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Best places to visit in Vietnam

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Choosing Vietnam can be overwhelming but worthy, believe us. We are born and raised here and on a mission to show you top spots in:

North Vietnam – Famed for mountains, rice terraces, ethnic minorities, and colourful national costumes.

Central Vietnam – Packed with historic heritage, cultural and natural beauty as well as and mouth-watering local dishes, we will introduce it to you all.

South Vietnam – From pristine beaches, recreational activities, museums, to food markets and seafood as fresh as it gets, you can feast your eyes and belly 24/7.

When is the best time to visit?

And what are the best places to visit in Vietnam? Without further ado, let’s get started!

VIETNAM MUST-SEE HIGHLIGHTS

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HANOI – CAPITAL OF VIETNAM

Experience the colonial charm of Vietnam. Even if it is a bustling city, you can still find parks with lakes, fascinating historical buildings, small markets, a labyrinth of alleys, pubs, restaurant as well as authentic street food.

Eat the national dish, “pho” in the street stall, while watching locals, expats, scooters, and cars mingle and make the most of the opportunities given to them by this capital that captivates

HALONG BAY - Unesco World Heritage Site

One of the best places to visit in Vietnam is definitely one of the most beautiful natural sites in the world.
Relax on a cruise aboard a traditional junk, as if in the past. Discover caves and forgotten islands and coves. Romantic views, photogenic sunsets, and more await!
Treat yourself. Oh, and do not miss Bai Tu Long Bay, off the beaten track route.

Best places to visit in Vietnam Ha Long Bay - Vietnam with essential highlights
Best places to visit in Vietnam Cat Ba island

LAN HA BAY - Can not miss this Cat Ba hidden gem

Tranquil bay at Cat Ba Island System, with about 400 islands covered by green forest.
Sounds like a paradise on earth? It is!
Limestone islands, small villages, fresh seafood, cruise on a boat, swim or even kayak. Enjoy the real beauty of it and the daily life of the local people making their living in floating village communities.

Ninh Binh - HaLong Bay on land

A stunning and diverse place with monoliths scattered around the greenery, rivers flowing through and caves formed in it. Fun fact: the movie Kong- Skull island was filmed around here. You do not have to be a kong to enjoy one of the most beautiful places in Vietnam like a king!

What will your tailor-made holiday include is up to you, Majesty.

Best place to visit in Vietnam Ninh Binh
Best place to visit in Vietnam Sapa

Sapa and northern Vietnam - Terraced mountains

Terraced mountains of rice and corn, on the border with China. An environment where unspoiled villages are home to many tribal ethnic groups dressed in their colorful costumes.

Authentic charm, rice paddies, treks, forests or local markets. Gaze in awe upon this beauty of North Vietnam.

MAI CHAU - mountain town

A rural valley with cliffs, rice field terraces, unique culture and laid-back atmosphere just 3 hours from Hanoi? Vietnam is diverse and Mai Chau is the proof.

From the great outdoors to authentic homestays, exploring caves, buying silks or eating like a local… it is up to you.

Best places to visit in Vietnam Mai Chau
Best places to visit in Vietnam Mu Cang Chai

MU CANG CHAI - District full of national landscapes

Just breathtaking. That is what it is. 1000 meters above sea level you can find stepped rice fields, high mountains, deep valleys… A complete package.

HA GIANG - Vietnam's northernmost province

Mythical rice terraced landscapes close to China. Beauty lies off the beaten path. It is a true fairytale since from late November until the end of the year, there is even a chance of snow.
Make sure you read our weather guide on what is the best time to travel to Vietnam.

Best places to visit in Vietnam Ha Giang
Agriculture in Vietnamese Pu Luong are depends on rice and water wheels

PU LUONG NATURE RESERVE - Not crowded ecotourism spot

Remote, rustic, authentic. A mix of pristine nature and cultivated rice terraces. Ever wondered how do they water the fields? With help of wooden water wheels.

Take your camera out and capture the moment or take on of the stunning trekking paths.

Hue – Imperial city

The religious and cultural heart of the country is now listed as World Heritage by UNESCO. Royal palaces, dynastic mausoleums, Perfume River, serene gardens, tombs.

Even though many of its finest buildings were destroyed during the American War, Hue Imperial city lives and strives on.

Citadel in Hue the UNESCO protected city - UNESCO wonders Vietnam - Vietnam Nature Tour with Hanoi Voyages
Walk or cycle through Hoian and its colorful lanterns

HOIAN - Chinese, French colonial, Vietnamese and Japanese melting pot

Stroll around streets of the well-preserved old trading port of Hoi An, covered in lanterns, get yourself a tailor-made dress, visit temples and try tasty food.

Hoi An will steal your heart.

MY SON - Sanctuary

This complex of Hindu temples has an extraordinary atmosphere. My Son, tiny Angkor Wat of Vietnam or Borobudur of Indonesia, was constructed between the 4th and the 14th century AD by the kings of Champa. Unravel its mysteries.

Explore the My Son Ruins like Indiana Jones
Sunny coastal resort of Nha Trang

NHA TRANG - coastal beach resort

South-Central coast offers beaches, diving and many more. Another resort city you might think? Well, Nha Trang is a large bay with a total of 19 islands offshore. Biosystem and nature here are really unique. Do not miss out.

HO CHI MINH CITY - commonly known as Saigon

The largest city in Vietnam, a business hub and a tourist spot offers wartime history, hot climate, great Vietnamese coffee, vibrant nightlife, pagodas, cathedrals as well as temples and palaces. Eat and drink on the street and watch how locals handle traffic or take it easy before you head to…

Nightlife in Saigon - Essential Vietnam tour
Take a local boat on Mekong delta is a must-do when in South of Vietnam

Mekong delta - ‘The food bowl of the nation’

Take the Mekong Delta tour visiting villages and floating markets and seeing the life of local with your own eyes, not on a travel channel on TV. Did you know that the Mekong basin covers an area the size of France and Germany?

It also provides 70% of the tasty exotic fruit consumed throughout Vietnam. Taste the authentic Vietnam!

Phu Quoc Island - White-sand beaches

This “Emerald Island” is a paradise for swimmers, beachgoers, tan lovers, divers, lovers of lush green sceneries and foodies. Seafood here, local pepper and fish sauce are a must. Visit a national park, enjoy clear water, hills, fish sauce factory, pepper or a pearl farm while enjoying the warm weather.

Beach on Phu Quoc with white sand
View of Muine sand dunes and blue water

MUINE - Resort town along the South China Sea

Coconut trees, red canyons, white sand, and sand dunes, all on a canvas of deep blue sky. Just divine!

Have fun sledding on the sand dunes, doing watersports, see the busy port or a small market selling fresh shellfish.

CON DAO - Unique coral reefs and marine life

A remote group of islands off the southeast coast of Vietnam. Being a breeding ground for turtles and having unbelievably clean waters, there are protected areas as well as snorkeling spots, beaches, forests to explore. Be the Robinson, apart from the fact that we will take care of everything, you will just relax.

Be a Robinson on a remote pristine Con Dao

In our opinion, those are the best places to visit in Vietnam. Agree? Have some additional place on your mind? Contact us to discuss it!

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