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Vietnam – a developing country in Asia is worth visiting or not? If the question is in your mind, let’s go through some BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN VIETNAM to find out the answer. 

1. Sapa – The Foggy Town in Northwest Vietnam

Sapa is a peaceful and quiet land but it contains many wonders of natural beauty and human beauty. The natural landscape of SaPa and in association with the creativity of human create a romantic and colorful picture. We recommend you to visit these 3 places below once you reach Sapa. 

1.1. Fansipan

Fansipan is the highest mountain in Vietnam and Indochina peninsula as well, which is far about 9km from Sapa town to the west. It takes 20 minutes to reach the summit of Mount Fansipan by cable car or two days on foot.

1.2. Cat Cat Village

This village is the old village of H’Mong people, has remained the traditional crafts like growing flowers, linen, weaving fabric. This attractive place gives explorers a chance to see the daily life of local ethnic people, experience traditional activities, purchase handicrafts and taste local food.

Cat Cat Village in Sapa Vietnam
Cat Cat Village in Sapa Vietnam. Source: Innotour

1.3. Ta Phin Village

It owns the natural and captivates scenery, the traditional cultural features of the Red Dzao with brocade crafts. Hand-made products are catchy with colorful patterns such as skirts, purses, scarfs… Coming to Ta Phin Village, you can also visit nearby Ta Phin cave in different and diversified shapes.

The Best Sapa Tour from Hanoi
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A fair in Sapa

A fair in Sapa

2. Hanoi – The Capital of Vietnam

Hanoi is the wonderful capital of Vietnam, which has a reputation for various ancient architectures and long life history. It is seen as one of the best places to visit in Vietnam for not only domestic customers but foreigners. See how locals show you the best things to do in Hanoi. The 3 places you should pay a visit in Hanoi are One Pillar Pagoda, Vietnamese Women Museum, and the Temple of Literature.

2.1. One Pillar Pagoda

It is a small wood temple atop a stone pillar, located in Tây Cấm Garden in Thạch Bảo, Vĩnh Thuận district. It is designed to look like a lotus blossom, which is a Buddhist symbol of purity, since a lotus blossoms in a muddy pond.

2.2. Vietnamese woman museum

This museum is located at 36 Lý Thường Kiệt, Hoan Kiem district. This museum is dedicated to Vietnamese women. It was opened to the public in 1995 and had been renovated between 2006 and 2010. There are more than 1000 materials, photos, and objects displayed in the permanent exhibition to show the role of Vietnamese women in history and currently in arts and in family life. The museum also organizes thematic exhibitions to indicate changes and development of contemporary society.

2.3. Temple of literature

This is often considered as one of Hanoi’s most worth tourist attractions. Initially, it is built as a university in 1070 devoted to Confucius, scholars, and sages. Temple of literature is extremely well preserved and is an example of traditional-style Vietnamese architecture.

One Pillar Pagoda in Hanoi
One Pillar Pagoda in Hanoi. Source: Vietfuntravel

3. Hue – A Historic and Stunning City in Central Vietnam

Hue is the ancient capital of Vietnam, which is located in the harsh central place. Despite the severe weather, Hue has really sorted out the list of best places to visit in Vietnam for tourists. Therefore, don’t hesitate to plan to explore an ancient place like Hue city. In addition to these recommended places below, taking a look at best half-day tours in Hue may useful for you. Below are 3 must-see places in Hue.

3.1. Hue Citadel

It has long been a must-see attraction for tourists loving ancient beauty and authentic culture of Vietnam. The Citadel is one of Vietnam’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Imperial City of Hue was actually a walled fortress and palace of Hue ancient city.

3.2. Khai Dinh tomb

The Tomb is unique among the royal tombs in Hue, which is six miles from Hue and is served by package tours, motorbike, and cyclo drivers from the town center. Admission to Khai Dinh’s Royal Tomb costs VND 55,000, to be paid at the gate. The Tomb open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.

3.3. Vong Canh hill

It belongs to Hue city, it is far about 7 kilometers from the city center. Standing on the Vong Canh hill, you can enjoy the poetic scenery of Hue city, especially the tombs of the reign Nguyen. Located in the Vong Canh hill, you will have overall see sight with ancient relics and beautiful scenery of natural space around here, especially, the beauty of Huong River. This hill is a beautiful place that river and mountain gather to create interesting space.

Hue Citadel at night
Hue Citadel at night

4. Danang – The most livable city in Vietnam

Da Nang is one of the developing cities in Vietnam, which is seen as “worth living city”. Therefore, why don’t you explore it to see beautiful landscapes and special food here? Let’s choose Danang city for the best places to visit in Vietnam. What to see in the most beautiful city in Vietnam? Let’s check these 2 places below.

4.1. Linh Ung pagoda

Linh Ung Pagoda was built in an area known locally as Bai But or Buddha’s Sanctuary on Son Tra peninsula. It is considered as the most work of this kind from the central city of Da Nang, with regards to architectural and artistic value. Located about 10km from the center of the city, facing the North East, from the East Sea Park along the Truong Sa to Linh Ung Pagoda.

4.2. Marble mountain

It is located 7 km far from the city center to the southeast, it is seen the “Landscape of Southern Sky” with 5 mountains named after 5 elements Metal – Water – Wood – Fire – Earth. Marble Mountain is wonderful to visit at any time of the year. Visit the Marble Mountains on your own, walk the steps and touch the stone walls of the ancient caves. It is a great time for you to understand more about this country including people, and inner peace, more than any words can attempt to describe.

Linh Ung Pagoda
Linh Ung Pagoda

5. Hoi An – The Ancient Town with Thousands of Lanterns

Hoi An city in Quang Nam ranked 4th on the Travel Triangle list. It is preserved intact, visitors can walk along small alleys between the red-roofed houses, leading to the peaceful Thu Bon river. Hoi An is the place where you can easily discover the daily life of Vietnamese people, which is one of the best places to visit in Vietnam. The 3 places you must check-in in Hoi An are the Japanese covered bridge (inside the Ancient Town), Bay mau Coconut Forest, and An Bang Beach.

5.1. Japanese covered bridge

The bridge is one of Vietnam’s most iconic attractions, which existed in the 18th century and is a beautiful historical building of Japanese architecture. It is said that thí place was created by the Japanese then living in Hoi An as a way to reach the Chinese quarter across the water. Until now, the bridge is seen as a symbol of Hoi An ancient town and still remains as aesthetically pleasing as it was when it first opened.

5.2. Bay Mau Coconut forest

The forest in Cam Thanh Commune, Hoi An City is famous for being an important historical relic and craft village as well. There are many cottage houses built from coconut leaves. Previously, this area had about 7,000 m squares of coconut trees which freely grown. Nowadays, after many ups and downs of history, Bay Mau coconut forest is still up to the verdant beauty creating special points in Hoi An cultural tourism. Most tourists are really into trying coconut boat in the forest.

5.3. An Bang Beach

It is one of the few stretches of beaches in Hoi An that’s relatively unspoiled, making it become the best choice for soaking up the sun and enjoying a series of seaside activities. It also has plenty of beachfront resorts, seafood restaurants, and bars with stunning views.

Try Coconut Boat in Cam Thanh Village in Hoian
Try Coconut Boat in Cam Thanh Village in Hoian

6. Can Tho – Famous for the Floating Market in the Mekong Delta

The center of the Mekong Delta, Can Tho is the largest city in the area. It’s a vivid town with a lively river bank connected with beautiful gardens, and perhaps the greatest attraction of foreigners in the delta. It is also the perfect place for nearby floating markets, the plus point for tourists who come here to boat along the many canals and rivers.

6.1. Cai Rang market

It is the biggest floating market in Mekong Delta. The best time to visit is around 6 am to 7.30am, and it’s worth getting there early to avoid the boatloads of tourists and the heat. This place is a wholesale market, so look at what’s tied to the long pole above the boat to find out what they’re selling to smaller traders. Cai Rang can be seen when you drive motorbike from the road, but getting here is far more interesting by boat (US$10 to US$15).

6.2. Ninh Kieu night market

The market is located on Tan An Ward, Ninh Kieu district, Can Tho and opens from 4 PM to 4 AM next morning. However, most stores close before 12 PM. At Ninh Kieu night market, tourists can be happy with vivid locals’ daily life on and around the Hau River. Along with shopping, tourists can enjoy a variety of specialties of Mekong River Delta. Going to night market has become a pastime and lifestyle of locals of Can Tho city so that Ninh Kieu night market is a promising destination for people who are fond of shopping.

Cai Rang Floating Market in Can Tho Vietnam
Cai Rang Floating Market in Can Tho Vietnam

7. H0 Chi Minh City (Saigon) – The Biggest and Busiest City in Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh or Sai Gon is one of the best places to visit in Vietnam, which attracts tourists by not only the traditional culture but also delicious cuisine. There are list of things you cannot miss in this modern city.

7.1. Ben Thanh Market in District 1

It is a great place for tourists to see the locals’ daily life. There are many products bought here such as local handicrafts, branded goods, Vietnamese art, and other souvenirs. Besides, tourists can find food stalls inside the market where you can get a taste of hawker-style Vietnamese cuisine or simply enjoy a cup of cold drink. At night, restaurants around the market open their doors creating a vibrant street-side scene full of the scents of wok-fried noodles, barbecued fish and meats. Ben Thanh is one of Saigon’s oldest landmarks which offers a great atmosphere that is totally authentically Vietnamese.

7.2. Cu Chi tunnel

Cu Chi Tunnel is now one of Ho Chi Minh’s most iconic attractions. It is a part of a huge war museum in Ho Chi Minh. The tunnel offers visitors a clear sight at the underground life of Vietnamese soldiers back in 1948. There are many things along over 120 km of underground tunnels including trapdoors, living areas, kitchens, storage facilities, armory, hospitals, and command centers. Let’s visit to explore more.

I Love Asia Tour guides show tourists around Saigon by night
HCMC By Night

In this post, I suggest some best places to visit in Vietnam, hope it will be a great choice for you to explore. Don’t hesitate to come and enjoy the traditional culture and special cuisine.

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