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You’ll have to climb more than a few steps to get up to Marble Mountains. These steps are cut from solid stone and each one takes you up the steep karsts and higher over the horizon. Before you know it, you’ve reached the top. Welcome to Marble Mountains. This riveting attraction outside Da Nang City is part historical treasure, part natural wonder, part spiritual setting, and totally beautiful. Below is your insider guide to exploring Da Nang’s marvelous Marble Mountains.
Ever wanted to learn to dance with ethnic minorities? Or go bird-spotting at dusk in a canoe? Or share a cup of arabica with coffee farmers? These days in Vietnam, sustainable tour operators are pioneering new ways to bring guests closer to the places they’ve come to see. Created with respect for nature, culture and local communities at the core, these tours have one thing in common: They’ll leave you feeling like you’ve connected with your destination in a meaningful way. Below are a few rising stars from tour operators across the country.
From watching the sun rise over a lake from the porch of your tent, to eating like kings and queens at a family-run homestay, sustainable accommodations present countless ways to connect with Vietnam’s nature, culture and people, in a way that creates a positive impact. Vietnam is not known for a sustainable focus, but you may be surprised to know that there are eco-friendly, socially responsible places to holiday sprinkled up and down the country. Here are some standouts to get you started.
No traveller in their right mind would skip Vietnam’s Mekong River Delta. The colourful collection of towns sprinkled along the banks of the Mekong River are blessed with dazzling blue skies, brimming with exotic fruits, and dotted with markets, temples and colonial-era mansions. It’s a place to nap in a hammock or drift downstream in a sampan. It’s where you’ll have your most memorable meals in Vietnam. And of course, it’s where you’ll meet the warmest Vietnamese around, as well as ethnic minorities who have made their homes on the water. Here are five destinations in the Mekong Delta for modern-day explorers.
Out of the 15 islands forming the Côn Đảo archipelago, only Côn Sơn is inhabited, multiplying the potential for sunbathers and snorkellers to enjoy secluded beaches and see colourful coral reefs and fish. Even hikers can enjoy this beach destination by exploring the vast national park that covers most of the island. Far enough from the mainland to feel remote, but close enough to reach with a short plane ride, the Côn Đảo archipelago has all the makings of an idyllic holiday. Here are seven ways to spend your time on the island.
Vietnam’s cities are treasure troves for explorers. Love eating? There’s virtually no end to the secret stalls and new variations on Vietnamese dishes you thought you knew. Enjoy a hushed walk in a hidden pagoda? You won’t believe the worlds that are tucked away right in the heart of town. Just here for a good time? Countless speakeasies and rooftop bars are waiting for you to check them out (and check in on Instagram). We could go on, but the best way to get a sense of Vietnam’s urban hubs is to see them for yourself.
Go just a few hours outside of Hanoi, and you’ll find another world, one that can be dreamy, dramatic, and enriching all at once. After taking in the whirlwind of sights, tastes and sounds in the capital, it’s good to spend a day in the countryside, getting in touch with the nature and culture of Northern Vietnam. Whether you head west to the ocean, east to the mountains or set off for a nearby national park, you’ll be glad you made the effort. Here are five easy destinations to explore from Hanoi.
When the French baguette arrived in Vietnam more than 100 years ago, no one could have guessed it would change Vietnamese cuisine forever. Bánh mì, the streetside sandwich loved by so many, is now one of the most iconic Vietnamese dishes. But its apparent simplicity is deceptive. Locals have reinvented the staple again and again, in every corner of the country. Exploring the bánh mì scene in Vietnam is one of the tastiest journeys you can take. To get you started, below are seven amazing bánh mì you must try.
With fresh ingredients at the ready and a long tradition of creative cooking, a tasty snack is never far away when you're in Vietnam. Some come with age-old stories, while others take great Vietnamese products and elevate them with a modern twist. From salted egg chips to mung bean cakes, these delicious goodies make fantastic gifts for your loved ones back home.