Top 15 places to visit in Vietnam recommended
Vietnam is one of Southeast Asia’s most beautiful countries, attracting travelers to its lush mountains, bustling cities, and golden sand beaches. Especially, delicious street food that you can easily find anywhere. There are numerous ancient landmarks and colonial structures that have survived throughout the bumps and scrapes of history.
The country of Vietnam, curved S-shaped shape, has many beautiful landscapes which is a great destination for visitors. The North has Sapa, Ha Noi, Ninh Binh and Ha Long Bay. The Central of the region has Hue, Quang Binh, and Da Nang. The South has Ho Chi Minh, Phu Quoc, Mekong Delta … Where have you been?
Here are the top 15 destinations to visit in Vietnam that you don’t want to miss. Or you can check our latest Vietnam travel guide for each destination
Best places to visit in South of Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City
This is one of the first places to visit in Vietnam. Not because most international flights will arrive here first but also this is a place that you can go anywhere else with the best convenient transportation vehicles.
Ho Chi Minh is well known as the traffic madness of Vietnam. This is also the biggest city with various people from other provinces. Many are put off by the hectic pace of Saigon as it’s also known – but there’s so much to love about this place. There are museums, world-class restaurants, rooftop bars, luxury hotels, street food stalls, and of course street foods that you can find anywhere in the street. Here are the top 10 places to visit in Ho Chi Minh you may want to explore when in the region.
First time in Saigon, Ho Chi Minh? Things to do, how to travel safely? tip to save your money? Check Ho Chi Minh travel guide to have a good preparation for your trip.
Phu Quoc Island
One of the best places to visit in Vietnam that you don’t want to miss. Here’s a slice of heaven for beach lovers. This island has some of the most pristine beaches you’ll ever see. Parts of the island have big resorts, 5-star hotels, restaurants, with nothing but you, palm trees and the waves.
Especially, at Phu Quoc Island, you can enjoy the best quality seafood with clean & fresh. People here also are known as friendly and a bit simpler than the others. In my experiences there is no cheating, fooling the travelers, most of them are farmers or fishermen.
Some of the places that you can put your pocket such as Dinh Cau night market one of the best places to enjoy delicious seafood. Vinpearl Safari the largest open zoo in Vietnam with 500 hectares or Phu Quoc Museum, etc…If you want to know more places to visit in Phu Quoc, you may want to check the latest Phu Quoc travel guide in 2020.
You should visit this place in the dry season (October to March next year) is the best time for Phu Quoc. In general, you can safely travel to Phu Quoc at any time of the year because the average annual temperature is only about 28 degrees Celsius.
As far as 350KM from Ho Chi Minh City, Mui Ne is a city of Binh Thuan province. Even if you aren’t a morning person, it’s worth waking up early to see the sunrise at the sand dunes in Mũi Né. After that, relax at one of the amazing resorts, or just find a nice spot on the beach to read and sip on your favorite drink. This sleepy little town is a popular stop for tourists – and for good reason. You’ll love how peaceful it is.
Check the ultimate Mui Ne travel guide from our team
Dalat is the capital of Lam Dong province. With an altitude of 1,500 m above sea level, Dalat is cool weather and is an ideal resort in the South.
This destination is famous for many attractive destinations in Dalat such as Valley of Love, Than Tho Lake, Doi Mo Hai Mo Hill, Elephant Falls… nowadays, Dalat has been commercialized quite a lot. Still, an ideal destination for you to visit in Vietnam.
Best places to visit in the middle of Vietnam
Hoi An Ancient Town
A very special place that you don’t want to miss. Hoi An Ancient town is located in Viet Nam’s central Quang Nam Province. Hoi An Ancient Town was classified as a National Cultural Heritage Site in 1985. It is known as the most popular place for foreigners in Vietnam.
Hoi An is not only cultural values through diverse architecture but also preserves a fairly intangible cultural foundation. Daily life of residents with customs, religious activities, folk arts, cultural festivals together with poetic natural landscapes, specialty dishes … makes Hoi An increasingly attractive travelers everywhere.
Hoi An has a lot of ideal tourist attractions for visitors. You may find the top 8 places to visit in Hoi An. I would say prices are very affordable and the people here are friendly.
Want to know recommended destinations in Hoian, what to eat or where to stay? Check our Hoi An travel guide for your next trip.
Hue is the only city in the country that still retains the appearance of a medieval city and the architectural integrity of a monarchy. It has great and priceless museum. Therefore, the government ranked the monuments in the ancient capital of Hue as a valuable asset. In December 1993 Hue was ranked as a world cultural monument by UNESCO in December 1993.
If you are interested in studying the history of Vietnam’s kings. I would say this is the best place for you.
This is also an important center of Buddhism. Here are still dozens of pagodas built over 300 years ago and hundreds of temples. They were built at the beginning of the 19 century. In addition, Hue is considered as the origin of royal music. It also has many famous traditional dishes and sophisticated crafts.
Da Nang has always been named the most livable city in the country and has many fascinating places to visit. With beautiful beaches, clear and blue water, famous tourist destinations in the world make Danang the number one destination for everyone.
- Da Nang has free Wi-Fi throughout the city
- My Khe Beach is ranked among the top 6 most beautiful and charming beaches on the planet.
- The place has the largest free toilet WC system in Vietnam
- Where people are gentle, friendly and hospitable
- There is a cancer hospital with free treatment for Danang people
- The place has a lot of specialties, good food and cheap
- There are no thieves, robbers, and beggars in Da Nang city.
If this is the first time in Da Nang, you may want to read our latest Danang travel guide and the best places to visit as well.
Best places to visit in North of Vietnam
Ha Noi City
Ha Noi is Vietnam’s capital, the region belongs to the North of Vietnam, also the city is well known as full of history and culture, some of the special places you must visit in Ha Noi such as Hoan Kiem Lake or Old Quarter, Ba Vi National Park, One Pillar Pagoda…as many places you can see here. This is the epicenter of tourism in the city, with market streets, nightlife styles, one of the best Vietnamese food in the country. You may have a strange feeling here 🙂
From Ho Chi Minh you can take a direct flight to Hanoi, it takes more than 2 hours to Noi Bai Airport.
Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay is a famous tourist destination of Vietnam. It locates on the west coast of the Gulf of Tonkin in the northeastern region of Vietnam. With thousands of magnificent islands, marvelous fruits of creation.
Ha Long Bay has been recognized by UNESCO as a natural heritage of the world. Ha Long tourism has the advantage of beautiful landscapes, attractive to domestic and international visitors. Read the best Halong bay travel guide here
Another great place to visit in Vietnam is Sapa. Sapa town is in Lao Cai province, which has a terrain of 1600 meters above sea level. The cool weather throughout the year and pristine landscapes are the factors that make Sapa a famous resort in the North of Vietnam.
Visitors can conquer the Phan Si Pang peak of the Hoang Lien Son mountain. You can drop by Ham Rong flower garden, and explore Muong Hoa valley. Other places to visit when traveling to Sapa include: Silver Falls, Love Waterfall, Ban Ho, Sapa Fair Market …
You can find details of Sapa travel guide 2020 from our latest post.
Ha Giang is a mountainous province, located in the northernmost part of Vietnam. The road from Hanoi to Ha Giang city is about 280km long. Y can drive by car, long-distance bus, tour, or go backpacking by motorbike. Here is my trip to Ha Giang in 2018.
If you go to Dong Van market once, you will feel the precious Love. People here invite drink each other until getting drunk, their faces are still dumb but they are honest, and affection.
Ha Giang is not only beautiful by its majestic scenery, endless winding roads, but also by the beautiful of buckwheat’s flower.
- Tips 1: you can take a bus from Hanoi then rent a motorbike in Dong Van District. It is much safer than you go backpacking from Hanoi which very dangerous.
- Tips 2: The weather here is cold throughout the year, so make sure you bring your clothes to keep yourself warm.
Here are other places to visit in Vietnam…
These are just the top 15 cities that I recommend. There are many beautiful places in Vietnam that you can visit if you have enough time in our country. A few locations I recommend as below
- Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa province
- Buon Ma Thuot, Dalak province
- Phan Rang, Ninh Thuan province