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10 of the most beautiful places to visit in Vietnam

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South-East Asia has one of the oldest and (most popular) backpacking trails in the world and many adventurous types begin their journey in Thailand and include Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam in their travels. There is also an increasing amount of people taking holidays to Vietnam – drawn by a killer coastline and a curiosity about this fiercely independent country. Vietnam is filled with beautiful and exotic sights ranging from rural countryside to ancient Temples and tombs. I personally think you’ll be spoilt for choice when looking for the most beautiful places to visit in Vietnam, but here is a short list to get you started:

1. Son Tra Peninsula

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Close to Da Nang the peninsula landscape includes white beaches, crystal clear water, forest covered mountains and coral reefs just beneath the sea surface. The numerous beaches include North, South and Buddha beach. Also known as Monkey Island the best views can be had from the mountain top as you look down on Da Nang City, the turquoise sea and clean beaches below.

2. The Nguyen Dynasty Tombs

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The tombs are not far from Hue and are spread out along the banks of the Perfume River. It’s one of the most popular places to visit in Vietnam and I personally think the most beautiful of the tombs are Minh Mang, Khai Dinh, Tu Doc, Thieu Tri and Dong Kanh. The tombs were built according to religious outlines including symmetrically balanced geometrical angles and symbolic motifs. Each tomb has its own character with surrounding gardens, small bridges and walkways. In the Khai Dinh tomb you can see intricate ceramic and glass work and it is perhaps the most beautiful of the tombs.

3. Phu Quoc Island

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The beautiful beaches of Vietnam deserve a place on this list. A few years ago Nha Trang was one of the most popular beaches in the country, but for a more pristine and tourist free beach try Phu Quoc Island. Apart from the dense inland forests the coast of Phu Quoc has long stretches of white sandy beaches and translucent water. The beauty continues under the water in the surrounding coral reefs. The 99 Peaks mountain range covered with unique plants, trees, waterfalls and inhabited by seldom seen indigenous animals are the best place to see the island from.

4. Mekong Delta

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The fertile land around the delta has allowed plant life to run wild, apart from the agricultural opportunities the delta offers untouched nature reserves. Explore the river life of floating markets and small villages as well as the islands close to the delta mouth. The beautiful landscape includes rice paddies, small rivulets and water channels meandering through the countryside towards the sea.

5. Tram Ton Pass

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Sapa is a mountain town in the northwest of Vietnam known for its picturesque mountain scenery, green valleys, quaint traditional tribal villages inhabited by the ethnic minorities, bamboo forests, rice terraces and breathtaking views. The best view of Sapa can be had from the Tram Ton Pass or Heaven’s Gate, the highest mountain pass in Vietnam. Also in the area is the Bac (silver) Water fall, if you have the energy continue up the Fanispan Mountain for a truly magnificent view. As yet unspoiled by tourism this is one of the beautiful hidden gems in Vietnam.

6. Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

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This nature reserve is recognized by UNESCO and is the location of Son Dong, the largest cave in the world as well as another 300 caves and grottos. Within Son Dong is a 13 meter long underground river and beautiful stalactite and stalagmite formations. Other significant and beautiful caves in the park include Tien Son Cave, Thien Duong Cave and the Von cave system. The unusual and beautiful rock formations are due to the area being in a 2000km square limestone zone. Enjoy the tropical vegetation and evergreen forests with 500 year old trees.

7. Halong Bay – Bay of Descending Dragons

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Within the still waters rise up out of the water 3000 island limestone formations in all manner of shapes and sizes. The water is often covered in mist giving it an eerie atmosphere. The Karst limestone formations can be seen by taking a cruise in a traditional wooden junk, you can also canoe or swim here. There are some beautiful caves in the small islands which are lit making the area even more mysterious.

8. The One Pillar Pagoda

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In the heart of the capital city of Hanoi the One Pillar Pagoda was built in 1049 to resemble one seen in Emperor LyThai Tong’s dream, this dream like Buddhist temple appears to float above a lotus pond. It is built of wood and stands on a small single pillar, the temple is designed to look like a lotus blossom and has ornate beautifully painted carvings. The One Pillar Pagoda we see today is a reconstruction of the original which was destroyed in war.

9. Ghenh Da Dia

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Not as often visited as other beautiful places in Vietnam this hidden gem is a natural wonder formed from volcanic basalt rocks which appear to be sculptured columns of different heights. As if created by an artist millions of years ago the volcanic eruption met with the water and cooled forming these unique naturally made sculptures. The phenomenon has remained untainted by tourists as it’s a little out of the way in An Ninh Dong Commune in Phu Yen Province.

10. Hue Imperial City

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Once the hub of the Nguyen Dynasty the tranquil collection of temples, ceremonial gates, streams, moats, pavilions, bridges, gardens and pagodas make this a beautiful site with plenty to see. The Thai Hoa Palaces and the Truong Sanh Residence are two of the most beautiful structures here as well as the ornate Thien Mu Pagoda isolated over the river. The beautiful city displays the essences of Vietnamese artistry.

10 of the most beautiful places to visit in Vietnam was written by Petal Mashraki. Petal is a freelance travel writer who has lived and been educated in England, South Africa and Israel. Her occupations have always revolved around the arts and things she feels passionate about. I use the experience I’ve gained traveling to over 25 countries to write about travel. She currently write for Bangari Content Studios and on her blog – Unique travel experiences.

With roots in Bavaria, a home in England and a heart in Scandinavia I've always been a restless soul. My first true adventure began as a six month voyage around South East Asia as a fresh faced backpacker and ever since I've lived a semi nomadic existence, clocking up over 35 countries on trips and living in both Dublin and Australia. I'm a lover of US Road Trips, deserted beaches bathed in warm glow of a sunset, Cuban mojitos, easy-on-the-eye travel destinations away from the crowds and all things Scandinavian - from cloudberry liquors to Scandi Noirs. When not travelling, you'll find me walking my rescue dog in leafy South West London, wandering the Brighton Laines on random day trips, hunting around for photogenic landscapes or daydreaming about returning to my all time favourite places in the world - Havana, Copenhagen, Italy, Iceland, Thailand and the frozen landscapes of a wintry Iceland. Follow Becky on Twitter and Google+.

14 Comments

  • Meagan Brown

    24 October, 2016 at 6:21 am

    Hey, there, an amazing list of the most beautiful places in Vietnam! They all are very amazing! I have made a hot list:
    1. Vietnamese Women’s Museum
    2. Old Quarter
    3. Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
    4. The Nguyen Dynasty Tombs

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  • Mackie

    13 November, 2013 at 6:14 am

    hi ppl! im from Singapore and going for Cambodia and Vietnam this coming 19th – 30th november. I got only 10 days to explore Cambodia to Hanoi, Vietnam. can somebody share with me hows the currencies,food,people,hotel and place to visit. Thank you nice people. 🙂

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  • Fleur

    20 July, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Living in Vietnam, I have seen most of those places and I agree on their beauty.

    Though, I would advise people to visit Phu Quoc and Son Tra quiet soon as I am afraid it will not be as beautiful as it is now in few years. Tourism is expanding and resorts are growing like mushrooms.

    So come here before it is too late and it still has this wild beautiful aspect.

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  • Wanda Lamira

    27 November, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Vietnam is really one great place to travel and visit. The people and the place really have this MAGIC. It is very clean and very friendly faces all over the place.

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  • Angelina Smith

    27 November, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    I have been to Vietnam, and visiting your page gave me the chance to reminisce the wonderful place and the people there, before Vietnam was heard and read in books and some printed materials as one of the countries who suffered during WWII. But today, it does not look like the Country experienced that before.

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  • Steve

    27 November, 2011 at 4:07 am

    Some of those places look absolutely delightful and the photography is stunning. My cousin has been and he said the scenery was spectacular… now I see what he is talking about

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  • Oui Lullaby!

    23 November, 2011 at 9:36 am

    I’m Thailand-born&bred-Vietnamese. I visited some of these must-see the most beautiful places. Before I die I must have visited them. How most magnificent they are? Vietnam, my forbear’s motherland.

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