Visit Vietnam Q&A: Which destination to visit?
Selecting the right attraction is no easy task for many visitors. It can be a confusing and even frustrating job, and that's probably the last thing anyone wants when planning a trip to Vietnam. That’s why we’ve created this handy Visit Vietnam Q&A to help determine which tourist attraction is best for you.
Note that while there are hundreds of attractions you can visit in Vietnam, we've only detailed the top places that are elected by the overwhelming majority of visitors to Vietnam. Click here for itinerary overview.
Whether it's your honeymoon or just a romantic trip for you and your significant other, you couldn't have selected a much better choice than Dat Lat, Ha Long, Hoi An or Phu Quoc. These are the destination of choice for many couples looking to get away for a romantic vacation, and for good reason. If romance is important to you, keep these on your list.
Vietnam are a mecca of trails with excellent trekking. If you're like us, crazy about hiking to see the often unseen, then definitely consider this option. From gorgeous coastal trails, lush rice terraces hikes, to lush jungle, you can do it all in Vietnam: from easy hike in half a day to hard trek of conquering Fansipan summit – the Indochina’s Roof in the trekking hub of Sapa where the scenery is wonderful with majestic mountain, green rice paddies and fascinating tribal villages. A picturesque Bac Ha, exciting Dong Van, evergreen forested National Parks of Hoang Lien, Ba Be through spectacular karst scenery, minority villages, Cat Ba with 18-km hike, Bai Tu Long, Bach Ma, Cat Tien where crocodiles can ben seen while trekking, Phong Nha – Ke Bang combining trek with caving in the world’s largest cave – Hang Son Doong, Cuc Phuongthrough superb forest and past ancient trees and caves to minority village, Yok Don natinal park with dozens of mammals.
If you are cycling fans, then Vietnam is the right choice. Cyclying is an excellent way to experience Vietnam. Bikes for rent are available across tourist destinations in Vietnam with 3$-18$ per day depending on bike quality. In Mekong delta, good routes include the country lanes around Chau Doc and quiet road along Combodian border from Chau Doc to Ha Tien, some nice cycling on the islands of Vinh Long. Hue also a great place for cyclists with temples, pagodas and Perfurme River. Dat Lat with moutain trails, Hoi An with flat terrain to explore craft villages, cutting across rice paddies, Mekong delta on backroad along waterwayss under the shade of coconut palms, highland lane in Ba Be national park or Bac Ha with majestic mountain scenery, Phong Nha – Ke Bang national park
Many of the best beaches on earth can be found right here in Vietnam spreading from the North to the South. If you consider yourself a beach-going person, then you're going to love Vietnam’s choices. Take your pick of white, yellow, smooth, coarse sand and clear, blue sea water from North to the South: Lan Ha, Titop, Cat Ba beaches in the New7Wonders Halong bay, An Bang, Ha My, Lang Co, Nha Trang, Mui Ne, Quy Nhon, Phu Quoc.
Motorbiking is the most popular mode of transportation in Vietnam. Repair shops and rent service are every where. It is also an unforgettable way to fully experience the country of Vietnam if you are confident to ride. Ho Chi Minh highway from south to north is an option. On the way you will admire wonderful karst secenery, cut through forests, oceanic view, dramatic limestone hills in Phong Nha – Ke Bang, Ninh Binh, glorious mountain scenery, river valleys and tribal villages in Sapa, Dien Bien, stupendous mountain roads in Ha Giang, Dong Van, Bao Lac.
If kayaking is your thing, then you'll certainly have plenty of opportunities to row and explore some of the world’s most beautiful waters in Vietnam: paddle through spectacular limestone outcrops in Cat Ba, sublime view in Ba Be national park, super riverside scenery in Hoi An.
Mui Ne beach being windchasers’ hot spot in Asia, Ninh Chu beach being an emerging kitesurfing destination. Nha Trang and Vung Tau are also good options. The cost for 2 hours for beginners is around 100$. Best time for surfing in Mui Ne is between November and April with morning for beginners.
Surfing is possible most times of the year in Vietnam but more between November and April when the winter monsoon blows from the north. Da Nang with 30km of beach stretch. Quy Nhon’s beach up to Quang Ngai is also fine. Bai Dai beach, 27km south of Nha Trang, Mui Ne, Vung Tau are also a good place.
If the history of places you visit intrigues you, then this is a category to put on your list. Vietnam has an incredibly rich history that is unique in all the world. Luckily, much of this history has been preserved throughout the S-shaped small land strip in various historical sites: capital city of Hanoi with Hanoi old quarter, Hoa Lo prison, Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, Military Museum; ancient town of Hoian, Imperial citadel of Hue, My Son sanctuary, Phat Diem unique stone cathedral in Ninh Binh.
If you're a big fan of tropical plants and birds, then make sure to put this on your list. Vietnam offers some of the most diverse plant and animal life on the planet, and several species are endemic to this land, meaning they only exist here such as Delacor’s Langur. Places for your choice are Xuan Thuy biosphere reserve, National Parks of Hoang Lien, Ba Be, Cuc Phuong, Cat Ba, Bai Tu Long, Bach Ma, Cat Tien, Phong Nha – Ke Bang.
Whether it's a small restaurant or a fast food place, you'll be happy. If you're not as concerned about where the food is, only that it's good and you don't have to fix it, then any place in Vietnam is for you.
You'll have a variety of dining options on any of the seven major regions. However, some are much better equipped to give you an incredible experience than others (for a price), while some regions are better at serving up local produce than others. General dining is the next option, so skip this one if you're not looking for luxury dining.
If nightlife is important to you, then make sure you put Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Da Nang, Hoian on your list. Most places in Vietnam shuts down after dark, but if you're just starting when most are heading to bed - add these destinations to your score.
If you're looking to escape, and get away from it all, then Phu Quoc, Quy Nhon etc should be on your list. Remoteness isn't always a big thing to come by in Vietnam.
Take your pick from some of the world's best shops. Vietnam offers all big brands in the places you might least expect them. If fine art and high-class merchandise are for you, then Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh cities are where you can shop. General shopping is the next option, so feel free to skip this if you're not a high-class kind of shopper.
If you're more budget oriented and are really looking for some great things to take home with you, choices for you are every where you go in Vietnam. You don't have to break the bank to take home some incredible art, local crafts, or souvenirs.
Vietnam has fascinating dive sites. The most popular scuba-diving and snorkelling found in Nha Trang, Hoi An, Cham Islands, Phu Quoc. Con Dao islands is the best divign and snorkelling place with diverse marine life, fine reefs and even wreck dive. 1 day snorkelling trip costs between 25$ and 40$. Note: find reputable dive schools with good safety procedures, qualified instructors and well maintained equipment.
If you simply have to see the birds during your vacation, then make sure Xuan Thuy Ramsar (between November and January), Thung Nham, Cat Tien national parks are on your list.
When visiting Vietnam, you prefer modes of public transportation like the bus, taxis, etc or want to rent a car, a motorbike or even a bike to fully experience and appreciate Vietnam’s landscape and cultures? Sure, you can do it all. All are available across tourist destinations, from registered public transport to meter taxi, motorbikes, bikes for rent.
Vietnam has it all, from world class resorts in which you can relax on the beach most of your trip, play golf, enjoy a large pool to hotels with very nice accommodations for a much cheaper rate than the big resorts, condotel - the choice of many budget-oriented travelers, a good way to save some money during your stay in Vietnam (condos often include a kitchenette for fixing meals in your room if you so choose, ideal for families) to a affordable homestay or guest house - the choice of those seeking seclusion and the 'warmth' of a home on their vacation
Vietnam is divided into 2 major parts with the North part having four seasons and Southern part with dry and rainy seasons.
If pleasantly cold weather with bloosoming flowers is of your favorite, then Sapa, Mai Chau, Ha Giang will be your best destination in Spring.
If you are dreaming of swimming white sandy beaches, cruising and kayaking on emerald water on a calm bay with limestone islands in the North of Vietnam, then Cat Ba, Lan Ha will be your best summer vacation, from May to August. Mid May to June is peak time for domestic travellers.
Autumn: Excellent time to tour the whole nation. The coastal resorts are less crowded and there are fewer people on the move
Winter: A fine time to visit HCMC, Mui Ne, the Mekong Delta and offshore islands such as Phu Quoc as sunny skies are the norm.
There is no worry travelling with children in Vietnam. Baby supplies are available almost any cities in Vietnam. Children will have a good time in Vietnam, mainly because of the overwhelming amount of attention they attract and the fact that almost everybody wants to play with them. Big cities usually have plenty to keep kids interested but as parent, you should keep due care of them for traffic safety reason.
If you're a family with children, and still worried about your kids’ safety, then Phu Quoc, Ha Long will offer an incredible array of activities and sights for families, such as calm beaches, zoo's, aquariums, water parks, and more.
Whether money is not your concern or you want to save a little or you are a budget oriented traveller, Vietnam has it all, with wide range of travel budge from low, mid- to high-end travel for your selection. With just 25$ per day, you can enjoy your vacation in Vietnam!.
Recently, Vietnam is named as the Fantastic Golf Destination. Take your pick of many beautiful world-class golf courses throughout Vietnam. If you're into golf, then
are definitely top places to take a swing at a game you'll never forget.
It’s hard to get reservations for flights to/from Vietnam during holidays, especially Tet, which falls between late January and mid-February. So dont forget to book your domestic flight in advance.
All in all, Vietnam is an extremely safe country to travel in. Vietnam is the 43rd safest country in the world (see https://safearound.com/danger-rankings/)
The police keep a pretty tight grip on social order and there are rarely reports of muggings, robberies or sexual assaults.
Scams and hassles do exist, particularly in Hanoi, HCMC and Nha Trang (and to a lesser degree in Hoi An).
Be extra careful if you’re travelling on two wheels on Vietnam’s anarchic roads; traffic accident rates are woeful and driving standards are pretty appalling.
Children will have a good time in Vietnam, mainly because of the overwhelming amount of attention they attract and the fact that almost everybody wants to play with them.
Big cities usually have plenty to keep kids interested, though traffic safety is a serious concern.
Watch out for rip tides along the main coastline. Some popular beaches have warning flags and lifeguards.
Local cuisine is rarely too spicy for kids and the range of fruit is staggering. International food (pizzas, pasta, burgers and ice cream) is available, too.
Breastfeeding in public is perfectly acceptable in Vietnam.
Baby supplies are available in major cities, but dry up quickly in the countryside. You’ll find cots in most midrange and top-end hotels, but not elsewhere; antibacterial hand gel is also a great idea.
Vietnam is not the easiest of places for travellers with disabilities, despite the fact that many locals are disabled as a result of war injuries. Tactical problems include the chaotic traffic and pavements that are routinely blocked by parked motorbikes and food stalls.
That said, with some careful planning it is possible to enjoy a trip to Vietnam. Find a reliable company to make the travel arrangements and don’t be afraid to double-check things with hotels and restaurants yourself.
Some budget and many midrange and top-end hotels have lifts. Note that bathroom doorways can be very narrow; if the width of your wheelchair is more than 60cm you may struggle to get inside.
Train travel is not really geared for travellers with wheelchairs, but open tour buses are doable. If you can afford to rent a private vehicle with a driver, almost anywhere becomes instantly accessible. As long as you are not too proud about how you get in and out of a boat or up some stairs, anything is possible, as the Vietnamese are always willing to help.
The hazards for blind travellers in Vietnam are acute, with traffic coming at you from all directions. Just getting across the road in cities such as Hanoi and HCMC is tough enough for those with 20:20 vision, so you’ll definitely need a sighted companion!