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Vietnam top 10 things to do

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Vietnam is a very vast country where much to see and experience. But what are the main sights of Vietnam? Which highlights of Vietnam are you sure to miss? Here are the 10 most beautiful sights of Vietnam in a row. We have chosen them based on architecture, culture and natural beauty. In this top 10 things to do in Vietnam you will find natural areas as well as important historical sites of the country.

This overview mainly has the classics: Vietnam’s main tourist attractions. Of course you can also see and experience many beautiful things off the beaten track. You can read does in our blog category: Vietnam off the beaten 

1. Exploring caves in Phong Nha

cave exploring in Phong Nha in Vietnam top 10 things to do

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is now seen as one of Vietnam’s most beautiful highlights. Since 2003, this National Park is also on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. One of the many reasons to visit the park is because Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park contains the oldest karst mountain range in Asia. You will find the most spectacular caves found in south east Asia. The caves have not been so long since they have only been discovered recently. The first cave they explored was the Phong Nha Cave, hereafter the Paradise Cave. The biggest cave in the world, Son Doong, was discovered only in 2009!

2. Adventure activities in Dalat

Canyoning in Dalat in Vietnam top 10 things to do

Dalat has no great historical sights, but it makes it all right with the beautiful countryside surrounding the city. Dalat is Vietnam’s mecca for outdoor activities such as hiking, climbing, rafting, canyoning, cycling and canoeing. The beautiful landscape looks a bit like South of French, so it’s not strange that the French had settled here centuries ago.

3. Halong Bay cruise

Halong Bay cruise in Vietnam top 10 things to do

Halong Bay is perhaps one of Asia’s most famous sights. It is a place that has almost a magical look and is known all over the world. Halong Bay is even ranked 65th in the top 500 attractions of the world compiled by the Lonely Planet. A must see in Vietnam! But what exactly do you find here in northern Vietnam so close to China’s border? Beautiful giant limestone rocks that rise hundreds of meters of from the water. Here you can sail around and enjoy the many beaches overlooking the beauty of Mother Nature.

4. Exploring the area around Mai Chau

discover Mai Chau in Vietnam top 10 things to do

The idyllic Mai Chau Valley looks like a completely different world, with fairy-tale valleys, green rice fields, mountain peoples, traditions and vast nature far from the hustle and bustle of Hanoi. Nearby are Thai villages surrounded by rice fields. There is little traffic, and the sounds you hear come from birds and the streams. With or without guide you can explore the area by bike or by foot and have the opportunity to meet the lifestyle of the mountain tribes.

5. Trekking in Sapa

trekking in Sapa in in Vietnam top 10 things to do

Sapa is located in northern Vietnam about a five-hour drive from Hanoi, in the mountains. The temperature is moderate, so it may sometimes be cool in winter. However, the climate makes this place perfect for rice cultivation, making Sapa famous for it. Here you will find the famous rice terraces of Vietnam, in the Muong Hoa Valley to be precise. In addition, you can make beautiful walks through bamboo forests, along indigenous villages and climb Fansipan mountain. It is a beautiful area for discovering Vietnamese nature and taking pictures.

6. Discover the ancient town of Hoi An

Visit old town of Hoi An in Vietnam top 10 things to do

Together with Hanoi, Hoi An is probably the most beautiful city in Vietnam. Hoi An’s magical old town tells a story about trade and culture far back in the past. The many eateries on the river that are lit in the evening make it a spectacular but also very romantic destination. Perfect for your honeymoon! The hotels are cool and abundant, making sure you are not the only tourist in this ancient village. Through the old center you can wander for hours, then go back in the evening and experience the town as a completely transformed world.

7. Cruise the Mekong Delta

boat trip in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam top 10 things to do

The mighty Mekong River flows through many countries in Asia, the origin of the river is in China, after which its crosses Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and finally Vietnam to eventually flow into the South China Sea. The Mekong Delta is famous for its fertile soil, where a lot of rice is grown, but also the dense jungles around the foothills. A beautiful area full of birds and other wildlife. It’s definitely a landmark that can not be skipped during a holiday to Vietnam.

8. Enjoy the beauty of Tam Coc

boat trip in Tam Coc in Vietnam top 10 things to do

The mighty Mekong River flows through many countries in Asia, the origin of the river is in China, after which its crosses Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and finally Vietnam to eventually flow into the South China Sea. The Mekong Delta is famous for its fertile soil, where a lot of rice is grown, but also the dense jungles around the foothills. A beautiful area full of birds and other wildlife. It’s definitely a landmark that can not be skipped during a holiday to Vietnam.

9. Wander around in Hanoi's Old Quarter

Discover Old Quarter in Hanoi in Vietnam top 10 things to do

The old city of Hanoi, the Old Quarter, is a colorful maze of colonial houses, narrow alleys, motorbikes and street vendors. This old-fashioned piece of Hanoi has been over 1000 years old and used to be a vibrant place for merchants and traders to do business. It is the most atmospheric part of the city, and behind the colorful facades you will find cozy guesthouses where you can stay for a small price. Take a half-day trip to see this cozy district. Walk into random side streets, snuggle between souvenirs and order a delicious Vietnamese meal at one of the stalls on the street.

10. Enjoy beach life on Phu Quoc

beach life in Phu Quoc in Vietnam top 10 things to do

Phu Quoc is the largest and most southern island of Vietnam and lies between the Gulf of Thailand and South China Sea. The tropical island is famous for its deserted white beaches and rugged nature. You can snorkel here but also go out on a motorbike over the relatively good roads that run around the island. Between sunbathing and swimming, you can catch a little bit of history in the concentration camps of the island, as Phu Quoc used to be a Devil’s Island, a captive island that was used during the Vietnam War. If you only want sun, sea and beach then you’re at Phu Quoc at the right place in Vietnam.