A long stretch of land in between the borders of Laos and Cambodia and the vast China Sea, Vietnam is a country that boasts not only a picturesque landscape, hospitable people, and great food. It is a country comparable to a phoenix rising from the ashes—had endured a terrifying war, but soaring again to show the world its strength and vitality, showcasing a beauty that shines more because of its unfaltering resilience.
Today, tourism in Vietnam is a flourishing enterprise. The country is receiving plenty of attention from tourists all over the world with 6.8 million international arrivals in 2012 alone. Backpackers, nature and culture lovers, and beach enthusiasts will never be bored in the country with its diverse activities and incredible spots like Vietnam!
Ready to travel Vietnam? Discover 7 of its hidden marvels that are truly breathtaking attractions.
Top 7 Tourist Attractions and Cities in Vietnam For Your Next Visit
1. Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay or Bay of Descending Dragons is twice recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage. It’s exceptional and outstanding seascape is splattered with 1,600 islands and islets which the majority is made up of limestone. Within these islands are caves of varied shapes and sizes which are true delight for nature and adventure lovers.
2. Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam’s beauteous metropolis, the Ho Chi Minh City lies along the Saigon River near the Mekong Delta. It was known formerly as Saigon and was the capital of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. However, visiting the city today does not exude its brutal past, Ho Chi Minh is a booming city of commerce with superb nightlife and great-tasting coffee. There are many tourist attractions and things to do in Saigon that you can try.
The second largest city in Vietnam, Hanoi is a fine capital that showcases an interesting blend of the East and West. In its heart is the Old Quarter that features the street of the old Hanoi, and it had been the center of trade and commerce in the country for a millennium.
Visit Hanoi and see huge mansions, stunning lakes and parks around the city. Remembrance of its French occupation lurks in the city, notably with the cafes and the smell fresh baguettes on its street corners.
4. Hoi An
A city lined with old and beautiful architecture, Hoi An is a definite marvel for the fashion lover. The town may be small enough for walks and a ride on a bike, but its hundreds of tailor shops selling affordable bags, shoes, and textile is perfect for souvenir shopping. It is located South of Da Nang, Vietnam’s third largest city, and is listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Hue is once the Imperial capital of Vietnam during the Nguyen Dynasty. Within its citadel is the Gate of Thế Miếu or the Temple of Generations. The city is popular for historic monuments with a complex of Huế Monuments called the Citadel. The Citadel is the counterpart of China’s Forbidden City. Only the emperors, the lords and concubines are allowed to enter the gates, as illegal entry could mean death.
Huế is one of the best places to visit in the country. Aside from the palaces, there are also ornate temples, walls, and gates, not to mention the delectable cuisine.
Experience the life of local tribes in Vietnam by traversing the mountainous regions of Sapa. Its picturesque mountains, rice terraces, and valley boasting with cool weather makes it a favourite destination. For backpackers who ultimately looking for an adventurous trek, they can visit the Fanxipan Mountain which is the highest in Indochina Peninsula.
7. Nha Trang
Nha Trang is a seaside resort city in the coast of South Central Vietnam. It is a favourite beach in the country with spectacular coast and pristine white sand beaches. Beach lovers will surely get their fill with its lovely resorts, palm trees, and pristine waters. With the activities and entertainment it offers, Nha Trang is a perfect place for the family who will visit Vietnam.
When to Go:
Vietnam, like many countries in the Southeast Asia has a tropical climate. Since it has a diverse weather condition, it is a bit hard to spot the best time to visit the country. Generally, the best time for travelers visiting Vietnam would be during autumn from Sept–Dec and during spring from March to April.
Do not miss the opportunity to visit such a wonderful country, start planning your Vietnam trip!