24 Best Places to Visit in Vietnam

24 Best Places to Visit in Vietnam
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Vietnam is a huge country and as such offers not only different climates and a great cultural diversity, but also an infinite number of sights. Many of these are, of course, relics of Vietnam’s turbulent history, but there is also much to discover for those less interested in history.

Especially Vietnam’s beautiful landscapes regularly attract visitors, because from national parks and mountain worlds to dream beaches and sand dunes, Vietnam has everything in its portfolio. Below you find the 24 best places to visit in Vietnam.

24. Ban Gioc Waterfalls

There are only three major waterfalls in the world that are located on national borders. Since the Ban Gioc Waterfalls (also: Ban Gioc Detian Waterfalls) are located in the middle of a beautiful landscape, they attract tourists from all directions and are one of the best sights in Vietnam.

Most visitors only take a day trip and miss out on a lot of things, because the landscape in the area alone is beautiful. In addition, there are all kinds of things to discover on site, which make it worthwhile to stay one or two nights.

China and Vietnam share the affiliation of the waterfalls, although geographically they are clearly on the Vietnamese side. Small rafts ply the water from China to ferry visitors as close as possible to the falls.

There is already a large number of people bustling around this place, yet it has its own special flair.

23. Dalat

Dalat is a city in southern Vietnam and is located at an altitude of 1,500 meters. Mild temperatures prevail here and the air is fresh. Dalat was already in the colonial era a very popular resort and is still today the destination of many tours. Among Vietnamese, the city is very popular for their honeymoon.

Nevertheless, this is not a small place, because Dalat has about 200,000 inhabitants and is not an idyllic village, as it can be found in many other areas of central Vietnam. If you like to play golf, you should not miss the most beautiful golf course in Vietnam, because you will find it in Dalat.

In addition, there are many lakes and waterfalls in the area. The pleasant temperatures are perfect for cycling tours or leisurely walks. For example, you can ride your bike to Nah Trang and explore the beautiful surroundings along the way.

22. Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Located in central Vietnam, the national park lies about 500 km south of Hanoi on the border with Laos. The region is part of the Annamite mountain range, which has become famous for its bizarre limestone cliffs and caves, as well as for its tremendous biodiversity.

Around 2010, the park attracted greater media attention with British speleologists discovering 20 new caves with a total length of 56 kilometers, including the largest in the world, Son Doong Cave.

The most important karst region in Asia was formed about 400 million years ago and impresses with its landscape elements: deep cave systems, kilometer-long underground rivers, waterfalls and bizarre karst rocks. Currently, Phong Nha Cave, Thien Duong Cave (Paradise Cave), Tu Lan Cave and En Cave, among others, are open to the public. The special feature of En Cave is overnight accommodation (tent) directly in the cave.

Phong Nha Ke Bang is home to about 380 vertebrate species, including 59 amphibians. 112 mammal species alone live in the park, including at least nine primate species such as Hatinh lagurs and Indochinese spectacled lagurs.

New animal species are regularly discovered in the Annamites. In recent decades, these have included the saola, giant muntjac, Annamite striped rabbit, and gray-sided dress monkey. The park is considered a floristic hot spot in Indochina; there are more than 1320 described plant species here.

21. Mekong Delta

If you want to experience the original Vietnam, a trip to the Mekong Delta is recommended. The region, which covers an area of about 39,000 square kilometers, refers to the river delta of the Mekong in southern Vietnam. Here, the mighty Mekong River, which originated in Tibet, flows into the South China Sea after crossing six countries over a distance of more than 4,000 kilometers. The Mekong is several kilometers wide before the estuary and divides into numerous river arms in the delta.

Thanks to nine larger main arms, it is nicknamed the “Nine-Dragon River”. The river arms are connected by countless man-made canals and allow intensive agricultural use due to the fertile alluvial soil.

The Mekong Delta is Vietnam’s rice chamber – in three harvests per year, more than half of the total rice production is obtained here. In addition, fruits, vegetables coconuts and sugar cane are grown, there are orchid plantations and fish farms.

In addition to agricultural land, mangrove swamps and lush tropical vegetation with palm trees, lots of greenery and colorful flowers dominate the landscape. In addition, the Mekong Delta is a surprisingly biodiverse area, home to more than 1,000 species of animals.

One of the highlights of a trip through the Mekong Delta are the floating markets. For this, you will transfer to a small, maneuverable boat that will take you right into the middle of the turbulent market activity on the water.

The barges and boats are loaded to the hilt – whether delicious tropical fruits such as mango, pineapple or bananas, vegetables, freshly caught fish, rice or coconuts, here you can taste and buy everything that is produced in the Mekong Delta.

20. My Son

My Son is located in Quang Nam province, near Hoi An City, on the Vietnamese coast. The My Son sanctuary is a proof of the existing Cham culture, which was prevalent in Vietnam in the 2nd or 3rd century.

This people was very close to the Hindu faith culture – which is evident by the worship of the Hindu god Shiva. Not far from My Son is Tra Kieu, the former capital of Champa, the Cham Empire. However, almost nothing remains of this metropolis today.

A clear recognizable factor is the Cham style of construction of the temples or temple complexes. Thus, the central towers with their surrounding buildings and the jointless construction style can only be found in this culture.

For this, the My Son sanctuary is one of the most famous remnants. The most famous temple tower of My Son was decorated with numerous sculptures of lions and elephants and had a height of 24 meters.

But unfortunately, like many of these unique temples and cultural relics, it was destroyed by American bombing during the Vietnam War. A good 50 of the 70 temples listed fell victim to this war. Damage which cannot be repaired due to the lack of experts in the ancient Cham seamless construction.

19. Sapa

Sapa, in the northwest of Vietnam is a real tourist magnet because of the hill tribes and rice terraces and is now an integral part of any itinerary. Because here you can see the ethnic minorities of Vietnam, also known as Hmong mountain people.

The Hmong mountain people are considered very poor and are dressed in colorful robes. However, the Sapa region is particularly noteworthy for its unique rice terraces, which are located not far from the highest mountain Fansipan (3143 meters high) and are therefore in a very mountainous region.

Known worldwide and unique as a photo motif, however, the rice fields are usually due to the yet usually very cloudy weather conditions often covered.

We recommend a trekking tour through the mountains, through green rice terraces, small local villages over hill and dale. If you are there as a self-organizer, it is advisable to hire a local guide who will take you on a hiking tour. These are usually local Hmongs who are very knowledgeable about the area and thus earn their living.

The city of Quang Truong itself is very interesting to explore on your own, passing various small stores and local through narrow streets. Especially nice is the marketplace Quang Truong where there is usually a lot of activity. Because here the local hill tribes offer your self-made goods and of course you will find plenty of fake goods such as backpacks and jackets.

18. Pù Luông Nature Reserve

Pu Luong Nature Reserve is located about 180 km southwest of Hanoi. The nature reserve has a total area of 17,662 ha and ¾ of the nature reserve is primary tropical forest. At the same time, this is the habitat of ethnic Muong and Thai people. In Thai language, Pu Luong means: the highest mountain of the village.

Pu Luong offers many opportunities for tourists, such as hiking in the forest and along the rice terrace fields, cycling tours through the nature reserve and visits to many authentic small villages. It is a true “off the beaten path” destination.

As mentioned earlier, the Pu Luong region is unknown to most tourists, but Pu Luong offers all the highlights of northern Vietnam in one place! Pu Luong is a “microcosm” of northern Vietnam.

With the magnificent mountain ranges of Sapa, the breathtaking rice terrace fields of Mu Cang Chai, the scenic rivers and waterfalls of Cao Bang, the stunning mountain passes of Ha Giang and the authentic ethnic minority villages of Mai Chau.

Would you like to stay in a peaceful place away from the crowd with exceptional beauty and biodiversity and ethnic minority villages? Visit Pu Luong nature reserve and be amazed! A tour to Pu Luong is an unforgettable experience.

17. Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City is not only the largest city in Vietnam, but also the economic center of the country. In the past, the city was known as Saigon, even today the name is often used and has not been forgotten. Until 1975, Ho Chi Minh City was the capital of Vietnam.

Nevertheless, the city has not lost its popularity, today it has about 7 million inhabitants. Ho Chi Minh City is a place of contrasts. Old buildings stand here next to futuristic skyscrapers. Some mourn the old Saigon, others cannot go fast enough.

And it is precisely this energy that can be felt in the city and among its inhabitants. People cultivate tradition and are very open to new things. Visitors come mainly for the numerous cultural institutions and historical sights.

It is also a good starting point for trips to the Mekong Delta in the south of the country and the still well-preserved tunnel system of the Vietnamese resistance fighters during the Vietnam War.

In Ho Chi Minh City there are a lot of sights, if you want you can spend several days here admiring different things. Among the most important religious buildings are 2 pagodas and a cathedral.

The Nghia An Hoi Quan Pagoda is located in the Chinese quarter and is one of the most decorative pagodas in the city. Inside the pagoda, beautiful detailed wood carvings await the viewer, a highlight is also the wooden boat above the entrance of the pagoda.

Vinh Nghiem Pagoda is one of the largest pagodas in the city with a total of 8 floors and 7 roofs. It was built in the 20th century. The special thing about the pagoda is that on each floor there is a different Buddha statue.

16. Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc is an island in Vietnam and a real insider tip among travelers. Located in the Gulf of Thailand, just off the coast of Cambodia, the Vietnamese dream island long maintained a shadowy existence in view of the famous neighboring islands of southern Thailand. It was not beauty that the island lacked, but mass tourism.

Reason enough to book as soon as possible a plane ticket in the direction of the tropical dreamlike island, because the big tourism will not be long in coming. The powder-white, palm-fringed sandy beaches, the magnificent lush green rainforests, the warm-hearted locals and the relaxed atmosphere are among the most powerful arguments for wanting to spend a few days and weeks on Phú Quốc.

Sao Beach in Phú Quốc is considered the most beautiful beach in Vietnam. In fact, words can hardly describe how paradisiacal this spot really is. About 25 km outside the island’s capital Duong Dong lies Sao Beach, amidst an unspoiled tropical natural landscape.

The turquoise-blue water slopes gently into the shallow ocean and invites you to swim as well as snorkel. In the months between November and April, especially around noon, moderate winds can arise and provide the perfect surf wave.

15. Nha Trang

During a round trip through South Vietnam, Nha Trang promises you a mixture of traditional culture and modern vacation ambience. The port city on the China Sea is considered the tourist center of the country and will convince you with its versatile offers.

Among the biggest attractions you can visit in Nha Trang are the Cham Shrine Po Nagar, the Long Son Pagoda with its 14-meter high Buddha statue, the fishing port and the Catholic Cathedral from the mid-20th century.

On the coast, miles of sandy beaches invite you to relax and sunbathe, while the biodiverse coral reefs in the bay prove to be a paradise for divers. If you are planning a round trip through South Vietnam, a stay in Nha Trang should not be missing among these extensive possibilities.

14. Hue

Located in central Vietnam, the ancient imperial city of Hue exudes a grandeur that immediately transports visitors back to the glory days of yesteryear. Hue is located on the beautiful Perfume River and was once the capital of Vietnam. The citadel and the lovingly restored Forbidden City within the imperial residence alone are worth a trip to Hue and amaze visitors.

In Hue’s tropical climate, you will be immersed in an exotic culture and experience the special aura that can be felt throughout the city. Fortunately, hardly any traces of the war are visible today, so you can visit the many sights of Hue – a romantic boat trip on the Perfume River is as much an experience in Hue as the obligatory visit to the famous Forbidden City.

13. Hoi An

Probably the most picturesque and charming city in Vietnam is Hoi An. With about 75000 inhabitants, it belongs to the smaller cities compared to Hanoi, but should not be missed on any Vietnam trip. It is well protected at the mouth of the Song Thu Bon River about 30 km inland on the China Sea. The city was once the largest port in Southeast Asia, which is mainly due to its location on the Silk Road.

The first traces of settlement in Hoi An date back to the 4th century. During the 16th century, under the Nguyen rulers, the port was further developed, becoming an attractive international trading center. More and more Chinese and Japanese merchants settled here and the city grew steadily.

The individual sights of Hoi An can be easily explored on a walk. The old town is partly car free, here it can be relaxed walk, everywhere are in the old buildings also restaurants and small stores, which fit almost inconspicuously into the historic townscape.

Hoi An’s old town was the only one to remain unscathed during the Vietnam War. Since 1999, this picturesque ensemble of historically valuable buildings has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the most popular sights is the Japanese Bridge, which is also Hoi An’s landmark.

It was built at the end of the 16th century and connects the two river banks, or the Japanese quarter with the Chinese settlement. In addition to the bridge, the old residential houses, halls, trading houses and a few museums are worth seeing. We also recommend a visit to the local workshops that still use traditional crafts to make lanterns, for example.

12. Hanoi

A proud metropolis with a turbulent history that has existed for over 1000 years and offers unique cultural sights on the Red River – Hanoi, Vietnam’s venerable capital, must not be missed on any Vietnam trip. The colorful hustle and bustle in the streets against the backdrop of mighty skyscrapers in combination with pagodas, cane houses and colonial buildings allows visitors a very special immersion in the life of the city.

Hanoi is so appealing precisely because of its contrasts and because of the special sights: marvel at the Temple of Literature of the oldest university of Vietnam, marvel at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum from the outside and let yourself be drawn into the exotic life of Hanoi.

Truly unique in the world is the Water Puppet Theater in Hanoi, where intricately carved figures glide vividly through the water and tell various stories. The unforgettable performance is a delight not only for children and is considered a cultural highlight during a stay in Hanoi.

11. Ha Long Bay

The approx. 1,500 km² large group of islands in the Gulf of Tonkin is a must for everyone who travels through the north of Vietnam. Here, nature has really let off steam for once: Hundreds of limestone rocks rise high out of the water, a multitude of grottos and caves have eaten into the stone, at the same time there are green islands surrounded by dense jungle forests and in addition, the bay offers some of the most varied and natural beaches in Southeast Asia.

This distinctive natural landscape was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1994. Since the area is very well developed for tourism, there are numerous ways for vacationers to reach Halong Bay. From Hai Phong, for example, you can take a speedboat to the archipelago and from Hanoi there are regular buses to Halong City, the journey takes an average of 3 hours.

Halong City is the tourist center of the bay. The city consists of a western and an eastern part: Bai Chay and Hon Gai. Whereas Bai Chay is mainly characterized by industry, Bai Chay is dedicated to tourism.

Halong City is not one of the most interesting places to visit in Halong Bay. But Bay Chai is where most of the hotels and restaurants are located. In addition, the city is an ideal starting point for boat tours through the rocky, mangrove and grotto landscapes of Halong Bay.

10. Cu Chi Tunnels

Once the famous Chu Chi tunnels in the south of Vietnam were a huge tunnel system on three floors, which served the partisans well in the Vietnam War. At that time, the enemy often did not even find the entrance, which provided the partisans with a significant advantage.

The fascinating Chu Chi tunnels are mostly buried today, but there is still one tunnel that has been made accessible to visitors and can be visited by you as part of a Vietnam trip.

Even today, the Chu Chi Tunnels are not easy to discover because the small entrances are very well protected and only experienced guides can really introduce you to the Chu Chi Tunnels. Today, the Chu Chi Tunnels are a kind of museum and a reminder of the Vietnam War.

In the 90s, some tunnels were expanded so that one tunnel is now 1.20 meters high and 80 centimeters wide. Despite the expanded tunnels, only small and slender visitors have the opportunity to enter the Chu Chi Tunnels and see the tunnel section with their own eyes.

9. Ba Be National Park

The evergreen forest area was designated as Vietnam’s 8th national park in 1992. In terms of landscape, it is characterized by extensive forest areas, steep slopes, karst rocks, deep valleys, waterfalls and lake landscapes.

Ba Be National Park is located at altitudes ranging from 145m to 1100m and is also home to the country’s largest and highest freshwater lake (145m). The naming of the park is due to Ba-Be Lake (literally translated as Three Lakes), which consists of three water bodies (Pe Lam, Pe Lu and Pe Leng).

The lake has a length of eight kilometers, is up to 35 meters deep and is surrounded by steeply rising limestone mountain ranges. The lake is characterized by its crystal green water, calm and idyllic islands, thundering waterfalls and mysterious caves.

Covering an area of 7510 hectares, Ba Be National Park provides habitat for numerous animal and plant species. Thus, a total of more than 354 species of butterflies, 43 species of reptiles and amphibians (king cobra, Vietnamese salamander), as well as 233 species of birds (including the rare Hainan heron) live here.

In addition, more than 50 species of mammals can be found in the forests of Ba-Be National Park: 27 different species of bats alone can be found in Ba-Be Park, and some primate species (Tonkin black lagurs, dress monkeys) have one of their last refuges here.

Ba-Be National Park is also home to some ethnic groups who settle in the mountainous regions near the national park and live there from agriculture.

8. Cat Ba Island

Cat Ba Island is the largest island in Halong Bay. With its powder-white sandy beaches, dark green water and untouched jungle landscapes, it is a true natural paradise. The ideal starting point for activities on the island is Cat Ba Town. Many inexpensive hotels have been built here in recent years.

Nevertheless, the overnight stay is worthwhile, because the hinterland is almost untouched and incredibly beautiful. The diversity of flora and fauna in Cat Ba National Park is almost unbelievable and quickly captivates nature lovers. The floating villages of Cat Ba are also among the must-sees of the island.

7. Ha Giang

Há Giang is located about 320 kilometers from Hanoi and is the capital of the province of the same name, located in the northeast of Vietnam.

The Há Giang region is one of the poorest in Vietnam. Because of the mountainous landscape, hardly any agriculture can be done there – but the province is a very interesting destination for tourists, because it is never crowded.

There is a lot to discover in the Há Giang region. The Quan Ba Valley, for example, is home to many caves and grottos worth seeing. Moreover, it is famous for its orchid, plum, peach and also medicinal plants. One of the caves near Há Giang is Phurong Thien, where you can also find interesting flora.

The Há Giang region is very famous for its many markets. For tourists, especially the famous Cho tinh Khao Vai love market is a highlight. According to a legend, a young couple met there every year, whose home towns were at odds and therefore they could not see each other. Since then, the market has served as a kind of “love exchange”: couples or spouses find each other here, sometimes even swapping partners.

Also worth seeing for tourists is the Há Giang market. Every Sunday, various ethnic minorities come together here, for example the so-called Dong Vang and Meo Vac. Equally popular is the Xin Man market, which is even described as the most beautiful in northeast Vietnam. It is located about 140 kilometers from Há Giang.

6. Con Dao Islands

Island vacation in South Vietnam today actually means Phu Quoc. The paradise has a name, but there are also alternatives and one of them is the Con Dao archipelago. It lies not quite an hour’s flight south from Ho Chi Minh City out to sea and has an eventful history. Whoever had something to say in the region seems to have stopped at this outpost of Vietnamese civilization.

The Khmer, Malaysians and of course the Vietnamese ruled here, in the late 16th century Portuguese arrived, followed by the British and later the French. They used the main island to build a large penal colony, then in the mid-20th century the South Vietnamese regime took over the facilities to torture ideological opponents here.

Leaving all that aside, the Con Dao islands are fantastically beautiful. On the one hand there are good hotel resorts, on the other hand they are not too overcrowded by Europeans. There is excellent food in this place, which is said to have been called Devil’s Island and which, due to its rustic charm, could still serve as a backdrop for any pirate movie.

Tropical vegetation, turquoise sea and mountains that reach steeply up into the clouds, beautiful sandy beaches, there are restaurants and bars, a market, Internet cafes, but just nothing in excess, the islands are, however, more and more tourist developed.

5. Mui Né

Mui Ne is located in the south of Vietnam, about 200 kilometers north of Ho Chi Minh City. The long sandy beaches of Mui Ne attract surfers and other water sports enthusiasts in particular, because perfect wind conditions prevail here, which ensure optimal waves.

But not only surfing professionals cavort in the blue surf in front of Mui Ne. Also friends of cultivated sunbathing and fun waves appreciate the relaxed atmosphere of the former fishing village in front of the perfect backdrop of the tropical dream beaches of the South China Sea.

The white and red sand dunes of Mui Ne are bookable on your own, as well as through countless tours. The sand dunes were formed by the strong winds of the region and sit majestically at the gates of the city. They form an impressive, desert-like backdrop.

Mui Ne Fishing Village is located at the northern end of Mui Ne Bay. It is a wonderful place to experience the life of the locals and also to eat your fill of freshly caught seafood. From here, you can also enjoy a magnificent view of the city’s seemingly endless coastline. Countless colorful fishing boats bustle around the harbor of Mui Ne Fishing Village.

The Fairy Springs are also called Hong Spring, which means Red Spring. The Fairy Springs are fed by underground rivers, which have become known worldwide only in recent years. They form a narrow freshwater river that runs through a rust-colored canyon surrounded by a desert-like landscape. It is possible to walk through this canyon. Here you walk barefoot through the barely ankle-high water. The deepest point of the river is about 50 cm.

4. Haiphong

In northern Vietnam, about 100 kilometers southeast of Hanoi, lies the major city of Haiphong. “Defense by the Sea” is the name when its full Vietnamese wording is translated – and that already hints at a contested past.

As Vietnam’s third-largest city – after Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City – Haiphong has the country’s second-largest port and was developed into an important trading center as early as the 18th century. French, Portuguese, Japanese and Chinese seafarers devoted themselves to the lucrative business of export goods here early on.

When French colonization began in 1874, the port became more and more important until one day it was not only a French naval base, but also entered the history books with the title of the largest overseas port in Indochina. With a whole 95 kilometers of coastline, this is quite understandable.

So a visit to the port should be planned for its historical significance alone. In addition, fishing is one of the most important sources of income for the inhabitants – so the visitor can observe the hustle and bustle when the catch of the day is brought ashore every evening.

In the city area temples, pagodas and shrines invite to a journey into the traditional past, the “Quartier Francais” – the French quarter – enchants with its villas and palaces and the main station built in colonial style tells stories of a splendid past.

3. Bai Tu Long Bay

Another place not yet “overrun” by tourists is Bai Tu Long Bay, located east of Halong Bay and in close proximity to the Chinese border. This area was combined into the Bai Tu Long Bay National Park and is a more than worthwhile alternative to Halong Bay. Here you will also find the more than breathtaking stone formations of this region during your trip.

Furthermore, the Bai Tu Long Bay is currently still touristically as good as not yet developed. Therefore, the infrastructure for tourists on their trip through Vietnam, which is already taken for granted in many parts of Vietnam, is also missing. However, if you are willing to explore this area on your own, you will be rewarded with an almost completely untouched and consequently fortunately not polluted nature.

2. Tam Coc

The surroundings of Ninh Binh Province are embedded in the landscape that is world-famous for northern Vietnam: craggy, bizarrely shaped limestone rocks in the midst of lush green, never-ending rice fields. The craziest rock formations suddenly rise up here as if from nowhere. Their walls are partially overgrown with moss and the whole atmosphere seems almost surreal, mystical and as if from another world.

Without question, Tam Coc is one of the most beautiful destinations in Vietnam.

The environment is still very authentic despite the numerous tourists and it does not take long to reach the surrounding villages and make a unique time travel into the past.

The best way to fully enjoy and admire the landscape is to take a boat tour. On small, non-motorized wooden canoes you will be driven for about two hours through rice fields, caves and past limestone cliffs. Depending on the water level, you may have to duck your head a bit in the three caves.

The boat tour from Tam Coc is an absolute highlight in Vietnam. Therefore, it is not surprising that it has become a huge tourist attraction.

1. Vũng Tàu

The port city of Vũng Tàu is located in the southeast of Vietnam. Both Vietnamese and international visitors enjoy vacationing on its long, year-round beaches. Enjoy the sea air and the beauty of the peninsula!

Especially during the colonial period, Vũng Tàu flourished as many merchant ships frequented the port. The brisk ship trade also inspired the city’s name, as Vũng Tàu means anchorage ground. The excellent shipping conditions have not changed until today. The cliffs of Vũng Tàu are called Mũi Nghinh Phong, literally meaning ‘Cape of Excellent Wind’.

In Vũng Tàu, one not only has to choose between four unique beaches – namely Bãi Trước (Front Beach), Bãi Sau (Back Beach), Bãi Dứa (Pineapple Beach) and Bãi Dâu (Mulberry Beach) – but also whether one prefers to relax or take up one of the many leisure activities: Hikes, boat trips, bike tours and golf lessons are on the agenda.

The port city’s most prominent landmark is a 28-meter-high statue of Jesus on Small Mountain on the outskirts of town. It was built in 1970 by a Christian minority. It is the largest sculpture in the south of Vietnam. But above all, Buddhist temples dominate the cityscape, the Thich Ca Phat Dai Pagoda and the Niet Ban Tinh Xa Temple attract a large number of Buddhist pilgrims.

Thắng Tam Temple is a special sight of the city. According to legend, it was built during the Minh Mang Dynasty (1820-1840). To the right of the temple is a whale cemetery with some large whale bones that are over 100 years old.

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