25 Amazing places to visit in Vietnam
It is no doubt to say that Vietnam is a perfect destination for first-time travelers. Along the more than 1600 meter long of Vietnam's coastline, there are too many beautiful places that make you have to stop and admire its amazing landscapes. But what are the best tourist attractions in Vietnam? What are the best places in Vietnam?
You are wondering is Vietnam good to travel 2020? The answer is yes. It’s a wonderful country with friendly people, beautiful nature, interesting wildlife, architecture, history, and food. You can easily travel around Vietnam for weeks, or even months and still have unexplored places to go.
Or are you looking for places to visit in Vietnam, but not sure where to go?To make things about easier for you and to inspire a more diverse itinerary, I’ve made this list of top things to do in Vietnam with 25 best places to visit
1. GOLDEN BRIDGE
This is one of the newer Vietnamese tourist attractions. The Golden bridge opened in 2018 and has since become a viral phenomenon due to its very unique look and design with the massive hands holding up the bridge.
It’s located in Bà Nà Hills, near Da Nang, and was designed to connect the cable car station.
2. BAC SON VALLEY
There are plenty of beautiful valleys and rice terraces in Vietnam, but Bac Son Valley is a place that definitely deserves more attention.
Not only is it picturesque, but it’s also less touristy than Sa Pa.
3. HALONG BAY
One of the 8 UNESCO heritage sites in the country, Halong Bay is truly stunning with its massive limestone cliffs and lush nature. It has become a very popular destination to go for a boat ride.
Normally you book 1 or 2 days on a boat and travel around the archipelago. You can also overnight at Cat Ba Island for example, and explore more of Halong Bay.
4. PHU QUOC ISLAND
The paradise island of Vietnam, and the gem of the south. Phu Quoc has become one of the top beach destinations in Southeast Asia.
Unfortunately, there are some problems with waste, not only because of tourism but more so because the government doesn’t have a regional garbage system in order to keep all beaches free from waste.
But, there are still many beautiful places where you can go to. Many hotels have their own private space on the beach where they make sure to keep it clean for guests.
5. MY SON
Often dubbed as the “Angkor” of Vietnam. It’s a UNESCO world heritage site that shouldn’t be missed if you’re interested in history.
My Son is a temple complex constructed between the 4th and the 14th century AD by the kings of Champa.
During this period it was a religious site and burial place for royalty and national heroes.
One of my favorite places to visit in Vietnam. The Sa Pa valley is located in the Lao Cai province and is home to five ethnic tribes.
SaPa is famous for its picturesque rice terraces and mountains. The best way to experience SaPa is to hike with a local guide and then stay at a homestay where you get to eat and stay with a local family.
It’s a great way to learn more about the culture and the different traditions and lifestyles of the SaPa tribes.
7. SON DOONG CAVE
The World’s largest natural cave is one of the best places to visit in Vietnam for adventurers. Son Doong Cave is approximately three million years old, and it’s a massive cave in the national park of Phong Nha-Ke Bang.
There’s a river running through it, and you can even stay overnight and camp inside the cave.
One of the coolest places in Vietnam – Photo: Shutterstock
8. HOI AN
A fishing village that has also been an international port since the 16th century. The heart of Hoi An is undoubtedly the old town, and in recent years more and more tourists have found their way here.
The old architecture and the city really come alive at night when all of the lanterns light up. Hoi An is also famous for its many tailors that can make suits and dresses with great quality for very reasonable prices.
One of the Ancient places to visit in Vietnam – Photo: Shutterstock
9. CON DAO ISLANDS
If you’re looking for a more hidden paradise in Vietnam, I suggest visiting Con Dao Islands. In total there are 16 islands to discover and the beaches are truly stunning.
Con Dao islands also offer its visitor some great snorkeling spots and scuba diving.
The capital of Vietnam is one of the most interesting places to visit in Vietnam. It’s not like other capitals in the world where you will find public transportation and skyscrapers everywhere.
Of course, there are some skyscrapers in Hanoi as well, but most of the buildings and areas are old and bustling with life. Cafes, restaurants, and markets are plenty.
Hanoi is also famous for its old quarter where you can travel back in time. Today it’s also filled with bars that come to life at night, and here you can also taste the cheapest beer in the world.
11. SAND DUNES OF MUI NE
Mui Ne is a popular place for kitesurfers and windsurfers due to strong sea breezes. What’s even more famous though are the sand dunes of Mui Ne, and it’s definitely one of the most unique places to visit in Vietnam.
A really cool experience, and if you feel adventurous it’s possible to try sandboarding or quad biking.
12. DA LAT
A Holiday destination in Vietnam’s central highlands and a city with more than 400 000 citizens. It’s a great stop and base to explore the central highlands and you will find plenty of natural beauty here as well as interesting landmarks.
Some of the most popular attractions include Elephant falls, Valley of Love, Pongour Falls, and Da Lat flower gardens. Back in the period of Indochina, Da Lat used to be a favorite retreat among the French colonialists. You can still visit some of the well-preserved French villas and chalets.
13. HA GIANG
Ha Giang is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Vietnam, and it’s quite off the beaten path. I suggest that you plan a visit here before more tourists find the beauty of Ha Giang and its nature and rice terraces.
14. MEKONG DELTA
The Mekong River is a source of life and has been since ancient times. Going for a ride in a traditional boat along the delta is one of the best things you can do if you want to explore the authentic parts of Vietnam.
The life along the Mekong Delta is bustling with life, and along the way, you can stop at traditional villages and experience the local culture.
15. IMPERIAL CITY OF HUE
Did you know that the Imperial city of Hue served as the capital of imperial Vietnam, under the Nguy Dynasty for more than 150 years?
The very center of the city used to be reserved for the royal family only but is now open to the public for viewing.
The city of Hue also played a big role during the Vietnam war as it’s close to the demilitarized zone that separated North and South Vietnam.
16. BA BE NATIONAL PARK
Another natural gem in the northern parts of the country. Ba Be National Park offers stunning scenery, charming villages and diverse flora and fauna.
A total of 65 mammals are known to be living in the Ba Be National Park, which is great if you’re an animal lover like me.
17. CU CHI TUNNELS
A gruesome reminder of the Vietnam war, or as they say here, “the American war”.
The Cu Chi tunnels are a big tunnel system built by Viet Cong soldiers as a hiding place. The tunnel system also made it possible to transport food, weapons to North Vietnamese fighters as well as a way to communicate.
The tunnels are located in the Cu Chi district, close to Ho Chi Minh City. Some of the tunnels have been renovated and adjusted to fit Western tourists, as the original tunnels are very small and narrow.
18. BAN GIOC WATERFALL
One of Vietnam’s most impressive waterfalls. Ban Gioc waterfalls are located in the Cao Bang province, close to the Chinese border.
The waterfall is approximately 272 kilometers from Hanoi.
19. NHA TRANG
A popular beach destination along the Vietnamese Riviera. Here you’ll find nice beaches with white sand, untouched islands, and of course a lot of interesting places to discover on your own or via group tours.
Hon Khoi Salt fields, Po Nagar Cham Towers, Long Son Pagoda & White Buddha are some of the most famous attractions.
20. HO CHI MINH CITY
A visit to Vietnam is not complete without visiting Ho Chi Minh City. While it’s not the capital, it is the largest city, and it has some very interesting spots and activities to offer its visitors.
Shopping, local markets, the opera house, Notre Dame cathedral, old post office and much more.
The traffic of HCMC is also an experience that you won’t forget. Much like the capital Hanoi, the main way of transportation is by scooter, and you will see them everywhere in the streets in Ho Chi Minh City.
21. NINH BINH
A popular day trip from Hanoi, and rightly so. Ninh Binh is stunning and home to limestone karsts, serpentine rivers and lots of beautiful greenery. The best thing to do here is to go for a boat road along the river.
Here you can also visit Tam Coc, which is where you will find the three caves Hang Cả, Hang Hai, and Hang Ba.
This city is just 30 km away from the more popular Hoi An, and Danang is often overlooked by tourists. It is the third largest city in Vietnam, and you can really feel the hustle and bustle here today even though the city also has a tragic history.
This was the first place where Europeans arrived in Vietnam back in 1535.
If you visit Danang, you shouldn’t miss visiting the Marble Mountains, 7 kilometers away from the city. Or the rainforest of Son Tra Peninsula, which is home to some fascinating wildlife.
23. KON TUM
One of the lesser visited places on this list, but a hidden gem in terms of authentic travel experiences. Due to Kon Tum’s remoteness in the central parts of the country, many tourists tend to write off Kon Tum from their itinerary.
What’s also fascinating is the fact that Kon Tum is home to several ethnic minorities, and due to lack of tourism, they are very welcoming and curious to the visitors that find their way here.
Photo: Vietnam Stock Images / Shutterstock.com
24. BAI TU LONG BAY
If you’ve already been to Halong Bay, or if you want a less touristy place to visit, then Bai Tu long bay is a destination for you.
It’s very similar to Halong Bay, but it hasn’t become as famous, but it still has impressive limestone cliffs with lush nature.
25. VUNG TAU
You don’t have to travel to Rio de Janeiro in order to see a massive statue of Christ. Vung Tau in Vietnam has its own version that stands 32 meters tall since 1993.
The city itself is located about 120 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City and can be quite interesting to visit in addition to the Jesus statue.