21 Stunningly Beautiful Must-Visit Places in Vietnam (Part 1)

 

This magnificent land brings you a mix of everything but unlike anything you have ever seen: from lush paddy fields to risky jagged peaks, and from verdant forests painted in every shade of green to dreamlike beaches. There are also traditional villages, archaeological sites as well as bustling modern cities, and heavenly islands offering various chances to get lost in Vietnam’s astonishing cultural diversity. Your Vietnam itinerary may only include a few places (Ha Long Bay, Hoi An, Mekong Delta etc.) but these 21 destinations below are no doubt worth a spot on your Vietnam bucket list too.

Ha Long Bay

 Ha Long Bay

How could you come to Vietnam and not visit one of their most famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites? This spellbinding sea view is on the west coast of North Bay in Vietnam’s East Sea area. With thousands of other worldly islands and wonders of nature, its attraction has never stopped spreading to travel enthusiasts around the world. Cruising amid the limestone islands and feasting your eyes on the mesmerizing aqua-green water is a great pleasure. Ha Long also features more than 2,000 islands of dense jungles, magical caves, grottoes, sinkholes, and lakes.

Phong Nha

 

The Phong Nha’s caves are a part of a greater national park network that has also been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site. Phong Nha has the purest limestone mountains and also has 45% of the biodiversity in all of Vietnam. Bears, antelopes, monkeys, snakes…. even hundreds of species of butterflies. If you are looking for monkeys, the best time to see them is in the morning and the evening. Looking to replicate such extraordinary experience in Phong Nha? Read our article: Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park Travel Guide

Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park Travel Guide

Ha Giang

 

Ha Giang never fails to draw travelers’ attention by its majestic limestones, the legendary Dong Van Plateau, the winding roads, the charming ancient town of Dong Van, and Khau Vai love market where the loves once lost are found. It is endowed with a year-round cool climate and fresh air so this will be a great place for you to get away from the heat.

However, the best part is the dreamy pink buckwheat fields stretching across the hills. Every October, tourists flock to this place to take photos and soak up such wonderful natural beauty.

Ha Giang - Majestic Beauty in Vietnam

Hoi An

 

Standing out in the Central region of Vietnam, Hoi An ancient town looks like a rustic, simple yet poetic picture. Whether day or night, Hoi An still carries its many alluring faces. In addition to the cultural values preserved through a diversity of architecture, Hoi An also preserves an amazing treasure of intangible culture. The daily life of Hoi An’s residents with the customs, religious activities, folk art, cultural festivities with romantic natural landscapes, specialty dishes, etc. makes Hoi An increasingly attractive to foreign tourists.

Hoi An Travel Guides

Da Lat

 

Dalat is the capital of Lam Dong province. With a height of 1500 meters above sea level, Da Lat has year-round cool weather and is an ideal retreat in the south. Used to be famous for attractions such as the Valley of Love, Than Tho Lake, Doi Thong Hai Mo, Thac Voi, etc., Da Lat today seemingly cannot retain its pristine beauty. However, tourists are still captivated by the tranquil atmosphere and idyllic scenery of colorful flowers, mist-filled valleys, and lush pine trees. The main highlights through the tour of Da Lat include Xuan Huong lake, Langbiang mountain, Bao Dai mansion, Thien Vien Truc Lam, Tuyen Lam lake and Da Lat Railway Station (Trai Mat station). Only about 300 kilometers from Saigon, Dalat city is a charming town for those trying to escape, the sweltering heat of the southern delta region.

Da Lat Travel Guide

Hue

 

When it comes to Hue, people often think of the fancy palaces and ancient temples breathing with the nostalgic flavor of glorious dynasties. Everyone wants to travel to Hue at least once to see firsthand the vivid evidence of the last feudal dynasty. Not only that, the gentle and relaxing pace of life here is also much lovely. Some famous landmarks of Hue are the Citadel (the most famous of the monuments) and the Thien Mu Pagoda (the city’s official symbol). Plus, the food here is insanely delicious.

Da Nang

 

Situated in the Central South, Da Nang has everything: mountains, plains, and sea. The most famous tourist attractions in Da Nang include Ba Na resort, My Khe beach, and the Asia’s largest in-house recreation center Fantasy Park. Some other fascinating sights that are also worth a visit are Hai Van bay, the pristine forest in Son Tra Peninsula and Ngu Hanh Son. Da Nang is surrounded by three world cultural heritages: Hue, Hoi An and My Son, and a little further is the National Park Phong Nha – Ke Bang. Every year, Da Nang organizes the annual firework festival which attracts many visitors from everywhere to attend.

Danang Travel Guides

Sapa

 

Located in the remote northwest of Vietnam, Sapa hides many wonders. Rice terraces, pictorial mountains and a diversity of hill tribes draw many to “the town in my butts”. When in Sapa, tourists will have ample opportunities to conquer the famous Fansipan peak or to make a trip to the villages hidden in the fog. The mountain scenery with blooming forests and butts embracing cliffs certainly would delight travelers.

Sa Pa Travel Guide

Hanoi

 

Hanoi is the thousand-year-old capital of the country with ancient monuments and peaceful life. Go to Hanoi once and you’re sure to never forget its distinctive atmosphere, with the Hoan Kiem Lake, the West Lake, the quiet coffee shops, the narrow footpaths and street vendors. Also, don’t forget to visit prominent sites such as the Grand Opera House, the Presidential Palace, and Saint Joseph Cathedral.

Hanoi Travel Guide

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