Top 10 Places You Need to See in Vietnam in Summer 2018

Summer 2018 is approaching, and maybe you are trying to find something for relaxation. Then, travelling to Vietnam for remarkable tourist destinations or even isolated ones with incredible scenes is indeed a wonderful idea. It is believed that Vietnam is home to irresistible natural landscapes, unique features in culture, and new things in lifestyle to experience. Do not hesitate to make a trip to Phu Quoc, Nha Trang, Da Lat, Sapa, Ha Giang, Moc Chau, Hue, Hoi An, Co To Island - Quang Ninh, and Tam Dao – Vinh Phuc. Those places certain give you the journey of your lifetime.

Something about Vietnam in Summer

During summertime, each region in the S-shaped country experiences diversity of weather conditions. Vietnam often features the humid climate and specific tropical monsoon, in which the summer is hot and rainy (the rainy season) while the winter is cold and dry (the dry season). In general, the South region has average summer in daytime with the temperature about 33°C.  Rain can appear suddenly in the afternoon, but it does not last longer than a couple of hours.

 

The Middle of Vietnam is dryer than the South. Especially, the region can suffer from flood, rains, and typhoons at July and August. So, it is a good idea to avoid travelling to the Central part during these months. Though Northern region is bit hotter with more precipitation, heat is cooler than other regions, due to ocean breezes. But, prepare to bring repellent with you as there are tons of mosquitos and insects in the summertime. Of course, missing beach getaway in Vietnam during the summer will be a big regret in your lifetime.

Best must-visit places in Vietnam in Summer

Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc beach

Among top places you need to see in Vietnam in summer 2018 is Phu Quoc Island. Blessed with stunning beaches, green forests, as well as the untouched charms, Phu Quoc is certainly for people loving to immerse themselves in the nature. Not only does the remote land bring you opportunities to touch the extraordinary beauty, but it also entitles to get insights in the life of the inhabitants. The trip there will be more meaningful and exciting if you set foot in fishing farms, pearl farms, fish sauce factory, sim wine factory, and black pepper gardens. When it is hot in summer, it seems that Phu Quoc is supposed to be a totally ideal spot to go.

Because Phu Quoc stands out as an island district, you only get there by two means: by plane or by ferry. Flights from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are always available, so you can get to the island any time by plane. The cheaper alternative is taking a bus from Saigon to Ha Tien or Rach Gia, then enjoying a fast boat to Phu Quoc. In terms of exploring around the island, guests come with many convenient possibilities, like bus, boat, taxi, bicycle or motorbike. Among them, renting a motorbike can be the best option for traversing the island’s roads.

Nha Trang

Nha Trang beach

Referred to as a beautiful coastal city by both Vietnamese people and international travelers, Nha Trang is seemingly more vibrant under the summer sunshine. Honestly, there is nothing more wonderful than plunging into cool and clean water or strolling along imposing beaches with soft sand while witnessing the beauty of the ocean horizon. If putting Nha Trang in your list, you should think of freely experiencing stimulating activities, such as coral reef diving, getting onto a glass bottom boat, and taking a cable car to Vinpearl Land.      

Those, flying from outside Vietnam, need to flight first to one of the biggest and most lively cities in the country – Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. Then, getting to Nha Trang becomes easier by different possibilities, such as by plane, train, bus, and car. Once in the city, let’s go sightseeing by walking, car/motorbike rental, taxi, and bus system.

Da Lat

Tea hills in Da Lat

As a foreign traveler to Vietnam, perhaps, you do not know where the locals prefer to go each time summer is approaching. For this season, your visit to Vietnam will be worthier if you actually discover the best places through this country. Da Lat is one of the rewarding choices. It is easy to accept the city is a perfect tourist destination during summer since it is portrayed as a giant fan catering the fresh air and pleasant atmosphere for the inhabitants; it is also for those who wish to escape from the noisy and bustle of big cities. There are remarkable attractions you ought not to miss when coming here, including Valley of Love, Flower Garden, Linh Phuoc Pagoda, Bao Dai Summer Palace, Crazy House, Elephant Falls, and Mong Mo Hill, and Da Lat Railway Station.

You can fly to Da Lat by a few daily flights from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Another convenient mean of transport to the city is by bus. You can purchase tickets at the station or at the bus’s office downtown. Getting around Da Lat is reasonably convenient because the hill town is smaller than other cities in Vietnam. Its mild climate all year round becomes ideal for guests to enjoy a day of sightseeing in the city on foot without feeling tired. Other transportation options include bicycle, bus, taxi, car, and motorcycle.

Sapa

Enthic women on Northwest of Viet Nam

There is no reason to put Sapa off the list of top places you need to see in Vietnam in summer 2018 due to its majesty. When it comes to Sapa, people think of alluring rice terraced fields spreading over mountainous areas of the North. Endowed with mild climate all year round, this land is labeled as the second version of Da Lat. One compelling thing is that it is not a touristy place, so you can find untouched landscapes and traditional features in the locals’ culture here. Most inhabitants are ethnic minority people; hence, it is a chance to learn new things. Trekking is supposed to be the best way to discover a fantastic Sapa, and you can visit famous destinations, e.g. Ham Rong Mountain, Sapa Stone Church, Cat Cat Village, Ta Phin Village, Muong Hoa Valley, Fansipan Peak, Silver Waterfall, Heaven Gate, and Bac Ha Traditional Market.

There are a few ways to get into Sapa from Hanoi, including by train, bus, or motorbike. While travelling by train is the most popular mean of transport for every travelers, thanks to its comfort and safety, getting to the town by bus seems more dangerous than by train, because of the difficult route. But, motorbike is the favorite choice for only backpackers and adventure lovers as they’re fond of challenge themselves through riding bike on hazardous road and passes. Once in the town, the best way to experience Sapa itself is on foot. If you want to save time, then consider car rental or moving by bus!

Ha Giang

While a part of Sapa is modernized with concrete architecture, Ha Giang is actually where you can penetrate into the totally idyllic setting. With lots of winding roads and spectacular landscapes, this place entitles you to get a full sense of the Northwest - the Vietnam’s most remarkable mountainous region. Additionally, Ha Giang is known to be the northernmost point of Vietnam with many must-visit destinations, such as Hoang Su Phi – Sin Man, the mansion of Vuong family, Dong Van Karst Plateau, Lung Cu Peak, Ma Pi Leng Pass, and Meo Vac. It is no exaggeration to say that the destination is an ethereal wonderland of the ethnic minority people’s tranquil life, poetic rice terraced fields, murmuring brooks, and interesting customs you have probably never known before.    

From Hanoi Capital, you can book a bus to Ha Giang, and this is considered the optimal option. Riding a motorbike is also a popular choice, which rewards you with a chance to experience the town at best. To explore Ha Giang in a depth level, you can choose trekking or riding motorbike. But, the best way is by motorbike, since sights are set far from each other connected by spectacular mountain routes.

Moc Chau

Terrace fields at harvest time in Northwest of Viet Nam

Moc Chau Plateau, located in Moc Chau District, Son La Province is 1,050 meters above sea level and mild all year round. The other plus point is that the place is gifted picturesque scenes pleasing anyone who loves the natural charms. Reaching there, you will easily fall in love with a striking picture in which there are lush hills of green tea, large farms, forests, and springs. Each time summer is coming, lots of couples come to take their wedding photos or save memories each other. Besides, as the scenery is miraculous, Moc Chau is supposed to be an ideal background for those who love photography as well as wish to have excellent photos.

Far about 150 kilometers to the west of Hanoi, it takes less than 4 hours to get to Mai Chau. Oftentimes, travelers select to book a bus/coach or drive themselves there by motorbike or car. While staying in the town, you can easily get around on foot. For those who want to discover further afield, then renting a bike is a good idea.

Hue and Da Nang

Forbidden City in Hue

Situated on the bank of Perfume River, Hue – the ancient capital of Vietnam – in the Middle is 700 kilometers to the south of Hanoi and 1,100 kilometers to the north of Ho Chi Minh City. Hue used to be the cultural, political, and religious center of Vietnam when the country was under the control of Nguyen Dynasty. Nowadays, Hue is referred to as the place of historic values, for which it has been designated as a UNESCO world heritage site. Let’s keep an eye on the most deserving spots to visit, like Emperor Tombs (Khai Dinh, Minh Mang, Tu Duc, etc.), Hue Citadel, Thien Mu Pagoda, and so forth.

About getting to Hue, you have several options to consider (like bus, train, and plane), based on where you start the trip. If you start from Saigon or Hanoi, choosing plane/train is the best option. In case you reach the city from Da Nang, then consider taking a bus/coach. While in the city, you should remember that there are 3 main types of transportation available at present, including Taxi, Cyclo, and renting your own two-wheels.

 

Da Nang is in the proximity of Hue, so you ought not to ignore this destination if going on a trip to the ancient capital. It is the Vietnam’s third large city, followed by Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. Regarding its development, the city has been turning itself to become a modern city in recent years, so you can find a totally new look of Vietnam there. A few recommendations to enhance the value of a Vietnam journey in general and a Da Nang excursion in particular are Asia Park, Fantasy Park, My Khe Beach, Non Nuoc Beach, Than Tai hot spring park, Hoa Phu Thanh Fall, Dragon Bridge, French Village on Ba Na Hills, Love Flower Garden, Hai Van Pass, Love Bridge, Cham Island, Phong Nam Ancient Village, and Tam Giang Lagoon.

Like Hue, you can get to Da Nang by various means of transportation, such as plane, train, and bus. Because the city is small and easy to get around, you should be able to do plenty of exploration on foot. Grab/taxis are plentiful, bus system is available to serve budget visitors, while motorbike rental allows for ultimate flexibility.

Hoi An

A rural village in Hoi An town

Surely, Hoi An is never put off the list of places to see in Vietnam in summer 2018 because of its traditional layout. Once being a large Southeast Asia trading port between the 15th and 19th century, Hoi An is nowadays emerging as a combination of the traditional setting and grand architecture influenced by both indigenous and foreign styles. Traveling to this ancient town, you will realize that it is actually a serene spot to experience when you want to escape from hustling perspective of large cities.

Keep in mind that there is no train station and airport in the town; hence, ways to get there from the airport in Da Nang City are by taxi, bus, and motorbike. Such vehicles are also suitable for getting around Hoi An. Of course, both cycling and cyclos are the most preferred means, too!

Co To Island - Quang Ninh

Co To Island is situated in Quang Ninh, and it will take you about three hours to get there by boat. The island has become an interesting place for youngsters in summer since they may freely engage in outdoor activities as well as join a camping trip. Co To is regarded to be an isolated island with stunning beaches and long stretches of soft sand, making it more valuable among lots of touristy destinations. How to get there is quite simple; you just take a bus to Cam Pha, Cua Ong from Hanoi (VND200,000/one way). Then proceed to Cai Rong Port where you will stay overnight. The next morning, take a boat to Co To Island. Some breathtaking beaches and mighty places in the island are Bac Van Beach, Van Chai Beach, Hong Van Beach, and Co To Lighthouse.

In fact, there are many convenient ways to get to Co To Island from Hanoi, Ha Long and Lang Son, such as by bus, taxi and motorbike.  And boat is the only way to get in the island, which departs hourly from Cai Rong Pier. Exploring the island becomes easier by car/motorbike rental.

Tam Dao – Vinh Phuc

Tam Dao is located in Tam Dao Mountain Range at the altitude of 900 meters above sea level and about 80 kilometers from Hanoi, including 50 kilometers on National Route 2 and 24 kilometers on National Route 2B. In this island, you will take a chance to experience four seasons during the day; breeze of spring in the morning, warmth of summer at noon, calmness of fall in the afternoon, and coldness of winter at night. More excitingly, it is endowed with phenomenal landscapes with winding paths, making it look a splendid scenic picture. As for reasons why the destination is called Tam Dao, it is due to three highest mounts, namely Thach Ban (1,388 meters above sea level), Thien Thi (1,375 meters above sea level) and Phu Nghia (1,400 meters above sea level).

From Hanoi, though there are many types of transportation to reach Tam Dao (i.e. by car, motorbike, bus, train, and coach), the cheapest and most convenient way is to take a local bus, and then a taxi to complete the last road. While in here, you can get around by renting a car/motorbike.