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The Most Beautiful Towns and Cities in Vietnam

Sand harvesting

Vietnam immediately captivates visitors with its rich heritage and striking natural beauty. Bordered by mountains to the east and the South China Sea to the west, with the Red River and Mekong deltas at the country’s north and south ends, the country’s diverse landscape encompasses white-sand beaches, rice paddies, and lush jungles. Here are some of the best towns and cities in Vietnam, bookable through Culture Trip.

Hội An

Hoi An is a Unesco World Heritage Site and one of Vietnam’s most important tourist destinations. With wonderful cuisine, intriguing history, and irresistible charm, Hội An is one of the Vietnamese cities that best matches many travellers’ ideas of what Vietnam is like. A major port between the 16th and 18th centuries, it owes its beauty to a combination of Asian and European influences. Small enough to explore on foot, Hội An’s streets are dotted with Chinese temples, lively food markets and wooden-fronted shophouses. Galleries selling local artwork and laid-back open-air cafes add a charming, bohemian element. There is also an annual lantern festival, which takes place along the Hoai River.

Beautiful Hoi An

Mũi Né

Once a sleepy fishing village, Mũi Né is now a favourite weekend getaway destination for immigrants living the Vietnam urban life in nearby Ho Chi Minh City, known previously as Saigon. Despite its increasing popularity with tourists, the town retains an invitingly low-key atmosphere. Its nine-mile beach is lined with low-rise resorts, restaurants and shops. The bay is a well-known hot spot for wind and kite surfing, thanks to wind levels that are relatively consistent throughout the year. If you need a break from the beach, take a tour of the surrounding sand dunes. These dunes actually help create the town’s pleasant microclimate, causing rainfall to be relatively minimal even during the country’s wet season.

Sunset in Mui Ne

Đà Lạt

At an altitude of 1.5km (about a mile) above sea level, Đà Lạt offers year-round cool weather and serene mountain scenery. This quaint city was once a favourite retreat of Vietnamese emperors and French colonials eager to escape the country’s summer heat. The European influences are still noticeable in the French colonial architecture found in the city’s central area, where the streets are lined with red-roofed stone buildings. With lovely churches, markets, winding streets and colourful gardens, the city is a wonderful place for strolling. The surrounding area offers lakes, forests and waterfalls – perfect for trekking, biking and rock-climbing.

Da Lat mountain scenery

Cần Thơ

The largest city in the Mekong Delta, Cần Thơ sits at the meeting point of several different waterways. It’s an ideal base for visiting the nearby floating markets, with canals and rivers filled with an astonishing variety of boats and ships. Cần Thơ’s lovely riverfront is lined with sculpture gardens and some of the region’s best restaurants. The backstreets give rise to a few unique temples and a buzzing night market, plus a short trip outside of the city will bring you to beautiful countryside landscapes covered with rice fields.

Floating market in Can Tho

Vũng Tàu

Located 120km (75mi) south of Ho Chi Minh City, Vũng Tàu is a popular beach destination for locals and expats looking to escape the city. Set in a gorgeous location on a peninsula, with ocean on three sides, the city is pleasantly scruffy with wide boulevards and grand colonial-era buildings. The boardwalk along Bai Sau, also known as Back Beach

Vung Tau picturesque

Huế

Another Unesco World Heritage Site, Huế was Vietnam’s Imperial City and later the capital of the country’s Nguyen emperors. It also features on Culture Trip's exclusive small-group Vietnam trip, which includes a street food tour and cooking masterclass in Huế. The town was devastated by wars with the French and the Americans in the 19th and 20th centuries, it’s still filled with enthralling tombs, temples, and palaces. The Perfume River (Sông Hương) winds through the city, with the Forbidden City looming over its north bank. Dating back to the early 19th century, this citadel stretches for three miles along the town’s waterfront. The Perfume River itself is dotted with houseboats, long-tail vessels and dragon boats.

(Source: Culture Trip)

 

Hue Imperial City

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