With a rich history including the legacy of the Vietnam war, beautiful bays, and rainforests coupled with bustling cities and delicious foods, Vietnam is a must-see for many. But where do you begin when planning your itinerary? Well, to start you off here’s our guide to the best places to visit in Vietnam!
You have to check out Hanoi when in Vietnam, and it’s likely that you will be entering or exiting the country here anyway, so make the most of it. This bustling, frenetic and charming city is full of the sights, sounds and smells of the east. From the enchanting French Quarter with its colonial architecture to the backstreets of the Old Quarter, Hanoi is a great place to begin your trip to Vietnam and an excellent base for exploring the country, as most tours start here.
Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay
There is nothing quite like a cruise along Halong Bay’s greeny-blue waters. Navigating the limestone islets and taking in the stunning scenery is one of the highlights of any trip to Vietnam. It is, however, one of the 7 wonders of nature, and on everyone’s list of things to do, so if you fancy the same beautiful views without the crowds head to the equally impressive Lan Ha Bay, a little further south
Another city on our list of must-sees in Vietnam, Hoi An is one for people watching and exploring the old town. Sit in cafes and soak up the fantastic atmosphere at dusk. There are some impressive 15th-century buildings that add to the charm, and the Japanese Bridge is well worth a viewing.
Vietnam is a favorite place for hikers, and there is an established homestay business in the region of Sapa whereby locals open their homes to visitors. Sapa offers some of the best treks in the country. Take your time touring the lush countryside and fields and getting to know the charming locals you meet along the way.
Ba Be National Park
The Ba Be National Park is another peaceful destination to explore. The homestay accommodation on offer gives visitors the chance to explore the local culture, and the area itself offers a wealth of outdoor activities, including hiking or helping out in the local community amongst the tribes that inhabit the area.
Ho Chi Minh City
If all the nature and trekking makes you crave a modern city then head to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon. Modernity meets tradition here in the largest city in Vietnam, so head here for your cultural fix, visit the bustling markets and take in the vibe in this sprawling city.
We could write for days about the beautiful things to do in Vietnam, but if you have limited time then stick to a few of these options to get you a good taste of what Vietnam has to offer.