Hanoi is Vietnam's capital and second largest city by population. It is sometimes dubbed the "Paris of the East" for its French influences. With its tree-fringed boulevards, more than two dozen lakes and thousands of French colonial-era buildings, Hanoi is a popular tourist destination.
Ha Long Bay
Hạ Long Bay, in northeast Vietnam, is known for its emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone islands topped by rainforests. Junk boat tours and sea kayak expeditions take visitors past islands named for their shapes, including Stone Dog and Teapot islets. The region is popular for scuba diving, rock climbing and hiking, particularly in mountainous Cát Bà National Park.
Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City, mostly known as Saigon, is the most populous and most visited city in Vietnam. The city's core is still adorned with wide elegant boulevards and historic French colonial buildings. Many of the city's landmarks which are well known to international visitors include the Bến Thành Market, Ho Chi Minh City Hall, Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon, Independence Palace and the Municipal Theatre.
Hội An is a city in Vietnam's Quảng Nam Province and noted since 1999 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Old Town Hội An, the city's historic district, is recognized as an exceptionally well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port, its buildings and street plan reflecting a blend of indigenous and foreign influences. Prominent in the city's old town is its covered "Japanese Bridge".
Sa Pa or Sapa is a frontier township in north-west Vietnam. It is one of the main market towns in the area, where several ethnic minority groups live. The scenery of the Sa Pa region in large part reflects the relationship between the minority people and nature. This is seen especially in the paddy fields carpeting the rolling lower slopes of the Hoàng Liên Mountains.
Ninh Bình city is a small city in the Red River Delta of northern Vietnam. Tràng An is a scenic area near Ninh Bình, Vietnam renowned for its boat cave tours. In June 2014 the Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.