10 Best Places to Explore in Vietnam

10 Best Places to Explore in Vietnam

10 Best Places to Explore in Vietnam

Astonishingly exotic and compelling, the war-ravaged Vietnam has ably mastered the art of mixing the ancient world and the modern world gracefully and has managed to attract hundreds of visitors to some of its natural and man-made wonders. When travelling in Vietnam, you are also sure to come face to face with sleepy rural hill tribes, exquisite beaches, rivers, Buddhist pagodas and bustling cities, and some of the most beautiful, impressive natural landscapes.  The Halong Bay, the Ho Chi Minh City and the Hue and Some of its biggest attractions, and they enjoy defining characteristics. And there are also plenty of veritable gems, in Hoi An and Sapa.  Discover the contrasting highlights of Vietnam, and there are much more places to experience the unique culture, history and myths, natural treasures and surprises to discover.

Some of Vietnam’s well-loved locations include:

1. Halong Bay

Halong Bay

Halong means ‘where the dragon descends to the sea’, and when in Vietnam, you might hear lot many interesting tales on how this place evolved. Cruising the waters and green islands amid the striking limestone scenery of Halong Bay is an experience of the lifetime. Uninhabited and unaffected by humans, there are many islands and islets, over 1600 in numbers. Take an optional fishing tour with fishermen and a local fishing boat, designed in traditional style and experience their life up close. Squid fishing with a bamboo road, a catch net and a lamp is one of the most interesting evening activities you can indulge in. You could also kayak into hidden caves, lagoons, cycle to isolated rice-farming villages or enjoy some fishing lessons from experienced locals at many floating villages. Grab your suitable holiday package from un[travel]’s Vietnam Tour Packages and go offbeat in Vietnam.

2.Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City

North of the Mekong Delta, and perched on the Saigon River, Ho Chi Minh City is one such city that never sleeps. Ho Chi Minh City is one of the most enthralling places with natural beauty, aesthetic importance with many epic river cruises. The City has a bewildering feast of military memorials and museums’. Admire the French colonial architecture like the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office and the National Theater. Binh Tay Market and Dong Khoi Street is also a place to observe a bit of local life up close. Reunification Palace, Hau Pagoda, Jade Emperor Pagoda is packed with beautiful carvings and intricate details of Saigon’s’ cherishable past. Nightlife in Saigon is thriving and it would be foolish to let go the Saigon bar scene. Thiên Hậu Temple, Reunification Palace, FITO Museum and Bitexco Financial Tower are other places to be in. The 200-kilometres-long mile network of passages of Cu Chi is a remarkable story of War, located near the village of Ben Suc. Grab the best Vietnam Packages from un[travel] to enjoy hassle-free vacations in Ho Chi Minh City.

3. Hue


The ancient capital of Vietnam, Hue, is known for its numerous monuments which were constructed during the imperial times. The Tomb of Minh Mang, is now a national monument that continues to educate the generation about the country’s history and culture. Located on the north side of the Perfume River, the Thien Mu Pagoda is a landmark as well as a spiritual site with intricate details and beautiful sculptures. Built in 17th Century, the charming Thanh Toan Bridge, features elements from both Chinese and Japanese cultures. The Perfume River is great for selfies! Many boats, with makeshift souvenir shops ply its waters. On the shores of Huong River, you see the forbidden city of Hue. The Citadel is steeped in history, and it comprises some of the rich historical and architectural facets including the imperial tombs, the Thien Mu Pagoda, etc. Bach Ma National Park, The tomb of Khai Dinh, Lang Co Beach, and The Truong Tien Bridge are other places to carry your camera to. If you are the one who prefers distance from the hustle and humdrum of urban life, choose from our Vietnam Holiday Packages and enjoy unhurried and quiet holidays.

4. Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc Island

Vietnam has some spectacular scenic beaches and places for unrivaled underwater adventure. One such island is Phu Quoc Island, and yes, it is right out of a postcard! The beautiful Long Beach and Ong Lang Beach have soft fine white sand and are fringed by coconut trees, making it absolute eye candy! If you’re keen for an adventure hopping from one islet to the next and enjoying some delicious seafood then Phu Quoc island is for you. Phu Quoc Prison is the stark reminder of torture inflicted on the Northern Vietnamese soldiers who were imprisoned during the Vietnam War. It’s a delight to explore the tiny little local islands, and villages, like the An Thoi, Gahn Dau, Ham Ninh on a motorbike. Choose from our  Vietnam Tour Packages and go offbeat.

5. Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Phong Nha- Ke Bang

Phong Nha- Ke Bang is probably Vietnam’s best-kept secret. This little-known national park consists of some amazing limestone cave complex, earning it recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in the middle of the Annamite Mountain Range in Quang Binh province, the Park comprises an area of 123,326 ha and contains terrestrial and aquatic habitats, sites of natural regeneration, tropical dense forests and savanna and is rich in large, often spectacular and scientifically significant cave systems. The caves that are accessible to visitors include Phong Nha Cave, Paradise Cave and Hang En. Phong Nha-Ke Bang is also home to a rich diversity of fauna and flora.

6. Dalat

Dalat Village

Surrounded by thousands of pine trees and gardens, Dalat is the interesting mix of romance, good food and adventure! 7,000sqm encompassed Da Lat Flower Gardens near Xuan Huong Lake is place for solitude, well known for its variety of colourful flowers and plant species, and 300 types of plant life. Linh Phuoc Pagoda is a beautiful and peaceful pagoda which has a unique architecture, while Emperor Bao Dai’s Summer Palace and the Truc Lam Meditation Pagoda are equally worth visiting. Adventure enthusiasts can go crazy in action packed adventure activity in Dalat; canoy in its waters, take White Water Raft the Langbian River or chase its Waterfalls–Elephant Falls, Datanla Waterfalls or Pongour Waterfalls namely.

7. Hoi An

Hoi An Beach

Hoi An is impressively appealing, and it is a photographers’ paradise. Witness the hues and shades emanate from the buildings overlooking the river, multi-coloured wooden boats and bright colourful lanterns fluttering in the breeze throughout the city. Hoi An Ancient Town is essentially a living museum, offering a breathtaking mix of ornate Chinese temples, 17th-century Tan Ky House, fascinating architectural and decorative elements, a Japanese-designed bridge, the Trade Ceramics, wooden shop-houses, French-colonial houses, and old canals. Spend time wandering its picturesque winding streets, hanging out on the long stretches of white sandy beach, cycling through the surrounding paddy fields or reveling at its fabulous street food specialities. Choose un[travel] to customize your Vietnam Tour and enjoy blissful holidays.

8. Sapa

Sapa Rice Terraces

If trekking is your love, then Sapa is ideal for you. Getting to Sapa is half the fun! Fan Si Pan is the highest peak of Sapa, at 3143mtrs above sea level. The visuals from the top are awe-inspiring; terraced rice paddies and an unmatched brilliance of colour and lots of touristic hill tribe’s villages. The mountainous town of Sapa especially offers epic scenery with spas, eateries and boutiques. Visit the red Dzao in Suoi Thau, where you n get close to the life styles and the custom of the red Dzao minority. These people still wear their tradition ethnic costumes and live lives unchanged little, for centuries. The Cat Cat and Ma Tra Village in Lao Cai Province to discover Vietnam’s ethnic mountainous food culture and varied customs, including the custom of “pulling wife”. Enter the old French monastery and take a traditional Red Dao herbal bath.

9. Hanoi

Hanoi City

The Old Quarter at the north side of Hoan Kiem Lake is the buzzing heart of Hanoi City. Take in the charming Old Quarter’s scenes and its 36 guild streets, or take the majestic Red River views from the iconic Long Bien Bridge which has been spanned here for more than one century. Look around its picturesque the Hoan Kiem lake and its winding streets, walking or on a cyclo tour. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, a memorial to one of Vietnam’s most respected revolutionary leader. Just few steps from Mausoleum, there find the Presidential Palace, with its special and unique French architecture. An absolute must-try is the Hanoi special local egg coffee (ca phe trung) for all coffee connoisseurs. Catch the best Holiday Deals in Vietnam and plan your exciting vacations.

10. Hon Mun

Hon Mun Island Snorkeling | Credits: bestpricevn.com

Located in the southern part of Nha Trang Bay in the Khanh Hoa Province, Hon Mun is a true slice of paradise. The little-known island is aplenty with natural beauty of white-sand beaches and marine-protected coral reefs brimming with aquatic life. It’s possible to explore the waters from the safety and comfort of a glass bottom boat, but dipping below the surface and getting up close with local wildlife is the best way to truly experience the beauty of Hon Mun. Rainbow Reef and Tiger Wall are two of the most popular dive sites near Hon Mun Island. Cruise Nha Trang Bay on a private speedboat tour to Mun Island and Bamboo Island, and enjoy a full day to fish off the boat, snorkel, swim, and dine on freshly caught crabs or other local seafood. Don’t forget to include the aforementioned places on your travel itinerary. You can customize your travel to Vietnam with un[travel]’s range of Vietnam Customised Holiday Packages.



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