Travel Guide

Top 15 tourist places in Vietnam to visit

Vietnam has a long S-shaped from the North to the South. Along the country, the harmonious combination of natural landscapes, typical architecture and the deep culture of life make Vietnam become a famous place to visit in Southeast Asia.

1. Hanoi

beautiful daily life in hanoi
To He in Hanoi, Vietnam

The first destination is Hanoi. The capital of Vietnam with the thousand years of civilization has the traditional value of architecture and life, especially Hanoi Old City, which is waiting for the exploration of tourists. Hoan Kiem Lake with Ngoc Son Temple and The Huc Bridge can be considered as the symbol of Hanoi. Also, visitors can find more the culture and history of the country when visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hoa Lo Prison or ethnological museum.

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2. Ho Chi Minh

Notre Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City
Notre Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City is one of the two most significant economic and cultural centers in Vietnam. The city still retains its charming architecture from the French colonial period. Visitors can go to the War Remnants Museum and Cu Chi Tunnels to learn about the Vietnam War, or to visit the Notre Dame Cathedral, and Ngoc Hoang Pagoda. If you like to go shopping, Ben Thanh market is the right place with many kinds of goods.

3. Halong Bay

Halong Bay in Quang Ninh, Vietnam. Photo: Mariamichelle

Halong Bay is one of the top famous destinations in the S-shape land and the pride of Vietnamese tourism. The limestone islands and beautiful caves create a unique natural system, which always makes visitors have great impressions.

Tourists can spend overnight on the cruises on the bay and visit some of the floating villages of fishermen. With the beauty and value of geology, Halong Bay was honored by UNESCO as the World Natural Heritage.

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4. Sapa

Terrace field in Sapa
Terrace field in Sapa

Sa Pa is colorful and charming. It’s the perfect place to relax and do the trekking tour. Sa Pa owns many beautiful attractions such as Ham Rong flower garden, Muong Hoa valley, Silver Waterfall, Rock Church with Gothic style in the center, and Bac Ha market.

Especially, Fansipan is the highest mountain in Vietnam, and is known as the “rooftop of Indochina”. This mountain is an excellent place for those who like climbing and conquering the high mountains.

And, do not forget to explore the beautiful rice fields. When being near harvest, often in Sep and Oct, you will enjoy lovely yellow colors of the typical fields of mountainous city of Sapa.

5. Ninh Binh

Tam Coc in Ninh Binh. Photo: Thanh_Do

Ninh Binh has excellent conditions to develop tourism, and it is a new destination near Hanoi. Thanks to both natural and cultural heritages such as Trang An, Tam Coc – Bich Dong ecological tourism areas, Cuc Phuong National Park, Bai Dinh pagoda, and Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, this place is opening the big culture windows for tourists to explore its typical values. As you know, Van Long lagoon in Gia Vien district with its wild and mysterious scenery is chosen as the scene for the film Kong Skull Island.

6. Caves in Quang Binh

Paradise Cave in Phong Nha – Ke Bang, Quang Binh. Photo: @choinhuong

Caves in Quang Binh: Nature has created the system of majestic caves in Quang Binh. The most famous caves are Phong Nha – Ke Bang national park with limestone, hundreds of caves, underground rivers, and rare plant systems, attracting many adventurers around the world to explore. The other scenery in Quang Binh is chosen as the primary context for Kong: Skull Island such as Cha Noi, and Chuot Cave. Notably, the Son Doong cave is considered the world’s largest natural cave.

7. Hue Imperial City

Hue Imperial Citadel
Hue Imperial Citadel

Hue Imperial City is one of the most famous historic cities of Vietnam with the relics of the Nguyen Dynasty from the 19th century. Located on the Perfume River, the Hue Citadel has a large area with the perimeter around 10 k. It has some famous buildings such as Ngo Mon Gate, Thai Hoa Palace, Dien Tho Palace, and The Mieu Temple. Besides, the guests can take a boat on the Perfume River to visit the tombs and temples such as Tu Duc Tomb, Khai Dinh Tomb, and Thien Mu Pagoda.

8. Da Nang City

Bana Hills in Da Nang City. Photo: Van Dan

Da Nang has firmly become a well-known place for domestic and international tourists. The city has friendly people with a clean environment, delicious dishes, and beautiful beaches such as My Khe beach – one of the most charming beaches in the world. Many interesting other places in Da Nang include Ba Na Hill with many recreational activities, Son Tra Peninsula, Ngu Hanh Son – the Marble Mountains, Han River, and Dragon Bridge.

9. Hoi An Ancient Town

Hoi An City, Vietnam
Hoi An Ancient City, Vietnam

Hoi An Ancient Town (Quang Nam) was recognized as the World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 1999. This city is increasingly a popular destination for foreigners. Hoi An is also considered a paradise for shopping with great souvenirs, handicrafts, antiques, silk, and art. The old pagodas from the 19th century, ancient houses, and mysterious culture create the attractions in Hoi An. In particular, the hospitality and friendliness of the people can make visitors like to come back here again.

10. Nha Trang City

Po Nagar Temple in Nha Trang
Po Nagar Temple in Nha Trang

Nha Trang is famous for its beautiful beaches. Visitors can also find amusement parks, mud-bath services, golf courses, or the Ponagar Towers – the tower complex with unique architecture of Cham culture. Tourists will discover good seafood when visiting Nha Trang City.

11. Dalat Romantic City

Ho Xuan Huong Lake in Da Lat. Photo: @leerii_11.05

Dalat is an ideal location for relaxing because of the pleasant weather all year round. The famous features of Dalat tourism are the farms and flower gardens. Visitors can join the activities to collect agricultural products. Many other attractions are beautiful and romantic as Xuan Huong Lake, Valley of Love, Datanla Waterfall, or the Langbiang Mountains. If the guests like to discover the culture, they can visit Linh Phuoc Pagoda, Truc Lam Monastery or Hang Nga Villa.

12. Mui Ne in Phan Thiet

Sunset in Mui Ne Phan Thiet
Sunset in Mui Ne

Phan Thiet is listed as one of the famous destinations in Vietnam because of its beaches, especially Mui Ne with blue sea and the beautiful red sand dunes. Some other interesting places in Phan Thiet are Bai Rang, Tien stream, or Sand Bay. Phan Thiet is also famous for making the traditional fish sauce.

13. Cu Chi Tunnels

Go down one of Cu Chi Tunnels -photo: @lasiro0312

Cu Chi Tunnels locate 40 km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City, are a vast network of underground tunnels, used by guerrillas in the Vietnam War. The tunnel system is about 250 km long, including rooms, clinics, kitchens, storage rooms, and working rooms.

14. Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc Island -photo: @xianxian1510

Phu Quoc – the largest island in Vietnam – is an ideal holiday destination. The island has the pristine rainforests, unspoiled coral reefs and large beaches with clear water. The famous top beach is Bai Dai, which is on the list of the beautiful beaches in Vietnam as well as the world. To find out about culture and history, visitors should visit Ham Ninh ancient fishing village, the fish sauce factory or Phu Quoc prison.

15. Mekong Delta

Take a boat to visit Mekong Delta
Take a boat to visit the daily life in the Mekong Delta

The river life in the Mekong Delta will be the most memorable and enjoyable experience for all visitors to come to this beautiful land. On the Mekong Rivers, the life of the local people continues from the early morning to the night. Visitors will find out the typical floating markets, and unique methods to sell and buy on the boats. Tourists can visit the mangrove forests and the wildlife in Mekong Delta.

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