Vietnam is one of the best travel destinations in South East Asia. The country has something for everyone: history and culture, flavourful food, incredible nature and scenery, adventure and more.
If you are planning a trip to Vietnam, this article will tell you everything you need to know about visas, climate, safety, transport and more. Then it’s time to plan the itinerary.
This Vietnam Bucket List features some of the best destinations in Vietnam and will either help you decide where to go or make it even harder for you to choose.
The capital of Vietnam is a great starting point into the country and is likely where you will be flying into if exploring the Northern parts of the country. Hanoi is known for its architecture, food and culture with Southeast Asian, Chinese and French influences. Some of the top things to do in Hanoi include the Imperial Citadel, Water Puppet Theatre and the Old Quarter.
Halong Bay is perhaps the most famous destination in Vietnam and for good reasons. The bay is known for its emerald waters and thousands of limestone islands and islets and as a World Heritage Site, Halong Bay is visually stunning and a must-visit destination when travelling Vietnam. These are the best things to do in Ha Long Bay.
Sa Pa, in the far North of Vietnam, is best known for its rice fields, trekking experiences and Cat Cat village. The town is home to a number of ethnic Vietnamese tribal groups and the whole area is blessed with spectacular natural beauty.
Ninh Binh / Tam Coc
Ninh Binh is the perfect destination for adventurers and nature lovers and is a great base to explore surrounding areas, such as Tam Coc. Tam Coc is home to some of Vietnams best scenery. Similar to the scenery in Halong Bay but with towering limestone formations overland instead.
Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park is a Unesco World Heritage Site home to the largest cave in the world – Han Son Doong. Son Doong is part of an underground system connecting over 150 caves in Vietnam near the Laos border and is believed to be between 2 and 5 million years old.
Dong Hoi is a small port and seaside town that is relatively untouched by tourism, making it the perfect Vietnamese destination to visit if you’re looking for a break from the crowds. Additionally, Dong Hoi has excellent transport link to the Phong Nha region and is definitely worth a visit if planning on visiting the caves. Click here for tips on getting from Dong Hoi to Hanoi.
Hoi An, in central Vietnam, is a historic city with a unique blend of Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese and French-influenced architecture – preserved from the city’s past as a trading port from the 15th to 19th century. Some top sights in Hoi An include the Ancient Town, Central Market and An Bang Beach.
Nha Trang is a coastal resort city, and one of the best places to visit in Vietnam if looking for a beach getaway. Known for beaches, island hopping, scuba diving and mud baths, Nha Trang provides the perfect balance between city and sea.
Ho Chi Minh City
As Vietnam’s biggest city, Ho Chi Minh City is chaotic and energetic, yet full of culture and history. If travelling in South Vietnam, this is likely where you will fly in from. Some of the top sights in Ho Chi Minh City include the War Remnants Museum, Chi Chi Tunnels and the number of pagodas and temples.
When travelling South Vietnam, the Mekong Delta is a bucket list destination you can’t miss. Known as the “rice bowl” of Vietnam, the maze of waterways is home to floating markets, pagodas and villages surrounded by rice paddies. The best way to see the Mekong Delta is via boat.
Planning a trip to Vietnam
If you are planning a trip to Vietnam, this article will tell you everything you need to know about visas, climate, safety, transport, tipping in Vietnam, budgeting, planning your route and more. Then it’s time to plan the itinerary.
Getting around Vietnam
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Travel Insurance in Vietnam
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