Vietnam is full of culture, mouthwatering food and some of the most interesting travel destinations in the world. Located beneath China and to the right of Cambodia, this country has the 14th largest population and is growing in tourism. Tourists are drawn to Vietnam’s beautiful beaches and diverse culture. From small fishing towns to large cities, Vietnam has something for everyone. Check out these popular places you should visit on your trip to Vietnam:

Where to Go in Vietnam

1. Hạ Long Bay

If you’re only visiting one place in Vietnam it should be the mystical Ha Long Bay. It has been named a World Heritage Site by the United Nations and is the most popular destination in Vietnam. It’s very easy to understand why the small fishing town is so popular, with its breathtaking limestone islands covered in rainforests. Among the emerald waters are hidden caves and diverse wildlife that you can explore by boat tours, scuba diving or even rock climbing.

2. Hue

This city is located in central Vietnam and is famous for having been the national capital and the emperor’s home. The Imperial City is a fortress within Hue and has many temples and palaces. The citadel is surrounded by a moat and thick walls and gives a glance back in time of what it was like living in Vietnam hundreds of years ago. Become a part of the culture and take a bike tour of the city. Motorbikes are the most popular form of transportation in Vietnam and they fill the roads of Hue.

3. Mekong Delta

Imagine yourself drifting on the river surrounded by greenery and vast wildlife. The primary mode of transportation in the Mekong Delta is through rivers and canals, and some of the villages are only accessible by boat. Located in southwestern Vietnam, this area produces a third of Vietnam’s rice production and has many unique floating markets.

4. Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam and is formerly known as Saigon. There is a lot of history within the city including the War Remnants Museum and religious sites. The Dai Nam Tourist park has many activities for travelers included an open range zoo, shopping and the Dai Nam Van Hien Temple. You can also take a motorcycle tour to explore the authentic food options and activities the city has to offer.

5. Sa Pa

The landscape of Sa Pa brings tourists from around the world to admire the stunning terraced rice fields. This small farming town is surrounded by mountains and has become a popular place for tourists to explore and photograph. It is recommended to hire a trekking guide to see all of Sa Pa. The town is located in Northern Vietnam near the Chinese border and is only accessible by train or bus.

This article was written by Taylor Bishop.