A List Of 10 Most Hospitable Tourist Destinations in Vietnam Post Covid-19 Pandemic

Vietnam inbound tourism officially reopened on March 15th after a long border closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic, leading to a dramatic increase in travel demands worldwide. Acknowledging this, Booking.com, the well-known US-based online booking travel agency has recently announced a list of Vietnam's 10 most welcoming tourist destinations for international travelers to consider.

1. Hoi An (Quang Nam Province)

Rich culture, history, and unique architectural amalgamation between French, Chinese, and Japanese styles have made Hoi An Ancient Town be Vietnam's most graceful and atmospheric town. Not only is Hoi An highlighted by countless alleys of iconic yellow-hued mansions with colorful hanging lanterns on the serene banks of the Hoai River, but it is also blessed with magnificent natural landscapes and crystal clear beaches. 

Hoi An always tops the list of most tourist-friendly destinations in Vietnam thanks to diversified services and hospitable locals. 

2. Phong Nha (Dong Hoi Province)

Best known for Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park, home to the world's largest Son Doong Cave, Phong Nha ensures tourists the best cave experiences. The worthiest thing about this destination is its untouched beauty and stillness with a few visitors have visited.

Son Doong cave - Photo: @willan_revolucionariosincero

Embraced by pristine, forest-covered mountains, Phong Nha appeals to a vast number of adventure seekers taking on thrilling tours and exclusive expeditions. You will be absolutely amazed by the abundant ecosystem and fresh atmosphere here.

3. Ninh Binh (Ninh Binh Province)

Former Vietnam's capital thousand years ago exudes the quintessence of Vietnam in terms of long-lasting culture and historical significance. It boasts many famous tourist attractions including Bai Dinh Pagoda with many nation's records, Trang An Tourism Complex, and countless limestone formations just like a miniature of Halong Bay on land.

Bai Dinh Pagoda  - Photo: @transientearth

What impresses you the most here might be the eco-friendly tourism concept with most attractions kept intact. Besides, Ninh Binh is a good base to savor local delicacies, especially goat meat.

4. Hue (Thua Thien Hue Province)

The charming Hue City with Perfume River is a romantic destination for any visitor, particularly couples. A glance at the Imperial Citadel, well-preserved buildings, and tombs recalls Vietnam's heyday under Nguyen Dynasty. While adapting to modernity, Hue City still retains its tranquility and slow-paced lifestyle over time where you can seek peace in mind and soul. A leisure walk along the Perfume River offers you ample opportunities to soak up local life, enjoy specialties, socialize with friendly people, and especially admire sunset when the sun goes down on the river. 

The so-called conservative Hue City is also a primary beach destination with a range of beautiful beaches such as An Bang and Lang Co Beach.

Lang Co Beach  - Photo: blue.nomad

5. Mui Ne (Phan Thiet Province)

A lesser-known tourist destination on the list is Mui Ne belonging to Phan Thiet Province in South Central Coastal Vietnam. Idyllic stretches of coastline in Mui Ne await leisure travelers to come and seek relaxation. The site's surroundings mostly remain original with local fishing villages and low-rise accommodations. In addition, there are also an array of cheap guesthouses and a scattering of mid-range beachfront resorts that are accommodated with amenities that you could wish for a comfortable stay.

Mui Ne beach  - Photo: requisitus

What it lacks in upscale infrastructure, Mui Ne makes up for primitive and extraordinary landscapes. You cannot find anywhere else but here exotic sand dunes complete with thrilling activities like quad biking at the White Sand Dunes, exploring the Fairy Stream, and kite surfing.

6.Tuy Hoa (Phu Yen Province)

Many places in Tuy Hoa, Phu Yen Province is untraveled and obviously under the radar of seasoned tourists. By pioneering and discovering this little-known destination, you will grasp the wonderful experiences of a lifetime. Phu Yen is the first point on Vietnam's mainland to see the sun rises, captivating many holiday-makers' hearts from the first visit. 

It is also bestowed extraordinary formations like Ganh Da Dia comprising countless interlocking basalt rock columns on the waterfront. Besides, you can pay a visit to other far-flung attractions namely Vung Ro Bay, Bai Xep Beach, and Dai Lanh Cape.

Bai Xep beach  - Photo: namrunsnam

7. Mai Chau (Hoa Binh Province)

The little town of Mai Chau nestled in a tree-clad valley, hemmed in by hills is a not-to-miss destination for a weekend escape from Hanoi's hustle. Upon arrival, your eyes wide open over the patchwork of rice fields, lush forests, and dotted tiny Thai Villages with stilt houses. You are likely to be embraced by a rural soundtrack with birdsong and slow-flowing streams. 

Mai Chau - Photo: @serenehuynh

Trips to Mai Chau also provide many one-of-a-kind activities. You can ride bicycles around winding village roads, go trekking, do farming work with ethnic people, join cultural programs, and enjoy ethnic dance and music performances.

8. Dong Hoi (Quang Binh Province)

Dong Hoi is perhaps the most unfamiliar name on the list yet what it offers will amaze you. This less-touristy and seaside port links to Phong Nha with the renowned Son Doong Cave. It also includes many charming attractions like Dong Hoi Citadel Gate, a restored elegant brick and stone gate, Tam Hoa Church, as well as nightlife places.

Phong Nha Ke Bang national park - Photo: @traveldiarywithlove

9. Sapa (Lao Cai Province)

Well-known as a tourist hub in Northwest Vietnam, Sapa welcomes thousands of visitors every year. Sapa is subdued by thick fog many times a day yet you still have ample opportunities to contemplate spectacular scenery of plunging valleys, tree-clad towering mountains, and rolling terraced rice fields. The best time to visit Sapa is during the harvesting season in May & June, and in September & October when paddy fields turn silky yellow.

Sapa - Photo: @vietnamlife_nana

Excursions to this mountainous area cannot be completed without ascending Fansipan Mount, trekking through hill tribes villages, experiencing the nightlife, and tasting local food.

10. Con Dao (Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province)

Con Dao is among the most alluring and friendly island destinations in Vietnam. It was also named one of Asia's paradise seas by the US Cable News Network (CNN). Captivating attractions are bountiful on this island including vibrant palm-shaded beaches, exquisite granite cliffs, primitive coral reefs, and high-end oceanfront resorts. 

Con Dao - Photo: @benz.mind

Con Dao Island is also attractive to culture vultures and history buffs who are keen on Vietnam's history during wartime with the renowned Con Dao Prison.

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