Things to do in Vietnam | Top Attractions Travel Guide

For the next two days we are doing a tourof Ha Long Bay, so here we are aboard our ship.

Our lovely home at sea.

So we're going to give you a tour of the place.

Lounging on the deck.

How are you enjoying the view? Ah, they're okay.

So we've been doing lots of activities whilewe've been at Ha Long Bay.

There has been kayaking and exploring cavesand this morning we are spending a bit of time at a private beach.

Okay, so Sam you are revisiting Ha Long Bayfor the second time, yes? Indeed, I am.

Okay, so tell us what has been your favoritepart this time around and how has it changed? Well, it actually hasn't changed too much.

This tour is quite similar to the one I didbefore.

Previously, I did a three day tour.

This time we're doing only two days.

Two days I think is plenty.

We've done a lot of different fun activities.

I've just enjoyed being on the boat with allof the gorgeous scenery and the karst mountains.

Well, this has been my first time to Ha LongBay so obviously what has impressed the most has been the scenery because it just looksout of this world.

It is unlike anything I've ever seen before.

I've really enjoyed just hanging out on thetop deck reading a book, checking out the views and also the food aboard has been reallynice.

And next we're going to show you our roomon the boat.

Hello.

Cabin fever.

Okay, we've been here maybe half an hour andit is already messy.

I blame it on this person.

No, this person.

Here we are just biking through the streetsof Hoi An.

Here we have our little ticket for sightseeingaround Hoi An.

The way it works is that you pay six dollarsand you get a ticket that grants you access into five different historic sites aroundtown and you just show up at the entrance.

They snip off one of these little tabs andyou're good to go.

Here we are at the Japanese covered bridge.

It was built in 1593.

Construction on this bridge began on the yearof the monkey and finished on the year of the dog and for that reason one side of thebridge is guarded by a monkey and the other by a dog.

Here we are at the most popular pedestrianbridge in town.

I'm standing here at a small square and thisis where a lot of fabulous performances take place – especially at night time.

We are at Quang Dong Assembly hall.

It's a place of worship for the Cantonesecommunity.

Up next we are visiting the Assembly Hallof the Fujian Chinese.

This place now acts as a temple to the GoddessTian Hao who is from the Fujian province in China.

Today we are doing something that I've beenwanting to do ever since we got to Hoi An and that is shopping.

There are said to be over two hundred differenttailors just in Hoi An alone.

This is a city where you come to have yourclothes custom made.

You can get dresses, shirts, suits, shoes, pursues made and they can copy the latest designs.

You just have to show them the magazine withwhat you want and they'll recreate it for you.

Shopping for clothes – especially dresses- is not my realm of expertise.

We're going shopping.

Having fun changing over there.

I'm having trouble getting into my dress.

Oh, it looks nice.

Do you like it? It feels like the right size.

This is dress number two.

How do you like this one? It's got flowers.

It is nice.

I can do a little smaller.

Maybe a little smaller in the back.

It's a good size for you.

Do you like it? I do.

Yes, you like all three of them? We are staying here two more days.

Two more days? What are we having done right now? I'm getting my dresses made, so that theyfit me properly.

Where are you going now? After here, we go to Hanoi.

It is very far away.

So we are just waiting here for Audrey's dressesto get some minor alterations done on them.

Were they too big or too small? They were a little too big on me but I amso excited for them to be ready.

I'm quite pleased with my purchases.

I ended up getting three dresses and I probablycould have gotten more because the lady just kept pushing me to try this one, try thatone.

She really wanted you to get that forth dress.

Oh yeah, but we had to cut it off at three.

Overall, we paid eighteen dollars per dressplus a slight discount and that included alterations and everything.

So a little tip for anyone who is think ofgoing shopping in Hoi An.

I would say just walk around the differentstreets and see what the shops have to offer.

See what kinds of styles you like and thengo into a store and don't be afraid to bargain a little and ask for different patterns anddifferent fabrics.

They can make anything you want.

Today we are biking out to Tra Que which isa little village.

We're going for a special organic meal ata restaurant that grows its own vegetables and herbs.

Oh, wow! Can you hear the sound of the water.

This is Sam on the Waterwheel.

You're a natural.

If this isn't fun I don't know what is.

You should move out here and take up farming.

So this place is amazing.

It's like a little organic oasis where theyjust grow different herbs and vegetables.

Everyone is farming and it is so peacefuland quiet and it is beautiful.

Look at all of the flowers around this.

We have a very special drink here.

It is called the water wheel drink.

It's made with lemon basil seed and ginger.

Let's take a sip of that.

It tastes very healthy.

In a good way or a bad way? In a pretty good way.

Okay.

Tra Que is a small farming community villagelocated two kilometers northeast of the Ancient Hoi An town area.

We just came here for dinner but if you decideto visit this village you can also work with the farmers for the day, you can take a ricepaper making class or you can take a cooking class.

If you've been following along with our recentfood videos you probably have noticed we've been having these pancakes a lot and theyare delicious.

I have to say that the presentation of theseones down here looks the best.

So these here are the best country pancakeswe've had.

What I really like about them is that theyare not as oily or greasy as the other ones.

They have a little bit of a fluffier texture.

So this lovely presented dish is called threefriends and there are three friends right in my hand.

We have shrimp, pork and vegetables wrappedaround.

Pop that in your mouth.

Friendly? I've got some good pals in my mouth.

These tres amigos are almost too pretty toeat.

Thank you.

Easy.

So here we have our colorful papaya saladand I didn't realize it was going to be this big.

I started to think we ordered way too muchfood.

Are you kidding me? With me here? Too much food? I'll take care of that.

Well to sum up this meal I can honestly saythis is the best dinner I've had since I've been in Vietnam.

I absolutely loved the dishes.

You could just taste the freshness in everysingle dish we had.

The prices were really affordable.

The portions were generous and it was cookedreally healthy.

Nothing was greasy or too oily.

It was just absolute delight to come hereand eat.

I definitely agree.

I think the long bike ride out here was definitelyworth it and it is nice eating in such a quiet and peaceful setting just being surroundedby the farm.

So we highly recommend it if you're in HoiAn.

Hello! We are on a little raft and just cruisingdown the Mekong Delta.

I'm loving the conical hat.

How do you like your hat? I need a hat of my own.

We should be wearing this back in Canada.

What is wrong with people? There is a little traffic jam over here.

Hello.

Tip Tip? We're doing a three day tour of the MekongDelta and this is day number one and we just started off by sampling some tea with honeyand few little snacks.

Now we're doing a little paddle boat adventuredown the Mekong.

Today we're in Saigon one of the most hecticand chaotic cities in SE Asia and we're going to show you the main attractions.

The best souvenir to take back home – weaselcoffee.

That is coffee that has been pooped out ofa weasel in case you were wondering.

It looks a little bit like an O'Henry bar.

There is a lot of exotic things you can buyin Vietnam.

Nothing more so than snake wine.

We also have some very cool chocolates overhere in the shape of conical hats or you can get your own durian chocolate.

Our first stop today is the War Remnants Museumin Saigon.

This museum chronicles the war from the perspectiveof the North side.

We just finished visiting the War RemnantsMuseum and inside it is divided into several different galleries.

I would say that the most impacting galleryis the one that focuses on the results of Agent Orange.

Agent Orange was a defoliant used to get ridof the leaves in the jungle, so that it would make warfare easier but the thing is thatthe toxins effected people decades later, so someone who had been exposed to the toxinswhen they were twelve years old when they had children at twenty five most of thosekids were born with deformities.

Thousands of people in Vietnam are effectedby this.

We're here at Thien Hau temple dedicated tothe Goddess of the Sea.

Many years ago this is where people wouldhave come to pray for protection for a long sea journey.

Over here they are burning the used incense.

So the spiral coils that you see burning upthere are actually incense sticks and they burn for three months, so if a family wantsto have good luck they come to the temple they write their name and date of birth ona little ribbon that is attached to the incense stick and it just burns there for a few monthsand you're lucky the whole time.

Next up it is time to go shopping at the BinhTay Market.

Let's go see what we can find.

The market is a bustling hive of activityand you can buy just about anything here.

I wait for you.

We have some very forceful saleswomen overhere.

One lady grabbed onto my arm and was pullingand she would not leg go of me because I wouldn't buy a silk scarf.

We are now visiting the Reunification Palace.

This used to be the Presidential Palace forSouth Vietnam and it is stuck in a time warp.

It has been left to look exactly the way itdid when the North stormed through on April, 1975.

This is the Notre Dame Cathedral in Saigonand it is a very easy landmark to notice because it is made out of red brick.

And if you happen to be here at the righttime you can even join Mass.

Our last stop of the day we are visiting theGeneral Post Office in Saigon and normally a post office wouldn't be a main attractionbut this one was designed by Gustav Eiffel, the same guy who built the Eiffel Tower.

The old phone booths have been turned intoATM machine stations.

Although it is a main tourist attraction itstill does function as a post office.

And that concludes our grand tour of Saigonand we hope you enjoyed it.

Well, our time in Saigon is over and we'renow taking a train to Nha Trang for some beach time.

Yes.

And that is going to make one of us very happy.

Who would that be? Oh yeah, I just love the beaches.

You'll get lots more freckles.

I do.

I need more.

I don't have enough.

We have been eating local foods the wholetime we have been here.

Check that out.

That is so Vietnamese.

What is that? I think they may call that pizza.

Iced cafe? I've got my favorite treat here – Vietnameseiced coffee.

I paid 15, 000 Dong for that which is aboutseventy five cents.

Is it ever good.

It is made with condensed milk and it hascopious amounts of sugar.

Take a big sip.

Better than an Iced Cap from Tim Hortons backhome.

Okay, aside from the ice cap I think we needto discuss Sam's new look over here.

A pretty obvious change.

What is that? What do you mean what is that? That's my mustache.

It is awesome.

You love it.

I'm a throwback from the seventies.

There are two different classes in this train.

We are traveling in the soft seat sectionwhich has AC and really cushiony chairs.

Then you also have hard benches with fans.

Yeah, what a big difference.

I'm glad we got the ones here.

It is a lot more comfortable.

Chicken.

We be having chicken for breakfast.

One of my favorite snacks of all – fried springrolls and I get to eat them on a train.

We are going kayaking around the bay.

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woo! We are paddling down the Ha Long Bay.

Oh yeah! Look at you paddle.

I know.

I'm doing all the work and Sam is just therefor the ride.

Exactly! You paddle girl, you go.

One of the coolest things out here by farare the floating villages.

We survived our kayaking experience in HaLong Bay.

We almost crashed into the cliff.

Yes.

It was kind of scary.

It is a bit stressful especially because wheneverthe big boats (the junks) go past they create these little waves and the kayaking is turning.

And you have to get out the way of the junktoo.

That is stressful.

Yeah, but it was fun.

It was a fun way to see the bay.

Today we are eating lunch at the Bale Wellin Hoi An.

This is a very small local restaurant.

They have a fixed menu.

Actually there is no menu.

They just bring you food and you pay a fixedprice and you eat as much as you want.

There focus is on country pancakes and springrolls.

Which we both love! You take the salad, cucumber, kimchi and aspring roll.

It is going to be crunchy.

Now that is a special roll.

That has got meat.

Thank you very much.

So I dip it here? Give it a try Audrey.

Here we go.

How is that? Wow, hard to bite huh? So you are going to what? Well, Sam here wasn't paying attention towhole assembly process, so I will have to demonstrate how to roll a spring roll.

Okay, so we add a little bit of greens includingsome lettuce.

A bit of fumbling with the chopsticks there.

Hey, don't be hating.

Then she said this is our kimchi which looksa bit different from the kimchi we ate in Korea.

This is Vietnamese style Kimchi.

It must be pickled vegetables.

Then she added a spring roll.

Don't forget the meat.

Let's try this one.

Yeah, try a smaller one.

I don't know if it is chicken or beef butit looks good and smells good.

Now that is a super loaded roll.

Ok, now to roll it tightly.

Viola! This is it.

Now you add just a little bit of chilly tothe sauce.

It is kind of a peanut based sauce I think.

And we dip and enjoy! Oh, there comes more food.

Oh wow, here is the country pancakes.

Yum.

So this delectable roll.

This time instead of the spring roll it hasthe country pancake inside of it.

So we're going to give it a try.

Is that better? These rolls are amazing! You've got pancakes, springs rolls, the greens, the skewered satay all in this.

Happy boy! And if that feast wasn't enough we've gota little sweet treat to end off with.

What flavor did you get? I got cherry.

And the dessert just keeps on coming.

Now we have fresh pineapples.

Do you have any room for that? No, but I'll eat it.

Okay, seriously that was the feast of feasts.

Normally country pancakes or spring rollsor satay taste great on their own but all wrapped up together in one big roll dippedinto a peanut sauce.

WOW! Our lunch came to one hundred and eighty thousandDong which is about nine dollars.

I think that is a great price because theyjust kept bringing out plates and plates of food and we were stuffed and then they wereoffering us dessert and it was like 'oh, I don't want to turn it down I guess I'll eatit anyway' so yeah it was a great selection there.

The service there is really friendly almostin a very unique kind of way.

There was one time when the lady was comingover and she looked like it appeared she was going to be wrapping up a roll for us butinstead she just grabbed a satay and plopped it right in Audrey's mouth and at the veryend of the meal she came over and noticed I was looking hot and she undid a napkin forme.

I thought she was going to put it in my hands.

Oh, no.

She just came and rubbed my whole face rightdown.

Oh yeah.

Today we setting out on a two day hike inSapa and we are just walking through the town.

We've picked up a few more people who arejoining us and we've already picked up some local buddies who will be walking with usit seems.

Today's hike is going to be divided into three sections andthe first village that we will be visiting is called Lao Chai.

It's about eight kilometers from where westarted out and we're two kilometers into the trek so far.

It is getting really hot and I'm sweaty solet's keep going.

Tell us about the scenery? Unbelievable.

Everywhere we walk.

So as you can see over here there is a bitof a landslide that is blocking the road into the town.

I thought I heard a waterfall down there.

It turns out it is just a river.

It is still impressive.

So after several kilometers of hiking we'refinally approaching the village of Lao Chai down below.

So we are about to cross this bridge intotown and it is not for those who have vertigo because there are railings on this bridge.

After two hours of hiking we've reached ourfirst destination point Lao Chai Village.

It is time for lunch and I'm pretty hungry.

How about you? I'm starving.

I can't wait to get there fast enough.

It is just over there where the bridge is.

That is Lao Chai.

Now we're going to show you a little bit ofa Vietnamese musical performance.

Vietnamese singing and music.

It was quite impressive.

Oh yeah.

This is the second day of our Mekong Deltatour.

We're going to visit some traditional floatingmarkets out here and we're rocking the conical hats.

Pineapple.

Pineapple.

One.

10, 000 Dong.

Who wants a pineapple? We just finished a very hot and sweaty ridethrough a floating market.

There were small little vessels selling thingslike fresh fruit and ice cold coffee.

We sat there and enjoyed the scenery and atesome food.

They literally had the perfect strategy down.

They just had us sitting there for fifteento twenty minutes.

We were sweating profusely and they were sellingus cold drinks.

They must have made a fortune.

Today we are visiting the central market inHoi An.

It is about seven thirty in the morning andthe place is just full of activity.

People are selling fresh vegetables and fruits, so let's go see what we can find.

Waking up this morning has been one of thebest ideas we've done since we've come to Hoi An.

We've been treated to this market almost entirelyto ourselves.

We actually haven't noticed another foreignerhere yet.

Wow.

One of the quirks of this market is that theysell live chickens and ducks.

That is not something you see in the supermarketeveryday.

In tiny little cages.

Here at the market you can find all kindsof exotic fruits that are associated with SE Asia such as papaya, mangosteen, rambutan, dragon fruit.

It is all here.

From a birds eye view perspective it is justa sea of conical hats.

It is too bad we forgot to bring ours today.

Today we are having lunch at the Green Moss in Hoi An and this happens to bea cooking school but it has more of a casual feel.

Basically, you choose two dishes from themenu and then you pay an additional two dollars and you get to go into the kitchen and cookit yourself.

That is what we'll be doing.

Believe me when I say this “If I can do it.

Anyone can.

” We are entering into the kitchen and we'remaking a cooking video.

Audrey is up first.

First like this? You roll one time.

So you cover it up? So then we get the sides tucked in? And then we finish as tight as possible.

There you go.

Not so bad.

It is great.

It is like we're an exclusive peak into thekitchen.

This is how we're making Pho.

Can I try? Two tablespoons.

Here are the first few dishes we've prepared.

We have the Pho and the fresh spring rolls.

Let's go eat it.

Take them to the table and devour them.

Here is the spring roll that Audrey personallyrolled herself.

No, I didn't.

You rolled it.

Do you remember? Let's see how it turned out.

This is one of my favorite dishes at thisrestaurant.

It is just such a nice fat spring roll.

How is that Pho? Delicious, and prior to learning how to makethis I didn't realize how many different ingredients went into this dish.

You can really taste the flavors.

Next up we will be making a vegetable CaoLau.

So the Cao Lau noodles are made from the waterused an ancient well and apparently it is quite secret.

Not only in Hoi An.

Unique noodles to Hoi An.

It is harder.

It's a crispy noodle.

Now we're making our very last dish the vegetablepancake and it happens to be my favorite one.

We've got a lot of multitasking going on.

We've got the tofu simmering, we've got thenoodles being steamed over here and we've got the pancake mixture ready to be spreadon the frying pan.

So that is when we know it is done? Okay.

Take fermented soy bean sauce.

Here is the finished product and this is roundtwo of our feast.

It was a fascinating experience getting tosee how all of this food was made in the kitchen.

We're going to show you how to roll the countrypancake in a rice paper, so that it is easy for dipping into the sauce.

And a big bite.

Oh, yeah.

The pancake is nice and crispy and the sauceis kind of sweet.

It has a bit of a tomato ketchup base I believebut it is also spicy because we added all of the chilies.

It is a nice combination of flavors.

How is the Cao Lau? I love it.

What really stands out with the Cao lau isthe taste of the noodles.

They are just really unique to this area andI love them.

So the texture of the noodles are a littlebit crispy and it almost tastes a little bit like they are under-cooked but that is whatmakes them quite unique.

We just finished our cooking class at GreenMoss and it was a little bit different from previous cooking classes we've taken.

This one was a little bit less hands on andmore watch and learn, which is great because we got to watch a professional make it andthe dishes turned out great.

Everything was tasty.

That is the first kind of cooking class whereit has been more of a just a demonstration only that I've taken before.

And I really enjoyed it partly because I'mreally slow at preparing food but the other reason was it was so hot in that kitchen.

I don't think I've ever sweated that much, so I could barely handle being in there as long as I was.

Had I been preparing the food I may have passedout on the ground.

Well our time in Vietnam has almost come toan end.

We came to Sapa and all we really wanted wasa room with a view but you know how things are.

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you don't always get what you want.

Some come take a look at our room.

It is just you know, nothing special.

I really wanted to have a nicer view but thisis just kind of ordinary.

Meh.

Blah.

And how is it over there? It is not any better.

Come see.

Meh.

Meh.

What is your office like these days? I'm enjoying it.

Not so bad.

No, who is kidding who.

This is just absolutely stunning.

This room here costs only twenty dollars andwe get free breakfast.

I have to say, I've been traveling for a verylong time.

I've probably been backpacking almost threeor four years and I have never had a room with a view like this.

Off in the distance you can see the rice terraceswhere locals grown their crops.

This view is kind of similar to Boseong TeaPlantation we visited in Korea and also the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia where we visitedmore tea plantations.

The only difference is that we didn't havea room overlooking this.

It's a much better view this time around.

Well our time in Vietnam has almost officiallycome to an end and I can't think of a better way to spend it than here in Sapa.

What do you think? Vietnam has been our favorite country to travelthrough in the past three months and Sapa is just a great relaxing destination to endoff the trip.

We are taking our first sleeper bus in Vietnam.

We are traveling from Nha Trang all the wayto Hoi An which should be about 12 hours and the bus basically looks like they stuffeda whole bunch of bunk beds in it.

We're on the top one.

I love the look on Audrey's face when shefirst saw this bed.

I've taken these sleeper buses before butthey are quite unusual buses.

This is the tiniest bunkbed I've ever beenon.

I could fall off the side.

Oh come bunny you're going to love it.

It is like a sleepover party on a bus.

One of the many perks of traveling on thenight bus is that you save a night's accommodation.

We won't be paying for a hotel or a guesthouse tonight.

This is our hotel.

We're styling.

We paid about eleven US dollars for this journeyand that comes to less than one dollar per hour of travel.

Bargain! Are you getting a good night's rest? Very liberal use of the horn.

It has been over twelve hours and we are stillon the bus.

We didn't really get a good night's sleepbecause they were just honking all night, so as soon as we get to Hoi An I'm gettingmy nap.

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