9 Best Destinations to Visit in Vietnam

Vietnam is a long, narrow nation in Southeast Asia with a lot of history. Its northern and western neighbours are China, Laos and Cambodia. Vietnam, which was formerly a lesser-known location, has risen in popularity in recent years. Given the fact that Hanoi is regularly rated among the world’s top 10 attractions by TripAdvisor, European visitors are now able to be found as far away as Ha Giang, one of the country’s most isolated mountainous districts.

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Ba Be Lake

Ba Be Lake, also known as Ba Be National Park, is located in Bac Can Province, 240 kilometres from Hanoi, and encompasses more than 23,000 hectares, with waterfalls, rivers, deep valleys, lakes, and caves nestled among towering peaks. Ba Be Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Vietnam.

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A large number of ethnic minority groups may be found in the region. Ba Be Lake is really three lakes connected by broad waterways that are about 8 kilometres long and 400 metres wide. The water surface is always calm, making a boat ride, a relaxing and tranquil activity.

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Traditionally, getting to Ba Be required a six- to eight-hour trip over rough roads. However, thanks to the recently built highway, it is now feasible to reach in 5 hours from Hanoi, on well-paved roads, while the landscape remains as breathtaking as ever.

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Ban Gioc Waterfall

The Ban Gioc Waterfall, also known as Thac Ban Gioc, is situated in Cao Bang province, 350 kilometres from Hanoi, and is one of the world’s four largest waterfalls located on a border, beside Iguazu, Victoria, and Niagara.

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Numerous ethnic minority populations, such as the Nung, Dzao, and H’mong ethnic groups, may be found in the surrounding region. The Ban Gioc Waterfall, which is situated on the Quay Son river and has a width of 300 metres, is a popular tourist attraction. Located on the river, the Ban Gioc Waterfall forms the basis for the boundary between Vietnam and China.

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Cu Chi

Cu Chi is located in Southern Vietnam, about 40 kilometres northwest of Ho Chi Minh City. The Cu Chi Tunnels are a complex subterranean settlement made up of 250 kilometres of tunnels and chambers under the metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

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During the French occupation in the 1940s, the tunnels were dug with simple tools and with bare hands, and they were further developed during the Vietnam War in the 1960s to provide a safe haven and a defensive advantage over American soldiers.

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Despite all of the bombings that took place in their town, the Cu Chi people were able to continue their existence underground, where they slept, ate, plotted assaults, treated their ill, and educated their children and grandchildren. Some even married and had children underground, yet over 10,000 people died as a result of this.

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Cuc Phuong National Park

Cuc Phuong National Park is located in the Vietnamese province of Ninh Binh. In addition to being Vietnam’s biggest national park, Cuc Phuong National Park is also one of the most significant places for biodiversity in the country.

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Pathway to The Cave of Prehistoric Man - Cuc Phuong National Park, Ninh Binh Province - Vietnam
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Numerous different kinds of flora and animals may be found here. Visitors may visit the park as a day trip from Hanoi, or they can stay in the park’s accommodation for a longer stay. Visiting the park is a fantastic chance to get close and personal with Vietnam’s natural beauty, and the fees collected from visitors help to preserve the park’s species while also assisting the local economy. It is recommended that you visit the park between November and February since it is the dry season during that time of year.

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Dong Van

Dong Van is a Vietnamese proverb that means “don’t go anywhere.” North of Ha Giang, close to the border with China, is a plateau surrounded by karst mountains that is home to several endangered species.

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Dong Van is an excellent destination for hiking and mountain climbing, where the majestic mountains will test your endurance to the fullest extent. In exchange, you will be treated to magnificent scenery, encounters with local ethnic minorities, and the opportunity to learn from their life experiences that are unparalleled anywhere else in the world.

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Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay “Halong Bay” is located in northern Vietnam, about 170 kilometres east of Hanoi. A natural wonder of the world, the bay is well-known for its beautiful ocean karst terrain and is often featured in lists of the world’s natural marvels.

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The region is renowned for its verdant seas and hundreds of tall limestone islands crowned with lush rainforests that dot the landscape. Tourists may see islands called for their forms on junk boat excursions and sea kayak adventures, including the Stone Dog and Teapot Islands, which are visited by visitors. Scuba diving, rock climbing, and trekking are also popular activities in the area. 

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My Son

Located in South-Central Vietnam, My Son is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is considered to be the longest continuously inhabited archaeological site in Indochina.

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During the Second Indochina War, carpet bombing by the United States destroyed most of the facility. It is widely regarded as one of the most important Hindu temple complexes in Southeast Asia, as well as one of the most significant cultural heritage monuments of this kind in Vietnam.

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Phong Nha

After being recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003 and being used as a shooting location for the film Kong: Skull Island, Phong Nha has earned a reputation as one of Vietnam’s most beautiful and fascinating regions, earning it the title of “Vietnam’s Most Beautiful and Interesting Area.”

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With the establishment of Danang International Airport, tourism in the region is growing, and the variety of transportation, restaurants, lodging, and excursions is expanding. Visiting Phong Nha is a great opportunity to get out into the countryside and experience the real Vietnam on a bicycle. Take a bike ride through the Kong forests or go strolling and take it all up.

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Cat Tien National Park

Covering an area of about 720 square kilometres, the Park is spread over three provinces: Dong Nai, Lam Dong, and Binh Phuoc, and is situated approximately 150 kilometres north-east of Ho Chi Minh City.

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It is one of Vietnam’s most significant and biggest national parks, and it has sections of aged primary forest, that is becoming rarer in the country. Its proximity to the Dong Nai Culture and Nature Reserve in the southwest, which enhances its conservation value. There are vast sections of grassland, bamboo, and marsh in the Park woods, which may be classed as seasonal tropical forests.

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