Vietnam is a country blessed with stunning natural and cultural highlights from north to south, whether it is the limestone karts of Halong Bay, stunning caves in Phong Nha, or spectacular mountains of Ha Giang.
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Organizing a holiday to a foreign country can be a little overwhelming, mainly if you have never been before. Hence, most guests want to know a fair amount before they arrive. Should you stay in one place and take day tours out, or travel further afield at different hotels? Where can you find the best natural attractions, and what are the primary sites around where you are staying?
A few handy maps, therefore, can take a lot of the stress out of working out what to do.
Ho Chi Minh City Map
Ho Chi Minh or Saigon, as the locals prefer to call it, is Vietnam’s largest and most populated city. The city is the heart of the country’s commercial and cultural scene. Ho Chi Minh City is an impressive mix of old and new, with ancient pagodas and temples alongside newly built skyscrapers that tower over the city. The city is bustling with energy from early morning to late at night and is becoming one of Asia’s most exciting cities to visit. Check out the map below, pointing out the best landmarks, restaurants, and exciting neighborhoods.
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The capital city of Vietnam, Hanoi, lies on the bank of the Red River, where humans have lived as early as the third century B.C. The bones of Hanoi are French, but the soul is Vietnamese. Expect stunning Parisian like boulevards mixed with ancient pagodas and temples. Hanoi is a web of bustling streets filled with museums, cafes, bars, and landmarks that can keep visitors entertained for days.
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Hoi An Map
Initially settled by Portuguese explorers in the 1500s, Hoi An has since then been in the hands of Japanese, Chinese, and French rulers. Considered by many to be the most picturesque town in Vietnam, Hoi An is undoubtedly a hit among the romantics. Strolling around the old quarter is for many the highlight of their trip to Vietnam.
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Da Nang Map
Da Nang marks the halfway point between the capital in the north, Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh City in the south. It’s the fourth largest city in Vietnam. Apart from some shopping highlights and historical sights, the main reason for most travelers staying here is its proximity to the well-known My Khe Beach, Lang Co Beach, Hoi An, and My Son.
Hue was the capital city under the Nguyen Emperor’s reign. A combination of both ancient and modern touches, it is a feast for the senses. The magical Perfume River runs through the city, giving it its unique character. The Hue Citadel in the center of the town is the old home of the last Emperor of Vietnam and is worth the trip alone.
Sapa is a small mountain town in Lao Cai province 350 km northwest of Hanoi. The dramatic mountain scenery makes it one of the best places in Vietnam to go hiking. Five ethnic minority tribes live here that make this one of the fascinating cultural places in Vietnam to visit as well. There are plenty of great hiking routes to chose from that you can do by yourself or with a local guide. Check out all the maps you need to have to navigate around Sapa town and the surrounding villages.
Ha Giang Map
Ha Giang is considered by many to be the most stunning region in Vietnam. It has, however, seen just a small amount of visitors in recent years due to a lack of awareness and poor transportation infrastructure. However, with more and more pictures of this area beginning to generate buzz, this has started to change. Located slightly further from Hanoi then nearby Sapa, many are opting to come here instead of in search of a greater sense of adventure. “The Ha Giang Loop” is a circular road that you can drive in around four days that will take you through all of the most spectacular spots. Check out below for the most useful maps you will need when traveling to Ha Giang.
Halong Bay Map
Halong Bay consists of 1600 stunning limestone cliff island and islets and is one of three UNESCO World Heritage sites in Vietnam. There is no question that Halong Bay is the most recognizable travel destination in Vietnam. Tours to Halong Bay can be made from the capital, Hanoi. Due to complaints of mass tourism in the recent years, there are other areas such as Bai Tu Lon Bay and Lan Ha Bay that have been rising in popularity, as they offer similar scenery without the massive tourist crowds.
Da Lat Map
Da Lat is a beautiful town situated up in the mountains roughly 5 hours from Ho Chi Minh City. Settled initially by the French as an escape from the overwhelming heat of Saigon, it is also known as “Little Paris.” When in Da Lat, spend the day driving around the striking mountain scenery. The town of Dalat has some iconic attractions, such as the Crazy House, one of the most exciting attractions in Vietnam. Check out the most useful maps of Da Lat and the surrounding area below.
Phong Nha Map
Phong Nha is an adventurer’s paradise. Millions of years of flooding have carved out some of the world’s largest and most spectacular caves. The recently discovered Son Doong Cave is, is in fact, the largest recorded cave in the world. The fantastic variety of trekking trails, caves, and other natural highlights is making this one of the most sought after destinations for travelers going to Vietnam.