Holiday-makers may wonder a lot about the destination when visiting a country. These can be metropolises, famous tourist destinations, or places not many people have set foot in yet. The following recommended places are based on experiences visitors should try when visiting Vietnam.
The most vibrant cities in Vietnam can be mentioned as Ho Chi Minh – the city with the most developed economy in Vietnam, Hanoi – the cultural and political center of the country, Da Nang – the most worth-to-live city in Vietnam, Hai Phong – the coastal city with diverse seafood cuisine.
In addition, tourist centers in Vietnam such as Ha Long, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Vung Tau, Da Lat, and Can Tho also have a very hustling nightlife.
For those who love adventure travel in mountainous areas
Suggested locations: Northeast, Northwest, Central Highland, Quang Binh province
Travelers who love nature which is both poetic and majestic with breathtaking scenery and unique culture could consider these places. These are the areas with the most unspoiled nature in Vietnam, with a large forest area and low population, and are mainly inhabited by ethnic minorities.
The two regions of the Northeast and Northwest are famous for their winding steep roads, breathtaking views of the forest, terraced fields, and waterfalls. Here visitors can participate in many thrilling activities such as trekking, motorbiking, paragliding… Vietnam’s Northern highlands travel experiences to blow your mind
Some famous tourist attractions:
- Terrace rice fields: Sapa, Mu Cang Chai, Tu Le, Y Ty, Hoang Su Phi
- Fansipan – the highest mountain in Vietnam and is known as the roof of Indochina
- Dong Van Rock Plateau is part of the UNESCO Global Geopark
- Ba Be Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake in Vietnam
- Ban Doc Waterfall – the waterfall located between Vietnam and China
Meanwhile, the Central Highlands of Vietnam is famous for its coffee, communal stilt houses, and towering forests, original and pristine nature.
Quang Binh province is known as the cave kingdom of Vietnam. It is home to Son Doong cave, the cave still holds the record for being the largest cave in the world up to now.
Coastal cities with wonderful beaches
Vietnam has a coastline of 3260km (about 2000 miles) stretching from North to South with diverse terrain.
Sea combined with bay: Ha Long and Bai Tu Long bay (Quang Ninh), Lan Ha bay (Hai Phong)
Famous long sandy beaches: Da Nang, Quy Nhon, Phu Yen, Vung Tau
Islands near the mainland: Phu Quoc island, Nha Trang (the city has many small islands), Con Dao island
Cities with ancient vibe
Suggested locations: Hanoi capital; the ancient capital of Hue, Ninh Binh, and Thanh Hoa; Hoi An ancient town
These places still bear the imprints of feudal dynasties in Vietnam. Hanoi is known as the thousand-year-old capital of Vietnam, it has been Vietnam’s feudal capital under 5 dynasties and up to now still the cultural and political center of Vietnam. Ninh Binh was the first capital of feudal Vietnam, going through 2 dynasties. Hue is the capital of the last feudal dynasty of Vietnam with many well-preserved relics.
In addition, Hoi An ancient town – UNESCO cultural heritage is also a destination with nostalgic features that are loved by many tourists.
Wartime historical sites
Suggested locations: Hanoi, Cu Chi, Ho Chi Minh City, Dien Bien, Cao Bang.
With an important strategic position in the center of North Vietnam, Hanoi has also experienced many ups and downs through the wars of independence and freedom against the French and American colonization. It is also home to a variety of easily accessible and diverse museums. Dien Bien was the place where the battle of Dien Bien Phu took place, marking the end of the French resistance war in 1954. Cu Chi Tunnel and Ho Chi Minh city in the South were associated with the resistance war against the US.
Cruising is a form of leisure travel that many people are interested in 2022. You can cruise in Ha Long Bay – a world wonder or Lan Ha and Bai Tu Long bay. While Ha Long is famous and crowded, the beauty of Lan Ha is calm and quiet, Bai Tu Long bay will be more pristine.
Suggested locations: Ninh Binh, Hoi An, Mekong Delta
Vietnam has a dense river system with 2,360 rivers. River beauty is associated with the country’s nature and human life. Ninh Binh ancient capital is a place of peaceful and poetic beauty, where there are 4 boat docks to admire different sceneries. Visitors to Hoi An ancient town also cannot miss the experience of taking a boat ride on the river to see the scenery of the old town, watch the sunset, or release lanterns. In addition, riding a basket boat in the Bay Mau coconut forest area is also an activity many tourists love to experience. The Mekong Delta area concentrates most rivers in Vietnam, it’s famous for floating markets along with visiting craft villages.
Suggested locations: Hoi An, Da Lat, Sapa
Hoi An was recently voted as one of the 21 most romantic destinations in the world by Time Out.
Da Lat and Sapa are famous destinations for Vietnamese couples.