Vietnam is always a hot destinations to visit in Asia and not easy to find 10 top places to visit in Vietnam for travelers. There are many beautiful places to Visit from North to South. Then it’s hard for you to plan a visit the whole country.
Here below are top 10 places you should take notes for your next trip in Vietnam after Covid pandemic. You can always start your trip from the North with the capital Hanoi to The South Ho Chi Minh City or vice versa, the South to the North or combine both, depending on your schedule.
1. Hanoi – Best city to visit in Vietnam
The capital city is a great starting point for experiencing all the awesome things that Vietnam has to offer. In fact, Hanoi is more traditional and less bustling than Ho Chi Minh City. Wandering down the streets throughout the day, you will get a feeling for what Hanoi is really about. Some of the highlights are the Hanoi Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake, Temple of Literature, the Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, the Ethnology Museum, etc. Beyond sightseeing, Hanoi street food features a quintessential Hanoian experience. The city is world-famous for its street food dishes which most of the tourists agree is the best city to visit in Vietnam.
Tips: You can spend 2 days to visit and discover Hanoi capital. You can alway stay more if your schedule is not limited. Remember that Hanoi is where you can catch a flight or train to the South Vietnam.
2. Sapa – Mountain Town in the North
Tracing the border with China, Sapa is a captivating remote town in the Hoang Lien Son mountains of northern Vietnam. Its elevation 1,500 meters above sea level is nothing to scoff at when you’re trekking the terraced hills and slopes around this high-altitude mountain town. While there’s plenty of natural beauty to tempt you to this far-reached corner of the country, much of Sapa’s appeal lies in its raw and authentic culture.
Days are spent trekking through rice paddies, rural villages untouched by tourism, and the clouds of Fansipan – Vietnam’s highest peak. Scenery aside, the highlight is hands down the opportunity to chat with these fascinating people along the way – local kids will tag along and try to sell you some of their handmade jewelry or simply try to improve their English by speaking to you.
In the town of Sapa itself, there are attractive French colonial sites worth visiting such as the Gothic church, the town square and city hall. Sapa is a major market town where the various ethnic tribes in the area often gather to sell their handicrafts, which make excellent souvenirs. At the Sapa Culture Museum, visitors can learn all about the history and cultures of these ethnic groups.
Tips: You can go there by overnight Train from Hanoi capital, or book a car to get there on the hightroad with around 5 hours. Expect at least 2 days to explore Sapa. It’s more interesting if you can visit at weekend.
3. Ninh Binh
Of all the excellent day trip options from Hanoi, this is likely the most popular – and it’s no wonder why. The limestone karsts, serpentine rivers and lush scenery of Ninh Bình are loved by adventurous types and make for great holiday photos. Most trips to the area are combined with a visit to the Tràng An caves and grottoes, too.
Tips: Day trip excursion can be started from Hanoi. You can spend 1 or 2 nights there if you want before your continuation to the South or your cruise trip in Halong bay.
4. Halong bay
Halong Bay’s stunning combination of karst limestone peaks and sheltered, shimmering seas is one of Vietnam’s top tourist draws, but with more than 2000 different islands, there’s plenty of superb scenery to go around. Definitely book an overnight cruise and make time for your own special moments on this World Heritage wonder – rise early for an ethereal misty dawn, or pilot a kayak into grottoes and lagoons. Prefer your karst landscapes a little less… crowded? Try the less touristy but equally spectacular Lan Ha Bay, located a little way to the south, or Bai Tu Long, to the north.
Tips: To visit Halong bay, 1 day trip is too short with around 7 hours roadtrip, you shoud have 2 or 3 days with 1 night on board for overnight in the bay. There are many nice board companies to choose from. You can combine with your trip to Ninh Binh, itinerary example: Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Halong bay or Hanoi – Halong bay – Ninh Binh… then to the South.
5. Hue – Imperial city
We spent the day exploring Hue, Vietnam and LOVED it! From the Perfume Riverside to Dong Ba Market and Thien Mu Pagoda, we visited a ton of great things to do in Hue. We especially loved traveling around by Grab motorbike 🙂
Source: Jack and Gab Explore
Tips: Hue is one of the most charming city in Centre Vietnam. It’s was not only the political but also the cultural and religious centre under the Nguyen dynasty until 1945. You can visit now complex of Hue monuments included Ming Mang tomb, Tu Duc tomb, imperial city… for 1 day excursion.
6. Da Nang City
No other city represents Vietnam’s boom better than Da Nang. It’s become a gleaming, modern tourist magnet, complete with condos, theme parks, and brand-new resorts. But the city’s earlier charm is still present, including laid-back, friendly locals and incredible street eats. After you’ve stuffed yourself with a bowl of Mi Quang and Banh Mi Ba Lan, walk it off by exploring the limestone caves and Buddhist grottos of the Marble Mountains. Make an escape to the surreal mountain resort of Ba Na Hills, where the majestic Golden Bridge welcomes you with open palms.
Tips: Da Nang nowaday focus on tourism’s demand. A lot of plans and activities are on processing to attract more tourists. An Thuong quarter close to My Khe Beach become more popular for foreign tourists. Da Nang’s authority plan to allow services without timing limited. From Da Nang, you can have day tour to My Son sanctuary, Hoi An town, Bana hill and Golden bridge…
7. Hoi An
Hoi An Ancient Town offers a breathtaking mix of ornate Chinese temples, a Japanese-designed bridge, wooden shop-houses, French-colonial houses, and old canals. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, most of the old shops have been carefully converted to modern businesses aimed at tourists including countless tailors, souvenir shops, art galleries, restaurants and cafés. An entrance fee of VND 120,000 is required for foreign tourists and VND 80,000 for locals – each ticket is valid for 10 days and covers entrance to entrance to Hoi An Ancient Town, six points of interest, and street entertainment (folk dancing, singing, and traditional games)
Tips: Hoian, well know as ancient town, 30 minutes driving from Da Nang airport, a beautiful town to visit you should not miss. Here you can walk around city town, take stunning shots or go shoping for local handicrafts ..and try street food tour.
8. Nha Trang
This south-central city long boasted some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, though tourism and development have made quite a dent in its landscape in recent years. Still, there remain a number of pristine, well-kept beaches and islands that are worth a visit if you find yourself in the area.At the city’s main beach, called Nha Trang Beach or City Beach, you’ll find that iconic view of the bay, along with a decently-sized crowd during peak hours. For more secluded options, check out the beaches on the nearby cluster of islands, including Hon Lon and Hon Tre, which is home to the gaudy but popular resort Vinpearl.
Tips: Nha Trang is always one of the top beach for ralaxing trip. Activities in Nha Trang included Cham tower or pagoda, go diving or water sport activities.
9. Delta Mekong
This video will show you what to expect and everything you need to know about the Mekong Delta including My Tho, Ben Tre and Can Tho, Vietnam – show you the experience, tell you all the relevant information and serve as a rough guide so you know what to do when you arrive in in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam.
Source: Josh Keogh
Tips: Delta Mekong include some provinces along Mekong River. You can expect to have a boat trip cruising on river to visit floating villages, floating markets. Timing schedule can vary from 1 day to 1 week. You can also book a cabin on boat for overnight.
10. Ho Chi Minh city
When talking about the best places to visit in Vietnam, it’s impossible to ignore the biggest city in the country: Ho Chi Minh City.
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is the most developed and somehow chaotic city across the country once known as the Pearl of the Far East. Although Saigon is not rich in natural resources, it has a wide range of street food and nightlife activities to choose from.
And if your heart is up for knowledge, there is a list of museums and galleries scattered around the city so you can check them out and explore the city at the same time.
Chinatown is also the soul of the dynamic city filled with century-aged temples and shops – where you can give yourself a break after play-hard days. It is no exaggeration to say that Saigon has it all.
Ho Chi Minh City weather does not have four seasons like Hanoi but only two: rainy and dry. The rainy season is from May to November. In general, you can visit Ho Chi Minh City at any time of the year, the rainy season is also the most beautiful season of this city.
Tips: Ho Chi Minh city is more modern than any other cities in Vietnam, it’s the biggest city of the country. You can start / end your Vietnam trip here. It’s is also starting point for excursion to Delta Mekong or Cu Chi Tunnels. You can expect to spend 2 days for visiting Ho Chi Minh city.
Now, it’s time for you to plan your vacation, here below are example itinerary which you can modify / shortcut / add more days at each destination to meet your demand.
Hanoi (2 days) – Sapa (3 days) – Ninh Binh (1 day) – Halong bay (2 days) – Hue (2 days) – Da Nang (2 days) – Hoi An (2 days) – Nha Trang (2 days) – Delta Mekong (2 days) – Ho Chi Minh city (2 days)
If your time is limited, you can only visit the North (or the South) or visit both North and South but not included some destinations.
We hope this post help you a general idea where to visit when you plan your trip to Vietnam. Which one of this 10 top places to visit in Vietnam for 2021 you will visit first?
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