Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Vietnam
Steeped in culture, rich in natural wonders, vibrant city life, and the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. Welcome to Vietnam! Whether you’re a first-time traveller or you’ve been to Vietnam before, here are our recommended tourist attractions that you should visit. Just a reminder, stay updated with the latest COVID-19 advisories before you travel.
1. Halong Bay
On almost every website that features Vietnam’s top tourist destinations, Halong Bay is always on the list. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Halong Bay is renowned for its pristine beaches, scenic floating villages, serene islets, and enormous caves. Soak up the view as you go on a sea cruise. Visit Cat Ba National Park and explore the unique ecosystem there. A day trip simply isn’t enough to appreciate the beauty of Halong Bay.
2. Ho Chi Minh City
Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of this iconic city. Have a street food tour and indulge your taste buds. Visit the famous Notre Dame Cathedral at the heart of the city and the Giac Lam Pagoda, the oldest pagoda in Ho Chi Minh. Take an elegant Bonsai River Cruise and see the city sparkle at night. For the more adventurous, you can join an organised tour and head towards the Mekong Delta.
3. The Imperial City at Hue
If you’re a history buff, take a trip back in time at this walled fortress with majestic palaces and intricate Eastern architecture. The Imperial City is also one of Vietnam’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites and reflects the magnificent culture of the Nguyen Dynasty.
4. Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site makes it to this list. This national park is home to the world’s largest cave, Son Doong. A fast-flowing river runs through the cave but you can traverse it easily because of its low depth, as long as it’s not raining. Above ground, you can take a bike ride along the Bong Lai Valley. For the thrill-seekers, visit the Nuoc Mooc Ecotrail. Cross the linked walkways and rope and bamboo bridges whilst you take in the lush surroundings of the forest and springs.
5. Hoi An
The charming Old Quarter (or Old Town) at Hoi An is also listed among UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites and dates back to about 2,000 years. Hoi An is also a famous hub for Vietnam’s textile industry. You can also buy local handicrafts here, making it a perfect place for souvenir shopping. Stop by the Lantern Market for a colourful array of lanterns in different shapes and sizes.
The capital city of Vietnam, Hanoi is a bustling metropolis that also offers the picturesque charm of its ancient roots. Visit the Temple of the Jade Mountain by crossing the bright red Morning Sunlight Bridge over Hoan Kiem Lake. Gain deeper insights into Vietnam’s ethnic culture at the Museum of Ethnology. Return to the modern world and enjoy the nightlife scene at the bars in Bia Hoi Junction.
7. Nha Trang
Leave the hustle and bustle of the metropolis for a while. Head towards the beautiful beach resorts of Nha Trang and have your fill of sun, sand, and sea! Go scuba diving into the clear waters and explore the flourishing marine life. Take your family and enjoy the entertainment activities at the VinWonders Amusement Park.
8. Phu Quoc
This is the largest island of Vietnam and a popular seaside destination. Take a swim into the tranquil, turquoise waters and sunbathe on clear, white sand. You can also go hiking through the tropical forests and discover a treasure trove of waterfalls, caves, and rock pools. Phu Quoc is also famous for its fish sauce so get a chance to eat fresh seafood with this popular local condiment.
9. Ba Be National Park
Go off the beaten path and visit this biosphere reserve that’s also an ASEAN Heritage Site. Go kayaking at the Ba Be Lake, join a cave expedition tour, and trek through remote jungle trails to discover fascinating flora and fauna.
10. Danang Golden Bridge
Stretching out at 150m in length, the winding Golden Bridge at the Ba Na Hills in Danang City stands out with its gleaming golden colour and massive hands that seem to hold the bridge aloft. Newly built in 2018, the Golden Bridge has become a popular venue for events and photoshoots. You’ll get a great view of the lush forests surrounding the area.
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