You’re going to Vietnam? Make your trip more interesting by visiting these 7 places in Vietnam that you didn’t know you could visit.
Want to visit a country full of beautiful beaches, winding mountain passes, lush rice paddies, wonderful hotels and unforgettable cultural experiences?
Every year, millions of people make the voyage to Vietnam to spend their well-earned vacation among the mountains, beaches, and delicious food.
If you’ve ever considered traveling to Vietnam but aren’t sure what Vietnam sites to see, then you’re in luck! Vietnam is overflowing with things to do for every traveler, whether you’re a foodie, avid hiker, history-seeker, or beach bum.
Keep reading to uncover the 7 Vietnam sites you never thought to visit.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is an absolute must-see if you’re in Vietnam. There are thousands of limestone islands dotting the bay, which is why it’s best to see it by boat.
Not only are the islands beautiful, but there are caves that you can enter on your tour throughout Halong Bay. Kayaking and snorkeling are also available for those wanting a more immersive experience, which we fully recommend.
Don’t be fooled by the term “bay,” either. There is so much to see that we suggest you sign up for an overnight or even a two-day tour to get the full experience.
This mountain town is the perfect option for those looking to go trekking and for those looking to become immersed in the local culture.
Sapa is regarded as the best trekking location in all of Vietnam. There are tons of tiny towns dotted throughout the Hoang Lien Mountains and numerous options to hike or trek between them.
Those looking to immerse themselves in the local culture won’t leave disappointed. Many of Vietnam’s ethnic minorities, including the Hmong, Red Dzao, and Giay, call Sapa their home.
Jagged mountain peaks and beautiful rice paddies on par with the famous rice paddies in Bali are just a few of the stunning things you’ll see when visiting Sapa.
If you want to tour Sapa (and other areas of Vietnam as well) without all the hassle and planning, there are tour operators, like Mr. Linh’s Adventures Central Highlands tour who do all the work for you. All you have to do is relax and enjoy your trip!
Bac Ha Sunday Market
If you decide to pay Sapa a visit, then be sure to make the short 2 1/2 hour drive into the Bac Ha Sunday market. Minivans going from Sapa to the Bac Ha Sunday market are easy to find, and a seat can be booked for a measly $5, making this one affordable day trip.
The market is filled with everything from accessories and fabrics to cattle and tools. You’ll see locals shopping around adorned in colorful garb, making this one of the truly authentic Vietnam sites to see.
If you’re looking for your one special souvenir to remember your trip to Vietnam, this is the place to get it. Local craftsmen sell such a variety of goods that your only problem will be trying not to buy everything in sight.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
For nature-lovers and avid cavers, one of the best Vietnam sites to see is the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. This is yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it’s home to some of the best caving in the world.
The most popular cave to visit in the park is Paradise Cave, although Tu Lan Cave and the Phong Nha Caves are exceptionally popular options as well.
Whichever cave (or caves) you decide to explore, you can expect to find jaw-dropping formations and wide-open taverns – you might even get to go for a dip in a cave-systems river if you decide on the Tu Lan Cave.
Son Doong Cave
Hands down, the best cave to explore while you’re in Phone Nha-Ke Bang National Park is the Son Doong cave.
This is the world’s largest cave, and your tour will be one for the books. You’ll find yourself trekking through the jungle and wading through rivers in addition to exploring this magnificent cave.
Your multi-day tour through the cave will expose you to stunning scenes, including two places where the cave’s roof collapsed, allowing part of the jungle to begin growing inside the cave!
The best part is that this cave has seen been largely untouched by tourism. Unfortunately, the bad news is that it has remained that way because of the $3,000 cost for exclusive tours. Those trying to make their money go further on vacation might have to skip this spot.
History and culture lovers will love a trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of My Son. This 4th-century city is home to roughly 20 Hindu temples. The ruins are located in the midst of thick, jungle-clad mountains, giving this temple a more eerie feel.
My Son was used all the way up until the 13th century, and influences from various Asian empires can be observed in the brick and sandstone buildings.
This city is broken into two different groups. Group A once held the site’s most important monument, but, unfortunately, it was destroyed during the Vietnam War. Group B houses the oldest temples.
Cu Chi Tunnels
The Cu Chi Tunnels are an extensive tunnel network which was used by the Vietnamese government during wartime.
These tunnels ran for 155 miles and allowed Vietnamese troops to travel and communicate around Ho Chi Minh City.
Tours are available which let you visit two sections of the tunnels. You’ll even find yourself crawling on your hands and knees at some points of the tour.
The Cu Chi Tunnels are a must-see, even if you aren’t a history buff.
The Best Vietnam Sites
Well, there you have it. Those are the 7 Best Vietnam Sites that you never thought to visit.
It doesn’t matter if you’re into nature, shopping, or history – Vietnam has something for everyone. Vietnam is such a diverse country, and with UNESCO World Heritage Sites, lush rice paddies, and Hindu ruins, this country is a must see.
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