Vietnam is a country with a rich history and unique culture. It’s not a surprise that it invites millions of tourists on a regular basis. The unique blend of Asian and French culture, along with the beautiful landscapes, stunning architecture, and quiet villages, Vietnam has a lot to offer- you just need to know where to look. Here are the top 5 destinations in Vietnam – the ones you must definitely not miss out on.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park (above image)
The Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is a world famous destination for adventure lovers. It’s one of the best caving destinations in the world- and the moment you see the mind-blowing stalactite and stalagmite formations, you’ll understand why.
The most important destination within the national park is the Paradise Cave, a stunning cavern that is located over 31 kilometers underground. Take a boat out to the caves, swim, and explore! It’s a destination like no other!
Ho Chi Minh City is the commercial hub of the country, and the place you MUST head to if you are a fan of big cities. This bustling city is full of wonderful restaurants, beautiful museums, and stunning architecture. Head down to Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, explore the Reunification Palace, and soak in the local history of the area.
Another place you should definitely visit is Dong Khoi, at the center of the city, where all the sights lie (including the HCMC museum, and the beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral).
Headed to Vietnam to enjoy a pleasant vacation in the sun? Nha Trang is the best place for you to go! It’s the most popular beach spot for Vietnamese and international tourists, and once you visit, you will understand why. The sandy beaches are beautiful, and the waters are perfect for a swim.
In the unlikely situation that you get bored of sun bathing and swimming, you can head to the nearby Po Nagar Cham towers, a 7th century place of worship that boasts of a stunning location.
Hanoi is a city meant for those who thrive on energy and frenzy. It’s a chaotic city for sure, with millions of people bustling about throughout the day. If you want to explore Vietnamese life, there is no better place to do so than Hanoi. It has some of the finest museums in the country- including the Vietnam Fine Art Museum and the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.
If you’re interested in architecture, you should definitely visit the Temple of Literature, the beautiful Confucian temple. Hanoi is also home to unique water puppet shows as well.
Ba Be National Park
Ba Be National Park is yet another magical location in Vietnam. It is a tranquil and serene national park, surrounded by thick forests, jagged peaks, and peaceful rivers. Most travelers come to the Ba Be National Park to take long boat trips, or kayak across the peaceful waters.
The more adventurous tourists can also head to the nearby caves. If you’re visiting the Ba Be National Park, you should definitely book yourself into a home stay, to experience the Vietnamese way of living at its authentic best.
Every nook and cranny of Vietnam is full of culture, adventure and excitement. If you’re visiting Vietnam on a holiday, one or more of these destinations are SURE to feature in your itinerary. So what’s your favorite travel destination in Vietnam? Do let us know using the comments below.