When you think of traveling, you’re probably thinking of people on vacation with a cocktail in their hand in front of the beach relaxing all night day long. After all, we travel to escape our daily lives and to experience something out of the ordinary. But what many people don’t think of is that traveling can actually be very tiring as well. If you’ve heard people saying “I need a vacation from my vacation”, it’s because the journey has been anything but relaxing. But luckily, a destination like Vietnam has tons of things to offer its visitors. So if you’re going to travel to Vietnam and you’re looking for a pause in between the sightseeing, here’s how you can relax in Vietnam:
Chill on the beach
Like stated before, one of the best things about going on holidays is to relax on the beach all day long without a care in the world. Since the coastline of Vietnam stretches over 3,400 km, you bet that there’s lots of stunning beaches you can visit. Nha Trang is a popular beach town where you can both scuba dive and snorkel. The town is buzzing with life at night and is perfect for those who wants to relax by day and play by night. For those who are looking for a bit more serenity, go to Halong Bay in the north and kayak around the islands. There’s also plenty of beaches to be found here.
Relax with food and drinks
There’s nothing better than discovering new food in a new country. Vietnam has some of the best cuisine in the world, full of robust. Some of the most popular dishes include banh mi, pho and fresh spring rolls. Take a cooking class to cool down while learning about the Vietnamese kitchen. There’s plenty of cooking classes all over the country that you can enroll in. Afterwards, you get to sit down and enjoy your cooking.
Vietnam’s café scene is also exploding and there’s everything from the local small stands to the hip, modern cafés. Go café hopping in the cities and find your favorite place where you can relax and unwind with a good book in your hand and some tasty coffee.
Going to the spa is really cheap in Vietnam so don’t waste that opportunity for you to get pampered. In certain beach towns, you can even get a massage right next to the beach. In Vietnam, it’s important to look your best so you’ll find several beauty salons as well where you can get manicure and pedicure for a cheaper buck. It’s the ultimate way to wind down and spoil yourself on your holiday.
Go to the shopping mall
“Shopping mall?” you might think, but when the weather gets unbearably hot in Vietnam, everyone escapes to the shopping malls to cool down. Besides, you can walk stress free from store to store as well. In the shopping malls, they usually have a food court as well and a cinema. So if there’s a movie you’d like to see, why not do it in Vietnam! Besides, the prices are unbelievably cheap so if there’s any place where you should go watch a movie, it’s here.
Visit a museum
It’s important to learn about the country we’re visiting, but it can also be quite stressful walking around with a tour guide. So why not visit a museum? There’s several good ones in the big cities, but you can also find a few in the smaller cities. The War Remnant Museum in Ho Chi Minh City is one of the most important museums for those wanting to learn more about the Vietnam war. But there’s also several art museums you can visit such as the Fine Arts Museum in Ho Chi Minh City.
Escape to an island
There’s several islands in Vietnam and each one of them has something different to offer. The most popular island is Phu Quoc Island, which can be easily accessible either with a short flight or taking the ferry. The islands are usually less crowded which means less stress and more relaxing. You also have the fantastic Con Dao island that’s a bit harder to access, but the journey there is worth it. The island is known for its coral reefs, white sand beaches and marine life. If you visit the island, it can be worth renting a motorbike to go around. Even if you’re not the most experienced behind the wheel, it can be worth renting it here since the roads are highly developed but the traffic is little to none.
Just remember that you must have a valid Vietnam visa before you arrive to the country. You can apply for either the Visa on Arrival, E-Visa or go to the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate and apply with them. However, there’s other rules for Phu Quoc Island. The special visa enables travelers to visit the island visa-free for up to 30 days. This only applies you fly to the island though and leave the same way you came.