Mekong Delta, Halong Bay and Phu Quoc; holidays to Vietnam promise some of the world's most breathtaking regions, cities and islands, all encapsulated in one spectacular country for you to discover.

While exploring, you'll witness stunning views of green rice fields and limestone cliffs. In addition, immerse yourself in rich history (both old and modern) through ancient temples, traditional dance performances and immersive museums that bring this fascinating country’s history to life. Indulge yourself in a delicious array of Vietnamese dishes and relax in the luxury hotels.

But where's the best place to go to in Vietnam?

Our Vietnam Travel Specialist, Nicola Brereton shares her ten best places to visit in Vietnam.

"Vietnam is an utterly stunning destination. No matter where you visit, the scenery will be unlike anything else you've ever witnessed."

1. Hanoi

In Northern Vietnam, Hanoi provides incredible attractions for you to visit, including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature and Hoan Kiem Lake. The capital city makes my list as one of the best holiday destinations in Vietnam because of its lively atmosphere; bikes and scooters zoom along the busy roads, food stall vendors serve up steaming hot meals to tantalise your taste buds and locals inhabit the upper floors of the crumbling and dilapidated colonial buildings.

It’s a real culture shock.

During my time here, I explored the railway of Hanoi on a wonderful walking tour. Being able to discover the real life of the city behind the main sights was a fantastic opportunity. You begin by experiencing its local market, stopping to appreciate the slow life along the narrow streets hosting the rails. Then enjoy the area's iconic drink, egg-coffee, before ending with a short train ride.

On top of this, meet local artists making masks and carving stamps on a Hanoi Street Artists half day trip. From having your sketch taken in the Old Quarter to meeting a talented 'Tò He' artisan at a local café, this experience is a great addition to your Hanoi adventures.

"A two-hour drive south from Hanoi takes you to a more tranquil realm in Tam Coc, Ninh Binh Province. While here, you can enjoy panoramic views from atop the ancient Bich Dong Pagoda and admire lush, terraced rice fields while sailing past on a relaxing boat trip."

2. Halong Bay


My most memorable travel experience was during a Halong Bay cruise.

I got up at 4.30am to watch the sun rise behind the limestone karsts that are dotted around the bay. Seeing its rock formations cast their silhouettes onto the sea was simply magical.

Now I’ve seen a lot of sunrises in my time, but nothing will ever beat that.

Halong Bay is home to gorgeous natural landscapes featuring incredible views through hundreds of islets and limestone peaks. You can visit a traditional village floating on the picturesque blue waters, cruise on an authentic junk boat and take part in sunrise Tai Chi on the deck of a luxury ship.

Alternatively, why not head to Cat Ba Island Archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or Bai Tu Long Bay? Both are rich in biodiverse ecosystems, including evergreen rainforests and lush mangroves.

3. Hue


Once the imperial capital of Vietnam, Hue offers a glimpse into the country's past during the reign of the Nguyen Dynasty. Major attractions like the Imperial Citadel, Dong Ba Market, mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc and Thien Mu Pagoda are scattered all throughout. Not only that, but the 'Complex of Hue Monuments' are recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

I also love Hue for its gastronomy. Nam Pho, a thick noodle soup bursting with fresh herby flavours and naturally sweet hints of seafood, is highly recommended by locals. Bun Bo Hue is a spicy, lemongrass-infused beef broth while Banh Beo, savoury pancakes served with shrimp and crispy pork, is delectable.

The Hai Van Pass drive from Hue to Hoi An is one of the most famous Pacific highway drives, with spectacular views across the East Sea – a must for any Vietnam itinerary.

"Not to be missed, the Perfume River cruise experience transports you on a captivating journey. Admire how the Vietnamese sunset paints the sky a gorgeous golden glow and opt for a mouth-watering lunch to complete your visit of this spectacular city."

4. Hoi An


Hoi An is a colourful coastal city harbouring white sandy beaches and delicious street food stalls. Impressive architecture like the Phuc Kien Assembly Hall and 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge are standouts to keep an eye out for during your holiday. As well as this, a walking tour introduces you to the vibrant market overlooking the shimmering Thu Bon River. In the evenings, it lights up with hundreds of stunning lanterns. There's even an excursion where I made my own – a fabulously fun experience!

A must-visit in Vietnam while exploring Hoi An is Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai. The beautiful beach resort boasts true Vietnamese hospitality and uninterrupted ocean views where you can escape the stresses and strains of modern-day life. I especially loved The Heart of The Earth Spa, which features harmonic meditation and yoga classes.

5. Ho Chi Minh


Learn about how the Vietnamese fought guerrilla warfare via the labyrinth of underground Cu Chi Tunnels, a popular activity many experience during Ho Chi Minh city breaks. Not only will you immerse yourself in its fascinating history, but you'll come to appreciate the clever tactics used by local resistance fighters.

Ho Chi Minh is one of the best cities to visit in Vietnam. Notre Dame Cathedral, built in the 19th Century, is among the historical sites located in the area. Reunification Palace, Central Post Office and Chinatown are also essential to your escape. See the legacy of French colonialisation in the architecture and lose yourself in the designer, up-market shops dotted around the markets and malls.

As evening falls, watch the sun set in one of the many roof top bars and restaurants that offer views of this beautiful scenery.

"This bustling city is mesmerising. I highly recommend the Saigon Alleys and Secret Weapon Storage tour. When I went, I found the houses with stalls selling different types of food amazing."

6. Can Tho


Travelling to the heart of the Mekong Delta brings you to Can Tho, the region's remarkable metropolis. Neatly manicured gardens line the waterfront, vibrant temples and pagodas contrast against the grey buildings and floating markets sit delicately on the calm waters of Song Can Tho.

The most popular of the bunch is Cai Rang Floating Market. Wake up early to see lively local life and watch the experienced merchants sell their produce. Everything from durian to coconut candy is on offer.

With holidays to the Mekong Delta, you'll likely sail on a luxury cruise boat. Enjoy al fresco yoga on the sundeck or soak in a Jacuzzi while passing by picturesque scenery and villages propped up on stilts. Throughout the journey, you can even hop off to explore the surrounding countryside by bicycle.

"The Mekong River carves its way through Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. So, why not follow its winding path and combine all three destinations for the ultimate Southeast Asia adventure?"

7. Danang


The largest city in central Vietnam, Danang is the perfect stop in-between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh. Discover 30 kilometres of coastline, where sparkling lagoons sit on one side and fabulous beaches the other. My Khe Beach is close to the city centre, fringed by coconut trees and host to magnificent sunrise scenery, while Lang Co Beach invites you to relax on its soft white and yellow sands.

Exploring the city, you'll come across the Cham Museum, showcasing various artefacts from the Cham civilisation, and impressive bridges like the one arcing over Han River in the shape of a snaking dragon.

When you're finished, get the Vietage Train from Danang to Quy Nhon.

8. Quy Nhon

Board the iconic Vietage on a scenic railway journey from Danang to Quy Nhon. On this luxurious six-hour train ride, gaze out towards the vast sight of rice paddy fields and rocky mountains along the way. Alongside these incredible views, tuck into a sumptuous three-course lunch, with cocktails and wine included in addition to a soothing 15-minute massage.

When you arrive in Quy Nhon, why not stay a few nights in a luxury villa and unwind by its stunning beach? The sun-soaked golden shores around the city lead to beautiful landscapes home to peaceful coves, dense national parks and historic temples. With its river valleys mingling among mountain towns and lush greenery, Quy Nhon is a true hidden gem waiting for you to discover its treasure trove of trinkets.

"You can also extend your adventures aboard the Vietage through to Nha Trang. Available from 15th May 2024, this marvellous experience finishes in one of Vietnam's most popular beach destinations, where you can enjoy a range of water sports on the turquoise bay."

9. Phu Quoc

Pristine beaches, boutique resorts, remarkable pagodas; Phu Quoc island getaways are paradise personified. Vietnam's largest island has everything you need for an unforgettable experience. Phu Quoc National Park covers roughly 32,000 hectares of natural landscapes – around 70% of the entire island!

Ham Ninh Fishing Village serves up the freshest seafood on Phu Quoc whereas the night markets of Duong Dong are great for sampling local flavours.

During my winter trip here, I was in awe at just how alike the beaches were to the Maldives. The sea is so calm and the waters are the most turquoise I've ever seen. Long stretches of beach trickle down the west coast and the sublime accommodations add some luxury to your holiday. It's absolutely beautiful.

10. Con Dao


With its majestic turtle population, colourful coral reef ecosystem and heavily forested national park, Con Dao is one of the most unique places to visit in Vietnam. Crystal-clear waters gently lap up the white sand beaches while Con Dao Museum, Hang Duong Cemetery and Con Dao Prison allow you to learn about the island's dark past. It's a gorgeous destination, perfect for an escape to a paradise of your very own.

At Six Senses Con Dao, you're flanked by a mile of golden sands overlooking an aqua blue sea and a darkly green forested mountain backdrop. Relax on the stunning beach and experience a host of soothing treatments at Six Senses Spa. At this remote oasis, you'll enjoy the very best Vietnamese hospitality.

"Six Senses' turtle hatchling release programme is magical. Between April and October, mother turtles lay their eggs on the resort's beach and around the islands. Then, from May to December, you're able to see the babies being released into the ocean. It's simply incredible!"

Discover your favourite place to visit in Vietnam

Now you know where the best places to go to in Vietnam are, speak with our Travel Specialists to start planning your luxury trip. The country's rich history and culture is only a step away; and, on top of these breathtaking destinations, we can also add other popular spots – from Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to Fansipan Mountain and Phan Thiet. Discover everything that makes Vietnam so spectacular.

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