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1. Halong Bay
Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the seven natural wonders of the world, located in Quang Ninh province, about 170 km from Hanoi. The bay features 1,960 – 2,000 of limestone karsts and islets in various shapes and sizes.
The best way to discover this bay is by boat. Depending on your budget, you can choose a cruiser or diesel-boat to explore Halong Bay. Stay at least an overnight as there are plenty of things to see and do here.
You can go to Halong Bay from Hanoi by bus (at My Dinh Bus Station, there will be a bus every hour), travel time is about 3,5 hours, the fare is about 200 000 VND (10 USD); or buy a tour to visit Halong Bay, popular 2-day-1-night tour from 1 500 000 VND/person, departing in Hanoi.
Come to the Bay once in your life, and you will agree that Halong Bay is one of the best places to visit in Vietnam.
2. Ninh Binh
Referring to the best places in Vietnam, Ninh Binh cannot be ignored! Ninh Binh is the beautiful land in northern Vietnam, about 100 km from Hanoi. Come to Ninh Binh; you will be overwhelmed by the majestic and poetic scenery with hundreds of hills emerging from the ground surrounded by ripe yellow rice fields. Admire the grandeur of Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex, the romance of Tam Coc, Bich Dong, and you will understand why this place was the capital of Vietnam in the 10th and 11th centuries.
You can take the bus from Halong Bay to Ninh Binh, we recommend The Long Travel Bus (departing at Tuan Chau Port), the fare is 250 000 VND, travel time is about 5 hours; or Hanoi – Ninh Binh (we recommend Trang An Limousine, add 71 Tran Nhan Tong, Hanoi, fare: 130 000 VND).
3. Hoi An
Hoi An is an ancient town in Quang Nam Province, about 30km from Da Nang center. Hoi An was once a busy international trading port for hundreds of years ago; today, this place still retains almost intact with more than 1000 architectural monuments, traditional dishes, and lifestyle of people. Come to ancient town; you will be overwhelmed by the nostalgic space and cultural beauty: Japanese Temple, Tan Ky Old House, Hoi Quan Phuc Kien.
It will be fascinating to walk or cycle along ancient streets, experience the drop of flower garlands and colored lanterns on Hoai River. On the full moon, all families in Hoi An ancient town will turn off all electric lights and light up lanterns. Therefore, you will admire a mysterious, beautiful scene that generally only seen on television.
The best way to go to Hoi An is by bus from Da Nang (the bus 01 to Hoi An, 30 000 VND, 1 hour to move).
4. Da Nang
Ranked at the fourth of the best places to visit in Vietnam is Da Nang – the most livable city in Vietnam, which is growing vibrantly among the simple life. Come here, you will admire both the unique architectural features and the breathtaking sceneries: from ancient temples to many bridges of light, from majestic mountains to the crystal beaches.
Come to Da Nang, immerse yourself in the freshwater of My Khe Beach, check-in the Golden Bridge in Ba Na Hills, and challenge yourself when exploring in Hai Van Pass – the most dangerous pass in Vietnam.
You should refer to the article 10 must-visit attractions in Da Nang.
Hue is the ancient capital of Vietnam, was the capital of the Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 to 1945. Today, Hue almost preserves intact the Citadel and the royal tombs of the Nguyen Dynasty. Visit Hue, admire the architectural masterpiece of Imperial City, the poetic of the Huong River, the serenity of Thien Mu Pagoda, and you will know why Hue is on the top 10 places to visit in Vietnam.
You can go to Hue by bus from Da Nang, we recommend HAV Limousine (add 445 Hai Phong, Da Nang), the fare is 140 000 VND, travel time is 2,5 hours.
In 6th place is Sapa, a small town in northern Vietnam, where the majestic mountain landscape, especially the beautiful terraced fields that make up the brand. Come to Sapa, visit the highland market, see the Mount Fansipan – the highest mountain in Vietnam, enjoy a glass of wine from the ethnic people, and feel the peace within you!
You can go to Sapa by bus from Hanoi, we recommend Sao Viet Bus (Add 7 Pham Van Dong, Hanoi), the fare is 240 000 VND, travel time is about 6 hours.
7. Nha Trang
Nha Trang is a coastal city in Khanh Hoa province; it has long been known as a tropical sea paradise, Nha Trang beach one of the best beaches in Vietnam and a must-visit city in Vietnam; especially, Nha Trang Bay is one of the beautiful bays of the world. Visit Nha Trang, immerse yourself in the freshwater, dive coral reefs, discover by canoe and enjoy fresh seafood.
You can go to Nha Trang by plane, train or bus from Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi or Da Nang.
8. Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is the biggest city in Vietnam. It has long been known as the Pearl of the Far East because of not only its prosperity but also the harmony of natural beauty. While being there, you will be immersed in two different styles of life: modern and ancient; modernity with high-rise buildings and crowded motorcyclists, antiquity with the centuries-old buildings, timeless alleys and old trees. Come to Saigon, visit the War Remnants Museum and Cu Chi tunnels, shopping at Ben Thanh Market and enjoy a bottle of Saigon beer at Bui Vien Street.
You should refer to the article 11 best things to do in Ho Chi Minh City.
Ranked at the ninth of the best places to visit in Vietnam is Hanoi – The Capital of a Thousand Years of Civilization, is the old and poetic city, and one of 10 best places to visit in Vietnam. It is famous for its thousands of year old buildings, and traditional Vietnamese dishes. Visit Hanoi old quarter – the 36 streets, enjoy traditional Vietnamese food: Pho, drink a cup of egg coffee, and tell us what Vietnam is in you!
You should refer to the article top 12 must-visit attractions in Hanoi.
If you want to search for a beautiful tropical beach without too many visitors, Muine is a great choice for you.
Located in Binh Thuan province, 180 km from Ho Chi Minh City. Muine is known as a land of sea and sand. Muine is a sea paradise with clear blue water and white sand. The endless sandhills are also one of the attractions here. It will be fascinating if you take a walk on the sandhills, buy some seafood from the street vendors here and sip a bottle of beer, and surely you will agree with us that the Muine deserves to be the top 10 places to visit in Vietnam!
From Ho Chi Minh City, you can take the bus to Muine, we recommend Hanh Cafe bus (Add 85 Nguyen Cu Trinh, District 1), the fare is 130 000 VND, 4 hours.
Above are the top 10 places to visit in Vietnam in 2020, you can click on the photo of each place to see more travel guide.
The best time to visit Vietnam is in autumn (Sept-Dec) or spring (March and April). You should read the Vietnam Map by seasons to devise a suitable schedule.
Recommended length of stay in Vietnam: 2 – 4 weeks; refer to where to stay in Vietnam and find deals from our partners.
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