Not long ago the sleepy village of Phong Nha barely got a mention in guidebooks, but the surprise discovery of one of the world's largest caves has catapulted it into the adventure tourism spotlight. The Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park is a rugged swathe of limestone mountains riddled with gigantic caves. It's also home to endangered wildlife and ethnic minority groups. The gateway to this land of adventure is Phong Nha, a welcoming village on the banks of the graceful Son River.
A border province and official Frontier Area, Hà Giang lies in the remote far northern region of the country. To visit this province is to journey back in time and encounter some of Vietnam’s most rugged and grand landscapes. Hà Giang is best experienced as a road trip on two wheels, soaking up the majesty of the landscape and the atmosphere of the remote towns and minority villages.
Far too few travellers make it to Ninh Bình a mesmerizing area known locally as ‘Halong Bay on Land’ thanks to its magical riverine landscape, with sheer limestone mountains rising up from the paddies. The best way to get a sense of this UNESCO-protected site is by taking a paddleboat tour along its shimmering rivers, and climbing to the top of its fabled peaks.
The Mai Châu valley’s proximity to the capital makes it an ideal overnight escape. Here, small, homestay-filled ethnic minority villages sit in among a patchwork of paddy fields surrounded by soaring mountain peaks.
Sapa town stands at the head of a deep valley of magnificent rice terraces that are still worked today as they have been for centuries. Backdrops don’t get much more spectacular. Enticing ribbons of road lead the eye down to the valley floor, white-water rivers rush among rice fields, and lush green mountains stretch into the distance as far as the eye can see. The highest peak in the region, Mount Fansipan, crowns the ragged ridge line high above town.
Founded over 1000 years ago, Vietnam’s capital city is rich in history, with the streets of its rambling Old Quarter dating back to the 14th century. Wandering these tree-lined lanes past crumbling colonial facades will transport you back in time. However, today's Hanoi is about much more than the past. The ancient city is being invigorated with modern cafes, world-class restaurants, and cool art galleries. When the sun goes down, you have your pick of watering holes, from sophisticated rooftop bars to buzzing bia hoi.
Vincom Mega Mall Royal City Thanh Xuan is a modern and luxurious shopping centre and entertainment complex on the outskirts of Hanoi. It has two subterranean floors that are home to many retail shops and also an indoor ice-skating rink, a waterpark and many restaurants.The aboveground entrance area has attractive fountains, landscaped gardens, sculptures and broad walking paths surrounded by massive apartment buildings, all in a markedly European style. The mall is located approximately 45 minutes outside the city centre.
Savico MegaMall one of the largest shopping centres you can find in Vietn am. As its name implies, not only is shopping available, but also entertainment, leisure and dining possibilities abound. Construction of the shopping mall was completed in 2011 and immediately gained p opularity locally. Comprising three floors and a total area of 60,000m2, you can find everything here fro m fashion and retail to electronics and household products. Some of the most popular stores in Sa vico include a Nike Outlet, Samsonite Outlet and a large BigC Hyper Market. Besides this, there is a wide variety of fast food restaurants available with establi shed chains, such as KFC, Lotteria, Pizza Hut, and Hot Wok. If you are a fan of seafood the Seafo od One restaurant on the third floor serves good food with a nice view through a huge glass wall. The mall is located on Nguyen Van Linh Street, roughly five kilometres from Hanoi city centre. Children wi ll enjoy a visit to the Mega Fun Centre too as there are many activities to keep them occupied. You ca n also make a visit to the cinema or ice-skating rink if that is more to your liking
Trang Tien Shopping Mall is a high-end shopping mall that is home to many famous international brands, such as Bvlgari, Dior, Cartier and Louis Vuitton. It was originally built in 1901 in the French colonial style design and was again renovated to its present appearance in 2013. This is one of the oldest shopping centres in Hanoi and is located on a corner next to Hoan Kiem Lake. Its location can easily be reached from the Old Quarter in a five- to ten-minute walk. The building is iconic due to its rich history and beautiful architectural design. Trang Tien Plaza consists of six floors in which you can find a wide array of goods. On the first floor you will find apparel and fashion, the second floor contains fashion and mobile phone outlets, the third floor contains household equipment, the fourth floor has a supermarket and some grocery retailers, the fifth floor houses offices and restaurants and the sixth floor is exclusively devoted to offices.
Lotte Center Hanoi offers a broad range of approximately 250 fashion and lifestyle brands. This one-stop shopping spot also offers enough entertainment and dining possibilities that you could easily spend a half day here. The 65 story building can be reached from Hoan Kiem Lake by car in around 20 minutes. This high rise building that houses the Lotte Shopping Center Hanoi is also home to a hypermarket, a hotel, residential apartments, restaurants, a gym, a spa and the city’s finest observation deck. On the first floor you will find the hypermarket; the second floor contains imported fashion, watches, jewellery and cosmetics retailers; the third floor houses women's fashion, shoes & handbags and young cosmetics; the fourth floor, young casual, jeans & unisex, lingerie and casual watches; on the fifth floor you will find men’s fashion and sports & golf, while home appliances and furnishings can be found on the sixth floor. The Observation Deck on the 65th floor offers amazing photo opportunities as it provides stunning panoramic views of the city of Hanoi.