10 Best Places to Visit in Vietnam – Travel Video


A long, narrow country squeezed in between
the South China Sea and the Laos and Cambodia borders, Vietnam is a land of striking landscapes. Ranging from the lush rice terraces and forested
mountains in the north to the picturesque valleys of the Central Highlands and the fertile
delta and beautiful beaches of the south. Included in the mix are booming cities, colonial
towns, traditional villages and otherworldly islands. Here’s a look at the best places to visit
in Vietnam. # 10. Dalat. Year-round cool weather and idyllic scenery
of misty valleys, lush pine trees and colorful flowers are some of the reasons that Dalat
was once used by Vietnamese emperors and French colonials as a summer retreat. Today, this charming town in the South Central
Highlands of Vietnam is a popular destination for those looking for relief from the heat. A walkable city, Dalat is a beautiful scene
of French colonial architecture and villas set amid picturesque landscapes. #9. Tam Coc. On paper, Tam Coc can be described as rice
paddies surrounded by limestone cliffs and rock formations. In reality, Tam Coc is one of the most breathtakingly
beautiful destination in Vietnam. The best way to explore is by boat, and you
can set off on a rowboat that takes you up alongside the lush green paddies and between
striking limestone cliffs. You’ll even float through three tunnels
that run through the mountains, which were carved over time by the river itself. #8. Ho Chi Minh City. Lying along the Saigon River near the Mekong
Delta in southern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City was formerly known as Saigon and served as
the capital of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Today, it is the largest city of the reunified
country, offering plenty of reasons to visit, from its blend of historic and modern attractions
to vibrant shopping, dining and nightlife. #7. Mekong Delta. Colorful floating markets, fruit orchards,
rice paddies, bird sanctuaries and quaint villages are all what draw many to the Mekong
Delta in southwestern Vietnam. Nicknamed “Vietnam’s Rice Basket,” the
Mekong Delta is an agricultural region made fertile by the maze of canals and streams
fed by the Mekong River. Stretching from the Gulf of Thailand to Ho
Chi Minh City, the delta region feeds more than a third of the country from its rich
plantations, rice paddies and fish farms. #6. Nha Trang. Located on one of Asia’s most beautiful
bays off the coast of South Central Vietnam, Nha Trang is a popular seaside resort city. Picturesque mountains, beaches and lush islands
all make it a favorite destination among tourists, Vietnamese and scuba divers. Adorned with resorts, palm trees and a lovely
promenade, Nha Trang’s beach is its main draw. Amusement and water parks provide fun for
everyone with roller coasters and wave pools. #5. Sapa. Located in the remote northwest of Vietnam,
the mountainous town of Sapa is known for its culturally diverse population as well
as its proximity to incredible scenery. From the town, there are many organized tours
that aide tourists in mountain hikes and exploring the nearby rice paddies and remote villages. These tours present views of beautiful waterfalls
and the opportunities to experience the food, customs and way of life among the local tribes. #4. Hue. Situated on the banks of the Perfume River
in Central Vietnam, Hue once served as the imperial capital of the Nguyen dynasty. Today, the vestiges of this former glorious
period are reflected in the city’s architecture, culture and cuisine. Of the city’s monuments, the Citadel is
the most famous. Once the seat of the Nguyen emperors, the
Citadel is a sprawling complex of grand palaces, ornate temples, walls and gates. Another important landmark is the city’s
official symbol, the Thien Mu Pagoda. #3. Hoi An. Located off the coast of the South China Sea,
Hoi An is a beautiful, old city dating back 2,000 years to the Champa Kingdom. The city’s historic architecture, traditional
culture and textiles make it a popular destination in Vietnam. At the heart of Hoi An is its atmospheric
Old Town which is small enough to walk around easily. The narrow, winding lanes of the Old Town
are lined with beautiful old architecture, traditional wooden houses and hundreds of
tailor shops selling clothing, shoes, bags and souvenirs. #2. Hanoi. As the booming capital city of a reunified
Vietnam, Hanoi is an exhilarating blend of eastern and western culture. French colonialism is visible through cuisine
as well as architecture, particularly in the French Quarter in the Hoan Kiem District. Hanoi is packed with incredible temples, and
a visit to the 11th century Temple of Literature is a must-do activity. The side-by-side Ho Chi Minh Museum and Mausoleum
are also major attractions in Hanoi, and both are striking buildings from the exterior. #1. Halong Bay. One of the best-known destinations in the
entire country is Halong Bay. Its reputation is well deserved, because it
is truly beautiful. Halong means descending dragons, which is
indicative of the silhouette of the limestone outcrops that poke out from the water. Day cruises are a spectacular way to experience
the beauty of this otherworldly bay and to see as many of the islands as possible. You can go swimming, look for caves to explore
or find some of the more remote, uninhabited islands while cruising through Halong Bay.

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