Top Destinations

Top Destinations
There're various destinations in Vietnam which has become the most favorite destinations for travellers both domestic and abroad such as Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, Sapa, Halong Bay, Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh City.
Hanoi

Hanoi, the capital of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, was founded in 1010 AD during the reign of King Ly Cong Uan. The pleasant and even charming city is a city of famous lakes, shaded boulevards, verdant public parks, museums, monuments and ancient architectural features. The Old Quarter is an enchanting place to stroll around and do shopping.

Popular attractions are Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the One-Pillar Pagoda, Ngoc Son Temple, the Temple of Literature, Women Museum, and Museum of Ethnology etc.

Ha Long Bay

Halong Bay is one of the most magnificent scenic spots in all of Vietnam and was designated by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage in 1994. It is a picturesque bay with some 1969 islets rising from the clear emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. Washed by water and lapped by waves for hundreds of thousands of years, the limestone basin has been carved into stalactic caves, crescent beaches and odd-shaped formations.

Sapa

At an elevation of 1,500 meters, about 380km from Hanoi, Sapa is Vietnam’s most picturesque hill station and is well off the beaten tourist track. The French founded the village on the slope of the Hoang Lien Son Mountain in 1903 and used it as a cool getaway. Sapa is home to many minority hill tribes. SaPa is surrounded by ladder rice fields, mountains and forests.  To reach Sapa, we journey by overnight train from Hanoi to Lao Cai and then continue by car up the mountain. Vietnam’s indigenous flora and fauna are in abundance in this region.  From the town center, visitors can see cloud-capped peaks, crystal clear streams and steep terraced vegetable gardens. There are a number of nice hill tribe villages and local fairs to visit.

Hoa Binh and Mai Chau Valley 

Lie across the Red River Valley at the foothills of Hoa Binh province. The air is crisp, and the road becomes tougher. The Mai Chau Valley shimmers with tiny villages that nestle beneath the towering limestone cliffs. In this area live the Muong communities and Black Thai minority. The Muong are farmers growing rice, sugarcane and tea. Silk production and weaving are common village industries. The area is very scenic with jagged limestone peaks and deep valleys. The region provides wonderful trekking, and hiking. Accommodation in the local village communities is very basic but the welcome is genuine.

Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh, about 90km from Hanoi, is also known as "inland Halong Bay" with many limestone formations and huge rocks that dot the area and jut out of paddy fields and canals. Ninh Binh is endowed with the historical relics dating back to the Ding, Early Le, Ly and Tran dynasties (10th – 13th centuries). Major attractions are Hoa Lu Ancient Capital with the temples of King Dinh Tien Hoang and King Le Dai Hanh, Tam Coc Bich Dong, Trang An cave, Van Long Preserved Area, Thung Nang (Shining Valley), Cuc Phuong national park, etc.

Phong Nha–Ke Bang National Park, the World Natural Heritage

The World Natural Heritage, 55km northwest of Dong Hoi, is endowed with a network of mysterious and impressive caverns, an ecosystem which includes a community of primitive tropical forests (85,754 hectares). Phong Nha cavern is the largest cave and a true speleological wonder and was formed about 250 million years ago. Thanks to the cave exploration by a British group in 1990, people discovered that the main cavern has a length of 8km and found many other caves nearby (totally 35km of caves in the vicinity). Visitors are taken only 600m by boat and then dropped off to explore.

Hue

Being Vietnam’s feudal capital from 1802 to 1945 under the Nguyen Dynasty, Hue is widely known for the magnificent architecture of its citadels, palaces, royal tombs, pagodas and temples set in a poetic background of greenery on the banks of the Perfume River. With those vestiges and cultural treasures, Hue became Vietnam’s first World Cultural Heritage site recognized by UNESCO in 1993.

Danang

The busy sea port of Danang in central Vietnam is the country’s fourth-largest city. The French named the city Tourane after it succeeded Hoi An (Faifo) as a vital deep water trading port in the 19th century. More recently, Danang was made famous in the Hollywood film “Good Morning Vietnam”. A short drive from downtown Danang takes visitors to the splendid beaches of Non Nuoc, My Khe and Tien Sa. Danang is also the gateway to nearby World Heritage sites such as My Son, Hoi An and Hue.

Hoi An

30km south of Danang by the Thu Bon River, the tranquil town of Hoi An was a noted commercial harbor city in Southeast Asia from the 15th to the 19th century. A lot of buildings including bridges, houses, temples, streets, etc. were erected during this period to serve merchants coming from China, Japan, Portugal, France, etc. Today, a delightful mixture of ancient structures with local residents’ everyday life creates a unique image of a modern-day town in the atmosphere of bygone days. This living museum was declared a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in late 1999. The town is one of the most favorite destination in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.

My Son

My Son, 70km southwest of Danang, bore witness to the splendid Hindu-influenced culture flourishing along the coastal plains of Vietnam during the 4th - 14th centuries. Filled with architectural treasures and sculptures, the area is Vietnam’s most important Cham site, and most of the temples were dedicated to Cham kings associated with divinities. This complex was recognized as a World Cultural Heritage in late 1999.

Nha Trang

Bordered by a long beach of white sand and coconut trees, Nha Trang is considered as the most charming coastal town of Vietnam. The city having a fairly well-planned layout used to be the home town of French Governors General at that time. The most favourite spot may be the main street of the town, which runs parallel to the 6-km long beach, offering cool breezes to the large colonial-styled buildings, villas and hotels on the other side. Becoming popular for snorkeling and diving it has a lively atmosphere, many ocean front seafood restaurants and sidewalk cafes.  Beautiful examples of the Cham culture can be found in the 10th-century Po Nagar Towers. 

Dalat

Dalat was "discovered" by Dr. Alexandre Yersin in 1893 and the city itself was established in 1912. Dalat rapidly became popular with Europeans as a cool retreat from the sweltering heat of the coastal plains. This so-called city of love is built on a plateau some 1,500 meters above sea level, and enjoys the mild climate of an everlasting spring and marvelous landscape with waterfalls, lakes, springs, Pine Hills, and beautiful flowers in French-built villas.

Phan Thiet

Phan Thiet is an ideal place for exploration, recreation and relaxation with unspoilt beaches, charming fishing villages, sand dunes and idyllic seaside resorts. Tourists may visit the historical 19th–century Duc Thanh School and spectacular Cape Ne (Mui Ne) sand dunes, where sand, sea, sky and sun meet. They can spend their days lazing on the endless white sands, frolicking about in azure waters, playing water sports, golfing and enjoying delicious Vietnamese food.

Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon)

Once romantically referred to by the French as the Pearl of the Orient, Ho Chi Minh City is still called Saigon by almost everyone who lives there. It is a rapidly developing and dynamic city and is considered the economic capital of the country and keeps booming with new hotels and businesses. Yet “The Pearl of the Orient” still retains its charm with shaded boulevards, pavement cafes and French-European-styled buildings. It has more of a cosmopolitan feel than Hanoi, although much of the old French colonial city is vanishing beneath the rapidly rising skyline and the sheer weight of recent history.

The 215-kilometer Cu Chi underground tunnel system was built in 1930 and features numerous underground shelters, sleeping quarters, meeting rooms, hospitals and social centers. It’s a must-see site for a visit to Ho Chi Minh City.

The Mekong Delta

This huge river delta is covered with rice fields and winding tributaries of the Mekong River of which the estimated length is 4,023km. From the high plateau of Tibet, the Mekong River flows through China, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia before reaching Vietnam where it discharges into the East Sea. The part flowing through Vietnam is known as Cuu Long Giang (nine dragons river), divided into two major branches, the Tien Giang (the Front River) and the Hau Giang (the Back River). The Mekong Delta is home to a bustling rural culture with its lush vegetation, islet farms and floating markets. It is considered the rice bowl of the nation.

Though each individual town is difficult to be singled out, My Tho (75km from HCMC), Vinh Long (136km from HCMC), Ben Tre (85km from HCMC), Dong Thap (162km from HCMC), Can Tho (170km from HCMC), Chau Doc (285km from HCMC), Ha Tien (390km from HCMC and 110km from Chau Doc), Soc Trang, Tra Vinh, Ca Mau, Bac Lieu, etc. are all especially worth paying visit to.

Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc Island lies in the Gulf of Thailand, Kien Giang Province, 45km from Ha Tien and 15km south of the coast of Cambodia. Phu Quoc Island, the largest island in Vietnam, covers an area of 567sq.km (about 62km long and between 3km and 28km wide). Phu Quoc Island is endowed with lush tropical forest and mountain zones; this emerald island is perfect for beach vacationers with its unspoiled beaches. There are many activities to take advantage of including swimming, snorkeling, fishing, and hiking.

 

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