Astonishingly exotic and utterly compelling, Vietnam is a country of breathtaking natural beauty with a unique heritage, where travel quickly becomes addictive.

Vietnam has been on top of my travel list for a long time. For me, Ha Long Bay is the reason that I wanted to visit the country. And boy, was I wrong. Vietnam has so much more to offer than a single tourist attraction. I fall in love with the country for its food, people, and dramatic scenery.

Now, let me show you some of my favorite photos from Vietnam!


Mui Ne

Mui Ne was my first stop in Vietnam. After I got off the flight, I immediately hopped on a bus and headed here. It was a great decision! Rather than partying in Pham Ngu Lao, I felt like breathing fresh air and relaxing on the beach was the perfect detox for me, who just finished finals two days ago!


Dalat

Dalat is no doubt my favorite city in Vietnam. It’s funny because Dalat is nothing like the usual Vietnam. The weather is spring-cool instead of tropical hot and humid. It’s located in the hills so the farms around offered berries and coffee, not rice!

But the weather is not the only reason why I am so fond of it. There are plenty to offer around Dalat. Waterfalls, parks and all kinds of sports.

The picture is the daily family dinner hosted at Dalat Cozy Nook Hostel. Almost all the guests staying in the hostel joined this lovely occasion to meet fellow backpackers. This hostel, for me, was the best hostel ever. Not only did the food was delicious, rooms were clean, the most important thing is that the owners truly cared about all the guests and did their best to make everyone feel welcome in this lovely town! Dinner cost only $3, but the great conversations I had with all the new people are priceless!


Nha Trang

Vietnam’s most famous seaside resort town attracts tourists not only its stunningly pristine beaches but also the urban atmosphere of a young tourist city, said on a Nha Trang tourism website.

From my experience, it is true. The turquoise bay is dotted with dozens of islands. As more and more tourists landing in this beach town, more and more resort are being built, hence the rise of the living cost at the place. Now, the town is full of Russian and Chinese tourists, everything is more expensive than other places.

I think this is still a place worth visiting for its charming beach and dramatic views. But if you’re a backpacker traveling on shoestring… other city would be a better value for your money!


Hoi An

I was thrilled to go to Hoi An. I got on a bus at 7 pm then spent 12 hours traveling and… VOILA! I am in Hoi An when I woke up! This trip started badly because I was scammed within 10 minutes I arrived in the town.

However, I have met so many people from around the world and they all swore that Hoi An is a must-visit and that I would definitely love this city. This town is truly graceful and atmospheric. It was a shame that I could only stay for 2 nights.

Mỹ Sơn is a cluster of abandoned and partially ruined Hindu temples constructed between the 4th and the 14th century AD by the kings of Champa (Chiêm Thành in Vietnamese). The temples are dedicated to the worship of the god Shiva, known under various local names, the most important of which is “Bhadresvara”.

Mỹ Sơn is perhaps the longest inhabited archaeological site in Indochina, but a large majority of its architecture was destroyed by US carpet bombing during a single week of the Vietnam War.


Ha Long Bay

Now we are talking! I signed up for an overnight cruise at Ha Long Bay and it is truly magnificent. However, the beauty of Ha Long Bay doesn’t seem to show on my photo (Or maybe I am just too lame?)


20 Photos that makes me want to go back to Vietnam again, I am seriously considering while putting together this article. However, I hope this article will inspire some of you to visit this wonderful country!

17 COMMENTS

  1. It was the same for me. The weather has been cloudy all the time, but the good thing is that I don’t need to wear so much sunscreen! It’s definitely one of the most amazing scene I’ve seen 🙂

  2. Really nice pictures; I liked the boats lined up in Dalat. I have lots of photos of Ha Long that really don’t do it justice as well, although I have seen some good ones so not sure what the trick is there.
    You really did mange to cover so much of the country, how long were you there for?

  3. You have done the exact same route that I did but in reverse. I really love Hoi An and have so many wonderful photos and memories from there. I actually cycled from Dalat to Mui Ne. It was such good fun. I wish I could remember the name of the company I did it with. Some great photos you have here. Brings back memories.

  4. So beautiful. Loved the spread of food in the boat ride and island bopping is one of my favourite activities. These photos are amazing and I love the adventure possibilities in Dalat. Lovely country and an equally enticing post. Thanks

  5. I am loving the contrasts in each destination. Mui Ne’s tropical vibe is lovely, so that one won me over instantly. Love the ruins and cultural attractions of Mui Ne. But I really love the sense of community in Vietnam. It’s great for travelers who like to meet new people – so interesting!

  6. I always wanted to go to Vietnam and your post definitely inspired me more to visit the country in the future. I would like to see all the places you featured here. But most importantly to meet and share stories with travellers from around the world.

  7. I loved our time in Vietnam – your photos really capture the beauty and essence of the country. Your photo of Halong Bay isn’t lame at all – it’s the natural beauty that websites seem to forget about these days – favoring saturation, brightening and various other photoshop techniques. Its nice to still see the real thing every once in a while!

  8. I have always wanted to visit Vietnam! Ha Long Bay look just breathtaking. The ancient ruins as well intrigue me to learn more. I would love to see the war sites with the tours. This interests me although it does freak me out that there are still booby traps in place! Everything in your photographs shows how friendly a country Vietnam has become.

  9. That’s so true. The camera just couldn’t capture the true beauty of Ha Long Bay. It was such an amazing scene yet it doesn’t show on the picture!
    I was there for a month only so I was always rushing! I will apply for a 3-month visa next time and take it slow ❤️

  10. I met so many people on the way who are traveling from Ha Noi to south!

    Cycle from Dalat to Mui Ne sounds incredible, I took a bus and the view was unreal! I think next time I will challenge myself by driving all the way by myself!

  11. Love love love! The photos are super stunning and the country is so amazing! I spent there 2 months and after seeing your post now I feel like I want to go back right now! If you need input for your Vietnam travel guide, maybe I can help too 🙂

  12. Your photos have really captured Vietnam is such a wonderful way. I love how blue the water is in Nga Trang! This is somewhere I must go. I loved Dalat too – it was such a lovely hidden gem that not too many tourists visit in Vietnam. All the colourful flowers and landscapes here were incredible. But Hoi An is totally my favourite – amazing!

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