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Vietnam Attractions - 5 Must See Gems

Among those long lists of Vietnam's must-see attractions, it is essential to stop at big cities Hanoi, Hue, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City to understand the characteristics, lifestyle and culture. However, the most unique scene of the country lays beyond the urban hustle and bustle. Travelers, who are seeking for the best of Vietnam, should consider visiting at least one of these five natural and cultural gems. By including them in your travel bucket list, you will not only discover the country's true beauty, but also finding yourself falling in love with it.


1. SAPA - Hilltop breathtaking views

Located near the northern border, Sapa is home to Vietnam's most beautiful rural vistas that will take your breath away. This type of beauty comes at a price. Vegetation like this occurs because the weather in this region consists of overcasts, monsoons, and temperatures roughly cooler than in the south. For trekkers seeking beautiful lush green mountains, covered by rice paddy terraces, put on hiking boots and expect to get a little muddy. Aside from Sapa's main source of economy, a trip may also include scenic waterfalls, delightsome farmhouses, and local villages along the way. There is no place like Sapa in Vietnam, which is why it always appears in lists of top things to do in Vietnam.


Sapa’s rice terraces. Photo by Tran Gia Tien


If your trip to Sapa is on the weekend, stop by the Bac Ha market on Sunday and meet the locals from different ethnic groups including Hmong, Giay, and Red Dzao. Learn some simple greetings and share some smiles with the opportunity to see diversity and unity among the local hill tribes. The market has everything from local produce to hand-made fabrics, and souvenirs like keepsake or trinket.


Tribal children. Photo by Tran Gia Tien


2. HA LONG BAY - New 7 Wonders of Nature 


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Halong Bay was classified as a UNESCO Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. A boat cruise sailing around this captivating bay is one-of-a-lifetime experience and a must-do while in Vietnam. The bay's picturesque unspoiled nature is comprised of around 1,600 to 2,000 limestone islands and islets in various shapes and sizes. Halong Bay day trip or overnight cruise from Hanoi are two most popular tourist activities in Northern Vietnam.


3. SON DOONG CAVE - World Largest Cave


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The world’s largest cave, Son Doong Cave is in Northern Central Vietnam. The cave is approximately 3 miles long and has its own ecosystem, underground cloud cover, tropical rain forest and flowing river. It is first stumbled across by a Vietnamese local man, Ho Khanh, who was seeking shelter from a passing storm in 1999, but his attempts to find way back to the cave were unsuccessful. It was until 2009, the cave was rediscovered by the British Cave Research Association with the help of Ho Khanh. The cave has been officially open to the public since 2013 and is now accepting tours up to 5 days costing upwards to 3,000 US dollars. A world of its own, untouched by civilization and home to multiple species of wildlife puts Son Doong Cave as a must-see attraction in Vietnam.


4. HOI AN - UNESCO World Heritage Ancient Town


Hoi An Ancient Town. Photo by Tran Gia Tien


Hoi An is simply unique. There are no where in Vietnam that looks like the acclaimed UNESCO World Heritage Site - Ancient Town. 17th century Eastern architecture, relaxing streets, colorful lanterns, lovely tea houses, tailor shops, amazing cuisine, quiet beach and countryside scene. All combined creates the city’s attractive vibes.

Make sure to check out the icon of Hoi An, the Japanese Bridge at the end of Tran Phu Street. There are numerous museums and traditional houses for a quick visit. A highly recommended activity is renting a bike for an early morning ride around the tranquil Ancient Town, or an 2km adventure to the beach. For those who love shopping, come prepared with an extra suitcase because it is very hard to say no to gorgeous tailor-made clothes, shoes and bags here.


5. Phu Quoc Island - Vietnam’s Paradise Island


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Gifted with the long East Coast running from North to South, Vietnam has many beautiful beaches, for instance fishing village Quy Nhon, party beach city Nha Trang, resort town Mui Ne. Phu Quoc, located way in the South West, however has the most unexposed white sand beach, crystal clear water, and well-preserved national parks. Luxurious resorts or local homestay, active boat tours or lazy day on the beach, 5-star breakfast buffets or local food stroll at night markets. Phu Quoc island is perfect for everybody no matter what they are looking for in a beach trip.

Bamboo cirque A O Show at the Saigon Opera House

Culture shocks, chaotic roads, tropical heat, language barriers, fascinating nature and culture gems, friendly people, Vietnam as a whole is a charming mess. We hope some the attractions in this Vietnam’s must-see list will be included in your upcoming travel itinerary. If you stop by Saigon for a couples night before heading to Phu Quoc, come to the Saigon Opera House to check out our entertaining bamboo cirque and acrobatic, A O Show and Teh Dar.

Happy travel time in Vietnam.

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A O ShowA O Show

A O Show

A vivid portrait of Vietnam in urbanization time, painted with unique stage visuals and a touch of humor.

The name ‘A O’ derives from ‘Lang Pho’, which means ‘village and city’. The show depicts the charming beauty and cultural richness of Vietnamese life in the countryside, in contrast with the nation’s racing urbanization. The show is a unique mix of bamboo circus, acrobatic acts, dance, and theatrical visual art. The live music echoes Vietnamese Southern work songs. All in all, this beautiful blend of genres creates a unique stage language, which well captures the essence of Vietnam’s fascinating culture.

Teh Dar

Embodiment of vigorous Vietnamese tribes culture thru cirque, dance, music from tribal instruments.

Teh Dar invites audience on a venture into the enchanting world of Vietnamese highlanders. Wild animal hunts, moonlit romance, jungle's tales of death and reincarnation, are all recreated with stunning Vietnamese Bamboo Circus, daring acrobatics, and hypnotizing melody from exotic tribal instruments certified cultural heritage by UNESCO. Meaning ‘going in circle’ in the highland tribe K'ho's tongue, Teh Dar embrace and preserve beautiful and diverse Vietnamese tribal cultures. As the artists keep inspiring, the circle of tribal life keeps going, the cultures shall remain.

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Lang Toi - My VillageLang Toi - My Village

Lang Toi - My Village

The poetic beauty of Vietnamese village life, recreated using iconic bamboo, breathtaking cirque and exotic live music.

Lang Toi (My Village) is a delicate merge of tradition and innovation, where poetic beauty of Northern Vietnam’s village life is presented under Vietnamese Bamboo Circus approach. Farming, building activities, traditional games, lifestyle of Northern villagers are recreated by ancestral bamboo props, breath-taking circus and acrobatics, rhythmic dance, to distinct folk music from more than 20 musical instruments.

The Mist

The essence of Southern farmers’ life expressed in sensual contemporary dance language.

The Mist tells a story Southern Vietnamese farming life, expressed through neo-classic and contemporary dance by skilled artists. Using rice cultivation as a metaphor to appreciate farmers’ dedication, from their misty dawn on the fields, their hardship and will power to rise up from humble muddy soil, to brace storms, to the moment they arrive joyously like shining pearls at harvest. The Mist is an hour of emotions, with myriad ups and downs, painted by sensational live music, splendid visuals, and colorful lighting effects.

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