Vietnam is a beautiful country located in Southeast Asia. It covers an area of over 331,000 km2 which includes 3000 km coastline in addition to, forests, mountains, and rivers, as well as a number of incredible caves and grottos. It is a multicultural country which has experienced a great deal of both struggles and developments over the past few thousand years. These elements of geographical and cultural diversity make Vietnam a fascinating destination for all travelers. Here is the list of top places to visit in Vietnam that will make you ready to book your flight.

Top attractions in Vietnam

Hanoi Capital

Hanoi Capital - Top places to visit in Vietnam
Hoan Kiem Lake – Hanoi Center

Hanoi is Vietnam’s capital situated on the banks of the Red River Delta. The city is one of Vietnam’s primary centers of commerce with more than 8 million residents. After becoming the nation’s capital in 1010, it has remained an important political and cultural icon. Here you can find many interesting things from the hustle and bustle of the city’s markets to the tranquil atmosphere of the outskirts.

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Popular Sites In Hanoi

Popular Sites Around Hanoi

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Hanoi City Tour

Street Food Tour

Ninh Binh

Trang An landscape complex (Ninh Binh) - Vietnam's top places
Trang An Landscape Complex

Ninh Binh is about 100 km south of Hanoi and is extremely easy to visit with a one or two-day trip from the capital. This popular destination offers plenty of attractions, from historic monuments to natural sites. Its long history, unique culture and impressive nature makes Ninh Binh one of the top places to visit in Vietnam.

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Ninh Binh Top Attraction

Video of Ninh Binh Landscapes

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Ninh Binh Tour in 1 day

Ninh Binh Trip in 2 days

Ha Long Bay – Bai Tu Long Bay – Lan Ha Bay

Ha Long Bay - Top places to visit in Vietnam
World Heritage Site

Ha Long Bay, in the Gulf of Tonkin, is just a 2.5 – 3.5-hour drive from Hanoi (depending on which route taken). It covers an area of 1553 km2 with almost 2000 islands and islets. This sparkling bay was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Sites twice: in 1994 for its universal aesthetic value and in 2000 for its geological and geomorphological value. In 2012, it became one of the new Seven Natural Wonders of the world. For these reasons and more, Ha Long Bay is absolutely one of the top places to visit in the world, let alone Vietnam.

Everyone surely knows Ha Long Bay because of its reputation. However, there are two stunning neighboring bays – Bai Tu Long and Land Ha, sharing similar geological formation you may not know. They are more tranquil than Ha Long Bay. If you don’t like to come to too crowded and noisy places, Bai Tu Long and Lan Ha are probably perfect alternative.

To see more about this wonder ➢ Beauty of Ha Long -Bai Tu Long – Lan Ha

Sapa Mountain Town

Sapa Mountain Town - Top Places to Visit in Vietnam
Muong Hoa Valley

Sapa, over 315 km from Hanoi, is a mountain town located in the northwest region of Vietnam. It is the home of 6 ethnic groups, the Viet who occupy the primary town and 5 others (Hmong, Dao, Tay, Giay and Xa Pho) in surrounding villages. Besides its diversity of culture, the town is also famous for its scenery of dramatic mountains, stunning terraced fields, and picturesque valleys as well as tranquil villages

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Details of Sapa Mountain Town

Video of Sapa Spectacular Scenery

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Sapa Tour in 3 Days

Hue Former Capital

Hue imperial city (Hue former capital) - Vietnam Attractions
Imperial City

Hue is a small city in the central region, about 654 km south of Hanoi and 1079 km north of Ho Chi Minh City. It was the Vietnamese capital under the Nguyen dynasty from 1802 to 1945. Though this land has gone through ups and downs related to the political movements, it has retained several unique elements including ancient structures, royal music, and traditional cuisines. 

Further information ➣ Top Attractions In Hue

Tour reference

Day Hue Excursion

Da Nang City

Bana Hills (Da Nang) - Vietnam attractions
Bana Hills

Da Nang is a modern city in the central region. It has a great location (within 100 km) from several UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Hue Imperial City, Hoi An Ancient Town, and My Son Sanctuary. The city itself has many local attractions you should not miss out on such as Marble Mountains, Bana Hills, and Danang beaches.

Hoi An Town

Hoi An Ancient Town - Top places to visit in Vietnam
Hoi An Ancient Town

This beautiful town belongs to Quang Nam province, just 29 km (18 miles) from Danang. When talking about Hoi An, we surely think of thousands of lanterns hung from old buildings. In fact, it is also known for many other wonderful things: delicate cuisine, beautiful beaches, and peaceful rural areas as well as the local’s hospitality.

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Details of Hoi An

Video of Hoi An Ancient Town

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Hoi An Cooking Tour

Mekong River Delta

Mekong River Delta - Vietnam attractions
Travel along Canals of Mekong Delta

The Mekong is one of the longest rivers in Asia. It starts from the Tibetan Plateau and flows through several countries including part of China, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Cuu Long (Mekong River Delta) is a part of the Mekong river running through the southwestern region of Vietnam. This important portion makes up the biggest delta in Vietnam. Millions of people make a living from this huge river and its delta. Taking a two-day tour is a wonderful experience to learn about rustic life and hospitality in the southern countryside.

For further information ➣ Details of Mekong

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Mekong River Delta Excursion

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  • James

    very helpful information

    • Tony

      Thank you for spending time on Indochina Focus