The variety of climate, terrain, and density of population allows Vietnam to welcome and considerately treat different types of tourists. Here are our suggestions for some special places in Vietnam and their characteristics, so that you can choose the one that suits your purpose. Whether it is a romantic holiday with your partner, an interesting family vacation, a trip full of intensive activities, a great chance to explore the heaven of food, a getaway full of new things to capture with your camera, or a good landscape to enjoy your retirement pleasantly.
Ho Chi Minh City
Best for: family vacation, food lovers, photographers, retirees who love the busy life
Ho Chi Minh City, one of the most exciting cities in Vietnam, offers a wide range of activities to enjoy as well as appealing destinations to explore, which are ideal for both Day Adventure and Night Adventure. With numerous parks, museums, historical sites, and other recreational areas, it is suitable for all ages to visit and experience. Ho Chi Minh City is also where you can easily find almost every type of dish originating from all over the country. A food tour is what you should not miss out on here. For photographers, if you are looking for something besides crazily busy streets, you can look into Saigon’s Other Side through the Hidden Alleyways in Ho Chi Minh City. For those who want to settle down in this city, the average living cost here might be higher when compared to other domestic cities (still much lower than the ones in other countries!), but together with it are high-quality and accessible services.
Ho Chi Minh is a city that never sleeps
Best for: family vacation, fruit lovers, photographers
Mekong Delta is the land where you can witness lots of common Vietnamese culture and try out exotic fruits or the Southeast version of some famous Vietnamese foods like Banh Xeo. No matter where you are from, visiting the Mekong Delta is a chance for you to see things that you can hardly find anywhere else in the world.
A signature of the Mekong Delta is the floating market
Cat Tien National Park
Best for: Adventurous travelers, nature lovers, photographers
Looking for a place to immerse yourself in nature? Intensive trekking and cycling should be expected and well-prepared. Majestic landscapes, unique types of plants, and wild animals are the rewards for you after the challenging journey.
Many beautiful creatures can be found at Cat Tien National Park
Best for: weekend getaways, seafood lovers, retirees
Vung Tau is one of the beaches near Ho Chi Minh City, so if you are thinking about taking a short trip to enjoy the sea atmosphere and fresh seafood, it is a worthy consideration. The cost of living is amazingly affordable, and although the areas near the beach get crowded on the weekends and holidays, most of the time this city is comfortably peaceful. Therefore, it has become attractive to many ex-pats and locals alike.
Vung Tau is a good choice for a day trip
Read more on our Vung Tau Travel Guide
Phu Quoc Island
Best for: romantic holidays, resorts, scuba diving, beach lovers, seafood lovers
Fine white sand, translucent turquoise sea, countless types of delectable seafood, and the availability of many entertaining activities are the reasons that make this island the favorite destination for both domestic and international tourists. Read our Phu Quoc Travel Guide to see what Mother Nature has bestowed on this island.
A majestic sunset scene in Phu Quoc
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Nam Du Island
Best for: off-the-beaten-path, beach lovers, adventurous travelers, seafood lovers, scenic photographers
As beautiful as Phu Quoc but much less crowded and more rustic, Nam Du Island is for people who do not find the tranquil beauty of nature boring and do not ask for a luxurious holiday. The services here are offered in the most idyllic way since all of the generosity can be found through the number of newly-caught seafood and outstanding landscapes that the island has been blessed with. The unexploited landscape here promises one-of-a-kind photos.
The untouched beauty of Nam Du Island
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Best for: beach and tan, scuba diving, family vacation, seafood lovers, photographers, retirees
Vietnam is rich in beaches, but the ones in Nha Trang surely have their specific characteristics. You can either choose to try new experiences like exploring the surrounding islands, diving, admiring the beautiful coral reefs, or simply enjoy the calm sea and glorious sunrise.
A beach in Nha Trang
See our guide for your First Time in Nha Trang
Best for: weekend trips, romantic holidays, photographers, retirees
Also known as “the city of love” or “Little Paris of Vietnam”, with its all-year-round pleasant weather and attractive poetic sites, Da Lat is one of the special places in Vietnam for local couples. Belonged to the list of 11 Best Places to Live in Vietnam, Da Lat is so peaceful that no traffic light has to be installed. If you are into a modest life far away from the hurry cities after retirement, then look no further than this wonderful city. The landscape here does not have an outstanding look that makes people say “Wow” the moment they see it, but its calming, fresh vibes will remain in their memory for a long time.
Da Lat is known as the city of clouds from the fog
See our full guide on Da Lat Travel
Best for: family vacations, retirees, golf
You are fascinated by both beaches and mountains, and you can decide where to spend your holiday. Then take a look at Da Nang where you can enjoy both! While Da Nang has some of the most charming beaches in Vietnam, its mountains are also majestic and mighty. Many qualified services are easily accessed here, and the living cost is surprisingly affordable, so foreign retirees would find the city suitable to enjoy their life after continuous years of working hard.
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A corner of Ba Na Hills – a famous attraction in Da Nang
Best for: romantic holidays, family vacations, history fanatics
Known as the city of lanterns, Hoi An is most famous for its Ancient Town and unique cuisine. One of the favorite activities of travelers when coming here is to cycle on the countryside roads, across the golden rice paddy fields.
Hoi An Ancient Town by night
Read Hoi An Travel Guide to see how lovely it is!
Best for: cave explorers, adventurous travelers, photographers
Quang Binh is the home of several beautiful caves in Vietnam, such as the UNESCO Phong Nha-Ke Bang, and Son Doong making it one of the special places in Vietnam. The beauty of nature here is astounding and pristine, and to preserve it, mass tourism is limited in many areas. Besides some caves that can be comfortably explored on foot or by boat, others, especially the marvelous and primitive ones, require lots of climbing and trekking, so if you travel with your children, make sure they can cope with the journey.
An amazing cave in Quang Binh
Best for: family vacation, food lovers, retirees who love the city life
Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, has more than a million years of culture and history. It would take several days to get to know this city. As the cradle of the Vietnamese civilization, Hanoi is where many must-try Vietnamese foods were born. From here, they travel to all the provinces across the country, and people in that area would either try to make a replica or adjust to taste to create the local variant. When in Hanoi, don’t miss out on day trips from Hanoi to Ninh Binh or Halong Bay.
An alley in Hanoi
Best for: trekking, adventurous travelers, terraced rice fields, photographers
The journey to Northwest Vietnam is not easy; it would take time and effort. But the splendid landscape, cool atmosphere, and friendly locals make everything worthwhile. For couples, Sapa is an ideal stop for a trekking getaway. In case you are fond of somewhere with a more breathtaking view, travel a little bit further to see some of the most spectacular terraced rice fields in Vietnam.
Terraced fields are beautiful scenery of Northwest Vietnam
Summary of Special Places in Vietnam
Different special places in Vietnam have their charms. Lots of them have unforgettably beautiful landscapes; some are metropolitan cities, the others are perfect for a getaway vacation. Whether you want to spend some lazy days at a tranquil place to refresh your mind, or you would love to have some exciting activities, Vietnam can satisfy the needs of tourists of all ages.