Attracting millions of visitors all year long, its colonial heritage also means that many hotels feature a unique blend of French and Asian influences while its cuisine is highly regarded as one of the best in the world. With so many things to see and do in Vietnam, planning your travel itinerary as a first-time visitor can be a challenge, so we’ve compiled a general list of Vietnam’s must-see attractions.

  1. Kayaking in Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay is one of the most attractive tourist attractions for anyone desiring to explore northern Vietnam, which includes hundreds of spectacular islands, caves and islets. Kayaking in Ha Long is an interesting experience to discover breathtaking system of caves, limestone and numerous distinctive cliffs as well as typical lifestyle of local fishermen on fishing villages in the most authentic way.

 

  1. Trekking in Mai Chau

Mai Chau is one beautiful natural valley in the north of Vietnam. It is great for cycling and trekking with wild life, village to village, paddy fields, ethnic minority villages and their trails. You can take overnight in homestays and genius farmhouses. It is worth to see for everyone loving nature and untouched countryside as well as discovering unique culture.

 

  1. Cruise on Mekong Delta

Mekong Delta, known as the River of the Nine Dragons, is home to islands, rice paddies, stilted riverside villages, verdant forests and especially a way of life, which has not changed for centuries. Departing from Ho Chi Minh City, embarking on a sampan boat, visitors will cruise along the lush canals of Mekong River, passing by a large number of bustling floating markets with fresh fruit, colorful flowers and rice sacks, fish farms, Buddhist temples, and colonial structures.

  1. Snorkeling in Cu Lao Cham 

Cu Lao Cham is a system of 8 small islands, one of which is recognized UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Cu Lao Cham is remote islands, so visitors have to transfer by speed boat there. Coming there, visitors will be overwhelmed by endless turquoise water and untouched ecological sites. Snorkeling or Scuba diving to discover a thriving coral reef system is a worthy experience in Cu Lao Cham.

 

  1. Dropping a Lantern in Hoi An

Dropping the color lantern garland is a tradition of Hoi An local residents to pray for the best wishes. Coming Hoi An at night, visitors will undergo a colorful Hoi An in a unique way with color of light decoration, riverside restaurants and shops, lantern garland on Thu Bon river, etc. And don’t forget dropping a lantern garland to bring good luck to the family and loved ones.

 

  1. Discovering Son Doong Cave – the world’s largest cave

Quang Binh is a home of Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site with hundreds of deep caves, especially Son Doong Cave, the world’s largest natural cave. Son Doong was formed about 2 to 5 millions years ago, with a great combination of water and limestone rocks as well as a cave ecosystem along the underground river and trees. Son Doong is much larger than the world’s biggest known cave ever, attracting many tourists from many countries and regions

  1. Trying Vietnam’ s best Pho in Hanoi

Pho is a Vietnamese traditional tasty meal with the charming harmony of simple ingredients, including clear stock, boiled beef, rice noodle and fresh herbs or green onions. In Vietnam, visitors will see it popularly served on street corners, in restaurants and in almost family home. Pho has different taste in each region of Vietnam, but the best is in Hanoi with Pho Thin Lo Duc in French Quarter. Their Pho is cooked with unique culinary skills of cookers, such as stir-frying the beef in garlic before adding it into soup. In general, it will be really worth to try.

  1. Exploring rare animals in Cat Tien National Park

Cat Tien National Park is one of the largest important nature reserves, located in north-east of Ho Chi Minh City. The park is home to a wide range of wildlife, including hundreds of species of mammals, reptiles, birds, fish, prevalent primates such as gibbons and langurs, Asian elephants, clouded leopards and sun bears. Especially, Cat Tien National Park is the shelter of about spectacular 1,610 botanical species. Moreover, Cat Tien National Park is an ideal choice for not only wildlife-lovers, but also adventure-lovers with some of best trekking, biking, boat trip and even the culture discovery of local communities here, Chau Ma and Stieng people.

  1. Jeep Car on Red & White Sand Dunes – Mui Ne

Sand Dunes in Mui Ne are considered “Dubai of Vietnam”. The two most impressive sand dunes are White Sand Dunes and Red Sand Dunes. The former is bigger than the latter. Coming here, visitors can take a jeep car into the top of hills and enjoy beautiful sunset or sunrise here.

 

 

  1. Cycling around Hue

Hue is the cultural and historical heart of the country. Cycling around Hue is the best way to get the view of marvelous surrounding landscapes such as poetic Perfume River, centuries-old Citadel with fascinating ancient architecture, most typical characteristics of this old imperial capital. Unlike other bustling city with endless vehicles in Vietnam such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, Hue seems to be in no hurry with a small number of traffic. The bicycle that makes it easy weave in and out of every corner of Hue City, easy to take a bike through the green lush and rustic paths in the villages, enjoying slowly all the nice landscape as well as the smallest views in the tourist sites.