The natural beauty and cultural variety of Vietnam are astoundingly diverse. Vietnam is a nation that is fast developing and is adventurous. Vietnam’s main 7 cities – Hanoi, Hoi An, Da Nang, Hue, Da Lat, Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh – are teeming with creativity, culture, and colonial architecture, and they keep on moving forward.
These cities in Vietnam are always ready to welcome you with surprising elegance and breathtaking nature, making it one of the most underestimated travel destinations in Asia.
Here are the 7 cities in Vietnam you would like to visit:
Vietnam’s capital has a population of nearly seven million people and is the largest city in the country. Hanoi is the political and economic heart of Vietnam and is a major cultural center.
Hanoi has also been listed as one of the top three destinations for culture, cuisine, and attractions in Asia by Forbes Traveler.
The Old Quarter, the name commonly given to the historical civic urban core of Hanoi, located outside the Imperial Citadel of Thăng Long, is home to many traditional shops selling items from daily necessities to souvenirs. One can easily see many colorful flower markets, wet markets and streets filled with vendors selling local delicacies.
The cafes around the city are famous for ca phe sua da (coffee with condensed milk and ice), which originated in Hanoi nearly two centuries ago – introduced in the mid-1800s.
The city is also known for its traditional games and toys which are fascinating.
Hanoi has been the destination of tourists around the world. The city is one of Asia’s most fascinating places to visit.
2) HOI AN
Hoi An, translates as “peaceful meeting place” from Sino-Vietnamese, is a historic town located Vietnam’s central Quang Nam Province, on the north bank near the mouth of the Thu Bon River. The town was previously known as Faifo. Today, Hoi An is a popular tourist attraction with its community of artisans and beautiful Old Town. The town also has several beaches that are perfect for swimming and fishing nearby.
Hoi An is home to more than 4,000 historical sites dating back 400 years. The town comprises a well-preserved complex of 1,107 timber frame buildings, with brick or wooden walls. These include architectural monuments, commercial and domestic vernacular structures. Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1985 and subsequently as a Special National Cultural Heritage Site under the Cultural Heritage Law of 2001 amended in 2009, you can observe its well-preserved monuments from the 15th and 17th centuries in the Hoi An Ancient Town.
Visitors can walk around the streets of Hoi An to discover its rich architecture and culture. It fuses Vietnamese traditions with those of China and Japan.
The architecture of the town is beautiful and is best experienced by walking along the narrow lanes and little streets.
Visitors can also explore nearby countryside to discover many old temples, pagodas and churches.
The central location of Hoi An makes it an attractive place for those who wish to visit other nearby destinations such as Hue( 102 km) or Da Nang (23 km).
3) DA NANG
Da Nang is a coastal city in Vietnam’s Central region with a metro area population of 1,157,000 in 2021, a 2.84% increase from 2020. The city has played a key role in Vietnam’s history by serving as one of the first ports when the country was opened up in the early 16th century.
The city is famous for its sandy beaches, ancient Cham towers and Cham-styled local houses.
In addition, the city, which is also home to one of Vietnam’s most ancient markets – Binh Minh Market, has several attractions that are worth visiting such as the famous Marble Mountains and the Cham Museum.
Most of the people in Da Nang live in the Old City or around the Central Business District (CBD). The Old City was built up during Vietnam’s occupation by China under Emperor Yongle from 1406 to 1424 -. the third ruler of the Chinese Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 CE ).
Hue is a city found in the Central region of Vietnam and is home to more than one million people.
Hue was the capital city of the Nguyen Dynasty for 140 years, dating back from 1805 until 1945. Nobody, who visits Hue, comes back without mentioning its cultural heritage.
Those who visit this city get to see its stunning monuments made by Emperor Gia Long – original name Nguyen Phuc Anh, (born Feb. 8, 1762 – in early 19th century. The most famous and iconic monument of Hue is the Perfume River with a beautiful bridge that connects two sides of the riverbank. The five-tier Tran Dynasty Citadel, the tombs of kings and queens and temples are also attractive places for tourists to visit.
The city is home to many mouth-watering dishes that are highly rated by the visitors.
The cuisine of Hue is influenced by both Chinese and French cultures. The locals here love to add dried shrimp or fish sauce to their meals, which makes it even more delicious.
The market in Hue is famous for its fresh food and seafood, making it a popular destination among tourists. There are many delicious things sold in the market, such as coconut ice cream, grilled spring rolls and a variety of fish sauces.
5) DA LAT
Da Lat is a city in Vietnam’s Central Highlands. This city has a population of around 425,000 (2020) people. Da Lat is home to several mountains and hills after which it was named such as Lam Vien, Nui Co To and Thien Cung Cave.
The city is famous for its cool climate, pine trees and its highland tea. Da Lat has been ranked as among the top ten temperate climates in the world by Forbes Traveler magazine.
Da Lat’s downtown area is known as “Little Paris”. Thanks to French colonists who created their own version of France here during the Vietnam War (November 1, 1955 – April 30, 1975)
The city has several adventure destinations such as ancient caves, waterfalls and lakes.
The city is also famous for its pine trees which are thousands of years old. Some of the world’s oldest pines can be found in Da Lat.
6) NHA TRANG
Nha Trang is a coastal city found in Vietnam’s Khanh Hoa province with a population of 336,356 people in 2022.
The city’s history spans nearly 1,800 years – the 3rd century CE, when, as part of the independent land of Kauthara, a Champa kingdom years. It is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Citadel of An Bang, first constructed in 1011 under the reign of Emperor Lý Thái Tổ of Lý dynasty.
The modern city has become a major tourist destination with its beautiful beaches and cities such as Phu Nha Tho, Long Hai Bay and My Khe. It serves as a major sea port for the nearby islands in Vietnam. The town also has many resorts and hotels that have been built to serve its big tourism industry.
7) HO CHI MINH CITY (SAIGON)
The Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam with a population of more than 8,993,082 people (2022). The city’s economy is mostly centered on commerce, manufacturing, construction and tourism. As such, it is an economic hub of Vietnam.
The city has become an increasingly popular destination for tourists with its many attractions and sights such as the War Remnants Museum, which displays many images from Vietnam’s war against the US. The museum has been visited by millions of tourists from all over the world.
There are more than 40 parks – including September 23rd Park, Tao Dan Park, Gia Dinh Park etc. – in HCMC that are home to many beautiful monuments and statues of great leaders, both Vietnamese and international. The city can be found among the world’s top tourist destinations with its many attractions including beaches, museums, shops and restaurants.
HCMC is also famous for its UNESCO-recognized opera house, Ho Chi Minh City Opera House. It counts around 500 seats, a large stage and unique architecture.
7 things to consider before visiting Vietnam
1) VISA REGULATIONS
Before traveling to Vietnam, people must first check the visa requirements and regulations for entering the country. Most of the countries allow tourists to visit Vietnam without having to obtain a visa beforehand. However, there are some countries that require a tourist visa before arrival. Tourists should also get informed about the duration of stay and other conditions of their visas.
2) CURRENCY REGULATIONS
The currency used in Vietnam is Vietnamese Dong. The banknotes come in different denominations such as 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000 and 10,000 Vietnamese Dong (VND). The coins are found in 100 VND denominations.
1 Vietnamese dong equals 0.000043 United States Dollar.
3) CLIMATE IN VIETNAM
Vietnam has a tropical monsoon climate. The climate here is humid, warm and wet during the summer monsoon. However, it tends to be cooler with some dryness during the winter monsoon. People who are planning to visit Vietnam should be prepared for it to be hot and humid throughout the year. Those who travel in winter periods can expect very cool weather.
4) FOOD AND DRINKS IN VIETNAM
Food & Drink is included in all of our tours as we believe that the best way to experience culture is through food, drink and conversation. Below you will find some examples of typical “Vietnamese” dishes that you can expect on our tours. Please note that each country has its own customs and standards on what is considered appropriate for eating in public places. So please be sure to always show respect to the locals.
Vietnamese is the main language spoken in Vietnam. However, you may also see signs in English and Chinese.
6) TRAVELING WITH CHILDREN IN VIETNAM
Vietnam is a great destination for family holidays with its beautiful beaches, active volcanoes, long rivers and waterfalls, caves and lakes. It also has many other attractions that children may enjoy such as kite-flying festivals and parades. For those who travel to Vietnam with young children, it is recommended that they play sports or do outdoor activities on the beach or at a swimming pool when they are not out on the river or jungle exploring together with their parents.
7) SAFETY IN VIETNAM
Safety is the number one concern for tourists when traveling to a new country. However, with the wonders found in Vietnam, it can be quite inspiring and a great place to visit with children. The country is considered safe to visit if you follow some basic safety precautions:
- Avoid entering areas where there are many migrant workers. These workers may be living illegally and runaways, so please exercise caution when traveling through these areas.
- Travel with informed travel companions such as guide books or websites that provide detailed information about restaurants and attractions.
- Please remember to book local and trusted tour services whenever possible.
- You can report any cases of theft, scams or assaults to the police in Vietnam. They will provide assistance with your problem.
Traveling with children in Vietnam doesn’t have to be difficult at all. And it’s important that you feel relaxed during your trip.