5 Destinations of Vietnam You Do Not Want To Miss

Vietnam is a beautiful country in North East Asia. With amazing landscapes, unique culture and friendly people, Vietnam is attracting more and more tourists every year. Tourists, who are short on time, often wonder what the places that are worth visiting in Vietnam are.

To answer this question, I give you the 5 destinations of Vietnam that you do not want to miss.

Hoian Town

Hoian just recently won the Wanderlust Travel Awards 2012 for “Top City”. Being a UNESCO Heritage site, this ancient town has a lot to offer. The people in Hoian is just so friendly, they will make you feel right at home. You also can find some of Vietnam’s best cuisine here.

Tourists can enjoy the architecture of the town as well as all the lanterns which seem to appear everywhere after the sun sets. During the day, enjoy the beautiful beach and some fresh seafood. It’s really heaven on earth.

Ha Long Bay

It’s often said that if you haven’t been to Ha Long Bay you haven’t been to Vietnam. It’s the one of the world’s 7 natural wonders.

There are around 2000 islets, most of which are limestone, in Ha Long Bay. These lime-stones were formed during a period of more than 500 million years. Visit “Hang Sung Sot” (surprised cave) and you will be blown away by its magnificent and beauty.

Saigon City

The biggest and busiest city of Vietnam, Saigon City, is another place that you should not miss when traveling to Vietnam.

Once considered “the Asia’s pearl”, you can discover the real city life of Vietnam. Tourists are often amazed by the sheer number of motorbikes in Saigon, which is part of a chaotic traffic system. And, if you want to know what Vietnamese food is all about, this is the place. There are literally hundred kinds of food, most of which are served by road-side stores.


Hanoi is the capital and second biggest city of Vietnam. You can learn all about history and culture in this 1000-year-old city. Take a stroll through the old quarter, visitors will find all the fascinating streets; each was named after the product it used to sell. Felling thirsty, stop at one of the many road-side store and enjoy the “super cheap” (and good) beer on the plastic stool.

Hanoi is unique and amazing. Taking the time to know the people, you will be surprised by their sincerity and friendliness. Those who stay here long enough will truly fall in love with the city.


Sapa is about 300km north west of Hanoi. This place offers some of the most amazing mountainous scenery, the beautiful rice terrace, and unique minority culture. If you dare, try to conquer the Fansipan mount, the roof of Indochina at 3143m.