With its long history, interesting culture and gorgeous scenery, Vietnam offers something for everyone. From the historic sites to jaw-droppingly beautiful landscapes, these are the 6 not-to-miss places you need to see on a Vietnam tour:
Vietnam’s capital city, Hanoi is an attractive, laidback city with charming French-colonial style buildings. Some highlights in the city include:
Temple of Literature
A peaceful series of walled courtyards and gateways.
One Pillar Pagoda
This pagoda was designed to resemble a lotus blossom.
See Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house, Hoan Kiem Lake and the fascinating network of alleyways and shophouses that make up the Old Quarter.
Water Puppet Show
A must-not-miss in Hanoi, enjoy an evening performance of Hanoi’s famed water puppets.
Ha Long Bay
One of Vietnam’s favourite destinations, Ha Long Bay is an another-wordly oasis.
Spend a night on a houseboat
Enjoy a cruise through the stunning bay by day, and marvel at the dramatic limestone islands before stopping at the Sung Sot caves and Titov Island.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
A short flight south of Hanoi and slightly inland is the remarkable Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, a UNESCO park littered with beautiful jungles, caves and underground rivers.
Son River Boat Ride
Take a boat ride on the Son River to Phong Na Cave, which is famous for its rock formations with names like the ‘Lion’ and the ‘Buddha’.
Vietnam’s former capital city and home to the Nguyen dynasty. While Hue’s unique history fell to ruin after the Vietnam War, the Imperial Walled City is a favourite for tourists, who like to view the city’s temples and landmarks, which have become national treasures.
Thien Mu Pagoda
Made up of seven tiers, each dedicated to a step assumed by Buddha to reach enlightenment.
Imperial Tomb of Minh Mang
A majestic complex of courtyards, pavilions and temples in a beautiful setting.
Graceful, historic Hoi An is one of Vietnam’s most atmospheric and delightful towns.
Thu Bon River Cruise
Start your day with a cruise on the Thu Bon River, passing through unspoiled countryside.
Hoi An Ancient Town
Embark on a self-guided walking tour through Hoi An Ancient Town, which will lead you to the famed Japanese Covered Bridge.
Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam’s largest and most vibrant city, packed with timeless traditions.
Start your city sightseeing in Dong Khoi Street, the main shopping thoroughfare, then head to Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office. Afterwards, visit the Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum as well as the Chinese District.
Cu Chi Tunnels
Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, an extraordinary network of tunnels more than 193km long was used by the Viet Cong as a hideout and secret village during the war. See secret trapdoors, underground kitchens, living areas and meeting rooms. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can enter and explore the deep, narrow caves.
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