Vietnam

Travel Guide
Halong Bay featuring a coastal town, rugged coastline and a gorge or canyon

Explore an Asian country that beguiles visitors with its ancient temples, modern high-rises, forest-covered mountains and gorgeous beaches.

Vietnam has a growing economy, upgraded transportation infrastructure and many fascinated tourists. Find modern cities, historic centers and spectacular scenery in this energetic country.

Start your visit in the northern capital of Hanoi, Vietnam’s main cultural center for more than 1,000 years. Gain insights into the history and culture of the country’s many ethnic groups at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnography and a local perspective of the Vietnam War at the B52 Victory Museum. Wander around the 10th-century Temple of Literature, dedicated to the Chinese philosopher Confucius. Join locals for early morning tai chi near Hoan Kiem Lake.

In southern Vietnam is Ho Chi Minh City, a business and financial hub. Skyscrapers tower over ancient temples and old colonial buildings. Sample wares from stall holders sell their wares next to trendy bars and upmarket boutiques.

Look down from the Saigon Skydeck, an observation platform on the 68-story Bitexco Financial Tower. Visit the grounds and 18th-century temple of the Giac Lam Pagoda. For an enjoyable cultural experience, watch a musical performance at the Saigon Opera House.

Travel about 25 miles (40 kilometers) outside of Saigon to walk crouched through the Cu Chi Tunnels, a huge underground complex used by soldiers during the Vietnam War.

Explore vast swathes of countryside as well. Cruise the narrow waterways of Vinh Long in the Mekong Delta. Trek through the hills and valleys of Sapa in the northwest or hike along mountain trails in the central highlands.

Vietnam’s coastline is home to superb beaches. Relax under a palm tree on Nha Trang Beach and snorkel at the Vung Tau seaside resort.

Reach Vietnam by flying into one of its three main international airports at Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City or Danang. Use cycle or motorized rickshaws as a fun way to get around the cities or rent a car or bicycle. Many visitors forgo local buses, as they may be crowded and without air conditioning.

Vietnam is a good choice for a getaway for its culture, scenery and history.

Popular cities in Vietnam

Opera House which includes theatre scenes, a city 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 boulevards full of motorcycles. Formerly known as Saigon, the Ho Chi Minh City has a complex history, going through French colonialism, a communist revolution and one of the bloodiest wars in the modern times. Today, modern skyscrapers stand next to 19th Century colonial architecture, gourmet coffee is sold alongside traditional green tea and Buddhist temples stand in the shadow of cathedrals.

Reasons to visit

  • Opera House
  • Dong Khoi Street
  • Ho Chi Minh City Hall
Hanoi featuring cycling as well as an individual female
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

  • Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre
  • St. Joseph's Cathedral
  • National Museum of Vietnamese History
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

  • Danang Cathedral
  • Museum of Cham Sculpture
  • Sa Huynh Culture Museum
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
Nha Trang showing motorcycle riding, street scenes and a coastal town
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.
Da Lat
Da Lat
Known for Lakes, Tours and Cafes
Experience relaxing Da Lat: its lake views, cafes, natural setting and more!

Popular places to visit in Vietnam

Vietnam

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