Most tourists who visit Vietnam would either venture in the Southern or the Northern region and only a few would explore Central Vietnam. This is truly unfortunate because this part of the country is actually home to some of the country’s most gorgeous beaches, impressive waterfalls, stunning architectures, and several other beautiful sights.
If you’re planning to visit Vietnam soon and you want to discover the Central region, here are some of the best places that you should visit here.
1. Buon Ma Thuot
Located in Vietnam’s Central Highlands, the city of Buon Ma Thuot is still an off-the-beaten-track destination that has not yet been spoiled by tourism. This town is perfect for those who are looking for non-touristy places to visit in Vietnam. Here, you can explore nature at its finest and take part in some exciting outdoor activities. Make sure you check out the Drap Sap and Dray Nur waterfalls on your visit. What’s more, the city is said to be the coffee capital of Vietnam and a must-visit for coffee lovers!
2. Da Lat
Da Lat is slowly becoming more and more popular thanks to its cool climate and very picturesque landscape. It’s home to beautiful flower plantations and if you happen to visit during the spring season, you’ll be treated to a picturesque view of colorful flowers. Da Lat used to be a favorite summer destination of the French colonialists and there are still a few colonial buildings that are French and European inspired in the area. Some of the most beautiful attractions to check out in Da Lat are the Valley of Love, Ho Xuan Huong River, Bao Dai Palace, Da Lat Train Station, Lang Biang mountain, Lake of Sighs, Thien Vien Truc Lam monastery and Tuyet Lam lake.
3. Da Nang
Da Nang is a popular attraction in Vietnam and is situated in between the south and northern part of the country. This port city is home to some of the most stunning white sand beaches. Aside from frolicking at the beach, you can take part in some water sports activities or go surfing and snorkeling. Furthermore, Da Nang is home to Ba Na, a French resort that was built during the French colonization. There’s a cable car in Ba Na that will take you towards an amusement park known as the Fantasy Park. Just a few kilometers away from Da Nang is the My Son Sanctuary, a system of ancient-old Hindu temples.
4. Hoi An
The town of Hoi An is another popular attraction in Vietnam that’s only 25 km. away from Da Nang. In fact, tourists who are visiting Da Nang would take a day trip to the town on a motorbike. The old town is known for its romantic and scenic vibe. Its streets are lined with traditional wooden architecture and intricate temples. Some of the ancient buildings that are worth checking out are the Duc An, Tan Ky, and Phung Hung. You’ll also find several lanterns lining the streets of Hoi An, which makes the town to look even more beautiful, especially at night.
Hue used to be a capital city during the time of the Nguyen Dynasty. This beautiful city lies along the banks of Huong River, also known as the Perfume River, and home to the Hue Monuments, one of Vietnam’s World Heritage Sites. When visiting Hue, make sure you spend some time exploring the Imperial Citadel, Thien Mu Pagoda, and the Tombs of the Emperors. You’ll surely be fascinated by the beautiful attractions that you’ll find in this ancient city. It’s a great place to learn more about the country’s culture, religion, and history.
6. Mui Ne
Mui Ne is known for its gorgeous sand dunes, which makes it a popular site for windsurfing and kite surfing activities. There are also beautiful beaches in Mui Ne, such as the Ganh Beach, Rang Beach, and Suoi Nuoc Beach. This is also a place where there are lots of street vendors lining the street selling the most sumptuous seafood dishes. Schedule your visit during the peak season, which is from May to August and you’ll be treated to an impressive view of several kites flying in the sky. But if you want to avoid the crowd and enjoy the beaches and sand dunes all to yourself, then you better visit during the non-peak months.
7. Quang Binh
The province of Quang Binh is home to some of Vietnam’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Ke Bang and Phong Na. This place is home to some of the most preserved ancient karst mountains in Asia. It’s also home to impressive caves and grotto systems that look very spectacular. This is where you’ll find Son Doong, the largest cave in the world. Aside from the caves, this place is also home to lush jungles, majestic waterfalls, gorgeous limestone formations, and other impressive natural sceneries.