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Welcome to Vietnam

As chaotic as it is captivating and as fast-paced as it is traditional, Vietnam is a country of contrasts. However, one thing is indisputable—there's no place on earth quite like it. Hanoi, Vietnam's bustling capital, with its atmospheric Hanoi Old Quarter, striking Do Temple, and West Lake, is best explored on foot, by motorbike, cyclo (three-wheeled taxi), or scooter. Hanoi is also a convenient jumping-off point for junk boat cruises on Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Red River Delta, home to remote tribal craft villages. Continuing down the east coast, the Forbidden Purple City in Hué is a glorious reminder of Vietnam's Imperial past; the Old Town of Hoi An—arguably Vietnam's prettiest city—is a hotspot for Vietnamese street food; and Nha Trang is known for its idyllic beaches. Hanoi's southern rival, Ho Chi Minh City, is Vietnam's largest and most modern city in which sightseeing tours reveal cultural treasures such as the Saigon Opera House, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Vietnam Cookery Center—great if a cookery course is on your travel menu. Plus, just a short drive away from Ho Chi Min City, the Cu Chi Tunnels are a poignant reminder of the tragedies of the Vietnam War, and the winding canals, lush rice paddies, and traditional villages of the Mekong Delta stretch all the way to border of Cambodia, allowing you to continue your South East Asia adventure with ease.

Top 10 attractions in Vietnam

#1
Cu Chi Tunnels

Cu Chi Tunnels

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Built by the Viet Cong in the 1940s as protection from French air raids during the Indochina conflict, the Cu Chi Tunnels extend underground for more than 155 miles (250 km) in the vicinity of Ho Chi Minh City alone. This network of subterranean passageways later provided vital access to and strategic control over the rural areas surrounding the city during the Vietnam War (also known as the Second Indochina War or the American War), when the tunnels housed living quarters, hospitals, booby traps, and storage facilities for the Viet Cong.More
#2
Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay

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A UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Gulf of Tonkin, Ha Long Bay is renowned for its spectacular scenery. One of the most popular tourist attractions in northern Vietnam, Ha Long Bay is home to sparkling emerald waters, more than 1,600 towering limestone islands and islets, caves, and traditional floating villages.More
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Marble Mountains

Marble Mountains

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One of Da Nang’s top attractions, the five outcrops that make up central Vietnam’s Marble Mountains (Ngũ Hành Sơn) each are named after a different element: fire, wood, metal, water and earth. Visit the mountains to take in views of the landscape, to explore caves, Buddhist and Hindu grottoes, pagodas, and shrines, and even to shop.More
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Hanoi Old Quarter

Hanoi Old Quarter

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The Old Quarter, a triangular area surrounding Hoan Kiem Lake, has been the cultural heart of Hanoi for nearly 2,000 years. Daily routine starts early and builds to a friendly bustle in this ancient neighborhood, where streets have distinct character and are named after the crafts once made there, such as silver, silk, and paper.More
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Hoi An Ancient Town

Hoi An Ancient Town

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Renowned throughout Southeast Asia for its antique charm, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hoi An Ancient Town is a must-see for first-time visitors to Vietnam. The pedestrianized streets provide a calming break from chaotic traffic, while the colorful facades of lantern-clad houses harbor history that dates back more than 2,000 years.More
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Hon Mun Island

Hon Mun Island

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One of a cluster of islands that stud Nha Trang Bay, Hon Mun island is the epicenter of the Hon Mun Marine Protected Area. Spanning 30,000 acres (12,000 hectares) of protected ocean, the zone is home to colorful coral and marine life. Visit to snorkel one of Vietnam’s favorite underwater spots.More
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Hanoi Opera House (Nha Hat Lon)

Hanoi Opera House (Nha Hat Lon)

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Over a century old, the Hanoi Opera House (Nha Hat Lon is a national landmark due to its neoclassical French architecture and Gothic embellishments. Home to the Vietnam Symphony Orchestra, the opera house also hosts the Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Ballet, and both traditional and modern local productions.More
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Surprise Cave (Hang Sung Sot)

Surprise Cave (Hang Sung Sot)

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Amid the lush islands and karst cliffs of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Halong Bay; Surprise Cave (Hang Sung Sot) is one of the most memorable highlights. The bay’s largest cave earned its name for its startling natural scenery—a trio of immense caverns adorned with stalactites, stalagmites, and karst formations.More
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Lan Ha Bay (Vinh Lan Ha)

Lan Ha Bay (Vinh Lan Ha)

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Remote Lan Ha Bay (Vịnh Lan Hạ), situated off the southeast coast of Cat Ba Island, is an idyllic spot and quieter alternative to the popular and often busy Halong Bay. The area features some 300 karst islands and limestone outcrops, as well as several white-sand beaches. Active travelers come here for swimming, rock climbing, hiking, and kayaking.More
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Hue Citadel (Dai Noi)

Hue Citadel (Dai Noi)

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The renowned Hue Citadel (Da Noi) in Hue attracts history buffs from around the globe. The sprawling fortress, which was constructed in 1804 for the Gia Long Emperor, is surrounded by a 68-foot (21-meter) defensive barrier and is home to the tallest flagpole in Vietnam.More

Trip ideas

Halong Bay Cruises from Hanoi

Halong Bay Cruises from Hanoi

Mekong River Cruises from Ho Chi Minh City

Mekong River Cruises from Ho Chi Minh City

How to Spend 2 Days in Ho Chi Minh City

How to Spend 2 Days in Ho Chi Minh City

How to Spend 3 Days in Hanoi

How to Spend 3 Days in Hanoi

Vietnam War History Tours in Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam War History Tours in Ho Chi Minh City

Top activities in Vietnam

3-Days Halong Bay Cruising Tour with Meals, Kayak, Beach, Activities, Transfser
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Recent reviews from experiences in Vietnam

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Amazing Tour Guide
Amy_P, Jun 2022
Cu Chi Tunnels from HCM City: Morning or Afternoon Guided Tour
His English and Vietnamese was superb and we will be recommending this tour to all friends and family that travel to Ho Chi Minh.
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We love the trip
Amber_C, Jun 2022
Ninh Binh Full-Day Tour from Hanoi to Hoa Lu, Tam Coc & Mua Cave Via Boat & Bike
Our tour guide Heip was very proactive and knowledgeable, he was sharing all the histories and information with us in both English and Vietnamese.
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The basket boat tour was...
Antonio_C, May 2022
Basket Boat Ride And Fishing Experience
Not only was it relaxing but entertaining as you come across different attractions while riding along.
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Incredible trip to Hoi An
Daniela_F, May 2022
Full-day HOI AN CITY TOUR & MY SON SANCTUARY from DA NANG
He was patience and waited for us to see all the stores we wanted.
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Eye-opening experience
HockIm_K, May 2022
Private Street Food Tour by Motorbike with Local Students
Tour guide were friendly and spoke fluent English, taught us a lot about the local culture.
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A different side of Hanoi in a fun way!
Crystal_K, Jul 2022
Hanoi Jeep Tours: Food+ Culture + Sight + Fun in Vietnam Army Legendary Jeep
We got to see a side of Hanoi that was very non-touristy, which was great.
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Fun and efficient sightseeing
Leo_M, Jun 2022
50/50 Hoi An & Da Nang Private Tour
It was a really enjoyable and efficient way to see both towns and with the heat, you can’t beat traveling in a private car with AC.
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Stunning and memorable!
Priyanka_S, Jun 2022
Ba Be Lake - Ban Gioc Waterfall Group Tour 3 Days 2 Nights
The Ban Gioc waterfall was definitely the highlight and we were able to take a boat ride to get really close to it - so memorable.
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Fun day in northern Vietnam, wonderful guide
Nathaniel_M, Jun 2022
Hoa Lu Tam Coc Full-Day DELUXE Tour Including BUFFET LUNCH & River Boat Ride
I did this tour with a 2 childhood friends and we all had varied opinions on the different activities, for example I personally thought the traditional boat ride went on too long but enjoyed the bike ride.
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Incredible tour with fun guides and local spots
Ryan_B, Jun 2022
Motorbike City Tours - Hanoi City Insight Motorbike Tours
Riding the bikes was a blast and great way to see the city.
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Stunning Marble Mountains
Crystal_S, Jun 2022
Marble Mountain and Lady Buddha from Hoi An or Da Nang
You drive along the coast and get to see the beaches of Da Nang as well as the mountain backdrop.
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Great tour!
Malikah_P, May 2022
Golden Bridge & Ba Na Hills including buffets lunch full day from Danang City
I was the only foreigner and the guide took the time to repeat things in English after he told the group in Vietnamese.
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You need to try this!!
Ivelina_N, May 2022
Mekong Delta Guided Tour from Ho Chi Minh city with Vinh Trang Pagoda & Lunch
He was super friendly, had great English and told us a lot about Vietnam.
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A Wonderfull evening tour with lots of food
Josef_S, May 2022
Da Nang Local Food Tour
The different restuarants we visited were scatterded around the city so this was a good way to explore the city as well which Hieu did a very good job showing the main attractions.
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Highly recommended
rajiv_S, Apr 2022
Walking street food tour
Our guide Hoang was very friendly, spoke excellent English, very knowledgeable in the local cuisine and culture.
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Great way to pack a ton of food experience into one night
Geoffrey_L, Apr 2022
Small Group Hanoi Street Food Tour with a Real Foodie
The walking part of the tour was also super nice, both to see a bit more of the Old Quarter (with good stories and narration from Tony) and to digest a bit between food stops!
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One of the best full days tours I have been on
Josh_S, Mar 2022
Cu Chi Tunnels & Mekong Delta Full-Day VIP Tour from Ho Chi Minh city
My wife and I were in our honeymoon and decided to do this full-day tour to see to Cu Chi tunnels and Mekong Delta.
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Highly recommended, great experience!
Kai_H, Mar 2022
Da Lat Exploring Tour on Elephant Falls & Pongour Falls
Some areas are still closed off sadly but I manage to visit most tourist attractions without many people so I had the place all to myself haha.
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Great tour guide!
Hannah_K, Oct 2020
Cu Chi Tunnels from HCM City: Morning or Afternoon Guided Tour
His English was grand and he was funny!
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Highlight of our trip
Julie_M, Mar 2020
Hue Afternoon Motorbike Tour with Sunset
The sites you go to are less touristy and you really get to see Hue from a local perspective.
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All about Vietnam

When to visit

Typhoons, monsoons, and drastic differences in regional climates mean that a trip to Vietnam takes more planning than most countries. The far north avoids humid summers and monsoons, while central and south are generally sunny during winter, when the beaches beckon. Keep in mind that much of the country vacations during Tet (Vietnamese New Year) in January or February.

Time Zone
ICT (UTC +8)
Country Code
+84
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