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Welcome to Vietnam

As chaotic as it is captivating and as fast-paced as it is traditional, Vietnam is a country of contrasts. However, one thing is indisputable—there's no place on earth quite like it. Hanoi, Vietnam's bustling capital, with its atmospheric Hanoi Old Quarter, striking Do Temple, and West Lake, is best explored on foot, by motorbike, cyclo (three-wheeled taxi), or scooter. Hanoi is also a convenient jumping-off point for junk boat cruises on Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Red River Delta, home to remote tribal craft villages. Continuing down the east coast, the Forbidden Purple City in Hué is a glorious reminder of Vietnam's Imperial past; the Old Town of Hoi An—arguably Vietnam's prettiest city—is a hotspot for Vietnamese street food; and Nha Trang is known for its idyllic beaches. Hanoi's southern rival, Ho Chi Minh City, is Vietnam's largest and most modern city in which sightseeing tours reveal cultural treasures such as the Saigon Opera House, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Vietnam Cookery Center—great if a cookery course is on your travel menu. Plus, just a short drive away from Ho Chi Min City, the Cu Chi Tunnels are a poignant reminder of the tragedies of the Vietnam War, and the winding canals, lush rice paddies, and traditional villages of the Mekong Delta stretch all the way to border of Cambodia, allowing you to continue your South East Asia adventure with ease.

Top 15 things to do in Vietnam

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Cu Chi Tunnels

Cu Chi Tunnels

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Built by the Viet Cong in the 1940s as protection from French air raids during the Indochina conflict, the Cu Chi Tunnels extend underground for more than 155 miles (250 km) in the vicinity of Ho Chi Minh City alone. This network of subterranean passageways later provided vital access to and strategic control over the rural areas surrounding the city during the Vietnam War (also known as the Second Indochina War or the American War), when the tunnels housed living quarters, hospitals, booby traps, and storage facilities for the Viet Cong.More
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Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay

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A UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Gulf of Tonkin, Ha Long Bay is renowned for its spectacular scenery. One of the most popular tourist attractions in northern Vietnam, Ha Long Bay is home to sparkling emerald waters, more than 1,600 towering limestone islands and islets, caves, and traditional floating villages.More
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Marble Mountains

Marble Mountains

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One of Da Nang’s top attractions, the five outcrops that make up central Vietnam’s Marble Mountains (Ngũ Hành Sơn) each are named after a different element: fire, wood, metal, water and earth. Visit the mountains to take in views of the landscape, to explore caves, Buddhist and Hindu grottoes, pagodas, and shrines, and even to shop.More
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Hanoi Old Quarter

Hanoi Old Quarter

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The Old Quarter, a triangular area surrounding Hoan Kiem Lake, has been the cultural heart of Hanoi for nearly 2,000 years. Daily routine starts early and builds to a friendly bustle in this ancient neighborhood, where streets have distinct character and are named after the crafts once made there, such as silver, silk, and paper.More
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Hoi An Ancient Town

Hoi An Ancient Town

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Renowned throughout Southeast Asia for its antique charm, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hoi An Ancient Town is a must-see for first-time visitors to Vietnam. The pedestrianized streets provide a calming break from chaotic traffic, while the colorful facades of lantern-clad houses harbor history that dates back more than 2,000 years.More
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Hanoi Opera House (Nha Hat Lon)

Hanoi Opera House (Nha Hat Lon)

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Over a century old, the Hanoi Opera House (Nha Hat Lon is a national landmark due to its neoclassical French architecture and Gothic embellishments. Home to the Vietnam Symphony Orchestra, the opera house also hosts the Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Ballet, and both traditional and modern local productions.More
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Hue Citadel (Dai Noi)

Hue Citadel (Dai Noi)

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The renowned Hue Citadel (Da Noi) in Hue attracts history buffs from around the globe. The sprawling fortress, which was constructed in 1804 for the Gia Long Emperor, is surrounded by a 68-foot (21-meter) defensive barrier and is home to the tallest flagpole in Vietnam.More
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Surprise Cave (Hang Sung Sot)

Surprise Cave (Hang Sung Sot)

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Amid the lush islands and karst cliffs of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Halong Bay; Surprise Cave (Hang Sung Sot) is one of the most memorable highlights. The bay’s largest cave earned its name for its startling natural scenery—a trio of immense caverns adorned with stalactites, stalagmites, and karst formations.More
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Dau Go Cave (Hang Dau Go)

Dau Go Cave (Hang Dau Go)

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Just half a mile (800 meters from Tuan Chau Pier, Dau Go Cave (Hang Đầu Gỗ is one of Halong Bay’s most popular caves, praised by colonial-era tourists and Vietnamese emperors alike. Ninety steps lead from the jetty to three distinct chambers, dripping with stalactites: the last, which is colorfully lit, boasts a freshwater lake.More
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Lan Ha Bay (Vinh Lan Ha)

Lan Ha Bay (Vinh Lan Ha)

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Remote Lan Ha Bay (Vịnh Lan Hạ), situated off the southeast coast of Cat Ba Island, is an idyllic spot and quieter alternative to the popular and often busy Halong Bay. The area features some 300 karst islands and limestone outcrops, as well as several white-sand beaches. Active travelers come here for swimming, rock climbing, hiking, and kayaking.More
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My Son Sanctuary

My Son Sanctuary

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Visit the ruins of ancient towers and temples on the emerald hills of central Vietnam at the My Son Sanctuary (Mỹ Sơn), a complex of brick and stone temples built by Hindu Cham kings between the fourth and 13th centuries. Today, the UNESCO World Heritage Site makes an easy day trip from Hoi An or Da Nang.More
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Nha Trang Beach

Nha Trang Beach

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Nowhere sums up Nha Trang’s coastal allure like Nha Trang Beach, a golden stretch home to swaying palm trees and turquoise waters. Depending on the vibe you’re after, the beach offers lively bars or uninterrupted swathes of sand; its also backed by a promenade that comes to life at night.More
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Bai Tu Long Bay

Bai Tu Long Bay

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The fairy-tale limestone seascapes that made UNESCO-listed Halong Bay famous continue into Bai Tu Long Bay (Vinh Bai Tu Long). Quieter, less developed, and more difficult to reach than its famous sibling, Bai Tu Long Bay is an increasingly popular choice for day cruises and overnight adventures.More
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Thien Mu Pagoda

Thien Mu Pagoda

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The 7-story Thien Mu Pagoda towers over the banks of the Perfume River (Song Huong River). The pagoda, which sits among the buildings of a Buddhist monastery, became known as a site for anticommunist protests after Thich Quang Duc, a Buddhist clergy member, self-immolated and brought attention to the plight of his people.More
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Hon Mun Island

Hon Mun Island

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One of a cluster of islands that stud Nha Trang Bay, Hon Mun island is the epicenter of the Hon Mun Marine Protected Area. Spanning 30,000 acres (12,000 hectares) of protected ocean, the zone is home to colorful coral and marine life. Visit to snorkel one of Vietnam’s favorite underwater spots.More

Trip ideas

Halong Bay Cruises from Hanoi

Halong Bay Cruises from Hanoi

Mekong River Cruises from Ho Chi Minh City

Mekong River Cruises from Ho Chi Minh City

How to Spend 2 Days in Ho Chi Minh City

How to Spend 2 Days in Ho Chi Minh City

How to Spend 3 Days in Hanoi

How to Spend 3 Days in Hanoi

Vietnam War History Tours in Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam War History Tours in Ho Chi Minh City

Top activities in Vietnam

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Recent reviews from experiences in Vietnam

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A great day...a must in Hanoi
Guy_K, Jul 2022
Hanoi Motorbike Tours Led By Women: Hanoi Countryside Motorbike Tours
Their English was excellent and we all enjoyed trying to speak some Vietnamese words aswell.
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All inclusive must do in HCM
Jessica_P, Jul 2022
Mekong Delta Guided Tour from Ho Chi Minh city with Vinh Trang Pagoda & Lunch
Tour was very in-depth and included so many different things to see besides the main attraction of riding a boat thru the delta.
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Fantastic
Helen_H, Jul 2022
Full-day CU CHI TUNNELS & HO CHI MINH CITY HISTORICAL TOUR
We were able to see the sites we needed to and wanted to in one day 🤗🙏
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Amazing
Tom_G, Jul 2022
Hanoi Motorbike Tours Led By Women: Hanoi City Insight Motorbike Tours
Absolutely amazing day out great way to see hanoi was very informative and my guide cao was amazing she knew so much about the history and culture off Vietnam the lunch was amazing aswell loved all the food highly recommended
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Amazing Tour Guide
Amy_P, Jun 2022
Cu Chi Tunnels from HCM City: Morning or Afternoon Guided Tour
His English and Vietnamese was superb and we will be recommending this tour to all friends and family that travel to Ho Chi Minh.
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We love the trip
Amber_C, Jun 2022
Ninh Binh Full-Day Tour from Hanoi to Hoa Lu, Tam Coc & Mua Cave Via Boat & Bike
Our tour guide Heip was very proactive and knowledgeable, he was sharing all the histories and information with us in both English and Vietnamese.
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The basket boat tour was...
Antonio_C, May 2022
Hoi An Basket Boat Ride And Fishing Experience
Not only was it relaxing but entertaining as you come across different attractions while riding along.
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Incredible trip to Hoi An
Daniela_F, May 2022
Full-day HOI AN CITY TOUR & MY SON SANCTUARY from DA NANG
He was patience and waited for us to see all the stores we wanted.
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Eye-opening experience
HockIm_K, May 2022
Private Street Food Tour by Motorbike with Local Students
Tour guide were friendly and spoke fluent English, taught us a lot about the local culture.
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RECOMMEND 10/10
Hoa_H, Jul 2022
Private Street Food Tour by Motorbike with Local Students
They spoke very good English and could share a lot about the country, history and culture.
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Great way to see and experience Hoi An!
Eugene_M, Jul 2022
Hoi An Walking Street Food - Private Tour
This walking tour is a great way to see Hoi An and experience its vibrant street food scene at the same time.
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Great tour!
Chiara_W, Jul 2022
Dalat Countryside Private Tour and Waterfall
We also really enjoyed stopping by the side of the road a few times, to see different crops growing, like pepper, avocado, and curry.
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A must do
Michael_D, Jul 2022
Mekong Delta Guided Tour from Ho Chi Minh city with Vinh Trang Pagoda & Lunch
The whole day was a great cultural experience and a fantastic way to see how the Vietnamese go about their day-to-day lives.
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Phong Nha & Dark Cave Explore with Bravo Indochina Tours
Lorenzo_T, Jul 2022
2-Day Phong Nha-Ke Bang Cave Adventure from Hue
The tour guide is very cute, he speaks very good English
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Cu Chi Tunnels by Speedboat is rockstar travelling for the family
Mark_S, Jul 2022
The History of Cu Chi Tunnels by Luxury Speedboat
We got the tunnels well before any of the tour buses which was awesome because we got to see all the sights before the crowds arrived.
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A different side of Hanoi in a fun way!
Crystal_K, Jul 2022
Hanoi Jeep Tours: Food+ Culture + Sight + Fun in Vietnam Army Legendary Jeep
We got to see a side of Hanoi that was very non-touristy, which was great.
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Fun and efficient sightseeing
Leo_M, Jun 2022
50/50 Hoi An & Da Nang Private Tour
It was a really enjoyable and efficient way to see both towns and with the heat, you can’t beat traveling in a private car with AC.
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Stunning and memorable!
Priyanka_S, Jun 2022
Ba Be Lake - Ban Gioc Waterfall Group Tour 3 Days 2 Nights
The Ban Gioc waterfall was definitely the highlight and we were able to take a boat ride to get really close to it - so memorable.
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Fun day in northern Vietnam, wonderful guide
Nathaniel_M, Jun 2022
Hoa Lu Tam Coc Full-Day DELUXE Tour Including BUFFET LUNCH & River Boat Ride
I did this tour with a 2 childhood friends and we all had varied opinions on the different activities, for example I personally thought the traditional boat ride went on too long but enjoyed the bike ride.
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Incredible tour with fun guides and local spots
Ryan_B, Jun 2022
Hanoi Motorbike Tours Led By Women: Hanoi City Insight Motorbike Tours
Riding the bikes was a blast and great way to see the city.
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All about Vietnam

When to visit

Typhoons, monsoons, and drastic differences in regional climates mean that a trip to Vietnam takes more planning than most countries. The far north avoids humid summers and monsoons, while central and south are generally sunny during winter, when the beaches beckon. Keep in mind that much of the country vacations during Tet (Vietnamese New Year) in January or February.

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