SCUBA DIVING VIETNAM
Most divers aren’t aware that there are some great sites around Vietnam, but its is growing slowly in popularity. There are various and diverse dive sites along the coast, from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, all of which are worth a visit. When you aren’t diving, don’t forget the incredible beaches, temples, and natural landscapes.
One of most popular tourist destination in Asia, Vietnam is a stunning country with practically unlimited potential for every kind of tourist activity, and scuba diving Vietnam is one of those.
In more recent years, scuba diving has been increasing in popularity, and even though it’s not yet as advanced as it’s in the Philippines or Thailand, it’s still an incredibly satisfying experience.
Vietnam has a massive coastline of over 3000 kilometers, and several islands and islets where there are many excellent dive spots.
The pristine beauty of Vietnam’s landscapes has translated to its underwater world, which is why there’s an growing allure to diving here.
BEST DIVE SITES
1. Nha Trang
Located in Khanh Hoa Province, Nha Trang is Vietnam’s most popular diving location. It consists of over 12,000 hectares of reef filled waters of varying depths that are known as the Hon Mun Marine Protected Area.
2. Hoi An
Found in the Quang Nam Province, the coast of Hoi An is teeming with life of all sorts, so naturally, these warm waters make for excellent scuba diving and snorkeling opportunities.
3. Phu Quoc
Located in Kien Giang Province, Phu Quoc is known for its healthy waters and abundance of hard coral and fish life. Visibility isn’t generally great, and that’s because of the run-oof from the Mekong River.
4. Whale Island
A 90 minute drive north of Nha Trang, the idyllic Whale Island is nestled in Van Phong Bay. This beautiful and sheltered bay, with its pristine beaches and turquoise waters, is the definition of true island getaway.
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BEST TIME TO DIVE
Vietnam is an incredible year-round destination, but monsoon season runs from October to January, so the best time to dive would be February to October, but after August it gets really humid and hot.
HOW TO GET TO VIETNAM
Getting to Vietnam has numerous land crossings with all of its neighbors and international flight connections of direct flights to Vietnam’s three main international airports – Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Da Nang coming from to Australia, Cambodia, China, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and the USA (among others).
You can also enter by boat from Cambodia and by train from China or bus from Laos.
HIGHLIGHTS OF VIETNAM
There really are countless sites and attractions in Vietnam, too many to list here. But if you are making a visit, we highly recommend a variety of cultural activities such as food tours, cooking classes, artisan tours and more.
Of course, don’t forget the nature sites. Halong Bay in the north is one of the most picturesque seascapes in the world, and a cruise around the cliffs islands is a must.
We also suggest a tour of temples, some still being used, while others being protected ancient ruins. From the forbidden palace in Hue, to May Son temple complex near Ho Chi Minh, they are a site to behold.
For a whole list of UNESCO sites in Vietnam, click HERE.
For some amazing landscapes mixed with old cultures, do not miss Mu Cang Chai rice terraces around Sapa, and the many others around the country.
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Vietnam is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia, with the total land area of approximately 331,230.8 square kilometers.
With an estimated 94.6 million inhabitants as of 2016, it is the world’s 14th-most-populous country, and the ninth-most-populous Asian country.
Vietnam is a Southeast Asian country on the South China Sea known for its beaches, rivers, Buddhist pagodas and bustling cities. Vietnam is a truly historical place with many relics, ruins and wrecks from the Vietnam War.
Capital city of Vietnam: Hanoi
Closest neighbors to Vietnam: It is bordered by China to the north, Laos to the northwest, Cambodia to the southwest, Thailand across the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest, and the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia across the South China Sea to the east and southeast.
Currency of Vietnam: The currency in Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong
Official Language of Vietnam: Vietnamese is the official language of Vietnam