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10 of the Best Cities to Visit in Vietnam

Ishwari Pamu Aug 21, 2019
A rapidly developing country with the most fascinating mix of natural wonders, cultural heritage, history and architecture. Here are a few cities worth visiting.

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Sa Pa

It’s a town guarded by soaring mountains on all sides with cascading paddy field terraces in all shades of green, lakes, gushing waterfalls and small French Colonial houses.
Truly a paradise for trekkers and mountaineers. Climb the Fansipan, if you may be so inclined, the tallest peak in Indochina.

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Hoi An

You can spend a week here or even a month, and it still won’t be enough.
Characterized by dreamy sunsets, quiet walks alongside the river, tiny Chinese shops and bright lanterns, this ancient town has a unique mix of Vietnamese, Chinese, French and American influences.

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Halong City

Divided into eastern and western Hạ Long, its the Bãi Cháy (western part) that attracts tourists. It offers undeniably spectacular views of the Halong Bay.
You can hop on a junk boat to explore the Halong Bay and the limestone islets which are usually hidden behind a sheer curtain of mist.

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Ho Chi Minh City

The largest in Vietnam, it is a city that never sleeps.

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With shops, top-class restaurants, cafes and bars that are open 24 hours, the city has a vibrant nightlife and traffic like you've never seen before.

Hanoi

The capital city and the heartbeat of Vietnam, it’s brimming with French colonial buildings, street food stalls and tiny shops. The country’s cultural hub, where you’ll find more motorcycles than people, has much to admire – the Old Quarter, being one of many.

Huế

Amble around the ruins and relics of one of the most historic cities in the country.
Once Vietnam’s Imperial capital, the city was caught in the crossfires during the war and most of it was destroyed, but some part of the city has been restored to its former glory.

Nha Trang

The city sits along the shores of the South China Sea, that means long stretches of beaches with glistening turquoise blue waters, sun basking and relaxing on the beach.
It offers plenty of water activities like snorkeling, jet skiing, surfing. The basket boat rides are definitely worth a shot.

Đà Lạt

This rural city is the ultimate and a popular retreat from the heat of Vietnam. It has a strong influence of French Colonial architecture and the most scenic backdrop of mountains, lakes and coffee plantations.

Nihn Binh

One of the lesser visited destinations of the country, this quiet city sits amidst serpentine lakes and soaring limestone karsts covered in a carpet of greenery.
If you want to get away from the city life and get acquainted with the rural Vietnam, this is the place to be.

Phú Quốc

Situated just off the coast of Cambodia, surrounding by beaches, blue waters, mountains, palm trees and lush greenery on all sides, this town is undoubtedly the best place to be if you are a beach bum.