TOP TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN VIETNAM
World Heritage Sites:
1. Complex of Hue Monuments in Central Vietnam (1993)
2. Ha Long Bay in North Vietnam (1994, 2000)
3. Hoi An Ancient Town in Central Vietnam (1999)
4. My Son Sanctuary in Central Vietnam (1999)
5. Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park in Central Vietnam (2003)
6. Central Sector of the imperial Citadel of Thang Long – Hanoi (2010)
7. Citadel of Ho Dynasy (2011)
8. Trang An Landscape Complex (2014)
NORTH OF VIETNAM
The capital of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam is located in the Red River Delta, North Vietnam. The present site of Hanoi was chosen for Vietnam’s capital by King Ly Nam De as early as 542 A.D. and was named Thang Long (Soaring Dragon) later in 1010. Hanoi has since remained the capital of many royal dynasties. An ancient capital, Hanoi still preserves almost intact nearly 600 pagodas and temples and wealth of historic relics, monuments and beautiful scenic places. Many traditional handicrafts are also practiced in Hanoi such as bronze casting, silver carving, lacquer work, embroidery and folk paintings on rice paper.
- Ha Long Bay:
It is World Heritage Site, about 180kms far from Hanoi with over 3,000 thousands of islands and islets, among which approximately 1,000 islands are named. The islands are infinitely varied in shape, evoking all kinds of animals, hence their names: Dragon Island, Monkey Island, Toad Islet, Turtle Islet, Fighting Cock Islet, and so on. Ships and motor boats are available to cruise among the many islands and caves, allowing to explore hidden marvels of nature.
- One Pillar Pagoda:
One Pillar Pagoda is on Chua Mot Cot Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi. The One Pillar Pagoda is a cultural and historic relic, unique for its architectural features. The actual One Pillar Pagoda is the miniature reconstruction of a large, ancient, royal Buddhist building.
- Tran Quoc Pagoda:
Tran Quoc Pagoda is located on an islet of West Lake in Hanoi. Tran Quoc Pagoda is one of the oldest pagodas in Vietnam and a cultural symbol of Vietnamese Buddhism. As a religious relic among spectacle scenery, Tran Quoc Pagoda is a favorite stop-over of many foreign visitors and pilgrims.
- Ho Tay (West Lake):
Ho Tay is the largest of all the lakes in Ha Noi. The lake is on the northwest part of the city. Long ago, the lake was a branch of the Red river but later, as the river changed course, the lake remained a body of water just west of the river. There are many legends associated with West Lake. The most popular is the legend of the golden buffalo.
- Hoan Kiem Lake (Sword Lake or the Restored Sword Lake):
It is located in the center of Hanoi. Also called Lake of the Restored Sword. This name is derived from a legend. After ten years of hard fighting (1418 – 1428), the Lam Son insurrectionists led by Vietnamese King Le Loi swept the foreign invaders out of the country of Dai Viet (former name of Vietnam), ending the Ming’s 20-year domination over the Viet people. Le Loi became a national hero, proclaiming himself kings, called Le Thai To and establishing his capital in Thang Long. On a beautiful day, the king and his entourage took a dragon-shaped boat for sight-seeing on Luc Thuy Lake, which was located in the centre of Thang Long Capital (present-day Hanoi). As the boat was gliding on the lake, suddenly there was a great wave and on top of the wave, the Golden Tortoise Genie appeared, telling the king: “Your Majesty, the great work is completed. Would you please return the sacred sword to the King of the Sea?”. The precious sword was formerly lent to Le Loi by the King of the Sea and was always beside him throughout his battles and helped him win over the Ming invaders. At the time the Tortoise Genie spoke, the sword hung at the King’s waist. It then moved out of the scabbard and flew towards the Genie. The Genie kept the sword in his mouth and dived under the water and bright lightning flashed up to the sky. Since then, Luc Thuy Lake has been called the Restored Sword Lake or the Sword Lake for short. It is said that when visiting Hanoi, if the visitor does not see the Sword Lake, then they would not have actually been in Hanoi. Today when the weather changes, the tortoise emerges on the water surface to take a sun bath, seeming to prove his existence and remind the young generation of their national history of defending their country from foreign invaders.
- Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long – Hanoi
The Thang Long Imperial Citadel was built in the 11th century by the Ly Dynasty, marking the independence of the Dai Viet (the very old name of Vietnam). It was constructed on the remains of a Chinese fortress dating from the 7th century, on drained land reclaimed from the Red River Delta in Hanoi. It was the center of regional political power for tens of centuries without interruption. The Imperial Citadel buildings and the remains in the 18 Hoang Dieu Archaeological Site reflect a unique South-East Asian culture specific to the lower Red River Valley, at the crossroads between influences coming from China in the north of the country and the ancient Kingdom of Champa in the south of the country.
- Trang An Landscape Complex
The Trang An Landscape Complex is a spectacular landscape of limestone karst peaks permeated with valleys, many of them partly submerged and surrounded by steeps and vertical cliffs. Exploring caves at various altitudes has revealed traces of human activities over a continuous period of more than 30,000 years. Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam was strategically established here in the 10th and 11th centuries AD. The propertyalso contains temples, pagodas, paddy- fields and small villages
- Citadel of Ho Dynasty:
The 14th-century Ho Dynasty citadel testifies to the flowering of neo-Confucianism in the late 14th century and it spreads to other parts of eastern Asia. According to these principals it was sited in a landscape of great scenic beauty on an axis joining the Truong Son and Dong Son mountains in a plain between the Ma and Buoi rivers. The citadel buildings represent an outstanding example of a new style of south-east Asian imperial city
- Tuan Chau Island:
Tuan Chau Island is located on the south-west side of Halong City. It is a schist island, very pretty with a luxuriant forest. It has an area of 220ha, and to the east and south are two beaches endowed with very white and fine sand. In 1962, Ho Chi Minh visited Halong Bay and made a stop here for vacation. Nowadays, Tuan Chau Island is one of the most attractive destinations in Halong City.
- Tra Co Beach:
Tra Co is one of the most beautiful beaches in Viet Nam and an ideal place to spend holidays. Located in Quang Ninh province, next to Viet Nam – China border, Tra Co – a good and charming place for vacations is only 8 -9 kilometers away from Mong Cai town. Tra Co Beach is a famous tour attraction in Vietnam with broad fine sand beaches stretching for 17 kilometers from the cape named Got in the north to the cape named Ngoc in the south. The coastline is bordered by 3-4 meters high sand dunes and peaceful fishing villages.
More than 300km northwest of Hanoi, Sapa rises in the immense forests and clouds indistinctly. The hill resort is over 100 years old. The name of “Sapa – a foggy city” appeared obviously as gift of the Creator. At the height of 2,000 meters, visitors will enjoy the excellent climate favored by the nature. Sapa has a regularly average temperature of 15 – 20oC, like a huge natural air-conditioner. It has four seasons in a day. Spring is in the morning; summer comes around mid-noon, the cool air despite of the sunny sky; in the afternoon cloud and fog lower than makes it cold, the gentle cold of autumn and at night, it gets colder as if winter were coming.
- Mai Chau Valley:
Mai Chau is located in Hoa Binh province, approximately 135 km from Hanoi and 60 km from Hoa Binh. From the top of Cun Mountain, one can admire the superb panorama of Mai Chau surrounded by a green valley and stilt houses. Many minorities including the Thai ethnic group live in Mai Chau. Stilt houses border both sides of the roads. The houses are quite large with palm leaf roofs and polished bamboo-slat floors. The kitchen is located in the center of the house; the cooking as well as the making of the colorful tho cam, the material used by Thai minority to make their clothes, takes place in the kitchen. The windows are large and decorated with patterns. Each house also has a pond to breed fish. The Sunday market brings a lot of people into town. People from different minorities living in the mountains come to Mai Chau market to sell their specific products: honey, bananas, corn, and tho cam made by skilled Thai women. The Sunday market is also an occasion to enjoy traditional Thai dishes and to participate in traditional dances. Tourist especially enjoy watching traditional dancing, music performances (bronze, drums, gongs), and Thai minority singing and dancing.
- Ban Gioc Fall:
In Trung Khanh District, nears the Sino-Vietnamese border. Ban Gioc Fall is famous for a famous fish named tram huong. Ban Gioc Fall is situated in Trung Khanh district in Cao Bang province nears the Sino-Vietnamese border. The echo of the falls can be heard kilometers away from Trung Khanh. Water from Quy Xuan River falling down on the stone creates water droplets columns that can be seen from a distance. The temperature near the waterfall is remarkably cool, due to the water mist in the air. At the foot of the waterfall is a large river, as calm as glass, surrounded by many precious kinds of flowers. Ban Gioc Fall is famous for a famous fish named tram huong. In the early 1920s, French people started building cottages on the river banks. They would come here to relax, fish for tram huong, and hunt deer.
- Fansipan Mountain:
Fansipan Mountain is located 9km south-west of Sapa Townlet in the Hoang Lien Mountain Range. Fansipan is branded “the Roof of Indochina” at the height of 3,143m; Fansipan is to be approved as one of the very few eco-tourist spots of Vietnam, with about 2,024 floral varieties and 327 faunal species. The topography of Fansipan is varied. Muong Hoa Valley, at the lowest altitude (950-1,000m), is created by a narrow strip of land at the base on the east side of the mountain.
- BaBe Lake:
Ba-Be lake is the centerpiece of Ba Be National Park, a lush and peaceful oasis where the tropical rainforest is relatively well-preserved, as hunting and fishing are restricted, and the villagers receive subsidies not to cut the trees. The lake is 1km wide and 9km long, surrounded by tall limestone cliffs. The local fishermen ride typical narrow dugout boats. Besides the tiny village of Pac Ngoi and a few houses south of the Lake, nobody lives on the shores of the lake. There is no recent development to spoil the scenery. In general, visitors spend the night in Cho Ra (18km).
- Tam Dao National Park:
Tam Dao National Park is just 70kms from Hanoi. Tam Dao was originally built by the French as a hill station to escape from the oppressive humidity of Hanoi. The remnants of the French era can only be seen in the form of rubble of once grand villas. After the defeat of France the Vietnamese destroyed any sign of their occupation in Tam Dao and have since installed harsh Soviet-style architecture, which still blots the landscape. Although it isn’t the most picturesque village in Vietnam, it is a good base from which to explore one of Vietnam’s many well-hidden gems. There has recently been a pleasant new hotel built in the colonial style, which offers a reasonable standard of accommodation.
- Cat Ba Island:
It is situated in Cat Hai District, Hai Phong City. Cat Ba Island is a tourist spot, attractive for its nice beaches and landscapes. There is Cat Ba National Park on the island.
- Do Son Beach:
Do Son Beach is situated in Do Son Town, 20km from the southwest of Hai Phong City, about 120km from. It is one of the most famous beaches in Vietnam.
- Bich Dong – Tam Coc Caves:
In Ninh Hai Commune, Hoa Lu District, 11km from Ninh Binh Province. King Le Canh Hung said that Bich Dong was the second nicest pagoda in Vietnam, after the Huong Pagoda in Ha Tay Province today. Bich Dong Pagoda is located in Ninh Hai Commune, Hoa Lu District, 11km from Ninh Binh Town, and can be reached by either boat or car. From the upper pagoda, one has the most magnificent view of Bich Dong, which is romantically charming in terms of architecture and history. The location for this pagoda was chosen in 1428 after two monks were charmed by the view of the river and the mountains. Later, King Le Canh Hung wrote a poem in honor of the beautiful pagoda and landscape. He was the one who said that Bich Dong Pagoda was the second nicest pagoda in Vietnam, after Perfume Pagoda. One cannot visit Bich Dong Pagoda without visiting nice Tam Coc Cave, located approximately 2km from the pagoda. Tam Coc means three caves.
- Sam son Beach:
It belongs to Thanh Hoa province. At the turn of the 20th century, people discovered the priceless geographical treasure of Sam Son. The cool wind, healthy sun, fine sand and clear water all made this a sought out place for rest and relaxation. In 1907, the French colonial government started to develop Sam Son into a holiday resort for French civil servants and officials based in Thanh Hoa and Northern Vietnam.
CENTER OF VIETNAM
- Cua Lo Beach:
Cua Lo, located 20 km from Vinh in Nghe An Province, was formed in 1994. The beach is one of the nicest beaches in North Vietnam with its white sand and clear blue water. It is 7 km long and it is one of the nicest beaches in North Vietnam with its white sand and clear blue water. Not far from the beach are three islands: Hon Ngu, Hong Chu, and Hon Mat. Once in Cua Lo, tourists can visit the islands by boat, climb the mountains, dive, and visit historical and literary sites.
- Phong Nha Cave:
It has been recently recognized as the World Heritage by UNESCO. The world’s longest underground river winds through Vietnam’s Phong Nha cave system, the name of which translates as “The wind’s tooth”. Entering this cave is like venturing into the mouth of a giant beast, all the more mysterious since the cave rings with strange noise. Locals say it is music from a banquet hosted by the mountain God, but the acoustic tricks are actually echoes, which bounce off the limestone cliffs of the cave. Shaped like a tube with a roof curved like the hull of a boat, this cave has acoustics properties similar to those of the cave in Scotland.
- Hue Citadel:
Located in Central Vietnam, Hue’ royal complex has been officially recognized as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. Hue Citadel is situated on the Northern bank of the Perfume River With an area of 500 ha and a system of three circles of ramparts, namely from outside to inside: Kinh Thanh (Capital Citadel), Hoang Thanh (Royal Citadel) and Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden Citadel). Hue has chosen to be the capital city of the Southern Kingdom by all Nguyen Lords and officially became the capital under Tay Son’reign. For approximately 400 years, Hue has become a great landscape and architectural site.
- Perfume Pagoda (or Huong Pagoda):
It is in Ha Tay Province, 60kms southwest of Hanoi. Written on the entrance of the famous Huong Tich pagoda are the five Chinese characters “Nam Thien De Nhat Dong”, meaning the most beautiful grotto under the southern skies. These were the words spoken by a Vietnamese Lord Trinh Sam in the 17th century when he visited the grotto.
- Thien Mu Pagoda:
The Thien Mu pagoda is situated on Ha Khe hill, on the left bank of the Perfume River (Huong river), in Huong Long Village, 5km from Hue City. It was built in 1601, and then Lord Nguyen Phuc Tan had it renovated in 1665. In 1710, Lord Nguyen Phuc Chu had a great bell cast (2.5m high, 3.285kg) and in 1715, he had a stele (2.58 m high) erected on the back of a marble tortoise. Nowadays the pagoda is very well-maintained and very welcoming to all visitors.
- Hon Chen Temple:
Standing just on the bank of the Huong river inclined to poetic dreams and 10km upstream of Hue, the Hon Chen temple for cult of Po Nagar, the Goddess of the ancient Cham minority. After then, the Vietnamese continued the cult and name the Goddess as Heaven Goddess Y A Na. This temple for Goddess appeared in this place centuries ago, but with a very simple design, and after then, reconstructed with a larger and more beautiful architectural scale in 1886. The Hon Chen temple is situated at a lovely site seated on the slope of the mountain Ngoc Tran with sheer cliff and mirroring in the deep blue water of the Huong river.
- Tu Dam Pagoda:
Tu Dam Pagoda is located in the Truong An District, 2kms from the centre of Hue city. The old and new architectures blend together creating spacious and harmonious elements. It is one of the biggest Pagodas in Hue. The Pagoda was founded at the end of the 17th century (in about 1695).
- Tu Hieu Pagoda:
The Tu Hieu Pagoda is located at Thuy Xuan Village, 5km southwest of Hue. The Pagoda was built in the shape of the Chinese character “Khau” (mouth), with the main building consisting of three rooms and two wings.
- Thuan An Beach:
About 15km far from Hue, only 15 minutes by car, tourists are able to reach the beach. Thuan An beach in Central Vietnam is situated near Thuan An mouth, where Huong river runs to Tam Giang lagoon and then to the sea. In the beginning of the 19th century, King Minh Mang named the place as Thuan An, assigned to build Tran Hai frontier post for defense of the Capital.. Plenty small boats, junks drift up and down the river in the left of the route, and on the right there are houses, temples, pagodas, rice field and gardens successively spread out…
- Hai Van Pass:
The best Pass of Vietnam. Hai Van Pass (Pass of Sea and Cloud) is lying on Highway 1 on the border between Thua Thien – Hue Province and Danang Province. Hai Van Pass is like a giant dragon and which is considered to be the largest frontier post in Vietnam.
- Lang Co Beach:
Hai Van Pass overlooks Lang Co Beach. Lang Co sports a beautiful beach with white sand, clear water and shady palm trees. Best time to visit is from April to the end of July. During the winter months it can be too chilly for sun bathing.
- Da Nang:
Da Nang is a large and deep seaport in Central Vietnam. It is interesting for tourists to visit the Marble Mountains, white sandy beaches of My Khe and Non Nuoc and the Museum of Champa, the ancient town of Hoi An, My Son Sanctuary of the former Kingdom of Champa and the mountain-top summer resort of Ba Na.
- Ba Na Mountain:
Ba Na Mountains belongs to Hoa Vang district , 40 km far from Danang to the south-west. The mountain has an altitude of 1487 m above sea level, tourists will have the filling as going through cloud and smoke. From Ba Na peak one has a sweeping panoramic view. To the east is Danang with many beautiful buildings, the Han river quietly following by Ngu Hanh Son which looks like a rockery an the sand, the vast fields running to the valleys. Ba Na has very beautiful forests with deep green pine-covered hills. Ba Na is also as natural zoo with 544 plants in which 6 plants and 44 valuable animals are in red book of Vietnam.
- Bach Ma Mountain:
Bach Ma (White Horse) Mountain is 60 km south of Hue City. It is about 1,450m above sea level in a transition zone of the northern and southern climate, so it bears a temperate climate, similar to Sa Pa, Tam Dao, Da Lat, etc. There, the green vegetation is abundant all the year round. The animals are also rich with chirps and calls all days and nights which sound both wild and familiar… From the top of Bach Ma, people can view landscapes of Hai Van Pass, Tuy Van mount, Cau Hai lagoon with heaving fishing boats and even the shimmering electrical lights of Hue city at night as well as the huge and boundless Eastern Sea.
- Non Nuoc Beach:
Non Nuoc Beach or China Beach runs for 5 km against the Marble Mountains in Da Nang Province. The Beach is famous for its seaweed, which reaches exportation standards. It is bound by Dien Ngoc Sea to the south and Danang to the north. The beach gently slopes towards the calm, clear, blue sea; the clarity of the water attracts people who come to bathe and enjoy the seafood. Many five-star hotels were built in Non Nuoc to accommodate the domestic and foreign tourists in the area.
- Cham Islet (or Cu Lao Cham):
Cu Lao Cham is situated 31km from Hoi An in the direction of the East Sea. Cu Lao Cham consists of five islets very close to one another: Yen, Rua, Cu Lao, and two smaller islets. Cu Lao Cham, also called Champa Islet, is situated 31km from Hoi An in the direction of the East Sea. Champa Islet Archipelago consists of five islets very close to one another: Yen, Rua, Cu Lao, and two smaller islets.
17. Hon Rom resort:
The Hon Rom tourist resort 28 kilometers away from Phan Thiet City, Binh Thuan Province, located in the shade of a row of coconut-trees, with the hill of white sand on this side and the bluest shore on the other side makes a very wonderful sight for your weekend holidays. On your way to Hon Rom resort, you can enjoy the wonderful sights such as historical Poshanu Cham Tower and Prince Pavilion which is a literature topic with the love story of Han Mac Tu, a poet and his lover Mong Cam. In addition, you can enjoy other beautiful natural sights such as Fairy Stream, Rose Stream, Tiny Desert.
- Nha Trang Beach:
White sand, golden sun and blue sea make up Nha Trang, an alluring town with a 7 km- long beach known as Vietnam’s Mediterranean coast. Well worth visiting are Ponagar tower, an occult Champa architecture, Tri Nguyen offshore aquarium and beautiful beaches on different islands. The magnificent coral seabed in Nha Trang makes it ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling. Nha Trang city has Van Phong Bay, one of the world’s nicest bays.
- Tri Nguyen Aquarium:
It is situated on Bong Nguyen Island, also called Hon Mieu Island, Nha Trang Bay; half-an-hour boat ride from Cau Da Port, Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province. It is a lake on the sea which people dam up with stone embankment. Hundreds of nice and precious marine creatures are bred in the lake, looking like a real marine museum.
- Chong Promontory:
Chong Promotory or Hon Chong is a small crescent-shaped bay located near Nha Trang in Khanh Hoa Province. This bay mainly consists of massive rocks lying on top of one another. Hon Chong is divided into two parts. The first part is situated offshore and the other is in the sand dunes at the Cu Lao fishing hamlet. The offshore cluster includes layer after layer of massive rock emerging from the sea. These layers of rocks act as natural wave breakers. The second part, Hon Chong Promontory, located in the sand dunes, looks like the work of a giant, who carelessly put several massive rocks together. On one side of the rock, facing the sea, there is a deep handprint with the five fingers close together.
SOUTH OF VIETNAM
- Vung Tau:
This scenic bay, outline by a small curved peninsula lies 125km southeast of Ho Chi Minh City. Wide sandy beaches offer open views of the sea and bright sunshine allows bathing all year round at this popular coast resort.
- Phu Quoc Island:
Phu Quoc Island lies in the Gulf of Thailand, 45 km from Ha Tien and 15 km south of the coast of Cambodia. Phu Quoc, the largest island in Vietnam, part of Kien Giang Province, is also part of an archipelago consisting of 22 islands of all sizes. The island covers an area of 585 km2 and is 50 km long. Off the coast of the island emerges a group of 105 islands of all sizes. Visitors can spend time on the beach or hike while observing the wild animals.
- Can Tho:
169km far from Saigon. Located in the middle of the MeKong delta, used to be called the western capital of Vietnam that still gets the name now for white rice, Can Tho straddles a network of rivers and canals. With abundant sunshine and high humidity, Can Tho is the perfect place for eco-tours and boat trips. Can Tho is famous for its Cai Rang floating market.
- Chau Doc:
Located southwest of Vietnam between the Tien and the Hau Rivers and shared Vinh Xuong border with Cambodia. It is constituted of a few midland areas and low mountains. The main ethnic groups are the Kinh, Khmer, Cham and Hoa. Famous sites and attractions are Ba Chua Xu Temple (Local Lady Temple), Tay An Pagoda, Clay Pagoda, Thoai Ngoc Hau Tomb, Sam mountain.
- My Tho:
My Tho is a delightful town, situated 75kms southwest of Ho Chi Minh city. Sitting on the bank of Mekong River, My Tho is divided into two by a tributary of the river. From here you can do a number of short boat trips to various islands and floating markets within the surrounding are. It is also a good place to catch the overnight long boats to a variety of locations including Chau Doc and Long Xuyen. A quiet evening in My tho can be spent on your veranda watching the sun set and the fishing fleet unload after dark. During the day you can spend hours in a nearby cafe simply watching life go by, or on the river, cruising the day away.
- Phoenix Island:
You can reach Con Phung island by boat from My Tho town in South Vietnam which takes about half an hour. This island is also known as the Island of the Coconut Monk, who meditated on the island for three years during which he ate nothing but coconuts. An active supporter of the reunification of Vietnam, he strongly believed that reunification could be achieved by peaceful means. In the early 1960s he founded a community in support of this ideal, and as a result was imprisoned by Southern President Diem on a number of occasions. At his time, the island became a sanctuary for those who were attempting to escape the ravages of war. Ong Dao Dua also headed his own sect, which was a bizarre mix of Christianity and Buddhism. The large cross that you may stumble upon in his sanctuary is not a swastika, but actually communist victory his community dissolved, and the island is now a little run down.
- Ho Chi Minh City:
Under the French domination, Ho Chi Minh City was called the “Pearl of the Far East”. Ho Chi Minh City is the biggest city in Vietnam with hundreds of rivers and canals. With 3 centuries of foundation and development, Ho Chi Minh City has witnessed the construction of numerous ancient buildings. In the general view, one of the cultural characteristics of over-one-hundred years of historic Saigon – Gia Dinh is the combination of the 3 cultural sources: Vietnamese, Chinese and European, which have made its urban structural architecture.
- Tay Ninh and its Holy See:
It is nearly 100km far from Ho Chi Minh City. Tay Ninh is famous for Cao Dai Holy See. Caodaism or a special Vietnamese religion originates from Tay Ninh. The province shares Moc Bai border with Cambodia. It takes about two hours from Ho Chi Minh City to Tay Ninh by car.
- Buon Don:
Buon Don is about 42kms northwest of Buon Ma Thuot in Dak Lak province, close to the Cambodian border, Buon Don is well known as the native land of elephant hunters and trainers throughout Southeast Asia.
- D’raysap Waterfall:
30kms from Buon Ma Thuot. D’raysap is the name in the E De language which means the Fall of Mist. D’raysap is the name in the E De language which means the Fall of Mist. This meaning is derived from an observation that the powerful flow of the falling water is so fierce that when it hits the water surface below, the water foams. The continuous foaming of the water has made the falling water become a vaporous cloud of mist. The echo of the falling water is heard from a long distance throughout the year.
- Da Lat:
The mountain resort of Dalat lies 300 km northeast of Ho Chi Minh City on a plateau of 1,500m above sea level and enjoys mild climate throughout the year. Founded in 1897 by Doctor Alexandre Yersin, Da Lat has the appearance of an old French city. With its green, rolling hills, misty lakes and fragrant pine forests, varieties of flowers and fruits and art galleries, Dalat is Vietnam’s most romantic destination.
- Valley Of Love:
About 5 km from Da Lat City, the Valley of Love is ringed by hilly slopes covered with pines. Under King Bao Dai the valley was called Hoa Binh (Peace). In 1972 Da Thien lake was created in the valley. As a result of this enhancement, the valley has become even more poetic and seductive and has attracted countless visitors and, of course, lovers.
- Prenn Waterfall:
Prenn waterfall is located at the foot of the Prenn Pass; 10km from the center of Dalat City. The foot of the fall is a small valley covered with flowers and pine trees.
- Dambri Waterfall:
Dambri Waterfall is located 18km from the centre of Bao Loc Town, Lam Dong Province. The climate around Dambri Waterfall is cool all year round. This is a nicest and largest waterfall in Lam Dong Province.
- Xuan Huong Lake:
Xuan Huong Lake is located in the centre of Da Lat City. Xuan Huong is a very beautiful lake. The surface of the lake is as smooth as glass reflecting the shadows of pine-trees which sing in the wind all day and night.