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Welcome to Vietnam

As chaotic as it is captivating and as fast-paced as it is traditional, Vietnam is a country of contrasts. However, one thing is indisputable—there's no place on earth quite like it. Hanoi, Vietnam's bustling capital, with its atmospheric Hanoi Old Quarter, striking Do Temple, and West Lake, is best explored on foot, by motorbike, cyclo (three-wheeled taxi), or scooter. Hanoi is also a convenient jumping-off point for junk boat cruises on Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Red River Delta, home to remote tribal craft villages. Continuing down the east coast, the Forbidden Purple City in Hué is a glorious reminder of Vietnam's Imperial past; the Old Town of Hoi An—arguably Vietnam's prettiest city—is a hotspot for Vietnamese street food; and Nha Trang is known for its idyllic beaches. Hanoi's southern rival, Ho Chi Minh City, is Vietnam's largest and most modern city in which sightseeing tours reveal cultural treasures such as the Saigon Opera House, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Vietnam Cookery Center—great if a cookery course is on your travel menu. Plus, just a short drive away from Ho Chi Min City, the Cu Chi Tunnels are a poignant reminder of the tragedies of the Vietnam War, and the winding canals, lush rice paddies, and traditional villages of the Mekong Delta stretch all the way to border of Cambodia, allowing you to continue your South East Asia adventure with ease.

Top 10 attractions in Vietnam

Stone Church (Nha Tho Nui)

Stone Church (Nha Tho Nui)

The towering spire of Stone Church—a cathedral that’s known by many names to locals—can be seen from almost anywhere in Nha Trang. Despite how it’s humbly known, this stunning stone structure is one of the most striking architectural wonders in this Vietnamese city and a nod to European influence in this land that’s otherwise filled with Hindu and Buddhist temples.The church’s clock tower sits high above a beautiful archway with a circular window inlaid with stained glass. And while the exterior of this church is undeniably beautiful, it’s the towering interior that’s worth marveling at. Two separate paths lead visitors to the entrances of Stone Church and names of the dead are carved along the way in a call for prayers.More
XQ Historical Village

XQ Historical Village

Though the name sounds old, XQ Historical Village was actually founded in the early 1990s by artists Vo Van Quan and Hoang Le Xuan as a way to showcase needlework and painting to travelers from overseas. More than 2,000 women work to create the intricate masterpieces that are put on display in this and other villages like it through Vietnam.Quan and Xuan utilized age-old needlework traditions that hale from China and were once used to tell stories of the Orient, to instead tell the tales of Vietnam through brightly colored, handmade items. Visitors to this historically inspired village can witness craftswomen working in pairs over silk-draped tables creating some of the most colorful and intricate designs around. Travelers can purchase lavish wall hanging for their home or decorated scarves and greeting cards from the local shop. The picturesque tea garden offers the perfect place to check out more of the handmade works and relax in the natural beauty of XQ’s picturesque surroundings.More
Cu Chi Tunnels

Cu Chi Tunnels

Built by the Viet Cong in the 1940s as protection from French air raids during the Indochina conflict, the Cu Chi Tunnels extend underground for more than 155 miles (250 km) in the vicinity of Ho Chi Minh City alone. This network of subterranean passageways later provided vital access to and strategic control over the rural areas surrounding the city during the Vietnam War (also known as the Second Indochina War or the American War), when the tunnels housed living quarters, hospitals, booby traps, and storage facilities for the Viet Cong.More
Marble Mountains

Marble Mountains

One of Da Nang’s top attractions, the five outcrops that make up central Vietnam’s Marble Mountains (Ngũ Hành Sơn) each are named after a different element: fire, wood, metal, water and earth. Visit the mountains to take in views of the landscape, to explore caves, Buddhist and Hindu grottoes, pagodas, and shrines, and even to shop.More
Po Nagar Cham Towers

Po Nagar Cham Towers

Constructed between the 8th and 12th centuries, the Po Nagar Cham Towers sit at the mouth of the Cai River in central Vietnam, on the outskirts of the beach town of Nha Trang. The towers were built to honor the region’s Cham rulers and incorporate Buddhist temples and shrines to the Hindu gods Shiva and Ganesh.More
Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay

A UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Gulf of Tonkin, Ha Long Bay is renowned for its spectacular scenery. One of the most popular tourist attractions in northern Vietnam, Ha Long Bay is home to sparkling emerald waters, more than 1,600 towering limestone islands and islets, caves, and traditional floating villages.More
Hue Citadel (Dai Noi)

Hue Citadel (Dai Noi)

The renowned Hue Citadel (Da Noi) in Hue attracts history buffs from around the globe. The sprawling fortress, which was constructed in 1804 for the Gia Long Emperor, is surrounded by a 68-foot (21-meter) defensive barrier and is home to the tallest flagpole in Vietnam.More
Long Son Pagoda (Chua Long Son)

Long Son Pagoda (Chua Long Son)

Founded in the 19th century, the Long Son Pagoda (Chùa Long Sơn) has been attracting travelers thanks to its stunning façade, traditional peaked roofs and ornately decorated mosaic dragons. Its peaceful interior pays homage to seven monks who lit themselves on fire during the 1960s in an act of protest. Travelers will find hand-carved busts of these men surrounding a massive white seated Buddha, who’s perched in a lotus blossom looking out at these martyrs.Visitors can explore the grounds and make their way to the top of the hill and platform surrounding the massive Buddha, where incredible views of nearby towns and the Vietnamese countryside do not disappoint.More
Nha Trang Beach

Nha Trang Beach

Sometimes called the beach capital of Vietnam, Nha Trang is known for its scenic shores and few are more delightful than the yellow sandy stretch of Nha Trang Beach. This 6-km destination is ideal for swimmers, sunbathers and snorkelers, who will likely find uninterrupted turquoise blue waters to explore on their own. While a slightly more social scene can be found at jumping beach joints like Sailing Club and the local brew house, deserted island vibes can be found further down towards the south side. A popular promenade offers a scenic place for an evening stroll and the nearby town comes alive with plenty of entertaining nightlife options once the sun goes down.More
Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh, located in the Red River Delta of Northern Vietnam, is an ideal base for exploring the nearby karst scenery, particularly at Tam Coc (Three Caves). At this UNESCO World Heritage Site, limestone formations tower above verdant rice paddies in what is considered one of Vietnam’s most spectacular areas.More

Trip ideas

Mekong River Cruises from Ho Chi Minh City

Mekong River Cruises from Ho Chi Minh City

Top activities in Vietnam

2-Days Sapa Tour from Hanoi

2-Days Sapa Tour from Hanoi


Recent reviews from experiences in Vietnam

Excellent tour- fully reccomend!
Marina_K, Apr 2021
Guided Tour to Visit Marble Mountain,Lady Buddha Statue& Monkey Mountain by Jeep
He was flexible so we got to see all we wanted.
Great tour guide!
Hannah_K, Oct 2020
Cu Chi Tunnels: Morning or Afternoon Guided Tour (Ben Duoc Option available)
His English was grand and he was funny!
Highlight of our trip
Julie_M, Mar 2020
Hue Afternoon Motorbike Tour with Sunset
The sites you go to are less touristy and you really get to see Hue from a local perspective.
Super pleasant day
Garrett_S, Mar 2020
My Son and Hoi An Private Half-Day Tour
Hung is very attentive and his English is really good!
Tunnel crawl
Yoka_H, Mar 2020
Shared Cu Chi Tunnels Tour
Spoke very good English.
Excellent walking tour of old Hanoi
Richard_P, Feb 2020
Hanoi French Quarter Walking Tour: The Present and the Past
An, my guide spoke very good English and was very knowledgeable.
Mekong Delta Guided Tour with Long
A97, Feb 2020
Mekong Delta Guided Tour from Ho Chi Minh city with Vinh Trang Pagoda & Lunch
Very nice guided trip to Mekong Delta with several activities!
Great trip
muniresabah, Feb 2020
Cu Chi Tunnels & Mekong Delta Full-Day VIP Tour from Ho Chi Minh city
Our guide Vu had excellent knowledge on the history of Vietnam, and had very good English.
Great tour
mikebunger, Feb 2020
Mekong Delta Discovery Small Group River Cruise Adventure Tour from Ho Chi Minh
Her English is excellent and her knowledge of the Mekong Delta, Saigon and Vietnam is amazing.
Visiting ancient imperial city of Hue
mhill85153, Feb 2020
Great guide who informed us on interesting points about Vietnam on the long journey from Da Nang to Hue and detailed knowledge of Hue when we arrived- excellent value excursion and would recommend to anyone who wants a trio out to see the beautiful ancient imperial city of Hue
Awesome visit to Vietnam
bpapanton, Feb 2020
Private Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion from Phu My Port
Met was very knowledgeable about all of the important sights to see in Ho Chi Minh City.
Educational and cultural perfect day trip
Lynseyfrost, Jan 2020
Cu Chi Tunnels & Mekong Delta Full-Day VIP Tour from Ho Chi Minh city
I learnt a lot about the Vietnam war and the fallout from that war for the people of this beautiful country.
Do it
nickjw1000, Jan 2020
Venus Travel - Ba Na Hills - Golden Bridge
Our guide Lyn spoke great English, her knowledge of Vietnamese history is amazing and she’s great fun.
A Great Day Out with Mr. Trung
rrmart, Jan 2020
Hue to Hoi An or Hoi An to Hue by car via Hai Van pass, monkey mountain, beaches
His english was excellent and shared personal stories that allowed us to connect.
Fab Trip by Speed Boat
QueenOfHols31, Jan 2020
Half-Day Cu Chi Tunnels from Ho Chi Minh City by Luxury Speedboat
This was our option to go to see the Cu Chi tunnels and it didn't disappoint.
Great way to see a lot in one day
fcarl886, Nov 2019
1-Day Tour by Private Car: Black Virgin Mountain, Cao Dai Temple & Cu Chi Tunnel
This tour is a great way to see a lot of some nearby parts of Vietnam.
Easy Transfer
markasturdivant, Nov 2019
Airport Transfer From Hanoi - Noi Bai Airport
The drive was quiet as we did not speak Vietnamese nor did the driver understand English.
Very informative
joe8440, Nov 2019
Mekong Delta Guided Tour from Ho Chi Minh city with Vinh Trang Pagoda & Lunch
All of the activities, although enjoyable were centrally located, so we didn't see much of the Delta region.
Excellent guide
sarah-Vietnam, Nov 2019
Mekong Delta and Cai Rang Floating Market 5-Hours Tour
Our guide spoke really good English and studied Vietnam and tourism.
Great tour!
William W, Oct 2019
Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion: Private City Tour Including Cyclo Ride
If you want to see Vietnam I highly recommend this tour as it was customized to whatever we wanted to do.

All about Vietnam

When to visit

Typhoons, monsoons, and drastic differences in regional climates mean that a trip to Vietnam takes more planning than most countries. The far north avoids humid summers and monsoons, while central and south are generally sunny during winter, when the beaches beckon. Keep in mind that much of the country vacations during Tet (Vietnamese New Year) in January or February.

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