Let Paradise Travel take you to the 7 most amazing destinations in your tour to Central Vietnam.

Central Vietnam consists of many exotic attractions, from mountains to beaches, from natural wildlife to bustling tourism hubs, from dangerous caves, unspoiled forests to ancient architecture and romantic landscapes. Tourists are also impressed with tasty cuisines, friendly and amiable people and excellent hospitality services. This is the list of 7 most attractive places in Central Vietnam.

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1. Quang Binh

Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park

Quang Binh province is well known for its UNESCO World Heritage Site – Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park. This place preserves the most ancient karst mountains in Asia. Phong Nha – Ke Bang is the home to more than 300 cave and grotto systems. Some spectacular caves for your adventure are Phong Nha Cave, Tien Son Cave, Thien Duong Cave (Paradise Cave), Tu Lan Cave, Hang En and notably Son Doong Cave. Recently explored by geologists of British Cave Research Association in 2009-2010, Son Doong is considered as the largest cave in the world. The combination of limestone rocks, jungles, rivers and waterfalls makes Phong Nha – Ke Bang mesmerizing and magnificent.

2. Hue

Thien Mu Pagoda – Hue

You cannot miss this beautiful city when planning a trip to Vietnam. Hue used to be the capital city of Vietnam during Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 to 1945. Situated along the banks of Perfume River (Huong River), Hue is known as one of the most poetic and dreamy cities in Vietnam.

Hue is home to the World Heritage site: Complex of Hue Monuments. Visiting this place, it is advisable that you spend your time in Imperial Citadel, Tombs of the Emperors and Thien Mu Pagoda, the ‘symbol’ of Hue. Tourists will be fascinated by architecture in Hue, which is the combination of royal, folk and religious aspects. This is a chance for you to understand the history, religion, culture and architecture of the last ruling family in Vietnam.

Lang Co Beach

Moreover, if you want to find a ‘getaway’, Thuan An Beach and Lang Co Beach will be satisfied you with romantic scenery and delicious seafood.

3. Da Nang and Hoi An

Da Nang

Da Nang is the halfway between the north and the south of Vietnam. As an important port city of our country, Da Nang is the combination of the young, dynamic Ho Chi Minh City and the traditional, historical Hanoi.

My Khe Beach

Da Nang is the destination for a perfect beach vacation. My Khe Beach in Da Nang is notable for stunning scenery, beautiful resorts, surfing and other water sports. Moreover, Ba Na, formerly a French resort during French colonization, is considered as ‘the Da Lat of Da Nang province’. Ba Na cable cars will take you to the altitude of 1,487 meters above the sea level and you can participate in adventure games in Fantasy Park here.

My Son Sanctuary

69 kilometers from Da Nang, My Son Sanctuary is the system of ruined Hindu temples. This sculptural masterwork and architectural distinctiveness will be an unforgettable memory in tourists’ minds.

Hoi An

Hoi An

25 kilometers from Da Nang, Hoi An Old Town is worth spending a day trip either by bus, taxi or motorbike. Historically, Hoi An used to be a bustling trading and commercial center of Central Vietnam. Hoi An’s attraction consists of traditional wooden architecture of numerous exquisite yellow houses. Ancient houses such as Tan Ky, Phung Hung and Duc An are the repository of Vietnamese historical patterns and trading business during the 19th century. At the same time, you will be surprised as lanterns, one of Hoi An’s traditional crafts, are everywhere and adds a gorgeous aspect to this city.

Read more: Travel Tips and Things to Do at Hoi An Lantern Festival

4. Buon Ma Thuot

Located in the Central Highlands, Buon Ma Thuot is still an off-the-beaten-track place which is not developed in tourism yet. Therefore, this town is suitable for exploring pristine nature and excursion activities. Dray Nur and Drap Sap waterfalls cannot be missed on your trip. Moreover, Buon Me Thuot is a capital of coffee in Vietnam and you can easily buy some.

Yok Don National Park

40 kilometers from Buon Me Thuot, Yok Don National Park in Don Village is the largest national park in Vietnam. This is a 115,000-hectare dry deciduous forest with diverse biosystem. Visitors have a chance to get across Serepok River by riding tamed elephants accompanied by a local guide. Especially, visitors can interact with ethnic Ede and M’nong people living in Don Village and explore their unique cultural customs.

5. Nha Trang

Nha Trang is proudly at the top of tourists’ minds when it comes to beach vacations in Vietnam. Crystal-clear beach, beautiful white sand and warm water – Nha Trang is a pearl of Central Vietnam.

Nha Trang

Nha Trang City Beach (along Tran Phu Street) is the highlight of this city. There are a lot of hotels, resorts, restaurants and bars in the city center. Many sport activities such as diving and snorkeling are available. If you go further, the beaches are more pristine and private, for example, Doc Let Beach in Ninh Hoa village or Binh Hung, Binh Lap islands in Cam Ranh Bay. Po Nagar Temple, a famous Cham temple, is also worth visiting so that you can pray for your family’s health and peace.

6. Da Lat

Da Lat

Endowed with picturesque landscape and cool climate all around the year, Da Lat is such a paradise for lovers and suitable for your honeymoon trip. This city is full of French colonial architecture and surrounded by pines and flowers. There are several stunning scene and buildings visitor should consider: Ho Xuan Huong River, Da Lat Train Station, Valley of Love, Bao Dai Palace, Lang Biang mountain, Thien Vien Truc Lam monastery, Lake of Sighs, Tuyet Lam lake, etc. Da Lat Market is an ideal place for tourists to purchasing local specialties (fruits, jam, vegetables) as well as enjoy cheap street food such as bánh tráng (kind of Vietnamese version for pizza), avocado ice cream and bánh căn (small round pancake).

Read more: Top 10 Things to Do in Da Lat

7. Mui Ne

Mui Ne

Less popular than Nha Trang, Mui Ne (Phan Thiet) is home to kite surfing and windsurfing activities. You will find a lot of kites flying in the sky during Mui Ne’s peak season, from May to August. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to surf, there are several surf schools which offer modern equipment for you.

For swimmers, Ganh Beach, Suoi Nuoc Beach and Rang Beach are your places. Many street vendors sell seafood, fruits and drinks on the seashore. You can buy something to quench your thirst after long hour swimming. In addition, sand surfing in White Sand Dunes and Red Sand Dunes is once-in-a-lifetime experience in this beautiful beach city.

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A Hanoian lover of art, cuisine and culture, Chi Nguyen enjoys exploring all elegant aspects of this city as well as discovering off-the-beaten-track destinations in the beautiful S-shaped country.

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