Canada-based magazine The Travel has revealed the nation’s 10 most scenic towns, besides the capital Hanoi.
According to the magazine, as the capital, it’s not surprising that Hanoi is one of Vietnam’s most-visited cities, alongside Ho Chi Minh and Ha Long.
Dubbed the “Paris of the East”, Hanoi is a sightseer’s paradise because of its array of landmarks with French influences mixed with Vietnamese motifs. This metropolis is jam-packed full of attractions that cater to tourists of varied tastes, according to The Travel.
However, the magazine noted that there are other Vietnamese cities and towns which are just as alluring as the capital. They offer endless opportunities for nature lovers, history buffs, foodies, and those who are keen to get active.
“Hilly, forested, and bordered by the sea to its east, Vietnam won’t disappoint travelers,” it added.
According to The Travel, Da Lat is a city known for its lack of traffic lights. Tourists visiting this destination will be amazed at seeing how a city without stoplights can be peaceful, with no traffic jams or hot-headed drivers.
The place also will amaze tourists through its natural wonders, from Dambri Falls to Xuan Huong Lake.
The ancient town of Hoi An is one of the country’s World Heritage Sites, praised by UNESCO for being an “exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port”.
“Walking along this picturesque town is like literally stepping back in time. The city is one big playground for Instagram savvies as its colorful structures, and charming architecture offer endless snap opportunities,” the magazine noted.
The magazine said that it is famous for its terraced rice fields, a picture-worthy scenery that equals that of Banaue Rice Terraces in the Philippines. Located in a valley, Sa Pa is enveloped by hills and mountains, whilst it looks magical when misty or foggy.
When tourists reach any of the peaks they can enjoy commanding views of the valley, elated to see a piece of heaven on earth.
Dubbed “Ha Long Bay on Land”, the northern province of Ninh Binh is known for its riverine landscape which is matched with lush mountains that make it an oasis.
“A paddleboat tour is a must-try, and one of the attractions tourists will appreciate while afloat is the World Heritage Site of Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex”, the magazine revealed.
The port city of Da Nang is home to the white-sand beach of My Khe that complements the neighbouring blue sea, the cerulean sky, and the greenery of Son Tra Mountain.
“When hikers observe from a viewing point, the picturesque panorama will inspire them. What makes this coastal city tourist-friendly is its location near three World Heritage Site, including My Son Sanctuary, Hoi An, and the Imperial City of Hue,” it noted.
The Travel said that those who adore beautiful Vietnamese beaches should head to resorts located in Mui Ne, a coastal fishing town in the southcentral province of Bình Thuan, to admire pristine shores of this fishing town and expansive dunes.
This tropical destination is all about fun under the sun, with kite- and windsurfers activities ensuring a playful time, while trekkers collect sand between their toes.
Situated in the heart of Phu Yen province, Tuy Hoa is always glowing as it is renowned for being the “city of oil lamps and braziers”.
“In the daytime, this provincial capital is splashed with sunlight, an enticing prospect for those who want to span the over the six-mile coastline of the Da Rang River,” the magazine said.
It added that at nighttime the fun never stops when the oil lamps lighten up the streets and alleys, luring tourists who come to paint the town red. From its pristine shore to the bustling core, the charming Tuy Hoa won’t disappoint tourists of varied tastes.
Hue in the central province Thua Thien-Hue represents a sightseer’s paradise and can serve as a studio for those who are Instagram savvy due to the potential for perfect snaps.
According to the outlet, for starters it has a majestic citadel with its streak of colours inspiring tourists. Its riverbanks and hills make trekkers busy, while pagodas, mansions, and markets are enough to interest casual strollers.
It also recommends that foodies go and enjoy the city’s world-class flavors, which they can savor in Dong Ba Market. Indeed, the varied activities on offer in Hue are for everybody.
Phan Thiet can be found in the southcentral province of Binh Thuan and is another top beach destination suitable for serene beachcombing and worry-free sightseeing.
The magazine revealed that Co Thach is a white-sand beach with plenty of rocks, perfect for those who enjoy rummaging.
Meanwhile, those who want to be taken away from the crowds can charter a boat to the charming Cu Lao Cau or Phu Quy islands nearby.
“Another must-see destination is the Fairy Stream, a place of stalactites that do not need any fairies to be magical. Indeed, the fun never stops in Phan Thiet,” it noted.
Ha Giang is one of the country’s “Frontier Areas”, meaning those exploring the mountainous province are assured of superb natural wonders.
“Lying by the pristine Lo River, its capital city, also named Ha Giang, is a tiny pocket of urbanity in a landscape dominated by ruggedness,” says The Travel.
It noted that the city serves as the gateway to all things grand in the province and where adventures start. Whether tourists are keen to hike to test their legs or join in a motorbike journey, the place won’t disappoint them and might leave them wanting more.