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What to See in Vietnam

Vietnam Attractions

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.

  • Phan Thiet’s Fairy Stream (Suoi Tien) is the only real tourist attraction in Ham Tien Ward. The hardened sand walls of the Fairy Stream have surrealistic shapes and multiple shades of red and orange. Visitors walk through the small stream barefoot to view and take pictures of the oddly formed, hardened sand embankments. Suoi Tien is usually not a swift-flowing stream. Instead, it runs gently. The water level is a little higher than ankle-deep most of the time, but it is just a trickle at the end of the dry season in May and may be deep and swift ...
  • Built in 1899 to warn shipping off nearby reefs, this structure stands just off the beach on a small rocky promontory, which can be reached on foot at low tide. Visitors can explore the lighthouse and climb to a viewing platform near the top for great views of the coastline.
  • The focal point of the mountain is the spectacular statue of Buddha entering a state of paranirvana, the final nirvana of enlightened beings. Built in 1963, the statue is 11 metres high and extends for 49 metres. The statue is located in the Linh Son Truong Tho Pagoda.
  • “Bai Dai” or literally “Long Beach”, is a 10 kilometer strip of white, just a 30 to 40 minute drive from the popular tourist destination Nha Trang. An arc shaped bay surrounded by poplar forests and reachable via a dirt road, this beach is the perfect getaway for the off-the-beaten-track traveler. Long Beach is one of those paradise locations that you expect only to read about or see on TV. Largely deserted and, as yet, safe from the hands of Nha Trang developers, the bay is known for its isolation, with soft, bleached sand, turquoise water and an exquisite backdrop ...
  • Long Hai Fishing Village

    Just a few hours out of Ho Chi Minh City, Long Hai has one of the liveliest fishing villages around. The beach is serene during the week, but vacationers arrive by the busload every weekend. On the beach countless wicker baskets are filled with fresh seafood while the vendors sell the freshest produce you can get. It’s a good time ...

  • Dinh Co Historic Relic

    Legend has it that, Le Thi Hong, a 16 year old girl who moved to Long Hai Province to find peace drowned off a nearby island. She was buried by local fishermen. Her grave has since been relocated to the historic site. Today the pagoda is a gathering place for locals who are seeking good luck, health and prosperity and ...

  • Minh Dam Historic Relic

    Set atop a long winding road, more adventurous day trippers are advised to visit the historic relic in the mountains of Long Hai. Just over a half hour drive from Vung Tau, this former Viet Cong mountain lookout now offers a more serene view. All along the trails are memorial shrines and rock formation caves where it’s rumoured that some ...