Vietnam is a beautiful country. It has an amazing history and culture, it’s one of the most popular destinations in Asia and it’s now a member of ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations). If you’re planning on visiting this country in the next couple months, then there are some places that I’d like to recommend to you.

Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s largest city and the former capital of South Vietnam. It is also known as Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City and it’s a great place to visit in 2023!

Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) was named after the nationalist leader of that time who led independence movements against France.. Today, HCMC has grown into an international metropolis with many French colonial buildings still standing throughout its streets. The city’s numerous markets are packed with colorful street vendors selling everything from food stalls to clothing stores; however you will want to take note that these places tend to be crowded during peak hours so plan accordingly if you’re looking forward on visiting them alone without any friends/family members accompanying your trip!


Hanoi is the capital city of Vietnam. It was once a center for commerce and trade, but now it’s more known as an urban hub with plenty of shopping options. The city has many beautiful historic sites to explore, including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Tay Ho Temple (which dates back to 1007).

Hanoi also has a vibrant nightlife scene that includes bars, clubs and restaurants where you can enjoy drinks with friends or catch up over dinner at one of its many Michelin-starred restaurants.

If shopping is your thing in Hanoi then don’t miss out on Ba Dinh Market where you’ll find all kinds of unique items like silk scarves or some pretty cool souvenirs!

Hoi An

Hoi An is a charming town in the central region of Vietnam. It has a long history as a trading port, and its architecture and handicrafts are famous around the world. The town has many attractions such as ancient temples, churches and mosques to visit during your stay in Hoi An.

  • The Old City Wall: Located at Noi Bai Lake Park (formerly known as Ha Tien Lake), this wall was built between the 14th century to 16th century by King Le Thanh Tong (Le Thanh Tong) for protecting his city against invaders from Cambodia or China. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of my favorite places to go when visiting Vietnam! You can find here both pagodas as well as traditional houses that have been preserved since ancient times.*

Halong Bay

Halong Bay is an important UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s one of the most beautiful places in Vietnam and has become a tourist destination for both domestic and international tourists.

Halong Bay is home to some of the best destinations in Southeast Asia: Cat Ba Island, Lan Ha Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay and several other small islands within its waters. You can also visit Ha Long City or Mo Cay island for day trips from Halong city if you want to stay on shore longer than overnight stays allow (which will cost more). The best time to visit Halong Bay is between October and April when there are fewer crowds but still warm weather conditions so that you may enjoy yourselves without sweating too much when walking around town areas with your camera gear on hand!

Hue Imperial Citadel

Hue Imperial Citadel is a walled citadel of the Nguyen Dynasty, which was the last ruling family of Vietnam. It was built in 1804 by Gia Long and completed in 1833. The citadel consists of four main parts: Phuoc Ton or Red Mountain (the highest mountain in Vietnam), Thien Trung Citadel and Truc Bach Cong Temple.

The Hue Imperial Citadel can be accessed via two entrances: one at Sông Lam Lake and another at Bich Dong Lake on Highway 1A leading to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). The former entrance offers beautiful views of Nam Cat Lake while viewing some historical monuments such as Hai Van Pass which connects HCMC to Hanoi via Hai Van Pass Road; Lang Co Bridge which connects HCMC with northern provinces such as Thanh Binh province; Ba Vi Bridge which connects HCMC with southern provinces such as Khanh Hoa province; etc., so if you want something different than just visiting museums then this might be your best bet!

Sapa Valley

Sapa is a town in the northern region of Vietnam and it’s located near the border with China. The region was once known as Son La, but now it’s called Sapa because of its natural beauty and ethnic diversity.

Sapa has many outdoor activities to do including hiking and trekking through mountains, biking through rice fields, kayaking on rivers or exploring caves that have paintings from old times. If you visit during winter time like me then there will be snow falling down from mountains! It’s also a great place to visit if you want to experience something different from other countries around Asia such as Thailand or Singapore where we can see beaches instead of mountains – here at least half of your trip would be spent outdoors!

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Quang Binh Province of Vietnam. The park is located deep within the Annamite Range, which runs from Laos to Cambodia and beyond. It’s best known for its extensive network of caves, but it also contains many other magnificent attractions including waterfalls and gorges.

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is home to many endangered species like tigers, elephants and wild buffaloes that can only be found here or in nearby sanctuaries such as Cat Tien National Park in Vietnam’s Central Highlands region. There are also many other rare animals such as white rhinos (Warthogs), green parrots, hornbills and pangolins living within its borders!

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Cu Chi Tunnels

The Cu Chi Tunnels are a system of underground tunnels in Cu Chi District, Ho Chi Minh City. The tunnels were used as hiding places and for guerrilla warfare during the Vietnam War.

The most famous part of these tunnels is where they were used by US soldiers as they fought against communist forces and Vietnamese civilians.

Ha Long Bay

  • Visit the caves.
  • Go kayaking.
  • Take a boat cruise and see the sun rise and set while you’re at it, if desired (it’s not compulsory).
  • Visit the floating village—a UNESCO World Heritage Site that houses around 1,000 people who live on boats in this beautiful bay area!

This is a quick guide to my favourite places created by yours truly.

  • Getting there: I’ve listed the airports, train stations and bus terminals in each city.
  • What to do while you’re there: Each place has its own unique attractions and activities that you can check out.
  • Where to eat: I’ve included a list of the best restaurants in each city where I’ve eaten personally or heard good things about from friends who have visited recently.
  • Where to stay: Some places may require reservations months in advance but others will be fine if you just show up at the right time on your trip!


If you’re planning a trip to Vietnam, these are the top places to visit. You can explore them all in one long weekend or take your time and do it over two weeks. Either way, there is plenty of adventure to be had in this beautiful country!

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