Vietnam Travel Guides

Welcome to Vietnam. This is where you will find all of our Vietnam Travel Guides!

Vietnam is a country located on the eastern edge of Southeast Asia. It is bordered with mainland China, Laos and Cambodia and shares a maritime border with Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia as well as Malaysia.

Capital City: Hanoi

Population: About 98 million

Language: Vietnamese

Time Zone:  Indochina Time (with no daylight savings)

Vietnam Travel Highlights

The most popular travel destinations in Vietnam showcase mountains, rice terraces, limestone karsts and enormous caves which continue to attract tourists year after year.

For a country with much to offer backpackers and holiday makers, Vietnam is also incredibly affordable and many choose to travel long term here.

National Parks In Vietnam:

There is certainly no shortage of National Parks in Vietnam as this country contains over 30 National Parks officially recognized by the Government of Vietnam through decrees.

Below are some of the most popular National Parks in Vietnam including what makes each park special:

  • Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park (caves)
  • Cuc Phuong National Park (hiking)
  • Cát Bà National Park (scenery)
  • Bach Ma National Park (wildlife)
  • Phu Quoc National Park (beaches)
  • Cat Ba National Park (jungle views)
  • Hanoi
  • Sapa
  • Halong Bay
  • Phong Nha
  • Hue
  • Hoi An
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Da Lat
  • Phu Quoc

Keep in mind this small list just scratches the surface, but you can read about more things to do in Vietnam here.

Example 10 day Vietnam travel itinerary
Example 10 day Northern and Central Vietnam itinerary

Vietnam Travel Itineraries

Before heading to Vietnam, you will need to obtain a visa. The most common type of Vietnam tourist visa is a 30 day single entry visa.

Depending on your time frame, you may use just a few or all 30 days in Vietnam. Use our two popular Northern and Central Vietnam itineraries to help you decide where to spend your time.

Motorbikes parked against houses along Train Street in Hanoi
Motorbikes parked along Train Street in Hanoi

Hanoi, Vietnam Travel Guides

Hanoi is Vietnam’s hustling and bustling capital city.

This is also where one of the two major International airports are located in Vietnam so there is a good chance you may be flying into or out of Hanoi at some point.

  • Things to do in Hanoi – The 25 best things to do in Hanoi including 2 day example itinerary + interactive map
  • 2 days in Hanoi – Our extremely honest reasoning as to why you only need to 2 days in Vietnam’s capital city
Man and women hiking the Sapa Vietnam
Mark and Kristen hiking with Mama Sung in Sapa

Sapa Travel Guides

Sapa, Vietnam is a stunning area of natural beauty in the Northwest region of Vietnam near the border with China. This is a popular place for multi-day hiking as well as learning about ethnic minorities.

Junk boats floating outside Sun Sot cave in Halong Bay
Junk boats floating in Halong Bay outside Sung Sot cave

Halong Bay

Halong Bay is a UNESCO Heritage Site in northern Vietnam known for beautiful limestone karts jutting from the emerald green waters of the bay.

Junk boat tours, sea kayaking, fishing villages, scuba diving, rock climbing, cave exploration and hiking are popular activities in this stunning region.

Small pagoda perched on a viewpoint in Ninh Binh Vietnam
Gorgeous viewpoint at Hang Mua Peak

Ninh Binh Travel Guides

The Ninh Binh Province was one of our favorite stops in Central Vietnam. This area has been dubbed the ‘Halong Bay on land‘ and its beautiful natural scenery will take your breath away.

Ancient Japanese wooden bridge in Hoi An
Stunning Japanese bridge in Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An Travel Guides

Hoi An is a delightful blend of Japanese, Chinese and European influences which is complimented with a favorable climate and a UNESCO Heritage Site designation. A visit to Hoi An is never forgotten.

Two stalactites from Paradise Cave in Phong Nha Vietnam

Phong Nha Travel Guides

Phong Nha is the premier adventure destination in Vietnam. Home to Son Doong, the world’s largest cave, here visitors can explore Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park and numerous cave systems.

Man standing on a rock wall looking out at views of the Hai Van Pass
Mark taking in the views of the Hai Van Pass

Vietnam Resources

There are many ways to travel around Vietnam ranging from train, plane and even the famous Vietnam Sleeper Bus. But with so many options how do you choose?

We have written a few travel guides to help make your travel in Vietnam easier.

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