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Top 18 best places to visit in Vietnam

Hanoi Voyages > Vietnam travel guide > Top 18 best places to visit in Vietnam

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 three regions:

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

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

South Vietnam – From pristine beaches, recreational activities, and 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 destinations maps
best place to visit in Vietnam Hanoi flower seller


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, restaurants 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, the beaten track route.

Best places to visit in Vietnam Ha Long Bay - Vietnam with essential highlights
Ba Be Lake


As legend had it, Ba Be Lake in Bac Kan province was the result of a dragon’s wrath that transformed a whole vast valley into a freshwater lake. Vietnamese people have been calling Ba Be the ‘pearl of northeast Vietnam’ for its refreshing, nature rich landscape and an ethnic local culture.

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.

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
Hoi An ancient town

HOI AN - 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.


The park owes its name to the magnificent cave of Phong Nha, revealing spectacular rock formations, caves and underground rivers, and to the forest of Ke Bang whose fauna and flora are protected, rich and varied.

River to the Phong Nha cave with boats in the National Park of Phong Nha Ke Bang
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…

Tower in Ho Chi Minh
Take a local boat on Mekong delta is a must-do when in South of Vietnam

Mekong delta - ‘The rice 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
elephant waterfall in Da Lat


Endowed with all-year-round temperate weather, romantic pine tree forests, awe-inspiring flower fields, French boulevards and villas from the colonial period, Da Lat has long been touted as “the City of Love and Eternal Spring”.

Discover the enchanting beauty of Da Lat, where vibrant flower gardens, misty pine forests, and French colonial architecture create a magical escape.

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

For those of you who want to travel to Vietnam, Hanoi Voyages has prepared a list of tours in Vietnam in detail depending on the duration of your trip. These are Vietnam travel ideas. You go with one of these trips which are well studied by our travel experts or you PICK UP IDEAS and we will put together your trip.

1. Grand Tour of Vietnam 15 days
Hiking through terraced rice fields, watching stars at the sea and floating market.
2. Discover Vietnam’s Natural Beauty 18 Days
Admire the ancient city of Hoi An, Hai Van Pass. Browse on the Mekong Delta to experience life on the river and stroll by night in Saigon.
3. 14 Days Uncover The Best Of Vietnam’s Landscapes
Experience ancient towns, verdant countryside, and iconic sites, delving deep into Vietnam’s rich heritage and stunning natural allure.
4. 14 Days Southeast Asia Adventure: Discover Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam
Explore from the bustling streets of Bangkok to the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat and the serene beauty of Ha Long Bay.
5. Active Family Tour 17 Days
Admire the beauty of nature in Lan Ha Bay, Pagoda-gaze and canal maze and floating marketing Mekong Delta.
6. 9 Days Explore Northern Vietnam
From busy, yet charming Hanoi to rural Sapa. Tasty dishes, water puppet show and Old Quarter in Hanoi.
7. 12 Days Discover Vietnam with Family
Immerse yourselves in the heart of this enchanting country, discovering its rich culture, stunning landscapes, and vibrant heritage.
8. Vietnam Tour 10 days
Discover from a mesmerizing cruise through Halong Bay to delving into the Imperial Citadel and embarking on a boat excursion to a lively floating market.
9. Impressive Vietnam 12 Days
Explore the attraction destinations in Vietnam: Hanoi, Hoi An, Hue and enjoy the floating market.
10. Highlights of Vietnam and Cambodia 15 days
From the ancient temples of Angkor Wat to the bustling streets of Hanoi, creating an unforgettable experience that will linger in your memory long after the journey ends.
11. Mekong Cruise from Saigon to Siem Reap 13 days
Embrace nature across two countries and understand the local life

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

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