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Top 10 Vietnam Tourist Attractions

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A long and narrow land, Vietnam is fascinating and diverse and boasts a bulk of natural, cultural, and historical attractions.

The mountainous north Vietnam stands out for its ethnic groups, soaring mountains, and green rice field; south Vietnam is blanketed by rice paddies with vibrant waterways and canals of Mekong Delta scattered across; the central part with 3000km of coastline is where to enjoy leisure beach holiday. In addition, Vietnam is also rich in historical sites, ancient temples and multicultural experiences.

We’ve narrowed down our list of top 10 Vietnam tourist attractions to help you plan a Vietnam tour covering the best highlights.

1. Halong Bay

With almost 2,000 limestone peaks and jungle-clad islets towering over the sea, Halong Bay is a Vietnam tourist attraction known for its photogenic landscape and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.

On the banks of Halong Bay are secluded beaches, floating villages, hidden lagoons, and plenty of magical caves, making the bay a prime cruising territory.

Taking a cruise is the best way to enjoy Halong Bay’s iconic scenery when you can sit back on the sundeck to immerse yourself into the ever-changing karsts landform, ethereal seascape, and floating fish farms. It is also possible to get on an island for nature and adventure activities.

Halong Bay
Halong Bay
  • Location: Northeastern Vietnam, Quang Ninh Province
  • How to get there: Bus, car, or shuttle from Hanoi (about 3 or 4 hours)
  • Best for: Couples, families, nature lovers
  • Best time to visit: October to April
  • Highlights: Overnight cruises, Sung Sot Cave, Ti Top Island, Cat Ba Island
  • Tips:
    1. Book your cruise in advance especially in peak season
    2. Book from a reputable cruise company to ensure safety
    3. Bring motion sickness medication if you tend to get seasick
    4. Pack light; bring sunscreen, hat, swimwear
    5. There are onboard activities like kayaking and squid fishing if you wish to participate

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2. Cu Chi Tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City

Cu Chi Tunnels is a popular Vietnam tourist attraction in Ho Chi Minh City. It will offer visitors a look into Vietnam’s wartime history in the last century. 

The Cu Chi Tunnels are an immense underground tunnel network that is over 250 kilometers long, being used as the hiding spot of Viet Cong guerrillas during the Vietnam War. Now tourists can follow a local guide to crawl two safer sections of the tunnel, which will surely be a memorable experience.

Cu Chi Tunnels
Cu Chi Tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Location: in Cu Chi District, 43.5 miles (70 km) northwest of Ho Chi Minh City
  • How to get there: Guided tours, bus, or private car from Ho Chi Minh City
  • Best for: History lovers, families with older children, adventurers
  • Best time to visit: December to April (dry season)
  • Highlights: Tunnel exploration, historical exhibits, firing range
  • Tips:
    1. Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking and crawling
    2. Visit in early morning or late afternoon to avoid midday high temperature
    3. If you want to learn more about the history and local tales, book a guided tour
    4. Be prepared for tight spaces; this Vietnam tourist attraction is not recommended for visitors who are claustrophobic

3. Phu Quoc Island

As one of the best tourist attractions in Vietnam, Phu Quoc Island is known as one of the best places to admire imposing sunset in Vietnam. Besides the crystal-clear water, unspoiled beaches, Phu Quoc Island is also famous for its breathtaking landscape, stunning natural spectacle, and many excellent beachside coffee shops, bars, and restaurants offering great cuisine.

Tourists can simply stay on a lovely sand beach, sipping a cup of drink, and witnessing the sinking sun illuminate the horizon. What an awesome experience at this Vietnam tourist attraction!

Sao Beach on Phu Quoc Island
Sao Beach on Phu Quoc Island
  • Location: in Gulf of Thailand, off the coast of Cambodia
  • How to get there: Fly from major Vietnamese cities. Or take a ferry from Rach Gia
  • Best for: If you love a beach holiday or water sports, couples, families
  • Best time to visit: November to March
  • Highlights: Long Beach, Vinpearl Safari, Phu Quoc National Park, night markets
  • Tips:
    1. Rent a motorbike to travel at your own pace
    2. There are beachfront resorts if you wish to stay overnight
    3. Try fresh caught local seafood, a specialty of Phu Quoc
    4. G to the night markets for souvenirs and local street food
    5. Bring sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat, sunglasses

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4. Hanoi’s Old Quarter

The heart of Hanoi, Hanoi’s Old Quarter is a charming Vietnam tourist attraction to meet crooked streets, traditional Vietnamese architecture, bustling markets, ancient shops, some cool bars, and various street food. All 36 streets here boast a history of over thousands of years, offering a look into the past traces and daily life of today.   

The recommended way to travel this area is either by foot or sitting back in the seat of a cyclo and zigzagging through the ancient streets.

Hanoi Old Quarter
Hanoi Old Quarter
  • Location: Central Hanoi, near Hoan Kiem Lake
  • How to get there: Taxi, bus, or walk from central Hanoi
  • Best for: Those who interested in shopping and local food, history lovers
  • Best time to visit: October to April
  • Highlights: Hoan Kiem Lake, Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre, Dong Xuan Market
  • Tips:
    1. Walking is the best way to see the Old Quarter at your own pace
    2. Watch out for motorbikes when walking; traffic can be pretty chaotic
    3. Try authentic street food from road-side stalls when you visit this Vietnam tourist attraction. It’s an important part of Hanoi life
    4. Bargain at markets and shops but do so politely
    5. If you go visit Hoan Kiem Lake in early morning, you’ll see locals practicing Tai Chi

5. Hoi An Ancient Town

A beautiful ancient trade port on Vietnam’s central coast, Hoi An still retains its timeless charm of the 15th century despite the steady stream of worldwide travelers.

From the 15th to 17th century, Hoi An was once the most prosperous trading port in southeast Asia. Now its romantic laid-back vibe and ancient charm can still be traced from the numerous traditional shophouses, ancient architectures, handmade lanterns, rickshaws, fresh markets, and various eateries. It is now a well-loved tourist attraction in Vietnam.

Hoi An Japanese Covered Bridge
Hoi An Japanese Covered Bridge
  • Location: Central Vietnam, Quang Nam Province
  • How to get there: Fly to Da Nang, then drive for 45-minute
  • Best for: Couples, those who interested in history, photographers
  • Best time to visit: February to May
  • Highlights: Japanese Covered Bridge, Hoi An Market, An Bang Beach
  • Tips:
    1. Rent a bicycle to explore around town and surrounding countryside at your own pace
    2. There are a number of shops for tailor clothing. Bring in a design you like or make yourself a traditional outfit of Vietnam
    3. Don’t miss the monthly Lantern Festival lighting up the town with lanterns
    4. Go in early morning or late afternoon to avoid the midday heat
    5. There are cooking lessons that teach you how to make traditional Vietnamese dishes

6. Mekong Delta’s floating markets

Encompassing a vast region in Southwestern Vietnam, the Mekong Delta is another popular tourist attraction in Vietnam. It is home to the lush orchards, paddy field vistas, tropical scenery, distinctive riverine culture, and chaotic floating markets which offer an insight into local life and traditional business methods.

For tourists, the floating market is a distinctive sight in Vietnam and offers a great opportunity to experience the southern countryside life and engage with local ethnic groups. Cai Rang and Cai Be are the two most popular floating markets, both can be easily visited by taking a sampan.

My Tho Floating Market
My Tho Floating Market
  • Location: Southern Vietnam, Can Tho and surrounding areas
  • How to get there: Bus or private car from Ho Chi Minh City
  • Best for: those who interested in local food, wish to learn about local culture, families, couples
  • Best time to visit: December to April (in dry season)
  • Highlights: Cai Rang and Phong Dien floating markets
  • Tips:
    1. The markets are the busiest in early morning, so try to go then to see bustling local life
    2. Bring small denominations of cash for purchases; many vendors do not accept cards
    3. Take a guided boat tour; you guide will tell you more about local culture
    4. Try local fruits and snacks sold by vendors on boats; they are specialties of the region

7. Hue

Once the capital of imperial Vietnam from the mid-1500s to 1945, Hue in central Vietnam is the nation’s historical, cultural and religious heart, and still retains its imperial feel in the UNESCO Complex of Hue Monuments, walled fortress, and many interesting historical buildings. The spicy Hue cuisine is also famous, worth your taste buds when you visit this Vietnam tourist attraction.

  • Location: Central Vietnam, Thua Thien-Hue Province
  • How to get there: there are flights, trains, buses from other Vietnamese cities
  • Best for: families, those wish to learn about Vietnam’s imperial history
  • Best time to visit: February to April
  • Highlights: Imperial City, Thien Mu Pagoda, tombs of Nguyen emperors
  • Tips:
    1. At Imperial City, hire a guide to learn more about the history behind it
    2. Rent a bicycle or motorbike to get around the historical sites at your own pace
    3. Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking
    4. Hue local cuisine is very famous in Vietnam. Its specialty is complicated imperial dishes like bun bo hue

8. Sapa

Visit Sapa when you travel to Vietnam to explore the countryside scenery and rural life in northern Vietnam. Nestled among the gorgeous mountain scenery and rice paddies, this Vietnam tourist attraction is home to mysterious hill tribes, ethnic groups, and the nation’s most breathtaking rural vistas.

Besides some of the best trekking experiences in Vietnam, tourists can also expect authentic culture homestay, and a wealth of astounding natural wonders and amazing viewpoints, magical waterfalls, bamboo forests, etc., during a Sapa trip.

Sapa Rice Terraces
Sapa Terraced Fields
  • Location: Northern Vietnam, Lao Cai Province
  • How to get there: take a train or bus from Hanoi; it’s a short drive away
  • Best for: trekkers, nature lovers
  • Best time to visit: March to May, September to November
  • Highlights: Terraced rice fields, Fansipan Mountain, local markets
  • Tips:
    1. There are guided hiking tours to terraced rice fields and ethnic minority villages. Your guide will tell you a lot about local cultures
    2. Pack warm; temperatures can drop a lot at night
    3. September to November is local harvesting season. It’s best time to visit the rice fields
    4. Stay in a homestay to live among locals. You can get know their lifestyle
    5. Wear hiking boots and bring rain gear. The trails sometimes get pretty muddy

9. Danang

Da Nang in the central region of Vietnam is a coastal city that is blessed with some of the most stunning beaches and skylines in the country.

This vibrant city gained its popularity as a Vietnam tourist attraction for the incredible beaches, fabulous beach resorts, well-designed modern bridges (like Golden Bridge, Dragon Bridge), bustling Han Market, impressive pink cathedral, etc. Water sports lovers and leisure beach holiday lovers will find it a paradise to enjoy some relaxing and memorable times.

Golden Bridge in Da Nang
Danang Golden Bridge
  • Location: Central Vietnam, Quang Nam Province
  • How to get there: there are flights, trains, buses from other Vietnamese cities
  • Best for: If you love beach holidays, families, couples, and adventurers
  • Best time to visit: February to May
  • Highlights: My Khe Beach, Marble Mountains, Dragon Bridge
  • Tips:
    1. Go to My Khe Beach in early morning or late afternoon to avoid the heat
    2. There are cave exploring day trips to Marble Mountains you can book
    3. You’ll find local souvenirs and fresh produce at Han Market
    4. Danang is near both Hoi An and Imperial City of Hue. It’s a good idea to visit these places in one trip
    5. The region has famous local specialties such as Mi Quang and lots of fresh caught seafood

10.Nha Trang

The most popular coastal resort town, Nha Trang is more urban and dynamic than other beach tourist attractions in Vietnam. With more days of sunshine, beautiful beaches, mild temperatures, and Vietnam’s scuba diving center, Nha Trang will make your heart leap.

When traveling in Nha Trang, you can expect to soak up the rays on endless beaches, treat your stomach with seafood feasts, try the mineral-rich mud baths, experience scuba diving and snorkeling, relax in the ultra-luxe resorts, enjoy nightlife in cool bars, and explore popular Vietnam tourist attractions like Po Nagar Cham Towers, Nha Trang Cathedral, Long Song Pagoda.

  • Location: on South Central Coast of Vietnam, Khanh Hoa Province
  • How to get there: there are flights, trains, buses from other Vietnamese cities
  • Best for: Families, water sports lovers, anyone loves beach holidays
  • Best time to visit: February till April, August to October
  • Highlights: Vinpearl Land, Po Nagar Cham Towers, Nha Trang Beach
  • Tips:
    1. Book your island tour in advance so there are open spots and get best prices especially in peak tourist seasons
    2. Fresh caught seafoods are delicious in beachside restaurants and street vendors
    3. Sun protection items are essential
    4. Join water sports, snorkeling, diving, parasailing. They are lots of fun

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