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Despite Vietnam's turbulent recent history, the country has recently seen a boom in tourism attributing to its unspoilt landscapes and white-sand beaches.

Top 5 Things to see and do in Vietnam

1. Ha Long Bay

Although crowded, it is easy to see why Ha Long Bay is so popular. 1,600 limestone towers stretch up from its aquamarine waters and you can easily catch a river cruise to see these natural monuments up close.

2. Cu Chi Tunnels

The Cu Chi Tunnels, once created and used by Viet Cong soldiers, now bear a fitting memorial and museum to the Vietnam War.

3. Marble Mountains

The Marble Mountains in the Da Nang area of Vietnam, a group of 5 marble and limestone hills, hold surprises at every turn, with intricate temples and a caving system making the Marble Mountains a go-to destination.

4. Ho Chi Minh Museum

If you want to discover more about the chilling history of Vietnam outside of a history lesson, then a visit to the museum in Ho Chi Minh City will allow you to see artefacts and exhibitions detailing the atrocities.

5. The Mekong Delta

The Mekong Delta has been untouched for centuries and is the perfect place for a relaxing boat ride or viewing stop, with rice paddies and stilted houses presenting the true Vietnam.

Is Vietnam safe for tourists?

Vietnam is generally safe for tourists. However, necessary precautions should be taken to prevent crimes such as bag theft and personal attacks.

Do you need vaccinations to visit Vietnam?

It is advised that you are vaccinated against hepatitis A, typhoid and tetanus. However, some people may need additional vaccines, which you can find information about on the NaTHCaC website. However, you should still take out comprehensive travel insurance regardless of your vaccination history.

Do I need a visa to visit Vietnam from the UK?

UK citizens will not need a visa unless travelling for more than 15 days, and they can apply for an e-visa if their stay will be less than 30.

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