1. Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay is in the north of Vietnam and is dotted with 1,600 beautiful limestone islands and declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This surrealistic place looks like it’s straight out of a movie for many visitors. The Ha Long Bay is particularly known for its many cave formations, wildlife and kayaking around rocky outcrops.
2. Imperial Citadel of Thang Long Hanoi
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long was ancient Hanoi’s centre and had served as a major political centre for 8 centuries. Today it is one of Vietnam’s history’s relic of cultural and historical importance.
3. Hoi An Ancient Town
This town holds a considerable mix of ornate Chinese temples, wooden shop-houses, a Japanese-designed bridge, old canals and French-colonial houses. This too was listed in 1999 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The old shops have now been carefully resurrected into modern businesses and make an excellent tourist attraction including countless souvenir shops, tailors, art galleries, cafés and restaurants.
4. Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum
Ho Chi Minh was one of Vietnam’s very popular political figure and is known as ‘Uncle Ho’ sometimes. His body is preserved here against his wishes in a glass case. Visitors coming here are even required to appropriately dress out of respect for this departed leader of Vietnam.
5. Cu Chi Tunnels
The Cu Chi Tunnels are a huge war museum allowing visitors a look at the Viet Cong-era soldiers’ underground life. They are more than 120km and first started in 1948. This work didn’t stop until resulted into a massive network of tunnels. Today, visitors enjoy activities here such as inducing underground army routes, sampling their meals and firing M16 assault rifles.
6. My Son Sanctuary
This too is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. My Son Sanctuary is a part of the ancient Champa civilization that is located in the south of Vietnam. This complex houses about 70 structures of Hindu gods and goddesses, Shiva among them as the most noticeable one because he was thought as the protector of Champa’s kings.
7. Complex of Hue Monuments
Hue Imperial City is set along the Perfume River’s northern bank and comprises of hundreds of monuments from the early 19th century, including royal tombs, temples, the Forbidden Purple City, pagodas, royal quarters, a museum and library. This UNESCO World Heritage Site hosts daily cultural performances too.