Vietnam is a country of diversity, where wild mountains meet gold-sand beaches, and cosmopolitan cities neighbour charming villages that seem caught in a different era. Whether you are looking to reconnect with nature, delve deep into history and culture, or simply rest and relax, we are sure you'll find your own travel paradise in these Vietnam destinations.
The north of Vietnam is characterised by rugged mountains and small towns full of hospitality, as well as the capital city of Hanoi. It is also home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site - Halong Bay. The cultural capital Hoi An is the central hub of the country, with beautiful beaches running all the way down to the South. Here, you'll find Vietnam's biggest city, Ho Chi Minh City, and a rural landscape defined by the mighty Mekong River.
With 1,988 miles (3,200 km) of coastline, thousands of karst mountains and islands, and historic and charming cities, there is more to see and do on a Vietnam vacation than could ever fit into a two-week travel itinerary. Browse through the categories below to find the destinations that best suit your travel style. You can easily fit 3 to 4 destinations into a week of travel if you stick to a particular region.
Frequently asked questions
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- Where are Vietnam's National Parks and Reserves?
Vietnam has national parks and reserves throughout the country. These parks are home to mountains, caves, remote beaches, and beautiful limestone karsts. Some of the most popular are Phong Nha-Ke Bang, Cat Ba, and Cat Tien.
- How Much Does It Cost to Visit a National Park or Reserve in Vietnam?
Prices vary when visiting national parks and reserves in Vietnam and usually start from a few dollars per person. Prices will vary depending on how long you stay and what facilities and activities are available, but in general parks and reserves are very affordable places to visit.
- Where Are Vietnam's Airports?
Vietnam has 10 international airports. Hanoi, Da Nang, and Ho Chi Minh City have the most international flights. The rest of the country has smaller domestic airports that make travel between destinations quick and easy.
- Are National Parks and Reserves Safe in Vietnam?
National parks and reserves in Vietnam are very safe. They are patrolled by park staff and often house army outposts. Many of the more dangerous wild animals in Vietnam are endangered and can only be found in parts of the parks where travelers rarely go. Roads and hiking paths are generally well cared for and safe for driving and hiking.
- Where are Vietnam's Nicest Beaches?
Vietnam has a long coastline with a variety of beaches — from rugged and rocky coasts to soft, sandy beaches with good snorkeling. The nicest beaches in Vietnam are found along the coast between Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh City, as well as on the beautiful islands of Phu Quoc and Con Dao In these areas you’ll find white sand beaches and clear seas. In other areas of the country, the beaches are more less welcoming for sunbathing and swimming but often no less beautiful.
- Are Parks and Reserves Well Developed in Vietnam?
Most of Vietnam’s parks and reserves are well developed for tourism while a few lesser known parks have fallen into disrepair or have yet to be developed. No matter which national park you visit, you should be able to find basic restaurants and accommodation nearby.
- Where is the Best Fishing in Vietnam?
Learn how to fish from the locals on a fishing trip in Vietnam. There's a long shoreline as well as many beautiful islands that make great destinations for fishing tours. Take a fishing or boating trip around Halong Bay, Nha Trang, and Phu Quoc. Around Hoi An you can find a friendly fisherman keen to take you out in one of the traditional round basket boats, which is a totally unique fishing experience.