Ha Long Bay is an enigmatic maze of blue-green waters. Photo © Dana Filek-Gibson.

Where to Go in Vietnam

Vietnam is a thriving country where the old sits contentedly alongside the new, a place to explore nature as well as culture, to shop, eat and play, to relax and enjoy. In the cities, life is fast-paced, bustling. The countryside is as vibrant, but takes life at a slower pace. Where you go in Vietnam depends very much on what type of experience you want from your travels.

The Manly ferry passes the Sydney Opera House on a bright, sunny day.

Sydney Day Trip Ideas: Manly and the Manly Ferry

The Manly Ferry is a perfect way to get out on the water, see the islands, appreciate the view across the opera house and the bridge from the water, take in the mind-blowingly beautiful real estate along the coast, and sit back and enjoy being out on the harbor for a fraction of the price of a harbor cruise. And as a bonus, you get to go to Manly.

The jagged tops of Angkor Wat's temples visible across from and reflected in water.

Discover Angkor Wat

True marvels to behold, the temple ruins of Angkor have put Cambodia on the map and attract more than two million foreign visitors a year. Add the bustling markets and lively bars in the capital Phnom Penh, the quiet streets of Battambang, and the only just recently accessible forest temples away from the main highways, and a journey to Angkor Wat is an adventure, an experience, a moment in time.

An aerial view of the Hanoi cityscape in Vietnam.

Travel Tips for Getting to Vietnam

Start preparing for your trip to Vietnam with the most basic step: how to get there. Expert author Dana Filek-Gibson gives an overview of major airports, local airlines, and cross-border bus services, as well as tips on discount tickets and organized tours.

Carved relief sculptures of men and women, some of the stone faces have fallen away.

The Temples of Angkor: Three-Day Itinerary

The main temples of Angkor can be seen in a day, but that hardly does justice to this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Three days in Angkor gives you enough time to soak up the main structures at leisure and get a good impression of the former might of the Khmer culture.

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Plan a Trip to Cambodia: Where and When to Go

Expert author Tom Vater presents an overview of the places you won’t want to miss on your travels to Cambodia, from the temples around Angkor in the south, the magnificent ruins of the Khmer Empire, located predominantly in the northwest of the country, plus information on when to make the trip.

Vietnamese visas. Photo © Dana Filek-Gibson.

Before Traveling to Vietnam

As always, being prepared is the key to enjoying your travels to a foreign country. When heading to Vietnam, the most important thing is to ensure your travel documents are in order; officials take regulations on visas and passports extremely seriously. Otherwise, here are some tips on what to pack to make your stay smooth, advice on getting to and around the country, and vaccination information.

A crumbling wall made of large squared stones leaves a natural keyhole window standing.

Cambodia’s Top 10 Temples

Cambodia’s most famous temple, Angkor Wat, now attracts up to 6,000 visitors per day. Others, almost as spectacular but more remote, attract but a handful of visitors. Whether you’re looking for a secluded spot or something more well-known, these ten historic sites will not disappoint.

Vietnam's northwest region is awash with soaring mountains and verdant river valleys. Photo © Dana Filek-Gibson.

The Best of Vietnam Travel Itinerary: Down the Dragon’s Spine

Travel all the best of Vietnam, from the busy capital city of Hanoi to a cruise on Ha Long Bay to relaxing in mountain spas, strolling photogenic villages, and more. This itinerary describes a brisk two-week trip, covering the full length of Vietnam’s coast, with a few detours to the interior. For a more relaxed pace, extend your trip to three weeks and linger in the places you like best.