Vietnam deserves to be on all travellers wish list. With its wonderful forests, beaches, busy streets and yummy Vietnamese food, it’s a country with varying geographies and culture. If you are travelling to Vietnam and wondering which cities to cover, here we are listing the top destinations for you.
The capital of Vietnam, it was named City for Peace by Unesco. Hanoi is full of busy roads and has many Museums, Pagodas and French colonial architecture all around. Street food is a very important aspect with tons of side cafes with speciality coffees and teas and the famous Banh Mi Sandwich.
Popular Attractions to see in Hanoi are Hoan Kiem Lake, One Pillar Pagoda, Vietnam museum of Ethnology, Vietnam Fine Art Museum and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.
2. Halong Bay
This is another Unesco natural Heritage site. Best to take a river cruise and stay for 1-2 nights on it to soak in the beautiful Bay Area dotted with limestone islands and islets. Depending on budget, one can opt for a luxurious cruiser or a budget diesel powered boat. These cruises offer hotel transfers, meals and on board entertainment while you relax and admire the scenery.
3. Hoi An
Famous for its Full Moon Lantern Festival, Hoi An is famous for its architecture and open air cafes along with Chinese temples, food markets and shophouses. Best to explore on foot or a boat ride along the river. Most famous attraction is a Japanese Bridge with a shrine inside. Night time, the streets are lit with beautiful lanterns which a nice delight to enjoy.
4. Da Nang
The coastal city of Da Nang is the fourth largest city in Vietnam. Apart from the famous My Khe Beach, there is loads to do in Da Nang like visit the Ba Na Hills to see the famous Golden Bridge, see the beautiful Marble mountains, famous Dragon bridge or visit the picturesque Hai Van Pass.
One of the most charming towns in Vietnam, Hue is located at the banks of Perfume river. Being one of the Royal capitals in early times, this city is of great interest to historians. You can visit the splendid Imperial Citadel, very unique Tomb of Khai Dinh and the Thien Mu Pagoda. You could also walk along or enjoy a boat ride in the Perfume river.
6. Ho Chi Minh City
Earlier called Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is a dynamic city with a prominence in Vietnam history. Explore the Cu Chi Tunnels used by the Vietnamese in the war with America, War Remnants Museum, Reunification Palace and the iconic Central Post Office. You can do a day tour to the beautiful Mekong Delta and attend coconut workshop, boat trip along Mekong river or go biking around exploring the countryside.