Vietnam can often be overlooked as a travel destination, but don’t let yourself be fooled.  There are so many incredible places to explore. Here are the 11 best places to visit in Vietnam.

Hanoi

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and a perfect place to learn about its rich history and culture.  Explore it on your own or take a rickshaw tour to fully experience the city.

Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh contains endless rice paddies and gorgeous mountains to explore. It also has the incredible Dragon Mountain Viewpoint that is a must see. Hike up to the top to see this absolutely breathtaking view for yourself.

Hoi An

Hoi An is the perfect place to learn about local life in Vietnam and see a less “touristy” side of the country.  Take this opportunity to learn how to cook traditional Vietnamese food or go crab-fishing in the coconut groves.

Cu Chi tunnels

Discover the underground tunnels that were used during the Vietnam War as a way to transport supplies and as living quarters.  Be ready for some goose bumps while visiting such an important part of the world’s history.

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh is a bustling city just waiting to be discovered by you.  Eat and drink some of the best food Vietnam has to offer and see the beautiful architecture by day and experience the nightlife when the sun goes down.

Mekong Delta

Experience floating markets in the rivers that makeup part of the maze that is Mekong Delta.  You’ll find lush greens, rice paddies, and rivers all beautifully woven together.

Ha Long Bay

Take a cruise in Ha Long Bay to see the pristine waters and epic mountains up close.  The beaches in here are unreal and there are heaps of beautiful locations to stay overnight on an island.  It’s pretty hard to beat views like these.

Ha Song Doon Cave

This monstrous cave has earned the title of “largest cave on earth,” and for good reason.  It is absolutely massive and incredibly beautiful.  You have to take a private guided tour to see it, but it is well worth it to be one of the few people who get to experience its glory every year.

Sapa

Sapa is an endless sea of green mountains and rice paddies that looks straight out of the movies.  Fan Si Pan, the highest mountain in Vietnam, is also located in Sapa and is a must-see. 

Mu Cang Chai

The exploration of gorgeous green mountains and rice paddies continues in Mu Cang Chai. Honestly, these views never get old but if you only have time to go to one, Sapa and Mu Cang Chai can be interchanged for the same effect pretty easily. This spot is known for its colorful sunsets and the gorgeous yellow that the rice plants turn during harvest.

Ban Gioc-detian Falls

Contrary to public belief, you should in fact go chasing waterfalls.  At least chase down these falls as they are stunning. You can take a raft ride right up to the edge or swim in the turquoise pools below, either way you can’t go wrong.  Talk about a picturesque moment, it doesn’t get better than this!