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5 Best Cities to Visit in Vietnam 

Vietnam is a Southeast Asian country known for its beaches, rivers, Buddhist pagodas, and bustling cities.

Hanoi, the capital, pays homage to the nation’s iconic Communist-era leader,  Ho Chi Minh, via a huge marble mausoleum. Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) has French colonial landmarks, plus Vietnamese War history museums and the Củ Chi tunnels, used by  Viet Cong soldiers.

Thinking of visiting Vietnam, then this article is for you as we will be revealing some of the best cities to visit in the country.  

1. Hanoi 

This is the capital of Vietnam, is known for its centuries-old architecture and a rich culture with Southeast Asian, Chinese, and French influences. At its heart is the chaotic Old Quarter,  where the narrow streets are roughly arranged by trade. There are many little temples,  including Bach Ma, honouring a legendary horse, plus Đồng Xuân Market, selling household goods and street food. It was founded in the year 1010 and covers a total area of 3,359 square metres.  

2. Ho Chi Minh City 

Ho Chi Minh City, commonly known by its previous name, Saigon, is the largest and most populous city in Vietnam, situated in Southern Vietnam. According to the 2019 census, Ho Chi  Minh City has a population of over 8.9 million within the city proper and over 21 million within its metropolitan area. 

3. Hoi An 

Hội An is a city on Vietnam’s central coast known for its well-preserved Ancient Town, cut through with canals. The former port city’s melting-pot history is reflected in its architecture,  a mix of eras and styles from wooden Chinese shophouses and temples to colourful French colonial buildings, ornate Vietnamese tube houses, and the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge with its pagoda. It has a population of less than 200,000 and covers a total land area of less than 100 square metres.  

4. Da Nang 

Da Nang is a coastal city in central Vietnam known for its sandy beaches and history as a  French colonial port. It’s a popular base for visiting the inland Bà Nà hills to the west of the  city. Here the hillside Hải Vân Pass has views of Da Nang Bay and the Marble Mountains. These  5 limestone outcrops are topped with pagodas and hide caves containing Buddhist shrines.  Its population is over 1 million.  

5. Dalat 

Đà Lạt, the capital of Lâm Đồng Province in southern Vietnam’s Central Highlands, is centered around a lake and golf course and surrounded by hills, pine forests, lakes and waterfalls.  Known as the “City of Eternal Spring” for its distinctive temperate climate, Đà Lạt was developed as a resort by the French in the early 1900s, and many reminders of its colonial heritage remain. The city is 1,500m above sea level and has a population of less than 500,000. 

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