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15 Top Cities of Vietnam - Best travel and holiday destinations

15 Top Cities of Vietnam - Best travel and holiday destinations

Updated 29 Jan, 2020
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The country of Vietnam is known for its outstanding beaches, old Buddhist shrines with lively and bustling cities. One can also find some beautiful adventurous trails in Vietnam’s mountainous cities.

The beach towns have a calm and serene vibe whereas the cities lit up at night and one can experience the amazing nightlife at one of the many rooftop restaurants/pubs of the urban towns.

Let’s have a look at the top 15 cities to visit in VIETNAM

Can Tho

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A marvelous town famous for its floating markets selling fresh vegetables and fruits on the Mekong River.

Things to do:

  • Binh Thuy ancient house: an old ancient French house with a lovely architecture to take some brilliant pictures.
  • My Khanh Tourist Village: a calm peaceful natural scenery park.
  • Cai Rang Floating Market: one can enjoy shopping from the floating markets and even enjoy a meal on their boat.
  • Ong Temple: a lovely historic temple and beautiful architecture.

Popular restaurants:

  • Ho pho: a great restaurant to enjoy some amazing Asian and Vietnamese cuisine.
  • Sao Hom: another Asian cuisine restaurant with a beautiful location near the riverside.

How to get in and around the city:
the Tra Noc airport is an international airport but only flies to some Asian countries and major cities in Vietnam. There are bus services and taxi services available too.

Da Lat

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From mountain hiking to canoeing, the city was a lovely relaxing place for the French who built villas to enjoy the calm weather of the city.

Things to do:

  • Crazy House: this house definitely makes visitors feel like they are in the Alice in wonderland movie. The architecture and design of the house is unique and different.
  • Elephant Falls: marvelous falls with a lovely viewing platform and an adventurous climb.
  • Linh Phuoc Pagoda: this scared site is brilliantly designed and a gorgeous view.
  • Datanla falls: a lovely coaster ride to the falls and the scenery is truly blissful.
  • Dalat Flower Park: magnificent flowers all around the park located near a beautiful lake.

Popular restaurants:

  • Le chalet Dalat: the café has European as well as Asian local cuisines.
  • Artist Alley restaurant: French Asian and European delicacies and lovely seating.

How to get in and around the city:
he Lien Khuong Airport that is located 30km from the city is easily accessible for tourists. Tourists or locals can also opt for buses, taxis or rental cars to get to Da Lat.

Da Nang

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A famous touristic city well known for its magnificent marble mountains.

Things to do:

  • My Khe Beach: a calm and beautiful beach with lovely activities,
  • Dragon Bridge: the bridge is deigned in a form of a dragon. Looks best when it is all lit up in the evenings.
  • Marble Mountains: the mountains have a great view from top and the caves inside are very calm and breezy.
  • Lady Buddha: the lovely marble statue of Lady Buddha is surrounded by beautiful bonsai trees and the temple overlooks the ocean with a fantastic view.

Popular restaurants:

  • Table 88: it is a fine dining restaurant with a variety of food items from international to Vietnamese cuisine.
  • Thien Ly Danang-style: a very famous local restaurant in the city with delicious and authentic Vietnamese delicacies.

How to get in and around the city:
located 10 minutes from the city is the Da Nang international airport. There are also train and bus services available. There are public buses to get around town. Apart from this, on can get a taxi or get to places by foot as well.

Ha long bay

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Declared as a UNESCO world heritage site, the serene beaches and amazing boat cruises are something definitely not to miss.

Things to do:

  • Bai Tu Long Bay: a famous tourist attraction and lovely views of the islands.
  • Sung Sot Cave: Huge and marvelous caves, very calm and soothing. A must go for all tourists.
  • Sun World Ha Long Complex: an entertainment park as well as a water park to enjoy the day with family and friends.
  • Ti Top Island: a wonderful climb that will lead you to the small island. The view is terrific.

Popular restaurants:

  • Linh Dan Restaurant: a popular local Vietnamese restaurant with brilliant seafood.
  • Avocado restaurant: amazing Vietnamese cuisine.

How to get in and around the city:
A 3 and a half hour bus ride from Hanoi to Ha long is convenient and the tickets don’t cost a lot. One can get to other islands by cruise ships, there are also overnight luxury cruise ships.

Hanoi (Capital of Vietnam)

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Hanoi is the second largest city in Vietnam. The nightlife in Hanoi is very popular and the city has lovely shopping centers.

Things to do:

  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum: the most famous tourist attraction in Hanoi. It is an interesting place with a lot of facts and history of the country.
  • Thăng Long Imperial Citadel: tourists get to explore the ancient town of Hanoi and its history.
  • Hoa Lo Prison Memorial: the prison has a lot of rooms and the memorial is well maintained and the have provided detailed information.
  • Hoàn Kiếm Lake: located at the center of the city, it is a beautiful place and very touristic.
  • One Pillar Pagoda: a marvelous structure surrounded by a small pond is built on one pillar. An amazing place to visit.

Popular restaurants:

  • Twilight Sky Bar and Restaurant: A rooftop fast food European restaurant with a brilliant location from where one can enjoy the lovely view of the city of Hanoi.
  • Essence restaurant: local Vietnamese restaurant that serves delicious Asian and international delicacies and the ambience is very impressive.

How to get in and around the city:
the Noi Bai International Airport is located in Hanoi but a one hour drive from the main city. From the airport to the cities there are various public transportations. There are also train services available to get to Hanoi. In
Hanoi there is a service that operates like uber called, Grab. There also taxis, metros and public buses.

Hoi An (Top tourist destination)

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The ancient historic town of Hoi An is a great touristic city due to its marvelous mixture of culture, architecture and history. here, you will see french colonial buildings and wooden Chinese shop houses.
Things to do:

  • Japanese Covered Bridge: A very major attraction in the city, a beautiful landmark that is amazingly designed.
  • Hoi An Market: the market has lovely food stands and shops with handmade souvenirs.
  • An Bang Beach: a lovely beach, also has some great shacks. the water is crystal clear and clean.
  • Old House of Tan Ky: a good place to visit with marvelous architecture and designs.

Popular restaurants:

  • Restaurant and Cafe Tuan: great and lively place for family and friends that serves brilliant Vietnamese and Asian delicacies.
  • The Temple restaurant: an amazing experience of fine dining and delicious food.

How to get in and around the city:
Hoi An is known for its cycling paths and therefore its the easiest way to get around town. there are taxis

Ho Chi Minh City

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The word Ho Chi Minh is known as Saigon and therefore is widely known for its beautiful cathedrals and marvelous french colonial architectures. the Notre-Dame cathedral in the city is made completely from materials that were imported from France.
Things to do:

  • War Remnants Museum: one of the only cultural tourism site with numerous tourists visiting each year from all around the world. includes interesting information about the wars that took place.
  • Cu Chi Tunnels: the man made tunnels were made during world war to escape, the routes are connected to almost every place of the city. it is very fascinating and interesting.
  • The Independence Palace: A nice historic place to visit to know about the rise and decline of the Ngo Dinh Diem government.
  • Central Post Office: The post office was designed by Gustave Eiffel, the architect who designed the Eiffel tower.

Popular restaurants:

  • Home Finest Saigon Restaurant: Amazing food and super friendly staff.
  • Duong's Restaurant Saigon & Cooking Class: A great fine dining restaurant that serves vietnamese as well as international cuisine.

How to get in and around the city:
There are motorbike taxis available to get around the town, it is the most efficient way. Other than this, there are tour buses, metros and public buses.

Hue

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This city is famous for the historic events that have taken place in the past and plays an important role in the history of the country.
Things to do:

  • Hue Imperial City: A lovely fortress with a lot of information on the history, the imperial palace is beautifully built.
  • Thien Mu Pagoda: Beautiful location and marvelous gardens.
  • Tu Duc Tomb: Gorgeous and peaceful place with a lovely atmosphere. It is divided into two parts, a temple and a tomb.

Popular restaurants:

  • Spice Viet Restaurant: This Vietnamese restaurants serves some delicious seafood.
  • secret lounge Hue: A super aesthetic bar with great cocktails and music.

How to get in and around the city:
Located 15 kilometers from the city of Hue is the domestic airport of Phu Bhai. There are daily flights arriving from Hanoi. One can also get here by rental cars or train. taxis are the best way to get around Hue.

Mai Chau

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Located in the Northwest region of Vietnam is a marvelous scenic town with tons of tourist attractions,
Things to do:

  • Pù Luông Nature Reserve: An amazing park for hiking. with a pleasant weather, the park is calm and peaceful.
  • Thac Bo temple: A commercial yet very sacred place to pray. The temple has a beautiful architecture and is very serene.
  • Đền Thác Bờ: This fascinating place is a must visit for tourists to learn about the culture of Vietnam since this is a place of worship for most of the locals.

Popular restaurants:

  • Quan 3 Chi Em: Delicious salads and snacks to binge on. The cafe also serves some brilliant seafood.Sunset bar: A rooftop bar with a marvelous view of the mountains surrounded by fog.

How to get in and around the town:
The best way to explore this gorgeous town and its blissful scenic sites is by food or bicycle

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Mui Ne

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A stunning beach resort own, lovely to visit and enjoy the calm and serene beach with spectacular water activities like surfing and sailing. its fabulous weather during fry season makes it one of the Top destinations in the country.
Things to do :

  • White Sand Dunes : A beautiful walk in the white sand dunes and some quiet time alone.
  • Lihn Long Tu Temple: This temple is close to white sand dunes. The statues and gardens are exquisite.
  • Bai Da Ong Dia Beach: Adventurous water activities and surfing in crystal clear water.

Popular Restaurants :

  • Modjo and bar restaurant: Great food, great staff and a wonderful experience.
  • Breeze Restaurant and Bar: Delicious,affordable Vietnamese, Asian and Western cuisine with exotic drinks.

How to get in and around the town?
Once in Vietnam it is fairly easy to get to Mui Ne as cabs and taxis are easily available.

Nha Trang

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Another coastal resort city, famous for its wonderful beaches. the city also has magnificent islands and some outstanding restaurants for tourists to try authentic Vietnamese delicacies.
Things to do :

  • Vinpearl Land Nha Trang: Beautiful amusement park that is also linked to the amazing Vinpearl resort.
  • Po Nagar Cham Towers: The towers are also famous for its temple. it is a calm and beautiful place
  • Ba Ho Waterfall: A beautiful hike leads you to the marvelous and lovely pools and a great waterfall.
  • Nha Trang beach: The amazing beach of Nha Trang is famous for tourists all around the world.

Popular restaurants:
Yen's Restaurant: Known as one of the best local restaurants in town. the food is wonderful and delicious.
Alpaca Homestyle Cafe: The ambiance of this restaurant is interesting and the food is delicious. surely a place you do not want to miss.

How to get in and around the city:
There are a lot of public transportation available in Nha trang. One can get here by train, bus or car.

Phan Thiet

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A lovely city located along the coastline of southeast Vietnam. famous for its fascinating fishing port and seafood restaurants. the boats are painted in vibrant colors that make the scenic city quite aesthetic and instagrammable.
Things to do:

  • Fairy Stream (Suoi Tien): This nature park and wildlife area has a lot of exploring to do for tourists, it is fun and adventurous.
  • Ta Cu Mountain: a lovely cable car ride takes the tourists to the white reclining buddha.

Popular restaurants:

  • Lacheln Restaurant: great local dishes and a fabulous ambiance.
  • Cham garden restaurant: great salads and super friendly staff.

How to get in and around the city:
It is very simple to roam in Phan Theit as the public transport is fabulous.

Phu Quoc

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An incredible island famous for its gorgeous white beaches and sparkling clean water. Half of this island also is home to the famous Phu Quoc National Park that has some beautiful mountains and hiking trails.
Things to do :

  • Vinpearl Safari: The safari gives you a great chance to interact with giraffes and zebras. there is also a huge variety of other wildlife animals and its great to explore the park.
  • Phu Quoc Prison: a very interesting and historic prison in Vietnam. The facts and information will surely leave you with goosebumps.
  • Hon Thom Cable car: a marvelous cable car ride that takes you to the scenic view of the city.

Popular restaurants:

  • The pepper tree restaurant: Beautiful seating and brilliant Asian and Vietnamese cuisine.
  • Bup restaurant: The restaurant is known for its amazingly flavored seafood.

How to get in and around the city:
The city has its own international airport, there are also trains and taxis available. bus and taxi are the major form of transport in the city.

Sapa

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Home to luscious green forests and a lot of popular hiking trails begin. this city is perfect for tourists who love adventures and scenic mountains with lots of greenery.
Things to do:

  • Muong Hoa Valley: The valley has an amazing view of mountains and rice terraces.
  • Sun World Fansipan Legend: A lovely and scenic cable car ride that takes you the summit. once you are at the summit you can have a chance to have a look at the beautiful waterfall and view of the place.
  • Fansipan Mountain: The great and marvelous views of the mountains are just stunning.

Popular restaurants:

  • Anise Sapa Restaurant: The restaurant serves amazing and hot Vietnamese phos along with some European cuisine.
  • Aira Sapa Restaurant & Bar: An international fusion restaurant with a fabulous ambiance.

How to get in and around Sapa: There are trains and buses available to get to Sapa from all major cities of Vietnam.

Vung Tau

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A famous beach town with lovely beaches and water activities as well as some amazing restaurants.
Things to do:

  • Christ the King: Up to 800 and more steps to climb to get to the top of this statue. the monument is a magnificent and interesting site with some great history about it.
  • The Robert Taylor Museum Of Worldwide Arms: The famous collection of Robert Taylor's weapons and uniforms. the museum is very fascinating and provides a lot of information on weaponry.
  • Vung Tau Lighthouse: beautifully built lighthouse of Vung tau has an amazing view of the town as well as the sea.

Popular restaurants:

  • Ganh Hao: Vietnamese restaurant known for its specialty in seafood.
  • Pineapple beach bar: While relishing on a meal enjoy the perfect view of the sunset on the rooftop restaurant that has delicious food and helpful staff.

How to get in and around the city:
buses and vans are the most prefered way of transport to get to Vung Tau. tourists also opt for a lovely ferry ride.

Traditional Vietnamese cuisine.

  • Pho: Known as the most famous dish of Vietnam and loved by all. it is a rice noodle soup with various herbs and spices, mostly eaten by Vietnamese for breakfast.
  • Banh mi: You can call it a sub or a sandwich which can be found anywhere in Vietnam. it is a very famous Baguette with fillings of Pork and herbs. it is the most eaten snack in the country.
  • White rose dumplings: A truly relishing dish. Super soft dumplings with tender meat like shrimp or pork and a lovely dipping sauce.
  • Egg coffee: Surely something that would make people question, 'WHY?' but this unique coffee is loved by locals for its sweet and authentic taste and is a must try for all tourists.
  • Cao Lau noodles: The noodles are made from iye water and therefore is a native dish of Hoi An. the noodles are topped with delicious adding of herbs and meat.
  • Goi cuon: Also known as summer rolls, Goi cuon are amazingly flavored spring rolls and are filled with delicious prawns and pork fillings.

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Average hotel prices in Vietnam

In Vietnam an average price of 3 star hotels could up to 68 euros/ 75 USD to 90 euros/ 100 USD
whereas 5 star hotel prices are from 136 euros/ 150 USD onwards

Best time to visit Vietnam

From March to May are the months of the spring season in Vietnam and therefore the cities are lively and fully bloomed.
September to November are also considered as one of the best months to visit the country and experience its wonderful winter