Biking is one of the best, and most fun, ways to travel when touring a foreign country. You get to see everything around you, smell the exotic aromas, and hear music from nearby local festivals. Another reason that traveling by motorbike is better than traveling by car is the fact that motorbikes use way less gas than cars do. Don’t waste your hard-earned money, just drop two wheels and use a motorbike. traveling Vietnam by motorbike
No motorbike? No problem! Rent one from an established dealer like Tigit! Not only do they rent out motorbikes at competitive prices, they also offer thrilling tours of Vietnam!
One thing to look out for is the ghost hotel scam. You’ll find listings online for hotels that don’t even exist! Don’t be a victim, find your hotels the old fashioned way — walking around town and asking locals for recommendations.
Tip: When traveling abroad, it’s a good rule of thumb to never buy tours from the hotel that you’re staying at as they jack up the price for tourists.
Here are three cities that you absolutely must visit while in Vietnam:
Hoi An was a prominent trading center during the 16th and 17th centuries. The city hosted settlers from China, Japan, Portugal, and Holland. Street foods and shopping are the two major tourist attractions in Hoi An.
Did you know?: Hoi An is an official UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Ho Chi Minh City
Better known as Saigon by locals, Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam by population with an estimated 8.4 million residents as of 2016. Predictions indicate that the city’s population will rise to 13.9 million by the year 2025.
While you’re in Saigon, make sure to visit Independence Palace (also known as Reunification Palace). Independence Palace was where the Vietnam War came to a close when a PAVN (People’s Army of Vietnam) tank bulldozed through the main gate.
Fun fact: the city was named after leader Ho Chi Minh, who helped found the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.
Hanoi is Vietnam’s capital and its second largest city by population with a staggering 7.7 million residents as of 2015. In October of 2010, the city celebrated its 1,000 year anniversary and spent 50 billion Vietnamese Dongs on the restoration of historical buildings and streets in the Old Quarter region in honor of the historic milestone.
One of the Vietnamese dishes that you have to try while in Vietnam is bun cha. Bun cha is a type of grilled pork served with noodles. It originated in Hanoi and is still very popular in the city to this day.
Make sure to stop by the Red River and take some selfies that’ll make all your friends jealous. This historic reddish-brown river runs from Southwest China, through northern Vietnam, and ends at the Gulf of Tonkin.
Another historic site that is a must-see when visiting Vietnam is the famed Hanoi railway. The railway was built in 1902 and bombed in 1972 during the Vietnam war. In 1976, the railway was rebuilt and has been in use ever since.
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