Vietnam is one of the most beautiful countries on earth, and here you will find many places that take your breath away. In this list, you will find not only the incredible natural attractions of Vietnam, but also its historical and cultural hotspots.
So, without further ado, let’s get started!
1. Sapa (Sa Pa)
Sapa is one of the most exciting places to visit. A small town in the north of the country is known for its incredible beauty, thanks to the surrounding rice fields. Once you see the scenery of Sapa, you will never forget it again.
Located high in the Hoang Lien Son Mountains, Sapa is often used as a starting point for hiking in the surrounding area. Mountain bike tours are also very popular here, with routes that take you through rice paddies, past stunning waterfalls, and around local villages.
Easy access to the high hills of Sapa. Buses go to this small village from all over the north of Vietnam. You can even take a bus from Laos, a neighboring country, to Sapa.
Despite the fact that Hanoi was almost destroyed during the war, it has become one of the most bustling and interesting cities in all of Asia. In Hanoi, you will find many cultural, architectural and historical monuments.
Grand opera houses and majestic palaces are adjacent to ancient shrines and colorful markets. Take a walk along the boulevards of Hanoi and you will fall in love. Getting to this incredible city is not difficult.
3. Da Nang
Modern Da Nang, a seaside town — is a thriving place with plenty to see and do. Unfortunately, many tourists only use Da Nang as a transit point to visit the Ba-Na hills to the west. In fact, there is a lot to do here, so give yourself some time!
The Marble Mountains are the highlight of a trip to Da Nang and Vietnam in general. These five high limestone mountains are a place where many Buddhist shrines, caves and tunnels are concentrated. To enjoy the stunning view, be sure to climb to the top of one of the mountains. Another day can be spent renting a motorcycle and exploring the Son Tra Peninsula with its amazing beaches and rainforests, or surfing and swimming at Mi Khe Beach. Finish the day with delicious street food and explore the local markets.
4. Halong Bay
Halong Bay is a place that needs no introduction. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is known all over the world. If you are lucky enough to visit this wonder of the world, you will see for yourself why Halong Bay is often called one of the most beautiful places on earth.
The only way to visit Halong Bay is to take a guided tour. There are a thousand and one companies offering their services in Hanoi. However, if you don’t want to book a tour in Hanoi, head to the harbor in Halong Bay. You can book your own tour from the offices in the harbor.
Hue is one of the must-see places in Vietnam that many people have never heard of. Located on the banks of the Hue River, it was once the imperial capital of the Nguyen Dynasty. Today, the imperial city is open to tourists.
Hue is a place filled with ancient culture, amazing architecture, interesting markets and delicious local cuisine. If you find yourself in this charming city, be sure to visit the Hue Citadel. This amazing walled Citadel was once the residence of the ancient rulers of the Nguyen dynasty.
Located about halfway between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Hue is a great place to relax while traveling in Vietnam. Heading either north or south, being located in the central strip of Vietnam, all roads pass near Hue.
6. Hoi An
Hoi An is the perfect place to take a short break from the hustle and bustle that is inherent in all Asian countries.
This small architectural wonder with more than 2000 years of history is one of the best places to visit in Vietnam. Hoi An, known for its riverside restaurants and unique buildings with beautiful colors — is a place that will win your heart.
The city is also famous for its textile industry, here you can order a custom suit that will suit you perfectly. This is a great souvenir to take home. This city is one of the most attractive for tourists in Vietnam, but it still retains its peaceful atmosphere.
Next on the list of places in Vietnam is Dalat, the city of Eternal Spring. Dalat is located in the central highlands of south Vietnam and has a cool temperate climate. It is for this that the city received the nickname “The City of Eternal Spring”.
Located around Xuan Huong Lake, Dalat is surrounded on all sides by beautiful hills and pine forests. When visiting Dalat, it is best to rent a motorcycle and go to the mountains. Waterfalls dot the area and are a great place to relax during your trip.
Dalat is located in the south of Vietnam, just a few hours northeast of Ho Chi Minh City and is very accessible.
8. Mui Ne Sand Dunes
Mui Ne is one of the most exciting places in all of Vietnam. This beautiful little seaside resort is a great place to stay.
Located on the south coast of Vietnam, Mui Ne offers an endless list of activities to choose from. These include windsurfing, scuba diving, and 4×4 sand dune adventures. Mui ne is also home to the largest sand dunes in Asia, which come in a wide variety of colors, including red, yellow, and white. The white sand dunes of Mui Ne are the largest.
9. Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
This UNESCO-protected national park is absolutely stunning both for its natural beauty and the local culture.
The roads of Phong Nya-Ke are magnificent, and since there are very few cars, it is an ideal place for cycling or motorcycling. Walking through the park, you will see how the locals live and farm as they have done for hundreds of years.
Phong Nha-Ke is also home to a large number of Christians, which means that there are small colorful churches scattered among the picturesque mountains, which add to the charm of the area.
10. Ninh Binh
Here is another diamond of Vietnam that many travelers do not notice. In Ninh Binh Ya, there are many limestone mountains that Vietnam is famous for. Along with the spectacular natural beauty, Ninh Binh is also a place to see a more rural lifestyle. Vietnam is a country fully immersed in the 21st century, and Ninh Binh is a window into its more rural past.
Located just 100 kilometers from Hanoi, Ninh Binh is definitely one of the places worth visiting in Vietnam.
11. Ho Chi Minh
And finally, Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon. Ho Chi Minh City, immortalized in the west because of the Vietnam War, is the country’s largest city. When visiting Ho Chi Minh City, the first thing that strikes people is the huge number of motorcycles. There are 7.43 million officially registered motorcycles in the city, so the streets of Ho Chi Minh City are a spectacular sight.
Ho Chi Minh City, which combines modern and historical attractions, has a lot to offer tourists. Some of the most famous are the Ku Chi Tunnels and the Notre Dame Cathedral. The cathedral is a relic of the French colonial period. Ho Chi Minh City, a city known for its vibrant shopping malls, delicious restaurants and vibrant nightlife, has plenty to do. The city is an ideal starting point for any trip to Vietnam.
Now you know exactly where to go in Vietnam!
With this list of places to visit in Vietnam, you now have a good base for your itinerary. Vietnam is truly one of the greatest destinations in the world that every traveler should visit.
If you have already visited Vietnam, what other destinations do you think should have been included in the list? Leave a comment below so others can add to their list of places to go in Vietnam.