1. Ben Duoc Temple, Ho Chi Minh City

Ben Duoc Temple, Ho Chi Minh City

Duoc Temple is a monument to the fallen soldiers and civilians of the Saigon, Cho Lon, and Gia Dinh battlefields. While a stark reminder of Vietnam’s past, the architecture epitomizes harmony and balance.

 

2. Chinese Temple, Ho Chi Minh City

Chinese Temple, Ho Chi Minh City

In the Chinese temples of Ho Chi Minh City, incense from urns and hanging coils prepare the faithful for worship and create a full sensory experience for visitors.

 

3. Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay

 

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ha Long is a massive bay, featuring thousands of limestone karsts (rock formations), limestone inlets, incredible biodiversity, and many endemic plant and animal species.

 

4. Ha Long Bay (2)

Ha Long Bay 2

A popular tourist attraction, visitors to Ha Long Bay will be enchanted by its stunning beauty. The immensity of the bay and its many limestone formations create a lasting impression.

 

5. Hamong Family, Sa Pa Vietnam

Hamong Family, Sa Pa Vietnam

The Hamong people typically live in the mountains. Intrepid visitors make the trek on market days to buy handcrafted items, which provide essential income for Sa Pa families.

 

6. Phan Thiet Landscape

Phan Thiet Landscape

Phan Thiet is a world away from crowded Ho Chi Minh City with dazzling water and stunning desert landscapes. Be sure to sample the local seafood and fish sauce!

 

7. Lang Co Beach, Danang

Lang Co Beach, Danang

Pristine beaches against a verdant mountain backdrop: Lang Co is a sun-worshipper’s paradise. Crowds are sparse; relaxation and views are plentiful.

 

8.  Lang Co Beach Coastline

Lang Co Beach Coastline

Visit from April to July for terrific weather. This is coastline that has, so far, escaped commercialism and tourist trappings.

 

9. One Pillar Pagoda, Hanoi

One Pillar Pagoda, Hanoi

 

Visitors to One Pillar Pagoda, one of Vietnam’s most famous temples, believe prayers here are answered with well-being and prosperity. Its name Diên Hựu tự  means “long-lasting happiness and good luck.”

 

10. Perfume River, Hue

Perfume River, Hue

The best way to tour Hue is a relaxing boat ride on the tranquil Perfume River.  Try an autumn trip when the air is infused with sweet scents from the orchards.

 

11. Rice Field, Hanoi

Rice Field, Hanoi

provide essential income for Sa Pa families.

 

12. Saigon River, Ho Chi Minh City

Saigon River, Ho Chi Minh City

The Saigon River meanders along Vietnam’s most significant sites, including Cu Chi tunnels, the Mekong Delta, and the Can Gio Biosphere Reserve.

 

13. Tram Fon Pass, Sa Pa

Tram Fon Pass, Sa Pa

Tram Fon Pass, Vietnam’s highest pass, offers an endless expanse of soft rolling mountains and intriguing mists make for a unique and unforgettable experience.

 

14. Vinh Trang Pagoda, Mekong Delta

Vinh Trang Pagoda, Mekong Delta

Amazing architecture, marvelous bronze and wood statues of Buddhas, and meticulous upkeep make Vinh Trang Pagoda a serene stop in any Vietnam tour. 

Enid Glasgow