Most visitors to Vietnam are drawn by the country’s stunning natural beauty, which ranges from the green rice fields of the north to the fascinating bustle of the Mekong Delta in the south. Vietnam, on the other hand, is a country with a long history and ancient traditions. It has many historical sites and ancient temples. Here is a list of the top ten attractions in Vietnam.
1. Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay is a 120-kilometer-long coastline in northern Vietnam that translates literally as “Bay of Descending Dragons.” Ha Long Bay is Vietnam’s most popular tourist destination, with thousands of islands topped with dense jungle vegetation, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Several of the islands are hollow, with massive caves, while others have lakes and support floating villages of fishermen.
2. Thien Mu Pagoda
The Thien Mu Pagoda in Hue is Vietnam’s tallest pagoda, standing seven stories tall. The pagoda, which overlooks the Perfume River, is considered an unofficial symbol of the former imperial capital. The temple was constructed in 1601 during the reign of the Nguyễn Lords. The original temple was built simply, but it was later redeveloped and expanded with more intricate features.
3. Hoan Kiem Lake
Hoan Kiem Lake, located in Hanoi’s historical centre, is one of the city’s major scenic spots and a favourite leisure destination for locals. Hoan Kiem means “returned sword,” and the name is derived from a legend in which King Le Loi was bestowed with a magical sword by the gods, which he used to drive out the invading Chinese. Later, in the lake, he returned the sword to the Golden Turtle God.
4. Hoi An
This fishing village-turned-tourist-attraction is located on the South China Sea coast. Although Hoi An has been an international port since the 16th century, the serious shipping business has long since moved to Da Nang. The city’s heart remains the Old Town, with its winding lanes and Chinese-styled shops. Because of the narrow canals that cut through the town, it is sometimes referred to as “Venice of Vietnam.”
5. Phu Quoc
The largest island in Vietnam, Phu Quoc, is located in front of the Cambodian coast. If Phuket hadn’t been overrun by development, Phu Quoc would be it. The island has pristine tropical forests, unharmed coral reefs, and beautiful beaches. ABC News selected one of its beaches, Bai Dai (Long Beach), as one of five beautiful and clean beaches. Phu Quoc is well-known for producing the world’s best nuoc mam, or fermented fish sauce.
6. Sa Pa Terraces
Sa Pa is a small town in northwest Vietnam near the Chinese border. Rice terraces can be found in the Muong Hoa valley, which runs between Sa Pa town and Fansipan Mountain, and is surrounded by dense bamboo woodlands. The Hmong, Giay, Dao, Tay, and Giay mountain people grow rice and corn, as well as vegetables, on these paddy terraces.
7. Mui Ne
The previously uninhabited beach south of Mui Ne’s fishing village has seen significant development in the last 15 years. Due to the strong sea breezes, it is a popular kite and windsurfing destination in Vietnam. A visit to Mui Ne would be incomplete without a visit to the famous sand dunes located just north of town. The vast sandy expanse offers some spectacular panoramic views, especially at sunset.
8. Mekong Delta
The Mekong Delta is the southern Vietnamese region where the Mekong River approaches and empties into the sea. It is a very rich and lush area covered in rice fields that produces roughly half of all agricultural output in Vietnam. As a result, life in the Mekong Delta revolves heavily around the river, with all villages frequently accessible by river rather than road.
9. Cu Chi Tunnels
The Cu Chi Tunnels are a massive network of underground tunnels located about 40 kilometres northwest of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). During the Vietnam War, the tunnels were used as a hideout by Viet Cong guerrillas and served as the headquarters for the Tết Offensive in 1968. Visitors are invited to crawl around in the safer parts of the tunnel system, which has become a popular tourist attraction.
10. Nha Trang
Nha Trang is the most popular seaside resort town in Vietnam, located along the country’s second most beautiful bay. It has beautiful beaches with fine, clean sand and clear, warm ocean water. The city has a population of around 300,000 people and is more lively and urban in nature than other beach destinations such as Mui Ne and Phu Quoc. It also serves as Vietnam’s scuba diving centre.