Vietnam is a land of stunning landscapes which ranges from forested mountains and lush rice terraces in the north to spectacular valleys of the fertile delta and the Central Highlands. This beautiful country is compressed in between the South China Sea, the Laos and in the borders of Cambodia. This country has a perfect mix of colonial towns, booming modern cities, traditional villages, incredible islands and various archaeological sites. If you are planning a visit to this amazing country, then read on to this write-up to know about the best places to visit when you are here.
Ha Long Bay looks like a scene from a fantasy story with its incredible cluster of limestone rocky outcrops rising from the aqua-green water like sea dragons. This place is situated around 130 KM east of Hanoi in northern Vietnam. It has over 2,000 jungle-covered islands pitted with grottoes, intriguing caves, lakes and sinkholes. Most of the islands have been sculpted throughout the centuries by natural processes into incredible formations.
For the last century, Hanoi has experience the Indochina and Vietnam Wars to emerge as the flourishing capital city of a reunified Vietnam. A major highlight of this city is the Old Quarter, an open-air museum of historic Asian and French colonial architecture that has retained against the Vietnam War bombings. This open-air museum is located right at heart of the city of Hanoi. Apart from this, you can see scenic tree-lined boulevards, sip coffee at old-fashioned cafes, browse busy markets and visit prominent tourist attraction sites including the Grand Opera House, Saint Joseph Cathedral and the Presidential Palace.
Situated off the coast of the South China Sea in South Central Vietnam, Hoi An is a stunning old city that dates back to 2,000 years, to the Champa Kingdom. The historic architecture, traditional textiles and culture makes this place a popular destination to visit in Vietnam. A walk through its atmospheric Old town located at the heart of the city is worth going for. The winding, narrow lanes of the Old Town are lined with traditional wooden houses, stunning ancient architecture and hundreds of tailor shops selling traditional clothing, bags, shoes, souvenirs and custom-made items.
Located on the banks of the Perfume River in Central Vietnam, Hue was once served as the royal capital of the Nguyen dynasty. Presently, the impression of the former glorious period is reflected in the city’s culture, architecture and cuisine, making it one of the charming places to visit in Vietnam. Amongst the entire monuments in Hue, the Citadel is the most popular one. Once, it was the seat of the Nguyen emperors, the Citadel is an extensive complex of ornate temples, grand palaces, gates and walls. The next important landmark on the river is “Thien Mu Pagoda” – the official symbol of city.
Sapa is a quiet town that is best known for being the base for trekking in the Hoang Lien Son Mountains and touring rice terraces and traditional villages.
Some of the other places worth visit are Nha Trang, Mekong Delta, Ho Chi Minh City, My Son and Dalat etc.