Northeast of Sapa lies the unexplored territory of the Ha Giang Province. Arguably one of the best drives in the world, the road to Ha Giang province darts in and out of mountains and rock crevices and up and down mountains and valleys. The immensely spectacular scenery on the drive coupled with smooth roads makes for the perfect motorcycle ride.
Home to several mammoth limestone grottoes, stalagmites and stalactites, Son Doong Caves located within the Phong Nha Ke Bang is the largest Cave in the world. The Son Doong cave spans about 9 kilometres in length and has sections that are upto 200 metres high. The cave is home to various kinds of wildlife such as monkeys, bats and flying foxes.
Known For : War Remnants Museum Saigon Central Post Office Reunification Palace
Commonly referred as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is all about dynamism, crowded streets, skyscrapers and urbanization fusing well with culture side including Oriental style pagodas, ancient temples and traditional markets. With a sudden bout of economic uprising, the city offers something for everyone and thus serving as a destination worth visiting.
Best Time: November to April
Known For : Hoang Lien National Park, Lao Cai Silver Waterfall Fansipan
Nestled in the midst of mountains and valleys, Lao Cai, an obscure yet well developed Vietnamese region offers you something out of the ordinary - rich Vietnamese culture sans the sultry tropical heat. Lao Cai offers you a picturesque scenery, adventure and a peek into the rich culture and history of the local people, serving as an excellent tourist retreat for all kinds of people.
Best Time: September to October
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Ban Gioc Waterfall is one of Vietnam’s most impressive sights. The Ban Gioc waterfall is 30 meter high, 300 meter wide and is located on the Quay Son River. The waterfall is pristine and untouched by tourist masses. It is the highest waterfall in the country.
Known For : Fansipan Mountain Silver Watefall Muong Hoa Valley
Sapa is one of the popular hill stations located in Vietnam. Situated at a height of 1500 metres Sapa is known to share border with China. This popular destination is favourite amongst the tourist for its high cultural diversity as well as scenic beauty. This place has seen a rapid growth in the recent years and is regarded as one of the most beautiful locations in the country.
Best Time: March to May
Known For : The Prison Museum Bai An Hai Chua Van Son
Best Time: November to February
Cát Tiên National Park is a national park which is located in the Southern regions of Vietnam. It’s approximately 150 kilometres away from Ho Chi Minh City. It covers around 720 square-kilometres of the few surviving tropical lowlands of Vietnam. The national park si home to exquisite flora and fauna such as the golden-cheeked gibbon and many birds.
Known For : Old Quarter Hoan Kiem Lake Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Packed with rustic beauty and romance, Hanoi is a regularly progressing city with narrow streets of old quarters and modern metropolis. With colonial past, one can witness its shadow lurking all over the city through its colonial-style buildings and museums. Hanoi also offers a great variety of tourist attractions along with plenty of parks and lakes.
Best Time: October to April
Known For : Hue Imperial City Ho Quyen Than Toan Bridge
Hue city is one of the oldest cities in the history of Vietnam. This city was once the capital of Vietnam and has seen pretty tough times. Although not completely surrounded by the rivers this city in Vietnam does sure contain some wonderful beaches. Regarded as the world heritage site by the UNESCO this site was once the city of emperors and visiting here you would still find numerous building which belonged to the rulers of the Nguyen dynasty
Best Time: January to April
Known For : Trang An Grottoes Tam Coc Bai Dinh Pagoda
Best Time: Throughout the year
Known For : Cat Ba Island Sung Sot Cave Dau Be Island
Halong Bay is a popular bay which is located in the north of Vietnam. The name of this place i.e. Halong means "the place of descending dragons'. This place was not very much known before the 19th century. However in the recent years the popularity of this place has risen to a much greater value.It is a beautiful bay which one can visit in order to enjoy the scenic beauty present all around.
Best Time: April to September
Known For : Hoi An Old Town An Bang Beach Fujian Assembly Hall
Hoi An is one of the oldest cities located all over Asia. This city has been known to be around 2000 years old. This city is known to be established in the 15th century and is now declared as the world heritage site by UNESCO. This city was once a popular port and now is known to attract thousands of tourists worldwide.
Best Time: February to July
Known For : Xuan Huong Lake Datanla Waterfalls Elephant Waterfalls
Best Time: December to March
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