45 Best Things To Do In Vietnam: Top Activities & Attractions

Emma Lam

Emma Lam

Last updated 15 March, 2022

Vietnam, a jewel of Southeast Asia, is renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture. This enchanting country offers everything from the lush mountains of Hà Giang, ideal for motorcycle enthusiasts, to the tranquil waters of Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site. While Vietnam captivates countless travellers with its diverse attractions, it also presents certain challenges, such as the seasonal harsh weather, including heavy rains leading to flooding and landslides. Just recently, on 10 June 2024, northern Vietnam faced severe floods that impacted thousands, highlighting the region's vulnerability to natural disasters. Last year alone, such calamities left 169 people dead or missing. Given these risks, securing the best travel insurance becomes essential, not only as a safety net but also for peace of mind while exploring. With a travel insurance plan that offers the right coverage, you can fully embrace the vast array of activities Vietnam has to offer, from its historic sites to its lush landscapes, making every moment count on your first or next visit to this dynamic land.

It’s time to indulge in the timeless charm and richness afforded by Vietnam. We’ve compiled a comprehensive guide for things to do and eat in this former French colony (that’ll guarantee you the ultimate holiday experience)!>

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Things to prepare and pack before your trip

Before diving into the exciting activities Vietnam has to offer, it's crucial to pack appropriately for the diverse climate and activities ahead—regardless of whether you’re embarking on solo travels or one with family and friends. Whether you're trekking through the lush landscapes of Sapa or sunbathing on the sandy beaches of Phu Quoc, this travel checklist can make all the difference in your travel experience.


Vietnam's climate varies greatly from north to south, with each region experiencing different seasons. For northern Vietnam, bring warm layers during the winter months from November to April, when it can be quite chilly, especially in mountainous areas. During the summer, lightweight, breathable fabrics work best since the weather can be quite hot and humid. Central and southern Vietnam, being tropical year-round, requires light clothing suitable for warm weather. Always include a sturdy pair of walking shoes for city tours and hikes and a raincoat or umbrella no matter the season, as showers can be sudden and heavy.

Sunglasses, hat, umbrella, portable neck fan, sunscreen, insect repellant

Vietnam's sunny weather can be quite intense, making it crucial to shield yourself from the strong UV rays. Don't forget to pack high-SPF sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats to keep yourself protected. Carrying an umbrella and a portable neck fan can also be beneficial for staying cool, particularly when exploring outdoor markets or historical sites. Additionally, make sure to bring insect repellent, especially if you plan to visit rural areas or travel during the rainy season, to ward off mosquitoes and prevent diseases like dengue fever. This is especially important because, since the onset of 2023, Vietnam has documented 99,639 cases of dengue fever, resulting in 27 fatalities.

Portable Wi-Fi

Staying connected is vital, especially when travelling in remote areas of Vietnam. A portable Wi-Fi device will ensure you have internet access to navigate maps, translate Vietnamese, or post updates of your adventure online. It's a useful tool for checking weather updates or making new travel plans on the go.

Travel insurance

Venturing into the picturesque landscapes of Vietnam comes with its share of natural risks. As mentioned, intense rainfall from 8 June 2024 has led to significant flooding and landslides across northern regions, with three fatalities reported and extensive property and infrastructure damage. Such incidents highlight the unpredictability of weather patterns, especially during Vietnam's rainy season from June to November, when typhoons, tropical storms, and floods are common.

Travelling in Vietnam also presents challenges, such as road safety concerns. In 2022, traffic-related fatalities increased to approximately 6,400 cases, up from 5,800 the previous year. In addition to that, urban areas like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, while vibrant and bustling, are noted for high crime rates, especially theft and pickpocketing, which target foreigners, according to the U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Vietnam.

Given these factors, securing comprehensive travel insurance for Vietnam adventures is crucial. Effective coverage can safeguard against the financial impacts of these hazards, providing peace of mind for everything from medical emergencies and accident liabilities to trip cancellations and personal property loss due to crime. Remember, when it comes to travel in Vietnam, being prepared isn’t just useful—it’s essential.


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Travel credit cards

Choosing the right travel credit card can provide not only convenience but also additional security and benefits such as no foreign transaction fees, free travel insurance, and emergency assistance. Look for cards that offer rewards on travel bookings, dining, and overseas purchases to maximise your savings and enjoy perks during your trip.

Any additional travel documents

Preparing the necessary travel documents is critical for a smooth entry into Vietnam. Singaporeans can enjoy visa-free entry for stays of up to 30 days. However, for longer stays, an e-visa is required, valid for 90 days and available for single or multiple entries. Make sure your passport has at least six months of validity from the date of entry. Here are the documents you should organise before your departure:

  • Passport with a minimum of six months validity
  • E-visa for stays over 30 days (if applicable)
  • Proof of vaccination (if required by airlines or entry points)
  • Travel insurance policy
  • Emergency contacts and embassy information

How much should you bring to Vietnam?

When planning a trip to Vietnam, your budget will largely depend on your activities, the places and regions you plan to visit, and your travel style. Whether you're eyeing adventure in the northern mountains, cultural excursions in historic cities, or beachside relaxation in the south, budgeting appropriately will enhance your experience. Be it family-friendly activities and unique explorations or couple getaways, ensure that you can make the most out of your visit to vibrant Vietnam.

Cost of accommodation in Vietnam

Your choice of accommodation—be it a luxurious hotel, a cosy Airbnb, or a budget-friendly hostel—can greatly influence your expenses. Here's a snapshot of what you might expect to pay per night:

City in Vietnam
Accommodation type
Price range (one night for one adult)*
S$28.30 to S$135
S$6 to S$210
S$5.40 to S$63
Ho Chi Minh City
S$27 to S$394
S$7 to S$162
S$5.40 to S$119
Hội An
S$23 to S$503
S$6 to S$204
S$6.80 to S$105
Da Nang
S$49 to S$497
S$9 to S$251
S$6.80 to S$35

*Please note that all accommodation prices are estimates sourced from Airbnb and Booking.com as of 13 June 2024, and are subject to change

Cost of food in Vietnam

The culinary landscape in Vietnam offers everything from street food gems to gourmet restaurant experiences, with prices varying accordingly:

Restaurant or food
Estimated price (one meal)
S$1.90 to S$15.30 
Street food
From S$1.30
From S$5.30

Cost of public transport in Vietnam

Navigating Vietnam is affordable, with multiple public and private transport options:

Type of transportation
Average price (VND)
Average price (SGD)
City bus
Taxi (base fare)
Bicycle rental
Train tickets (short distance)
Car rental
1 million

Cost of activities and tours in Vietnam

For travellers seeking memorable experiences, Vietnam offers a vast array of activities ranging from cultural tours to outdoor adventures. Here's an outline of typical expenses for various leisure activities that capture the essence of Vietnam's rich and diverse offerings:

Cost (approximate)
Hoi An Memories Show with Hoi An Impression Theme Park Combo Ticket
Hoi An
From S$28.60
Amusement park
The Amazing Bay Water Park Ticket
Ho Chi Minh City
From S$21.56
I-Museum Ticket in Hanoi
From S$10.63
Scuba diving
Discover the Depths of Nha Trang: Open Water Diver with PADI Centre
Nha Trang
Private tour
Custom Tour of Hue, Hoi An and Da Nang
Hue, Hoi An and Da Nang
From S$114.50

Given the above, here’s a quick breakdown of how much you should bring to Vietnam:

Total estimate
Five days
S$27 to S$2520
From S$19.50
From S$2
From S$10.63
From S$59.13
One week
S$37.80 to S$3528
From S$27.30
From S$2.80
From S$10.63
From S$78.43
Ten days
S$54 to S$5040 
From S$39
From S$4
From S$10.63
From S$107.63

# Payment tip: 

Vietnam boasts one of Southeast Asia's highest rates of adoption of cashless payment. MoMo, a leading digital wallet, allows you to sync your Mastercard or Visa for easy transactions. However, while digital wallets are prevalent, many are exclusive to local bank account holders. Despite the convenience of cashless payments, carrying cash is also essential for everyday transactions, from hotels and taxis to market stalls and historic sites. So, always ensure you have enough cash to cover your needs.

Outdoor activities in Vietnam

Vietnam, with its rich geography and vibrant culture, offers various outdoor activities that cater to adventurers and nature lovers alike. Whether you're paddling through the tranquil waters of Ha Long Bay, exploring the depths of Phong Nha caves, or trekking the scenic routes of Sapa, Vietnam promises an unforgettable experience with each venture.

1. Ha Long Bay

Majestic view of Ha Long Bays limestone karsts and emerald waters during sunset.

Source: Vietnam Tourism

Officiated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 and 2000, this 1500km2 bay containing thousands of limestone tower karsts (or bornhardts) islets is a geographical marvel to behold. The steepness of each tower was formed over millions of years of vertical weathering via rainwater and stream channels. Each of them averages around 50 to 100m tall. What to do other than marvel at the place surrounded by karsts?

Activities to enjoy:

  • Kayaking: Glide through the calm waters at sunset for a serene experience, exploring quiet lagoons and passing local fishers.
  • Caving: Venture into the vast caves hidden within the karsts. Each cave varies in size, offering a range of exploratory experiences from easy walks to more challenging squeezes.
  • Rock climbing: Ha Long Bay is becoming a hub for climbers, offering numerous routes for an adrenaline-pumping activity directly above the water.

Address: Thành phố Hạ Long, Quảng Ninh, Vietnam

Price: Prices of tour packages and cruises vary

Opening hours: N/A

How to get there: Most visitors opt for a cruise package from Hanoi, which includes transportation. Independent travellers might consider a bus to Ha Long City, followed by a taxi to the port. For a unique perspective, a seaplane from Noi Bai International Airport provides stunning aerial views of the bay.

2. Phong Nha

The mystical entrance of Phong Nha cave surrounded by rich forest and a tranquil river.

Source: Vietnam Tourism

Don’t let the small town of Phong Nha in the Quang Binh province fool you. It’s the heart of all hardcore caving adventures, with hundreds of deep caves scattered all across this region, including its eponymous cave — Phong Nha.

Filled with wonder and mystery, this place is a haven for curious explorers seeking to unearth the secrets of huge caverns like Hang Son Doong, Tu Lan, Hang Va and Nuoc Nut, and more. 

Protip: Avoid visiting Phong Nha during the rainy season (October to December). Many caves will be rendered inaccessible.

For thrillseekers who prefer being above ground, there are also options for kayaking, swimming, ziplining and hiking through the wild and dense forests of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. This is a great way to learn more about the region’s conservation efforts against illegal wildlife poaching as well as venture down a “secret route” used in wartime.

However, if you don’t feel like walking, hop on a motorbike or pedal your way through the countryside via the 15 kilometres Ho Chi Minh Highway-Bon Lai Valley loop.

Address: Phong Nha, Bo Trach District, Quang Binh Province 511860, Vietnam
Prices: Refer to official website & Klook
Opening hours: Daily from 7:00am to 4:00pm

How to get there: Fly to Dong Hoi Airport from major cities like Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. From Dong Hoi, buses and taxis are available to Phong Nha. The adventurous can rent a motorbike to explore at their own pace.

3. Sapa

A panoramic view of Sapas terraced rice fields with Mount Fansipan in the background.

Source: Vietnam Tourism

Nestled in the northern highlands, Sapa is famed for its terraced rice fields, ethnic diversity, and the towering Mount Fansipan. The natural beauty and cultural richness make Sapa a must-visit destination for anyone travelling to Vietnam.

Top experiences:

    • Mount Fansipan: A cable car ride to Vietnam's highest peak offers breathtaking views from 'The Roof of Indochina.'
    • Ethnic markets: Visit vibrant local markets like Bac Ha, where ethnic communities sell colourful handicrafts and textiles.
    • Trekking: Explore remote villages and stunning landscapes on foot, experiencing the authentic lifestyles of local tribes.

Address: Lao Cai, Vietnam

Price: Varies

Opening hours: N/A

How to get there: Overnight trains from Hanoi to Lao Cai are popular, followed by a short transfer to Sapa. Buses offer a direct route to Sapa town, with options for scenic stops along the way.

4. Cat Ba Island

Aerial view of Cat Ba Island showcasing lush forests and surrounding turquoise waters.
Source: visithalongbay.com 

Completely engulfed in rainforest, this lush island, also known as "the pearl of the Gulf of Tonkin," is the biggest in the Cát Bà archipelago and Ha Long Bay itself. 

Its biodiversity is teeming with life, with many native species like the white-headed langur monkeys calling it home. Likewise, some locals have also settled down in Cat Ba Town with accommodations like Monkey Island Resort and Cannon Fort Cat Ba Hotel for tourists.

Apart from dense vegetation, Cat Ba also offers three ivory, sandy beaches (Cat Ba 1, 2, and 3), rock-climbing cliffs and deepwater kayaking and snorkelling around Lan Ha Bay. There’s just something for everyone! 

Address: Cát Bà Island, Cat Ba Archipelago

Price: Varies

Opening hours: N/A

How to get there: Reach Hai Phong City by air, train, or bus, then continue to Ben Binh Pier for a ferry ride to Cat Ba Island. Local transport on the island includes taxis and motorbike rentals.

5. My Son Sanctuary

The ancient ruins of My Son Sanctuary at sunrise, showing the detailed carvings and moss-covered stones.

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Convention

My Son Sanctuary serves as a breathtaking historical site where visitors can explore the remains of the spiritual centre of the Champa Kingdom. The sanctuary offers a glimpse into the architectural ingenuity and spiritual depth of this ancient civilisation.

Key highlights:

  • Architectural marvels: Discover the intricate brickwork and sandstone carvings of Hindu deities that have withstood the ravages of time.
  • Cultural insight: Learn about the Cham people's history and their spiritual traditions through guided tours or informational plaques scattered throughout the site.

Address: Duy Phu Commune, Duy Xuyen District, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam.


For international visitors: 150,000 VND per person (S$7.95)

For Vietnamese visitors: 100,000 VND per person (S$5.30)

Opening hours: Daily, from 6:30am to 5:30pm

How to get there: From Da Nang or Hoi An, travel by car or motorbike to the sanctuary. Local buses also offer routes to My Son, providing a more immersive experience.


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Adventurous things to do in Vietnam

Vietnam's diverse landscape offers boundless opportunities for adventure, from its mysterious caves and soaring mountains to thrilling water sports along its vast coastline. If you're seeking adrenaline-pumping activities, Vietnam is your ultimate playground.

6. Son Doong Cave

The colossal chambers of Son Doong Cave, illuminated by natural light shafts

Source: Vietnam Tourism

Hang Son Doong, not only the world's largest cave but now even more massive due to a recent discovery of an underwater tunnel linking it to another cave, presents an unparalleled adventure in Vietnam's Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. Discovered by British divers, this addition increases its volume significantly, adding to its already awe-inspiring size. Inside, you'll find colossal stalagmites and an underground jungle, creating a surreal landscape illuminated by natural skylights. Exploring Son Doong is an epic adventure where you can revel in the sheer scale of nature's ability to sculpt breathtaking wonders.

Address: Tân Trạch, Bố Trạch District, Quang Binh Province, Vietnam

Price: Tours typically cost around US$3,000 (S$4043) for a 6-day expedition

Opening hours: Tour schedules vary; visitation is limited to preserve the cave’s natural beauty

How to get there: Access is exclusively through Oxalis Adventure Tours, with strict limits on visitor numbers to protect the cave’s ecosystem

7. Canyoning in Dalat

Adventurers jumping down a waterfall in the waters of Dalat

Source: Vietnam Tourism

Dalat offers a thrilling canyoning experience where you can immerse yourself in raw nature and test your physical limits. The adventure involves navigating through Datanla waterfalls using a variety of techniques, such as rappelling, ziplining, and water sliding. It's an exhilarating way to experience the natural beauty of Dalat, leaving you soaked and thrilled. This activity is perfect for those looking to add a dose of adrenaline to their Vietnamese adventure.

Address: Dalat, Vietnam

Price: Depends on the tour operators; approximately S$110 per person

Opening hours: Varies based on the tour operator’s schedule

How to get there: Dalat is accessible by bus or car from major cities like Ho Chi Minh City; canyoning tours are centrally located and often include transport from your accommodation

8. Motorbiking the Ha Giang Loop

Breathtaking views along the Ha Giang Loop

Source: Vietnam Tourism

The Ha Giang Loop is a motorbiker’s dream, offering a scenic route through some of Vietnam’s most stunning landscapes. This four-day journey takes riders through breathtaking mountain passes, lush valleys, and traditional villages. The route includes challenging roads that promise an unforgettable adventure, making it a must-do for motorcycle enthusiasts. The loop not only tests your riding skills but also offers a deep dive into the cultural fabric of Vietnam’s remote regions.

Address: Varies, most tours start from Hanoi

Price: Varies; typically from S$162 for a multi-day tour 

Opening hours: Varies, depending on the tour

How to get there: Varies; depends on the city where the tour kicks off

9. Kitesurfing in Mui Ne

Kitesurfers soaring over the waves in Mui Ne

Source: Vietnam Tourism

Looking for adventurous things to do in Vietnam? Mui Ne is renowned for its kitesurfing, thanks to its ideal wind conditions and beautiful beaches. This spot attracts beginners and seasoned kite surfers alike, offering professional lessons and high-quality equipment rentals. The wind conditions vary throughout the day, with gentle breezes in the morning and stronger winds by afternoon, making it perfect for all levels of experience. After a day on the water, relax at one of Mui Ne’s beachfront cafes to watch the sunset.

Address: Varies; depends on the Mui Ne kitesurfing school 

Price: Kitesurfing sessions in Mui Ne typically start at 1,500,000 VND (S$79.50) per person for a two-hour session, including all necessary equipment.

Here are some reputable kitesurfing schools in Mui Ne:

  1. Jibe's Beach Club: Located at 90 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Phan Thiet, Binh Thuan
  2. Surfpoint: Situated at 52 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Phan Thiet, Binh Thuan
  3. C2Sky: Found at 16 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Phan Thiet, Binh Thuan

Opening hours: Varies; depends on the Mui Ne kitesurfing school 

How to get there: You have several options to reach Mui Ne from the airport. Private car services are available, taking approximately four hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Pham Ngu Lao, which takes around five hours. Keep in mind that the bus has specific departure times and may charge an additional fee of VND100,000 (S$5.30) for large bags. Another option is the train, which takes three hours, but be aware that they may not always accept kite bags due to limited space.

10. Diving in Nha Trang

Exploring the vibrant waters near Nha Trang

Source: Vietnam Tourism

Nha Trang is not just a beautiful beach destination; it's also one of Vietnam's premier diving spots. The clear waters, abundant marine life, and well-preserved coral reefs make it a diver’s paradise. Whether you are a novice looking to get your feet wet with a discovery dive or an experienced diver looking to explore deeper waters, Nha Trang offers a range of diving experiences that cater to all levels.

Address: Varies, depending on the scuba diving destination. Popular destinations include Vinpearl Diving Club, Hon Mun Island, and Hon Mot Island

Price: Varies, depending on the tour package. Dives typically start at approximately 300,000 VND (S$15.90) to 600,000 VND (S$31.81) per person, which usually includes all necessary gear and guidance from experienced divemasters.

Opening hours: Varies, depends on the tour package

How to get there: Varies, depends on the scuba diving destination. Nha Trang, in general, is well-connected by air with Cam Ranh International Airport nearby and by train or bus from major cities like Ho Chi Minh City.


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Things to do for couples in Vietnam

Vietnam offers an enchanting array of activities for couples beyond just the typical top 10 things to do. From serene river cruises on the Mekong Delta to the historic charms of Hoi An Ancient Town, Vietnam is brimming with romantic escapades and unforgettable adventures that make it one of the best places to visit for those in love.

11. Cruise on the Mekong Delta

Cruise on the Mekong Delta

Source: Vietnam Tourism

Cruising the Mekong Delta offers a glimpse into the vibrant life along one of Asia's major rivers. This immersive experience is perfect for couples looking for a blend of relaxation and exploration. Imagine gliding through tranquil waters lined with dense mangroves while observing the bustling life of local markets and the serene beauty of the countryside. Luxury river cruises provide a comforting escape with fine dining, exquisite sunsets, and cosy cabins, making them a top choice for a romantic getaway. These journeys vary in length and luxury, with options like the two-day Mekong Eyes Cruises that include visits to floating markets and lush rice paddies, perfect for couples seeking both adventure and intimacy.

Address: For Mekong Eyes Cruises, pick up from your hotel in Saigon (District 1)

Price: From S$322 to S$367

Opening hours: 2-day tour

How to get there: Pick up from your hotel in Saigon

12. Hoi An Ancient Town

The charming streets of Hoi An Ancient Town illuminated by colourful lanterns at dusk, reflecting in the tranquil river

Source: Vietnam Tourism

The preserved beauty of Hoi An Ancient Town, with its blend of indigenous and foreign cultures, offers a deeply immersive experience for couples. The town’s history as a Southeast Asian trading port is reflected in its architecture and urban layout. Couples can enjoy leisurely boat rides along the river, taking in the views of traditional sampans against the backdrop of an ancient town lit by the soft glow of lanterns. Strolling through the streets, visitors can explore centuries-old merchants' houses, vibrant markets, and local cafés, making Hoi An a perfect blend of culture, history, and romance.

Address: Hoi An City, Quang Nam province, Vietnam

Price: Free entry, charges apply for guided tours and certain attractions

Opening hours: 

Street performance: Daily, 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Art shows: Daily, 10:15am to 3:15pm

How to get there: The best way to reach Hoi An is from Da Nang, which is just about a 30-minute drive. Taxis and buses are readily available for this short trip.

13. Beach at Phu Quoc Island

White sandy shores and crystal-clear turquoise waters of Phu Quoc Island beaches

Source: Vietnam Tourism

Phu Quoc Island, known for its stunning beaches and vibrant marine life, offers a romantic setting for couples. With its conservation efforts and local industries like fishing and pearl farming, Phu Quoc combines natural beauty with cultural richness. The island's numerous beaches, ranging from bustling Long Beach to the secluded shores of Bai Thom, provide perfect spots for relaxation or romantic strolls. Adventurous couples can explore the tropical jungles or enjoy water sports in crystal-clear waters, making Phu Quoc a versatile destination for both relaxation and adventure.

Address: Various beaches 

Price: Free access to beaches; other activities and accommodations vary in price

Opening hours: 24 hours for beaches

How to get there: As Phú Quốc is an island district, the sole modes of transportation to reach it are via aeroplane or ferry. The island boasts an international airport and a seaport for convenient access.

14. Hot Air Balloon Ride in Phan Thiet

Hot air balloon floating over the scenic landscape of Phan Thiet

Source: My Tam Travel and Trading

Experience the thrill of a hot air balloon ride over the scenic landscapes of Phan Thiet. This adventure is perfect for couples looking to add a touch of magic to their Vietnam travel experience. Floating gently above the coastline, you can witness breathtaking views of the ocean, sand dunes, and lush landscapes, all from the peaceful vantage point of a hot air balloon. Early morning flights offer spectacular sunrises, making for a memorable and romantic start to the day.

Address: Launch sites vary; typically near Phan Thiet's white sand dunes

Price: Varies, generally around S$222

Opening hours: Depends on the tour package. For My Tam Travels, the tour starts from 5:00am to 8:00am

How to get there: Depends on the tour package. For My Tam Travels, you will be picked up from your hotel or any other place in the city

15. Spa Day in Da Nang

Luxurious spa setting at Danang Marriott Resort & Spa

Source: Marriott Resort & Spa

Indulge in a rejuvenating spa day in Da Nang, where luxury meets tranquillity on the serene Non-Nuoc Beach. Offering a variety of treatments, from traditional Vietnamese massages to modern therapies, the spas in Da Nang are sanctuaries of wellness designed to revitalise your body and mind. For a truly relaxing experience, a spa day at the Danang Marriott Resort & Spa offers luxury and tranquillity on the shores of Non-Nuoc Beach. Couples can enjoy tailored treatments in the serene environment of the resort’s spa, complemented by stunning ocean views. The package includes a 60-minute massage for two, making it a perfect way to unwind and reconnect.

Address: Danang Marriott Resort & Spa, Non Nuoc Beach Villas

23 Truong Sa Street, Hoa Hai Ward, Ngu Hanh Son District, Da Nang, Vietnam, 55000

Price: Price included in hotel booking

Opening hours: 9:00am to 10:00pm

How to get there: From Da Nang International Airport, it is a 25-minute drive via Trường Sa 

Things to do for familIes in Vietnam

Need a list of things to do in Vietnam, specifically with the kids? Delve into a treasure trove of family-friendly adventures where experiences stretch beyond just sightseeing to interactive and exciting activities. From amusement parks that sprinkle a little magic on your day to educational encounters with nature and history, Vietnam offers memorable moments for every member of the family.

16. Vinpearl Land Amusement Park

Attractions at VinWonders

Source: VinWonders

Vinpearl Land Nha Trang, now known as VinWonders, is a dynamic destination perfect for family fun, boasting six unique zones, each designed to deliver a variety of thrilling experiences. From magical explorations in Fairy Land and adrenaline-pumping rides in Adventure Land to a zoological journey in King's Garden and aquatic adventures in Tropical Paradise, every corner of this park is tailored to entertain and amaze. Not to be missed, the Sea World area provides a captivating underwater experience with diverse marine life. For those looking to unwind, the World Garden offers a serene escape amidst lush flora. Besides the recommended spot in Nha Trang, Vinpearl’s magic can be experienced at other parks across Vietnam, including VinWonders Phu Quoc and Vinpearl Land Nam Hoi An, each offering a unique set of attractions and experiences, ensuring visitors have a splendid time.

Address: Hon Tre Island, Vinh Nguyen Ward, Nha Trang City


[Vinpearl Harbour] - Cable Car Ticket | Round trip: S$21.60 (two adults)

[VinWonders Nha Trang] - Junior Zoo Keeper Ticket: S$16.20 (one child)

[VinWonders Nha Trang] Ticket to "Tata Show" & Round trip cable car: S$31 (two adults)

[Combo] Admission to VinWonders Nha Trang (after 4:00pm) & Round trip cable car: S$70 (two adults)

[VinWonders Nha Trang] Entrance Ticket | Round-trip cable car: S$101 (two adults)

[VinWonders Nha Trang] Unlimited Access | Admission ticket: S$112 (two adults)

[VinWonders Nha Trang] Combo Admission Ticket & Set menu service | Round-trip cable car: S$127 (two adults)

[VinWonders Nha Trang] Combo Admission Ticket & Buffet service | Round-trip cable car: S$132 (two adults)

[VinWonders Nha Trang] Admission ticket + VIP Tour service: S$234

Opening hours: 8:00am to 8:00pm

How to get there: Hon Tre Island lies just 5 kilometres from Nha Trang City Center and a mere 3.5 kilometres from Nha Trang Stone Bridge Port. To reach VinWonders Nha Trang, visitors have several transportation options:

  1. Cable Car: Enjoy a scenic 10-minute ride offering breathtaking views of the sea and sky
  2. Canoe: Opt for a budget-friendly canoe ride, averaging seven to ten minutes, available from 8:00am to 10:00pm
  3. High-speed Boat: Although longer at 12 to 15 minutes, these boats run around the clock with a 30-minute interval, offering flexibility for your visit

17. Suoi Tien Theme Park in Ho Chi Minh City

Colourful entrance of Suoi Tien Theme Park, showcasing traditional Vietnamese motifs

Source: VietnamOnline.com

Escape the bustle of Ho Chi Minh City with a visit to Suoi Tien Theme Park, a cultural and amusement park that offers a diverse range of activities that are perfect for families looking to cool off and have fun. Here, visitors can enjoy the Tien Dong - Ngoc Nu water park, Vietnam’s first artificial beach, and engage in various water activities tailored for both adults and kids. For those seeking tranquillity, the park houses several Buddhist temples, providing a quiet space amidst the excitement. Additionally, Suoi Tien offers an array of thrilling rides and colourful displays, making it an ideal spot for a family day out.

Address: 120 Xa Lộ Hà Nội, Thành Phố, Thủ Đức, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

Price: S$2.65

Opening hours: 8:00am to 6:00pm

How to get there: Located approximately 40 minutes from the city centre by car via Ha Noi Highway, or accessible by local buses including numbers 19, 50, 52, 53, or 150

18. Dalat Flower Gardens

Vibrant display of assorted flowers at Dalat Flower Gardens

Source: vinpearl

Step into the enchanting world of Dalat Flower Gardens, where vibrant blooms and lush greenery await to mesmerise visitors of all ages. This beautifully curated park showcases an extensive collection of flowers, from local species to exotic varieties, all artistically arranged to create a picturesque landscape. Central to the garden is a charming water fountain, enhancing the peaceful atmosphere.

Address:  No. 2, Tran Nhan Tong Street, Ward 8, Dalat City


For adults: S$2.65

For children: S$1.30

Opening hours: Daily, 9:00am to 5:00pm

How to get there: Easily accessible from Xuan Huong Lake and just a short drive from Dalat Market, the gardens offer a convenient and scenic spot for a day visit

19. Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre in Hanoi

Traditional Vietnamese water puppet show in action at Thang Long Theatre

Source: Vietnam Tourism

What are the odds you’ve seen a live puppet show? Now, what are the odds you’ve seen a live puppet show… on water? When in Hanoi, you simply must pay a visit to the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre.

Believed to have originated from rural Vietnam, the stage is a waist-deep pool with puppeteers operating their puppets using long bamboo canes. This is a tribute to when paddy fields overflowed and got submerged during the monsoon season, thus giving rise to this ingenious idea. 

These water puppet shows help share local folklore tales, farming stories and other native myths of Vietnam.

Address: 57B Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hang Bac, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam
Price: 100,000 to 200,000 VND (S$5.30 to S$10.60)

Opening hours: Daily, 9:00am to 5:00pm 

How to get there: Centrally located near Hoan Kiem Lake, the theatre is within walking distance from many hotels in the Old Quarter. If you wish to travel by bus, buses 8, 9, 14, 31, and 36 run to Hoan Kiem Lake. Alternatively, book tickets as a package with round-trip transfers

20. Bao Son Paradise Park

Entrance of Bao Son Paradise Park

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Bao Son Paradise Park, located in Hanoi, is an expansive entertainment and cultural complex that combines the allure of traditional Vietnamese craft villages with modern recreational facilities. This park offers a dynamic blend of attractions, including an ecological safari complex, an aquarium, and a variety of water and amusement park rides. Visitors can explore the rich cultural heritage of Vietnam through interactive experiences and enjoy numerous activities that cater to both children and adults, making it a perfect destination for family fun.

Address: Km5+200, Đ. Lê Trọng Tấn, An Khánh, Hoài Đức, Hà Nội, Vietnam

Price: From S$17

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 8:00am to 5:00pm

How to get there: Reachable by bus route 50B from Long Bien to An Khanh Urban Area, or by motorbike or car from central Hanoi, following directions to Le Trong Tan Street after the Nga Tu So intersection

Cultural things to do in Vietnam

Vietnam beckons with a wealth of culturally immersive activities that promise to captivate every visitor's curiosity. Beyond ticking off standard attractions and activities, discover unique things to do in Vietnam that delve into its rich cultural heritage and historical significance. 

21. Hue Imperial City

Hue Imperial City with its ancient structures

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Convention

The Imperial City of Hue is steeped in history and cultural significance, with its last monarchy — the Nguyen Lords — being as recent as the 19th century. Although the royal residence is no longer occupied, the stories and tales of its history are still felt within the interior and monuments of this historical complex. Day trips can take up to three to five hours here.

Address: Thành phố Huế, Thừa Thiên Huế, Vietnam
Price: Admission to the Hue Imperial City for adults is VND 200,000 (S$10.60) and VND 40,000 (S$2.10) for children.

Opening hours: Daily from 8:00am to 5:30pm (Thursday until 10:00pm)

How to get there: To reach the Hue Imperial City from the main train station, cross the river. If travelling from Hoi An, frequent buses to Hue are available. From the tourist area, a short walk to the main entrance gate takes under 15 minutes.

22. Temple of Literature in Hanoi

Serene view of the Temple of Literature in Hanoi, showcasing its traditional Vietnamese architecture

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Visit the Temple of Literature in Hanoi, a symbol of Vietnam's scholastic and architectural heritage. Established in 1070 by Emperor Le Thanh Tong, this Confucian temple houses Vietnam's first university and offers a tranquil retreat from the city's bustling streets. Stroll through its five courtyards with ornate pavilions and altars dedicated to Confucius. Witness the stone steles mounted on turtle backs, listing the names of graduates, a testament to the temple's historical role in education. 

Address: No. 58, Quoc Tu Giam Street, Dong Da District, Hanoi


Adults: VND 70,000 (S$3.71)

Students: VND 35,000 (S$1.86) (student cards required)

Opening hours: Daily, 8:00am to 5:00pm

How to get there: To reach the Temple of Literature in Hanoi, you can easily navigate from any part of the city. Use Google Maps for driving directions or book a ride via local ride-hailing apps like Grab or Gojek. If opting for public transport, buses number 2, 23, 38, 25, and 4 all have stops near the temple for convenient access.

23. War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City

War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City

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Did you know that more than half of the Vietnamese population was born after the Vietnam War ended in 1975? In fact, a huge percentage of civilian casualties came from South Vietnam; estimates are believed to go as high as 720,000 deaths.

Hence, it comes as no surprise that the War Remnants Museum are dedicated to the remembrance of this gruesome past. It boasts extensive but sentimental exhibitions of artefacts that poignantly detail the atrocities of those times. And yes, this includes both US and Vietnam military equipment like the US Air Force helicopters, aircraft, and armoured tanks.

Though lives were lost, they’re never forgotten thanks to this museum.

Address: 28 Vo Van Tan Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


For adults: VND 40,000/person (S$2.21)

For children under Six: Free
Opening hours: Daily from 7:30am to 5:30pm

How to get there: To get to the museum, the most convenient option is a taxi, readily available in tourist areas. It's a short trip from District 1 and costs less than VND 50,000 (around S$2.65). Alternatively, adventurous travellers can opt for buses: take bus 14 from Mien Dong bus station, bus 28 from Ben Thanh market, or bus 06 from Cho Lon bus station. Using Grab or Uber apps to book a car or motorbike ride is another reliable choice.

24. Cu Chi Tunnels

Narrow entrance to the Cu Chi Tunnels, hidden among forest foliage

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A short day trip from the city, the famous Cu Chi Tunnels were one of the best-kept secrets of the Vietnam War. The incredible network of tunnels is about 120km long (250km at the peak of war) and was dug by the Viet Kong in order to evade enemy troops. 

This tunnel network was used for many purposes: storing supplies, sheltering civilians and infantry, surprise attack setups and escape air bombs. All in all, these tunnels were pivotal in helping to turn the tide in Viet Cong’s favour.

As a visitor, you can relive the war-torn memories by crawling through the tunnel and re-emerging through the many obscured openings.

Address: TL15, Phu Hiep, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Price: From 135,000 VND (S$8.10)
Operating hours: Daily from 8:00am to 5:00pm

How to get there: To reach Cu Chi Tunnels:

  • By taxi: Convenient but pricey, takes about 1.5 hours.
  • By bus: Cheaper option, about 2.5 hours, take bus No. 13 or No. 94 to Cu Chi Bus Station, then bus No. 79 to Ben Duoc Tunnel.
  • By private motorbike/car: Rent from Ho Chi Minh City, follow National Road 15 Northwest to Cu Chi.
  • By boat/canoe: Depart from Tan Cang pier on a speedboat along Saigon River to Cu Chi in 75 minutes, starting at 7:30am daily.

25. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Front view of the imposing Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi

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Pay respects at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi, where the preserved body of Ho Chi Minh, the revolutionary leader and former President of North Vietnam, lies in state. This monumental marble edifice is a site of deep political and cultural significance, reflecting the reverence held for the leader known affectionately as 'Uncle Ho'. Visitors can observe the solemn changing of the guard and the local reverence as they quietly queue to enter the cool, dimly lit hall housing Ho Chi Minh's glass sarcophagus. 

Address: 8 Hung Vuong, Dien Bien Ward, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi


For Vietnamese people: free

For foreign visitors: VND25,000 (about S$1.30)

Opening hours: 

Summer & Fall (April – October): 7:30 am to 10:30am

Winter & Spring (November – March): 8:00 am to 11:00 am

How to get there: For private vehicles, note the parking areas on Ong Ich Khiem Street (across from the Mausoleum Guard Command) and Ngoc Ha Street (entrance to the Ho Chi Minh Museum). Public transportation options include buses number 09, 33, 22, 45, and 50, which all pass by Ba Dinh Square. Alternatively, taxis are readily available in Hanoi

Things to do for free in Vietnam

Exploring Vietnam doesn't have to break the bank, with plenty of enriching activities available free of charge that promise to enhance your travel experience. From bustling historical quarters to tranquil lakes, these destinations offer a glimpse into Vietnam’s vibrant culture and natural beauty without a price tag.

26. Old Quarter in Hanoi

Street scene in Hanois Old Quarter

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Hanoi’s Old Quarter serves as a living museum, immersing visitors in its chaotic yet charismatic atmosphere. This historic area, known for its 36 streets, each originally dedicated to a specific trade, offers a sensory overload with vendors selling traditional goods, aromas of local dishes like pho wafting through the air, and the incessant buzz of scooters. Navigating the narrow lanes in a cyclo provides a leisurely way to absorb the vibrant street scenes. As evening falls, the area around Hoàn Kiếm Lake transforms into a social hub where locals engage in activities like tai chi and hacky-sack, making it a perfect spot for tourists to mingle and enjoy the local lifestyle. Culinary adventurers will appreciate the myriad of street foods, from bún chả to the unique egg coffee, each telling its own story of Hanoi’s rich culinary traditions.

Address: Northwest of Hoan Kiem District

Price: Free

Opening hours: N/A

How to get there: To reach Hanoi Old Quarter, you have several transportation options available, including buses, taxis, and motorbike taxis. Bus routes such as numbers 09, 14, and 36 go to Hoan Kiem Lake, while routes 03, 11, 14, 18, 22, 34, and 40 lead to O Quan Chuong Gate.

Taxis are widely available throughout Hanoi, providing convenient transportation from any location to the Old Quarter.

27. Hoan Kiem Lake

Tranquil dawn over Hoan Kiem Lake

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Hoan Kiem Lake, or the Lake of the Returned Sword, acts as a serene escape in the heart of Hanoi, reflecting the city’s history and legends. Known for its clear, calm waters and the legend of the magical sword, the lake is a focal point for both locals and tourists. It is surrounded by shaded pathways and decorative gardens, making it an ideal spot for morning jogs or leisurely evening strolls. The lake's surroundings transform into a vibrant pedestrian zone over the weekends, featuring street performers and local vendors, offering a festive atmosphere that encapsulates the spirit of Hanoi. Visitors can explore the historical Thap Rua (Turtle Tower) sitting in the middle of the lake or simply enjoy the lively atmosphere of this central gathering spot.

Address: Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

Price: No entry fee for Hoan Kiem Lake

Opening hours: Daily, open 24 hours to the public

How to get there: To reach Hoan Kiem Lake, you have several options:

Taxi and motorbike for direct access

Public transport, such as buses with stops near the lake

Rent a bike from your hotel or local rental service

28. Da Nang’s Dragon Bridge

The iconic Dragon Bridge in Da Nang
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No megacity is complete without its own larger-than-life suspension bridge. Home to the longest suspension bridge in Vietnam, the Dragon Bridge is both an architectural spectacle and a great spot to catch a glimpse of the setting sun. 

A proud golden dragon fixture stretches across its length, adding magnificence and grandeur to this structure. Once the sun goes down, the Dragon Bridge comes alive with an entrancing display of LED lights; and on weekends, you can even expect a marvellous fire and water show.

These sights are best viewed from the bridge itself or from the Sơn Trà night market down below.

Address: Son Tra, An Hai Tay, An Hai, Cau Rong Da Nang, Vietnam 

Price: Free

Opening hours: 8:00am to 5:00pm,with a spectacular fire and water performance at 9:00pm on Saturday and Sunday nights

How to get there:

From Hoi An:

  • Public bus: Take bus number 01 from Hoi An bus station to reach Dragon Bridge. The journey costs approximately 20,000 VND (S$1) and takes about two hours. Alight at No. 270 Tran Phu, a short five-minute walk from the bridge.
  • Personal vehicle: Drive your own motorbike or car, or rent one and navigate using Google Maps for a flexible journey. Riding a motorbike at night across the romantic Han River is a popular choice.
  • Private bus: Opt for a private bus service for a quicker ride, which is around one hour.

From My Khe Beach, Da Nang:

  • Taxi or personal vehicle: From My Khe beach, hail a taxi or drive yourself via Vo Nguyen Giap Street to Vo Van Kiet. Cross the Han River to easily reach Dragon Bridge, a convenient route for travellers heading to the city centre. 

29. Love Bridge in Da Nang

Padlocks at the Love Bridge in Da Nang

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Situated along the romantic Han River, the Love Bridge in Da Nang is a charming destination for couples and families. Inspired by the tradition of love locks, which symbolise unbreakable love, visitors can attach personalised padlocks to the bridge’s structure. This picturesque spot is perfect for a leisurely stroll, offering panoramic views of the river and city skyline, especially enchanting at dusk. The bridge’s close proximity to other local attractions like the aforementioned Dragon Bridge allows visitors to combine several activities into a delightful evening out.

Address: Tran Hung Dao Street, Son Tra District, Da Nang

Price: Free, love locks available for purchase at the souvenir counter near the bridge, ranging from VND 70,000 (S$3.70) to VND 250,000 (S$13.30)

Opening hours: 24 hours

How to get there: From Da Nang Airport, take Nguyen Van Linh Street towards Dragon Bridge. Continue straight across the bridge and turn onto Tran Hung Dao Street in Son Tra District. Drive approximately 100 metres to reach the Love Bridge, located near the foot of Dragon Bridge

30. Ben Thanh Market

Scene at Ben Thanh Market
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As the shopping epicentre of Ho Chi Minh, the Ben Thanh Market is the largest market in the city and the quintessential tourist trap honestly. From handicrafts to textiles to local dishes like banh xeo, hu tieu and more, there’s absolutely everything here in this marketplace. To date, it’s been operating for over 110 years ever since its reconstruction in 1912.

Address: Le Loi Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Price: Free
Opening hours: Daily from 6:00am to 6:00pm

How to get there: Depending on your location, you have several options to reach Ben Thanh Market:

Taxi or Grab: The most convenient option, costing approximately 300,000 VND (S$15.90) to 400,000 VND (S$21.20) from the airport.

Motorbike: An affordable choice at around 150,000 VND (S$7.95) per day, ideal for navigating the city and visiting nearby attractions.

Walking: If staying near Pham Ngu Lao Street, it's a pleasant one kilometre walk taking about 10 minutes.

Bus: Take bus #152 from the airport or other major bus routes that terminate at Ben Thanh Market, offering an inexpensive fare of 15,000 VND (S$0.80)

Things to do at night in Vietnam

Vietnam truly comes alive at night, offering a myriad of experiences that showcase its vibrant culture and bustling nightlife. From bustling streets filled with local and international revellers to tranquil festivals that light up the rivers, Vietnam's nocturnal activities are not to be missed.

31. Bui Vien Street in Ho Chi Minh City

Lively night scene at Bui Vien Street with crowds enjoying the vibrant nightlife

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Bui Vien Street, at the heart of Ho Chi Minh City's "Backpacker District," buzzes with an eclectic mix of tourists and locals every night. Often likened to Bangkok’s Khao San Road, this street transforms into a pedestrian zone over the weekends, teeming with life through its bars, cafes, and street performances. It's a cultural melting pot where the air is thick with music ranging from traditional Vietnamese to the latest international hits, and the smells of street food waft through the air. Whether you're looking to socialise, enjoy live music, or simply soak up the dynamic atmosphere, Bui Vien Street offers a slice of Saigon nightlife that caters to all tastes.

Address: Bui Vien Street, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 

Price: Varies

Opening hours: 24 hours; Walking street opens from 7:00pm to 2:00am on weekends

How to get there:

Bus: Take routes 152, 109, or 49, with fares ranging from 6,000 VND (S$0.32) to 40,000 VND (S$2.12)

Taxi: Opt for Xanh SM Taxi for quick and comfortable rides downtown, costing between 12,500 VND (S$0.66) and 21,000 VND (S$1.11) per kilometre

Motorbike: Renting a motorbike offers flexibility, with nearby parking options at Fine Arts Museum, September 23rd Park, or Galaxy Cinema Nguyen Du

32. Night markets in Hanoi

Bustling activity at a Hanoi night market with colourful stalls and vibrant crowds

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Hanoi’s night markets are a quintessential part of the city’s charm, offering more than just shopping opportunities. Each market, from the wholesale Long Biên Market to the picturesque Quang Ba Flower Market, pulses with its own unique vibe. Long Biên provides a behind-the-scenes look at local commerce, best visited in the early morning hours for those wanting to capture photogenic moments of market life. Meanwhile, Linh Nam offers bargain deals after dark, shifting from a daytime produce market to a lively bazaar of assorted goods. Quang Ba comes alive before dawn, with hundreds of flower varieties transforming the area into a vibrant floral wonderland, ideal for early risers or photography enthusiasts seeking a visual feast.

Address: Various locations

Price: N/A

Opening hours: Varies

How to get there: Varies

33. Hoi An Lantern Festival

Illuminated lanterns during the Hoi An Lantern Festival

Source: Hoi An Travel

Not sure what to do in Vietnam if you are looking for something exclusive? The Hoi An Lantern Festival, a mesmerising event held monthly on the full moon, transforms the quaint town of Hoi An into a magical landscape of light and colour. This festival sees the historic streets and the gentle Thu Bon River glow under thousands of lanterns, each carrying wishes and dreams into the night sky. Visitors can immerse themselves in this luminous display, participate in local games, or simply stroll along the riverbanks, enjoying the festival's captivating blend of tradition and community spirit.

Dates for the Hoi An Latern Festivel in 2024 and 2025:

19 July 2024
17 August 2024
16 September 2024
16 October 2024
14 November 2024
14 December 2024
13 January 2025
11 February 2025
13 March 2025
11 April 2025
11 May 2025
9 June 2025
8 July 2025
7 August 2025
5 September 2025
5 October 2025
3 November 2025
3 December 2025

Address: Hoi An city, Quang Nam province, Vietnam

Price: Free entry, Homemade lanterns are available for purchase at 10-20,000 VND each (S$0.50 to S$1.10)

Opening hours: Held during the full moon, from 6:00pm to around 10:00pm; arriving before 6:00Pm is recommended

How to get there: The best way to reach Hoi An is from Da Nang, which is just about a 30-minute drive. Taxis and buses are readily available for this short trip.

34. Sky36 Bar in Da Nang

Panoramic view of Da Nang City from the high vantage point of Sky36 Bar

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Sky36 Bar, situated atop the Novotel Danang Premier Han River, stands as the tallest bar in Vietnam, offering unparalleled views of Da Nang’s skyline and the Han River below. This glamorous venue combines luxury and excitement, featuring an outdoor bar, VIP areas, and a vibrant nightclub setting that draws both locals and tourists. Guests at Sky36 can indulge in an array of exquisite cocktails and tapas while enjoying thematic parties, live performances, and occasional fireworks. 

Address: Novotel Hotel Premier Han River - 36-38 Bach Dang Street, Thach Thang Ward, Hai Chau District, Da Nang City, Vietnam

Price: From S$42.40

Opening hours: 6:00pm to 2:00am

How to get there:

35. Water puppet show in Hanoi

Traditional Vietnamese water puppet show performance depicting rural life scenes

Source: Vietnam Tourism

The Water Puppet Show in Hanoi offers a unique theatrical experience that delves deep into Vietnam’s cultural heritage. Held at the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre near Hoan Kiem Lake, this traditional art form narrates stories of rural Vietnamese life through expertly manipulated puppets dancing over water. Accompanied by a live orchestra playing classical Vietnamese music, the show features folklore tales, agricultural scenes, and historical legends, all depicted in a humorous and light-hearted manner. 

Address: 57B Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hang Bac, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam

Price: 100,000 to 200,000 VND (S$5.30 to S$10.60)

Opening hours: Daily, 9:00am to 5:00pm 

How to get there: Centrally located near Hoan Kiem Lake, the theatre is within walking distance from many hotels in the Old Quarter. If you wish to travel by bus, buses 8, 9, 14, 31, and 36 run to Hoan Kiem Lake. Alternatively, book tickets as a package with round-trip transfers

Best places to eat and drink in Vietnam

As anyone, what the best thing to do in Vietnam is and they will tell you that feasting on local dishes tops the list. Vietnam is a treasure trove of culinary delights, each offering a unique taste of local traditions and international influences. Whether you're craving the simplicity of a street sandwich or the sophistication of a gourmet meal, there's something to satisfy every palate in Vietnam's bustling cities.

36. Banh Mi Phuong in Hoi An

Freshly made Banh Mi sandwich

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Some might mistake it as a basic sub sandwich, but no. This iconic Vietnamese sandwich is more than that. 

Its recipe integrates the past and present, infusing influences of the French palate (reflective of Vietnam’s colonial past) together with local ingredients. The result you get is a fusion of a French baguette spread with seasoned pâté and a sprinkle of coriander, other herbs and spices. 

Local foodies recommend Bánh Mì Phượng. In the charming town of Hoi An, Banh Mi Phuong has elevated the humble Vietnamese sandwich to an art form. Celebrated by locals and international visitors alike, this eatery has been lauded as home to the best Banh Mi in Vietnam. Here, the classic French baguette meets vibrant Vietnamese flavours with ingredients like liver pâté, fresh cucumbers, and aromatic coriander. Each sandwich is a masterpiece, enhanced with a local twist of spicy fish paste and creamy mayonnaise, often topped with a perfectly fried egg.

Address: 2b D. Phan Chu Trinh, Cam Chau, Hoi An, Quang Nam 560000, Vietnam

Price: From S$1.06

Opening hours: 

Wednesday to Monday: 6:30am to 9:00pm

Tuesday: 6:30am to 9:30pm

How to get there: Six minutes drive from Hoi An Ancient Town via Đ. Phan Chu Trinh

37. Pho Gia Truyen in Hanoi

Steaming bowl of beef Pho at Pho Gia Truyen, a renowned pho spot in Hanoi

Source: Flavours of Hanoi

Pho Gia Truyen, located in the heart of Hanoi's Old Quarter, is famed for serving some of the best traditional beef pho in the city. Known locally as Pho Bat Dan, this popular eatery draws a crowd eager to savour its rich and aromatic beef broth every day. The pho is meticulously prepared with tender slices of beef, rice noodles, and a perfected blend of spices that have been passed down through generations. 

Address: 49 Bat Dan Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Price: From S$2.65

Opening hours: 6:00am to 10:00am; 5:00pm to 9:30pm

How to get there:

38. Cuc Gach Quan in Ho Chi Minh City

Cosy dining setup at Cuc Gach Quan, offering traditional Vietnamese meals

Source: Vietnam Discovery Travel

Cuc Gach Quan in Ho Chi Minh City creates a nostalgic dining experience reminiscent of a Vietnamese family meal. This restaurant prides itself on simple yet flavourful dishes that echo the home-cooked meals of a bygone era. Ingredients are sourced every day from local markets, ensuring each dish, from the fried tofu with lemongrass to the crispy bacon with pickles, is fresh and wholesome. 

Address: 10 Dang Tat Street, Tan Dinh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Price: From S$5.80

Opening hours: Daily, 9:00am to 11:00pm

How to get there: 25 minutes drive from Ho Chi Minh City via Đ. Cộng Hòa 

39. Secret Garden in Ho Chi Minh City

Dishes from Secret Garden restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City

Source: Wild ‘n’ Free Diary

Perched atop a city building, Secret Garden offers more than just a meal; it provides a retreat from the bustling streets below. This rooftop garden restaurant is famed for its extensive menu of Vietnamese classics. Diners can indulge in a range of dishes, from vibrant vegetarian options like stir-fried okra to hearty meat dishes such as spicy braised ribs. The tranquil setting, combined with the panoramic views of Ho Chi Minh City, makes dining at Secret Garden an enchanting experience, ideal for those looking to enjoy a quiet evening accompanied by authentic local flavours.

Address: 158 Pasteur, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Price: Around S$40 for multiple dishes

Opening hours: 10:30am to 10:00pm

How to get there:

40. La Maison 1888 in Da Nang

Elegant dishes of La Maison 1888

Source: Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort 

La Maison 1888 in Da Nang brings French culinary excellence to the heart of Vietnam, housed in a stunningly restored colonial mansion. Under the guidance of Michelin-starred chef Pierre Gagnaire, the restaurant offers a menu that beautifully melds French techniques with Vietnamese ingredients. Diners at La Maison 1888 can expect a gastronomic journey through expertly crafted dishes that highlight the best of both cultures. 

Address: Son Tra Peninsula, Danang, 550000 Vietnam

Price: Around S$265 for a six course set meal per person

Opening hours: 6:30pm to 9:00pm

How to get there: 36 minute drive from Da Nang City via Hoàng Sa

Quirky and unusual things to do in Vietnam

If you're wondering what to do in Vietnam for a week, 10 days, or perhaps shorter, look no further than its unique places and quirky attractions. Vietnam is not just about its stunning landscapes and historic sites; it also offers some truly unusual experiences that you won't find anywhere else.

41. Crazy House in Dalat

Surreal architecture of Crazy House with its organic, twisting shapes in Dalat, Vietnam

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Dalat's Crazy House, a surreal architectural marvel, stands out with its Gaudi-esque structures and fantastical design. This extraordinary guesthouse, officially known as Hang Nga Guesthouse, features intertwining, organic forms that defy conventional architecture. Visitors can explore a network of narrow, winding staircases, quirky, themed rooms, and colourful mosaic pathways that lead through a whimsical wonderland of shapes and motifs. Each element in the Crazy House is a piece of art, offering a visual feast that captivates and charms travellers seeking the unusual.

Address: 03 Huynh Thuc Khang St., Ward 4, Dalat City, Vietnam

Price: Depends on the room

Termite: S$60.65 (two pax)

Bamboo: S$67.40 (two pax)

HoneyMoon Kangaroo: S$74.10 (two pax)

Bear: S$80.90 (two pax)

Ant Gourd: S$107.90 (two pax)

Tiger: From S$59

Land Eagle: From S$121.30 

Pheasant: S$109.20 (two pax)

Opening hours: 8:30am to 7:00pm

How to get there: From Dalat Long Dong, drive eight minutes via Tran Hung Dao

42. Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh

Vibrant exterior of Cao Dai Temple showcasing its colourful architectural details in Tay Ninh, Vietnam

Source: Vietnam Travel

The grand Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh serves as the spiritual centre of Caodaism, a uniquely Vietnamese religion that blends elements of Buddhism, Christianity, Taoism, and Confucianism. The temple's architecture is a vivid tapestry of colours and symbols, featuring dragon-wrapped columns, seven-headed cobras, and an eye-enclosed triangle representing the divine. It's an alluring destination for both its religious significance and its striking aesthetic. Visitors can observe the colourful midday mass with its array of followers dressed in white, chanting in unison to traditional music—an enchanting experience that offers a glimpse into a deeply spiritual practice.

Address: Pham Ho Phap, Long Hoa Ward, Town, Hoa Thanh, Tay Ninh

Price: Free

Opening hours: Visitors can tour the temple daily; ceremonial masses are at 6:00am, Noon, 6:00pm, and Midnight

How to get there:

By motorbike: If you're comfortable riding in Vietnam, renting a motorbike in Saigon and driving to Cao Dai Temple is the quickest option, taking approximately two hours.

By bus: For budget-conscious travellers, take bus #703 from Ben Thanh Market to Moc Bai, then transfer to bus #05 to Tay Ninh Bus Station. From there, you can take a taxi or motorbike taxi to Cao Dai Temple, about 6km away. This journey typically takes at least 3 hours due to multiple transfers.

By private car with a tour: The most convenient method is booking a tour through a local travel agency. They'll arrange transportation, provide a local guide, and take care of entrance fees. Tours often include visits to Cu Chi Tunnels as well, making for a full day excursion.

43. Reunification Express Train

Reunification Express Train crossing rural Vietnam landscapes

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Embark on a journey through Vietnam's stunning landscapes on the Reunification Express Train. This train route offers an adventurous way to see the country, connecting Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City while passing through picturesque beaches, mountains, and cities. It’s a moving vantage point from which to view Vietnam's diverse scenery and rural life.

Address: Various stations from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City

Price: About S$78 for a soft-sleeper ticket

Opening hours: Departure time varies, the journey takes 36 hours 

How to get there: Trains are accessible from major stations in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City

44. Train Street in Hanoi

Narrow Train Street in Hanoi with cafes and pedestrians

Source: Day Tours in Hanoi

Hanoi's Train Street offers a thrilling experience as high-speed trains pass just mere feet away from the homes and cafes lining the tracks. This unique urban spot in Vietnam, located within the Old Quarter, draws visitors keen to photograph and experience the close proximity of trains zipping through a narrow residential street. The best times to visit are during the train's scheduled times when the street buzzes with excitement and anticipation.

Address: 3 Ward Tran Phu, Hang Bong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam

Price: Free

Opening hours: 24 hours; visit during scheduled train times for the full experience

How to get there:

The most convenient options include taking a taxi or motorbike taxi (known as “xe om” or Grab Bike) to the Old Quarter. From there, you can walk to the street or request your driver to drop you off at the entrance. Alternatively, you can take a bus to bus stops along Le Duan, Tran Phu, or Phung Hung streets and then proceed on foot to reach the street.

Bus routes near Le Duan: 01, 03A, 08B, 08BCT, 11, 11CT, 32, 40, 40CT, 49

Bus routes near Tran Phu: 01, 18, 36, 36 CT

Bus routes near Phung Hung: 18

45. Mui Ne Sand Dunes

Expansive view of the White Sand Dunes in Mui Ne under a clear sky, showcasing the desert-like terrain

Source: Vinpearl

Mui Ne, a picturesque town on Vietnam's southeast coast, is famous not only for its idyllic beaches but also for its dramatic sand dunes, which transform the landscape into a stunning desert-like environment. These natural wonders are a compelling attraction for anyone visiting the region. The Red Sand Dunes, close to the bustling centre of Phan Thiet and the serene Hon Rom Beach, is a favoured destination. Further away, the White Sand Dunes, or Bau Trang, are situated about 30 kilometres from Mui Ne and offer a more expansive desert experience, with vast, rolling dunes that stretch into the distance, creating a serene and otherworldly atmosphere that captivates photographers and adventurers alike.

Address: 50 kilometres away from Mui Ne Central 

Price: Free unless you rent a jeep

Opening hours: 24 hours

How to get there: You can easily arrange sunrise and sunset tours to the Red Sand Dunes by bus or jeep through your hotel reception. Prices start as low as S$6.70. The sunset tour typically includes a visit to the Fairy Springs, a scenic ankle-deep stream flanked by canyon-like landscapes. It's a delightful experience to explore barefoot for about an hour. For a reliable tour option, consider booking with The Sinh Tourist, offering a S$9.40 package with comfortable, air-conditioned bus transport.

How To Get Around Vietnam

Navigating Vietnam is an adventure in itself, offering a mix of traditional and modern transportation methods.

Domestic Flights

Domestic flights in Vietnam are a quick and efficient way to cover the vast distances between the north and south. Major cities like Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang are well-connected by airlines such as Vietnam Airlines and VietJet Air, offering frequent services at competitive prices.


Travelling by train is a scenic way to see Vietnam, especially the picturesque coastlines and rural landscapes. The reunification express line, linking Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, is popular among tourists seeking a slower, more immersive journey through the country’s diverse regions.


Buses in Vietnam are a ubiquitous and economical option for both short hops and long-haul journeys. Extensive networks connect all major towns and cities with various service levels, from basic to luxury sleeper buses, making them accessible to all types of travellers.


Taxis are plentiful and reasonably priced in Vietnam’s cities, making them a convenient choice for short distances. Reputable companies like Mai Linh and Vinasun offer reliable service, and with meters in use, travelling by taxi ensures that you get a fair deal without the need to bargain.


For the adventurous, renting a motorbike can offer the ultimate freedom to explore Vietnam at your own pace. It’s a popular choice for navigating the bustling city streets as well as for touring the scenic countryside, though it's important to be confident in your riding skills due to the often chaotic traffic.

Grab, Gojek, Be

Ride-hailing apps such as Grab, Gojek, and Be have revolutionised urban transport in Vietnam, providing convenient and affordable options for motorcycles and cars alike. These apps offer transparent pricing and the ease of electronic payment, making them a favoured choice among tech-savvy travellers.

Discover Vietnam

Have it all figured out as to where in Vietnam you plan on heading to and visiting for your first time there? From the tranquil waters of Ha Long Bay and the bustling streets of Hanoi's Old Quarter to the culinary delights of Hoi An and the historical tunnels of Cu Chi, Vietnam offers an endless array of attractions. Adventure seekers, cultural enthusiasts, and food lovers alike will find something to cherish. As you plan your journey through this fascinating country, don't forget to secure travel insurance, ensuring peace of mind amidst your adventures. While you're at it, check out the top 10 destinations Singaporeans are travelling to in 2024.


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