardly visit Vietnam without also experiencing this amazing area.
Halong Bay is part of the UNESCO World Natural Heritage and one of Vietnam's most special natural areas.
In the 1.500 km² bay, the green-clad limestone cliffs rise dramatically from the beautiful water, which changes color between deep blue and jade green depending on the season.
Halong Bay is associated with interesting legends about dragons, which say that the rocks were formed because dragons dropped jewels and jade from their mouths. On a mini-cruise in the bay, you can experience the rocks up close and perhaps hear about the legends.
Hue in central Vietnam
If you are interested in history, continue further south to the central part of Vietnam, where you will find some historically interesting cities in both Hue and Hoi An.
Hue was the capital of Vietnam from 1802 to 1945, when the Nguyen dynasty fell.
Hue is still known as the Imperial City.
One of the city's biggest sights is the Imperial Citadel, which was built in the early 1800s. Here you can still experience some of the city's royal past, which has been partly rebuilt after the damage the citadel sustained during the Vietnam War.
Hue is also known as the culinary capital of Vietnam, and many Vietnamese dishes originate from here. You can explore the culture by tasting Hue's culinary treasures.
Try e.g. the local Bún bò Hue, a beef noodle soup that you can find all over the city. Or taste the local Huda beer, which is the result of a collaboration between Carlsberg and a Vietnamese beer producer.
Vietnam in 14 days - Hoi An
Just southeast of Hue is the charming coastal town of Hoi An.
Hoi An is one of the most well-preserved historic cities in Asia, as the city was spared bombs during the Vietnam War.
In the 17th-19th. century, Hoi An was one of the most important port cities in this part of Southeast Asia - and you can still experience the multicultural influence in the city from both Japan, China and India, e.g. in the old town.
The old town is a wonderful mix of French colonial buildings, Chinese temples, Japanese-designed bridges and canals.
The district is on UNESCO's World Heritage List, partly because of the more than 800 historic buildings that the district contains. Most people fall in love with the old town.
Take a walk under the beautiful lanterns that light up the old town in the evening.
Ho Chi Minh - Vietnam's largest city
End your journey in Vietnam's largest city, Ho Chi Minh City, located in the south of the country. Ho Chi Minh City is also known by its former name Saigon.
Here, too, you can experience great contrasts between the modern, dynamic city life compared to the classic buildings from the French colonial era. You can e.g. see the Old Post Office, designed by Gustav Eiffel, who also stands behind the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Ho Chi Minh City is also a good starting point for half- and full-day trips to the Cu Chi tunnels and the Mekong Delta.
The Cu Chi Tunnels were built by the Viet Cong from North Vietnam during the Vietnam War. It is a labyrinth of tunnels that served as a hiding place for operations against the Americans during the war.
The Labyrinths contain underground command centers, training facilities and living quarters.
South of Ho Chi Minh City lies the Mekong Delta, known among other things as Vietnam's pantry. In the floating markets you can buy everything your heart desires and have experiences you will remember for a long time. Eg. a merchant woman sailing around in a boat filled to the brim with pineapples.
Also taste local specialties in the area such as "elephant ear fish", which only lives in the Mekong Delta.
Do you want to go to Vietnam?
In 2 weeks in Vietnam you have the opportunity to experience the greatest of Vietnam's highlights as well as interesting culture, culinary experiences, exciting history and beautiful nature.
Take a trip to Vietnam and get experiences of a lifetime!
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