Vietnam is a perfect place for any kind of traveler!
It has the unique characteristic of fulfilling every need and ticking every box on traveler’s checklist.
This small and “S” shape country with an estimated 90.0 million inhabitants (it is the world's 13th-most-populous country and the eighth-most-populous Asian country), 63 provinces, 54 ethnic groups with its own language, lifestyle, and cultural heritage AND with exquisite food, luxurious beaches, iconic landmarks, great weather, sensational markets, hospitable natives and epic natural beauty,
Vietnam will satisfy any kind of traveler.
Here are 10 must visit places to check out when visiting Vietnam.
Hanoi, especially Hanoi Old Quarter, becomes a perfect city for walking with handicraft shops, street food, ice cream, coffee…
2. Halong Bay
Halong Bay, means ‘descending dragon’, is the natural heritage of the world with 1,600 limestone monolithic islands. From sea kayaking into caves to visiting locals in their fishing villages on tucked-away islands, Halong Bay is a must.
Sapa hill town becomes Vietnam’s top highlight thanks to its spectacular hiking options and the breath-taking views on offer. Below the town are picturesque rice terraces that plunge deep into the endless valley with monumental mountains and cliffs either side.
The frequent mist that hovers over the city adds to the eerie enchantment and atmosphere of this highly loved town. The ethnic minority in their traditional clothing also makes Sapa more characteristic.
Danang quickly becomes one of Vietnam’s travel hot-spots. The perfect stopover place to refresh and absorb that quintessential Vietnam beach-life. Apart from the exceptional beach-front, the main attraction in Danang is the Museum of Cham Sculpture which houses the world’s largest collection of Cham artefacts.
Hue is a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1993 and there is no other place like Hue remaining a lot of originally historical vestiges as in this ancient Capital City. The Imperial City of Hue was the capital of Vietnam during the reign of the Nguyen dynasty, the last dynasty in Vietnam. Hue becomes one of the most popular destinations for travelers to Vietnam.
6. Hoi An
Hoi An has been trading with the outside world since almost the 15th century, developed in 17th century and remained so for a long time. Hoi An was one of the busiest ports in all of South East Asia, has been used by the Japanese, Portuguese, Dutch, French and the large remaining Chinese community where all sorts of produce and wares were traded. Hoi An tiny ancient town now becomes one of the top destinations in Asia
7. Nha Trang
Nha Trang, a delightful south coast city, is generally recognized as Vietnam’s premier beach destination. Six kilometres of sand joins the sea to the city, with rolling waves on one side and fringed on the other by cafes, restaurants, and some unusual modern sculptures. Watersports, day trips by boat and of course fresh pineapple are all readily available, but bear in mind the more choppy waters of November and December mean the beach loses much of its appeal.
8. Ho Chi Minh City
Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is a sprawling metropolis that is home to more than 5 million people. Vibrant and alluring, this city offers something for everyone. It is a study in contrasts: traditional and modern, young and old, rich and poor.
9. Mekong Delta
Mekong Delta is a landscape carpeted in a dizzying variety of greens and slashed with mighty waterways. It's a water world where boats, houses, restaurants and even markets float upon the innumerable rivers, canals and streams that flow through the region. River cruise, homestay, cycling, walking are the best ways to experience the Mekong Delta.
10. Phu Quoc
Phu Quoc rapidly morphed from a sleepy island backwater to a must-visit beach escape for any sun-seeking tourist, is becoming an ideal place for visitors during winter. Phu Quoc Island is the best place for riding, snorkeling, scuba diving, relaxing and considered as a “small paradise” in Vietnam.
Besides Top 10 Destinations, Cat Ba Island, Mai Chau Valley, Quy Nhon Beach, Dalat Highland, Con Dao Island, Mui Ne Beach Destinations should also be in traveler’s checklist.