Top 10 Most Underrated Destinations in Vietnam For a Solace-Filled Holiday
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You may be astounded to see how many exciting places there are to visit in Vietnam. Apart from a wide number of tourist attractions scattered throughout the country in big cities including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hue, Hoian or Danang, Vietnam is blessed with an amazing variety of untouched yet incredible spots just out of the tourist trap. For a full sense of the country’s beauty, head to one of the most underrated yet fascinating destinations that the country has to offer.
1. BA BE NATIONAL PARK
Lying peacefully in the northeast of Bac Can, Ba Be National Park is a true trove of spectacular scenery, interesting biodiversity, and amazing culture. This forgotten destination, just four hours from Hanoi is an incredible spot to indulge in plenty of thrilling outdoor activities.
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Tourists enjoying a boat tour among picturesque landscape in Ba Be Lake
Beautiful freshwater lakes, lush mountains and jungles and mysterious caves, all in one place making it ideal for any keen adventurers. Steeped in mystery and legends, many areas in the national park is a great place to get into the region’s history and culture.
Stunning View of Ba Be Lake from Pac Ngoi Ethnic Village
Sightseeing tour by Vietnamese traditional boat on Ba Be Lake
2. BAN GIOC WATERFALL
Listed as the top world’s amazing waterfalls, Ban Gioc Waterfall is one of the most natural magnificent landscapes in Vietnam. Stretching over 300 meters wide, the waterfall is the largest of its kind in all of the country surrounded by the stunning lush backdrop and impressive karst mountains.
Aerial view of Ban Gioc Waterfall in Cao Bang
If you are really into the wide nature, head out to it and take in its endless beauty. There is a plethora of activities and experiences await to be enjoyed: take a bamboo raft ride for an up-close scenery of the water, get some stunning instagrammable shots, hike to its mountain tops for a panoramic view or simply take a fantastic plunge into its clear jade-green waters.
Stunning beauty of Ban Gioc Waterfall
3. BAI TU LONG BAY
If you are tired of being stuck in the crazy crowds without missing out on the romantic seascapes of Vietnam’s gorgeous bays, then make your way to Bai Tu Long Bay- a less-traveled route in Halong Bay. Far from the throngs of tourists cruising on the popular routes around the bay, you will be taken to the hidden part- the haven of some remote, uninhabited islands that pop up from the sea and untouched beaches. Embark a day or overnight cruise and enjoy the bay as much as possible.
4. CON DAO ISLAND
Just off the southern coast of Vietnam, Con Dao Islands are a secluded paradise made up of 16 different islands. Once considered the “hell on earth”, it is now a premier beach destination in Vietnam with white sand beaches, unique wildlife, vibrant jungles and some of the best scuba diving.
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Tourist taking photos at Con Dao Island
Tranquil and uncharted, this amazing spot is perfect to travel in solace and relaxation. Lounge around the pristine beaches, get a motorbike and explore any corner you want, delve into the town’s historic sites, go for a hike into its lush nature or have a blast with a fantastic scuba diving, you can’t go wrong.
5. CHAU DOC
Another underrated destination in Vietnam is the sleepy riverside town of Chau Doc- nestled in the center of the verdant Mekong Delta. Unspoiled natural landscapes, authentic and unique experiences bustle of big cities. Its impressive blend of Cham, Khmer and Chinese culture never fails to bring you one-of-a-kind cultural experiences. Its natural attractions, historic sites, serene wildlife and local way of life is worth spending a few days to relax and slow down.
Tranquil scenery with rice paddies and palm trees at Chau Doc
6. DOC LET BEACH
In Southeast Vietnam, Nha Trang is by far the most popular coastal town for its amazing white sand beaches and postcard-perfect landscapes. But, what awaits you after less than an hour along the coast is even better than that. Stretching for 18 kilometers, the chalk-white sands and jade-blue waters of Doc Let Beach ensures to make your heart pound. It’s even cleaner and quieter than Nha Trang as you won’t see too many tourists. This lovely town lined with several hotels and local restaurants offering a nice break from the predictable touristy haunts.
Beautiful White-Sanded Doc Let Beach
Parasailing-water active attraction at Doc Let beach
7. PHONG NHA KE BANG NATIONAL PARK
Designated a Unesco World Heritage Site, the incredible Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park is undoubtedly true heaven on earth, which is located in Quang Binh. Famous yet tranquil, this remarkable site is home to some of the oldest karst mountains in Asia, gorgeous cave systems, spectacular underground rivers, verdant jungles and the world’s largest cave of Hang Son Doong.
Tourists visit on the wooden walkway through scenic natural corridor Paradise Cave
Its mystique and massiveness enchant any adventure enthusiasts. There is no better way to get into this paradise than enjoying a breathtaking hike along the scenic trail, cross beautiful bridges and winding rivers.
Local people are preparing a parade for visitors. This is a boat carrying visitors to Phong Nha cave
World Natural Heritage Phong Nha Ke Bang, Quang Binh Province
8. LANG CO BEACH
Nestled between the two most ancient towns of Vietnam: Hue and Hoi An, this often-overlooked beachfront destination awe-inspire any tourist for its tranquil natural setting. Once finish your delight over the gorgeous Hai Van Pass, descend further to the last corner in the north of Danang, you’ll come across this peaceful stretch of coastline. This unspoiled palm-fringed white sand is an ideal place to get into the solace and serenity of nature. Just sit back, relax and enjoy your time. That’s all you want to do.
Panorama scene of Lang Co beach, Hue from Hai Van mountain pass at Da Nang
Away from the hustle and bustle lies the beautiful city of Dalat, blissfully given with many interesting names such as City of Flowers, City of Love, City of Fog thanks to its typical features. Its beautiful natural landscapes, extremely pleasant climate all year round, stunning colonial architecture and a myriad of activities to enjoy making it a perfect getaway for both leisure travelers and adventure seekers.
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Central Square of Dalat City at Night
This often-forgotten city turns out to be an interesting place to relax in peace in the midst of nature or unwind with opportunities to take part in a plethora of enthralling activities including white-water rafting, hiking, climbing, swimming, cliff diving and more.
The Magical beauty of Dalat City being covered by fog
10. CAT BA ISLAND
Although being overshadowed by its famous neighbor Halong Bay, Cat Ba Island is a typical example of an enticing destination. It is one of the most underrated destinations in Vietnam, but it still has its own charm. For those who keen on outdoor activities and thrills, Cat Ba Island could be even a better option than Halong Bay as it has a lot to offer. From amazing water activities including swimming, scuba diving, sailing, kayaking through a marvelous maze of imposing karst islands of Lan Ha Bay to hiking to the mountain top or exploring remote villages, Cat Ba Island has something for everyone.
Floating village in Cat Ba islands
Trekking in Cat Ba National Park
Famous for a haven of best-known spots, the underrated destinations in Vietnam add more charm and serenity to the whole picture of the country. If you’re looking for a place for your own without the noise of crowds, then make your way to one of these hidden lands, you’ll find a reason to fall in love with.
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