10 Things To Do In Vietnam (Travel Bucket List)

rice fields Vietnam

Vietnam is a destination that should be on everyone’s bucket list. It’s a country with a lot to offer in terms of culture, history and contrasts with bustling cities and remote hill tribes. These 10 things to do in Vietnam with help you to get to know this interesting and inspiring country during your visit.

If you’d like to meet some of the happiest and most welcoming people in the world and experience a country with unique culture, why not talk to the experts at InsideVietnam Tours to plan a once in a lifetime holiday? Having a travel expert on hand will save lots of time with planning your trip and help you truly immerse yourself in the Vietnam experience.

Boat ride Mekong Delta Vietnam

If you are visiting Vietnam for the first time, you might feel a little overwhelmed about putting your own travel itinerary together. It can also be very time consuming researching places to visit in Vietnam that enable you to fully appreciate and immerse yourself in the culture and way of life.

The experts at InsideVietnam Tours know the country inside and out, and will not only take you to see the country but they will help you to truly experience what Vietnam has to offer. Whether you book a small group tour or a fully tailored journey, they have something to suit all interests and budgets. Here are some ideas of things you to do in Vietnam and places you could visit during your trip with InsideVietnam Tours.

10 Things to do in Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is a must see destination in Vietnam. It brings together the modern energetic vibe of Vietnam with the historic architectural beauty of the colonial era in a unique and dynamic city. Full of great hotels, places to visit and fantastic food it’s a perfect introduction to the country by anyone’s standards.

Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City provides its visitors with many opportunities to learn about Vietnam’s history, spanning its many guises including life before and after the Vietnam War. I can strongly recommend a visit to The Reunification Palace that witnessed the dramatic conclusion of the Vietnam War and The War Remnants Museum which further explores the First and Second Indochina Wars.

If you want to take your Vietnam Tour to the next level, then it is worth adding Sophie’s Art Tour to your itinerary. Local expert Sophie Hughes will take you to the most significant art museums in Ho Chi Minh City to explore how politics and propaganda have shaped the Vietnamese art scene during its history.

Mekong Delta

Mekong Delta - person in boat

Let the experts at InsideVietnam Tours show you a vibrant side of Vietnam as you explore the bountiful floating markets, plentiful paddy fields and quaint Vietnamese villages. Witness first-hand how the Mekong River, the 12th longest in the world, shapes the culture and way of life of this exceptionally beautiful part of South West Vietnam.


This unique market town nestled in the Hoang Lien Mountains of North West Vietnam is the perfect place to visit if you enjoy hiking. From your base you can visit the many remote hill tribes of the region, enjoy the picturesque mountains and wonder at the ripples of rice terraces that dominate the area.

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As part of a tailored itinerary with InsideVietnam Tours, you can choose between long and short trekking options with local experts to help you explore the region. Whilst Sapa has become quite commercial over recent years, the surrounding area is home to eight distinctive ethnic groups who are used to welcoming visitors. The overnight trekking option provides the opportunity to stay with a local family and get a real taste of what life is like in this unique area of Vietnam. Many people choose to go from Sapa to Hanoi which is fairly easy, and cheap to do.

Halong Bay

A visit to Vietnam is not complete without a trip to Halong Bay. This other worldly experience will delight you as you cruise through the small islands that have been carved over many thousands of years by the natural elements.

Halong Bay Vietnam

Visitors can either opt for a day or overnight cruise, depending on how long you plan to stay in the region.


Hue is situated on the banks of the Perfume River in central Vietnam and is a must for visitors who are looking to explore the country’s historic past and fine cuisine. The city was once the imperial capital of the Nguyen Dynasty and its stamp can still be felt throughout Hue’s unique architecture and culture.

Vietnamese Market seller fruit

InsideVietnam Tours provides an excellent opportunity to really experience Vietnamese culture here. You can visit Hue’s markets and learn how to pick the best ingredients and then head back to the famous Garden Houses to recreate some of its famous local cuisine with resident cooking experts.


Dalat is another historically significant city in Vietnam and will show you how the colonial French enjoyed life in Vietnam during their settlement. Find yourself in the Highlands surrounded by pine trees and you could be mistaken for thinking you’re in a different country all together.

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My Son

My Son is a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to the stunning red brick ruins of the former Cham Dynasty. If you are passionate about experiencing Vietnam through its many archeological wonders then InsideVietnam provide a visit to the My Son within its 14 night Archeological Highlights tailored journey.

Hoi An

If you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City, then Hoi An is the perfect contrast with minimal traffic on the streets of the Old Quarter and the calming influence of the Thu Bon River. It’s the perfect place to explore by foot and lends itself very well to some textiles and souvenir shopping.

If you time your visit right, you might also experience the Lantern Festival, which is a unique celebration to Hoi An when the town remembers its ancestors during the full moon. For one night a month, all the electric lights are switched off and Hoi An is illuminated by traditional lanterns.

Lanterns Hoi An

With InsideVietnam Tours you can visit a workshop where you can learn to make a traditional Vietnamese lantern, experience unique insights into local life and support the Lifestart charity which helps people in the local community experiencing hardship.


Hanoi, the current capital of Vietnam, is where you will literally see Vietnamese culture unfold before your very eyes. In the Old Quarter everything happens on the street from haircuts to cooking. It also promises a unique and vibrant art culture and exciting nightlife.

Hanoi vietnam

The experts at InsideVietnam Tours are keen for you to enjoy the beautiful French colonial architecture and vibrant narrow lanes of the Old Quarter, and what better way to do it than by enjoying a street food tour of Hanoi with a local expert on hand to point you in the direction of the best pho tui, seasonal fruit and local coffee shops.

Mai Chau

If you’d like to discover more of Vietnam’s stunning beauty and remote living, then your trip should include a visit to the charming hidden valley of Mai Chau, home to the Thai, Muong and Hmong peoples. The stunning lush green scenery provides the perfect back drop to what can be one of the more relaxing stops on your once in a lifetime trip to Vietnam.

Retreat Vietnam

For more information about tours of Vietnam and creating your perfect itinerary like these things to do in Vietnam, speak to the experts at InsideVietnam Tours to find out how you can incorporate any of these experiences or destinations into a ‘Small Group Tour’ or ‘Fully Tailored Journey’.

10 Things To Do In Vietnam was written in collaboration with travel guide experts InsideVietnam Tours

Zena Goldman

Zena Goldman is a UK based travel, family & lifestyle blogger who left her 9-5 job behind in the not-for-profit sector to follow her creative dreams and enjoy a more flexible family life. She began writing Zena’s Suitcase in 2011 and shares the holidays and adventures she goes on with (and without) her 2 young daughters. She wishes her son would join them more often but he’s carving out his own dreams now and enjoying university life. Since beginning Zena’s Suitcase she has worked with a number of brands and also has a regular monthly feature in the ASDA Good Living Magazine feature, ‘Ask The Expert’ where she shares helpful parenting tips. In 2018 she was also a finalist in the prestigious BIBs Awards for Social Media.

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22 Discussion to this post

  1. Diane Wareing says:

    It certainly looks a beautiful place. Far prettier than I imagined. The history is so interesting too.

  2. Sarah Bailey says:

    Wow Vietnam sounds like such an amazing place, I would love to get out there and visit for myself, I love sound of My Son.
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  3. Amanda says:

    I’ve always wanted to visit Vietnam. And Ive actually been looking for travel inspo as haven’t yet decided where I want to go on holiday this summer. Will explore the places you mentioned here. Thanks!

  4. Kayleigh Watkins says:

    Oh wow!! It looks absolutely amazing, beautiful scenery and architecture xxx

  5. Jenny says:

    It looks like a beautiful country to explore one day.
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  6. Vietnam is so high up on my travel bucket list along with a lot of Asia. These photos are absolutely beautiful and haven’t helped my wanderlust!

  7. MARGARET gallagher says:

    Looks amazing
    It’s on my bucket list
    I have a friend who lives there and teaches

  8. Sarah says:

    I never knew Vietnam was so beautiful! I would love to visit x
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  9. The lantern festival at Hoi An sounds beautiful. Vietnam’s a place I’m desperate to visit – I’ve heard so many good things about it.

  10. Vietnam really is full of culture isn’t it. I’d love to visit one day.

  11. One of my favourite countries is Vietnam… I spent a month there many years ago and Halong Bay was just beautiful. I spent 3 days on a junk boat.

  12. Emma Raphael says:

    I got engaged travelling around Vietnam so it will always have a special place in my heart! Great post! 🙂
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  13. I do have an interest in the Cham dynasty so My Son is what I am most drawn to, although Mai Chau looks beautiful as well x

  14. I loved my time in Vietnam. I’ve only visit Hoi An, Danang and Nha Trang so far though so definitely have to return with my family this time too;)
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  15. Vietnam looks amazing, we learnt all about this country in History class – I’d love to visit one day, it looks so vibrant and colourful.

  16. It’s so varied and colourful! Love those lanterns 🙂

  17. chichi says:

    ah Vietnam looks like a must visit, the scenery is so different!

  18. Miguel says:

    It’s a shame that I didn’t have time to visit Hoi An, it looks beautiful. My favorite place in Vietnam is the northern region, around Bac-Ha.. it’s not far away from Sapa, but it’s more authentic and less touristy.

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  19. Ted Liptak says:

    I added this article into my bookmarks for my bucket-list. Thanks.

  20. Alyson says:

    We’re in Vietnam right now. Our second time. 20 years ago we loved it and this time, same, it’s still fantastic. Too many complain about it, these people are the best!
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  21. Zelna says:

    Zelna van der Vyver
    Ive recently returned from Vietnam.We made use of Vido tour.I cannot express enough what an Amazing trip we had.We traveled from the North,centre and the South.Hanoi,(Halong bay) was so pictureque.Hoi An,Hue & Saigon.Every part of our journey were beyond our expectations.Great country and friendly humble people!!!

  22. hamid @ vietnamese private tours says:

    Interesting post, thank you everyone to express your interest about my country, Vietnam.

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