Places to Visit: Vietnam Edition

Hey guys,

After returning from my trip to Vietnam I wanted to share my love for the country with you all! If Vietnam is not on your list, I highly recommend you add it. The culture, the people and the food are amazing! I was lucky enough to go to Ho Chi Minh City and Hoi An, totally devastated we didn’t go up North, but there’s always next year 😉

Ho Chi Minh City

First off, be careful what taxis you get in. Ask your hotel for advice. We were recommended to only use green taxis or the white ones. Double check the brand names and the colour of the taxis before you get in or you’ll get ripped off.

What to See and Do?

Reunification Palace

We did a half day tour of the city and weren’t planning on going to the palace but it turned out to be one of our highlights of Ho Chi Minh City. Really interesting to hear the culture of Ho Chi Minh City pre Vietnam War.

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War Remnants Museum

A must see! A great learning experience to see the terrible effects of the Vietnam War. It’s quite an emotional and draining experience.

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Cu Chi Tunnels

By far our favourite experience of the trip! I can’t believe the Viet Cong lived in those small tunnels for 20 odd years! Make sure to go into the tunnels and the little shoot (try not to get stuck, yes it happens and its bloody hilarious- youtube it).

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Places to Eat and Drink

Ben Tranh Markets

I was way too obsessed with these markets. There’s a few semi-permanent food stalls that are kinda like restaurants. Have a look at what other people are ordering before ordering, but I highly recommend the prawns. Also at the Ben Tranh Markets there are market stalls that sell souvenirs, fake designer bags and male clothing. I preferred going at night (go after 8pm) however it is slightly different during the day.

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Shereton Hotel

Great for a cocktail as they have amazing rooftop views! Also if you go during happy hour which I think is 5pm- 7pm its such a bargain!

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Majestic Hotel

The Majestic Hotel is the oldest hotels (I think) in Ho Chi Minh City and it truly is beautiful. Stop by for a cocktail at their rooftop bar which oversees the Saigon River.

Hoi An

Hoi An is the place to relax and unwind. I highly recommend staying at a resort as there’s not much to do in town. Also Hoi An is the place to get clothes and shoes made. Personally I didn’t find it that cheap and you need to be careful not to get ripped off, so ask around.

What to See and Do?

Ancient Town Walking Tour

The beauty of Hoi An is the Ancient Town has been preserved for hundreds of years. The lonely planet has a do it yourself walking tour map, which we did and found quite enjoyable. Let’s be real we got a bit lost but hey that’s part of the adventure.

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Marble Mountain Tour

This is actually featured in Da Nang, a neighbour town… Marble Mountain is like the name suggests, a mountain made of marble. It was so amazing to walk about the mountain and see that throughout the mountain there were little caves with temples and places to worship.

Places to Eat and Drink

Mango Rooms

A modern twist on Vietnamese food, one of my favourite meals of the trip.

Morning Glory

Again, this was another great place and we ate so well here! The crispy pork belly is a must! Also I should mention Cargo Restaurant is owned by the same people as Morning Glory and is rated quite highly as it serves western food. Personally I didn’t like Cargo, but many people we met along the way loved it so I might have ordered the wrong thing….

Hope you enjoyed my latest travel installment! If you have any questions about Vietnam feel free to comment, ask away xx

**Disclaimer: All opinions are based on personal experiences, and are not sponsored. rachelbeautystyle is not a make up artist, beauty or skincare specialist and will not be held liable for any recommendations. Therefore try at your own risk.

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8 thoughts on “Places to Visit: Vietnam Edition

      1. I know exactly what you mean! Same with my partner and I – loved it more than I expected. Did you guys shoot any guns while you were there? My partner did I chickened out last minute haha
        Sammy {xx}

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