Vietnam

Travel Guide
Halong Bay showing a coastal town, a gorge or canyon and rocky coastline
With sublime bays, spectacular cave systems and a cuisine known for its delicious fresh flavors, this Southeast Asian country will leave you yearning to return.

Vietnam encompasses bustling cities, colonial towns and rural landscapes. Head to the north to discover serene lakes, scenic bays and rice terraces. Down south, order custom-made clothes, stroll through riverside towns and absorb the energy of the capital, Ho Chi Minh City. Top up your tan on Nha Trang’s beaches and explore the shopping streets of Hanoi.

In central Vietnam, marvel at the vast complex of temples and palaces within the Imperial City of Hue, which served as Vietnam’s capital in the early 19th century. Explore what remains of the citadel’s original buildings. Remnants from Vietnam’s time as a French colony survive in the town of Hoi An, where charming colonial buildings and mouthwatering patisseries abound.

Further south, learn about the life of the Viet Cong soldiers in the Cu Chi Tunnels, located about  an hour’s drive northwest of Ho Chi Minh City. This network of underground tunnels was used as living quarters and hideouts during the Vietnam War.

Head further north to take a boat tour out to Halong Bay and behold the stunning beauty of its limestone karsts and floating villages. Enjoy lunch aboard an old-fashioned junk boat, then board a kayak to explore the caves.

No trip to Hanoi is complete without a visit to Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum. Dress modestly and leave your camera behind before entering the impressive marble building to see the leader’s embalmed remains. Scenic and calm Hoàn Kiếm Lake is located in the heart of Hanoi. Have dinner or drinks in one of the hotels or cafés that overlook the water.

Savor regional food favorites such as cau lau, a noodle dish made with pork and greens, and bun cha, grilled pork patties served with noodles, along with a steaming bowl of pho, the country’s famous noodle soup. Trains, buses and domestic flights can help you travel around Vietnam, while motorcycle taxis are widely available in Vietnam’s towns and cities.

With a fascinating history, picturesque towns and relaxed coastal regions, Vietnam is a Southeast Asian gem.

Popular cities in Vietnam

Opera House featuring street scenes, theater scenes and night scenes
Ho Chi Minh City
Known for Dining, Shopping and Museums
The largest city in Vietnam is known for its French and Chinese influences, bustling markets and motorbike-filled boulevards.

Reasons to visit

  • Opera House
  • Saigon Square
  • Ben Thanh Market
Hanoi showing cycling as well as an individual femail
Hanoi
Known for Tours, Lakes and Shopping
Immerse yourself in traditional Asian lifestyle in the picturesque Vietnamese capital, with a multitude of markets, puppet shows, lakes and ancient temples.

Reasons to visit

  • St. Joseph's Cathedral
  • Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre
  • Hoan Kiem Lake
Da Nang showing a coastal town and landscape views
Da Nang
Known for Beach view, Rivers and Relaxing
Come to one of Vietnam’s largest’s cities for the beautiful beaches and stay for the historic sites and relaxed atmosphere.

Reasons to visit

  • Marble Mountains
  • Da Nang Cathedral
  • My Khe Beach
Phu Quoc
Phu Quoc
Known for Beach view, Relaxing and Islands
The most prominent town on the island of Phu Quoc has bustling markets and a vast array of bars and restaurants, all in a superb coastal location.

Reasons to visit

  • Sao Beach
  • Phu Quoc Beach
  • Dinh Cau
Nha Trang featuring motorbike riding, a coastal town and street scenes
Nha Trang
Known for Beach view, Swimming and Islands
One of Vietnam’s best-known beach cities offers blue-green waters and white sand close to cafés, historical sites and restaurants serving delicious local cuisine.

Reasons to visit

  • Nha Trang Port
Da Lat
Da Lat
Known for Lakes, Tours and Cafes
Experience relaxing Da Lat: its lake views, cafes, sightseeing, and more!

Popular places to visit

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