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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

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Reasons to visit
  • Opera House
  • Ben Thanh Market
  • Vincom Center Shopping Mall
Hanoi featuring a lake or waterhole and a garden
Hanoi
Known for Tours, Lakes and Shopping

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Reasons to visit
  • Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre
  • Hanoi Old City Gate
  • St. Joseph's Cathedral
Da Nang
Da Nang
Known for Beaches, Rivers and Relaxing

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Reasons to visit
  • My Khe Beach
  • Museum of Cham Sculpture
  • Dragon Bridge
Hoi An Ancient Town showing a small town or village, a bay or harbor and boating
Hoi An
Known for Biking, Historical Buildings and Tours

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Reasons to visit
  • Hoi An Ancient Town
  • Cua Dai Beach
  • Sa Huynh Culture Museum
Phu Quoc
Phu Quoc
Known for Beaches, Relaxing and Islands

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Reasons to visit
  • Sao Beach
  • Phu Quoc Beach
  • Dinh Cau
Nha Trang showing modern architecture
Nha Trang
Known for Beaches, Swimming and Islands

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Reasons to visit
  • Vinpearl Land

Popular places to visit in Vietnam

Ha Long Bay
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Ha Long Bay

Thousands of jagged, green peaks rising out of the emerald waters, surrounded by the colourful sails of traditional boats, give this bay an almost magical appeal.

Phu Quoc
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Phu Quoc

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.

Hoan Kiem Lake
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Hoan Kiem Lake

Wander around the banks of this peaceful lake and discover an historic temple, observe locals going about their daily life or enjoy a picnic lunch under the shade.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
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Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

This massive tomb houses the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh, a former Vietnamese president.

Marble Mountains
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Marble Mountains

Venture into tunnels, caves and passageways to see the Buddhist shrines and temples of the five large rock formations above Da Nang.

Imperial City
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Imperial City

Explore Vietnam’s former seat of government to discover beautiful ancient buildings and learn about the destruction caused during the country’s major wars. 

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