Vietnam has a long and turbulent history, therefore many amazing tourist attractions for all kinds of travelers can be discovered for sightseeing. The unique geography of Vietnam, long and narrow, features two different climates, islands, beaches, wetlands and mountains, adding a wonderful diversity of landscapes to our “What to see in Vietnam” list.

From scenic landscape of Sapa to the north and the picturesque Halong Bay, over the beautiful Central Highlands, to the peaceful rice fields of the Mekong delta in the south, there are marvelous places to explore.

The Turtle Tower in Hanoi is an interesting sight for you, if you want to learn more about the history of Vietnam. The famous king’s palace in Hue, the ancient town of Hoi An or the War Remnants Museum in Saigon. Our “What to see in Vietnam” on a tour through the country includes many more historical sights from different periods in time.

If your goal is to visit modern shopping malls or lively amusement parks come to Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi. Here you can also enjoy the most vibrant nightlife of Vietnam. Whether you want to have a drink in one of the famous rooftop bars, shop for international brands or experience an active afternoon with your kids, Vietnam has it all.

You prefer to experience the Vietnamese culture first hand? Visit the oldest and most interesting pagodas of the country, to experience Vietnamese culture first hand. Go on adventures alone or with experienced tour guides, bargain for a good price at local markets and travel to remote villages. Or visit traditional workshops throughout the country.

Whatever your desired experiences for your holidays are, Vietnam can provide. Just check out our top articles and pick a topic that you would like to learn more about.

10 interesting articles about what to see in Vietnam:

How to spend 24 hours in Ho Chi Minh City: We give you the prime “Must Sees” in Saigon, so you can make the most of your short trip to the former “Pearl of Indochina”.

Discover Da Nang in Vietnam: Da Nang is the largest city of central Vietnam and even if it doesn’t look like that at the first glance, it has a lot of interesting sights to offer.

Experience the history of Hanoi through architecture: The history of Hanoi is a very interesting topic for tourists and locals alike. Historical significance is still present in contemporary architecture.

A visit to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels: Did you know, that the area of the Cu Chi Tunnels is one of the most bombed areas in the world?

Discover ancient Hue in Vietnam: Hue is the beautiful former residence of the ruler of Vietnam, and not only the palace, but also many old traditions hint to a profound connection to the royal heritage.

Island hopping in Ha Tien: Close to the border of Cambodia, off the shores of Ha Tien, there are nice archipelagos for adventurous island hopping off the beaten track.

Stay in a stunning ethnic village between Laos and Da Nang: Enjoy a stay in an ethnic village with a heavy touch of the luxurious.

The zebras of Da Lat - A Langbiang trekking tour: Did you know that there are zebras in the highlands of Vietnam? We encountered some on our tour to the legendary peak of the Langbiang mountain.

The scenic Marble Mountains in Da Nang: Not far from My Khe beach in Da Nang, there are the Marble Mountains. Besides marble and stone artisans, there is a pagoda in the caves, and an interesting piece of war history.

The amazing Madagui forest city: Madagui is one of the largest nature preservation sites and adventure getaways in Vietnam.

What to See in Vietnam

We Visit Marble Mountains

We Visit Marble Mountains

The Marble Mountains are one of Vietnam's most popular attractions. They are located South of Danang, right on the street along My Khe beach to Hoi An. How to Get Marble Moutains Vietnam You can get there easily by bicycle or motorbike. If you are coming from Danang, just follow Truong Sa street to the South and after about seven kilometers ...

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Saigon Central Post Office

Saigon Central Post Office

One of HCMC's most popular attractions, Saigon Central Post Office is the largest post office in Vietnam. Built between 1886 and 1891 by renowned architect Gustave Eiffel, the building’s vaulted roof and arched windows are reminiscent of early European railway stations. An enormous picture of Ho Chi Minh overlooks proceedings. Sightseeing & Shopping Even if you don't have a bundle ...

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Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral

The famous central Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, built between 1863 and 1880 by French colonists, is one of HCMC's architectural marvels. Erected exclusively with materials imported from France, it is one of the most popular things to see in Ho Chi Minh City for tourists, along with Ben Thanh Market and the Reunification Palace. The official name of the church ...

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The Saigon Opera House

The Saigon Opera House

The Saigon Opera House is one of the two top venues in Vietnam to listen to opera and classical music. The other one is the Hanoi Opera House. One of Ho Chi Minh City's most prominent landmarks, the Saigon Opera House was custom built in 1897 by the French architect Eugene Ferret. In 1955 it was transformed into South Vietnam's ...

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Hanoi Opera House

Hanoi Opera House

One of the few places in Hanoi to catch a symphony, this century-old French colonial building is a major city landmark. While the interior could use some sprucing up, this imposing Opera House is still on the list of top things to see in Hanoi, given its architectural beauty, historical significance and repertoire of internationally celebrated musicians. Completed in 1911 ...

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We Visit Monkey Mountain

We Visit Monkey Mountain

The Monkey Mountain is of of Danang's top attraction.  Simply referred to as Son Tra Peninsula, Vietnam's Monkey Mountain actually sprouts out from the cape like a mushroom. This lush national park is home to the rare red face monkey (hence the moniker) and stands 693 metres above sea level. The winding road around the mountain makes for nice motorbiking ...

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Ben Thanh Traditional Market

Ben Thanh Traditional Market

Ben Thanh Market is the most famous shopping destination for tourists in Ho Chi Minh City, featuring every type of souvenir the spending traveler desires to buy. The attraction is one of the earliest surviving structures in Saigon and an important landmark of the city. Bargain for the Best Deals Ho Chi Minh City's traditional Ben Thanh Market sells everything ...

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Ba Na Hill

Ba Na Hill

A colonial French hill station established in 1919, Ba Na Hill is an immense mountain resort catering to local and foreign vacationers alike. Ascend the lush tropical forest from a non-stop cable car, the longest and highest of its kind in the world. At the top, the view goes all the way to the coast, surveying Danang and the surrounding areas. ...

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Fine Arts Museum

Fine Arts Museum

The Fine Arts Museum of HCMC is set inside an exquisite French colonial villa. The first floor hosts rotating exhibits of contemporary art and the second floor features sketches, paintings and statues, many of which focus on resistance to colonial rulers. The third floor shows older works from Vietnam's history. Check out the antique working elevator that slowly glides its ...

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Jade Emperor Pagoda (Phuoc Hai Pagoda)

Jade Emperor Pagoda (Phuoc Hai Pagoda)

The 100 year-old Jade Emperor Pagoda is one of Saigon's most famous religious buildings. Put this atmospheric Cantonese pagoda, built in 1909, at the top of your HCMC attractions visiting list. The Jade Emperor, heaven's gatekeeper, watches over an incense-filled room while hidden chambers harbour woodcarvings and altars depicting scenes from Taoist and Buddhist myths. One hall houses the go-to ...

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Weasel Poop Coffee Farm

Weasel Poop Coffee Farm

Mr. Loc is in the business of turning civet dung into profit, a man of the “weasel poop coffee” trade (the bean variety is officially dubbed Kopi Luwak) who raises the weasel-like paradoxurus hermaphroditus, or Asian palm civets, in order to dry out their excrement and extract the undigested coffee beans. He's been doing this for the past seven years ...

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Vinh Nghiem Pagoda

Vinh Nghiem Pagoda

The largest Mahayana pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City, a center for Buddhist beliefs and practices, and one of the city's most beautiful tourist attractions, Vinh Nghiem Pagoda is a must see when visiting Ho Chi Minh City. “Chùa Vĩnh Nghiêm” (literally “Ever Solemn”) was built over a span of seven years, from 1964 to 1971. The complex, an area ...

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Binh Chau Hot Springs

Binh Chau Hot Springs

Binh Chau Hot Springs is an area of roughly 35 hectares and home to the Binh Chau Hot Springs Resort. The hot springs are about 60 kilometers away from Vung Tau and 134 kilometers away from Ho Chi Minh City, which makes for a three hour drive. Soak in the Hot Springs of Binh Chau Their main attraction is the ...

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Po Nagar Cham Towers

Po Nagar Cham Towers

A defining feature of Nha Trang, these Cham ruins are the best-kept in Vietnam. Of the original vast complex only four towers remain, but these beautiful Vietnamese ruins are still a top historical attraction, and a Nha Trang must-see. Po Nagar Cham Towers date back to between the 7th and 12th centuries AD. Situated 2 km north of Nha Trang, ...

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Le Mat Snake Village

Le Mat Snake Village

Always wanted to down a shot of rice wine that floats a still-beating cobra heart? How about a little gecko in your cocktail? Le Mat Snake Village in Hanoi's Long Bien District is the spot to make your reptilian gustatory dreams come true. A snake will set you back VND600,000 to VND1 million, but it will come prepared in seven ...

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Red Sand Dunes

Red Sand Dunes

Not as spectacular as the White Sand Dunes, but their proximity to the resorts and the ocean views make up for it. Trudging up the dunes is an experience reminiscent of being in an African or Middle Eastern desert. Kids with plastic slides are everywhere, experts in the art of charm and squeezing money out of tourists.

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White Sand Dunes

White Sand Dunes

A favourite photo opportunity spot for couples and pop music moguls in Vietnam. Countless music videos are made and photos are taken. The backdrop sees dramatic white sand dunes plunging towards a lake lined with lotuses. Venture across the dunes and marvel at this bizarre landscape. Slide down the dunes with local children on a plastic sheet; going down is ...

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Linh Phuoc Pagoda

Linh Phuoc Pagoda

Linh Phuoc Pagoda is the Disneyland of pagodas – in a good way. It crams so many gorgeous sights in one area that you can’t help but feel overwhelmed, like in a particularly good amusement park. Linh Phuoc has a penchant to set national records – biggest bell in Vietnam, longest glass dragon (49 meters long), tallest Quan Am Bodhisattva ...

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Salt Fields

Salt Fields

Vietnam's extensive coastline is a major part of the economy with an annual salt production of around 737,000 tonnes. Tending to the fields is both strenuous and painstaking. Salt water is directed into fields and left for ten days to evaporate. The white mineral is then removed and left to dry before harvesting. You can see those salt fields on ...

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The Citadel

The Citadel

The Citadel is Hue’s main attraction, having served as the primary residential estate of the royal family and hosting the main buildings of state. Built by Emperor Gia Long in 1804 on auspicious ground (determined by royalappointed geomancers), the Citadel is a colossal structure that sprawls out over the vast majority of the city centre. The squareshaped foundation is surrounded ...

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Bao Dai Summer Palace

Bao Dai Summer Palace

Bao Dai’s third palace is around two kilometers from the city center, built at a great vantage in a wooded area that used to be prime hunting grounds - one of Bao Dai’s favorite pastimes. Entrance is a very reasonable VND 15,000, and motorbike parking is VND 3,000. There is not much in the way of entertainment here besides the ...

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My Khe Beach

My Khe Beach

Da Nang’s most popular beach, My Khe is patrolled (thanks to the Da Nang Lifesaving Association) and full of local life. Especially at the day’s end, when the Vietnamese flock to the shores for a swim and beach sports (such as soccer and volleyball) after school or work. Plenty of restaurants are available to satiate the appetite here.

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Can Gio National Park

Can Gio National Park

A nature reserve full of restored mangrove forests and eco tourists, Can Gio National Park is a great place to see the wild outdoors and its inhabitants. Check out a pack of monkeys hollering from their wooden perch, slink by a swamp full of crocodiles or just post up in a hammock and take it all in. An ideal place ...

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Poshanu Cham Towers

Poshanu Cham Towers

Once a hallmark of the prosperous Champa kingdom that thrived in this region from around the 7th century to 1832, the Poshanu Cham Towers from the late 8th to early 9th century are perched on a hilltop with views of Phan Thiet and the distant coastline. On site are three towers. Inside the main one is a linga and yoni ...

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War Remnants Museum

War Remnants Museum

HCMC's War Remnants Museum is not for the faint-hearted as it houses provocative displays of weapons and photographs. Established in 1975, the War Remnants Museum focuses on remnants including U.S. armoured vehicles, a fighter jet, a tank, bombs, infantry weapons and the last guillotine used in Vietnam. Located in Saigon's District 3, the War Remnants Museum makes for an enlightening ...

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Dragon Fruit Farms

Dragon Fruit Farms

Binh Thuan Province is synonymous with dragon fruit. The A1 highway just west of Phan Thiet is lined with dragon fruit vendors and many tour companies make a stop here for visitors to have a look. Initially the fruit was grown for ancestral offerings and décor, but entrepreneurial Vietnamese recognised its economic potential and now farms cover thousands of hectares ...

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