Top 10 Places to Visit in Vietnam
Vietnam is one of the best countries to visit in South-east Asia. Not so many places have such a rich offer in terms of history and nature: lively towns, UNESCO sites, beautiful landscape and low cost restaurants.
Located in Southeast Asia, Vietnam is a popular destination for travellers coming from all over the world. Not only does this beautiful place has some stunning scenery but it is also rich in history, especially in the city’s capital – Hanoi.
Vietnam is a perfect destination for gourmets and street food lovers. You'll fall in love with spring rolls (try all the regional varieties), sticky rice with fresh mango, spicy grilled squids and much more. And if you like beer, you'll find a different brewery in every town.
If you are considering visiting Vietnam, here are some of the best places to add to your itinerary.
1. Ha Long Bay
Halong Bay is another UNSESCO World Heritage Site which has some amazing views and over 1,600 islands for you to feast your eyes on. If you are planning on visiting the world famous Halong Bay, make sure to try out some kayaking as this is one of the best ways that you can get up close to the islands.
Hanoi is the political capital located in the north of Vietnam. This busting city will be a shock to the senses with the amount of noise, bikes and people. Expect stunning architecture, amazing places to eat and lots of cultural sights to check out.
Hundreds of citizens and tourists visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum every day to pay tribute to the the old vietnamese leader.
3. Tam Coc
Close to the city of Ninh Binh, this destination is very popular thanks to the boat excursion through rice fields and natural caves
4. Hue, the Ancient Capital City
Between 1802 and 1945 this was the capital of the Ngyen dinasty; the remnants of the walled city can be visited by walk of bike
5. Imperial Tombs Tour
Around Hue there are several imperial tombs, some popular and easy to find, some hidden in the countryside among rice fields. The best part of the visit is exploring the area by motorbike, get lost and meet people
6. Old Commercial Town of Hoi An
If you fancy getting to grips with the ancient history of Vietnam, make sure to visit Hoi An Ancient Town. Visiting this historic location will be something to remember when you take a look at the old houses, the canals and enjoy the street entertainment. Don’t forget to have a look at the mix of Chinese temples and the Japanese-designed bridge when you’re there. This town is a jewel, with its colonial buildings, chinese quarters, old houses, shops and excellent riverside restaurants
7. Son My Memorial Village
This was the site of the My Lai Massacre, a mass killing of more than 500 unarmed civilians committed by the US Army in 1968; it is an important place to visit if you want to learn something more about the war
8. Rong Houses in Kon Tum
Kon Tum is a peaceful village in the Central Higlands region, famous for the tall and impressive traditional houses of the rong people
9. War Remnants Museum in Saigon
This is another unmissable destination thanks to a huge collections of military equipment and photographic exhibits
... we really couldn't just add 10 places to our list, so here are some more places to consider adding to your Vietnam itinerary:
Located north of Hanoi, Sa Pa popular destination with spectacular rolling green rice fields. Sa Pa is a popular trekking base, it overlooks the terraced rice fields of the Muong Hoa Valley, and is near the 3,143m-tall Phang Xi Pang peak, which is climbable via a steep, multiday guided walk. Hill tribes, such as the Hmong, Tay and Dao, make up much of the town's local population.
12. Imperial Citadel of Thang Long
One of the great sites of Vietnam is the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long. This site used to be the political centre in ancient Hanoi and the central flag tower in the Citadel is one of the most recognisable features. If you visit this great location, you’ll be able to take a look at some of the ancient roads, relics and palaces.
13. Chu Chi Tunnels
Our next must-see location in Vietnam is the Cu Chi Tunnels which let you take a look at what it was like for the Viet Cong soldiers during the war. This huge network of tunnels helped the army to stay alive and the people to travel underground to stay safe. Visiting these tunnels will help you to see how much work these people put into the tunnels and you’ll not be sorry that you took the time to visit.
14. Sand Dunes of Mui Ne
If you fancy something a little different, make sure to check out our final must-see location in Vietnam. The Sand Dunes of Mui Ne are amazing geological wonders and they are something which you should definitely see if you are visiting Vietnam. Take a trip to the red and white sand dunes and you won’t be disappointed with this amazing landscape.
Vietnam is a country that has so much to offer and you will love getting to grips with the local Vietnamese culture. Choose from amazing temples to sand dunes and even ancient tunnels that were built by soldiers. Book your Vietnam tour today!
By Ale & Ross
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