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10 Amazing Places To Visit In Vietnam: South-Asia's Most Underrated Paradise

    

Experience a beautiful amalgamation of lush natural landscapes with the cultural and ethnical diversity in the land of Vietnam. Nested on the shores of south China sea, the country is abundant in mesmerizing terrains and houses a spectacular history in every single street. The culture and traditions of this country are impacted by its history of French colonization and Chinese influence. Vietnam is perfect for all kinds of romantic getaways, adventure seekers, history enthusiasts, and offers an abundance of family fun. Here is our list of the top 10 places to visit in Vietnam to witness the most stunning experiences in the country.

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1. Hoi An Ancient Town

10 Amazing Places To Visit In Vietnam: South-Asia's Most Underrated Paradise-2 Located in central Quang Nam province alongside the banks of the Thu Bon River, Hoi An is a prominent ancient town in the country of Vietnam. Known to be one of the busiest trading centers in Southeast Asia during the 16th century, the city has a cultural and architectural heritage that goes back to many centuries. The city houses the old town quarter which is a must-visit when you explore the town. The old town quarters have beautifully preserved old merchant houses. These houses go way back in the time when the town was a major meeting point for Japanese and Chinese merchants gathering in the city for the local silks. There are many houses in the quarters that are open to being explored from the inside and you can experience the rusticity of that time’s architecture and have a glimpse into the merchant's life. One of the most famous attractions in the city is the Japanese Bridge which is one of the oldest and the most ornamented temple in the town.

2. Ha Long Bay

10 Amazing Places To Visit In Vietnam: South-Asia's Most Underrated Paradise-3 Experience the exotic landscape of Vietnam at the Ha Long Bay located in the Gulf of Tonkin. It is one of the best places to visit in Vietnam. The bay is a UNESCO world heritage site and is one of the most popular places to visit in Vietnam. Enriched with gorgeous limestone formations that are scattered beautifully in the deep blue ocean, the Ha Long Bay is the perfect place to enjoy the waters and a spellbinding view of the picturesque site. Sculpted through many centuries and crafted by the hands of water and wind, the Bay formations look like they just came out of a fantasy world. The best way to explore the Bay is by taking a cruise through its territory and admire the 2,000 jungle-covered islands filled with exotic caves, grottoes, sinkholes, and lakes. The cruise stops at various small islands and you get a chance to explore the caves such as the Hang Sung Sot and the Hang Dao Go.

3. Ba Be National Park

10 Amazing Places To Visit In Vietnam: South-Asia's Most Underrated Paradise-4 One of Vietnam's first national parks, the Ba Be is recognized by the ASEAN heritage park organization for its distinguished flora, fauna, and exceptional wildlife. Exhibiting a tropical climate which attracts a lot of tourists, the park is a magnificent display for the limestone mountains and natural caves. The national park is an unmistakable favorite among tourists looking to experience the natural environment and wildlife of Southeast Asia. Not only can you enjoy the wildlife but also go on a signature hike in the landscapes of Ba Be. the hike goes along the Pia Booc Range, surreal passes, alpine lakes, and features beautiful views of iconic craggy summits. The hike offers the opportunity to enjoy a boat ride through the river, an overnight stay with a local family, cooking authentic Vietnamese food, kayaking in the river, and tracking through the beautiful terrains of Ba Be’s jungles.

4. Nha Trang

10 Amazing Places To Visit In Vietnam: South-Asia's Most Underrated Paradise-5 Experience the palpable energy of the resort town of Nha Trang. Located in the backdrop of a necklace of hills, Nha Trang is one of the favorites to enjoy downtime at the beach and experience the party town at its best. The city is dotted with parks and sculpture gardens which gives the city a natural setting. There is an array of boutiques and dining options in Nha Trang and you can enjoy international as well as Vietnamese culinary masterpieces. The beaches of Nha Trang offer a designated area for swimming where you can relax with your family and enjoy the sandy shores of Southeast Asia. Not only does the city offer a chance to experience the beaches and nightlife, but you can also travel to the ancient Po Nagar Cham Towers which has been used as a place of worship since the 7th century. There is also a museum in the city dedicated to the exceptional achievements of Alexandre Yersin who discovered the reason for the bubonic plague and was the key founding member of Nha Trang's Pasteur Institute.

5. Hue Imperial City

10 Amazing Places To Visit In Vietnam: South-Asia's Most Underrated Paradise-6 The former capital of the Nguyen Dynasty, Hue Imperial city showcases history through every single brick of its arena. Gia Long- the ruler of the Nguyen dynasty, has a huge hand in the current historic importance of the city and gave Hue the glory and grandeur that it now represents. Everything about this city is magnificent- its architecture, culture, cuisine and age-old traditions. One of the city’s most famous monuments, the Citadel was once dedicated to the work of the executive and bureaucracy of the dynasty. the Citadel is an enormous complex of grand palaces and elaborate temples. All the sites have an exquisite interior detailing along with phenomenal architectural excellence. One of the best ways to experience the magnificence of the city is by taking a riverboat cruise on the Perfume River and gawking at the beautiful royal tombs.

6. Cu Chi Tunnels

10 Amazing Places To Visit In Vietnam: South-Asia's Most Underrated Paradise-7 The tunnels of Cu Chi are an enormous set of tunnels located in the Cu Chi District of Ho Chi Minh City and serve as a war museum for the country. The tunnels showcase the underground life of Vietnamese soldiers in 1948 when the war was in full swing. The entire area of the site houses 120 km long underground tunnels which has separate sections for command sections, storage facilities, kitchen, living area, armoury, and hospital. Before entering the tunnels, the visitors are shown a video about the history of the tunnels and their architectural importance. There is also a shooting area on the premises and you can get a chance to shoot M16 rifles and many more guns. To make the guests understand the conditions of the time, the site also hosts a restaurant serving meals that the underground soldiers had to live with during the time of the war.

7. Mekong Delta

10 Amazing Places To Visit In Vietnam: South-Asia's Most Underrated Paradise-8 Known as the rice bowl of Vietnam, the Mekong Delta is an amalgamation of rivers, swamps, and islands, housing many floating markets, Khmer pagodas and villages at the backdrop of rice paddies. Explore the chaotic Vietnamese floating markets by boat and get a glimpse into the local culture of the country. The best way to understand the ecological, as well as commercial importance of this delta, is by visiting Ho Chi Minh City. Other than the spectacular floating market which the city houses, the town also offers some beautiful pagodas and local orchards to visit. One of the other places to explore is the Can Thơ which is the biggest city in the Mekong Delta region. The floating market in the city is one of the best and is jam-packed with boats displaying fresh fruits and gorgeous flowers.

8. Sapa Countryside

10 Amazing Places To Visit In Vietnam: South-Asia's Most Underrated Paradise-9 Sapa is a small mountain town in Lao Cai Province in Vietnam and is located amidst the Hoang Lien Son range of mountains. Promoted as a hill station by the French in 1922, Sapa welcomes a ton of tourists throughout the year. This quiet Vietnamese town is the perfect place to understand the ethnicity of the country as it houses many ethnic tribal groups like the Hmong, Giay, and Red Dzao. Beautiful landscapes of the countryside display kilometers of rice terrains creating an exceptional site overlooking the highest peak in Vietnam, Fansipan Mountain. Sapa is one of the top favorite trekking destinations in Vietnam providing an array of adventure options including trekking amidst the tiny villages or traversing in the beautiful mountain ranges.

9. My Son

10 Amazing Places To Visit In Vietnam: South-Asia's Most Underrated Paradise-10 An exceptionally renowned UNESCO site, My son is a group of various ruins of abandoned Hindu temples in Vietnam. The site is beautifully nestled amidst lush jungles and overlooks the Cat’s Tooth Mountain (Hon Quip). The temples are dedicated to lord shiva and were once a very important center of religious Hindu ceremonies for the kings of the Champa Kingdom. Built between the 4th and the 14th century, this archeological site was rediscovered in the late 19th century by the French who restored parts of the complex. But the American bombing in the Vietnamese war destroyed many of the temples and only 20 of the temples now remain. Even though the temples are not in their best condition, they provide a glimpse into the early rituals and traditions of the Champa Kingdom and are a must-visit when traveling to Vietnam.

10. Hanoi

10 Amazing Places To Visit In Vietnam: South-Asia's Most Underrated Paradise-11 The capital of the nation, Hanoi represents all the colors of Vietnam in its charming manner. Located on the banks of the Red River, the travelers can find well-preserved colonial buildings, ancient pagodas, and unique museums all around the city. Hanoi was a former French colony and the cultural impressions can be seen all around the city. Walk around the town and experience the vivacious nightlife, wonderful cuisine, unique handicraft and an amalgamation of many cultures which is palpable through its architecture and local traditions. The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology and Vietnam Fine Art Museum are both must-visit and are a perfect way to understand the diverse artistry of the country. Also, visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum which pays tribute to the founder of modern Vietnam.

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