Vietnam: Places to Explore


  • Danang

    Danang was an important port city late in the 19th century, when silting in the Thu Bon River eliminated neighboring Hoi An's access to the sea. The ancient Kingdom of Champa existed in the region...

  • Halong Bay

    A visit to the north is not complete without a trip to Halong Bay, where placid waters give way to more than 3,000 limestone karsts and wind-sculpted limestone formations jut from foggy lagoons....

  • Hanoi

    A fascinating mix of old and new Vietnam with Chinese and French influences, Hanoi is changing quickly but maintains a strong sense of identity. Full of things to see, from the architecture of the...

  • Ho Chi Minh City

    Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam's largest city and the engine driving the country's current resurgence. It may be the most capitalist city in the country, but HCMC hasn't...

  • Hoi An

    From the lantern-strewn streets of Old Town to the farmers shouldering their harvest in balanced baskets, the scenes of Hoi An capture what every traveler imagines Vietnam to be. It is the...

  • Hue

    With its ancient Citadel, mausoleums, pagodas, and palaces, Hue is a haven for history buffs. Winding through this historic capital is Perfume River (Song Huong), overshadowed by the walled...

  • Mekong Delta

    Innumerable rivers, canals, tributaries, and rivulets overflow with fish, and the rich alluvial soil helps produce an abundance of rice, fruit, and vegetables. Lush orchards, floating markets,...

  • Nha Trang

    Home to Vietnam's best beaches and dive sites, the coastal city of Nha Trang is a magnet for those seeking sunshine and underwater adventure. Backdropped by mountains and cityscape are white sandy...


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