11 Best Travel Spots in Vietnam

Here are the top places to visit and things to do in Vietnam.

Nha Trang

Nha Trang is Vietnam’s most famous seaside resort-town. From 1653 to the 19th century, Nha Trang was a deserted area rich in wildlife animals like tigers and was a part of Hà Bạc, Vĩnh Xương County, Diên Khánh Province. After just two decades in the early 20th century, Nha Trang underwent a rapid change. On 30 August 1924, the Governor-General of French Indochina decreed Nha Trang as a townlet centre urbain. Nha Trang Townlet was established from the ancient villages of Xương Huân, Phương Câu, Vạn Thạnh, Phương Sài, and Phước Hải.

Nha Trang is well known for its pristine beaches and excellent scuba diving and is fast becoming a popular destination for international tourists, attracting large numbers of backpackers as well as more affluent travellers on the Southeast Asia circuit.

Nha Trang is home to the National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam. This is like an aquarium with popular and rare species of the sea. It is a perfect place to bring kids as they will get to see sharks, turtles, coral reefs, lionfish, sea horses, and many other creatures.
Mekong Delta  

Mekong Delta is in the extreme southern end of the Mekong River, and the area around Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Beginning in the 1620s, Khmer king Chey Chettha II from 1618 to 1628 allowed the Vietnamese to settle in the area, and to set up a custom house at Prey Nokor, which they colloquially referred to as Sài Gòn. The increasing waves of Vietnamese settlers which followed overwhelmed the Khmer kingdom—weakened as it was due to war with Thailand—and slowly Vietnamized the area. During the late 17th century, Mac Cuu, a Chinese anti-Qing general, began to expand Vietnamese and Chinese settlements deeper into Khmer lands, and in 1691, Prey Nokor was occupied by the Vietnamese.

The Mekong Delta has recently been dubbed as a 'biological treasure trove'. Over 10,000 new species have been discovered in previously unexplored areas of Mekong Delta, including a species of rat thought to be extinct.

Most of the interest of the place resides in its floating markets and the life around the rivers criss-crossing the area; also the national parks and nature reserves.

Bang Spa

Bang Spa is an area of hot mineral springs in Le Thuy County, Quang Binh Province, Vietnam. The Annamite Range runs across the western end of this province and features many limestone caves and small gorges along the rivers here. The mineral water here is rich in calcium and other minerals and is now bottled for use by the Bang Mineral Water Company.
Bang Spa today is a tourist attraction of the province as many see bathing in hot mineral water as a health treatment for several diseases.

The province is also home to some other tourist attractions, such as Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park a world heritage site listed by UNESCO, Da Nhay Beach, and Nhat Le Beach.

Halong Bay

Halong Bay is in northern Vietnam, east of Hanoi. History shows that Hạ Long Bay was the setting for local naval battles against Vietnam's coastal neighbors. On three occasions, in the labyrinth of channels in Bach Dang River near the islands, the Vietnamese army stopped the Chinese from landing. In 1288, General Tran Hung Dao stopped Mongol ships from sailing up the nearby Bach Dang River by placing steel-tipped wooden stakes at high tide, sinking the Mongol Kublai Khan's fleet.

Administratively, the bay belongs to Hạ Long City, Cẩm Phả town, and part of Van Don District. The bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various sizes and shapes. Ha Long Bay is a center of a larger zone which includes Bái Tử Long bay to the northeast, and Cát Bà islands to the southwest.

Ha Long Bay is a beautiful area with 1969 limestone islands jutting imposingly upon the skyline. Unfortunately the place is a tourist trap and the unique panorama is spoilt by a tremendous amount of "junks" which are in fact slimly disguised tourist boats that bear no resemblance to the authentic Chinese sailing vessels of the same name.

Mui Ne

Mui Ne is a nice resort area in Phan Thiet, near Ho Chi Minh City.
The town is close to the city of Phan Thiết. Tourism has transformed Mui Ne into a resort destination since 1995, when many visited to view the total solar eclipse of October 24, 1995. Mui Ne has many resorts on the beach, as well as restaurants, bars and cafes. Mui Ne is a popular destination for Russian tourists, and many of the restaurants and resorts are Russian-owned.

The tourist season is from December to May. The average temperature is 27°C, and the climate is hot and dry for most of the year.

Mui Ne is also famous for the Po Sha Inu tower is a derelict remainder of the ancient Cham culture that was built in the 8th century.

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City commonly known as Saigon or by the abbreviations HCMC or HCM, is the largest city in Vietnam and the former capital of the Republic of Vietnam.

At the conclusion of the Vietnam War on 30 April 1975, the city came under the control of the Vietnamese People's Army. Among Vietnamese diaspora communities and particularly the U.S. which had fought the communists, this event is commonly called the "fall of Saigon", while the communist Socialist Republic of Vietnam refers to it as the "Liberation of Saigon".
Most tourist travel to Ho Chi Minh City to see the Reunification Palace, this is a restored 5 floor time warp to the 60s left largely untouched from the day before Saigon fell to the North, and its construction started in 1962 and finished in 1966. It is formerly South Vietnam's presidential palace, the war ended on April 30, 1975 when tank #843 crashed through the gate. A replica of that tank is now parked on the lawn outside.

Phong Nha Cave

Phong Nha Cave is a cave in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Quang Binh Province, Vietnam. It is the second biggest cave in Vietnam.

It is 7729 meters long and contains 14 grottos, as well as a 13,969 meter underground river. While scientists have surveyed it to a depth of 44.5 kilometers, tourists are only allowed to explore the first 1500 meters.

Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc is a large tropical island off the coast of Cambodia, though is part of, and only accessible from, Vietnam. An 1856 record mentions the island: "... King Ang Duong of Cambodia apprises Mr. de Montigny, French envoy in visit to Bangkok, through the intermediary of Bishop Miche, his intention to yield Phu Quoc to France. Such a proposition aimed to create a military alliance with France to avoid the threat of Vietnam on Cambodia. The proposal did not receive an answer from the French.
Most travellers to Phu Quoc liked going out on a boat during the evening for some squid fishing or make a visit to Phu Quoc National Park and swim in a quiet pool.


Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and the country's second largest city. The city was occupied by the Japanese in 1940 and liberated in 1945, when it briefly became the seat of the Viet Minh government after Ho Chi Minh proclaimed the independence of Vietnam. However, the French returned and reoccupied the city in 1946. After nine years of fighting between the French and Viet Minh forces, Hanoi became the capital of an independent North Vietnam in 1954.

October 2010 officially marked 1000 years since the establishment of the city. On this occasion, Hanoi was named by Frommer's travel guide as one of the world's "Top Destinations 2010".

Hoi An  

Hoi An is a beautiful city in Vietnam, just south of Da Nang.  In the 18th century, Hội An was considered by Chinese and Japanese merchants to be the best destination for trading in all of Southeast Asia, even Asia. Japanese believed the heart of all of Asia the dragon lay beneath the earth of Hội An.

Today, the town is a tourist attraction because of its traditional architecture, crafts such as textiles and ceramics preserved and visitors are exploited. Many bars, hotels, and resorts have been constructed both in Hội An and the surrounding area.

Hoi An  is known to travellers for the Hoi An Museum of History and Culture, the museum contains some old black and white photos of Hoi An taken in the early 20th century. It also houses an old canon, some two-thousand year old pots from the Sa Huynh period, and a case full of 9th century bricks and tiles from the Champa period.



Joan said...

Those are really a wonderful spots to visit in Vietnam that we should visit. I love places and would like to visit. Thanks for this.

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