21 Stunningly Beautiful Must-Visit Places in Vietnam (Part 2)

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Ho Chi Minh City

Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is one of the largest and most developed metropolises of Vietnam. The city breathes with contemporary life and is a perfect collision of historic and modern attractions: exciting shopping sprees, tasty culinary highlights, and vibrant nightlife.

Read more: Ho Chi Minh Travel Guide

Nha Trang

If you have ever been to Nha Trang, the charm of this beautiful coastal city is definitely a knock-out. With gorgeous beaches, clean sand clear ocean water, Nha Trang is a prime swimming territory. In case you’re not much of a sunbathing type, there are also amusement and water parks with roller coasters and wave pools to make the most of your time. For scuba-diving in Vietnam, Nha Trang is also the king!

Nha Trang Travel Guide

Phan Thiet

 

Phan Thiet is a city located in Binh Thuan province, on National Highway 1A, 183km northeast of Ho Chi Minh City. The city has long been a famous tourist destination in Vietnam with stretches of white sand beaches, blue sea, and coconut trees.

Not just about the beautiful natural landscape, Phan Thiet also offers you fresh seafood dishes with exploding flavors to make you keep asking for more.

Phan Thiet Travel Guide

Mui Ne

 

Another option for beach lovers in Vietnam besides Nha Trang and Phan Thiet. However, what makes Mui Ne special is the famous sand dunes located a short distance north of the town. They are glorious during sunset. Moreover, this lovely beach site is also a great spot for kite flying and wind surfing.

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Mui Ne Travel Guide

Sand Dunes in Mui Ne

Cu Chi

On April last year, CNN published a list of 12 underground tourist attractions in the world, among which Cu Chi tunnels in Vietnam was mentioned. Cu Chi is a defense system in the ground made up of secret tunnels linking village to village in the days of war. This is not just a shelter for guerrillas but also functions as the center of community life. So spending a day in Cu Chi to learn the history, experience adventure in the dark tunnels, go shooting, or tasting the local cuisines will bring you exciting day.

Cu Chi Tunnel- Vietnam

Mekong Delta

Located adjacent to Ho Chi Minh city, Mekong Delta is an important economic and cultural sector of the South, which is the reason it is nicknamed “Vietnam’s Rice Basket”. Visitors can find plenty to see and do: picking up fresh fruits in the orchards, shopping in the colorful floating markets, and visiting the bird sanctuaries and quaint villages.

Mekong Delta Region Travel Guide

Floating markets in Mekong Delta

 

My Son

My Son Sanctuary is in a discreet valley and has spectacular mountain terrain. Here, with more than 70 architectural constructions of the Champa civilization, My Son holds the precious intimate details of the civilization over 9 centuries. My Son architecture is rated on a par with the famous monuments in Southeast Asia such as Angkor Wat, Pagan, and Borobudur. It was also recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

My Son Sanctuary

Phu Quoc

 

Phu Quoc is a beautiful archipelago in the Gulf of Thailand, in Kien Giang province. In the southern coast of the country, the island of Phu Quoc Ngoc, the largest island in Vietnam, is also the largest of 22 islands in this archipelago. Crystal clear water, peaceful streams, and much unique seafoods are great advantages of Phu Quoc tourism. What’s more, Phu Quoc’s nuoc mam (fish sauce) is the best in the world.

Phu Quoc Travel Guide

Con Dao Island

 

Con Dao is a coastal tourist destination of Vietnam attracting many tourists. The Island has many unspoiled beaches and is a heaven for relaxation and exploring nature. People also come for scuba diving and snorkeling. To get further insight into Con Dao, read our article: Con Dao Island Travel Guide

Ly Son Island

It would be amazing if you had an opportunity to spend your holiday on Ly Son Island. Here, there are two distinct seasons: the rainy season (September – February) and the dry one (March – August). The average number of hours of sunshine a year is about 2.430,3 which is suitable for tourism activities and resorts. Hospitable people, pristine landscapes, 100% fresh food and incredibly cheap service costs are what Ly Son leaves in every visitor after the trip.

Son Doong Cave

 

Deep in the most remote areas of Vietnam, where it is “like nowhere on this planet” (National Geographic magazine) is the Son Doong cave in Quang Binh province. Only recently explored in 2009-2010 by the British Cave Research Association, the cave has only been open to the public since 2013. Mysterious and vast enough to overwhelm everyone, the beauty of Son Doong rightfully deserves the level of danger facing tourists and the huge amount of money they have to spend to discover this place. Son Doong cave is about 9km long, with its own tropical jungle and river. The space inside can accommodate for a 40-storey building.

Phu Yen

 

Lying in the seaside of the central area, Phu Yen with famous sights such as Da Dia rapids, Vung Ro Bay, and a lighthouse is ready to steal anyone’s heart. Phu Yen climate has two distinct seasons. The rainy season starts from September to December. Therefore, the dry season (January to August) would be the most convenient for sightseeing and other outdoor activities. In addition, you can also arrange to come in the festive occasions to listen to “hat choi” – an intangible national cultural heritage.

Phu Yen Travel Guide

Xep Beach the new pristine destination in Phu Yen

We hope this overview of 21 must-see attractions to visit in Vietnam can help you to make the right decision on planning your travel itinerary. Make sure your Vietnam holiday is extra special! Let us know if you think another place deserves a spot on this list!

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