Vietnam Cities to Visit

Cities in Vietnam are chaotic and charming all at once. Hanoi, the capital, has a maze of alleyways ripe for exploring. Hoi An, the country's cultural gem, has some of the best preserved colonial architecture in the country and streets lined with glowing lanterns. Ho Chi Minh City, the giant metropolis in the south, is Vietnam's most modern and international city with plenty of history too.

Hanoi Vietnam
Hanoi

The North

The city's Old Quarter is the traveler's hub and boasts many of Hanoi's top sights. You could spend days getting lost in the myriad alleys, coming back time and again to Hoan Kiem Lake, and the peaceful temple and pagoda at its center.

Hotels, restaurants, bars, and shops are in abundance in Hanoi, offering all kinds of luxuries and experiences for all kinds of travelers. You can be eating a local meal on a tiny plastic stool one day and then fine dining in historic, luxury hotels the next.

Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City

The South

Vietnam's most cosmopolitan city is the place to come to experience modern Vietnam while also soaking in history and culture. Spend a morning in the bustling food markets, an afternoon in grand palaces and informative museums, and evenings sipping cocktails in fancy bars.

For all its charms, Saigon is a chaotic city, but thankfully, there are plenty of beautiful hotels to relax in when the motorbike filled streets become too much. In this busy city, time is best spent with plenty of relaxing breaks in coffee shops and hotel bars.