The Secret Locations of Thailand & Vietnam That Only Locals Know

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Thailand and Vietnam are undoubtedly two of the world’s most beautiful countries, resulting in the locations being a haven for travellers and explorers alike. Unfortunately, like many stunning destinations the more significant areas have become commercialised and may not be truly indicative of Thai and Vietnamese culture and heritage.

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As passionate travel enthusiasts, we are always looking for “off the beaten track” ideas for our customers at Avenue Property and although this has been no mean feat for countries as unique as Thailand and Vietnam, we believe we have come up with one of our very best guides.

If you are planning a trip to this part of the world, we encourage you to read our guide to the secret locations of Thailand and Vietnam that only locals know about as we are confident that this will allow you to get the most out of this amazing part of the world and sample all the delights it has to offer.

Things To Do In Vietnam & Thailand

The selection of things you can do in Vietnam and Thailand is pretty much endless, particularly if you are happy to travel around each country rather than relax in one of the many Vietnamese and Thai resorts. The latter is still a very viable option as there are many of these to choose from but to really get the most out of both destinations, we recommend sampling as many of the Thai and Vietnamese attractions, listed below, as possible.

Lampang, Thailand

Lampang is often overlooked as travellers head to Chiang Mai. However, it shouldn’t be overlooked as it is a beautiful and has gorgeous temples. The people and vibe of the town is very laid back and the locals are very kind friendly. There is also a wonderful Elephant Conservation Centre that is worth visiting to play with and wash the elephants.

Buriram, Thailand

Buriram is home to some of the best Khmer ruins in Thailand. If you love exploring ruins or you enjoyed exploring the Khmer ruins in Cambodia then this is definitely worth a stop on your tour of Thailand. The town itself isn’t overly beautiful but it’s worth coming just for the wonderful ruins.

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay whilst travelling around Thailand, why not try our gorgeous villas in Thailand? Our villas are some of the best in the country and we can advise on the best way to get to and from your chosen destination, to make the trip seamless and stress free.

Vietnamese Attractions

Despite its connotations with the war from the 1970’s, Vietnam has emerged as one of Asia’s top destinations for tourists over the last few decades. This is mainly due to the stunning countryside, incredible cuisine, the weather and the friendliness of the locals.

Below we have listed some Vietnamese attractions for you to explore.

Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi has become famous for its poetic and romantic feel, especially in the Autumn months. Although it is the capital of the country, many overlook it as too busy or boisterous but this actually couldn’t be further from the truth.

Many beautiful songs and poems have been written about the capital and you can really see this culture shine through when you visit.

When you are in Hanoi, take time to enjoy the unique blend of colonial and pre-colonial architecture, historical and cultural museums, local shows, concerts and various temples and pagodas.

Halong Bay, Vietnam

At Halong Bay, stunning islands rise out of the water and take your breathe away. 3,000 island limestone formations in all manner of shapes and sizes, create a uniquely eerie atmosphere.

The Karst limestone formations can be seen by taking a cruise in a traditional Vietnamese wooden junk and you can also canoe or swim around the bay. These formations have created some quite beautiful caves in the small islands, making Halong one of the more mysterious locations in Vietnam and one that can sometimes be nicely secluded too.

Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An dates back over 2,000 years and is absolutely perfect for those who wish to have an ancient town experience. Not dissimilar to some of the medieval cities we have here in the UK, but with an Asian feel the Old Town’s winding lanes are the best way to immerse yourself in the world of the Cham, Chinese and Vietnamese.

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Sa Pa, Vietnam

Sa Pa or Sapa is one of our favourites at Avenue Property and a visit to Vietnam simply wouldn’t be complete without taking in the breath-taking hill stations it provides. This part of Vietnam is incredible all year round too, making it a very versatile location.

This part of the country reflects the signature of French architecture and colourful hill tribal cultures. Stunning mountain landscapes, rice terraces, unique stilt villages and Indochinese peaks make it one of the most vibrant and action packed parts of the country.

Hue, Vietnam

Although Hue is hardly off the beaten track and not necessarily a destination that only the locals would know about, we couldn’t really leave it out of our guide to Vietnam as it is just so special.

This ancient capital of Vietnam is the home of the emperor’s residence and the Nguyen Dynasty is still impressively reflected today through the culture, architecture and cuisine available. If you are interested in the history of the nation and learning more about how it has developed over the generations, then a trip to Hue is still very worthwhile indeed.

Night Markets

The Night Markets are one of the more prominent parts of Vietnamese heritage and this is where culture and food exchange takes place. There are Night Markets in Old Quarter in Hanoi, Hoi An Night Market in Quang Nam, Nha Trang night market, Ben Thanh night market in Ho Chi Minh; in fact they are scattered all around the country and should be sampled as part of your trip to Vietnam without fail. They really give you a sense of what it is like to live in this spectacular region and why many areas of Asia just never sleep.

Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

Phu Quoc is our final Vietnamese attraction. After all the above exploring, no one would blame you for ending your trip at a tropical paradise and Phu Quoc is exactly that.

The island is beautifully nestled in the Gulf of Thailand and your surroundings will undoubtedly ease your mind and body. Phu Quoc island provides a virtually untouched marine environment and will allow you to digest all the incredible sites you have taken in on your trip in the most serene surroundings before returning home from the holiday of a lifetime.

This is just one of a number of travel guides you can read here at Avenue Property, so be sure to take a look at some of our other amazing destinations.  You can also get in touch with us any time or by giving us a call on 020 3859 7763 – as we have luxury holiday homes all over the globe.