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Welcome to Vietnam

As chaotic as it is captivating and as fast-paced as it is traditional, Vietnam is a country of contrasts. However, one thing is indisputable—there's no place on earth quite like it. Hanoi, Vietnam's bustling capital, with its atmospheric Hanoi Old Quarter, striking Do Temple, and West Lake, is best explored on foot, by motorbike, cyclo (three-wheeled taxi), or scooter. Hanoi is also a convenient jumping-off point for junk boat cruises on Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Red River Delta, home to remote tribal craft villages. Continuing down the east coast, the Forbidden Purple City in Hué is a glorious reminder of Vietnam's Imperial past; the Old Town of Hoi An—arguably Vietnam's prettiest city—is a hotspot for Vietnamese street food; and Nha Trang is known for its idyllic beaches. Hanoi's southern rival, Ho Chi Minh City, is Vietnam's largest and most modern city in which sightseeing tours reveal cultural treasures such as the Saigon Opera House, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Vietnam Cookery Center—great if a cookery course is on your travel menu. Plus, just a short drive away from Ho Chi Min City, the Cu Chi Tunnels are a poignant reminder of the tragedies of the Vietnam War, and the winding canals, lush rice paddies, and traditional villages of the Mekong Delta stretch all the way to border of Cambodia, allowing you to continue your South East Asia adventure with ease.

Top 10 attractions in Vietnam

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Cu Chi Tunnels

Cu Chi Tunnels

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Built by the Viet Cong in the 1940s as protection from French air raids during the Indochina conflict, the Cu Chi Tunnels extend underground for more than 155 miles (250 km) in the vicinity of Ho Chi Minh City alone. This network of subterranean passageways later provided vital access to and strategic control over the rural areas surrounding the city during the Vietnam War (also known as the Second Indochina War or the American War), when the tunnels housed living quarters, hospitals, booby traps, and storage facilities for the Viet Cong.More
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Hanoi Opera House (Nha Hat Lon)

Hanoi Opera House (Nha Hat Lon)

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The Hanoi Opera House (Nha Hat Lon) is a 100­-year-­old performance hall with architecture modeled on the Palais Garnier opera house in Paris. Nha Hat Lon was erected by the French colonial administration at the turn of the 20th century and is a landmark building in Hanoi. It was built in a typical French style with classic gothic features.In 1997, the modernization and repair of the building was undertaken by Vietnamese French architects, and the decorative designs on the ceilings, arches, walls, and doors were renewed. Home to the Vietnam Symphony Orchestra, the Opera House also hosts the Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Ballet, plus both traditional and modern local productions.No tours of the building are offered but the exterior makes for some good photo opportunities. In terms of atmosphere, the Opera House is best seen at night when it is illuminated by lights.More
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Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay

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A UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Gulf of Tonkin, Ha Long Bay is renowned for its spectacular scenery. One of the most popular tourist attractions in northern Vietnam, Ha Long Bay is home to sparkling emerald waters, more than 1,600 towering limestone islands and islets, caves, and traditional floating villages.More
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Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

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One of the most visited attractions in Hanoi, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is the final resting place of “Uncle Ho,” the beloved founder of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. He lies here in state, embalmed and in a glass case, with a military honor guard watching over him and the many visitors who come to pay their respects.More
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Temple of Literature (Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam)

Temple of Literature (Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam)

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Few truly historic buildings exist in Vietnam, which makes the Temple of Literature (Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam) extra special. First built as a Confucian temple in 1070 AD, it became Vietnam’s first university (Quoc Tu Giam) and operated as one for more than 700 years. Between ponds, gardens, and tranquil courtyards, it’s a haven in the heart of the HanoiMore
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Marble Mountains

Marble Mountains

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One of Da Nang’s top attractions, the five outcrops that make up central Vietnam’s Marble Mountains (Ngũ Hành Sơn) each are named after a different element: fire, wood, metal, water and earth. Visit the mountains to take in views of the landscape, to explore caves, Buddhist and Hindu grottoes, pagodas, and shrines, and even to shop.More
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Vietnam Museum of Ethnology (VME)

Vietnam Museum of Ethnology (VME)

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Learn about Vietnam’s 54 different ethnic groups at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology (VME), one of Hanoi’s most interesting museums. Featuring a range of exhibits, from replicas of homes and everyday objects to priceless antiques and multimedia displays, the museum offers valuable insight into the culture and heritage of the country’s many groups.More
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Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre

Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre

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The art form of water puppetry originated at least 1,000 years ago in the rice fields of north Vietnam. Particularly if you’re traveling with kids, you’d be remiss to leave Hanoi without catching a show at the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre. A Vietnamese orchestra accompanies the water puppets, with some modern special effects.More
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Hoa Lo Prison

Hoa Lo Prison

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Built by the French in 1896 to hold Vietnamese political prisoners and known originally as Maison Centrale, Hoa Lo Prison was taken over by the Vietnamese in 1954. During the American War (Vietnam War), it housed American POWs, who referred to it as the “Hanoi Hilton.” Today, parts of the original prison have been turned into a museum.More
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War Remnants Museum (Bao Tang Chung Tich Chien Tranh)

War Remnants Museum (Bao Tang Chung Tich Chien Tranh)

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A must-visit when in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City’s War Remnants Museum (Bảo Tàng Chứng Tích Chiến Tranh) is a poignant reminder of the horrors of war. The grounds house American planes, tanks, helicopters, and weaponry captured during the Vietnam War. Pictorial displays cover everything from the My Lai Massacre to the traumas of Agent Orange and the work of war correspondents.More

Trip ideas

Food Tours in Hanoi

Food Tours in Hanoi

Mekong River Cruises from Ho Chi Minh City

Mekong River Cruises from Ho Chi Minh City

Visiting Hoi An's Assembly Halls

Visiting Hoi An's Assembly Halls

Vietnam War History Tours in Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam War History Tours in Ho Chi Minh City

Halong Bay Cruises from Hanoi

Halong Bay Cruises from Hanoi

Top activities in Vietnam

2-Days Sapa Tour from Hanoi

2-Days Sapa Tour from Hanoi

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Recent reviews from experiences in Vietnam

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Excellent tour- fully reccomend!
Marina_K, Apr 2021
Guided Tour to Visit Marble Mountain,Lady Buddha Statue& Monkey Mountain by Jeep
He was flexible so we got to see all we wanted.
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Great tour guide!
Hannah_K, Oct 2020
Cu Chi Tunnels: Morning or Afternoon Guided Tour (Ben Duoc Option available)
His English was grand and he was funny!
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Highlight of our trip
Julie_M, Mar 2020
Hue Afternoon Motorbike Tour with Sunset
The sites you go to are less touristy and you really get to see Hue from a local perspective.
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Super pleasant day
Garrett_S, Mar 2020
My Son and Hoi An Private Half-Day Tour
Hung is very attentive and his English is really good!
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Tunnel crawl
Yoka_H, Mar 2020
Shared Cu Chi Tunnels Tour
Spoke very good English.
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Excellent walking tour of old Hanoi
Richard_P, Feb 2020
Hanoi French Quarter Walking Tour: The Present and the Past
An, my guide spoke very good English and was very knowledgeable.
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Mekong Delta Guided Tour with Long
Arttu_L, Feb 2020
Mekong Delta Guided Tour from Ho Chi Minh city with Vinh Trang Pagoda & Lunch
Very nice guided trip to Mekong Delta with several activities!
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Great trip
Dundar_S, Feb 2020
Cu Chi Tunnels & Mekong Delta Full-Day VIP Tour from Ho Chi Minh city
Our guide Vu had excellent knowledge on the history of Vietnam, and had very good English.
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Great tour
mikebunger, Feb 2020
Mekong Delta Discovery Small Group River Cruise Adventure Tour from Ho Chi Minh
Her English is excellent and her knowledge of the Mekong Delta, Saigon and Vietnam is amazing.
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Visiting ancient imperial city of Hue
Malcolm_H, Feb 2020
Full-day HUE IMPERIAL CITY from DA NANG
Great guide who informed us on interesting points about Vietnam on the long journey from Da Nang to Hue and detailed knowledge of Hue when we arrived- excellent value excursion and would recommend to anyone who wants a trio out to see the beautiful ancient imperial city of Hue
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Awesome visit to Vietnam
bpapanton, Feb 2020
Private Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion from Phu My Port
Met was very knowledgeable about all of the important sights to see in Ho Chi Minh City.
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Educational and cultural perfect day trip
Lynseyfrost, Jan 2020
Cu Chi Tunnels & Mekong Delta Full-Day VIP Tour from Ho Chi Minh city
I learnt a lot about the Vietnam war and the fallout from that war for the people of this beautiful country.
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Do it
nickjw1000, Jan 2020
Venus Travel - Ba Na Hills - Golden Bridge
Our guide Lyn spoke great English, her knowledge of Vietnamese history is amazing and she’s great fun.
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A Great Day Out with Mr. Trung
rrmart, Jan 2020
Hue to Hoi An or Hoi An to Hue by car via Hai Van pass, monkey mountain, beaches
His english was excellent and shared personal stories that allowed us to connect.
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Fab Trip by Speed Boat
QueenOfHols31, Jan 2020
Half-Day Cu Chi Tunnels from Ho Chi Minh City by Luxury Speedboat
This was our option to go to see the Cu Chi tunnels and it didn't disappoint.
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Great way to see a lot in one day
Fumi_C, Nov 2019
1-Day Tour by Private Car: Black Virgin Mountain, Cao Dai Temple & Cu Chi Tunnel
This tour is a great way to see a lot of some nearby parts of Vietnam.
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Easy Transfer
markasturdivant, Nov 2019
Airport Transfer From Hanoi - Noi Bai Airport
The drive was quiet as we did not speak Vietnamese nor did the driver understand English.
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Very informative
joe8440, Nov 2019
Mekong Delta Guided Tour from Ho Chi Minh city with Vinh Trang Pagoda & Lunch
All of the activities, although enjoyable were centrally located, so we didn't see much of the Delta region.
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Excellent guide
sarah-Vietnam, Nov 2019
Mekong Delta and Cai Rang Floating Market 5-Hours Tour
Our guide spoke really good English and studied Vietnam and tourism.
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Great tour!
William W, Oct 2019
Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion: Private City Tour Including Cyclo Ride
If you want to see Vietnam I highly recommend this tour as it was customized to whatever we wanted to do.

All about Vietnam

When to visit

Typhoons, monsoons, and drastic differences in regional climates mean that a trip to Vietnam takes more planning than most countries. The far north avoids humid summers and monsoons, while central and south are generally sunny during winter, when the beaches beckon. Keep in mind that much of the country vacations during Tet (Vietnamese New Year) in January or February.

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