Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, and also my hometown, is located in the north of Vietnam. Hanoi is a must-visit because of the astonishing fusion between traditions and modernity. Personally, I think Hanoi has one of the best cuisines in the whole country thanks to the balanced and sophisticated taste of Hanoians. The north of Vietnam has many breathtaking sights, and one of the most well-known locations must be Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you do not have much time in Vietnam, I would recommend visiting only Hanoi and Ha Long Bay. However, if you stay for a long time, do not miss Ninh Binh, Tam Dao, and Ha Giang.
The most famous city in central Vietnam is Hue, as it used to be the ancient capital of Vietnam. Hue has a rich history and is full of traditional architecture, such as tombs and palaces. It is a wonderful destination to explore the country’s imperial past. What is more, the centre of Vietnam is a perfect place for beach holidays, as it has some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. Some of my top recommendations would be Da Nang, Nha Trang, Quang Binh, and Phu Yen. The surreal sand hills of central Vietnam are worth visiting, offering many fun activities.
Some people may be mistaken thinking that the big city Ho Chi Minh city (old name: Sai Gon) is the capital of Vietnam: in fact, it is just a financial hub. Many expats favor Ho Chi Minh city for its fast pace of life and energetic mood. The various museums and galleries in the town give an insight into the flourishing art scene of Vietnam. The nightlife in the city is great, with many rooftop bars. The south of Vietnam is also famous for its idyllic countryside, especially the southwestern cities such as Ben Tre and Chau Doc. The local floating markets on the Mekong River are among the highlights for tourists. Phu Quoc is a small island in the far south part of Vietnam, that is ideal for a relaxing holiday.
As a local myself, although I have traveled extensively in the three main regions: the North, the Centre and the South, Vietnam still keeps surprising me with new amazing places. For example, I have recently been to the province An Giang in the southwestern part of the country for the first time and discovered picturesque sights I have never seen before. I am sure Vietnam would fascinate you with its diverse cultures and landscapes too. Vietnam is a country for every kind of tourist, whether you are into nature, history, culture, art, or nightlife.
Here is a video I made to show some of the most beautiful places in Vietnam:
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