If you already have plans to visit Vietnam but are still confused about which tourist attractions are interesting to visit, then this article can be used as a reference. To help you out, here are 15 of the top tourist attractions in Vietnam that you must visit.
- Ha Long Bay
The bay, also known as the Bay of Descending Dragon, is located in northern Vietnam along a 120-kilometer coastline. This bay is also one of the best tourist attractions in Vietnam. This is because, this bay offers the beauty of thousands of islands, each of which is overgrown with dense forest vegetation, forming a spectacular sea view from the limestone pillars. In addition, in this bay, you will also find several hollow islands, with large caves, lakes, and several fishing villages that you must visit.
- Tomb of King Khai Dinh (Khai Dinh Royal Tomb)
The tomb located in Thua Thien-Hue Province combines Vietnamese and European architectural styles which are also referred to as Buddhist and Roman Gothic architectural styles. This tomb was built in the 1920s by the Emperor of Vietnam as his future tomb. To see the tomb of the king, you can go to the entrance of the complex which leads to the Court of Honor, and then to the main building called Dinh Thien. Khai Dinh’s final resting place is marked by a bronze statue surrounded by beautiful murals. Visiting this historical tomb is truly an unforgettable experience.
- Thiên Mụ Pagoda
Thien Mu in Hue is known as the tallest pagoda in Vietnam. The Thiên Mụ Pagoda itself overlooks the Perfume River and is considered an unofficial symbol of the former imperial capital. One of the best tourist attractions in Vietnam was built in 1601 or during the reign of Mr. Nguyen. Initially, this pagoda was built with fairly simple architecture, but over time, this pagoda was rebuilt with more elaborate architecture that adds to its beauty.
- Cn o. Islands
The archipelago, also known as Con Dao National Park, has 16 mostly uninhabited islands. The archipelago, which is located off the southern coast of Vietnam, each island offers a wide beach and is surrounded by green trees. Visiting the islands of Côn o is the right choice for tourists who want to “escape” from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Con Son Island is the only inhabited island that was once a prison run by the French for Vietnam involved in the independence movement. You can visit the prison cells and the famous tiger enclosure. In addition, many locals visit the island to pay homage to revolutionaries such as Vo Thi Sau, the first woman on the island to be executed by the French.
In addition to historical tourism, there are several other activities that you can try, such as swimming, diving, enjoying the cuisine at the beach, sunbathing, renting a bicycle to get around the island, and many more.
- Hoàn Kiếm. Lake
Hoàn Kiếm Lake is one of the best tourist attractions in Vietnam, located in the historic center of Hanoi. The lake has always been a favorite vacation/recreation destination for the locals. The name of the lake itself in Vietnamese means “returned sword”, and its name comes from a legend in which King Le Loi was given a magic sword by the gods, which he used to repel the invading Chinese. Then he returned the sword to the Golden Turtle God in the lake. This lake is a suitable place for tourists who like a vacation to historical places with beautiful natural scenery.
- My Khe Beach
If you are in Da Nang city, then you must visit the most beautiful beach in this city, namely My Khe beach. This beach was once where US soldiers patrolled in helicopters for R&R during the Vietnam War. But lately, many tourists visit this beach to enjoy the clean white sand, blue water, and clear sky.
On this beach, tourists can rent chairs too, relax while sunbathing or rent kayaks from shops in the vicinity. Apart from that. Around this beach, there are also many hotels and cafes overlooking the beach. Relaxing while enjoying the sunset at one of these cafes is a wonderful experience to do.
- Hoi An. City
In general, this city is a trading port city in Southeast Asia that still maintains its authenticity well from the 15th century to the 19th century. Hoi An City has a style of buildings and street plans that reflect the authenticity of Vietnamese culture. If you want to visit this city, then the only way to get there is by road. You can rent a vehicle from Da Nang.
- Son Doong Cave
Son Doong is known as one of the largest caves in Vietnam. This cave, which is one of the best tourist attractions in Vietnam, is an extraordinary destination like no other. Due to its large size, dozens of people could camp in it at once. Inside this cave is a pool of bright blue water, and a river flows through it. Lush trees adorn the walls, thanks to erosion that allows sunlight to enter. This cave is a suitable vacation destination for those of you who like nature tourism.
- Phu Quoc Island
If you want to take a short vacation and get away from the hectic workload, then visiting the island of Phu Quoc is the right choice. This is because, this island offers several beautiful beaches, exotic sunset views, natural conditions that are still well preserved, and a calm atmosphere.
The island is located 45 kilometers west of Ha Tien at the southern tip of Vietnam, the northern part of the island is relatively untouched due to its status as a national park. On this island, there are also many luxury resorts, bars, and quaint cafes along the southern coastline that you can visit. After you relax on the beach, you can also visit traditional villages, large natural parks, and beautiful pagodas.
- Cao Dai. Temple
Cao Dai Temple, which was built in the 1930s, is one of the most sacred sites in Vietnam. In the main building of Cao Dai Temple, four prayers are performed daily, and visitors can watch or even participate in the ceremony. The shrine contains nine cult hierarchies including a pope, cardinal, and archbishop with festivals, rituals, and prayers all held regularly. The temple has a similar design to the Christian Cathedral featuring side aisles and altars, as well as a long central nave, all positioned as would be in a Christian Church, there is even a high dome decorated with clouds and saints. For lovers of religious culture-themed tourist attractions, this temple is a must-visit.
- Mui Ne Beach
Mui Ne Beach, located in Phat Thiet, is the best tourist spot in Vietnam. It has strong sea breezes, making it perfect for windsurfing activities. Also, your trip wouldn’t be complete without visiting the famous dunes just north of the city. The wide expanse of sand provides some beautiful views, especially at sunset. This also makes this place an instagramable tourist attraction.
- Phong Nha Gua Caves
If you like natural attractions, then this Phong Nha cave is one of your destinations. Phong Nha Caves consists of hundreds of cave systems, many of which are large enough to accommodate entire city blocks. The biggest, and the most famous, is Hang Son Doong. Before entering this cave, you will pass Son Trach, a thriving village that is home to several transport links throughout Vietnam, local restaurants, and a meeting point before tourists explore this magnificent cave.
- Nha Trang
In general, Nha Trang is one of the most popular seaside resort cities in Vietnam located along the second most beautiful bay in the country. When visiting the beach, you will be greeted with fine and clean sand and clear seawater. The city which is also one of the best tourist attractions in Vietnam has about 300,000 inhabitants and has an urban character than other beach destinations such as Mui Ne and Phu Quoc. In addition, this beach is also known as the center of scuba diving in Vietnam which is always visited by tourists.
- Sa Pa
Sa Pa is known as a city in northwest Vietnam, not far from the Chinese border. When visiting this place, you can find stunning rice terraces in the Muong Hoa valley between the town of Sa Pa and Mount Fansipan, against a backdrop of thick bamboo forest. The local mountain people, Hmong, Giay, Dao, Tay, and Giay, grow rice and corn on these rice terraces, along with vegetables. This place is the right choice for those of you who want to rest your body and mind before returning to activities.
- Hang Nga Guesthouse
Hang Nga Guesthouse is often called the Crazy House by tourists because it has a very unusual architectural style that also serves as accommodation in Da Lat. The Hang Nga Guesthouse itself was designed by a local architect named Dang Viet Nga, who seems to have been inspired by the Spanish architect Gaudi. This place looks like a tree and is complete with details like grand staircases, branches arching out the windows, sculpted animals that double up as furniture, and even a fireplace. Visiting this place is a must if you are in Da Lat city.