Vietnam immediately captivates travelers with its rich heritage and striking natural beauty. Bordered by mountains and the South China Sea on the west, with the deltas of the Red River and the Mekong set towards the country’s North and South ends, Vietnam’s diverse landscape encompasses white-sand beaches, enchanting rice paddies, and lush jungles.
During your Vietnam Tours, here are some of the most beautiful towns you need to see in this fascinating country.
1. Hoi An
Hoi An is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Vietnam’s most important tourist destinations. With wonderful cuisine, intriguing history, and irresistible charm, Hoi An best matches many travelers’ ideal visions of Vietnam. A major port between the 16th and 18th centuries, the town owes its beauty to a unique combination of Chinese, Japanese, and European influences. Small enough to explore on foot, Hoi An’s lantern-lit streets are dotted with Chinese temples, lively food markets, and wooden-fronted shophouses. Galleries selling local artwork and laid-back open-air cafes add a charming, bohemian element.
2. Bac Ha
Bac Ha is truly a destination of adventure and hill tribe markets. The region is really famed for its beautiful rugged mountain range, exotic cultures and green development. This quiet town comes to life on Sundays when ethnic-minority villagers such as the Dao, Flower H’mong, Tay, Nung, and Giay, come to the town for its bustling market. Everything from textiles and handbags to livestock is bought, sold, and traded. On many days, Flower H’mong singers perform captivating songs to entertain people.
3. Da Lat
Da lat, known as “Le Petit Paris” or “the Eternal Spring City”, is the jewel of the Central Highlands in a temperate region dotted with lakes, waterfalls, forests and gardens, 300 km north of Ho Chi Minh City. The cool climate and the serene mountain scenery make Dalat a good option for escaping the heat of South Vietnam as well as the most popular honeymoon spot.
This quaint town was once a favorite retreat of Vietnamese emperors and French colonials eager to escape the country’s summer heat. These European influences are still noticeable in the French colonial architecture found in the town’s central area, where the streets are lined with red-roofed stone buildings. With lovely churches, markets, winding streets, and colorful gardens, the town is a wonderful place for strolling. The surrounding area offers lakes, forests, and waterfalls, perfect for trekking, biking, and rock-climbing.
Sapa is one of northern Vietnam’s most well-known tourist destinations. The town overlooks a beguiling scene of mountains and rice terraces, often shrouded in mist. It’s a popular base for trekking in the Hoang Lien Son Mountains, as well as for exploring rice paddies and minority villages. Sapa has been a gathering place for local hill tribes for hundreds of years. Although the increasing number of tourists visiting the town’s market has altered the atmosphere somewhat, hill-tribe people still come here to sell handicrafts and traditional clothing.
Situated on the Perfume River in central Vietnam, Hue was the imperial capital of the country during the Nguyen dynasty from 1802-1945. The complex of Hue monuments earned UNESCO recognition as a World Heritage site in 1993 and has been undergoing extensive renovations since then.
In the heart of the city is the formidable Citadel including the royal Forbidden City, an elegant complex of residential buildings, temples that was the home of the Nguyen dynasty rulers. No trip to Hue would be complete without a boat trip down the Perfume River to see the royal tombs of emperors To Duc, Khai Dinh and Ming Mang as well as the iconic Thien Mu Pagoda.
In addition to its historical attractions, Hue is known for its unique cuisine, combining dishes created for the former imperial court with a wide variety of street food, which is often fairly spicy. Hue is also famous for its high quality embroidery and silks, and a tailor made ao dai, the traditional long dress of Vietnam, is a popular souvenir for many tourists.
6. Nha Trang
Nha Trang lies in a beautiful bay on the south central coast of Vietnam and has rapidly developed into a bustling destination for sun and fun. With white sandy beaches as well as nearby islands with clear turquoise waters, Nha Trang is also known as one of the best places in Vietnam for excellent fishing, snorkeling and scuba diving. The coastal city of Nha Trang in central Vietnam features seven kilometres of white sandy beach, sometimes referred to as the “Vietnamese Riviera,” which has often been listed among the most beautiful beaches in the world. In addition to its stunning beaches, the islands, mountains and delicious local seafood make Nha Trang one of the most popular resort areas in Vietnam for locals and visitors alike.
7. Vung Tau
Vung Tau is an favorite getaway from the noisy and populous city of Ho Chi Minh City. Located 120 kilometers south of Ho Chi Minh City, the town is a popular destination for locals and expats looking to escape the city. Set in a gorgeous location on a peninsula, with ocean on three sides, the town is pleasantly scruffy with wide boulevards and grand colonial-era buildings. The boardwalk along Bai Sau, along known as Back Beach, is attractively lined with seafood restaurants and shops. The town has a fairly large population of Christians, accounting for the unusual statue of Jesus set towards the north, a smaller version of Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer.
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