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Explore an Asian country that beguiles visitors with its ancient temples, modern high-rises, forest-covered mountains and gorgeous beaches.

Vietnam has a growing economy, upgraded transportation infrastructure and many fascinated tourists. Find modern cities, historic centers and spectacular scenery in this energetic country.

Start your visit in the northern capital of Hanoi, Vietnam’s main cultural center for more than 1,000 years. Gain insights into the history and culture of the country’s many ethnic groups at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnography and a local perspective of the Vietnam War at the B52 Victory Museum. Wander around the 10th-century Temple of Literature, dedicated to the Chinese philosopher Confucius. Join locals for early morning tai chi near Hoan Kiem Lake.

In southern Vietnam is Ho Chi Minh City, a business and financial hub. Skyscrapers tower over ancient temples and old colonial buildings. Sample wares from stall holders sell their wares next to trendy bars and upmarket boutiques.

Look down from the Saigon Skydeck, an observation platform on the 68-story Bitexco Financial Tower. Visit the grounds and 18th-century temple of the Giac Lam Pagoda. For an enjoyable cultural experience, watch a musical performance at the Saigon Opera House.

Travel about 25 miles (40 kilometers) outside of Saigon to walk crouched through the Cu Chi Tunnels, a huge underground complex used by soldiers during the Vietnam War.

Explore vast swathes of countryside as well. Cruise the narrow waterways of Vinh Long in the Mekong Delta. Trek through the hills and valleys of Sapa in the northwest or hike along mountain trails in the central highlands.

Vietnam’s coastline is home to superb beaches. Relax under a palm tree on Nha Trang Beach and snorkel at the Vung Tau seaside resort.

Reach Vietnam by flying into one of its three main international airports at Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City or Danang. Use cycle or motorized rickshaws as a fun way to get around the cities or rent a car or bicycle. Many visitors forgo local buses, as they may be crowded and without air conditioning.

Vietnam is a good choice for a getaway for its culture, scenery and history.

Popular cities in Vietnam

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Ho Chi Minh City
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Reasons to visit

  • Opera House
    Opera House
  • Vincom Center Shopping Mall
    Vincom Center Shopping Mall
  • Ben Thanh Market
    Ben Thanh Market
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Reasons to visit

  • Hanoi Old City Gate
    Hanoi Old City Gate
  • Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre
    Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre
  • St. Joseph's Cathedral
    St. Joseph's Cathedral
Da Nang featuring a city, mountains and landscape views
Da Nang
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Reasons to visit

  • My Khe Beach
    My Khe Beach
  • Marble Mountains
    Marble Mountains
  • Museum of Cham Sculpture
    Museum of Cham Sculpture
Long Hai Beach showing landscape views and tropical scenes
Vung Tau
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Reasons to visit

  • Long Hai Beach
    Long Hai Beach
  • Back Beach
    Back Beach
  • Tuong Dai Chua Kito Vua
    Tuong Dai Chua Kito Vua
Phu Quoc featuring island images and a marina
Phu Quoc
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Reasons to visit

  • Sao Beach
    Sao Beach
  • Phu Quoc Beach
    Phu Quoc Beach
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Nha Trang
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Popular places to visit in Vietnam

Ha Long Bay
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Ha Long Bay

Thousands of jagged, green peaks rising out of the emerald waters, surrounded by the colourful sails of traditional boats, give this bay an almost magical appeal.

Phu Quoc
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Phu Quoc

The most prominent town on the island of Phu Quoc has bustling markets and a vast array of bars and restaurants, all in a superb coastal location.

Hoan Kiem Lake
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Hoan Kiem Lake

Wander around the banks of this peaceful lake and discover an historic temple, observe locals going about their daily life or enjoy a picnic lunch under the shade.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
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Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

This massive tomb houses the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh, a former Vietnamese president.

Marble Mountains
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Marble Mountains

Venture into tunnels, caves and passageways to see the Buddhist shrines and temples of the five large rock formations above Da Nang.

Imperial City
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Imperial City

Explore Vietnam’s former seat of government to discover beautiful ancient buildings and learn about the destruction caused during the country’s major wars.