Vietnam is a country of contrast where you will find pulsating cities within short reach of breathtaking nature. This is a country with a rich history, stunning landscapes, as well as delicious street food. Vietnam has an astounding mix of natural sites, cultural diversity, and rich history. There are so many amazing things to do in Vietnam that you can easily spend a month or even more exploring this fascinating country. To help you with your planning of a Vietnam trip we have gathered 11 incredible things to do in Vietnam.
1. Hoi An Ancient town
Hoi An Ancient Town has become one of the most visited destinations in Vietnam. And we definitely understand why. With its mix of eras and architectural styles, it is a perfect picture of the historical developments Vietnam has been through. With a Japanese Bridge, wooden Chinese houses, Vietnamese tube houses, and French colonial buildings. Hoi An Ancient Town seems to have it all. With lanterns hanging everywhere Hoi An Ancient Town is simply gorgeous.
2. Train Street in Hanoi
It is almost like you haven’t been to Hanoi if you haven’t visited Train Street. In this narrow street between two lines of Vietnamese houses, the train comes by twice a day. Meaning it literally drives past houses and cafés on either side of the tracks. It is an incredible sight and crazy to think that that is everyday life for so many Vietnamese people in Hanoi Old Quarter.
3. Explore Marble Mountains in Da Nang
The Marble Mountains in central Vietnam are one of the many places that you simply must visit when in Vietnam. These mountains have been mined for marble over the years and one of them is now open to the public. You are able to climb to the top (or take an elevator) and be rewarded with beautiful temples, lush green nature, and some incredible views overlooking Da Nang.
4. Ha Long Bay
A cruise on Ha Long Bay is simply a must when in Vietnam. With over 1.600 limestone karst rising from stunning turquoise waters, Ha Long Bay is considered one of the most beautiful spots in Vietnam. Therefore, it has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which makes it even more interesting for visitors from all over the World. A cruise on the bay will reward you with some of the iconic views, as well as breathtaking nature.
5. History in Hué
Vietnam is a country of history and especially the city of Hué has played an important part in some interesting historical events. This means that Hué is dotted with important historical sites for you to explore. You can visit the stunning Imperial City to learn about when the Nguyen Dynasty ruled the country from 1802 to 1945. Or spend a day exploring the many tombs in the area such as Minh Mang Tomb and Khai Dinh Tomb. Even if you are not a history buff, Hué is definitely still worth a visit because of its pristine location along the Perfume River and the city’s amazing architecture.
6. Do as the locals: Ride a motorbike
Vietnam is the land of motorbikes. Everywhere you look you will see locals and tourists riding their motorbikes. Whether you buy a motorbike, rent one, or hire a driver – Either way, exploring Vietnam on a motorbike is the way to go. It is a perfect way to see parts of the country at your own pace.
7. Explore Son Tra Peninsula
Son Tra Peninsula near Da Nang is one of the places that amazed us the most when we were traveling in Vietnam. It is a perfect place for a day trip to explore some breathtaking views overlooking lush greenery and stunning blue waters. On your trip, you should swing by the giant Lady Buddha statue at the Linh Ung Pagoda, which is the tallest one in Vietnam.
8. Dragon Bridge in Da Nang
Da Nang in Central Vietnam has become famous because of its Dragon Bridge. And you might think ‘What is so special about a bridge?’. But this Dragon Bridge breathes fire and water. And it is just an amazing sight. It is simply a thing you cannot miss when in Vietnam. So, stop by the Dragon Bridge in Da Nang Saturday or Sunday night around 21:00 to watch the show.
9. Take a boat ride in Ninh Binh
Ninh Binh is known as ‘Ha Long Bay on the Land’ and we definitely understand why it has gotten this name. Huge karst mountains rise with rivers and lakes winding in between them. It is a stunning view. One of the most popular ways to experience these incredible mountains is by a boat ride in Trang An. In this UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will also be able to explore some of the caves within the mountains. Ninh Binh is a picturesque place you must visit in Vietnam.
10. Learn about the Vietnam War in Ho Chi Minh
The Vietnam War has marked Vietnam and its population. Even though more than 60 percent of the population was born after the war, the sacrifices made by both sides of the conflict are still remembered all over Vietnam – especially in Ho Chi Minh. Here you will have the opportunity to visit the War Remnants Museum. This is a must-do in Vietnam for you to learn about the war and its impact on both the country and its population.
11. Sightseeing in Hanoi
The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi, is filled with sites that are all worth a visit. A perfect way to do so is by joining the hop-on-hop-off bus and going sightseeing. That way you are able to visit a lot of the attractions in only one day. Some of our favorites are The Temple of Literature, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake, as well as the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long. A hop-on-hop-off bus is the perfect way to go sightseeing in Hanoi.