What to See in Vietnam

By | July 18, 2022


Hanoi , the capital of Vietnam, is a mixture of oriental flair with western influences. Its main attractions are the Temples of Literature (XI century), Ngoc Son (XVIII century), Quang Thanh (XII century), Tran Quoc Pagoda, one of the oldest pagodas in Vietnam. At the National Water Puppet Theater, you can not only watch the original performance, but also listen to national Vietnamese music, including the performance of the one-stringed danbau instrument. Hanoi is a city of lakes that create a unique atmosphere in it. There are many interesting museums in Hanoi: the history of Vietnam, the Revolution, Ho Chi Minh, fine arts, the Vietnamese army. In Hanoi there are 18 lakes surrounded by parks. The largest and most beautiful of them is West Lake.

According to Top-mba-universities, Sapa is a picturesque settlement on the border with China. Nature has created many interesting sights in these parts: Tkhas Bas Silver Waterfall, a complex of caves called the Underwater Palace, Heaven’s Gate, a mysterious bamboo forest. Sapa is also the starting point for those wishing to conquer Fansipan, the highest mountain not only in Vietnam, but in the entire Indochina peninsula. Another attraction of the city are the local tribes, which still have not lost their national identity and honor their traditions and customs. Hue city is located in Central Vietnam. This is a former capital city. Here are the Imperial Citadel (XIX century), the Necropolis of Emperors, Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the most famous pagodas in Vietnam.

Da Nang , another city in Central Vietnam, is famous for its Cham Sculpture Museum. To the south of the city lies the impressive Haiwan Pass and the Marble Mountains. The ancient city of Hoi An is located 30 km south of Da Nang. Here you can see the Japanese covered bridge, the Cham towers, the houses and assembly halls of the Chinese trade guilds, the streets reminiscent of the European Mediterranean. In the old quarter, where cars are not allowed, many palaces, pagodas and remnants of military fortifications have been preserved. In 1999 Hoi An recognized by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage site.

75 km southwest of Da Nang is the Cham temple complex Michon, which is a brick tower rising right in the middle of the jungle, decorated with sculptures of gods and demons.

Ho Chi Minh is the main city in the south of Vietnam. It still retains its unique atmosphere, which is created by shady alleys and streets with low houses built by the French, the graceful Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon (Notre Dame de Saigon), the famous Temple of the Jade Emperor, magnificent pagodas, mosques, Hindu temples. Around Ho Chi Minh City there are hidden manholes from the Vietnam War. Laz represent the tunnels in which the Vietnamese soldiers lived.


Those interested in the history of the Vietnam War can follow the famous Ho Chi Minh Trail. It was created during the Vietnam War and is a network of roads, paths and crossings designed to provide troops with ammunition and food. This route runs from the north to the south of Vietnam through the Chuon Son Mountains and on to the north of Laos. Those who have SUVs can drive 60 km from Aluoi to Hue.


Ha Long Bay is one of the most interesting and impressive sights in Vietnam.. In 2000, it was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The bay is located 165 km from Hanoi. It occupies an area of 1500 km 2, on which there are 1600 islands and rocks of the most bizarre forms. On the islands there are large caves with very beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. By boat you can get to Monkey Island, where a huge number of monkeys are bred for export. The shores of the bay are covered with sand, so they are beautiful beaches where swimming is possible all year round. Phu Quoc Island is located in the Gulf of Thailand, 65 km off the southwestern coast of Vietnam. and is the largest among its islands. There are two large pearl plantations in Phu Quoc, which is why many people call it the “Pearl Island”. The nature of the island is striking in its splendor – the island has 99 mountains and hills covered with relict forests with lush vegetation, as well as many beautiful waterfalls and raging rivers, amazing sandy beaches with crystal clear sea water.

Cat ba national park located on the island of the same name in Halong Bay. Cat Ba Island is the largest in an archipelago of 366 islands. The park is distinguished by a variety of landscape and topography. The seabed is also impressive. Covered somewhere with limestone deposits, where with coral reefs, where with sand or clay with organic elements, it, in combination with the purest water, creates a favorable environment for the reproduction and development of various types of marine animals and plants. There are 135 species of marine plants, more than 50 species of marine animals, 27 species of ornamental and 300 commercial fish, about 500 species of mollusks and crustaceans. The park is home to 15 species of mammals (Francois monkeys, wild boars, deer, squirrels, hedgehogs, etc.) and 21 species of birds. Cat Ba lies on the main migration route for waterfowl (ducks, geese and plovers), which feed and nest in mangrove forests and on beaches. There are two caves in the National Park open to the public. One of them is preserved in a natural state, while the other is of historical importance – it served as a secret, bomb-proof hospital during the American war. It is worth climbing to the top of Ngylam, which offers a fantastic view of the karst landscape and primeval forests. The road to the top will take about half an hour. You can get to Cat Ba by ferry, boat or car from Hai Phong city. Motorcycle taxis are a popular mode of transport on the island itself. bomb-proof hospital during the American war. It is worth climbing to the top of Ngylam, which offers a fantastic view of the karst landscape and primeval forests. The road to the top will take about half an hour. You can get to Cat Ba by ferry, boat or car from Hai Phong city. Motorcycle taxis are a popular mode of transport on the island itself. bomb-proof hospital during the American war. It is worth climbing to the top of Ngylam, which offers a fantastic view of the karst landscape and primeval forests. The road to the top will take about half an hour. You can get to Cat Ba by ferry, boat or car from Hai Phong city. Motorcycle taxis are a popular mode of transport on the island itself.

Con Dao National Park located 180 km south of the city of Vung Tau. Con Dao is an archipelago of 14 islands. It was declared a nature protection zone in 1984, and in 1997 the surrounding sea area was included in the park. Here you can find white sand beaches, primeval forests, mountains and hills, mostly covered with forests. Since the archipelago is located at a considerable distance from the mainland, its flora and fauna differ from the mainland. It is home to such rare species of marine animals as green sea turtles, hawksbill, leatherback turtles, giant tridacnas – one of the types of marine mollusks, dugongs – a mammal species that is on the verge of extinction. The island is actively developing diving and snorkeling (exploring the underwater world without equipment – with a mask and snorkel), and you will have the opportunity to see with your own eyes all the wealth of the underwater kingdom of Kondao. The islands are famous for their caves.

You can get to the archipelago by helicopter, flying 3 times a week, by plane and by sea. Batma State Nature Reserve is located 50 km south of Hue., stretching from the coast of the South China Sea to the Vietnam-Laos border. Due to its geographical and climatic conditions, this area attracted the attention of the French at the beginning of the 20th century, who created a resort area here. In the reserve there is the Batma mountain system with the highest point of 1450 m, surrounded by a dense network of rivers and streams, in the east – lakes and sea lagoons. The rich fauna of the Batma National Park includes more than 80 species of large mammals, more than 300 species of birds, more than 20 species of amphibians, about 30 species of reptiles, 59 species of bats, 39 species of fish, 256 species of butterflies, 28 species of termites.

About a 2-hour drive from Hanoi to the south is Cuk Phuong National Park – Vietnam ‘s first national park., established in 1962, is the largest primeval rainforest in North Vietnam. Here you can see over 70 species of animals and plants listed in the Red Book. In the park, it is worth visiting the cave of the Ancient Man, which is not only an important archaeological site, but also the home of 17 species of bats, the top of the Silver Cloud, the mountain village of Muong.

Bawi National Park is located in the province of Hatei, 50 km northwest of Hanoi. The park is known for its beautiful waterfalls and mountain views. The highest peaks are Vua or Royal (1227 m) and Ngoc Hoa or Jade Flower (1134 m).

Ba Be National Park is located 270 km north of Hanoi .. Its center is a mountain lake. The reserve is famous for its unique landscape, the special beauty of which is given by caves and waterfalls. In addition, here you can make an excursion to the villages of national minorities Tei and Yao, as well as to the Teosa Fair, which takes place every 5 days.

Hoangglien Son National Park is located in Lao Cai Province. The national park is dominated by the highest peak in Indochina – Mount Fansipan (3142 m). For adventure lovers, hikes to this mountain and climbing to the top are organized. Usually such a trip takes from 5 to 7 days. At a considerable height, you can see unique species of plants and animals, some of which are absolutely original and are not found anywhere else in the world.

Ba Be lakes – these are three lakes Pelam, Pelu and Peleng, located 230 km north of Hanoi. In 1978, the area was declared a national nature reserve and tourism center. The lakes are located at an altitude of 145 m above sea level and are the largest natural lakes in Vietnam. They are surrounded by majestic trees that are several hundred years old.

There are several waterfalls in Vietnam that will impress even jaded travelers. Baho Falls are located 17 km north of Nha Trang. These are three waterfalls and three bowls located in the forest. Many waterfalls are located in the central part of Vietnam.

Thu Thayen Waterfall is located 7 km from the Krongnang area and is considered the most beautiful place in this region. It looks like a snow-white fountain in the jungle. The waterfall consists of stones lying on top of each other and has 3 floors. The lowest floor has narrow steps, convenient for visitors, a calm flow, and is covered with dense trees. The second floor consists of fountains and small ponds. And the highest floor is a deep pond and a steep waterfall.

The Zieu Thanh waterfall is located on the Daktit River and serves as a natural border between the two districts of Nyanko and Quangtan. In addition to the largest waterfall (30 m from the top of the mountain to the abyss), there are also numerous small streams and small waterfalls around, the water from which creates an eternal fog that envelops the foot of the mountain. At the very bottom is a huge pond. There are also several caves here.

Batang Waterfall is located 8 km from the Zagnea district center. The total length of the waterfall is 40 m. In the vicinity of the waterfall there are picturesque groves and lawns – a great place for relaxation and picnics. 3 km from the regional center of Krongbong there is another picturesque place – this is Krong Kma waterfall, which falls from the highest point of the Ky Zang Shin mountain range. If desired, elephants will help you conquer the top of the mountain.


Cruises are organized along the main rivers of Vietnam – the Mekong and the Red. When traveling on the Mekong depending on the tour lunch is organized on the island, a visit to a rice farm, a snake farm, a factory for the production of coconut sweets, fruit and botanical gardens on the islands. There are also two-day cruises on the Mekong with visits to cities with unique floating markets and villages.

Also, one-, two- and three-day cruises can be made on Halong Bay, called the “bay of a thousand islands.” On the way, stops are made on the islands with a visit to stalactite caves, and in the summer – with swimming.

What to See in Vietnam