Being one of the best places to visit in Asia with spectacular landscape, mysterious historical relics, marvelous rice paddy field wonder, and ancient citadels and villages, Vietnam attracts millions of international tourists wishing for exotic holiday destination every year. Among myriad of choices regarding both where is the best place for which there are the top things to see in Vietnam, we select top tens most chosen destination topping traveler’s bucket list and known as a must-see at least once in a lifetime.

Best Places to Visit in Vietnam

Ha Long Bay

Floating villages

When in one of North Vietnam’s greatest pride, visitors gape at the breathtaking scenery of the bay mounting above the sapphire water of the Gulf of Tokin. Generations and generations have grown up, given birth and given their last breath in the floating houses in Ba Hang, Cong Dam, Ba Hang and Cua Van. The oldest and sparsest village, Cong Dam, deludes visitors to stop by grasping in colorful houses and amazing pearl farming process.

Cat Ba Island

Tailor a tour to Cat Ba Island then thoroughly soak up the lively gloomy atmosphere of the Virgin Cave named after a legend that a woman decided to end her life by being forced to marry an old Mandarin. The rock formation of ancient shrine and chamber in the Virgin Cave and Hung Sung Sot Cave draws a coachload of tourists to Ha Long Bay.

Dauntless activities

Also famous for its unique and spectacular seascape of hundreds towering limestone karsts and tropical islets emerging from the sea, Halong seduces a sudden influx of visitors fond of something adventurous to do. Some traditional activities on the beach in Ha Long consists of swimming and diving. For those who prefer a fresh experience, it is highly recommended to take in the majesty of Ha Long Bay sights by going kayaking under the shadow of one of the most elegant limestone formations of the world in Tuan Chau Island. And to those who are always on the move, Ha Long Bay clearly is your next stop in the series of your unsettled days. Just one night of squid fishing would definitely get you lifted by the nightlight and the sound of the Ha Long sea.

Uncanny seafood

Ha Long is a combination of poetic but wild sceneries to see, usual but extraordinary activities to join and strange but exquisite enough specialties to eat. While taking a stroll down the bank, be prepared to be pulled to serve yourselves a standard of superb cuisines carrying excellent gastronomy which amazes tourists all over the world. Tourists did not expect a combo so extraordinary to be so tasting. Those who stayed once in Ha Long definitely will stay again for various choices of sea snails types dipped in fish sauce, gingers, peppers, and lemon served with a special liquor called Arca Wine made from Arca’s blood for the purpose of enhancing male virility and avoiding queasy stomachs. Being a big fan of nibbles, but not fond of something upsetting your stomach, quid sausages can still amaze your picky taste. Easily found at Cao Xanh market or Bai Chay market, plenty of sea snails types and even the most mysterious squid types makes an ideal dish for a drinking spree with your tour partners or a perfect item to bring back home to catch up with some of your friends.

Things to do in Vietnam - Majestic Halong Bay

Majestic Halong Bay

Hue Monument

Hue royal fine music

Whether travelers are fond of music or not, their ears would dance the night away in a Hue court fine music performance. Let worship ritual music, court ritual music, chamber music, royal classical opera and surprisingly court dances feast your eyes and ears at King Tu Duc Tomb at the night time. And in the daytime, serve yourselves with the most comfortable shoes you can afford to take a saunter to the grand pine forest heading towards the Luu Khiem Palace in the park-like resting place of the king with the longest reigning time.

Superb and bizarre streetfood

Every single food on the street in Hue is worth tasting. Help yourselves from a large dish of Hue tiny cakes, which never ceases to amaze visitors why Hue people create such an exquisite serving from such a simple recipe. Hue people create 50 shades of street food with a long list of street food from the usual one like Hue mini savory pancake, Hue savory crispy crepe, Vietnamese pizza, Hue lemongrass skewer to the weirdest ones like the spicy snail and Hue balut. Almost all of these starts with Hue and one of them start with Vietnamese prove that they are only served best when you traveling to Vietnam and decide Hue the preferred option.

Hue Monument

With more than one place on offer, it is understandable that tourists not easily set their mind on where is the best place to start a vacation in Hue. A glance of the complex of Hue Monument, an ancient palace that gave testimony to a splendorous feudal period in the past, would create a glamorous illusion of a Hue beholding a Vietnamese version of Chinese Forbidden Purple City, with magnificent gates, hall, and roof decorated with traditional Zodiac.

Those who have the chance to travel to Hue are torn between moving on the next tourist attraction and staying in the ancient capital for one more bite from the street vendor with sweet friendly voice. It is Hue people that make the city itself endearing like the second home to newcomers and even foreigners. What kind of travelers is ignorant enough to come to Hue and leave without any deep affection towards the Hue people and the Hue city?

Imperial City of Hue - Best places to visit in Vietnam

Imperial City of Hue

Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon

Right in the bustling dynamic city of the country, a myriad of which tourist spots to go for both an adventurous trip and a cultural experience.
Far away from the teeming metropolis, never miss dropping by the Mekong Delta offering diversities of choices for adventure lovers to pick and choose things to do and places to go. First trip to Viet Nam? How about saying good morning to Viet Nam on a boat in the Cai Rang floating market? Learning to haggle is one of the most important skill to survive when traveling on your own. Being a smart consumer and get the best deal when drifting down the river catching a glimpse of colorful fruits and mouthwatering food sounds tempting, isn’t it?

Cai Rang floating market

Far away from the teeming metropolis, never miss dropping by the Mekong Delta offering diversities of choices including both modern sites and ancient sights. First trip to Viet Nam? How about saying good morning to Viet Nam on a boat in the Cai Rang floating market? Why not? Learning to haggle is one of the most important skill to survive when traveling on your own. Being a smart consumer and get the best deal when drifting down the river catching a glimpse of colorful fruits and mouthwatering food sounds tempting, isn’t it?
In talent fingers of Saigonese people, Banh Trang Tron and Bang Trang Nuong originally made in Ho Chi Minh now make it all over Vietnam market. Banh Trang Tron including rice paper salad seasoned and lemoned while Banh Trang Nuong is similar to taco, using chopsticks to serve hot from the oven.

Scooter ride

Being the economic center of the country, Ho Chi Minh street filled with scooters and mopeds during traffic congestion frightens away a party of tourists but still lovable to those who appreciate the chance to get on a scooter themselves for a people watching and sightseeing.

Notre Dame Cathedral

It goes without saying religious and antique look in Ho Chi Minh are absolutely created by Notre Dame Cathedral. Never expect Notre Dame Cathedral not touristy because charming Virgin Mary Statue is a perfectly good background for wedding photo shooting and for movie making. Even not a believer, you would prefer Mariamman Temple as a religious destination with fewer visitors and grandeur of architecture.

Cu Chi Tunnel

The Cu Chi Tunnels, used by the Viet Cong soldiers during the Vietnam War, is an impressive underground system to the Vietnamese people and an impressive place to visit with absolutely fascinating things to see. Each passage, tunnel, and shelter harbor an almost forgotten memory of battle hardship, of the cruelty of wars and glory of victory.
Cu Chi Tunnel is 70km north-west from Ho Chi Minh City, hidden deep within the mysterious forest of Cu Chi. Visitors are guided downward to the dark tunnels so deep inside the Earth that a tank could pass above without causing any damage to the underground complex. The stone entry made way to a manmade labyrinth that led to different paths in the Cu Chi Forest. Visiting Cu Chi Tunnel would be perfectly one of the most extraordinary experience when in Southern Vietnam.

Best place to go in Vietnam - The tunnel of Cu Chi

Discover the tunnel of Cu Chi

Quang Binh

It is expected for visitors to admiring the scenery of wildlife in Quang Binh tour. A myriad of sights is available on the trip, including jungle, rivers, mountains, beaches, and waterfalls. Those who have a sense of adventure would definitely enjoy an enlightening series of activities in this natural world, including hunting, fishing, climbing, bathing, and swimming. Not to mention, alluring Quang Binh spurs romantic imagination redolent with plenty of captivating grottoes in Phong Nha Ke Bang.

It is expected for visitors to admiring the scenery of wildlife in Quang Binh tour. A myriad of sights is available on the trip, including jungle, rivers, mountains, beaches, and waterfalls. Those who have a sense of adventure would definitely enjoy an enlightening series of activities in this natural world, including hunting, fishing, climbing, bathing, and swimming. Not to mention, alluring Quang Binh spurs romantic imagination redolent with plenty of captivating grottoes in Phong Nha Ke Bang.
In addition to karst mountains, diverse topography of Quang Binh with jungle, waterfall pull adventurers fancying venturesome activities, namely zip line on the Chay River, mudbath in Dark Cave and spring bath in Nuoc Mooc. Ordinary pastime like hunting, trekking and even astounding ones like paragliding in the emerald blue sky and fishing for squid at night. However, bear in mind that night squid fishing is only organized in favorable weather condition.

Phong Nha Ke Bang

The National Park of Phong Nha – Ke Bang is a heaven for caves, karst mountain and river explorers in Central Vietnam. This natural wonder was inscribed in the UNESCO’s World Natural Heritage List in 2003.
Those who wonder what makes Phong Nha Ke Bang a natural wonder of the world may not be aware that the national park is a giant complex of a diverse ecosystem, include ancient limestone mountains, marvelous rivers, and mysterious, majestic caves. Plus, in 2009, one of the caves recently discovered in this area – Son Doong –was declared as the world’s largest cave. Son Doong harboring its own small world of immense tropical forest, vast savanna, grand mountains, deep valleys and boundless rivers within would definitely satisfy the most fastidious adventurers.

Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park - Must visit destination in Vietnam

Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park

My Son Sanctuary

People hear tranquil place to go in Vietnam, they immediately think of My Son Sanctuary. My Son Sanctuary – the remnants of a holy land once belongs to the ancient Champa kingdom – holds a significant value of Vietnam’s history and culture. This complex designated a World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 1999.
The sites are a combination of mysterious stone temple, solemn and sacred. Centuries ago, My Son was a spiritual center for worshipers in the Kingdom of Champa. Now, even though half of the towers have collapsed under the effect of time, the complex still remains quite structured with 25 vestiges, covering an area of 142 ha.

My Son Sanctuary - Must-go site in Vietnam

My Son Sanctuary

Hoi An Ancient Town

Hoi An Ancient Town is a breathtaking fusion of ancient and modern culture, of Japanese bridge, Chinese temple, French café,… Listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999, Hoi An captures visitors by its unique classic cityscape.
The Ancient Town of Hoi An is located beside the banks of the picturesque river of Thu Bon, in the heart of Quang Nam province. Hoi An is a must-visited destination for tourists who are into ancient beauty. However, Hoi An is most stunning in the Lantern Festival. Enchanting and shimmering paper lanterns flowing toward the dark sky and floating along the poetic river makes such a romantic and mysterious sight. Not interested in anything to see or any place visit, tourists may find Hoi An irresistible because of dozens of dazzling delicacies, namely chicken rice, Quang noodles, dried noodles, wonton, smashed pies, Hoi An dumplings, and water fern cakes.
No more thoroughfare, just a standard old Vietnam in the previous millennium. Going to Hoi An Ancient Town would be a big mistake if not pay a visit to Thu Bon river. Diverse, manifold and pristine beauty are still preserved. No wonder Hoi An Old Town is a worth-revisiting spot at a later date in the traveling book.

French-Japanese architecture

Learning a little bit of Vietnamese culture in Hoi An trip complements a tempting experience for travelers. Hoi An Ancient Town is a breathtaking fusion of ancient and modern culture, of Japanese bridge, Chinese temple, French café,… Hoi An captures visitors by its unique classic cityscape with an architectural combo of Japanese and Chinese fashion. Who could resist the seduction of reaching to Japanese bridge, the signature of Da Nang, eyeing the art gallery and then grabbing a cup of joe in this tight-knit community?

Lantern Festival

The Ancient Town of Hoi An is located beside the banks of the picturesque river of Thu Bon, in the heart of Quang Nam province. It is a must-visited destination for tourists who are into ancient beauty. However, Hoi An is most stunning in the Lantern Festival on the 14th of every lunar month. Presenting fruits, flowers, jock money and burning incense to ancestors are in exchange for prosperity in the upcoming months. Enchanting and shimmering paper lanterns flowing toward the dark sky and floating along the poetic river makes such a romantic and mysterious sight.

Thu Bon River

No more thoroughfare, just a standard old Viet Nam in the previous millennium. Going to Hoi An Ancient Town would be a big mistake if not pay a visit to Thu Bon river. Diverse, manifold and pristine beauty are still preserved. Following the streamflow, the boat gives way to the pristine Bay Mau coconut forest. No wonder Hoi An Old Town is a worth-revisiting spot at a later date in the traveling book.

Cuisine – Cao Lau

Not interested in anything to see or any place visit, tourists may find Hoi An irresistible because of dozens of dazzling delicacies, namely chicken rice, Quang noodles, dried noodles, wonton, smashed pies, Hoi An dumplings, and water fern cakes. With a fine touch of Japanese, Chinese, and Portuguese, Cao Lau makes its way in the world. Fat rice noodles for Cao Lau is unique since the ingredients are only found in Hoi An. Water from the Ba Le well and ash of a distinctive wood are compulsory for a made-in-Hoi An Cao Lau. A bite of authentic fat rice noodles with herbs, lemongrass, bean sprouts, fried rice cracker and slices of pork treats travelers well enough for a longer stay.

Hoi An Ancient Town - Best place to visit in Vietnam

Hoi An Ancient Town

Sapa

Sapa is a mountainous town in Northern Vietnam, famous for the landscape of sloping terrace, which is a perfect place for a get-away vacation in Vietnam by finding villages and people of several ethnic groups when learning their traditional costume and lifestyle.
Sapa is located in the highest mountain of the Lao Cai Province. Due to its topography, Sapa is the only destination and (for sure) the best place in Vietnam one can expect to see snowfall in winter. Sapa is the best trekking spot in Vietnam, as the mountains, forests, and streams beckon visitors by their stunning untouched beauty. Fansipan – the highest mountain in Indochina, embraced within the misty sky, is a recommended destination for any explorer looking for adventurous things to do when on a trip to Vietnam.
Sapa is a renowned place makes tourists feel at home and at exotic trip at the same time because of the raw winter days plus hospitable locals speaking English quite well and a branch of blossom covered with enchanting snowflakes on Tet holiday, an occasion for travelers to learn Vietnamese customs. What is better to do than setting firewood on fire and making a circle chitchatting waiting for the Chung cake done?

Fansipan conquerer

Sapa is the best trekking spot in Vietnam, as the mountains, forests, and streams beckon visitors by their stunning untouched beauty. Fansipan – the highest mountain in Indochina, embraced within the misty sky, is a recommended destination for any explorer looking for adventurous things to do when on a trip to Vietnam.

Homestay

Because of the raw winter days, this misty land provides homestay whose local hosts usually offer wine to show their hospitability. In the daytime, tourists may see many locals who speak English quite well when in the periodic market, like in Muong Hoa, Muong Hom market every Sunday. Haggling for the best bargain of cattle, farming tools, food, clothes is intimidating when in a bartering market like in Sapa and quite rewarding like crossing the street in Viet Nam.
For a deeper understanding of ethnic group customs in Sapa, it is advisable to spend Tet holiday with Nung Dinh people to make glutinous rice in 7 colors respectfully offering to the ancestor for the purpose of a wealthy life and rich harvest.

Silver Waterfall

Even you are made by sorrow and anger when coming to Sapa, you would not leave Silver Waterfall without a jovial face. All you need is a dip in pure streamflow in the dense pine forest. Here it is, our virtual paradise. Splashing with your companions in the natural pool throw a memorable moment to your journey.

Sapa listed in top 10 destinations in Vietnam

H’mong ethnic group in Sapa

Hanoi

Being the capital city for more than a millennium, Ha Noi went through diversities of the rise and falls of changes in terms of inhabitants, sceneries, and architecture over the course of the history.
Before known as the bustling city where people from other cities cling to for a better life quality, Ha Noi bears the label of an elegant peaceful 35-street city, in which travellers can’t help but fall in love with friendliness, enthusiasm, hospitability, politeness of Hanoians in their adorable voice, their soft pronunciation and their costumes just as the folk poem:
Nothing can equal the fragrance of jasmine
Noone can surpass the elegance and courtesy of Trang An people
Combining culinary skills of Hanoians, poetic sightseeing spots savor the elegant delight of Ha Noi. When in Ha Noi, prepare to be the spat between diversities of iconic sightseeing spots, Flag Tower, Turtle Tower, Temple of Literature, Old Quarter, Long Bien Bridge, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Ha Noi Opera House just to name a few.
Not only prominent with the top street food in the world, the capital city is popular for French colonial architecture. Visitors to Ha Noi would be overwhelmed with constructions decorated and furniture with a combination of French format and Vietnamese style. Metropole Hotel and Saint Joseph Cathedral were originally built to meet the demand of French authorities and families and now becomes the icon of the city to pull visitors for a stay.

Hanoians

Before known as the bustling city where people from other cities cling to for a better life quality, Ha Noi bears the label of an elegant peaceful 36-street city, in which travellers can’t help but fall in love with friendliness, enthusiasm, hospitability, politeness of Hanoians in their adorable voice, their soft pronunciation and their costumes just as the folk poem:
“Nothing can equal the fragrance of jasmine
Noone can surpass the elegance and courtesy of Trang An people”

French architecture

Combining culinary skills of Hanoians, poetic sightseeing spots savor the elegant delight of Ha Noi. When in Ha Noi, prepare to be torn between diversities of French colonial architecture. Visitors to Ha Noi would be overwhelmed with constructions decorated and furniture with a combination of French format and Vietnamese style. Metropole Hotel and Saint Joseph Cathedral were originally built to meet the demand of French authorities and families and now becomes the icon of the city to pull visitors for a stay.

Signature drinks

Prominent with the top street food in the world, the capital city serves visitors one-of-a-kind drinks, egg coffee and bia hoi. A whipped egg yolk in a hot-steamy coffee by the most nimble fingers is how some people survive winter days. One bia hoi of the Old Quarter would enlight your mood when waiting for the setup of performance on the street. Street artists surrounding Hoan Kiem Lake would draw a sketch of your caricature with no more than $5.

Thang Long Imperial City

Designated a World Cultural Heritage in 2010, the Imperial City of Thang Long – Dong Do Ha Noi was Vietnam’s political and military center for over 1000 years. Established as the imperial palace of ancient Vietnam by King Ly Thai To (1010), the Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long is one of Vietnam’s feudal royal palace (besides Hue Monument) that remains to this day.

Located in the heart of Hanoi, the sector is a witness of glorious history and a reflection of outstanding cultural values. The standing monument comprises parts of the ancient palace and historical site remains. The archaeological site consists of a rich source of architectural relics, artifacts, and subterranean vestiges. Let the silent voice of the relics speak to you, do not just look for exciting things to do in the Thang Long Imperial City when seeing this millennium vestige.

Thang Long Imperial City is a must visit place when visiting Hanoi

Thang Long Imperial City

The Sand Dunes of Mui Ne – Phan Thiet

The White Dune and Red Dune of Mui Ne are two geological spectacular wonders tourist should not miss when traveling to Vietnam. This place is a paradise for those who want to indulge in the sea of sand, running, climbing, crawling. A unrivaled and wonderful experience in the sightseeing spots in Phan Thiet city would be the one tourists dying to relive once staying there.
The White Sand is certainly more impressive, a vast barren land, breathtaking and grandiose. It is an hour of a car driving from Mui Ne Centre to the White Sand while the Red Dune is just 20 minutes away. The Red Dune is less adventurous to explore, with gentle slopes making it pleasant for walking. Sunset on the Red Dune creates a fantastic sight – one that will definitely leave you amazed by the marvel of nature.
If interested in the historical figure, pay a visit to Duc Thanh school, where Ho Chi Minh used to be a teacher before going to Paris to find ways to liberate the country.
Influenced by tropical monsoon climate, sunny and windy winter in Phan Thiet city is the best time to travel to this picturesque destination. Not to mention, it is the festive season with an estimated number of 50 folk carnivals. Immerse yourselves in cultural travel. The Cau Ngu festival is a ritual on the riverbank with a parade, dragon boat races, traditional games, and performances of Ba Trao Opera wishing for peace.

Watersports

This place is absolute paradise for those who want to indulge in the watersports, windsurfing, sand sliding, snorkeling. and scuba diving to name a few. Relive your childhood in Da Lat trip by kite surfing. And then take a rest walking following the sun glow of the Red Dune. The Red Dune is less adventurous to explore, with gentle slopes making it pleasant for walking; therefore, sunset on the Red Dune creates a fantastic sight, which will definitely leave you amazed by the marvel of nature.

White Dune

The White Sand is certainly more impressive, a vast barren land, breathtaking and grandiose than the Red Dune. The magic door opens to the wonderland of smoothly gentle red and white. This land of imagination is children’s idea of fun with quad biking and sand castle building activities.

Folk festivals

Influenced by tropical monsoon climate, sunny and windy winter in Phan Thiet city is the best time to travel to this picturesque destination. Not to mention, it is the festive season with an estimated number of 50 folk carnivals. Immerse yourselves in cultural travel. The Cau Ngu festival is a ritual on the riverbank with a parade, dragon boat races, traditional games, and performances of Ba Trao Opera wishing for the peace from the whale.

Quad biking in Mui Ne is one of the most interesting destinations in Vietnam

Quad biking in Mui Ne

Recommended Places to Visit in Vietnam

Da Lat – The City of Flower

Being the muse of romantic poets, artists, travelers and a paradise for honeymooners, Da Lat is still a worth-visiting place for visitors to Vietnam generally and a worth-living city to Vietnamese particularly. Da Lat rests above the high mountains of Lam Dong Province, blessed with fresh air and pleasant weather in every time of the year and lovely French villas lying within a lush valley, sparkling lakes, spectacular waterfall and vast forest.

Also called by the name the City of Eternal Spring or the City of Flowers, Da Lat is also well-known for its myriad flower gardens. The weather is suitable for uncountable types of flowers, making this land a chosen place for growing roses, daisies, orchids,…Colorful flowers are seen everywhere in the city, even are decorated in the local dishes. Not many things to do in the city but flower growing but quite many people wish to spend the rest of their lives there.

Datanla Waterfall

In comparison with flowers viewing, canyoning is a quite adventurous fresh experience when staying in Da Lat. Pleasant weather in a stunning Tuyen Lam lake or a vibrant Datanla waterfall are all you need for the greatest trip in your lifetime. Jumping, sliding and then abseiling absolutely leave your stresses and strains behind.

Crazy House – Hang Nga Villa

Right in the Crazy House masterpiece, creepy vibe whispers the hair-raising stories. Visitors come to this villa with the fear of scary things and cannot leave the place without the craving to go to another ghost house.

Dalat City of Flower - Good destination for holidays in Vietnam

Dalat City of Flower

Da Nang

Sick of the churning, fermenting and bubbling fume of the urban area, tourists tend to choose the worth-living city as the next destination for a long holiday.
Motels list in Da Nang hardly receives any complaints. The motto to running those places is customers deserves the best customer service. Those who left Da Nang miss most is the service from the nicest people, and haven of budget eateries are close behind.

Recommended excursions and trips

Da Nang is shaped by the breathtaking My Khe and Non Nuoc beach, Marble Mountains and Lady Buddha existing since days of yore. A cluster of five mountains representing five elements, on top of which ancient pagodas are dotted.
Motels list in Da Nang hardly receives any complaints. The motto to run those places is customers deserves the best customer service. Those who left Da Nang miss most is the service from the nicest people, and haven of budget eateries which are close behind.
Admirable generous and healthy lifestyle creates an image of the future, which draws thousands of visitors flocking to Da Nang. What not to like about Da Nang city? Food? Savory! Accommodation? Fancy at an average rate. Service? Quick as a flash. What are you waiting for? Why not tailoring travel arrangements for a holiday of your life in Da Nang.

Asia Park

If you are on a family trip, never miss stopping by Asia Park with iconic Sun Wheel for every family members, Dino Island for kids, and Love Lock for parents. A thrilling game giving a sensation of cold in the feet offer Sky Treasure for roller coaster lovers. Note that children shorter than 120 centimeters are not able to access to the game.