Try out some of the street food while you are there. Bánh áp chao is a popular street food in Cao Bằng made of rice flour batter and filled with duck meat. If you are feeling adventurous, try out the Bánh trứng kiến, a kind of ant-egg cake.

1. Hanoi

Pagoda in Hanoi capital city of Vietnam
The capital city has wonders as far as the eye can see. Photo: Anh Hoang from

Dragon bridge at night in Da Nang

2. Ho Chi Minh

bowl of pho traditional noodle soup on vietnam
There’s nothing better than a bowl of hot pho.

That’s my guide to the best cities in Vietnam. Got any questions or suggestions, let me know in the comments below.

3. Hội An

Hoi An old town by the river
Stroll by the river in UNESCO World Heritage Site Hoi An.

Vietnam is an incredible country and a popular tourist destination for a reason. The rich culture, good food, and lush nature are perfect for any traveler. Each city in Vietnam is unique, with different sights to see and food to taste. It might be hard to decide where to go. Here are ten must-visit cities in Vietnam that I recommend.

4. Huế

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Visit the site where ancient royalty used to walk and good food was invented.

Tây Ninh city is in the southeastern region of Vietnam. The city and province are well-known for Cao Đài, an indigenous Vietnamese religion. I highly recommend visiting the Holy See Temple when you visit the city. It’s the main Cadaoist church with gorgeous architecture. One of the great things about traveling is experiencing the local culture, and learning more about the Cao Dai is a great way to do it in Vietnam.

5. Cao Bằng

Da Lat is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Vietnam. French colonial architecture is prominent in the city. One of the many works of architecture to see is the Da Lat Railway Station. It was built in 1938 by Moncet and Reveron, two French architects that added traditional designs of Cao Nguyen buildings in Vietnam. If you want to experience some nature near the temperate city, the Pongour Falls and Datanla Falls are there for you. Da Lat is also well-known for its flower festivals. 
Vietnam is an incredible country to backpack through, filled with rich culture and nature. No matter where you go, I am sure you will come out satisfied. Each city is a new adventure, and hopefully, this guide helps you decide where to go.

Waterfalls onto beach in Cao Bang city
Cao Bằng city is a great place to start exploring this gorgeous province. Photo: Quang Nguyen Vinh from

6. Tây Ninh

You can’t go wrong with visiting Vietnam’s largest city, Ho Chi Minh City. The city is sprawling with culture and life. Make sure you eat a bowl of pho before adventuring to the many city landmarks. There are numerous museums dedicated to preserving the history of Vietnam. The Golden Dragon Water Puppet theater is a great place to enjoy the ancient art of water puppetry. When you get hungry again, the Bến Thành Market is the place to go if you’re looking for fresh fruits and vegetables.

Yellow and blue holy see temple in Tay Ninh
The Holy See Temple is something you don’t want to miss. Photo: Nguyendangduy from

7. Da Lat

A fusion of French and Vietnamese design — Da Lat Railway Station
A fusion of French and Vietnamese design — Da Lat Railway Station. Photo: Polina Rytova from

Mũi Né is a coastal fishing town known for its beautiful white-sand beaches, sand dunes, and fresh seafood. I can’t emphasize seafood enough. Those who love seafood should visit. Many restaurants will cook fresh seafood straight from the sea to your plate. The fishing village is perhaps the perfect place if you are a fishing enthusiast and would want to be inspired by the enthusiasm of locals in hauling large catches of fish

8. Buôn Ma Thuột

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9. Da Nang

Dragon bridge at night in Da Nang
The dragon bridge is an impressive sight at night. Photo: Andrea De Santis from

Waterfalls onto beach in Cao Bang city

10. Cần Thơ

Lady on a boat at Cần Thơ floating market in Vietnam
Where else can you go shopping on a boat? Photo: Vince Gx from

Hanoi is the capital city of Vietnam, and definitely a place that I recommend every tourist to visit. Just like Ho Chi Minh City (below), ordering at least one bowl of pho is a must. Once you’re set, there’s no limit to the number of sights to see. The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long is a popular tourist destination and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Perfume Pagoda is also another incredible work of architecture believed to be built back in the 15th century. 

11. Bến Tre

Bến Tre in the Mekong Delta cruising on the river
Exploring the Mekong Delta is a one-of-a-kind experience. Photo: Jil Beckmann from

Lady on a boat at Cần Thơ floating market in Vietnam

12. Cà Mau

Cà Mau fishermen on the rocks
Relax in a more laid-back lifestyle in Vietnam. Photo: Quangbaophoto from

Cà Mau is the southernmost city of mainland Vietnam. The hustle and bustle of tourist areas can make one weary, and Cà Mau is a great place to unwind and recover. There are a few beaches near the city that do not get so crowded. One of the main tourist attractions here is the Ngoc Hien bird sanctuary. The 130-hectare park contains many different birds and vegetation in the mangroves. From August to November, the bird sanctuary gets flooded. You will experience touring the lush greenery and wildlife on a boat.

13. Điện Biên Phủ

Điện Biên Phủ mountains and valley in a haze in Vietnam
If you grow weary of war, the nature of Điện Biên province will surely relax you. Photo: Elle Coc from

Cao Bằng is a city in the northeastern region of Vietnam. It may seem like a city with not much for tourists, but it has temperate weather with lush, mountainous greenery all around. An easy way to experience local culture is by visiting some of the quieter cities in a country. It is a great starting point to explore the beautiful waterfalls, caves, and villages of the Cao Bằng province.

14. Mũi Né

fishing boats in the bay of Mui Ne in Vietnam
The freshest seafood, straight to your plate. Photo: Tho-Ge from

Điện Biên Phủ mountains and valley in a haze in Vietnam

15. Kon Tum

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Bến Tre in the Mekong Delta cruising on the river
Bến Tre is another city in the Mekong Delta. It is famous for being the coconut capital of Vietnam, with the Bến Tre Province having over 44% of the coconut area in the country. Those with a sweet tooth would want to visit the coconut candy factories in town. The Bến Tre floating restaurant,  a massive three-story dragon boat restaurant, is quite an experience in this city. Bến Tre is also a great starting city to explore the Mekong Delta.
Kon Tum is a city near the borders of Laos and Cambodia. It’s a perfect highland city to unwind and relax in after a tiring journey across Vietnam. It’s not a popular tourist destination, so the rush of more popular cities fades to a quieter local culture. The wooden church is an interesting sight to see. In the Kon Tum province, the main religion is Roman Catholic. It’s also a great place to grab some signature Vietnamese coffee.

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