The best Vietnam destinations. Southeast Asia travel

11 Best Vietnam Destinations

With so many great Vietnam destinations, choosing is tough. After more than a year here, we haven’t seen it all, but we can help narrow down your choices. We think these 11 Vietnam destinations are the very best, for your precious vacation time.

 

Too Many Vietnam Destinations?

Vietnam is surprisingly large and bursting at the seams with majestic landscapes, natural wonders, and vibrant culture. You can’t see it all in a typical 2 or 3-week vacation, but no worries. You can definitely have an amazing and unforgettable experience in that time!

 

Halong Bay

Halong Bay is one of the best Vietnam destinations. Southeast Asia travel.Halong Bay mesmerized us. It has the impossible beauty of a fantasy world. Pure emerald waters, 2000 jagged pinnacles, hidden caves, rolling mists, and magical sunsets. Cruising through the thousands of islands is a once-in-a-life experience.

If you only visit one Vietnam destination, make it Halong Bay!

Located 112 miles west of Hanoi, Halong Bay is most often reached via a 4-hour car ride.

Halong Bay one of the best Vietnam destinations. Southeast Asia travel.

Why Visit?

Visit Halong Bay to be overwhelmed by surreal natural beauty. It’s one of the most unique and stunning spots on earth! This karst seascape is unique because of its immense vastness.

Similar limestone formations exist in Laos, Thailand, and China, but the scale and number in Halong Bay dwarfs them all. That’s why it’s a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Cruises also offer lots of fun excursions like kayaking, cave exploring, rock climbing, swimming, and more.

 

When to Visit?

The best weather occurs in March – April and September – October.

 

How Long to Stay?

3 days is the best length in our opinion (and of most other visitors).

Many cruises are available. These are from ultra-budget to luxury, and from 3-hour boat tours to 3-day luxury cruises. We took a 3-day luxury cruise with Indochina Sails and highly recommend them.

 

Recommended Hotels Nearby?

Halong Paradise Suites Hotel
Halong Plaza Hotel
Ha Long DC Hotel
Asean Halong Hotel
Novotel Ha Long Bay

 

Traveling to Ha Long from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh?

Flight, Train, Bus and Ferry Fares from Hanoi to Halong Bay

Flight, Train, Bus and Ferry Fares from Ho Chi Minh to Halong Bay

 

Sapa

Sapa is one of the best Vietnam destinations. Southeast Asia travel. North Vietnam.
Sapa is famous for mountain landscapes, spectacular rice terraces, and traditional hill tribes. We found the magnitude of the rice terraces mind-blowing. They cover whole mountains and valleys, and they span for miles.

Sapa town is a former, French hill station in the remote northwest of Vietnam. It’s near the China border about 200 miles northwest of Hanoi. There are many hotels and restaurants, but spend as little time in Sapa town as possible.

Sapa town is best used a gateway to explore the surrounding countryside. Time is best spent on trekking tours led by local guides. The best guides are women from ethnic minority villages scattered around the mountains.

Many guides offer real homestays too. The most authentic experience is trekking through the terraced mountains by day and staying at your guide’s family home at night.

Sapa is one of the best Vietnam destinations. Southeast Asia travel. North Vietnam

Why Visit?

Visit Sapa to trek gorgeous mountains, marvel at stunning rice terraces, and meet the hill tribes that built and work them. There is also a new cable car system that connects Sapa to the top of Mt. Fansipan, the highest peak in Vietnam. It provides fantastic panoramic views never before possible.

 

When to Visit?

The best weather occurs in March – April and September – October.

 

How Long to Stay?

We think 3 days is just about right.

 

Recommended Hotels Nearby?

Sapa Dragon Hotel
Sapa Legend Hotel & Spa
Aira Boutique Sapa Hotel & Spa
Cat Cat Garden Hotel
Sapa Paradise View Hotel

 

Traveling to Sapa from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh?

Flight, Train, Bus and Ferry Fares from Hanoi to Sapa

Flight, Train, Bus and Ferry Fares from Ho Chi Minh to Sapa

 

Tam Coc (Ninh Binh Province)

Tam Coc (Ninh Binh Province) is one of the best Vietnam destinations. Southeast Asia travel. North Vietnam

Ninh Binh Province is in the north, less than 2 hours from Hanoi. It has limestone karst formations similar to Halong Bay, except on land. While not as large or dramatic as the karst seascape, these are still quite stunning to experience. They can be enjoyed on foot, on bicycle, and on a sampan boat.

The Ngo Dong River winds around the jagged pinnacles, past rice fields, and under a few water caves. Local ladies row the boats. The ride lasts about 2 hours, and the ladies often row with their feet!

 

Why Visit?

Visit to enjoy a traditional boat ride down a lazy river, while you marvel at the epic scenery.

 

When to Visit?

April – June is the best time to visit.

 

How Long to Stay?

1 day. Tam Coc is an easy day trip from Hanoi.

 

Recommended Hotels Nearby?

The Vancouver Hotel Ninh Binh
Tam Coc Garden
Nam Hoa Hotel
Emeralda Resort Ninh Binh
Ninh Binh Hidden Charm Hotel & Resort

 

Traveling to Ninh Binh from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh?

Flight, Train, Bus and Ferry Fares from Hanoi to Ninh Binh

Flight, Train, Bus and Ferry Fares from Ho Chi Minh to Ninh Binh

 

Hoi An

Hoi An is one of the best Vietnam destinations. Southeast Asia travel. Central Vietnam

We think Hoi An is the most charming town in Vietnam. Hoi An has picturesque canals, colorful locals, and an “ancient town” district that has been preserved for centuries. Hoi An’s “ancient town” district is so well preserved it’s a UNESCO world heritage site.

You can explore original structures like temples, family homes, and community halls.

Hoi An is also very fun and festive. Every night, silk lanterns line the streets and canals of Hoi An. Every month, the town hosts a full moon festival. All other light is extinguished. Only silk lanterns illuminate “ancient town” with their magic glow, just like they did centuries ago.

 

Why Visit?

Visit Hoi An to glimpse a bygone era. Walk under silk lanterns and along canals. Ride a traditional sampan boat at sunset. And visit water buffalos in the nearby countryside.

Hoi An is also famous for numerous tailor-made clothing shops.

 

When to Visit?

March – May has the best combination of dry weather and moderate temperatures.

June – August is usually dry as well, but it’s very hot and humid.

Beware October – December. It’s monsoon season and Hoi An is prone to flooding.

 

How Long to Stay?

2-3 days is optimal. If you’re short on time read about what to do in Hoi An on a short visit.

 

Recommended Hotels Nearby?

Hoi An Holiday Villa
Cozy Hoi An Boutique Villas
Golden Bell Hoi An Boutique Villa
Odyssey Hoi An Hotel
Pham Gia Boutique Homestay Villa

 

Traveling to Hoi An from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh?

Flight, Train, Bus and Ferry Fares from Hanoi to Hoi An

Flight, Train, Bus and Ferry Fares from Ho Chi Minh to Hoi An

 

Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park 

Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park is one of the best Vietnam destinations. Southeast Asia travel. Central Vietnam

Most people have never heard of Ke Bang National Park, but it’s one of the most special places on the globe. This UNESCO site has:

The biggest cave in the world – Son Doong Cave.

This one cave has a jungle, river, and is big enough to fit a 40-story skyscraper!

The largest system of caves in the world.

There are hundreds of massive caves, many unexplored.

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The longest underground river.

You can explore part of the river on a regular tour of Phong Nha Cave

Many caves accessible to regular folks, and some for advanced explorers.

Son Doong Cave is fittingly the most difficult and expensive to visit. Prices start at $3000USD, and there is more than a year-long waiting list.

Luckily many other awesome caves are cheap and easy to visit.

 

Why Visit?

Visit to explore a truly magnificent, natural wonder that is accessible and affordable for ordinary travelers. Stroll through inspiring Paradise cave, float down the world’s longest underground river at Phong Nha cave, and spend a night camping in Hang En cave.

 

When to Visit?

October – May is the best time to visit.

 

How Long to Stay?

3 days will satisfy most travelers. Longer expeditions are available for cave enthusiasts.

 

Recommended Hotels Nearby?

Phong Nha Farmstay
Thuong Hai Hotel
Phong Nha Midtown Hotel
Paradise Hotel
Thien Thanh Hotel

 

Traveling to Phong Nha from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh?

Flight, Train, Bus and Ferry Fares from Hanoi to Phong Nha

Flight, Train, Bus and Ferry Fares from Ho Chi Minh to Hoi An

 

Da Lat

Dalat is one of the best Vietnam destinations. Southeast Asia travel. Da Lat Central Vietnam

Da Lat holds a special place in our hearts. Located in the central highlands, Dalat is one of the most romantic destinations in Vietnam. We came chasing waterfalls and romance, but we also found adventure and culture.

Da Lat city has some interesting attractions, but the surrounding countryside is the star attraction. Dalat is surrounded by scenic highlands filled with fragrant pine forests, vast lakes, picturesque waterfalls, and green rolling hills for as far as you can see.

With an elevation of around 1500m, the climate is much cooler and more pleasant than most of Vietnam. We didn’t believe we were still in Vietnam. We felt magically transported to an alpine region of Europe.

Dalat is one of the best Vietnam destinations. Southeast Asia travel. Da Lat. Central Vietnam

Why Visit?

Visit Da Lat to enjoy beautiful countryside. The waterfalls, lakes, and pine-covered hills are great for everything from romantic getaways, to adventure sports, to family outings.

 

When to Visit?

November – March is dry season for Da Lat, and the best time for most visitors.

 

How Long to Stay

2-3 days is will give you a good taste of Da Lat.

Check out our full travel guide for Dalat.

 

Recommended Hotels Nearby?

Swiss-Belresort Tuyen Lam Dalat
Villa Vista Hotel
Dreams Hotel
Ana Mandara Villas Dalat Resort & Spa
Du Parc Hotel Dalat

 

Traveling to Da Lat from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh?

Flight, Train, Bus and Ferry Fares from Hanoi to Da Lat

Flight, Train, Bus and Ferry Fares from Ho Chi Minh to Da Lat

 

Mekong Delta

Mekong Delta is one of the best Vietnam destinations. Southeast Asia travel. Mekong river. South Vietnam

The Mekong Delta is the southernmost region. Called the “fruit bowl” of Vietnam, it has the richest farmland in the country. The Mekong Delta has the vintage scenery that you’d recognize from films. It’s a maze of interweaving waterways, lush farmland, and floating markets.

Key experiences here are simple strolls through gorgeous scenery, discovering exotic fruit, sampan rides through tropical mangroves, and witnessing the spectacle of a floating market.

If you’ve never seen a floating market, you won’t believe your eyes. You’ll wonder at the diversity of produce,  (trying to identify fruits and vegetables that you’ve never seen before). Then, you’ll marvel at the effortless grace of the local farmers.

Even the elderly have no trouble standing on boats, walking on boats, and moving from one to another. It’s like a rural cirque du soleil on water.

Can Tho city is a very convenient base to explore the Mekong Delta. We recommend getting out of the city and staying at an authentic homestay – at a real farm.

 

Why Visit?

Visit to experience the “real” Vietnam while you can. Vietnam is modernizing quickly, and old traditions fade everyday. Today, a floating market is the real deal, not just a show for tourists. Tomorrow, it could be just another modern grocery store.

 

When to Visit?

January – March is a great time to visit. There is no real “best” time here. Any month can be a great time to visit with different advantages, even monsoon season (May – October).

 

How Long to Stay

1 day – for floating markets and a bit of the farmlands.

2 to 3 days – to include a homestay and more local life.

 

Recommended Hotels Nearby?

The Island Lodge
Victoria Can Tho Resort
Mekong Lodge
Nam Bo Boutique Hotel
Oasis Hotel

 

Traveling to the Mekong Delta from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh?

Flight, Train, Bus and Ferry Fares from Hanoi to Can Tho

Flight, Train, Bus and Ferry Fares from Ho Chi Minh to Can Tho

 

Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc is one of the best Vietnam destinations. Southeast Asia travel. South Vietnam. Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc Island is the kind of tropical paradise we all dream of visiting. Crystal blue waters. Powdery beaches that stretch as far as you can see. Rugged mountains. Lush tropical plants.

Phu Quoc’s beaches are growing in popularity, but many remain secluded gems. Phu Quoc’s interior is an untouched and protected rainforest that is as wild as it is mysterious. Since the rest of Vietnam faces east, Phu Quoc has something unique in Vietnam – spectacular beach sunsets.

Phu Quoc is only a cheap 45 min flight from Ho Chi Minh City.

 

Why Visit?

Visit Phu Quoc for a tropical island getaway. The natural beauty of Phu Quoc Island is stunning and seductive. It makes relaxation and romance easy.

 

When to Visit?

The best weather on Phu Quoc is the dry season from November – March.

 

How Long to Stay

2-3 days, depends on how much you want to relax on a lazy, remote island.

 

Recommended Hotels Nearby?

Salinda Resort Phu Quoc Island
Peppercorn Beach Resort
Daisy Resort
La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc – MGallery Collection
Chen Sea Resort & Spa Phu Quoc

 

Traveling to Phu Quoc from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh?

Flight, Train, Bus and Ferry Fares from Hanoi to Phu Quoc

Flight, Train, Bus and Ferry Fares from Ho Chi Minh to Phu Quoc

 

Danang

Danang is one of the best Vietnam destinations. Southeast Asia travel. Central Vietnam. Vietnam beaches

We think Danang is one of the most underrated destinations in Vietnam. Danang is located in central Vietnam. It’s Vietnam’s third largest city, has all the modern luxuries, but still has a quaint, small-town atmosphere.

Danang is a beach town with white beaches that stretch for miles. It’s actually home to the famous China Beach, from the TV show. The beach area is well developed for visitors – but not over-developed.

There are plenty of hotel, food, and drink options – but no McDonalds. There’s even is a paved boardwalk along the beach that extends almost the full length.

Danang is also a river town with the coolest bridges in Vietnam. The Dragon Bridge spits fire and water at 9pm, every weekend night. There’s a scenic, fun, and convenient riverwalk that extends for longer than you can walk. And there are various dinner and sightseeing cruises by day and night.

Danang is one of the best Vietnam destinations. Southeast Asia travel. Central Vietnam. Vietnam beaches

Danang is also a great hub city. It’s close to several great attractions. Monkey Mountain, Son Tra Nature Reserve, the Marble Mountains, Hoi An, Hue, My Son ruins, and several more are very close by.

 

Why Visit?

Visit Danang to enjoy the beach, the river, and the convenient location.

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When to Visit?

Danang’s dry season and best weather is from Mid-February – August.

 

How Long to Stay

1 to 3 days, for Danang and the attractions within 30 minutes of the city.

If you’re using Danang as a home-base to visit other nearby attractions, a week is feasible.

 

Recommended Hotels Nearby?

InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort
Fusion Suites Danang Beach
Pullman Danang Beach Resort
Sofia Boutique Hotel Da Nang
Novotel Danang Premier Han River

 

Traveling to Da Nang from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh?

Flight, Train, Bus and Ferry Fares from Hanoi to Da Nang

Flight, Train, Bus and Ferry Fares from Ho Chi Minh to Da Nang

 

Nha Trang

Nha Trang is one of the best Vietnam destinations. Southeast Asia travel. Central Vietnam. Vietnam beaches

Nha Trang is the most lively beach destination in Vietnam. We usually prefer lazy, secluded beaches, but there is no denying Nha Trang’s fun factor. Nha Trang beach is very urban, and any modern convenience is never far away.

It has every watersport on offer and the best scuba diving/snorkeling in the Vietnam. There are many boat trips to neighboring islands, and a scenic cable car will take you to VinPearlLand, Vietnam’s largest amusement park.

 

Why Visit?

Visit for a vibrant, active, and raucous beach fun that’s much more affordable than most other countries.

 

When to Visit?

January – September is the dry season with clear skies.

February – April has more moderate temperatures.

 

How Long to Stay

1-3 days, depends on if you want a little or a lot of beach fun on your Vietnam vacation.

 

Recommended Hotels Nearby?

Mia Resort Nha Trang
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay
InterContinental Nha Trang
Rosaka Nha Trang Hotel
Novotel Nha Trang

 

Traveling to Nha Trang from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh?

Flight, Train, Bus and Ferry Fares from Hanoi to Nha Trang

Flight, Train, Bus and Ferry Fares from Ho Chi Minh to Nha Trang

 

Hue

Hue is one of the best Vietnam destinations. Southeast Asia travel. Central Vietnam. Vietnam beaches

Hue is Vietnam’s premier historical destination and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Located in the central region, Hue was the imperial capital during the Nguyen Dynasty – the last emperors of Vietnam. Many ancient monuments to the bygone era lie along the beautiful Perfume River.

We’re not the biggest history buffs, but we find Hue beautiful and interesting. A riverboat cruise down the river is the most fun and easiest way to see a variety of ancient attractions.

Hue is also home to Vietnam’s 2nd favorite dish, Bun Bo Hue. Be sure to try it here.

 

Why Visit?

Visit to experience the final moments of Vietnam’s imperial heritage. Hue is also a lovely river town with excellent scenery.

 

When to Visit?

February – April has the best combination of clear skies and moderate temperatures.

May – July can also have good weather, but temperatures can very high.

 

How Long to Stay

2 days is more than enough time, unless you’re a big history fan.

 

Recommended Hotels Nearby?

The Scarlett Boutique Hotel
Hotel la Perle – Hue
Hue Serene Shining Hotel
Holiday Diamond Hotel
Hue Serene Palace Hotel

 

Traveling to Hue from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh?

Flight, Train, Bus and Ferry Fares from Hanoi to Hue

Flight, Train, Bus and Ferry Fares from Ho Chi Minh to Hue

 

**Bonus Info**

We don’t count Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi as “Vietnam destinations” because you’ll basically have no choice. Almost everyone flies into one city and out of the other. Each city does have lots of fun, interesting experiences to offer, and deserves some of your precious time.

Here’s a little info on each.

 

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City is one of the best Vietnam Destinations. Saigon. Southeast Asia Travel. South Vietnam.

Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon) is the biggest and most modern city in Vietnam. Located in the south, there are many great attractions in the city and as daytrips. Beyond the attractions, we think the coolest thing about Saigon is the mix of the old and the new. It has bamboo huts by the river, ultra-modern skyscrapers, and everything in between.

One moment, you’ll see a businessperson in a Porsche, rushing to a meeting. The next moment, you’ll see an old lady in a conical hat, on a lazy bike ride. And both of them share the same road with an infinity of motorbikes. Crossing the street for the first time is a rite of passage for all Vietnam visitors. It’s scary, but not as impossible as it seems. Just watch the locals and follow along.

The first thing you should do in Ho Chi Minh City is take a food tour. Vietnam has some of the best food in the whole world. And food tours usually include a bit of sightseeing. It’s the best way to get oriented and get fed! There are several food tours – day tours, night tours, walking tours, motorbike tours, and more. They also visit different parts of the city. Our favorite is Back of the Bike Tours.

The most convenient place to stay for tourists is District 1. This area has a wide range of accommodations, endless restaurants, and is close to most of the major attractions. The best daytrip is to the Chu Chi Tunnels, an underground network of tunnels used during the war.

 

Recommended Hotels Nearby?

Caravelle Saigon
InterContinental Saigon Hotel
The Reverie Saigon
Villa Song Saigon
Hotel Nikko Saigon

 

Traveling to Ho Chi Minh from Hanoi?

Flight, Train, Bus and Ferry Fares from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh

 

Hanoi

Hanoi is one of the best Vietnam Destinations. Southeast Asia Travel. North Vietnam.

Located in the north, Hanoi is Vietnam’s capital. Like in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi offers fascinating scenes that blend the ancient and the modern. It’s a major city, but less chaotic than Ho Chi Minh City. Hanoi is the base for visiting Sapa, Halong Bay, Tam Coc, and other northern destinations.

The “old quarter” is the most wonderful part of the city. You should pick a hotel here. The center of this area is the beautiful Ho Kiem Lake. The famous Red Bridge leads to Ngoc Son Temple, which sits on an island in the lake. An iconic, old pagoda also stands on another island, in the middle of the lake. The scene is incredibly iconic and lovely.

On the weekends, all traffic around the lake is forbidden. The usually busy area becomes a haven of community fun. With no cars or motorbikes, whole families play games in the street. People jog around the lake. Young lovers snuggle on benches. And tourists gaze in wonder. We couldn’t believe how quaint and fun this was. Definitely, try to visit Hanoi on the weekend.

The more we explore Vietnam, the more it astonishes us. In an effort to be concise and helpful, we have inevitably omitted some worthy Vietnam destinations. We hope you found places that piqued your interest and inspired your wanderlust for Vietnam.

 

Recommended Hotels Nearby?

Little Hanoi DX Hotel
Holiday Emerald Hotel
Hanoi Elite Hotel
Hanoi Trendy Hotel & Spa
Hanoi Marvellous Hotel & Spa

 

Traveling to Hanoi from Ho Chi Minh?

Flight, Train, Bus and Ferry Fares from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi

 

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37 Comments
  • Mimi & Mitch
    Posted at 06:29h, 17 April

    We lived there for 2 years and would def go back and live there again! Our bucket list is to bike the whole country! Would die to go back to sapa to take nicer pictures than we did in the past too.

  • Abhinav Singh
    Posted at 08:36h, 17 April

    Today I was researching blogs on Vietnam and I stumbled upon this. I am keen on making Vietnam happen for me this year. I have heard a lot of great things about Sapa. Many of the destinations you have mentioned are offbeat. Noting them for my trip.

  • Sonja
    Posted at 09:23h, 17 April

    I got to most of these on my trip but there’s a few I’d love to go back to! Definitely Sapa, Hue and Tam Coc. I went to Phu Quoc Island and loved it so much! The beaches were stunning.

  • Lord
    Posted at 10:16h, 17 April

    Wow, I’ve only been to one! It’s my first time to hear about some of your suggestions. Feels like I’m missing out a lot. Thanks for the tips!

  • Global Girl Travels
    Posted at 11:54h, 17 April

    First off, let me just say that your photos are a marvel to look at. Looks like you’ve got to see plenty of Vietnam! I have been so curious to visit this country due to your posts about it. I would definitely recommend Ha Long Bay and Hoi An – both are UNESCO sites!

  • Flo
    Posted at 12:39h, 17 April

    Vietnam looks so incredible! I’m dying to visit Halong Bay and Hoi An, I’ve heard nothing but good things. Beautiful photos, will definitely bookmark all these tips!

  • Henry Malmgren
    Posted at 16:12h, 17 April

    I went to Hoi An about 12 years ago; looking at your photos, it is amazing to see how much it has changed! Definitely less small town, and a lot more touristy now.

  • Heather
    Posted at 18:54h, 17 April

    We visited all but the caves. We were there wrong time of year and were so disappointed. Would add Bac Ha to your list. Vietnam should be on everyone’s list.

  • Alice Chen
    Posted at 22:25h, 17 April

    Vietnam is a country that I can’t believe I missed! I didn’t plan my trip very well in SE Asia so I didn’t get to go. But the floating markets look awesome! I saw one in Thailand that I really liked! I will definitely use this guide when I go to Vietnam

  • Sandy N Vyjay
    Posted at 01:52h, 18 April

    Vietnam is an enchanting country. There is so much that the country has to offer. It is a treasure house of gems, some known and some unknown. You have dived deep into the country and come up with a list of these lovely gems. A great help for anyone planning to visit Vietnam.

  • Arzo Travels
    Posted at 04:00h, 18 April

    I have always wanted to spend my honeymoon in Vietnam though I do not know the different regions. Thanks for the info, now I know much more 🙂 Dalat seems like my place

  • Suruchi
    Posted at 06:49h, 18 April

    I never knew this small country has so many fascinating gems. 1 whole year of vacationing in Vietnam – that is awesome.
    I am confused now, that while planning a trip to Vietnam what will I choose in my itinerary and what will I skip. Your pictures are really awesome.

  • Iza Abao
    Posted at 07:19h, 18 April

    I haven’t been to Vietnam yet but I will. Ha Long bay would be on top of my list. It really looks beautiful. I think that there are people who organize parties in that area. It would be awesome if I could take a cruise here.

  • MICHAEL SORIANO
    Posted at 10:09h, 18 April

    I want to visit this place too.. You describe it too well and your photos are really fantastic. 😀

  • Marge
    Posted at 13:04h, 18 April

    My first trip in Vietnam was not exactly what I would call, the best thing ever. Not sure if I made the mistake of choosing Ho Chi Minh, and for a time all I could remember are the bad incidents that I didn’t want to go back to this country anymore. But now, 2 years later, I think I’d love to give Vietnam another chance. And when I do go back Hoi An and Dalat would be part of my itinerary as they look so gorgeous!

  • Danijela WorldGlimpses
    Posted at 13:19h, 18 April

    I’ve seen so many photos of Halong Bay and I’m always stunned by its beauty. Even more when I hear that there are hidden caves and stuff… It’s definitelly on my bucket list, thanks! 😉

  • Doreen Pendgracs
    Posted at 20:38h, 18 April

    Thx for this fabulous post on Vietnam! I’ve not yet been, so this was all very helpful to me. I hope to visit in the next 2 years.

  • Vicky @ A Backpack Full of Adventures
    Posted at 08:32h, 19 April

    What a stunning list! I’ve heard about some of these, and I’m dying to visit them (Halong Bay and Sapa are at the top of my list) but there were quite a few I haven’t come across before, so thanks for the recommendations! Tam Coc and the national park both look gorgeous, I’d love to see both!

  • Tanya Korteling
    Posted at 09:04h, 19 April

    Excellent post and really useful! My husband and I are currently living in Cambodia and are hoping to take a trip to Vietnam from here soon! If you had to pick 3 of these places to do over say 10 days which would they be?

  • Tania Mukherjee
    Posted at 09:48h, 19 April

    Heard so much about Hoi An, Sapa and halong Bay! I indeed got down one day to my computer in order to plan a 2 week trip to Vietnam but then realised how much I will miss if I try to cram in the entire country in just 2 weeks!

  • John
    Posted at 12:58h, 19 April

    Vietnam looks like an incredible destination! All of these places are incredibly interesting, but I would really like to visit Halong Bay sometime.

  • Nomadic Foot
    Posted at 13:48h, 19 April

    Vietnam is always high on my list. this list will be very helpful to my visit. i was suppose to choose best one out of these places but could not. all the places are too good.

  • Darlene
    Posted at 14:02h, 19 April

    All the places i wanted to visit in Vietnam and more! For my birthday last year i booked a ticket to vietnam but sadly life had other plans so i had to let go of it. Maybe this year i can pursue vietnam again. I so would love to stay for a bit in hoi an.

  • Reshma Narasing
    Posted at 03:36h, 21 April

    You have covered almost the whole of the best of Vietnam! Thanks for such a detailed post. I would probably be going to VIetnamthis year. Bookmarking your post 🙂

  • Abhinav Singh
    Posted at 10:21h, 21 April

    Vietnam is a hot destination these days. It’s close to my country India and thus it tempts me to fly there soon. I have already heard a lot about Sapa and Halong Bay. I hope I make it there this year.

  • Ivy
    Posted at 14:23h, 21 April

    Vietnam is such a stunning country! We’ve only gone to Hanoi and did a cruise around Halong Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay. I would love to hit up other spots next time. I can’t believe we missed Tam Coc, had no idea it’s so close to Hanoi!

  • Cai Dominguez
    Posted at 04:55h, 22 April

    I’ve been to Hanoi and Tam Coc already but I went here on a wrong season I guess which is January. They already harvest all the plants. . I can’t wait to go back and see Sapa. That’s my target destination in Vietnam. Lovely and detailed article. Thanks for sharing!

  • Carmen Baguio
    Posted at 11:11h, 22 April

    What a wonderful, detailed list! I especially like the areas of natural beauty. Those would be “must sees” for me.

  • Soumya Nambiar
    Posted at 13:49h, 22 April

    I have been having Vietnam on my wishlist for some time now. Hopefully I will be able to go there soon. Even though I was aware of the popular places like Halong, sapa, Hoi An, Hanoi etc, it is nice to read about the lesser known places as well.

  • Kimberly Erin
    Posted at 21:59h, 22 April

    Halong Bay and Ho Chi Min city are obvious top choices but I never thought of Tam Coc, that place looks unreal, absolutely unreal. So cool

  • Orsi
    Posted at 01:36h, 23 April

    Vietnam looks amazing. All these places are incredible, but Halong Bay, Tam Coc and Dalat caught my eyes especially. It must have been a wonderful experience, my friend is actually going to Vietnam at the beginning of this summer. Thank you for sharing these amazing pictures.

  • Winnie
    Posted at 03:24h, 23 April

    What an interesting and insightful post! I’ve heard a lot about Vietnam, but the information on this guide is awesome. Thanks for sharing!

  • cathy
    Posted at 20:25h, 23 April

    These are nice places to visit in Vietnam. I’ve been there once but only got to visit Ho Chi Min and Hanoi, I’ve heard that Sapa has snows in December – Feb which is my next stop next time! Da nang also offers pretty beaches!

  • Kevin Wagar
    Posted at 11:18h, 24 April

    We’ve been looking at Vietnam as a possible stop-over destinations as we head to the Philippines next year. This is a fantastic and comprehensive walk through of places we are looking in to visiting.

  • Micki
    Posted at 15:35h, 24 April

    So many amazing places to visit! I need to put Vietnam on my list. Ke Bang National Park sounds incredible; I’d love to explore those caves!

  • Ling Ge
    Posted at 03:50h, 25 April

    Just simply amazing how many places you can visit in Vietnam. Halong Bay is definitely one of our first choices, but Tam Coc looks incredible as well. I’m sure we’ll make it there, being one of our top destinations. Great info on costs and when/how long to visit and should be very useful when we plan our trip.

  • Ryan
    Posted at 04:27h, 28 April

    Wonderful post! I love, love all the pictures…beautiful.