Vietnam recommendations

Hi everyone! My husband and I are spending two weeks in Vietnam (28th Oct - 11th Nov). The first week we will stay in Ho Chi Minh with family and we’ll be doing a bit of ‘work from home’. The second week we are open for some exploring.

I’d love to hear your recommendations for Ho Chi Minh evenings and where else you’d recommend visiting in Vietnam at that time of year (the weather seems to be different in each the south, center and north).

We’re considering a weekend in Phu Quoc, then on to Hanoi and Sapa. Is Phu Quoc worth going to? If it’s just lots of resorts/bar culture we aren’t too interested vs. if it’s a bit more low key and rugged.

Thank you!


Vietnam is such a fun country, you’ll have an amazing time!

Hanoi is a great city and definitely worth seeing. Also as you haven’t mentioned it above I have to say Ha Long Bay is beautiful – if you have time I would highly recommend visiting and doing a boat trip one day.

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Hoi An is really lovely, one of my favourites. When in Hanoi, it’s worth doing Halong bay. We did an organised overnight boat and met really lovely people. We opted for a more expensive boat option, I think some can be ‘booze cruise’ vibes.

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I would also recommend Hạ Long Bay as it was one of the highlights for me when I went a couple of years ago. Hoi An is also really great!

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Hi Rebecca. Amazing choice, you will have the best time. Here’s some places I visited


War remnants museum

Reunification palace

Fine arts museum

Jade emperor pagoda

Chu chi tunnels

For the view: Saigon sky deck (Bitexco financial tower) in the Dong Khoi area

Mekong delta – take a boat trip one evening, sunset


Hoi An Old Town – wonder around – day/night markets

Visit Cocobox cafe – really nice farm shop, organic cafe for breakfast/lunch/etc

Hoi Ann Roastery for the best coffee

Japanese covered bridge

Assembly hall of Fijian Chinese congregation

Tan Ky house

Quan Cong temple

Brother cafe for dinner – police station in the 1930’s under the French rule


The old quarter

The French quarter (take a cyclo tour)

Eat at food street corner

Bach Ma temple (near above)

HCM Mausoleum complex

National museum of Vietnamese history

Hoa Lo Prison museum

Temple of Literature

National Museum of Vietnamese history


Boat out and stay a night out at sea (2 days 1 night)


If you go to Hoi An, try the White Rose restaurant, they have only two dishes, dumplings and fried wontons and they are delicious.

I would also recommend to visit Ba Na Hills. We got there early in the morning to avoid crowds and we were so glad we did.

I’ve heard really nice things about this hotel/resort in Phu Quoc: Have an amazing trip!