Places to visit in Vietnam

You can explore the mysterious subterranean lands of the country and the markets in the Mekong. From sleeping under the bamboo roofs to scaling the waterfalls in Central Highlands, there are a lot of things to do in Vietnam. Apart from these, there are many other places to visit in Vietnam like the historical monuments, war remnants museum, alluring landscapes and the bustling cities. Overall, Vietnam is the most fun place which will send you back with a lot of memories.

Located in Northern Vietnam, Ha Long Bay is a home for more than 1,600 limestone based islands and islets that cover an area of more than 1500 square km. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a surreal place that looks like it has been taken out of a dream. Apart from the scenic views, there are also many adventures that you can do in this place. 

 

Location: Gulf of Tonkin, Quang Ninh Province.

Known for: Panoramic views and adventures

How to reach: Four-hour drive from Hanoi.

Approximate Approximate Cost: No entry fee and rest depend on the activities you choose. 

Operating hours: Open throughout the year

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Carry your camera at any cost

Type: Village

This intriguing historical attraction of the beautiful Vietnam city is one among the UNESCO-listed World Heritage Sites. It stands 40 meters high with a central flag tower that is the most significant feature of the structure.

 

Location: Quan Thanh, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

Known for: Central Flag Tower

How to reach: Take local transport from any nearby locations

Approximate Cost: It will cost you INR 200-300 approximately.

Operating hours: 8 am to 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm to 7:30 pm every day. 

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Carry your camera

Type: Historical Site

This breath-taking mix of Japanese architecture and the Chinese temples, complemented by the French-colonial houses, wooden shops, and old canals, this town is one of the best attractions of Vietnam. 

 

Location: Hoi An Town, Quang Nam Province

Known for: Souvenir shops, tailors, art galleries, cafes, and restaurants.

How to reach: Take a local transport from the nearby place. It is well connected to the important cities of the country.

Approximate Cost: It will cost you INR 200-300 approximately as entrance fee

Operating hours: Open throughout the year

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.:  Carry your camera

Type: Landmark

The most popular political structure in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh is unarguably one of the best places to visit in Vietnam. Inside this architectural structure is the body of Uncle Ho, a great political leader, preserved in a glass case.

 

Location: 8 Hung Vuong, Dien Bien, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

Known for: The body of Uncle Ho

How to reach: Take local transport from Hanoi

Approximate Cost: Free entry

Operating hours: 7:30 am to 10:30 pm from Tuesday to Thursday; 7:30 am to 11 pm from Saturday to Sunday

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Wear appropriate clothes

Type: Historical Site

With more than 120 km of Tunnels, this war museum offers a sneak peek to the underground life of the Viet Cong-era soldiers. 

 

Location: Ho Chi Minh

Known for: Underground tunnels

How to reach: Take a 70 km ride from the northwest of Ho Chi Minh

Approximate Cost: It will cost you INR 250-350 approximately.

Operating hours: 7 am to 5 pm

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Not meant for claustrophobic people. 

Type: Historical Site.

With more than 70 houses that are devoted to the Hindu gods and goddesses, this Hindu Sanctuary is one of the best UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Vietnam. 

 

Location: DuyTan Commune, Duy Xuyen District, Quang Nam Province

Known for: Shiva's temple is the most famous one, 

How to reach: Take a local transport

Approximate Cost: It will cost you INR 200-300 approximately

Operating hours: 6:30 am to 4:30 pm every day

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Wear comfortable shoes

Type: Historical Site

Known as the Museum of American War Crimes earlier; this War Remnants Museum reminds you of the brutal Vietnam War that took away many lives with it. This government-run site is one of the most disturbing yet thrillings experiences you can have in Vietnam.

 

Location: 28 Vo Van Tan, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City

Known for: War remnants

How to reach: Take a local ride from Ho Chi Minh city central

Approximate Cost: It will cost you INR 50-100 approximately

Operating hours: 7:30 am to 12 pm and 1:30 pm to 5 pm every day

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: It is not advisable to take children along with you. 

Type: Historical Site.

Owing to the land diversity, Vietnam is also home to the most amazing geographical wonder, the dunes. If you visit Vietnam, make sure you do not leave the place without getting a view of these phenomena. There are many adventure activities in store for you at the dunes in Mui Ne. 

 

Location: Mui Ne, Phan Thiet

Known for: Sand dunes

How to reach: Take a ride from Mui Ne

Approximate Cost: The cost will vary depending on the activities you choose to do. 

Operating hours: Open throughout the year.

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Wear comfortable shoes. Avoid heels.

Type: Landmark. 

On this wonderful day, the entire town of Hoi An bans the motorized vehicles and makes itself a stage for all the contemporary Vietnamese art performances. Ranging from the Chinese Opera and chess to the famous food of the region, this festival transforms the entire state into a vibrant light spectacle. 

 

Why you should attend this: To get a view of the bright lanterns in the streets that light up the entire town amidst some amazing music and great food.

Who should attend this: People who love to witness the full moon, and celebrate it can attend this. 

This festival can be treated as the mini version of the Chinese New Year. The most important festival in Vietnam, Tet is the time when all the families in Vietnam gather together and enjoy each other's company. 

 

Why you should attend this: When the New Year enters, they all welcome the Kitchen God with drum rolls and vibrant crackers that light up the entire sky.

Who should attend this: People who want to celebrate the Vietnamese culture can attend this. 

One of the famous Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Vietnam, the Perfume Pagoda is a host for numerous happy tourists you visit it during a time of the year, wishing to have a prosperous and a happy year ahead. 

 

Why you should attend this: Rides through secret caves, boats that pass through rice paddies and also many limestone mountains. There are also many historical shrines that make it very interesting.

Who should attend this: People who believe in Buddhism can attend this. 

Celebrated twice a year, it is a festival that pays tribute to the Hue's culture. This one-week long festival features many breath-taking performances that are worth your every penny.

 

Why you should attend this: To witness the arts of Vietnam like dance, theatre, music, puppetry, and acrobatics.

Who should attend this: People who are enthusiasts of arts can attend this. 

Celebrated in the fourth month of the lunar calendar, this festival hosts a group of White Thai people belonging to the Mai Chau that perform the traditional rain dance. It is a harvest festival of Vietnam, where they pray the god for rain as their harvest is entirely based on the showers. It is an impressive sight to witness. 

 

Why you should attend this: To get deep insight into the life of the White Thai people in Vietnam, and also to listen to their songs and witness their art forms. 

Who should attend this: People who are interested in the local life of Vietnam can attend this. 

Though you cannot compare this experience with the world's best centers for Snorkeling, Fiji, and New Zealand; the snorkeling here is quite exciting and fun. There are many seahorses and canyon sponges on the seabed that are a sight for the sore eyes! 

 

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

For: All age groups

Difficulty level: Moderate

Approximate Cost: It will cost you INR 3200-3800 approximately

Why you should do it: To get a view of the seabed. 

Tips: It will be better if you can swim 

Vietnam has some enormous mountains that act as the base camps for many trekking expeditions. There is an abandoned valley in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, which is one of the most important trails of the Ho Chi Minh. 

 

Location: Ho Chi Minh

For: Young people

Difficulty level: Hard

Approximate Cost: It will cost you INR 12000-14000 approximately for a trekking package

Why you should do it: To satisfy your adrenaline. 

Tips: Wear comfortable shoes and clothes. 

Another amazing thing to do in the waters of Ho Chi Minh City is the Kayaking. However, the Kayaking timings may change from one to another depending on the intensity of the tides. In the Saigon and Mekong Delta, Ho Chi Minh City offers a one to two-hour ride, depending on what your request. The weather in Saigon is very calm, taking you to a wonderland once you hop into one of the kayaks. All you need to know is paddling, which is pretty simple, to travel into your own mystic water land. 

 

Location: Saigon

For: All age groups

Difficulty level: Easy

Approximate Cost: It will cost you INR 3000-4000 approximately per ride

Why you should do it: To spend an evening filled with tranquility

Tips: Carry your camera to capture the beautiful landscapes. 

Another fun water activity you can do in Saigon is the River Rafting. The Siagon River Rafting Tour is one of the best tours offered in Vietnam. The boats are pretty comfortable, and there is a snack provided all the time on the boats. You can also take a ride to the Cu Chi tunnels through the river, which is another fun ride. However, make sure you spend a half day in these rivers, as the more you explore, the more you can see. 

 

Location: Ho Chi Minh

For: All age groups

Difficulty level: Easy

Approximate Cost: It will cost you INR 2000-3000 approximately per ride. 

Why you should do it: To get an in-depth view of the waters in Vietnam

Tips: Listen to the instructor to get better views.

Another fun water ride in the waters of Vietnam is tubing. This is not only fun but also pumps up your adrenaline due to the floating and the fear that you will fall. It requires great balance to stay on the tube, or else you might just slip into the waters. However, there will be lifesavers, so you don't have to worry. This is one of those crazy experiences you can have in Vietnam.

 

Location: Vietnam River, Ho Chi Minh City

For: All age groups

Difficulty level: Moderate

Approximate Cost: It will cost you INR 2500-3500 approximately per ride

Why you should do it: To satisfy the inner adventure seeker in you

Tips: It is the best place to take photographs. 

Take an ATV for rent in the hilly area of Vietnam and go on an exciting ride in the mountains. You can take your whole family and go on a trip to explore the hidden parts of Vietnam that will amaze your entire family. 

 

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

For: All age groups

Difficulty level: Easy

Approximate Cost: It will cost you INR 1500-2000 per ride approximately.

Why you should do it: To get a better view of the hilly areas.

Tips: Make sure you know the minimum basics of riding and do not give an ATV to kids below ten years of age. 

This popular choice for both the locals and tourists is a fantastic blend of the authentic flavors of Vietnam. It presents the best street food you can have in Vietnam in a beautifully revamped French Villa located in a courtyard. 

 

Must eat: Their authentic street food

Approximate Approximate Cost for two: It will cost you INR 300-500 approximately.

Address: 26a P Tran Hung Dao, Hanoi

Contact: 024-3933 6133

Opening hours: 7 amt o 9:30 pm

Popular among the locals more than the tourists, this restaurant serves the best food you can get in Vietnam. They use fresh ingredients right from the market and spin off an amazing dish that will devour your mouth. The best thing you can eat here are the local dishes of Vietnam. 

 

Must eat: Gio chao quay, banh xu xe, cha lua. 

Approximate Cost for two: It will cost you INR 400-600 approximately

Address: 260c D Pasteur, Ho Chi Minh

Opening hours: 6 am to midnight. 

This funky place in Vietnam is a perfect medley of the local Vietnamese food in the western palate. Though it is gaining a lot of popularity, it is still hard to gain the satisfaction of every customer, as it has a unique menu with a unique blend of tastes. They also serve cocktails and some cold beer.

 

Must eat: Cocktails and the local varieties.

Approximate Cost for two: It will cost you INR 600-700 approximately.

Address: 3 P Hang Tre, Hanoi

Contact: 024-3926 0639

Opening hours: 12 pm to 12 am

Located on a historical site, this restaurant is all about the street food and authentic traditional Vietnamese food. They also have an excellent choice for the vegetarian lovers which include the best salads. The ambiance here is perfect with friendly staff that will help you order the best dishes.

 

Must eat: Shrimp mousse served on sugarcane skewers and squid stuffed with pork. 

Approximate Cost for two: It will cost you INR 600-700 approximately.

Address: 106 D Nguyen Thai Hoc, Hoi An

Contact: 0235-224 1555

Opening hours: 8 am to 11 pm

This is the perfect place for all barbecue lovers. They will give you a charcoal burner, on which you can grill your ingredients including both vegetarian and non-vegetarian choices. However, the best you can have here is the meat. 

 

Must eat: Richly marinated beef with spices. 

Approximate Cost for two: It will cost you INR 400-500 approximately

Address: 44 D Nguyen Binh Khiem, Nha Trang

Opening hours: 11 am to 8:45 pm

Constructed in a lovely French quarter, this restaurant is a small branch of several small-kitchens in Vietnam. They are famous for the best local food made by the most renowned chefs in Vietnam. It is quite busy during lunch and dinner, so come early to find space for eating. 

 

Must eat: Local food.

Approximate Cost for two: It will cost you INR 400-500 approximately

Address: 18 Phan Boi Chau, Hanoi

Contact: 024-3942 8162

Opening hours: 7 am to 11 pm 

The best choice for all the seafood lovers, this night market serves a wide range of snacks, ice creams, and many grill options even for the vegetarians. This is a mixed bag of the crowd with riverside tables that are a bit clumsy. 

 

Must eat: Coconut ice cream, night snacks, grills

Approximate Cost for two: It will cost you INR 300-400 approximately

Address: D Bach Dang, Phu Quoc Island

Opening hours: 4:30 pm to 3 am

Despite the troubling service and overpriced Vietnamese food, this restaurant pulls all kinds of the crowd from various parts of the world. 

 

Must eat: Authentic Vietnamese food. 

Approximate Cost for two: It will cost you INR 500-600 approximately

Address: P Tung Dinh, Cat Ba Island, Vietnam

Contact: 0912 966 925

Opening hours: 8 am to 10 pm 

A wide-range of Vietnamese dishes and pan-Asian cuisine served with some Indian curries is the best choice for a backpacker. This happy-go-lucky restaurant serves exceptional food with some vegetarian options. 

 

Must eat: Phat Thai dishes and Vietnamese dishes

Approximate Cost for two: It will cost you INR 200-300 approximately

Address: 7 D Nui Ngoc, Cat Ba Island

Opening hours: 8 am to 10 pm

If you are bored of having the Vietnamese food, which I am sure you cannot be, because of its unique flavors; you can go to this restaurant. It serves some of the best Italian and Mexican dishes along with some Indian dishes with a friendly staff and decent ambiance.

 

Must eat: Pasta, Wine

Approximate Cost for two: It will cost you INR 500-600 approximately

Address: D 1-4, Cat Ba Island

Contact: 0225-388 7151

Opening hours: 8 am to 10 pm

One of the busiest streets of Hanoi, Bia Hoi Junction is very famous among the tourists. Once the time strikes 11 pm, people from all over come over to this lane to have their favorite Vietnamese draft beer which is the cheapest beer you can get here.  Other than this, they also have many shopping centres, makeshift stalls, and food stalls. 

 

Must try: Vietnamese Draft Beer

Opening hours: 11 pm to late night; depends on each day.

Location: Ta Hien & Pho Luong Ngoc Quyen, Old Quarter, Hanoi. 

One of the best pubs in Hanoi for all the 20 somethings, is the Dragonfly Bar Lounge. This venue is a two-story building with a huge dance floor, pool tablets, hookah bar, and good music. 

 

Must try: Happy hours from 7 pm to 10 pm.

Opening hours: 10 pm to 11 pm; will stay open if it’s busy.

Location: 15 Hang Buom, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi. 

One of the most happening bars in Vietnam and rated as one of the top 10; Chill Skybar is a modern bar with classy interiors. Apart from having a bar, they also have a dining place. It is the best place to spend your night in Ho Chi Minh. 

 

Must try: Their specialized cocktails including Mojito and Martini.

Opening hours: 5:20 pm to 2:30 am 

Location: 76A Le Lai, District 1, Ho Chi Minh.

One of the most enticing bars of Ho Chi Minh, this bar offers one of the best nightlife experiences in the city. Located in the centre of Vietnam, it serves some of the best Mexican and Italian food along with some of the best cocktails. 

 

Must try: Live jazz music and their cocktails. 

Opening hours: 7 pm to 12 am

Location: 28 Le Loi Street Saigon, Ho Chi Minh.

Placed on the 45th floor in the Premier Havana Nha Trang Hotel, this club offers one of the best views of the East Sea amidst the mountains. It has three bars, three DJ booths, four event spaces, one swimming pool and one fantastic kitchen that serves the best Pan-Asian cuisine in Nha Trang. It is the perfect place to have a relaxed evening with your friends, or a romantic dinner with your better half. 

 

Must try: Cocktails

Opening hours: 4 pm to 12 am

Location: Tran Phu 38, Nha Trang. 

This UNESCO-listed town offers you an authentic shopping experience in Vietnam. With the lively atmosphere of the market vendors and the local buyers who will help you buy the best products, this is one of the best markets in Vietnam where you can get some authentic products. 

 

Location: Nguyen Hue and Tran Phu Streets, Hoi An

Timing: 7 am to 8 pm

Known for: Fresh fruits, spices, vegetables, handicrafts

Bargaining: You can bargain

With hundreds of stalls that sell everything ranging from local produce to the fashion products; this is a must visit place in Vietnam. It is an absolute treat for all the shopaholics. 

 

Location: 119, Tran Phu Street, Hau Chai District, Da Nang.

Timing: 5 pm to 7 pm

Known for: Coffee beans, local produce, jewelry, t-shirts, and accessories. 

Bargaining: You can bargain

One of the best attractions of Hanoi, this weekend night market is a lively bazaar with endless rows of stalls that offer authentic Vietnamese food. There are also many musical performances and dance performances organized on some weekends. It is the best place to buy souvenirs and the best place to bargain. 

 

Location: Hang Dao Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Timing: 8 pm to 11 pm from Friday to Sunday

Known for: Souvenirs and food stalls

Bargaining: You can bargain. 

With rows and rows of markets that sell vibrant flowers, this market in Hanoi seems like it is taken out of a dream. Especially during the Tet festival, this entire street lights up with well-dressed locals and fresh flowers that spring in the localities. Don't forget to carry your camera in any case!

 

Location: Au Co Street, Tay Ho, Hanoi

Timing: 2 am to 12 pm

Known for: Flowers

Bargaining: You can bargain

This three-story building is one of the busiest shopping centers in Vietnam. With rows of shops that sell trinkets, handmade clothes, fresh products, and many other souvenirs; it is the best place to shop in Nha Trang. The prices are pretty affordable, and they also have many food stalls that offer a wide variety of street food. 

 

Location: Ben Cho, Van Thanh, Nha Trang

Timing: 4 am to 6 pm

Known for: Local products

Bargaining: You can bargain

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