25 Top Tourist Attractions In Vietnam

25 Top Tourist Attractions In Vietnam

Many visitors to Vietnam are drawn to its stunning natural beauty. From the lush green rice fields to the bustle of the Mekong delta in the south, they're all attracted to it. Vietnam is a country that has a rich history and has ancient traditions. There are many historical attractions and ancient temples. Here's a list of the top tourist attractions Vietnam.

25. Khai Dinh Tomb at Hue [SEE MATERIAL]

Khai Dinh Tomb at Hue
Khai Dinh Tomb at Hue

The architecture of Khai Dinh Tomb, Hue, combines both European and Vietnamese design elements. It has been called Buddhist Gothic as well as Roman Gothic. The Emperor of Vietnam commissioned the construction of the tomb in the 1920s to be his future tomb. The complex's entrance leads to the Honour Courtyard and the main building, the Thien Dinh. The bronze statue, surrounded by stunning murals, marks Khai Dinh’s final resting place.

24. Con Dao Islands [SEE MAP]

Con Dao Islands
Con Dao Islands

The Con Dao Islands, which were under French control, were called the Devil's Island of Indochina. This was a place where thousands of prisoner of war were kept. This group of 16 islands, located off the southern coast Vietnam's coast, serves a different purpose today. The beautiful beaches, as well as the many snorkeling and scuba diving spots make this a popular destination for tourists. Con Dao's history can be explored in the remaining prison buildings.

23. Marble Mountains [SEEMAP]

Marble Mountains
Marble Mountains

The Marble Mountains are located south of Da Nang in Vietnam. These five peaks were named after the five elements earth, water wind, fire, wood, wind and wind. These mountains are beautiful on their own but many caves are found within them, including some that contain incredible Buddhist sanctuaries. Some caves are home to Confucian and Buddhist shrines. Others were used during the Vietnam War as hospitals and sanctuaries.

22. Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral [SEE MAP]

Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral

The stunning Notre Dame Cathedral is located in Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon). The cathedral was built in brick and neo-Romanesque style in the late 19th Century. It clearly reflects European architecture from the same period. Many of the materials used for construction came from France. The exterior is stunning, but the interior is equally impressive. You will find surviving stained-glass panels, carved tiles, and a statue representing the Virgin Mary.

21. Tam Coc [SEEMAP]

Tam Coc
Tam Coc

Near Tam Coc in Northern Vietnam's Ninh Binh province is Tam Coc. This means "three caves". The caves are located in the scenic region of limestone cliffs, rice paddies and riverbanks. They are known as Hang Ca, Hang Hai and Hang Ba and are the main attraction of the area. Guided boat tours take visitors to the caves along with the Ngo Dong River. This river is frequented by floating vendors who profit from the tourists visiting the area on a day trip from Hanoi.

20. My Khe Beach [SEE MATERIAL]

My Khe Beach
My Khe Beach

My Khe Beach is undoubtedly the most beautiful spot in Da Nang. This beach, also known as China Beach during the Vietnam War, was the place where US soldiers were flown in for rest and recuperation. People come to this beach for the pristine white sand and blue water, as well as the sunny skies. You can hire a chair to lounge on the sand or relax under a thatched umbrella. Or rent a kayak from local vendors. My Khe Beach is a popular destination for both locals and tourists looking for breathtaking views. There are many cafes and hotels within walking distance.

19. Hang Son Doong Cave [SEE MAP]

Hang Son Doong Cave
Hang Son Doong Cave

Hang Son Doong Cave is one of the most impressive caves in Vietnam. Hang Son Doong Cave, which is approximately three million years old and unsurpassed in its beauty, is an amazing place to visit. It is huge and can accommodate dozens of people at once. The cave is home to bright blue water pools and a river that runs through it. The walls are lined with lush greenery due to the sun's rays entering through erosion. Guided tours are available for this incredible landmark.

18. Temple of Literature, Hanoi [SEEMAP]

Temple of Literature, Hanoi
Temple of Literature, Hanoi

An incredible temple is dedicated to Confucius in Hanoi. The Temple of Literature, which was built in the 11th Century, honors scholars as well as the many academic achievements of Vietnamese past and present. The Temple of Literature even served as the location of the first university in the country. There are many statues of Confucius, his disciples, and impressive pagodas. A pond is also known as The Well of Heavenly Clarity.

17. Bac Ha Market [SEEMAP]

Bac Ha Market
 Bac Ha Market

Bac Ha, a quiet town in Northwest Vietnam, becomes a hub for culture and commerce once a week. Tourists and residents from nearby villages and valleys travel to Bac Ha every day. On Sundays, you can see the locals dressed in traditional ethnic attire, enjoy fresh coconut juice and browse the many stalls. You will find everything you need in Bac Ha.

16. Cham Islands [SEEMAP]

Cham Islands
Cham Islands

A cluster of mountainous islands known as the Cham Islands can be found several miles from Hoi An. These islands, made up primarily of granite, were once closed to the public but are now accessible to all. By speedboat, Hon Lao, which is the largest and most populated island, is within two hours. You can visit the island for a day to birdwatch, snorkel the surrounding reefs, or simply enjoy the stunning scenery and beaches. Although overnight stays are not allowed, they can provide an unforgettable experience for those who dare to travel.

15. Hang Nga's Guesthouse at Da Lat [SEEMAP]

Hang Nga's Guesthouse at Da Lat
Hang Nga's Guesthouse at Da Lat

Hang Nga's Guesthouse, also known as Crazy House by many tourists, is an unusual piece of architecture and can be used as accommodation in Lat. Although Dang Viet Naga was the architect, Gaudi clearly influenced him. The guesthouse is shaped like a tree, with intricate details such as a cavernous staircase, branches that bend out of windows, and sculpted animals that can double as furniture or fireplaces.

14. Cao Dai Temple [SEE MAP]

Cao Dai Temple
Cao Dai Temple

The Cao Dai Temple is one of Vietnam's most revered attractions. It was built in the 1930s. Caodaism, a Vietnamese religion, is influenced by Confucianism and Buddhism as well as Taoism, Taoism, and Roman Catholicism. Visitors can observe or participate in four daily prayers held in the main Cao Dai Temple building. The complex also includes beautiful murals and many other residences, administrative buildings, and even a hospital.

13. Imperial Citadel in Hue [SEE MAP]

Imperial Citadel in Hue
Imperial Citadel in Hue

The Imperial Citadel of Hue was the capital of Vietnam's Nguyen Dynasty for nearly 150 years, until World War II. The Purple Forbidden City was located in the middle of the secure walls. This area was reserved for the royal family only. Because it was located close to the demilitarized zone which separated North and South Vietnam, the enormous Imperial Citadel was a strategic defense during the Vietnam War. For all who are interested in the nation's history, this destination is important.

12. My Son [SEE MATERIAL]

My Son
My Son

The Chan people of Vietnam built dozens of Hindu temples in the vicinity of Duy Phu more than 1,600 years ago. Many of these temples are still standing today, surrounded by a green valley and under the shadow of Cat's Tooth Mountain. Most of these temples, collectively known as My Son are now in ruins. Nevertheless, this only enhances the atmosphere. Because of its remote location and lack of tourist infrastructure, visiting My Son feels like you are stepping back in the past.

11. Phong Nha Caves [SEE MAP]

Phong Nha Caves
Phong Nha Caves

Although there are many attractions in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, none are as popular as the caves. Phong Nha Caves is made up hundreds of cave systems. Many of them are large enough for entire cities. Hang Son Doong is the largest and most famous. Son Trach is a gateway to the caves. It is a growing village with many transport links through Vietnam, local restaurants, and meeting points for guided tours of the caves.

10. Nha Trang [SEE MAP]

Nha Trang
Nha Trang

Nha Trang, Vietnam's most famous seaside resort town, is located on the second most beautiful bays of the country. The beautiful beaches are characterized by fine sand, clear water and mild temperatures. It is home to approximately 300,000 people and has a more urban feel than other beaches like Mui Ne or Phu Quoc. It is also Vietnam's scuba diving capital.

9. Cu Chi Tunnels [SEE MAP]

Cu Chi Tunnels
Cu Chi Tunnels

The Cu Chi Tunnels, a vast network of underground tunnels connecting to each other, are located approximately 40km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City. These tunnels were used as hiding places by Viet Cong rebels during the Vietnam War and served as the base for operations in the Tet Offensive of 1968. Visitors are welcome to explore the tunnels, which have been made a tourist attraction.

8. Mekong Delta [SEE MAP]

Mekong Delta
Mekong Delta

The Mekong Delta, a region in southern Vietnam, is where the Mekong River empties into the ocean. This area is rich and lush, with rice fields that produce about half of Vietnam's total agricultural output. The river is the center of life in the Mekong delta, so all villages can be reached by water rather than roads.

7. Mui Ne [SEE MAP]

Mui Ne
Mui Ne

In the past 15 years, the beach that was once untouched by people has experienced significant development. It is well-known for its windsurfing and kiteboarding. A visit to Mui Ne would not be complete without a stop at the famous sand dunes, located just north of the town. These vast expanses of sandy beach offer spectacular views, especially at sunset.

6. Sa Pa Terraces [SEEMAP]

Sa Pa Terraces
Sa Pa Terraces

Sa Pa is located in northwest Vietnam, close to the Chinese border. On the backdrop of dense bamboo forests, rice terraces can also be found in Muong Hoa Valley between Sa Pa town (and Fansipan Mountain). These paddy terraces are home to local mountain people such as the Giay and Dao, Tay and Giay who grow corn and rice along with vegetables.

5. Phu Quoc [SEE MAP]

Phu Quoc
Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc, located in the middle of Vietnam's Cambodia coast is the largest island. If it wasn't overrun by development, Phu Quoc would be Phuket. It is home to beautiful tropical forests, unaffected coral reefs, and wonderful beaches. ABC News selected Bai Dai (Long Beach) as one of five beaches that are beautiful and clean. Phu Quoc is known for its best nuoc mam, or fermented fish-sauce in the world.

4. Hoi An [SEE MAP]

Hoi An
Hoi An

This fishing-village-turned-tourist-attraction is situated on the coast of the South China Sea. Hoi an was an international port since the 16th century, although serious shipping has moved to Da Nang. The Old Town is the heart of the city, with its narrow lanes and Chinese-styled shops. Because of the narrow canals running through the center of the town, it is often called "Venice of Vietnam".

3. Hoan Kiem lake in Hanoi [SEEMAP]

Hoan Kiem lake in Hanoi
Hoan Kiem lake in Hanoi

Hoan Kiem Lake, located in the historic center of Hanoi is a popular leisure spot and one of the most scenic spots in the city. Hoan Kiem is a Chinese word meaning "returned sword", which comes from a legend that King Le Loi received a magical sword from the gods which he used in order to drive out the Chinese invaders. Later, he returned his sword to the Golden Turtle God at the lake.

2. Thien Mu Pagoda at Hue [SEEMAP]

Thien Mu Pagoda at Hue
Thien Mu Pagoda at Hue

The Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue's tallest pagoda, has seven stories. This pagoda, which overlooks the Perfume river, is considered the unofficial symbol for the former imperial capital. Built during the Nguyen Lords' rule, the temple was completed in 1601. Although the initial temple was simple, it was later redesigned and expanded over time with more complex features.

1. Ha Long Bay [SEEMAP]

Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay, located in northern Vietnam, is a 120-kilometer long coastline. It is also known as the "Bay of Descending Dragons". The most popular tourist attraction in Vietnam is Ha Long Bay. It features thousands of islands topped by thick jungle vegetation and forming a stunning seascape of limestone columns. Many of the islands have huge caves. Others include islands with lakes that support fishing villages.

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