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20 Places to Visit in Vietnam

 
  • 01Han River Bridge

    Han River Bridge is one of the four impressive bridges in Da Nang and a major tourist’s attraction. It is a cable supported swing bridge that not only provides transport but also represents the city as well. Rightly considered as the pride of the city it is the first swing bridge built in Vietnam by the people of Da Nang. The city of Da Nang is at the west of the bridge and the beaches are at east. At night, when brightly lit up, it looks fabulously beautiful with its changing colors. During midnight one can have the stunning view of the bridge when it swings on its axis to allow the shipping traffic to pass. If you wish, you can take a river cruise to enjoy the intriguing bridge.



    Location: Han River Bridge is located across the Han river in the city of Da Nang in Vietnam.

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  • 02Danang Cathedral

    The Danang Cathedral is an impressive structure which is a bit intriguing in its candy pink colour. It is an important religious site in Da Nang. Locally the cathedral is known as ‘Rooster’ (Con Ga) Church. It got its name due to a rooster perched atop its tower. Built in 1923, the cathedral is a famous place for daily worship. If you arrive late, it is highly unlikely for you to get any place to sit. The church has Gothic style architecture, with a number of gorgeous stained glass windows. From inside, the church is much bigger and beautiful than it looks from outside. A grotto of the Blessed Virgin Mary is located right behind the church.

    Location: The Danang Cathedral is just a short walk away from the Da Nang CBD. It is also just a few minutes’ drive away from the Da Nang International Airport.

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  • 03Site Archeologique de My Son

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    For someone who loves to explore ancient ruins, Site Archeologique de My Son is the perfect place to visit in Da Nang. The site was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. Site Archeologique de My Son is abandoned ruins of more than seventy Hindu temples constructed between 4th Century to 14th Century AD. The temples are said to be built by Champas and are the remnants of the rich history of Cham Clan. The people of the clan were majorly Hindus. The temples constructed on the site are devoted to Lord Shiva. Much of the ruins were destroyed during the second Indochina war, due to US carpet bombing.


    Location: The temple complex is located in a valley near Duy Phú village. The area is surrounded by picturesque mountains and overlooked by Hon Quap Mountain.

    Price: You can get inside the complex by paying a fee of 150,000 VND.
  • 04Aobaba Cloth Shop

    Aobaba Cloth Shop is a moment of ecstasy but a lifelong reminiscence of beautiful Vietnam. Hoi An is a shopper’s paradise, the streets thronged with tailoring shops of all shapes and sizes showcasing a lively and colourful side of Vietnamese culture.Aobaba is a generation old family business that focuses mainly on tailoring clothes. The 400 odd tailors can copy and replicate any kind of garment whether be it a picture or some celebrity designer wear; anything and everything within an affordable price. And also, be rest assured of the quality of the fabric; they are good enough to pass as any good brand.As you walk down the street you will encounter with many energetic shop owners trying to lure you in their shop. But the trip is worth everything.

    Location: Tran phu St, Hoi An

    Hours Open: 8 am to 10 pm

    Best Time: Festivals of Vietnam

    Avg. Price: Can be as cheap as VND 7, 80,379for a dress and VND $44, 59, 308for a Suit
  • 05Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An

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    Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An: Car day is one of just five Vietnamese UNESCO World Heritage Sites offering an unrivaled seaside escape from the ancient streets of Hoi An. This 3km stretch of fine white powdery sands positioned just northeast of Hoi An makes Cua Dai Beach the perfect place to easily find your own patch of paradise. The water is very clear with tropic blue waves that are gentle enough for swimming and floating around. There are even changing huts on the beach along with a few bungalows here and there. There are also plenty of great seafood restaurants located on the coast so it's worth staying for dinner and enjoying fresh dishes served up from the vendors lining the beachfront. Car day is another great reason to visit Hoi An where you can soak up all the celebrated cultural and historical sites, then head up to the beach and experience what is often claimed to be Vietnam's most stunning coastal shore. Crystal blue seas and deserted white sands like this are hard to find anywhere else in Vietnam. It’s worth heading to Cua Dai Beach during the week when the sands will be virtually deserted. Weekends, however, tend to get busy. It’s also best to visit from April to August when swimming is the safest.

     

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  • 06The Old House of Phun Hung

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    Get to know the older and quainter version of Vietnam and Hoi An by visiting the old house of Phung Hung, which is nothing lesser than a historic book, yellowed with so many memories and facts of the town’s cultural significance. A tour in the house will take you through the town’s ancient business, trade and local flavours and values. It is one of the architectural buildings of Hoi An and is recently been noted as World Heritage Site. The house is built with 80 columns and is two storied. Each column stands on a lotus base so as to stay clear from fungal or termite growth.
    Built in the 18th century few notable features the ancient house homes are Yin Yang Style architecture, especially the convex roofs and the Chinese interiors and furniture which run throughout the house.

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    Location: Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street

    Hours Open: 8: 30 am to 6 pm on all days.

    Admission: Free
  • 07Hoi An Handicraft Workshop

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    Hoi an Handicraft workshop is a 200 year old Chinese business house where typical handmade produces and handicrafts such as lantern making, embroidery and other eccentric works are part of the main trade. It again is a colourful museum that depicts various cultural characteristics of the region. The place not only holds eccentric and aesthetic architectural works but also demonstrates very many culinary traits.
    The front part of the campus is taken by the local musicians and singers organising cultural events (Quang Nam) for the tourists through dance and drama show. The Hoi An Handicraft workshop is a blend of modern and sophisticated technical sculpture and more than 12 forms of traditional handicrafts.
    Few of the classic souvenirs you can take along from the place are furniture, pottery, art lanterns, embroidery works, woven fabric, weaving, bamboo products, kitchen wares etc.

    Location: Nyugen Thai Hoc

    Best Hour: 10:15 amd to 3:15 pm

    Price: Local town ticket admission 
  • 08Quan Kong Temple

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    Built in 1653 and gone through many renovations since then, the Quan Cong Temple stands out as one of the beautiful and charismatic Chinese architecture. The temple is named after a Chinese rebellion from the Han Dynasty who had been deemed as victorious hero because of his loyalty, devotion and sincerity towards his mother land. At the entrance of the temple, two dragons entwined in clouds greet you. The temple is built with red bricks and is adorned by green, gold and red at work. The statue of Quan Cong is perched on top of a centre pedestalinside the main hall. The statue is made from papier-Mache`. There are two more statues set on either side of the war hero- General Chau Xuong, one of his guardians and a beautiful horse called QuanBinh, ridden by Quan Cong.

    Location: 24 Nguyen Hue, Hoi An

    Hours Open: All day

    Admission: Free, Donations accepted
  • 09Hoan Kiem Lake

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    The English translation of the lake name means "Lake of the Returning Sword". It has a huge historical context and is one of the oldest places in the city. One can also easily spot some soft shell turtles which swim in the lake and has been seen since years, they make a beautiful sight. The lake was also known as Luc Thuy which means Green water in English. This was the former name given to the lake because it has green water.

     

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     Location: It is located in Hanoi, which is the capital city of Vietnam and has many other tourists attractions nearby as well.

     Highlights: Hoan Kiem Lake is one of the most scenic spots of the city and is a major tourist attraction which is visited by hundreds of people daily.

     Best time to visit: During dusk and night, the lake looks stunning as it lights up and people mostly take this as an opportunity for photographs.
  • 10Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

    Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is among the few museums which focuses completely on showcasing the 54 different ethnic groups in Vietnam. The museum was built in the year 1997 and many new things have been added by the authority for making it better. The design of the museum was made by famous architect Ha Duc Linh who himself was a member of the ethnic group in Vietnam.

     

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    Location: Nguy?n V?n Huyên, Ngh?a ?ô, C?u Gi?y, Hà N?i, Vietnam.

    Highlights: It is the best place for people who want to know about the ethnic culture of Vietnam. The museum showcases it brilliantly

    Best time to visit: The museum stays close on Monday so you can't visit it then. On the other days, you can visit the museum between specified timings by the authority which is from 8:30 in the morning to 5:30 in the evening. Make sure to plan your trip to the museum accordingly.
  • 11One Pillar Pagoda

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    One Pillar Pagoda is a major tourist attraction in Hanoi and attracts a lot of visitors here. The place is quite peaceful and the pillar on which the temple is built is stunning.

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    Location: Chùa M?t C?t, ??i C?n, Ba ?ình, Hà N?i, Vietnam. Location of the place is a huge advantage as it is in close proximity with transportation facilities and other tourist attractions.

    Highlights: The temple is built on a wood which constitutes the single pillar which is of 1.25 in diameter. The whole design of the pillar is in such a way that it resembles a lotus blossom. This is also considered as a Buddhist symbol of purity.

    History: The place is an ancient Buddhist temple and has existed since more than a millennium ago. It was built by the emperor Ly Thai Tong in around 1054. He made it as a gratitude for having a son and erected the pillar in between of a lotus pond.
  • 12Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

    The body of Ho Chi Minh is preserved here so people visit to see that. There are many type of restrictions by the authority here such as you need to follow the dress code, be silent and walk in straight lines. Hands must be in pocket and arms should not be crossed. Apart from that no smoking, drinking or eating.

     

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     Location: Hùng V??ng, ?i?n Biên, Ba ?ình, Hà N?i, Vietnam.

     Highlights: The place is protected by Militiary honour guards and is a high security place. The architecture is nicely done and a lot of people visit here to pay their respects to Ho Chi Minh.

     Best time to visit: One of the best things about the mausoleum is that it stays open for 24 hours so you can visit it any time you want. Only you need to keep in mind that it stays closed on Monday and Friday so make sure to not visit it then.
  • 13St. Joseph's Cathedral,Hanoi

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    Hanoi is famous for its churches so if you are in the city, you must definitely visit the St. Joseph's Cathedral. There is also a lake nearby which you can choose to visit.

    Location: Na tho street, Hanoi. The church is right on the road and you wouldn't have any difficulties in finding it, the place is quite accessible. History: The church was one of the first structures built by the French colonial government in Indochina and it was opened in the year 1886.

    Highlights: The church serves as the Roman Catholic Archdiocese to almost 4 million people in the country. The church conducts mass several times in a day so you can be a part of it if you are there at the right time.

    Best time to visit: Every Sunday, they organize a mass at sharp 6 in the evening, so this will be the best time for you to visit the church.
  • 14Vietnam Military History Museum

    Vietnam Military History Museum is one of the 7 national museums in the country of Vietnam. For people who are quite interested in guns and arms, they will have a great time at the museum browsing through various different items.

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    Location: 28A ?i?n Biên Ph?, ?i?n Biên, Ba ?ình, Hà N?i, Vietnam. It is located in central Hanoi right opposite the Lenin Park and near the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

    History: The museum was setup on 17th July, 1956.

    Highlights: There are numerous items on display which you can checkout and you will not find them anywhere else. You will also find many statues of soldiers with guns since this is a military museum.

    Best time to visit: On most days, the museum opens up at 8 in the morning and is close by 4:30 in the evening so if you are planning a trip here, plan according to that.
  • 15Temple of Literature

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    We all know about the famous philosopher Confucius and this temple is dedicated to him. There are various temples dedicated to Confucius in Vietnam but this is one of the best temples which also hosts the Imperial academy. The temple has been renovated many times since its inception in order to keep it maintainable.

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    Location: V?n Mi?u, ??ng ?a, Hà N?i, Vietnam. The location is easy to access and you can get many transportation facilities around the temple to take you across different destinations.

    History: The construction of this beautiful temple was started almost a millennium ago in the year 1070.

    Highlights: The temple is also printed on the back side of official bank note of Vietnam. The layout of the temple is quite similar to the birthplace of Confucius which is a tribute.

    Best time to visit: Temple of literature is open 24 hours so you can visit it whenever you desire.
  • 16West Lake

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    West lake is a fresh water lake located right in the center of Hanoi. This is the largest lake of the city and one of the most popular places for recreation activities as there are many kind of gardens, hotels and villas around the lake.



    Location: The lake is in the center of city Hanoi and you can easily get around different places through here.

    Highlights: You will be surprised to know that the shore length of this lake is around 17 KM. People like to chill out here on their vacation as the spot also has many entertainment facilities that keeps the tourists engaged.

    History: The lake was created by taking a curved part of the Red river. There are many kinds of historical contexts that this lake carries and it was also said that the lake was shaped after a battle between some warriors many centuries ago.
  • 17Hon Chong Beach, Nha trang

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    Hon Chong Beach, Nha Trang: The narrow granite promontory of Hon Chong offers fine views of the mountainous coastline north of Nha Trang and the nearby islands. The beach here has a more local flavor than Nha Trang Beach (but the accompanying refuse is unpleasant). Still, it's fun to watch the local kids do Acapulco-style swan dives into the ocean.

    There are a reconstructed traditional run residence and a great cafe. A taxi here from the city center is around 30,000d.About 300m south of Hon Chong (towards Nha Trang) and a few dozen meters from the beach is tiny Hon Do (Red Island), which has a Buddhist temple on top. To the northeast is Hon Rua (Tortoise Island), which really does resemble a tortoise. The two islands of Hon Yen (Bird’s-Nest Island) are off in the distance to the east.

    A well-known spot of scenic beauty, the Rock Hon Chong is not only attractive to visitors to Nha Trang but also no less allure to the local inhabitants, children as well as grownups who have made frequent visits to this place. In the vernacular, it means the "Husband Rock", the name given to one of the two rocks, the couple, the other one is the wife.


  • 18Con Son Island, Con Dao Archipelago

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    Con Son Island, Con Dao Archipelago: The Côn ??o Islands are an archipelago of Bà R?a–V?ng Tàu Province, in the southeast region of Vietnam, and in a district of this province. The Con Dao Archipelago is one of the most beautiful and least developed destinations in Vietnam. There are beaches, forests, mountains, history, mythology, and a quiet town with crumbling French colonial villas on the seafront. There are two sides to the Con Dao Islands when you visit: one day spent swimming in the clear sea, walking upon white sand beaches, driving along deserted coast roads, and drinking cocktails on the seafront promenade; another spent visiting the prisons, learning about former inmates – many of whom are celebrated national heroes – and witnessing remnants of their forced labor, which caused hundreds of prisoners to die. The former is the future of the Con Dao Islands as a tropical paradise. The latter is its past as a penal colony, set up by the French colonial administration. Con Son is the largest of 15 islands in the Con Dao Archipelago, 80km from the mainland Mekong Delta region and 230km from Saigon.

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  • 19The Shells Resort and Spa Phu Quoc (Duong Dong)

    Situated along the shores of Duong Dong, The Shells Resort & Spa Phu Quoc features an outdoor pool, fitness center, and a private beach area. Operating a 24-hour front desk, it provides free parking and offers complimentary WiFi access in the entire property. This beachfront resort is about 4.1 km from the Fish Sauce Factory and 4.5 km from Coco Dive Centre. Duong Dong Market is within 7 km away. Featuring a private balcony, air-conditioned rooms come with tiled flooring, a wardrobe, seating area, a safe and a flat-screen TV with cable channels. An electric kettle and minibar are also included. All rooms enjoy sea views and feature an en suite bathroom with bathtub, shower facility, and free toiletries. At The Shells Resort & Spa Phu Quoc, guests may utilize the sauna facility or indulge in a pampering massage at the spa. Laundry service, tour arrangements, and airport transfers can be provided upon request. Meeting and function facilities are also available. Housing a restaurant, guests will be served with a delectable spread of Vietnamese cuisine. Meals can also be offered in the privacy of guests’ rooms.


  • 20Doc Let Beach, Hon Khoi Peninsula

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    Doc Let Beach, Hon Khoi Peninsula: At Ninh Hoa, about 33km north of Nha Trang, Highway 26 branches off left from Highway 1 to Buon Ma Thuot, then about 5km later, a signposted turning on the right leads 12km to the splendid Hon Khoi Peninsula, on which you’ll find pristine Doc Let Beach. You’ll probably be keen to linger here a while: the casuarinas and white sands of the beach are perfect for a day’s beach-bumming, although you do have to pay a small entrance fee for the privilege unless you are staying at one of the resorts here. Doc Let Beach is suggested as ideal for summer vacation, especially for Saigonese to flee the heat and the ear-splitting noises of urban life. After visiting the Nha Trang City and other famous destinations such as Hon Tre Islet, Hon Tam Ecotourism Park, Bai Dai Beach and Cham Towers, tourists should take a trip on National Highway 1 to the north to stop by Ninh Hoa which pledges to put a nice impression in tourists' eyes and memory by its stunning Doc Let Beach. The surface of the sea shimmers with the lights of the fishing boats. Indulging in the vapor lights of the boats, the twinkling lights of the stars and the soft sounds of the waves and winds, daily stress is swept away.