14 Photos of Vietnam That Will Have You Booking a Plane Ticket

Jennifer Arnow

From the busy streets of Hanoi to the lush green mountains of Sapa, Vietnam should be on every traveler’s list. —Photos by Jennifer Arnow

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The streets in Hanoi's Old Quarter are chaotic, packed to the brim with motorbikes whizzing by in almost every direction. Crossing the streets in a city with almost no stop lights or enforced street directions is thrilling and not as dangerous as you might expect.

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Water buffalo snacking near Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park.

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A mouthwatering bowl of Pho Ga served at the Chay Lap Farmstay in the Quang Binh region of central Vietnam.

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Decorated rooftops in the Cat Cat village sit high amongst the mountains in Sapa

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A woman selling toys waits for customers near Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi. Hoan Kiem Lake is a hot spot for tourists and locals alike.

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The charming Victoria Sapa Hotel is decorated with authentic touches, like this painting of a tribeswoman and child.

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An exterior courtyard inside the Loa Han Prison in Hanoi. Loa Han Prison, built in 1896 by French occupiers, has a long history but is most known in America for housing American POWs during the Vietnam War.

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Paradise Cave is one of the many wondrous caves inside Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. Only the first kilometer is open to tourists via a wooden path, although the cave is more than 31 kilometers long.

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Black Hmong tribe woman and child, Cat Cat village, Sapa, Vietnam.

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Sapa in Northern Vietnam is never short on breathtaking scenery.

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Hanoi is loaded with cafes, but The Hanoi Social Club is a real standout due to its laid-back vibe and cool colonial decor. You can't go wrong with an icy glass of their cà phê sữa đá (Vietnamese iced coffee).

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A misty view of the lake in Sapa, right in the center of town.

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A calligrapher practices Sino-Vietnamese writing at the Ngoc Son Temple on Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi.

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An overview of the lively streets near Tonkin Free School Square in Hanoi's Old Quarter.

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