Must Visit Places in Vietnam
Han River Bridge, 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.
Soak in the beauty of Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi
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 in 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.
Visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hanoi
Location: Hung Vuong, Dien Bien, Ba Dinh, Hanoi, Vietnam.
Highlights: The place is protected by Military 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 anytime 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.
Visit Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi
Location: Nguyen Van Huyen, Nghia Do, Cau Giay, Hanoi, 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.
Explore Vietnam Military History Museum in Hanoi
Location: 28A Dien Bien Phu, Dien Ban, Ba Dinh, Hanoi, Vietnam. It is located in central Hanoi right opposite the Lenin Park and near the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.
History: The museum was set up on 17th July 1956.
Highlights: There are numerous items on display which you can check out 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.
Visit the Temple of Literature in Hanoi
Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Van Mieu, Dong Da, Hanoi, Vietnam. The location is easy to access and you can get many transportation facilities around the temple to take you to 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 an official banknote 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.
Visit One Pillar Pagoda in Hanoi
Location: One Pillar Pagoda, Doi Can, Ba Dinh, Hanoi, Vietnam. Location of the place is a huge advantage as it is in close proximity to 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.
The Old House of Phun Hung, Hoi An
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.
Location: Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street
Hours Open: 8: 30 am to 6 pm on all days.
Danang Cathedral, Da Nang
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.
Site Archeologique de My Son, Duy Phú village
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.
The Shells Resort and Spa Phu Quoc (Duong Dong)
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.
Aobaba Cloth Shop, Hoi An
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
Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An
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.
Visit St. Joseph's Cathedral, Hanoi
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.
Handicraft Workshop, Hoi An
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
West Lake, Hanoi
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.
Hon Chong Beach, Nha trang
The rocks are smooth and snuggly placed by Mother Nature and the beach even has a big boulder and promises astounding ocean views. There is a rock with the imprint of a large hand with five fingers clearly outlined called Hon Chong or the “Husband”. The “Wife” as the locals call is a cluster of rocks in the vicinity.
Location: North of Nha Trang Province.
Highlights: There are many shops and shacks selling famous Hon Chong coffee which is definitely a no-miss delicacy!
Con Son Island, Con Dao Archipelago
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.
Quan Kong Temple, Hoi An
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
Doc Let Beach, Hon Khoi Peninsula
Some parts of the beach have paid access and obviously these parts are well kept and are void of garbage. You can rent sun loungers and beach umbrellas and enjoy the rumbling waves or get thrilled with water sports like kayak and Waverunner.
Location: At Ninh Hoa; 50 kms north of Nah Thrang.
Highlights: There are many shops, cafes, and a flea market around the beach to make your beach holiday even merrier.