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10 Best Places to Visit in Vietnam

A long, narrow country squeezed in between the South China Sea and the Laos
and Cambodia borders, Vietnam is a land of striking landscapes that range from
the lush rice terraces and forested mountains in the north to the picturesque
valleys of the Central Highlands and the fertile delta and beautiful beaches of the
south. Included in the mix are booming modern cities, colonial towns, traditional
villages, archaeological sites and otherworldly islands. An overview of the best
places to visit in Vietnam.

See Also

Best Hotels in Hanoi

Where to Stay in Vietnam

10. Dalat (Where to Stay)


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Year-round cool weather and idyllic scenery of misty valleys, lush pine trees and
colorful flowers are some of the reasons that Dalat was once used by
Vietnamese emperors and French colonials as a summer retreat. Today, this
charming town in the South Central Highlands of Vietnam is a popular destination
for those looking for relief from the heat. A walkable city, Dalat is a beautiful
scene of French colonial architecture and villas set amid picturesque landscapes.

9. My Son
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Located on the central coast of Vietnam near the Duy Phú village is the important
archaeological site known as My Son. One of Southeast Asia’s most notable
ancient sites, My Son was once a significant center of religious Hindu
ceremonies where the kings of the Champa Kingdom built numerous temples
devoted to the worship of the god, Shiva, between the 4th and 14th centuries.

8. Ho Chi Minh City (Where to Stay)


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Lying along the Siagon River near the Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam, Ho Chi
Minh City was formerly known as Saigon and served as the capital of South
Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Today, Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city of
the reunified country, offering plenty of reasons to visit, from its blend of historic
and modern attractions to vibrant shopping, dining and nightlife.

See: Top Tourist Attractions in HCMC


7. Mekong Delta (Mekong Delta Tour)

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Colorful floating markets, fruit orchards, rice paddies, sugar cane groves, bird
sanctuaries and quaint villages are all what draw many to the Mekong Delta in
southwestern Vietnam. Nicknamed “Vietnam’s Rice Basket,” the Mekong Delta is
an agricultural region made fertile by the maze of canals and streams fed by the
Mekong River. Stretching from the Gulf of Thailand to Ho Chi Minh City, the
Mekong Delta feeds more than a third of the country from its rich plantations,
orchards, rice paddies and fish farms.

6. Nha Trang (Where to Stay)


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Located on one of Asia’s most beautiful bays off the coast of South Central
Vietnam, Nha Trang is a popular seaside resort city. Picturesque mountains,
beaches and lush islands all make it a favorite destination among tourists,
Vietnamese and scuba divers. Adorned with resorts, palm trees and a lovely
promenade, Nha Trang’s beach is its main draw. Amusement and water parks
provide fun for everyone with roller coasters and wave pools.

5. Sapa (Where to Stay)

Surrounded by pictorial mountains, rice terraces and a diversity of hill tribes in


the remote northwest of Vietnam, Sapa is a quiet town frequently used as a base
for trekking in the Hoang Lien Son Mountains and touring rice paddies and
traditional villages. From the town, there are many organized tours that aide
tourists in mountain hikes and exploring the nearby rice paddies and remote
villages. These tours present views of beautiful waterfalls and the opportunities to
experience the food, customs and way of life among the local tribes.

4. Hue (Where to Stay)

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Situated on the banks of the Perfume River in Central Vietnam, Hue once served
as the imperial capital of the Nguyen dynasty. Today, the vestiges of this former
glorious period are reflected in the city’s architecture, culture and cuisine, making
it one of the best places to visit in Vietnam. Of the city’s monuments, the Citadel
is the most famous. Once the seat of the Nguyen emperors, the Citadel is a
sprawling complex of grand palaces, ornate temples, walls and gates Another
important landmark on the river is the city’s official symbol, the Thien Mu Pagoda.

Popular Tours in Vietnam

Day Trip from Ho Chi Minh City to Cu Chi Tunnels

Halong Bay Adventure Tour including Cruise from Hanoi


Day Trip from Ho Chi Minh City to Mekong Delta

3. Hoi An (Where to Stay)

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Located off the coast of the South China Sea in South Central Vietnam, Hoi An is
a beautiful, old city dating back 2,000 years to the Champa Kingdom. The city’s
historic architecture, traditional culture and textiles make it a popular destination
in Vietnam. At the heart of Hoi An is its atmospheric Old Town which is small
enough to walk around easily. The narrow, winding lanes of the Old Town are
lined with beautiful old architecture, traditional wooden houses and hundreds of
tailor shops selling clothing, shoes, bags, souvenirs and custom-made services.

2. Hanoi (Where to Stay)


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For the last century, Hanoi has the Indochina and Vietnam Wars to emerge as
the booming capital city of a reunified Vietnam. At the heart of Hanoi is its Old
Quarter, an open-air museum of historic Asian and French colonial architecture
that has largely remained intact despite the bombings of the Vietnam War. Here
among scenic tree-lined boulevards, tourists can browse busy markets, sip
coffee at quaint cafes and visit prominent sites like the Grand Opera House, the
Presidential Palace and Saint Joseph Cathedral.

See: Top Tourist Attractions in Hanoi

1. Ha Long Bay (Where to Stay)


With its aqua-green water and cluster of limestone rocky outcrops rising from the
water like sea dragons, Ha Long Bay resembles a scene from a fantasy story.
Located about 130 km (80 miles) east of Hanoi in northern Vietnam, this
otherworldly bay features more than 2,000 jungle-covered islands pitted with
intriguing caves, grottoes, sinkholes and lakes. Many of the islands have been
sculpted over the centuries by natural processes into fantastic formations.

Which destination do you consider the best place to visit in Vietnam?

 Ha Long Bay
 Hanoi
 Hoi An
 Hue
 Sapa
 Nha Trang
 Mekong Delta
 Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon
 Other

Link: http://www.touropia.com/best-places-to-visit-in-vietnam/

Top 10 places to visit in Vietnam


Vietnam is a great country having many good attractions for their visitors and tourist.

Vietnam owns one of the world’s most beautiful beaches and plenty of beautiful
scenery, fascinating culture and history. It has many historic attractions and old
temples. And there are many historical sites are people of Vietnam keepers.

These are the top 10 places to visit in Vietnam. Here it’s a handy list of beautiful
places you simply cannot miss seeing during your travels in Vietnam.

1. Hanoi

Hanoi is arguably Asia’s most charming capital city. Hanoi, meaning ‘where the river
bends’ is a city of broad, tree-lined boulevards, elegant French villas and colonial-era
buildings painted in muted hues of yellow and orange. It is also one of Asia’s greenest
cities with an abundance of parks and lakes as well as a host of cafes and art galleries
and an Old Quarter steeped in history. The city’s most interesting places for tourists are
all relatively close to each other, which makes it easy to enjoy the best parts of the city
on foot or by cyclo. You could probably explore well-known landscape in Hanoi such as
Literature Temple, One Pillar Pagoda, Sword Lake, West Lake, History Museum, Flag
Pole, Ancient city…
2. Sapa

In September, tourists often rush to Sapa to discover the beauty of the terraced field in its
harvesting season.
Sapa is one of the most breathtaking hill stations in Vietnam which reflects the signature
of French architecture and colorful hill tribal cultures. This is home to stunning mountain
landscapes, verdant rice terraces, unique stilt villages and Indochina peak, the
Fansipan. Travellers are invited to enjoy the best of Sapa all the year round with
different taste of seasons and exciting outdoors.
3. Ha Long bay
Halong Bay is a popular tourist destination and one of the most beautiful places in
Vietnam because of its unusual rock formations, islands and caves such as the famous
Kissing Rocks, Sung Sot Grotto (Cave of Surprises), Hoang Tan Island, Hon Trong Mai,
Bai Tho Mountain, Thien Cung grotto (Heavenly Cave) and Cat Hai Island.
Halong Bay has twice been recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage Area
for its exceptional scenic beauty and outstanding geological and geomorphic values. In
2012, the New 7 Wonders Foundation officially named Halong Bay as one of new seven
natural wonders of the world. Hạ Long Bay is also a member of the Club of the Most
Beautiful Bays of the World.

4. Phong Nha - Ke Bang national park


Viet Nam's Phong Nha-Ke Bang national park has been recognised as a world natural
heritage site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation
(UNESCO) at its 27th general assembly session being held in Paris from June 30-July 5

Phong Nha-Ke Bang park is now the fifth UNESCO recognised site in Viet Nam after Ha
Long Bay, the imperial city of Hue, the ancient quarter of Hoi An and the My Son
historical site.

Visit the rugged scenic beauty of the 200 hectare Phong Nha Ke-Bang National Park
(UNESCO World Heritage Site) and:
 Explore Phong Nha Cave, a large, illuminated wonderland.
 See the spectacular jungle scenery & fascinating limestone formations of the karst
mountains.
 Swim in clear turquoise rivers overhung by jungle greenery.
 Ride the river rapids.
 Investigate the extensive network of unspoilt caves that make up one of Asia’s largest
cave systems.
 Observe the varied wild life; you may even come across a troop of rare Black Langur
monkeys.
 Organised tours are the usual way to see these sights but walking, Xe Om and
bicycle riding are also options.
 Mini van and or 7 seater car can be arranged for groups.
In addition there are many activities available at and around the farmstay:

Ride a bicycle along the winding dirt tracks weaving through the rice paddy fields and
through tiny quaint villages where you can stop to interact with the friendly locals, visit
local markets & swim in the clear streams nearby.
Learn about the history of the American War from the locals who participated and
visit the memorial sites that the locals hold sacred.
Participate in traditional farming activities including ploughing with buffalo and rice
harvesting.

5. Hoi An Ancient Town

Hoi An is an old town down the Thu Bon River, on the coastal plain of Quang Nam Province, about
30 km south of Danang City
The architecture of Hoi An, which is almost entirely of wood, is of considerable interest.
It combines traditional Vietnamese designs and techniques with those from other
countries, above all China and Japan, whose citizens settled there to trade and built
houses and community centres to their own designs.
The typical house conforms to a corridor plan, the following elements occurring in
sequence: house, yard and house. The buildings are:
 family cult houses, dedicated to the worship of ancestors;
 the community houses, used for worship of ancient sages, founders of settlements, or
the legendary founders of crafts;
 the pagodas are almost all from the 19th century, although inscriptions show them to
have been founded in the 17th and 18th centuries. They conform to a square layout and
decoration is largely confined to the elaborate roofs. In the case of the larger examples,
they constituted nuclei of associated buildings with religious and secular functions.
Some of the larger pagodas also served as meeting halls. These are located along the
main street (Tran Phu).
 Hoi An Ancient Town was recognized as World Cultural Heritages by UNESCO in 1999.
Today, Hoi An is also known as a shopping paradise that attracts tourists towards its
wonderful souvenirs, handicrafts, antique pieces, silk materials and art paintings, and so
on. Hoi An old town with colorful lanterned nights, with cristinely old plain houses and
special mysterious cultural elements, and with the etiquette & culturally hospitable and
friendly people are warmly welcoming you.

6. Hue Citadel

Hue has chosen to be the capital city of the Southern Kingdom by all Nguyen Lords and
officially became the capital under Tay Son'reign. For approximately 400 years, Hue has
become a great landscape and architectural site. Hue' royal complex has been officially
recognized by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site (1993).
Situated on the Northern bank of the Perfume River, with an area of 500 ha and a
system of three circles of ramparts, namely from outside to inside: Kinh Thanh (Capital
Citadel), Hoang Thanh (Royal Citadel) and Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden Citadel).

The Ngu Binh Mountain in the South is used as a front screening elevation. The Con
Hen and Con Da Vien (both are sand dunes) on the Perfume River are chosen as
geomancy condition "dragon on the left, tiger on the right" to protect the capital city.

7. Nha Trang
Nha Trang, capital of Khanh Hoa province, is Vietnam’s most famous seaside resort-
town and its most prominent scuba diving destination. Nha Trang is also known for the
best weather in Vietnam. The city is bordered by beautiful mountains and an amazing,
long beach along a bay impressively dotted with many scenic islands. It offers plenty to
tourists – from island-hopping boat trips, scuba diving and many other water sports,
trekking, mudbaths, historic sites to golf.

Today, Nha Trang attracts a large number of domestic as well as international tourists
from all over the world, mostly in summer. If you plan to visit Nha Trang from June to
August, it is advisable that you book your hotel well in advance.

Nha Trang is famous for its culinary specialties like fresh seafood and barbecued pork
rolled in rice paper, which are available in many restaurants in Nha Trang. In addition,
the swallow’s nest soup – with bird’s nests collected from the wild, is regarded as the
best in Vietnam.

8. Da Lat
Valley of Love. Photo by Dzung Viet Le

Located 200 km northeast of Ho Chi Minh and at an altitude of 1,500 meters, Da Lat
has the appearance of an old French city. It was founded in 1897 when Doctor
Alexandre Yesin recommended that the area be developed as a resort.
Da Lat has many natural and artificial such as Ho Xuan Huong, Than Tho, Da Thien
and Tuyen Lam, which are all bordered by rows of pine trees, one of Da Lat’s best-
known features. A trip to Da Lat is not complete without a visit to the Flower Garden.
The temperate climate is suitable for orchids, roses, lilies, camellias and a wide variety
of other flowers.
Tourists can go on from Da Lat to nearby Langbian Highlands, home to many ethnic
minorities. Langbian Mountain’s highest peak (2,165 m) is very tempting for climbers.
From Lom Bieng Klo peak, one can see endless green mountains reflecting the golden
rays of the sun. There are many organized tours in the area, including parachuting and
climbing.
Some traveler ever said: “If you are in love, a week in Da Lat – a rhythmic land of
flowers and romance- will make your love turn into a happy ending!”…

9. Ho Chi Minh City

Saigon by night
Vietnam's bustling largest city sets the cultural and economic pace for the country. The
former Saigon boasts charming French colonial architecture and wide boulevards,
usually thronged and choked with traffic. Taxis are an option for seeing the sprawling
city. The War Remnants Museum shows the Vietnam War through Vietnamese eyes.
Don't miss the impressive Jade Emperor Pagoda. Go to the frenetic Ben Thanh Market
for food, flowers or frogs. Tour through the Mekong Delta, past rice paddies and
houseboats.

10. Phú Quốc Island

Phu Quoc is an almost unknown destination in Vietnam. International tourists and


Vietnamese alike just recently discovered Phu Quoc. It is not hard to see why many
tourists are boasting of the splendid natural beauty and untouched remote beaches of
this spectacular tropical island.

This peaceful tropical paradise, floats in the warm turquoise waters in the Gulf of
Thailand, 50kms from the Vietnamese mainland and a 50 minute flight from Ho Chi
Minh City (Saigon).

Open year round with a peak season from November to March, Phu Quoc is becoming
well known for stunning beaches, untouched natural environment, the easy going and
relaxed atmosphere, friendly locals, and fantastic scuba diving and snorkelling.

The majority of Phu Quoc Island is dedicated to National Park and protected marine
environment, providing a memorable experience, with plenty of exciting activities and
places to visit to keep you and the family entertained during your stay.

Phu Quoc is blessed with favourable natural environment like the virgin forest of over
37,000 hectares, white sandy beaches, coral gardens offshore, varieties of wildlife
species, so it is not hard Long Beach, Phu Quocto see why the island has great tourist
potential.

For the time being, tourists visiting phu quoc can still enjoy the experiences of finding a
remote beach lined with coconut tress and calm blue waters.
Link: http://www.beautyscenery.com/2013/08/top-10-places-to-visit-in-vietnam.html

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