views of the rice paddy fields in Pu Luong during the rice harvest season

24 Best Places in Vietnam to Visit in 2024

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Discover the best places in Vietnam to visit with this ultimate guide. Add these must-visit destinations to your next Vietnam travel itinerary and create unforgettable memories.

Vietnam is a country in Southeast Asia that offers an incredible array of experiences for travellers. From the bustling cities to serene natural landscapes, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re seeking rich history, vibrant culture, or delicious cuisine, Vietnam has it all.

Explore ancient temples and immerse yourself in the fascinating history of places like Hoi An and Cu Chi. Relax on stunning beaches along the coast or trek through breath-taking mountain ranges. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness the beauty of green rice fields and traditional villages that showcase the authentic charm of Vietnam.

With its abundance of tourist attractions, including the famous Ha Long Bay and several world heritage sites, Vietnam never fails to captivate visitors with its diverse sights and experiences. Whether you’re an adventure seeker or a nature lover, this Southeast Asian gem has plenty to offer.

So pack your bags and get ready for an unforgettable journey through some of the unique places to visit in Vietnam.

Planning your trip to Vietnam last minute?

Below are some of the top tours, hotels and more! Don’t forget to plan ahead when visiting Vietnam and nearby!

1. HALONG BAY CRUISE (#1 selling Vietnam tour!)
2. MEKONG DELTA (another top-seller!)
3. CU CHI TUNNELS IN HCMC (great for history lovers!)
4. VIETNAMESE COOKING CLASS (for the foodies!)
5. HANOI STREET FOOD TOUR (come hungry!)

1. LA SIESTA CONTRAL HOTEL & SPA IN HANOI (we stayed here and recommend it!)
2. LYS HOMESTAY IN NINH BINH (we also stayed here – recommended for budget travellers!)

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Best Places in Vietnam to Visit in the North

Are you planning a holiday in Northern Vietnam? Check out our list of the best places to visit in Northern Vietnam and the opportunity to see some really beautiful destinations.

1. Sapa, Vietnam

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The Red Dao people in Sapa

Sapa, in the far north of Vietnam, is one of the most amazing places to see in Vietnam. 

Sapa is home to the highest mountain in Vietnam, the vastest rice terraces in Vietnam, and the most interesting hill tribes in Vietnam. Sapa is an incredibly unique and must-visit place in Vietnam.  

Hiking Fanspian mountain, trekking Sapa rice paddies, and learning about the cultures of the local hill tribes are the top things to do in Sapa. Sapa is also a must-go destination in Vietnam for nature lovers for trekking the incredible rice paddies.

It is also a must-visit destination in Vietnam for culture enthusiasts who would like to meet and learn about hill tribes such as Hmong, Red Tao, Tay, Giay, and Muong hill tribes. 

When to Visit Sapa: Sapa sees the best weather and the greenest rice paddies in September, October, November, and March. So, if Sapa is on your bucket list, pick one of these months for heading there.

How to Get to Sapa: Sapa is about 310 km northwest of Hanoi. You can travel from Hanoi to Sapa independently or join a tour. The 2-Day Sa Pa Ethnic Homestay Tour with Trekking is among the most popular from Hanoi. However, you can also get to Sapa by bus or train. A bus ride from Hanoi to Sapa takes 6 hours on average, and a train ride takes 8 hours on average. Sleeper buses and trains are the most popular options for traveling from Hanoi to Sapa. 

Where to Stay in SapaConsider booking a stay at Hmong House Sapa. This charming homestay comes with gorgeous views of rice paddies! 

2. Hanoi, Vietnam

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Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi

Hanoi, Vietnam’s enchanting capital, is a not-to-miss spot while traveling the country. Hanoi is known for seamlessly blending rich history and culture with a vibrant modern vibe

One of the key reasons to visit Hanoi is its historical significance; you’ll find ancient temples, colonial-era architecture, and a labyrinth of narrow streets in the Old Quarter

In the heart of Hanoi lies Hoan Kiem Lake, where the Ngoc Son Temple sits on a tiny island. This picturesque viewpoint is where Hanoi’s Weekend Night Markets are held. 

Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night the Old Quarter area of Hanoi shuts down its streets to cars completely for the Weekend Night Market.

At the Night Market, you can see a variety of local performing musical artists, do some shopping, and try Hanoi’s famous street food. 

Diving into the local street food culture is an essential part of any trip to Hanoi —try a steaming bowl of pho or crispy banh mi from a roadside vendor.

Don’t miss the chance to dine at ‘Bun Cha Huong Lien’, the famous eatery where President Barack Obama once savoured the flavours of Hanoi.

Top Tip: The best tip for Hanoi travel is to download the Grab app. Grab is Vietnam’s version of Uber, and you can use the app for everything from hailing taxis to ordering food for delivery. 

For the best panoramic view of Hanoi, head to the Lotte Observation Deck. It offers breath-taking vistas of the city, especially during sunset. Another top tip is to take a cyclo tour around the Old Quarter, letting you absorb the city’s charm at a leisurely pace. 

When to Visit Hanoi: The best time to visit Hanoi is between October and April – During these months, Hanoi experiences the lowest level of humidity. 

How to Get to Hanoi: Hanoi is easily accessible, by flight you can reach Hanoi’s Noi Ban Airport from any major travel hub. 

Where to Stay in Hanoi: If you’re looking for a special and historic stay in Hanoi, you can’t go wrong with the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi. This 5-star hotel has a rich history in the area and was the location where Hanoi’s famous Egg Coffee tradition was founded in the 1940s. 

3. Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

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View-of-Ha-Long-Bay-from-Ti-Top-Island, one of the best places in vietnam to visit
View of Ha Long Bay from Ti Top Island

Ha Long Bay is a natural wonder, UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the most popular Vietnam tourist spots. With around 1,600 islands rising above the beautiful water, Ha Long Bay is a spectacular place to visit. Many tour agencies offer Ha Long Bay day trips or multiple night cruises. Feel free to take in the beautiful scenery, relax on board the cruise ships, and take part of fun activities like kayaking and swimming.

The most popular thing to do at Ha Long Bay is to take a cruise ship around the bay and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Most cruises will include a stop at Ti Top Island, for the best views of Ha Long Bay. The top of Ti Top Island offers that iconic photo of docked ships, beautiful water, and islands as far as the eye can see. If interested in getting off the cruise ship, many ships will dock at Surprise Cave. Surprise Cave is the largest cave at Ha Long Bay and lives up to its name.

While visiting Ha Long Bay, most visitors will book through a travel agent and therefore have a set itinerary. The itinerary does include options, for example once at Ti Top Island, there is the option to hike to the top of the island to the observation deck or swim at the beach below. Although it is possible to achieve both, it is recommended to hike Ti Top Island for amazing views of Ha Long Bay.

Some of the vendors at Ti Top Island and surrounding areas can be pushy and guilt trip visitors to buy stuff. Do not feel obligated to buy anything if you do not want to.

Day trips and overnight trips for Ha Long Bay can be booked online through sites like Viator and Get Your Guide. There are also many agencies in Hanoi that offer tours to Ha Long Bay.

When to Visit Ha Long Bay: Ha Long Bay is a popular tourist destination throughout the year. The rainy season around Ha Long Bay is from May until October. Although heavy rainfall can occur, it is still a beautiful time to visit. The best conditions are around the dry season which is generally from November to April.

How to Get to Ha Long Bay: If visiting Hanoi, the best way to travel to Ha Long Bay is by tour company. Depending on the tour company, it will include transportation from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay.

Where to Stay in Ha Long Bay: If staying overnight in Ha Long Bay, it is best to book a cruise ship that allows overnight stay. These cruise ships are equipped with cabins.

4. Lan Ha Bay, Vietnam

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Lan Ha Bay

Lan Ha Bay is part of Cat Ba Archipelago located in the northern coastal region of Vietnam. It lies to the south of Ha Long Bay, and the scenery is just as mesmerizing. Since Lan Ha is generally less crowded than Ha Long Bay, visitors have been coming here for a more tranquil experience in recent years. The bay boasts a stunning landscape with countless limestone islands and emerald waters.

A cruise through Lan Ha Bay allows visitors to enjoy panoramic views of the majestic karst landscape. For adventurous travellers, kayaking in the bay offers not only a close-up look at the limestones but also an exciting opportunity to explore hidden nooks. Another popular activity is visiting fishing villages for a glimpse into the traditional way of life in this coastal region.

The best way to enjoy Lan Ha Bay’s beauty is by taking an overnight cruise. Check the cruise itinerary carefully to see what is included. Many cruises include activities such as kayaking, cooking classes, and visits to Cat Ba Island.

When to Visit Lan Ha Bay: You can visit Lan Ha Bay any time throughout the year, except when there is a tropical storm. The best time is generally November to April when the weather is milder. If you don’t mind the heat and humidity, the summer months are actually not bad.

How to Get to Lan Ha Bay: The easiest way to visit Lan Ha Bay is to travel to Tuan Chau Port in Quang Ninh and then embark on an overnight cruise. Cat Ba Island is also a popular jumping off point for both day cruises and multi-night cruises to Lan Ha Bay.

Where to Stay in Lan Ha Bay: Heritage Line cruises in Lan Ha Bay are top-tier options with beautiful accommodations, excellent service, and an intimate atmosphere. Depending on your schedule, you can choose a one-night itinerary on Ginger Ship or a two-night itinerary on Ylang Ship.

5. Cat Ba Island, Vietnam

The iconic Cat Ba Island Sign
The iconic Cat Ba Island Sign

As the largest island in Halong Bay, Cat Ba offers great views of limestone karsts that rise majestically from the turquoise waters. The most popular activity in the area is to take a Lan Ha Bay boat tour and go kayaking to get up close and personal with their awe-inspiring beauty. You will paddle through hidden caves, swim to white-sand beaches, and see charming fishing villages and fish farms where you can immerse yourself in the local culture

Nature enthusiasts will be delighted by the presence of Cat Ba National Park on the island. This protected area is home to lush forests, diverse ecosystems, caves, viewpoints and rare wildlife species. Embark on a hike through the park’s trails, surrounded by verdant greenery and the sounds of nature.

If relaxation is what you seek, enjoy a day at one of the three Cat Ba Island beaches. The island’s beaches offer a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, allowing you to unwind and soak up the natural beauty surrounding you.

For those seeking an adrenaline rush, Cat Ba Island offers thrilling outdoor activities such as kayaking and rock climbing. Grab a paddle and navigate through hidden lagoons and secret caves as you explore Halong Bay’s mesmerizing landscapes from a different perspective. If you’re up for a challenge, try your hand at rock climbing on one of the island’s many cliffs under expert guidance.

Best Time to Visit Cat Ba: The best time to visit Cat Ba Island is during the months of April to October, when the weather is warm and the seas are calm. This allows visitors to fully enjoy the beautiful beaches, go swimming, and engage in various water activities such as kayaking and snorkelling.

How to Get to Cat Ba: To visit Cat Ba Island, you can take a ferry from Hai Phong or a speedboat from Halong Bay. Both options offer scenic views during the journey and are convenient ways to reach the island. There are also many buses which will take you directly to the island from Hanoi and Ninh Binh.

Where to Stay in Cat Ba: Cat Ba Island Hotel is a great recommendation for budget travellers, and if you are looking to splurge, say at the Flamingo Cat Ba Beach Resort.

6. Ninh Binh, Vietnam

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boat trip through limestone karst mountains
Trang An Boat Tour

The city of Ninh Binh, just south of Hanoi, is the base to explore the region’s incredible landscapes, often described as the ‘Inland Ha Long Bay’.

From amongst a network of waterways and rice paddies, large limestone karst peaks rise up to form twisted dramatic shapes, with steep vertical cliffs covered in lush green plants. On some of the mountains are temples and pagodas, built by the communities who tend the rice paddies along the valleys.

The best way to experience the scenery here is on a Trang An boat tour . Using just a pair of oars, your guide will take you on a peaceful ride for a couple of hours on a small wooden boat, starting on wide waterways framed by mountains, before coming into narrow inlets and even through caves. 

As well as doing the boat tour, it’s worth renting a bicycle and riding along the trails that lead through the farms of rice paddies to temples, local villages, and viewpoints across the stunning landscape.

When to Visit Ninh Binh: The weather is best in the final months of the dry season between March to May. But there’s more to see during the harvest season in October.

How to Get to Ninh Binh: The train is the easiest way to reach Ninh Binh, with several departures each day from Hanoi offering direct trips that take just over two hours.

Where to Stay in Ninh Binh: It’s all about the landscapes here, and the beautiful Trang An Ecolodge is set right on the water surrounded by dramatic limestone peaks.

7. Tam Coc, Vietnam

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Exploring Cave 2 on a Tam Coc Boat Tour

Tam Coc, often referred to as the “Halong Bay on land” is a must-visit destination in Vietnam. One of the best ways to explore this area is by taking a Tam Coc boat ride along the Ngo Dong River. As you glide through the calm waters, you’ll be surrounded by stunning karst mountains and lush greenery. The boat ride takes you through a series of caves, which adds an element of adventure to your journey.

Another highlight of visiting Tam Coc is the opportunity to witness the picturesque rice paddies that stretch as far as the eye can see. The vibrant green fields create a stunning contrast against the towering limestone cliffs. It’s truly a sight to behold and offers a unique glimpse into rural life in Vietnam.

While exploring Tam Coc, don’t miss out on visiting Bich Dong Pagoda, situated amidst this captivating landscape. This ancient pagoda dates back to the 15th Century and is nestled within a mountain cave complex. To reach the pagoda, you’ll need to climb up several stone steps while being surrounded by lush vegetation. Once at the top, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of Tam Coc’s natural beauty.

Exit45 Travel Top Tip: The Banana Tree Hostel right in the centre of town is a great place to grab some food and has a great atmosphere at night with lots of happy hour drink deals.

Best Time to Visit Tam Coc: The best time to visit Tam Coc is during the dry season, which runs from November to April. During this time, the weather is pleasant and there is less chance of rainfall, allowing visitors to fully enjoy the beautiful landscapes and take part in outdoor activities such as boat tours and hiking.

How to Get to Tam Coc: To get to Tam Coc, you can take a bus, train to Ninh Binh and then a taxi, or hire a private car from Hanoi. The journey takes around two to three hours, depending on traffic conditions.

Where to Stay in Tam Coc: When visiting Tam Coc, there are several accommodation options available for tourists. Some popular choices include the Tam Coc Garden Resort, which offers comfortable rooms and beautiful views of the surrounding countryside, and Lys Homestay (this is where we stayed and loved it), a cozy and affordable option located near the Tam Coc pier.

8. Phong Nha, Vietnam

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Phong Nha Cave in Phong Nha, one of the best places in vietnam to visit
Phong Nha Cave in Phong Nha. Photo credit: Life Of Doing

Phong Nha is a small town in Central Vietnam home of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. 

It’s an ideal place to visit for those who love outdoor adventures. The top things to do are exploring caves, trekking through the National Park, and doing water activities. 

Paradise Cave and Phong Nha Cave are two popular caves accessible to the public. Paradise Cave is a long cave at 31 kilometres (19.2 miles), but only the first kilometre (.6 miles) is open to the public. Phong Nha Cave requires a short boat ride to the cave, and then visitors can walk through the cave.  

For those who enjoy trekking, consider visiting Son Doong Cave. It’s the world’s largest cave at 9 kilometres (5.6 miles) and has tons of stalagmites to check out. This is a 6 day/5 night trek and costs $3000 USD per person. 

But there is a shorter 2 day/1 night trek that does the first portion of Son Doong Cave. It’s called Hang En Cave and everyone sleeps overnight in the cave. The cost is USD $330 per person. 

Top Tip: For any day trips outside the main town, consider renting a motorbike or bicycle or hiring a driver

When to Visit Phong Nha: Any time from December to September. October and November are the rainy season, so the town experiences flooding. 

How to Get to Phong Nha: Take a domestic flight to Dong Hoi Airport and then take a taxi, private car, or bus to Phong Nha town. 

Where to Stay in Phong Nha: Victory Roads Villa is located in Phong Nha town and has an on-site restaurant and pool. The restaurant serves delicious pizzas and Western-style food. 

9. Ha Giang Loop, Vietnam

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View of Countryside in Northern Vietnam
Countryside in Northern Vietnam

The Ha Giang loop is found in the north of Vietnam and passes through rice fields, steep switchbacks, pretty viewpoints and the countryside. The 3-4 day loop begins in Ha Giang and is most commonly done on a motorbike either as a self-drive trip or on the back of a local guide’s motorbike.

Despite being off the normal tourist trail, the Ha Giang loop is definitely something worth doing. The drive itself is an adventure, and the views over the valleys, villages and rivers are breathtaking.

The highlights of the loop include the Quan Ba Lookout. From the top of the Quan Ba Pass you get a pretty view over the twin mountains of Quan Ba, fields and the town. The Tham Luong Waterfall is another highlight. The waterfall is gorgeous for swimming and jumping into. Apart from that, the switchbacks are impressive to look at from above, as well as the view from above the Nho Quo River.

It’s recommended to not drive yourself, and instead book a tour on the back of a local’s motorbike to do the loop. This way you can focus on looking around rather than focusing on driving. The switchbacks and the road quality in general can be a bit difficult, although it is possible to do on your own – just make sure you take it slow and have a plan.

Top Tip: My top tip is to pack extra camera batteries. The views are amazing and the days are filled with driving and stopping at viewpoints so don’t get caught with a dead camera.

When to Visit the Ha Giang Loop: January to March is the best time to visit as the weather is mostly dry these months.

How to Get to Ha Giang: Catch an overnight bus from either Ninh Binh or Hanoi to get to the starting point, Ha Giang. Alternatively, you can also catch a day bus.

Where to Stay in Ha Giang: QT Guesthouse is a good option as they have both dorms and private rooms, and you can take a tour or hire bikes from them. 

10. Mai Chau, Vietnam

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Mai Chau in Vietnam is a region in the north of the country known for its stunning natural beauty. It consists of a collection of villages in a lush valley surrounded by towering mountains, rice paddies, and serene countryside.

The region is home to several ethnic minority groups, primarily the White Thai people. The town is a great place to immerse yourself in the local culture, interact with friendly villagers, and learn about their traditional way of life, including handicrafts, music, and dance.

The best things to do in Mai Chau are hiking and cycling. There are many beautiful natural sights in the area that are easily reachable on foot like the Chieu Cave and the Na Meo terraced rice fields. A little further out of town and easily reached by motorbike are more great sights and attractions like Hoa Binh Lake, Goc Lao Waterfall, Nang Waterfall, and local hot springs.

Top Tip: A top tip for visiting this region is to not stay in a hotel, but to experience the way of life of the White Thai by staying in a local guesthouse or a homestay. In the evening, travellers staying in the homestay are gathered around a large table at which they can enjoy a freshly prepared dinner. For White Thais, it is very important that you feel at home and you become a part of their family.

When to Visit Mai Chau: The best time to visit Mai Chau depends on the colour of the rice fields. If you want to see them green and fresh, visit Mai Chau in February or August. The best time to visit Mai Chau however, is from March to May and September to November. During those periods, the weather is nice and warm and the rice fields turn a golden-yellow colour just before harvesting.

How to Get to Mai Chau: The best way to reach Mai Chau is by bus. It takes about three hours from Hanoi and Mai Chau-bound buses leave the capital city multiple times a day.

Where to Stay in Mai Chau: The best place to stay in Mai Chau is Little Mai Chau Homestay. This is a cute homestay with a Thai family in lovely bamboo / wooden bungalows overlooking the rice fields.

11. Cao Bang, Vietnam

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Ban Gioc Waterfall in Cao Bang with a horse grazing in the forefront
Ban Gioc Waterfall in Cao Bang. Photo credit: Life Of Doing

Cao Bang is a beautiful place to visit in Northern Vietnam. There are many incredible things to see in Cao Bang as the area is known for its high mountains, limestone karsts, caves, and waterfalls

Ban Gioc Waterfall is a famous multi-tiered waterfall shared by Vietnam and China. On Vietnam’s side, there is a smaller waterfall and the shared larger multi-tiered waterfall. On China’s side, there is an escalator on the mountain, so visitors see an aerial view of the larger waterfall. Vietnam and China have small boats to get close to the waterfall. There is a pagoda near the waterfall to see the waterfall from a higher view. 

If visitors are riding a motorbike from Ha Giang to Cao Bang (or vice versa), consider driving through the Me Pia Pass. There are 14 switchbacks along the National Highway 4A, so it’s quite an experience driving through them. There is a short hike to see the top viewpoint of the Pass.  

Visiting God’s Eye Mountain is another cool place to visit. It’s an open area with a lake and is used for overnight camping. The mountain has a giant hole so it looks like an eye.  

Top Tip: Many of the attractions are far from the city centre, so factor in the travel time. For example, heading to Ban Gioc Waterfall from the city centre takes at least 2 hours one way. 

When to Visit Cao Bang: Cao Bang can be visited at any time of the year. Spring season (March to April) or fall season (September to October) will have nicer weather and no rain. 

How to Get to Cao Bang: Take a sleeper bus from Hanoi to Cao Bang, and then rent a motorbike to travel around. 

Where to Stay in Cao Bang: Stay at Primrose Homestay. It’s in a central location as it’s only a block away from the night market and restaurants. 

12. Pu Luong Nature Reserve, Vietnam

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views of the rice paddy fields in Pu Luong during the rice harvest season
Pu Luong during the harvest season

If you’re looking to explore Vietnam’s nature but want something more unique and away from the crowds, then Pu Luong Nature Reserve should be on your list! 

Pu Luong’s natural beauty includes terraced rice fields, hiking trails, caves, and waterfalls. It’s a nature lover’s dream come true, and it is only 4 hours away from the bustling streets of Hanoi.

It is a great place to relax and unwind but there are also plenty of outdoor activities you can enjoy. Go trekking with friendly locals and explore the ethnic villages scattered throughout the mountainside or discover Pu Luong’s trademark – the iconic water wheels

If you’re feeling adventurous, head over to Kho Muong Village and visit the Doi Cave or make your way to Hieu waterfalls for a refreshing dip after a day of trekking. 

Top Tip: Head to the cafe named ‘Coffee View‘ on Google Maps in Don Village. Grab a drink and sit on the patio to enjoy the best view of the terraced fields in Pu Luong.  

When to Visit Pu Luong: Though you can visit Pu Luong year-round, March to May or September to November offer the best weather for outdoor activities.

How to Get to Pu Luong: The best way to reach Pu Luong is to take a minibus that departs daily from Hanoi

Where to Stay in Pu Luong: With plenty of ethnic villages and authentic homestays to choose from, we highly recommend staying at Tai Dam Homestay. It is located in a quieter part of Hieu village and offers a peaceful setting with views of the rice fields. 

Best Places in Central Vietnam to Visit

Are you planning a holiday in Central Vietnam? Check out our list of the best places to visit in Central Vietnam for an opportunity to see some new and exciting destinations.

13. Hoi An, Vietnam

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Hoi An Old Town

Hoi An is a beautiful old trading port town that has been preserved and now has an ancient town that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Hoi An is known for its colourful paper and silk lanterns, and the full moon lantern festival that occurs once a month. You can release a wish candle into the river as you soak in all the colourful lanterns. 

Hoi An is also known for having the best bahn mi sandwiches in Vietnam (supposedly due to the blend of rice flour they use), as well as other local food specialties like Cau Lau (noodle and pork dish) the best tailors, and mix of Vietnamese and Chinese culture. 

If you are looking for amazing beaches, An Bang Beach is less than 3 miles from the centre of Old Town Hoi An, and has award-winning clean, sandy beaches and warm water. An Bang is also known for its nightlife, with an emphasis on live music at many of the restaurants and bars.

Top Tips:

  • Hoi An gets very hot during the day, so plan to be out in the morning and again in the later afternoon to enjoy your time in Hoi An.
  • Don’t miss a chance to cruise out onto the river and try a round basket boat! You can also try your hand at crab fishing from these traditional boats.  
  • Head to the “Lantern Lady” to make your own silk lantern! The ladies here will check your work and make sure you do it correctly, though it does take some patience. 

When to Visit Hoi An: The best time to visit Hoi An in between March and September, when the weather is hot and mostly dry. Starting in October, the rainy season begins, and lasts until February.

How to Get to Hoi An: The easiest way to get to Hoi An is a flight to Da Nang Airport. Da Nang is the nearest large city to Hoi An, an easy 45 minute drive away. There are daily flights to both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City from DaNang, as well as to international cities.

Where to Stay in Hoi AnHoi An TNT Villa is a great choice, it’s just outside the Old Town which means it’s a bit quieter, and has a lovely outdoor pool. Its within easy walking distance of everything you might want to do in Hoi An’s Ancient Town.

14. Hue, Vietnam

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red doors in citadel in hue in vietnam
Hue Citadel Red Doors

Hue was at one time the capital city from 1802 to 1945. It was built by the Nguyen emperors. The imperial city (or the old town) of Hue is one of the best day trips from Da Nang in Central Vietnam, especially if you want cultural immersion. 

The top attraction in Hue is the vast 19th Century Citadel, with its palaces, moat around the complex and thick stone walls. Vietnam’s last royal family stayed in the palaces within this complex. Another major attraction is a Buddhist Temple, Thien Mu Pagoda. There are more than 100 structures in the imperial city so it gets overwhelming after some time. But the Citadel and the Pagoda itself would take 2 to 3 hours to be viewed.

Top Tip: Remember while visiting Hue to wear comfortable walking shoes, carry water to keep yourself hydrated and protect yourself against the strong sun.

When to Visit Hue: The springtime months from February until April are the best time to visit Hue due to the pleasant climate and no rains. We visited in June and the sun was scorching.

How to Get to Hue: Da Nang in Central Vietnam is connected to other cities in Vietnam via domestic flight, train and bus. You can take a day trip to visit Hue from Da Nang.

Where to Stay in Hue: Most tourists stay in Da Nang at one of the beach resorts, or in Hoi An to enjoy the car-free town. We stayed at the Four Seasons Nam Hai in Da Nang and did a day trip to Hue.

15. Da Nang, Vietnam

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View from Marble Mountain

Da Nang is an up-and-coming tourism hotspot in Central Vietnam. The city has grown considerably over the past 10 years. It’s shiny, it’s glamorous, it’s modern, but it has retained some of its original coastal city charm with its old temples, beautiful beaches, and traditional Vietnamese streets.

Moreover, there are plenty of opportunities for day trips, including the refreshing Ba Na Hills (the one with the super Instagrammable bridge held by a giant stone hand) and the quaint Hoi An, unique with its preserved traditional architecture.

In Da Nang, make sure to visit the Lady Buddha statue – the largest Buddha in Vietnam. Overlooking the bay, this blindingly-white statue is proof of the Vietnamese’s piety and is the best viewpoint in the city. Next to the statue is the Linh Ung Pagoda, which is equally fascinating and impressive.

On the other side of the city, go to Marble Mountain – a set of 4 mounts with ancient temples, cave shrines, pagodas, and statues built on top with views in all directions!

Top Tip: For a unique experience, stay in Da Nang over the weekend to see real fireballs at the Dragon Bridge Fire Show. The 666-meter-long bridge is in the shape of a dragon that spews and sprays real fire and water in the sky above onlookers.

When to Visit Da Nang: The best time to visit Da Nang is between January and August to avoid the rainy season. 

How to Get to Da Nang: The city has an international airport with connections to Thailand, Malaysia, and Taiwan, as well as domestic flights to both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Alternatively, countless buses and trains connect Da Nang to the rest of the country.

Where to Stay in Da Nang: An awesome hotel to stay at is Novotel Da Nang, as it’s right in the middle of all the action, close to tens of fantastic bars and restaurants. 

16. Nha Trang, Vietnam

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Ponagar Temple

Nha Trang is a beautiful beach resort town and it has so much to offer visitors to Vietnam.

Known as the seafood capital of Vietnam, you will find many of the local restaurants around Nha Trang city will have delicious local dishes that they make to perfection. But don’t worry if you don’t like seafood you can get all sorts of fine local cuisine that will delight your taste buds! You will find plenty of ex-pats calling Nha Trang home so you can even get some of the best foreign cuisine from places like Greece, Germany, France and even Turkey!

Nha Trang is one of the best places to visit in Vietnam with family! It’s very easy to spend the day at the beach or take the boats over to Vin Wonders. The Vin Wonders theme park is actually perfect for all ages and will certainly bring out the child in adults! There are water slides, toboggans, heart-pumping roller coasters and a Ferris wheel with some of the best views you’ll ever get. At night they finish the day with a water show that has the whole crowd mesmerised and should not be missed.

If you prefer to relax you can hire a sun bed on the beach and soak in the sun or you can get a massage from the locals who walk the beach with their wares on offer. The local night market will give you a great place to shop but beware of tourist prices! If you would like a more local market head out to Dam Market for some serious shopping adventures.

Ponagar Temple and Long Son Pagoda are brilliant places to visit in Nha Trang if you would like to learn about Vietnamese culture but please remember to dress appropriately when you visit. Some sites will have a dress code and may not allow you to enter if you do not dress correctly. Don’t forget to look into some sunset cruises or visits to the nearby islands if diving or snorkelling is an activity you enjoy. 

When to Visit Nha Trang: While you can easily visit Nha Trang in any season, if you want to spend most of your time on the water, you may find December to March the waters are rough and the beaches are closed due to rough weather.

How to Get to Nha Trang: The best way to get to Nha Trang is by flying, but if you would like a great travel memory and experience, consider taking a train to Nha Trang. You will see some amazing countryside that is missed by flying.

Where to Stay in Nha Trang: If you are looking for a perfect place to stay, then the Ibis Styles Nha Trang is a brilliant choice. It is in walking distance to the beach and night market, but set back enough for a comfortable quiet stay in Nha Trang.

17. Da Lat, Vietnam

view of the roofline of strange crazy house in Dalat
The Crazy House

Da Lat, located in the Central Highlands of Vietnam, is a charming city known as the ‘City of Eternal Spring’. This unique nickname stems from its pleasant and cool weather year-round. Whether you’re an adventure seeker, nature lover, or simply looking for a tranquil getaway, Da Lat has something to offer for everyone.

Da Lat is famous for its stunning flower gardens that showcase a vibrant array of colours and fragrances. One must-visit spot is the Dalat Flower Park, where you can immerse yourself in a sea of blossoms. From roses and orchids to hydrangeas and sunflowers, there’s an abundance of flora to admire.

Another highlight of Da Lat are its picturesque lakes that add to the city’s charm. Xuan Huong Lake is one such gem; with its peaceful atmosphere and scenic surroundings, it’s an ideal spot for leisurely walks or renting paddle boats.

Tuyen Lam Lake is another popular destination known for its beautiful landscapes and lush greenery. These lakes provide not only stunning backdrops but also opportunities for various water activities such as kayaking or fishing.

The surrounding mountains provide excellent opportunities for hiking and trekking enthusiasts. Lang Biang Mountain, the highest peak in the area, offers panoramic views of Da Lat and its surrounding landscapes. Adrenaline junkies can enjoy activities such as canyoning, mountain biking, and even paragliding.

Best Time to Visit Da Lat: The dry season, which lasts from December to March, is generally regarded as the optimal time. During this period, the weather is cooler and less prone to rainfall. However, keep in mind that Da Lat’s climate is relatively mild throughout the year compared to other parts of Vietnam – average temperatures ranging between 15°C (59°F) to 24°C (75°F).

How to Get to Da Lat: To get to Da Lat, you can take a flight to Lien Khuong Airport, which is the nearest airport to the city. From there, you can either hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Da Lat.

Where to Stay in Da Lat: When visiting Da Lat, there are several great options for accommodations. Some popular choices include the Ana Mandara Villas Dalat Resort & Spa, which offers luxurious villas surrounded by beautiful gardens, and the Dalat Palace Heritage Hotel, a historic hotel with elegant rooms and stunning views of Xuan Huong Lake.

18. Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone in Quang Tri Province, Vietnam

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A bridge near Khe Sanh combat base in-Vietnam DMZ

Visiting Vietnam isn’t complete without learning more about its turbulent history, and that’s why the demilitarized zone in Central Vietnam is one of the best places to visit in the country. 

Situated in Quang Tri Province, there are some full-day DMZ tours available from Hue, where you can visit some historical sites in the area. These tours usually include all the notable spots during the Indochina War, including the Khe Sanh combat base, Hien Luong Bridge, and Vinh Moc Tunnel

Although Chu Chi Tunnel may be more popular due to its strategic location near Ho Chi Minh City, the Vinh Moc Tunnel was in fact the largest tunnel used as a shelter for Vietnamese guerilla warriors during the war which makes it worth visiting for anyone planning a trip to Vietnam!

Some DMZ tours also have a war survivor to guide you through this trip while recalling the history based on their first-hand experience. Mr. Trung’s DMZ Tour is among the most popular ones for such excursions. 

When to Visit the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone: The best time to join this DMZ tour is during the dry season, around March to June, as I went there during the cold season in December, when it was raining for half of the journey. 

How to Get to the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone: The best way to go to the Vietnamese DMZ is by joining a tour, as they usually provide a bus to pick you up from your hotel with a detailed itinerary, including lunch at a designated restaurant in the province. Alternatively, you can also book a private transfer with a driver from Hue. 

Where to Stay in the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone: Since Hue is often the starting point for the Vietnamese DMZ tour, I’d recommend staying at Melia Vinpearl Hue Hotel due to its strategic location overlooking Huong River and not too far from the citadel in the city. 

Tourist Places in Vietnam to Visit in the South

Are you planning a holiday in Southern Vietnam? Check out our list of the best places to visit in Southern Vietnam for some memorable and unique experiences.

19. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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statue of Ho Chi Min

Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, is an exciting destination worth visiting in Vietnam. 

The vibrant urban environment of this city will awaken your senses with its bustling Ben Thanh Market, unique bright pink church of Tan Dinh and the famous Cafe Apartments

The Saigon Central Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral showcase magnificent colonial and Gothic architecture in Saigon.

The city comes alive at night with street markets and entertainment on the Nguyen Hue walking street and the backpackers area of Bui Vien

When visiting Saigon, the War Remnants Museum and the Independence Palace are must see places to visit to learn about the horrors of the Vietnam War and what the Vietnamese people went through and how it’s still affecting them to this day. 

Top Tip: To escape the hustle and bustle of the city, enjoy a vegan and vegetarian friendly lunch at Shamballa Vegetarian Restaurant and Lounge. Only a short 7 minute walk from Notre Dame Cathedral, this is a lovely place to go and relax around the fishpond with calming music playing in the background. 

When to Visit Ho Chi Minh City: The ideal time to visit is December to March when it’s the dry season with less rainfall and low humidity. This makes it more enjoyable for outdoor activities.

How to Get to Ho Chi Minh City: You can fly into Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) which is Ho Chi Minh City’s main airport and only a 20 minute drive to District 1. 

There are also buses connecting from Cambodia, such as the service provided by Giant Ibis.

And the Reunification railway travels the entire length of Vietnam so it’s easy to get to Ho Chi Minh by train if you’re in another part of the country.

Where to Stay in Ho Chi Minh City: The Riverside Hotel Saigon is a wonderful place to stay as it’s in District 1, near the famous Nguyen Hue walking street, plenty of restaurants close by and has a view of the Saigon River.

20. Mekong Delta, Vietnam

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a lady standing up rowing a boat through the mekong delta

The Mekong Delta is one of the more remote destinations in Vietnam, however, it’s actually a popular tourist destination for travellers visiting Ho Chi Minh City. And for good reason!

The region marks the end of the Mekong River and is a unique and jaw dropping destination. A network of smaller rivers split from the Mekong River and are surrounded by a wild and untamed rainforest. 

No matter how you intend to get here, make sure to get out onto the water to shop at the floating markets and to enjoy the boat ride.

Also consider a tour that includes a visit to a shop that makes rice treats and snake wine. Or even try eating snake or rat meat if you get the chance – spoiler, they’re not that great!

When to Visit the Mekong Delta: Vietnam is hot all year round and there isn’t really a bad time to visit the Mekong Delta. Just be mindful of the weather as it is not the kind of place to visit during (or really after) torrential rain.

How to Get to the Mekong Delta: Reaching the Mekong Delta is best achieved from Ho Chi Minh City. A day tour or overnight tour is likely your best option as it can be a bit difficult to reach and explore otherwise.

Without a tour, your best bet will be to take a 4-hour bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho. Just make sure to be prepared and to download offline maps as the Vietnam Sim cards offer very patchy / non-existent coverage in the remote areas of the Mekong Delta. 

Where to Stay in the Mekong Delta: Again, an overnight tour with a stay in a local, Vietnamese homestay is an unforgettable experience. However, if you are doing it yourself, Green Village Mekong is the perfect option. It’s not luxury but its remoteness makes it the best place to stay for truly experiencing the area.

21. Can Tho, Vietnam

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Vendors at the Cai Rang Floating Market

Can Tho, located just 150 kilometres south of Ho Chi Minh City, is a gateway city to the Mekong Delta and rural Vietnam. While the city itself may not be the most charming, it is a perfect base for exploring the vibrant floating markets and lush landscapes that define this region. It has rightfully become one of the best day trips from Ho Chi Minh City.

The highlight of any visit to Can Tho is the iconic Cai Rang Floating Market, arguably Vietnam’s most famous floating market. Although perhaps not as beautiful as Bangkok’s Damnoen Saduak market, Cai Rang shines for its authenticity.

The only way to enjoy it is on a boat, to be able to navigate between the hundreds of vendors selling fresh produce and even street food from their own boats. It’s one of the best ways to experience local culture first-hand and a dream for photographers!

Another popular activity is to explore the lush canals of the Mekong Delta. The Mekong River branches into a labyrinth of smaller waterways that offer a perfect scenic boat tour. You can visit these canals in a sampan (a traditional wooden boat). One of the most popular places to start these tours is the city of Ben Tre.

When to Visit Can Tho: The best time to visit Can Tho is during the dry season, spanning from December to April. During these months, the weather is pleasant, and the Mekong Delta is at its most vibrant.

How to Get to Can Tho: You can fly to Can Tho from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. Alternatively, you can drive from Ho Chi Minh City, which takes approximately 3 hours, or take a public bus or arranged tours.

Where to Stay in Can Tho: If you like being in touch with nature and travel sustainably, I suggest you book a bungalow at Bamboo Eco Village. If you prefer luxury, there’s nothing better than the Sheraton Can Tho, with a privileged location and an amazing view!

22. Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

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colourful buildings along a lake in phu quoc

Craving Island life? Phu Quoc, Vietnam is for you. With its epic sunsets, gorgeous beaches, amazing food and chilled vibe you can find the perfect place to stay in Phu Quoc.

While there is an abundance of resorts to stay in right in the centre of the action, getting out of the busy area will give you the best of both worlds. You can easily catch a GRAB (Asian Uber) to the famous night market for fresh seafood and souvenirs with the Duong Dong area being the most tourist-heavy section of the island. From this area, you can access all of the rest of the island easily on day tours or again with a GRAB. 

Phu Quoc has some amazing beaches you can visit and swim at. Most you will find are calm and have a little restaurant on them where you can watch an amazing sunset or have a romantic dinner. 

Vin Wonders is a wonderful day out with buildings that surround the theme park modelled on European villages. You can wander the streets before entering the park and spend plenty of time having an absolute blast in the aquarium or on the rides. Restaurants there have plenty of Western and local food options too and you mustn’t miss the parade! In this area of the island, you will also find the Vin Wonders Safari Park and Grand World which again is modelled on European villages.

On the other side of the Island is the world’s longest cable car that leads to the Aquatopia Water Park. Again, before you enter there is an entire town that surrounds the cable car station that is modelled on Italian towns. From terraced gardens to brightly coloured buildings, this is an Instagrammers delight! To learn about the darker side of Vietnam’s history you can visit the Phu Quoc Prison. With its barbed wire fences, it is in complete contrast to the rest of the island.

Day trips to the island that is located off the coast is another wonderful way to experience the connection to the water here. Starfish Beach is a favourite for many and so is spending an evening trying to catch squid.

Best Time to Visit Phu Quoc: The dry season is from late October to April. This is the ideal time for visiting the3 island and sightseeing.

Best Way to Get To Phu Quoc: The best way to get to Phu Quoc is by plane from Saigon. Phu Quoc is a very popular island with locals as well as tourists so you will find that there are plenty of options on flights from cities all over Vietnam.

Where to Stay on Phu Quoc: Plenty of places are marketed as ‘resorts’ but you will find some smaller hotels call themselves resorts as well. The Lan Anh Garden Resort is perfectly situated out of the action, but an easy GRAB ride into the market. It is within walking distance of a calm beach with local and Western restaurants where you can watch the sun go down.

23. Mui Ne, Vietnam

the red sand dunes in mui ne

Mui Ne, a coastal town in Vietnam, is an absolute gem that should not be missed on any traveller’s itinerary. Mui Ne truly encapsulates the essence of Vietnam’s diverse landscapes. From its white and red sand dunes that resemble a desert oasis to its forested mountains and scenic rice fields, this destination offers stunning views at every turn.

One of the main draws of Mui Ne is its ideal wind conditions, which make it a paradise for windsurfers and kite-surfers from around the world. The consistent breeze and perfect waves create the perfect playground for those seeking adrenaline-pumping water activities.

Beyond its stunning sand dunes and pristine beaches, Mui Ne also boasts Fairy Stream, a unique geological formation where visitors can walk along a shallow stream flanked by vibrant red and white limestone cliffs.

In addition to natural beauty, Mui Ne also offers cultural experiences that provide insight into Vietnam’s rich history and heritage. Take a trip to the nearby city of Phan Thiet and visit the War Remnants Museum, which showcases artefacts and exhibits from the Vietnam War. You can explore ancient pagodas that dot the landscape, offering a glimpse into the country’s spiritual traditions.

Exit45 Travel Top Tip: The town is renowned for its abundance of fresh seafood options, ranging from succulent prawns and crabs to mouth-watering fish dishes. Head to one of the many waterfront restaurants lining the coast and treat your taste buds to an unforgettable dining experience while enjoying panoramic views of the ocean.

Best Time to Visit Mui Ne: The best time to visit Mui Ne is from November to March when the weather is dry and cool. During this time, you can enjoy the beautiful beaches, go kiteboarding, and explore the sand dunes without the scorching heat of the summer months.

How to Get to Mui Ne: To get to Mui Ne, you can take a bus or a train from Ho Chi Minh City. The journey takes around 4 to 5 hours by bus and 5 to 6 hours by train. Alternatively, you can also hire a private car or take a taxi for a more comfortable and convenient travel experience.

Where to Stay in Mui Ne: Some popular choices include luxury resorts such as Anantara Mui Ne Resort and Sailing Club Resort Mui Ne, as well as budget-friendly guesthouses like the Mui Ne Hills Budget Hotel.

24. Chau Doc, Vietnam

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Cha Doc view from Sam Mountain

Chau Doc is a vibrant town in the Mekong delta in Vietnam where you can get to experience the local culture and visit some stunning temples and nature sites.

There several things to do in Chau Doc that will delight your senses.  You can visit the idyllic Tra Su Cajuput forest, a magical forest where the birds’ melodies and the floating carpet of Lotus flowers will transport you to another dimension. Or, connect with the Mekong delta spiritual soul when climbing the Sam Mountain and visiting its many temples to culminate with a breathtaking view of the surrounding area at
the top.

Chau Doc is one of the best destinations in the Mekong delta. You can also walk the longest Bamboo bridge in the world and experience some indigenous cultural experiences when visiting the fish farm, floating market and the Cham minority village.

Top Tip: Climb to the birdwatching tower in the Tra Su Cajuput Forest for a panoramic view of the Sam mountain and some fantastic birdwatching opportunities. End your day having a delicious traditional Vietnamese meal at the best restaurant in Chau Doc, Tiệm Cơm Minh.

When to Visit Chau Doc: The best time to visit is from September to February when the forest floods and the landscapes are at its best. It can be very busy though as it is high season in the area.

How to Get to Chau Doc: You can get to Chau Doc either by bus from Saigon or if you are coming from Cambodia, you can take a beautiful boat trip through the Mekong river from Phnom Penh to Chau Doc.

Where to Stay in Chau Doc: The Hung Cuong Group / Hung Cuong Hotel is located in a very central area and the rooms are very clean with very nice and kind staff.

Exit45 Travels Top Tips for Planning Your Trip to Vietnam

We have spent more than 4 months travelling around Vietnam in the last 6 years and have learnt many things along the way. We have compiled these in a detailed post, and these tips for travelling Vietnam are great not only for first time visitors, but also for the more experienced Vietnam travellers.

Below, you will find some of these essential tips and by incorporating them into your travel plans, you’ll be well-prepared to embark on an unforgettable adventure in this captivating Southeast Asian country.

Research Visa Requirements Before Travelling to Vietnam: Before embarking on your journey to Vietnam, it is crucial to conduct thorough research on the visa requirements. Depending on your nationality, you may need to obtain a visa in advance or be eligible for a visa exemption. It’s essential to check the latest information and regulations from the Vietnamese embassy or consulate in your country. By doing so, you can avoid any last-minute surprises and ensure a smooth entry into the country.

Pack Lightweight Clothing Suitable for the Tropical Climate: When packing for your trip, make sure to bring lightweight and breathable clothing that will keep you comfortable in the heat. Opt for loose-fitting garments made from natural fabrics such as cotton or linen. Don’t forget essentials like sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses to protect yourself from the strong sun rays while exploring this beautiful country. In addition, ensure you pack wet weather gear such as a rain coat and umbrella, especially if travelling during the wet season.

Be Prepared for Cultural Differences and Learn Some Basic Vietnamese Phrases: Take some time before your trip to familiarize yourself with Vietnamese customs and traditions. Learning a few basic phrases in Vietnamese can go a long way in enhancing your interactions with locals and showing respect for their language.

Explore Day Trips from Major Cities: While planning your itinerary in Vietnam, consider incorporating day trips from major cities into your travel plans. These excursions offer an opportunity to explore nearby attractions without needing overnight stays. For example, if you’re staying in Hanoi, take a day trip to visit Halong Bay or Ninh Binh’s stunning landscapes at Tam Coc or Trang An. Similarly, from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), you can venture out on a day trip to experience the Cu Chi Tunnels or visit the Mekong Delta.

Choose the Right Mode of Transportation for Your Travels: From domestic flights to trains, buses, and motorbikes, each option has its advantages and considerations. For longer distances, domestic flights are a convenient choice, while trains provide a scenic journey through the countryside. Buses offer an affordable and flexible way to travel between cities, and motorbikes can be rented for exploring specific regions or coastal routes.

Take Advantage of Local Guides for a Richer Experience: To make the most out of your trip to Vietnam, consider hiring local guides who can provide valuable insights into the destinations you visit. Local guides possess in-depth knowledge about their region’s history, culture, and hidden gems that may not be easily accessible to tourists. They can enhance your experience by offering unique perspectives and taking you off the beaten path.

FAQ’s: The Best Places in Vietnam to Visit

Is it safe to travel alone in Vietnam?

Travelling alone in Vietnam is generally safe as long as you take necessary precautions. It’s always a good idea to stay vigilant, especially in crowded areas and tourist hotspots. Make sure to keep your belongings secure and be cautious when using public transportation.

What is the best time of year to visit Vietnam?

The best time to visit Vietnam depends on which part of the country you plan to explore. Generally, spring (March – April) and autumn (September – November) are considered ideal due to pleasant weather conditions. However, specific regions like Hanoi and Halong Bay are beautiful year-round.

How much does it cost to travel in Vietnam?

The cost of travelling in Vietnam can vary depending on your travel style and preferences. On average, budget travellers can expect to spend around USD$20 – 30 per day for accommodation, food, transportation, and activities. Luxury travellers should budget around USD$100-150 per day.

Do I need a visa to visit Vietnam?

Yes, most visitors to Vietnam will need a visa. However, there are some exceptions for citizens of certain countries. It’s best to check with the Vietnamese embassy or consulate in your home country to determine the specific visa requirements.

What is the currency used in Vietnam?

The official currency of Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong (VND). While some establishments may accept US dollars or other major currencies, it’s advisable to have local currency for day-to-day transactions. ATMs are widely available throughout the country for convenient currency exchange.

What is the No 1 tourist spot in Vietnam?

The No 1 tourist spot in Vietnam is Ha Long Bay, known for its stunning limestone karsts, emerald waters, and breath-taking natural beauty.

What part of Vietnam is most beautiful?

The most beautiful part of Vietnam is subjective, but popular choices include Ha Long Bay, Hoi An, and Sapa. Each offers unique natural beauty and cultural experiences.

Where is the best place to go in Vietnam?

Halong Bay. With its stunning limestone islands and emerald waters, Halong Bay is a must-visit destination in Vietnam.

Is Vietnam a good place to visit?

Yes, Vietnam is a good place to visit. It offers a rich history, stunning landscapes, delicious food, and a vibrant culture.

Is 5 days enough in Vietnam?

Yes, 5 days in Vietnam can be enough to explore some of the highlights like Hanoi, Halong Bay, and Hoi An. However, for a more in-depth experience, a longer trip is recommended.

Is Vietnam an expensive country?

Vietnam is relatively affordable compared to many other countries. The cost of living is low, making it an attractive destination for budget travellers.

Where do the rich stay in Vietnam?

The rich in Vietnam often stay in luxury resorts and hotels in popular tourist destinations such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and coastal areas like Da Nang and Nha Trang.

Which is better Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh?

Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh both offer unique experiences. Hanoi is known for its rich history and cultural attractions, while Ho Chi Minh has a vibrant nightlife and modern cityscape. It ultimately depends on personal preferences.

What is very famous in Vietnam?

Vietnamese cuisine, including dishes like pho, banh mi, and spring rolls, and the UNESCO site of Halong Bay.

Which city is more popular in Vietnam?

Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are both popular cities in Vietnam, each offering unique cultural experiences and attractions.

Is Thailand or Vietnam prettier?

Thailand and Vietnam both have stunning natural landscapes and cultural attractions. It’s subjective, but both countries offer unique beauty.

Is Vietnam or Thailand cheaper?

Thailand is generally more expensive than Vietnam. However, prices can vary depending on the specific location and type of expenses.

In Summary – Best Places in Vietnam to Visit

From the enchanting city of Hanoi to the picturesque Halong Bay, and from the wonders of Sapa to the modern city of Ho Chi Minh City, you’ve discovered a taste of what this incredible country has to offer. There are still plenty more hidden gems waiting for you to explore, and this list of where to visit in Vietnam for the first time should give you a good starting point,

Start planning your trip to Vietnam today and uncover even more amazing destinations. Whether you’re an adventure seeker, a history enthusiast, or simply someone who wants to relax on stunning beaches, Vietnam has something for everyone. Immerse yourself in the rich culture, indulge in mouth-watering cuisine, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Don’t miss out on this extraordinary experience!

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