The 15 best things to do in vietnam

Vietphái nam is the perfect mix of the past, present, & future. Explore the ancient Imperial Palace in Hue, tour rapidly growing Ho Chi Minc City, & watch as the Dragon Bridge in Da Nang puts on a pyrotechnic show. The cuisine in Vietphái mạnh is phenomenal. I would travel bachồng to Vietnam just for the food…it’s that good. But there are also beautiful beaches, mysterious caves, & exotic cities to lớn explore. Here is our menu of the best things to vì chưng in Vietphái mạnh.

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Must-Have Experiences in Vietnam

Hoi An, A Favorite of Many Travelers

Hoi An, an ancient city in central Vietphái mạnh, is absolutely a must-see on a trip to Vietphái mạnh. Honestly, if you only go khổng lồ one place in Vietnam, it should be here.



The ancient town of Hoi An is a photogenic area filled with some of Vietnam’s best restaurants, best shopping, và best historic sites. Just a short ride away are beautiful beaches & rice fields lớn explore.

Hoi An is the quintessential destination in Vietphái mạnh. Put this đô thị on the top of your list!

Read more: Wishing We Had More Time in Hoi An

Cruise Halong Bay

Halong Bay is one of Vietnam’s most recognizable sites. Towering limestone mountains lie scattered in the emerald waters of the cất cánh. Two & three day cruises are offered. If you have the time, the three day cruise lets you explore farther inkhổng lồ the Halong Bay, for a more authentic, memorable experience.

Read more: Three Days on Halong Bay


Explore the Phong Nha Caves

In central Vietnam, there is a collection of caves to lớn explore. And we’re not talking small, boring caves. We’re talking the biggest cave sầu in the world.

In 1990, Son Doong Cave was discovered by a local Vietnamese man. This same cave was rediscovered in 2009 by British caving experts. Son Doong Cave sầu is the largest cave in the world. It’s so large that a jungle grows inside of it và a 747 could fly through its largest section.

But getting here is no easy feat. There is only one tour company, Oxalis, that will take you on the four day excursion lớn explore this cave sầu. They also offer shorter treks khổng lồ other caves in the area.

This is not something we have sầu done yet, but it is on our travel wishcác mục. If you want to lớn read more, visit the Oxalis website.

Wander the Old Quarter of Hanoi

Located in northern Vietnam giới, Hanoi is such a joy lớn wander. For us, the Old Quarter is the highlight of Hanoi. It can be a bit chaotic, with crowded sidewalks và streets, exotic, colorful food for sale, and motorbikes zipping everywhere. But that is all just part of the experience.



If you are traveling to lớn Vietphái mạnh for your first time, try not khổng lồ make Hanoi your first stop. It can be overwhelming at first (but that is also part of its allure). You may want to visit more low-keycities such as Hoi An or Hue before visiting Hanoi.

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Read more: A Photojourney through the Old Quarter of Hanoi

Get a History Lesson at the Cu Chi Tunnels

The Cu Chi Tunnels are an immense network of tunnels used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam giới War. The tricks và methods the Viet Cong used lớn confuse and baffle American soldiers are amazing. A visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels is an immersive history lesson that even kids find very interesting.


Dine on Vietnamese Cuisine

The food in Vietnam is delicious. The cuisine varies from the north khổng lồ south, with different cities specializing in different dishes.

In Hanoi, dine on sweet, sticky rice, Turmeric fish with dill, bún phụ thân (grilled pork và noodles), và fried dumplings. In Saigon, dine on bánh mỳ (Vietnamese baguette sandwich) or bánh tam phân bì (thiông xã noodles with pork và coconut cream sauce). In Hoi An, try the Cao Lau và in Hue, try the Bún bòHue. And wherever you go, the Pho is delicious!!



Cruise the Mekong Delta

The Mekong Delta, located at the most southern reaches of the country, is also called the “rice bowl.” The Mekong River snakes its way through Southeast Asia, starting in Trung Quốc, flowing past Laos và Cambodia, and finally ends here, before dumping out into the South China Sea.

It is here, in this southern part of Vietnam giới, that the Mekong sends out numerous tributaries và rivers, forming a huge network of canals. These canals link rice farms and towns, a tropical maze that is a joy to lớn explore by boat. Spover a day or spkết thúc a week & visit this colorful, bustling part of Vietphái nam.

Read more: A Day on the Mekong Delta



Pretty Little Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc is a small, tropical isl& that is actually closer khổng lồ Cambodia than mainland Vietphái mạnh. Vietphái mạnh has many beautiful beaches but this is the place to really get away from the hubbub of the rest of the country.


Not all of Phu Quoc is tropical paradise. You bởi vì get what you pay for here. It’s worth paying the money for one of the nicer resorts, where the beaches will be larger, more scenic, và không tính tiền of trash.

Trekking in Sapa

In the south, you have sầu the hot, steamy Mekong Delta. In the north, you have cool, misty Sapage authority. This is the place to go trekking over rice terraces và lớn explore the hill-tribe villages. And for us, this is another spot in Vietphái nam just waiting khổng lồ be explored.

Tour the Imperial City of Hue

Hue was the seat of the Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 to lớn 1945. You can tour the Imperial City, which resembles a smaller version of the Forbidden City in Beijing, Đài Loan Trung Quốc. There are also various tombs to lớn visit as well.


Ho Chi Minc City

Ho Chi Minc City, formerly known as Saigon, is a blkết thúc of the old & the new. Tour buildings designed by Gustav Eiffel (yes, the same person who designed the Eiffel Tower), visit the War Remnants Museum, & climb the modern Bitexco Financial Building for a bird’s eye view over the đô thị. You’ll be dodging motorbikes on the thành phố sidewalks, a uniquely (and very memorable) Vietnamese experience.

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