Sapa is a city located in the northwest of the country, being a popular destination for those who come from Hanoi. Those who like hiking, trekking and nature will love this region. Although this remote region is famous for it´s rice terraces, the mountain scenery is breathtaking, and it´s biological diversity and the ethnic groups that inhabit the Sapa´s Mountain region make this place a must see.
2-Ha Long Bay
According to the legend, Ha Long Bay was created when Vietnam fought against the Chinese invaders, and the gods sent a family of dragons to defend the land. These mythical beasts began to spit out jewels and jade, which became islands, forming a wall against the invaders. Ha Long is a bay with more than three thousand limestone islets with eccentric shapes coming out of the green water, creating fantastic scenery. Being a Unesco World Heritage Site, it´s one of the most popular destinations in Vietnam and was declared one of the World´s Seven Natural Wonders.
Hoi An is one of the favorite cities for tourists in Vietnam. Relatively compact, has vibrant little streets with markets, colorful colonial houses, lanterns, restaurants, ice cream shops, art galleries, ateliers, trendy shops and an intense nightlife. On Thu Bon River there are small bridges and boats, with restaurants and live music. Great to relax when you are traveling from north to south of the country.
The capital of Vietnam is an intense city, with an interesting mix between east and west. The vibrancy of this city and the contact with the culture of the Vietnamese capital is contagious. Here you can: walk through Hoan Kiem Lake; shop at Dong Xuan Market, walk at the 2,000-year-old streets of the Old Quarter and watch a water puppet show. You may also visit the following places: Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts, Quan Su Temple, One Pillar Temple, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum, Hoa Lo Prison, Army Museum, Temple of Literature, Women’s Museum of Vietnam, Museum of Ethnology and the National Museum of Vietnamese History.
It is also a good starting point to visit other destinations in the north of the country.
5- Phu Quoc
South of Vietnam, halfway between Vietnam and Cambodia, there is the Island of Phu Quoc. This island, located in the Gulf of Thailand, is the largest island of Vietnam. It´s main tourist attractions are the white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. Phu Quoc is one of the favorite places for the Vietnamese honeymoon trip.
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6- Tam Coc (Halong Bay on land)
Tam Coc is located about 90 kilometers south of Hanoi in Ninh Binh province and 7 kilometers west of the city of Ninh Binh. Tam Coc is located between rice paddies, bathed by the Ngo Dong River and ripped by rock formations and limestone caves. The beautiful scenery made up of rock formations, caves and water made Tam Coc popularly known as “Halong Bay on Earth” or “Halong Bay of Rice Paddies”.
7-Phong Nha-Ke Bàng National Park
Phong Nha – Ke Bang is a national park in central Quang Binh, province of Vietnam. The park is 50 kilometers north of Dong Hoi, 450 kilometers south of Hanoi. Was recognized in 2003 as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
This park has hundreds of caves, underground rivers and waterfalls. It has a huge biological diversity and some new species have been discovered here.
Subject to enormous tectonic changes, the karstic landscape of the park is extremely complex with many geomorphological features of considerable significance. The vast area until the border with Laos contains spectacular formations, including 65 km of underground caves and rivers.
The subterranean corridors are long and adorned with stalactites and stalagmites.
In April 2009, the British explorers discovered in this park Son Doong, a cave that has been claimed as the largest cave in the world.
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8-Imperial City of Hue
The city of Hue, in the center of Vietnam, was for years the home of temperors and the capital of the Vietnam Empire. Hue, which is located between the cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, has a unique blend of traditional Vietnam, modern city, chinese influences and, at the same time, war memories.
One of the most famous beach destinations in southern Vietnam is Mui Ne, located in the city of Phan Tiet (Binh Thuan province). Mui Ne is 230 kilometers away from Ho Chi Minh City. It´s a fishing village that has grown in tourist popularity due to its 10 miles of beach and the air currents that pass through the área are ideal for surfing and kitesurfing.
The Mui Ne area is one of the few spots in Vietnam where you can find deserts, geological canyons and streams.
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The city of Dalat, situated in the south of Vietnam, halfway between Saigon and Nha Trang, is known as a mecca for lovers. It is the favorite city of the Vietnamese for a romantic getaway, honeymoon destination and also for single people in search of love.
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One of the most popular regions in Southeast Asia is the Mekong Delta region encompassing not only Vietnam, but also Cambodia. To the longest river in Vietnam, the Vietnamese call “9 dragons”, in reference to the 9 different points where the Mekong River flows into the sea.
In the Mekong Delta, which covers 40,000 square kilometers, more than 20 million people live in a total of 13 Vietnamese provinces: An Giang, Bac Lieu, Ben Tre, Ca Mau, Can Tho, Dong Thap, Hau Giang, Kien Giang, Long An, Soc Trang, Tien Giang, Tra Vinh and Vinh Long.
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The city of Ho Chi Minh (known in the past as Saigon), capital of southern Vietnam, is a pulsating city. Considered the city with more motorcycles in the world, there are a million things happening at the same time.
Here you can explore the Cu Chi tunnels used by the Vietcongs in the war against the americans, visit the Vietnam History Museum, the Ho Chi Minh City Museum, the Museum of the Remnants of War, the Temple of the Jade Emperor, the Temple of the Holy See of Cao Dai, the Cathedral of Notre Dame, shop at the Ben Thanh market, climb the Saigon Skydeck, relax at Twenty-Seventh Park, explore Chinatown, visit the island of Can Gio, among many other things.
13- Nha Trang
In southern Vietnam, the coastal city of Nha Trang, is a beautiful city facing the sea with 300 thousand inhabitants.
Very touristy place, Nha Trang has beautiful white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, where the waves are great for surfing and where dive lovers have a lot to discover.
Apart from the beaches, Nha Trang is also a great place for hiking.
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