So you know all about the major sights – from frenetic Saigon and Hanoi, stunning Halong Bay, the ancient port of Hoi An and the imperial city of Hue. But what about Vietnam’s lesser-known destinations?
The following are our pick of Vietnam’s lesser-known locations (we won’t say “B” destinations, because there’s absolutely nothing “B” about any of these gems), to put on your wish list. And there are many more just waiting to be discovered!
Located in Hòa Bình Province in Vietnam’s northwest, Mai Chau is a fantastic place to discover rural Vietnamese life. Home to the White Thai and Black Thai tribes, the region is surrounded by stunning scenery and makes the perfect base to begin your exploration of the country’s beautiful highlands.
Called “dry Halong Bay” for its similar scenery, Ninh Binh is a dramatic landscape of towering karst pinnacles, lush rice paddies, and rivers snaking through flat, green valleys. We recommend appreciating the scenery as you drift along the waterways in a traditional longtail boat.
For a little slice of paradise, Phu Quoc Island is one of our absolute favourites destinations. Prepare of 22 islands of stereotypical tropical beauty: white sand, thick jungle, clear waters and precious little major development.
Cat Tien National Park consists of 72,000 hectares of grassland and dense lowland rainforest – a habitat that shelters a vast diversity of flora and fauna, including elephants, leopards, bears, monkeys and even tigers. Spend the night in a lovely eco lodge overlooking the river for the chance to really reconnect with nature.
Both National Park and World Heritage Site, Phong Nha is home to some of the world’s most incredible caves – including the world’s largest: Son Doong. Many of the caves have only recently been discovered, and so are completely untouched by mass tourism.
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