Read on to see our top 10 places where you can experience the best of Vietnam.
1. The Terraced Paddy Fields of Sapa
Sapa's unique sloping landscape is stunning. The terraced mountains are covered in lush green paddy fields as they rise and fall into stunning valleys.
If you like trekking, you're the right place, as treks of any intensity level here will let you enjoy some truly magnificent nature.
Vietnam tour packages often give you a choice of activity level. If you don't fancy a hardcore hike, you can choose a pace that suits you best.
2. The Winding Labyrinth of Cu Chi Tunnels
The underground Cu Chi tunnels were dug by the Viet Cong resistance fighters, during the Vietnam war.
The complex network stretches for tens of thousands of miles.
When you visit, you'll be amazed by the intricate living areas, the kitchen facilities even hospitals! You'll even be able to have a meal and see what Vietnamese soldiers would've eaten in those very tunnels. The tunnels are an enduring testament to the resillience of the Vietnamese people, and when you see the narrow tunnels for yourself, you’ll be awe struck by the idea that people spent months and even years within the subterrenean halls.
3. The Forest-Topped Islands of Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay is one of Vietnam's UNESCO World Heritage sites, recognized as such all the way back in 1994.
It's famous for its thousands of tall limestone islands and stunning scenery set amidst the calm blue water, as well as the floating villages that sustain themselves through various maritime trades and crafts.
The best and most popular way to see Ha Long Bay is to look at tour packages and book a cruise, like this one. You can visit floating villages, go kayaking, explore the islands' caves... or just go to the beach! Tours can stretch from a short day-trip to multi-day excursions complete with sleeping arrangements on the boat.
4. The Variety of Architecture in Ho Chi Minh
Before the war, Ho Chi Minh City used to be called Saigon.
It's full of charm and history that you can reach out and touch, like the war rooms in the basement of Reunification Palace or the sombre tales of the War Remnants Museum.
Go shopping in Ben Thanh Market where you'll find local crafts, those all-important souvenirs, and perhaps the most diverse street food market in all of Vietnam.
Or why not send a postcard from the old French colonial Central Post Office, like they've been doing since 1891? You can even send one to yourself as a memory of your experience!
5. A Walking Tour of Hanoi
The fascinating city of Hanoi is humongous, but sectioned off into districts, with the most notable from a tourist’s perspective are the Old Quarter and the French Quarter.
You'll get the most out of your visit with a local guide to show you around the narrow streets and alleys. They'll fill you in on what's happening around you, providing invaluable context, and you can impress all your friends with your newly gained deep knowledge of the city when you get back home!
Check out some of our tours of Hanoi, and bear in mind that you can customise any of them to your specific desires. This way, you'll get to check out exactly what you're interested in.
Want to know the best places for famous Vietnamese egg coffee? Ask your guide they'll know just where to go!
6. Remote Hill Tribe Markets and Villages in Northern Vietnam
Vietnam has a varied cultural heritage, and as such is extremely ethnically diverse, with 54 different ethnic groups in the country. While 87% of the population are Viet, the rest are mainly scattered across the mountainous regions of Vietnam, including the Northern Mountains and the Central Highlands.
Visit one of these villages, chat and learn from the locals, and perhaps go to a market and buy some of the unique tribal fabrics and crafts found in these areas.
Many Vietnam tour packages include homestays, where you can meet and stay with a tribal family. This is easily the best and most accessible way to experience their culture and way of life and is the kind of memory that will stay with you forever.
7. The Ancient Walled City of Hue
Hue is yet another UNESCO site, and for good reason. It's in ruins now, mostly a result of the battles that took place here during the war, but Hue's Forbidden Purple City was a walled city within a city for the Nguyen dynasty's emperor. Sadly the damage caused from the war was extensive, but authorities have undertaken extensive restoration projects in recent years, returning some of its former glory to the palace city.
The ruins are impressive, but so is the beautifully named Perfume River, which you can cruise along and soak in your surroundings.
Sunsets over the Perfume River are stunning, so have your camera on hand for photos you'll want to revisit again and again.
8. The Old Port Town of Hoi An
The UNESCO site of Hoi An is also known as the "Yellow City of Vietnam." Why? Because all the houses are painted yellow!
Hoi An is the city where time stood still, and that's why it's the perfect place to visit. You'll see traditional Vietnamese life in a medieval trading port setting, with architecture that's been influenced by French, Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese styles.
Hoi An is also a great place for foodies, with amazing and authentic Central Vietnamese food available on every corner. If you should fall in love with the cuisine, why not take a cooking class so you can bring your favourite Vietnamese dishes home with you?
9. The Marble Mountains of Vietnam
The Marble Mountains are 5 pillars that tower over the flat towns far below. The mountains have names, with each one representing a natural element, so there's Kim (metal), Thuy (water), Moc (wood), Hoa (fire), and Tho (earth).
Wander through the mountains' incredible caves and marvel at the sculptures and carvings within.
And if you feel like relaxing after all that exploring, why not head to China Beach? During the war, it was used as a sunbathing spot by American soldiers and nurses. Now it's a place of visual beauty and relaxation.
Some Vietnam tour packages actually include several of these sites in one tour, so you can see as much as possible on your vacation without the hassle of trying to get there yourself.
10. The Dunes and Fishing Boats of Mui Ne
Mui Ne is full of tiny fishing villages and beaches that are great for surfing and swimming.
Ever think you'd see vast red or white sand dunes in Vietnam? Head along the desert highway and you won't miss them. In fact, you might even feal like you’ve left Vietnam and stepped onto Mars!
Many Vietnam tour packages include tours of both sets of dunes, which are nestled beside water and grassy verges, and often features a serene walk down a small stream flanked by bright red clifs. It's best to be there in time for sunrise or sunset for the best views and coolest temperatures.
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