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Travel Guide > Asia > Vietnam

Vietnam Sights & Attractions


All Things to See in Vietnam

Monument/Building Tomb of Minh Mang
(12km) - in this opulent complex, the main buildings are arranged on an east-west axis, including a courtyard surrounded by warrior statues and several temples and pavilions. Several bridges cross two lakes before the axis... more
1 Fans, in Huế
Monument/Building Thien Mu Pagoda
(4km) - perched on a bluff over the river and housing some very fine gold and silver Buddha images. The Thien Mu Pagoda overlooks the Perfume River and is the official symbol of the city of Hue. Thien Mu means "elderl... more
1 Fans, in Huế
Monument/Building Tomb of Tu Duc
(7km) - Constructed from 1833/64 to 1867, the complex served as a second Imperial City where the Emperor went for "working vacations". Tu Duc's contemplative nature and poetic spirit is reflected in the landscape... more
1 Fans, in Huế
Monument/Building Vinh Moc Tunnels
An entire village lived in the Vinh Moc Tunnels for two and a half years. 17 babies were born in the tunnels. There is a small but informative museum here, with photos of the construction of the tunnels, and of daily... more
1 Fans, in Dmz
Museum National Museum of Vietnamese History - Bao tang Lich su Viet Nam
This is a collection from Vietnamese history from about 1000 years back until 1945. Many antiques and the such.
Admission 15,000 dong/Students 8,000 and under 15 just 2,000. 15,000 dong for a camera/30,000 dong for a video, in Hanoi
Monument/Building Museum of the Vietnamese Revolution - Bao tang Cach mang Viet Nam
This museum gives a very informed and detailed account of the Vietnamese struggle against first the French (starting in 1858 -- on the first floor), then against the Americians (on the ground floor - ending on 30 April 1975). It is housed in a colonial French bu... more
10,000 VND, in Hanoi
Museum Fine Arts Museum - Bao Tang My Thuat
Only party-approved art is shown here and there is no information in English and only little in Vietnamese. But it is an interesting museum at any rate, with pieces such as the wonderful pictures of soldiers on boats depicted on prehistoric bronze drums, Buddhis... more
20,000 VND, in Hanoi
Museum Army Museum - Bao Tang Quan Doi
Vietnam's military history extends back some two millennia, and this museum covers it on four buildings with interesting pieces. Item descriptions on museum exhibits are in Vietnamese, French and English. On display outside are the ubiquitous MiG-21 jet figh... more
Admission 20,000 VND and an additional 20,000 VND to take pictures, in Hanoi
Museum Air Force Museum - Bao Tang Khong Quan
There's a decent outdoor collection of Soviet-built MiG fighters, a huge Mi-6 helicopter, and other aircraft; unfortunately they've been exposed to the elements for some time and local kids climb over them.Directionssouthwest of the city center
in Hanoi
Monument/Building Truong Sanh Residence
Translated as the "Palace of Longevity", the Truong Sanh Palace was the residence of King Tu Duc’s mother, Empress Tu Du, under the Nguyen Dynasty in the 19th century. It lies in Tu Cam Thanh, one of the two major parts of the Hue Citadel. Curren... more
in Huế
Monument/Building Thai Hoa Palace
The emperor's coronation hall, where he would sit in state and receive foreign dignitaries.
in Huế
Monument/Building Ngo Mon
The main southern entrance to the city, built in 1833 by Minh Mang. The central door, and the bridge connecting to it, were reserved exclusively for the emperor. Climb up to the second floor for a nice view of the exquisite courtyard. The Ngo Mon Gate is the pri... more
in Huế
Lake Xuan Huong Lake
No admission fee but rental fees vary if you want to boat. Approximately 5km in diameter, this lake was made after two dams on the Camly river were destroyed during a storm in the 1930s. Now, Xuan Huong lake is one of the ... more
1 Fans, in Dalat
Nature/Wildlife Fairy Stream
The Fairy Stream (Suoi Tien) is a little river that winds its way through bamboo forests, boulders and the dunes behind the village, in parts resembling a miniature version of the Grand Canyon. You can walk up vi... more
1 Fans, in Mui Ne
Monument/Building Reunification Palace
Also known as Independence Palace (this is the old name). This is a restored five-floor time warp to the Sixties left largely untouched from the day before Saigon fell to the North (construction started in 1962 a... more
1 Fans, 15,000 dong, in Ho Chi Minh City
Monument/Building City Hall at Ho Chi Minh City
Originally called the Hôtel de Ville and now formally re-branded the People's Committee Hall, it's a striking cream and yellow French colonial building beautifully floodlit at night. No entry, but the&... more
1 Fans, in Ho Chi Minh City
Museum War Remnants Museum
Formerly known as the of Exhibition House of American War Crimes, the museum was opened in a hurry, less than five months after the fall of the South. It has moved to new premises with three stories of exhibits and various... more
1 Fans, 15,000 dong, in Ho Chi Minh City
Monument/Building Notre Dame Cathedral
A French-built Catholic cathedral in the city center.
1 Fans, in Ho Chi Minh City
Monument/Building Japanese Covered Bridge
The bridge was constructed in the early 1600's by the Japanese community, roughly 40 years before they left the city to return to Japan under the strict policy of sakoku enforced by the Tokugawa Shogunate, and re... more
1 Fans, in Hoi An
Walk Hoi An Eco Tour
Hoi An Eco Tour is a unique cultural tourist attraction. Learn how to catch fish, row a basket boat with local fisherman through the coconut palm paradise. Rather than focusing on historical artifacts of Vietnam, the eco tour focuses on the historical, and livin... more
in Hoi An
Monument/Building One-Pillar Pagoda
Travelers find the One-Pillar Pagoda either charming and lovely or utterly pointless, depending on how many tour groups are crammed into the small grounds at the time of their visit. Directions Tucked away between the Ho ... more
1 Fans, Free, in Hanoi
Monument/Building Temple of Literature - Van Mieu
The Temple of Literature was founded in 1070 and established as the country's first university six years later. The courtyard features numerous stone tablets, each mounted on the back of a tortoise, with the names of g... more
1 Fans, 10,000 VND, in Hanoi
Nature/Wildlife Basket Boat Race Tour
Eco-basket race tour is used for the incentive group or Mice that would like to have crazy fun with the adventure basket boat race. We divide people from the group in to small teams and we lead them to join into ... more
1 Fans, Luxury, $30 / 1 pax, in Hoi An
Waterfall Pongour Falls
It is one of the largest and widest waterfalls in Vietnam and during the wet season, it is a magnificent sight.
in Dalat
Waterfall Prenn Falls
A very common stop on a typical Dalat tour, Prenn Falls is quite beautiful but is a lot more fun when you're hiking it than just taking pictures of it.
Admission fee under US$1., in Dalat
Lake Tuyen Lam Lake
Its clean green waters flow from the beautiful Tia Spring and from the Da Tam River, which flows down from Voi mountain. Its waters stretch over an immense 350 hectares and because of its various sources, Tuyen Lam is known as the lake where rivers, springs and ... more
in Dalat
Lake Lake Of Sorrow
The Lake of Sorrow is another common destination in Dalat. The Lake of Sorrow is named because of a tale of two lovers, one who committed suicide after the other was called up to serve in the army.
Admission fee under US$1, in Dalat
Lake Thung Lung Tinh Yeu
Located about 5km outside of town, Thung Lung Tinh Yeu is also known as the Valley of Love is common stop on Dalat tours and is very popular with honeymooners. The Valley of Love is also a great spot for canyoning. 
in Dalat
Mountain Lang Biang
The 1,900m peak is reachable by a paved path, ideal for a 3 hours hike. Also visit the minorities village under the mountain foot.
in Dalat
Monument/Building Thien Vien Truc Lam Monastery
It is at the top of where the cable car drops you off (single 50,000 dong, return 70,000) The monastery (admission free, donations accepted) has a magnificent view over the dams below and its gardens are full of landscaped shrubs in animal form. Extremely peacef... more
in Dalat
Lake Ho Suoi Vang
Also known as Golden Spring lake. It is rather unspoiled scenery.
in Dalat
Monument/Building Nha Tho Domaine De Marie
A pink church on top of a hill, with a store selling various dried fruits and snacks from the local orchards run by the nuns of the monastery.
in Dalat
Beach An Bang Beach
An Bang Beach has long been popular with the locals - and more recently the expat community. It's rarely shown on maps, but is actually closer and easier to get to than Cua Dai beach. It's about 2.5 km from town. Just take Hai Ba Trung Street out of town. When y... more
in Hoi An
Nature/Wildlife Cham Island
Pick up at hotel at 07:00, transfer to Cua Dai beach harbor by an air-conditioned bus. On board at 08:00, we cruise to Cham island by wooden boat for 1+1/4 hours or take a speed boat for 30 minutes. On arrival, we visit Hai Tang pagoda, the boat shelter, a local... more
in Da Nang
Village Ba Na Hill Station
45 minutes drive from Danang or around 40km west of Danang, Ba Na is located 1,487 meters above sea level in the Truong Son mountain range. Ba Na was formerly a 1920's French resort and once boasted 200 villas, restaurants, and clubs. It is well known as the sec... more
in Da Nang
Mountain Marble Mountains
It is 9km south of Da Nang. The group includes Kim Son (Mountain of Wood), Thuy Son (Mountain of Water), Hoa Son (Mountain of Fire), and Tho Son (Mountain of Earth). Several Buddhist temples have been built into the caves and grottoes, and it's a popular pilgrim... more
in Da Nang
Museum Cham Museum
Founded in 1915 by the École Française d'Extrême Orient, it houses a collection of stone sculptures from the Hindu-practicing Cham civilization, which occupied much of central Vietnam in the first millennium C.E. through about the 14th centur... more
30,000 Dong, in Da Nang
Nature/Wildlife Phong Nha Cave
Visit the largest and most stunning cave in Vietnam. The cave is nearly 55km long but visitors can only access the first kilometre. It is located 45km from Dong Hoi.
50,000 dong, in Dong Hoi
Monument/Building Camp Carroll
is the largest fire base of the U,S Marines below the DMZ. There were 24 big guns there to provide fire support for the Marines. In the 1972 Easter Offensive it was captured by the NVA when Ltn Colonel Pham Van Dinh of the Army of Republic of South Vietnam surre... more
in Dmz
Viewpoint Dak Rong Bridge
is midway along Highway 9, and is the starting point of Highway 15, one of the main branches of the Ho Chi Minh Trail, which leads south to the A Shau valley and the infamous "Hamburger Hill". Though not entirely legitimate, there is a monument commemo... more
in Dmz
Viewpoint Hien Luong Bridge
crosses the Ben Hai River at the middle of the DMZ and marks the former border between North and South Vietnam from 1954 to 1972 when the North Vietnamese Army captured Dong Ha town in the 1972 Easter Offensive and pushed the border to the Thach han river in Qua... more
in Dmz
Monument/Building Khe Sanh Combat Base
just east of the Lao border, was the site of a U.S. base which fell under attack in early 1968. The attack of the NVA on Khe Sanh was a diversion for the 1968 Tet Offensive in the south. The old airfield of red dirt still remains.
in Dmz
Monument/Building The Rockpile
was a Marine outpost built on top of a huge outcropping. Though it's inaccessible, it's a prominent sight from the highway.
in Dmz
Monument/Building Truong Son National Cemetery
is Vietnam's national war cemetery.
in Dmz
Park Twenty-Three September Park
Running along Phan Ngu Lao Street are a number of parks which fill up with locals before sunset, after work. They play a variety of games which you can participate in: badminton, kicking a shuttlecock and womens group aerobics (to music) are all very popular and... more
in Ho Chi Minh City
Monument/Building Dai Nam Tourist Park
Located about 40km from Ho Chi Minh City, the Dai Nam Tourist Park, opened in November of 2008, it is one of the newest and largest tourist attractions in Vietnam. It features the Dai Nam Van Hien Temple, an entertainment site, open range zoo, shopping areas, ho... more
in Ho Chi Minh City
Monument/Building Phung Son Tu Pagoda
Dedicated to the god of happiness and virtue. The pagoda itself is dusty and dwarfed by high-rises under construction nearby, but the small, sculpted grounds are a good place for a rest from the hectic city.
in Ho Chi Minh City
Monument/Building Quan Am Pagoda
The oldest pagoda in town, home of a lot of incense and a cheerful puppy.
in Ho Chi Minh City
Monument/Building Thien Hau Pagoda
Dedicated to Lady Thien Hau, the sea goddess, who left two giant turtles to keep an eye on things in her absence. A festival is held in her honor on the 23rd day of the March lunar month. Don't miss the gorgeous sculptures in the walls of the courtyard outside t... more
in Ho Chi Minh City
Monument/Building Central Mosque
One of 12 mosques serving Ho Chi Minh City, the Central Mosque was built in 1935. It was originally constructed for worshipers from southern India then resident in Saigon, but now Muslims from as far as Pakistan and Indonesia come to pray. Friday draws the bigge... more
in Ho Chi Minh City
Museum Ho-Chi-Minh Museum
The museum (in a French colonial era building) near the dock of Saigon shows the life story of the modern day father of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh. There's also a Ho Chi Minh book shop as well.
10,000 dong, in Ho Chi Minh City
Monument/Building Museum Of Vietnamese History
The museum has a fine collection of Vietnamese antiquities. Read up on Vietnamese history first or you'll have no idea what you're looking at. Outside, the Botanical Gardens are very nice and a good place for a cheap lunch away from the crowds. If you care about... more
in Ho Chi Minh City
Monument/Building &#x110;&#xEC;nh Th&#x1EA7;n Th&#x1EAF;ng Tam (Th&#x1EAF;ng Tam Temple)
DirectionsFrom the Front Beach, follow Truong Cong Dinh St. to Tran Hung Dao Park. Here take Hoang Hoa Tham Street to Thang Tam
in Vũng Tàu
Monument/Building B&#x1EA1;ch Dinh (Villa Blanche)
in Vũng Tàu
Monument/Building Beautiful pagodas
in Vũng Tàu
Monument/Building Statue of Jesus Christ with outstretched arms
in Vũng Tàu
Monument/Building V&#x169;ng T&#xE0;u Lighthouse
in Vũng Tàu
Monument/Building Cao Dai Temple
Masses are held at 6am, mid-day, 6pm, and midnight.
in Tây Ninh
Mountain Nui Ba Den Mountain
there are two ways to get up to the temple: you can walk the traditional trail, or pay a few dollars and take the tram. The views of the countryside are breathtaking.
in Tây Ninh
Nature/Wildlife Sand Dunes
The famous Sand Dunes (Doi Cat), on the main coastal road a short distance north of the fishing town at the north end of Mui Ne bay, about 10 km from the main resort strip. The whole region is fairly sandy, with ... more
1 Fans, in Mui Ne
Monument/Building Fish Sauce Plants
where the famous nuoc mam (fish sauce) is produced. Big jars harbour the concoction that, after months in the blazing sun, is sold all over Vietnam to add some spice to the food.
in Mui Ne
Harbour Mui Ne market and fishing harbour
(Lang chai Mui Ne). Don't miss out on an excursion to this quiet little village, at the north end of Mui Ne bay. The coastal road leads straight into the town (with a left turn required to continue up the coast). At the entrance to town is an overlook with a... more
in Mui Ne
Monument/Building Po Sha Inu
tower is a derelict remainder of the ancient Cham culture that was built in the 8th century.
in Mui Ne
Mountain Cam Mountain
mountain to visit
in Long Xuyên
Mountain Sam Mountain
mountain to visit
in Long Xuyên
Mountain Sap Mountain
mountain to visit
in Long Xuyên
Island Tiger Island
the birthplace of the second president of Vietnam
in Long Xuyên
Village Phung Hiep
(Phụng Hiệp) is much farther away, in the neighboring Hậu Giang province, but deserves a trip if you are going to stay more than a few days, as it is always bustling with activity.
in Cần Thơ
Village Tra On
(Trà Ôn), in Vinh Long province, is just over an hour downstream the Bassac (the lower Mekong branch, also called Hậu Giang or Sông Hậu). It is a small floating village's market anchored near the clouds' island (Cù Lao M... more
in Cần Thơ
Monument/Building Tan Huong Church
is on the western End of Tran Phu.
in Kon Tum
Waterfall Ba Ho (3 lakes)
About 20km north of Nha Trang are a collection of 3 small lakes and scenic waterfalls. The entry cost is 10,000D and you may want to bring some sturdy shoes to climb across the rocks and swimming gear for a dip when you get there. Hire a taxi or take a motorcycl... more
in Nha Trang
Beach Bai Dai (Long Beach)
At 20km south of Nha Trang, this is best keep secret in town. Fantastic blue water and a nicer (less steep and better sand) beach than in town. Come there to find fresh seafood serve at many shacks with deckchairs right on the beach. Best to go by motorcycle or... more
in Nha Trang
Beach Jungle Beach
64km north of Nha Trang and run by a Canadian-Vietnamese couple, all meals are included. If you are looking for a beautiful beach in a very remote and quiet location then this could be your paradise.
450,000 dong pp inc meals, in Nha Trang
Museum Alexandre Yersin Museum
10 Tran Phu St., 058-822-355. Admission US$2. Mon-Sat 8-11AM and 2-4:30PM. This is a scientific museum of a Swiss-born, Dr. Alexandre Yersin (1863-1943), who arrived in Vietnam in 1891 to study infected animals. He then later on produced a serum from horses and ... more
in Nha Trang
Waterfall Ba Ho waterfalls
in Nha Trang
Monument/Building Bao Dai Villa
The Bao Dai Villas are located on top of a small hill. You have a beautiful view of the Nha Trang bay from there. The wind is cool and it is a nice place to relax at when it is too hot in the city.DirectionsNear the oceanographic institute
in Nha Trang
Beach Cam Ranh beach
The road to the Cam Ranh airport is a very scenic road and worth going just to enjoy the scenery. As you have passed over the mountains there is a very long and nice beach (around 15 - 20 km from Nha Trang city center) which is clean and beautiful. You can buy s... more
in Nha Trang
Beach Doc Let beach
Doc Let beach is more tranquil, cleaner and beautiful than the beach in Nha Trang. It is well worth taking a tour there. Local fishermen families sell and prepare seafood which they will cook for you on the beach for a very reasonable price.Directionsaround 40 ... more
in Nha Trang
Waterfall Fairy Spring waterfalls
in Nha Trang
Village Fishing village
The fishing village is located between the old and the new bridge. When the fishing boats are coming in or going out it is a beautiful sight. Well worth seeing!DirectionsBetween the old and the new bridge.
in Nha Trang
Monument/Building Long Son Pagoda
Thai Nguyen St. Free admission. Open 8AM-5PM. At this pagoda, you will see a 79 ft. tall white Buddha. The pagoda was established in 1963 to honour the monks and nuns who died demonstrating against the Diem government.
in Nha Trang
Museum National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam
01 Cau Da (on the left of the commercial port entrance), 058-590-037, Admission VND15,000. Open 7AM-4PM. This is like an aquarium with popular and rare species of the sea. A perfect place to bring kids as they will get to see sharks, turtles, coral reefs, lion... more
in Nha Trang
Monument/Building Nha Trang Cathedral
Located on a hill overlooking the city, the cathedral shows the influence of French Catholicism. It's a Quaint, free and quick sight to see. The Nha Trang area still has a strong Catholic population. There are Catholic Shops located around the Cathedral.
in Nha Trang
Monument/Building NhaTranglive
Thong Nhat Street & 2 thang 4 Street. (near Cho Dam Market), 090-714-3404, Free maps of city, drinks and tour travel guide book. Free use of wireless and computers. Largest collection of local painting by artists that lives in the area.
in Nha Trang
Monument/Building Po Nagar Cham Towers
2 Thang 4 St. Admission US$0.8. Open daily 7:30AM-5PM. These towers were built by the Cham civilization between the 7th and 12th century to honor Yang Ino Po Ngar, mother of the kingdom. The local Buddhists of Nha Trang occupied this place for prayers and worshi... more
in Nha Trang
Monument/Building Thap Ba Mud bath
On north side of Nha Trang. 50,000 dong for hot and cool swimming pools and thermal waterfall only. Pay extra for the mud! They serve food and drinks here also.
in Nha Trang
Monument/Building Vinpearl land
From the harbour you can take the cable car over to the island where Vinpearl resort and Vinpearl land is located. They have a small tivoli and some restaurants, attractions here include Underwater World (aquarium), Water Park complete with many exciting water s... more
320,000 dong, in Nha Trang
Waterfall Yang Bay Waterfalls
At the Yang Bay waterfalls the Vietnamese have built up a concrete beach. It used to be a lot nicer before they built it but it is still a very nice place to visit. You can swim there, and walk around in the area. You should probably bring your own food and drin... more
in Nha Trang
Museum Qui Nhon Museum
Quaint little museum with a couple of interesting exhibits. Ok if you need to pass some time when its raining.
in Qui Nhơn
Beach Beaches
Qui Nhon beach itself may look pretty, with its circular fishing boats, but the water itsn't really for swimming, and there are lots of large ships around. The best beaches lie a few Km away. Around the bay, there are beaches of the woah! variety. You will p... more
in Qui Nhơn
Monument/Building Cham Temples
The are some good examples of Cham architecture surrounding Qui Nhon. There are a pair just outside the town iteself, whilst the larger site is 25km away, with the temples situated imposingly on a hill.
in Qui Nhơn
Monument/Building Forbidden Purple City
Directly behind Thai Hoa Palace, but it was almost entirely destroyed during the 1968 Tet Offensive and only the rather nondescript Mandarin Palaces on both sides remain.
in Huế
Museum Ho Chi Minh Museum
6 D Le Loi - Free admission. Contains photos and information on Ho Chi Minh as well as the history of Hue in photographs.
in Huế
Jungle Hue Jungle Crevice
When the Viet Cong briefly over ran Hue they rounded up 3000 of Hue's citizens and officials. Fearing the prisoners would slow them down in hot retreat, they tied them up and pushed the people over the cliff into the crevice.
in Huế
Monument/Building Kim Long Charity Clinic
Give a small donation to the hardworking nuns at the Kim Long charity clinic, which provides free health care and medications to the poorest people in the region - see their website for more informationDirectionsOn the way to the Thien Mu Pagoda
in Huế
Monument/Building Phu Bai Airport
is a must-see if you are interested in the war. The airport was a dirt strip during the Indochina War. Then, during the Vietnam War, an American garrison was assigned there and built up the airport with concrete bunkers, a paved airstrip, and a few other luxurie... more
in Huế
Beach Thuan An Beach
15km from Hue.
in Huế
Monument/Building Tomb of Dong Khanh
built in 1917.
in Huế
Monument/Building Tomb of Gia Long
(40km) - the most remote of the tombs, quiet and fallen into disrepair as Gia Long, the first Nguyen emperor, was notoriously despotic.
in Huế
Monument/Building Tomb of Khai Dinh
(10km) - dating from 1925, this is the best preserved of the lot and, while comparatively compact, quite grand at first sight. While it follows the classic formula of forecourts leading up to the tomb of the Emperor, complete with statues in attendance, architec... more
in Huế
Monument/Building Tomb of Thieu Tri
(8km) - built in 1848.
in Huế
Nature/Wildlife Cuc Phuong National Park
This well preserved rainforest is located 45km from Ninh Binh. Near the entrance is the Endangered Primates Rescue Centre. You can only visit the centre with a park guide, which costs another 20,000 Dong per person and doesn't take long. There are about 150 prim... more
20,000 dong, in Ninh Bình
Nature/Wildlife Tam Coc
Located 9km south of Ninh Binh, Tam Coc is one of Vietnam's most spectacular sights. A boat can be hired that will take you through the waterways. Vast limestone cliffs rise out of the rice paddies. The area is somewhat similar to Halong Bay, but more accessible... more
60,000 dong per person, minimum 2 people per boat, in Ninh Bình
Nature/Wildlife Trang An Grottoes
7km away from Ninh Binh, an easy bicycle ride away, Trang An Grottoes is similar to Tam Coc but with many more caves to pass through. Most caves have been widened in order for the boats to pass through and as result their natural beauty has been compromised. The... more
in Ninh Bình
Museum Army Museum
Retells the stories of many battles throughout the country’s history. There are documents as well as models in the museum to make the retelling more interesting. They have the model of the B-52 plane, tanks and even canons.DirectionsDien Bien Phu street, ... more
in Hanoi
Lake B-52 Lake - Huu Tiep Lake
Until December 19, 1972, this was just a small brackish pond just off Hoang Hoa Tham Street, about 1km west of the mausoleum. On that day, in a twisted retelling of the Hoan Kiem legend (see above), Vietnamese anti-aircraft guns (possibly with the help of flying... more
in Hanoi
Monument/Building Downed Aircraft Memorial
Along Thanh Nien Street on Truc Bach lake there is a stone plaque commemorating the shooting down of a U.S. Navy (not "USAF" as depicted) aircraft in 1967. Peruse the Vietnamese script and you can pick out the name of '''John McCain'... more
in Hanoi
Monument/Building Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
The city down south may have his name, but only Hanoi has the man himself, entombed in distinctly Lenin-esque fashion - against his wishes, but that's how it goes. No talking, short pants, or other signs of disrespect allowed while viewing; photos are allowe... more
free., in Hanoi
Museum Ho Chi Minh Museum
this gleaming white museum and its gloriously ham-handed iconography are the perfect chaser to the solemnity of the mausoleum. The building, completed in 1990, is intended to evoke a white lotus. Some photos and old letters are on display on the second floor, bu... more
15,000 VND, in Hanoi
Monument/Building Ho Chi Minh's Vestige In The Presidential Palace Area
The exit from the mausoleum takes you right into the grounds of the, uh, vestige, where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked from 1954 until his death in 1969. The nicely landscaped complex includes two of Ho Chi Minh's houses, kept shiny and "as he left them&q... more
15,000 VND, in Hanoi
Lake Ho Tay - West Lake
mostly a residential hub of the well-to-do. Sofitel Plaza Hotel, one of the most luxurious hotels in Hanoi, is on this lakefront.Directionsnorthwest of the city
in Hanoi
Monument/Building Hoa Lo Prison (The Hanoi Hilton)
This prison was built by the French at the turn of the 20th century, in classical French prison design. This is where the French imprisoned and executed many of the Vietnamese freedom fighters. Now a museum (2/3 of the prison was torn down to make way for the Ha... more
Entry: 10,000 VND, in Hanoi
Lake Hoan Kiem Lake
A pleasant park in the center of town, within easy walking distance from anywhere in the Old Quarter. It's the locals' favorite leisure spot, and a great place to watch people practicing ''tai chi'' in the morning or to sit and read in th... more
in Hanoi
Park Lenin Statue & Park
One can always feel the diversity and liveliness of Hanoi there. In the morning, there are low-energy aerobics class for the elders and aerobic class for younger in the morning. During the day, one can enjoy the tranquility in the park since everybody is either ... more
in Hanoi
Park Ly Thai To Statue & Park
The park faces Hoan Kiem lake with a beautiful view of the busy Hang Bai street and the serenity of the willows on the bank of the lake. Many Hanoians view this mini-park as their favourite place because it is a symbol of the integration of modernity and traditi... more
in Hanoi
Monument/Building Museum of Ethnology - Bao Tang Dan Toc Hoc Viet Nam
covers mainly the culture and ritual practices of the various ethnic groups in the whole of Vietnam - one of the key attractions of the museum is the open-air exhibition, which has houses of some ethnic groups, which even comes with inhabitants in costumes. The ... more
25,000 VND for foreigners, in Hanoi
Monument/Building Ngoc Son Temple
Extends out into the lake, with small but attractive grounds, displays on Vietnamese history and, more memorably, displays on the giant turtles, including a mummified specimen.
Entry: 10,000 VND, in Hanoi
Beach Do Son
(beach) — about 20-23 km away from Hai Phong, Do Son is somewhat like a resort area for the tourists; the beaches are not the greatest, but you can swim in they water if you don't mind the water condition, but that wouldn't be very wise to do so. ... more
in Hải Phòng
Waterfall Ban Gioc Waterfall
this breathtaking waterfall, the largest in Vietnam, straddles the China-Vietnam border. The water is particularly thunderous in the wet season but is still beautiful during the dry. You can take a raft out into the river to the base of the falls and greet Chine... more
in Cao Bằng
Monument/Building Nguom Ngao Cave
ask your driver to take you to Nguom Ngao before or after Ban Gioc. This immense cave holds a series of majestic, jaw-dropping caverns, filled with delicate, intricate formations of stalactites and stalagmites. In the low season, you may even have the cave to ... more
in Cao Bằng
Monument/Building Pac Bo Cave
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Lake Thang Hen Lake
surrounded by mountains, this serene lake is at its best in the rainy season. During the dry season the lake shrinks and is not as impressive, but there are a few rafts that you can take. Walking in the nearby mountains brings you past local herders and farmer... more
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