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Hidden Gems in Vietnam: 10 Amazing Places You Need to See

Hidden Gems in Vietnam: 10 Amazing Places You Need to See

Vietnam is a country full of wonders, from its vibrant cities to its natural wonders. But beyond the popular tourist attractions, many hidden gems in Vietnam offer a unique and authentic experience. These are the places that will make you fall in love with Vietnam’s culture, history, and beauty. In this article, we’ll show you 10 hidden gems in Vietnam that you need to see on your next trip. Whether you’re looking for adventure, relaxation, or inspiration, these places will not disappoint you.

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Ban Gioc Waterfalls – Cao Bang

ban gioc waterfalls hidden gem in vietnam
A view of Ban Gioc Waterfall in Cao Bang, Vietnam.

Ban Gioc Waterfalls are located in the northeast of Cao Bang province. The waterfall marks the border between Vietnam and China. The 30 m height of the waterfall is a natural source of water for trees to grow. The environment around the falls is an amazing arrangement of nature with towering limestone cliffs, clear blue water, and vibrant vegetation. The best time to visit Ban Gioc is during the rainy season, which lasts from May to September. Here you can experience many exciting outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking, cycling, fishing, meeting ethnic minorities, and attending the Long Tong festival.

Nguom Ngao Cave – Cao Bang

Inside Nguom Ngao Cave in Cao Bang Vietnam
Inside Nguom Ngao Cave in Cao Bang, Vietnam.

Nguom Ngao Cave is located in the northeast of Cao Bang province. Ritz Herald rates the cave as one of Vietnam’s enchanting natural wonders. This limestone cave is famous for its impressive stalactites and stalagmites, shimmering underground rivers, and a unique ecosystem containing many rare species of plants and animals. To get to Nguom Ngao cave, you can go by car or motorbike from Cao Bang City to Trung Khanh district, about 90 km away. However, the route to the cave is quite rough and the mountain road is winding. Tourists should be careful when traveling here.

Ba Be Lake – Bac Kan

Ba Be Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Vietnam
Ba Be Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Vietnam.

About 164 km from Hanoi, Ba Be Lake is located in Bac Kan province, a northeastern province of Vietnam. Nature gifted Bac Kan with the precious gem Ba Be with a clear and peaceful lake, giving visitors a pleasant vibe. Ba Be Lake is not alone. The lake is located in Ba Be National Park – home to a diverse flora and fauna, including rare species such as white-winged wood ducks. You can explore beautiful trails in the Garden and waterfalls hidden in deep forests, caves, and traditional ethnic minority villages.

Ha Giang Loop – Ha Giang

Tham Ma Slope in Ha Giang brings travelers an extreme experience
Tham Ma Slope in Ha Giang brings travelers an extreme experience.

Ha Giang Loop is a 3-day, 350km round-trip adventure that takes you through some of the most stunning landscapes in Vietnam. You’ll ride a motorbike along winding roads that cut through limestone karsts, deep valleys, and traditional villages. You’ll also get to experience the rich culture and diversity of the Ha Giang region, home to many ethnic minorities. Along the way, you’ll encounter breathtaking views, such as the Heaven’s Gate Pass, the Dong Van Karst Plateau, and the Ma Pi Leng Pass. Ha Giang Loop is not for the faint-hearted, but for those who seek an unforgettable journey into the heart of Vietnam’s natural beauty.

Pu Luong Nature Reserve – Thanh Hoa

the Pu Luong Nature Reserve in Thanh Hoa province
The Pu Luong Nature Reserve in Thanh Hoa province.

It’s famous for its panoramic views of wide terraced rice fields, towering limestone peaks, and typical water wheels of the Thai and Muong people. You can take a bus or drive privately from Hanoi along Highway 6, about 160 km to Pu Luong.

Lang Co Bay – Hue

Lang Co Beach in Hue
Lang Co Beach in Hue.

A picturesque and stunningly pristine beach in Vietnam. The bay has crystal clear waters, pristine sandy beaches, and a peaceful atmosphere suitable for relaxation. Lang Co is located between two major tourist cities, Hue and Da Nang, you can easily get here by car or motorbike. The bay is only a 30-minute drive from Da Nang. On the way, you can see the beautiful Hai Van pass.

Ly Son Island – Quang Ngai

a beach in Ly Son Island
A beach in Ly Son Island.

Ly Son Island is quite wild. In addition to the beautiful beach scenery, the island is also famous for many historical and natural relics such as To Vo gate and Hang Pagoda. To get to the island, you can land at Chu Lai Airport or Da Nang International Airport, catch a taxi or bus to Sa Ky Port, and then travel 30 minutes by ferry to the island.

Yang Bay Waterfall – Khanh Hoa

Yang Bay Waterfall in Khanh Hoa province Vietnam
Yang Bay Waterfall in Khanh Hoa province, Vietnam.

Yan Bay Waterfall is nestled in the lush jungle. In contrast to the beauty of Nha Trang City’s waters, Yang Bay brings the greenness of the mountains and forests and cool, clear water. The waterfall is about 40 km from Nha Trang city center, and you can travel by motorbike to get there. With a peaceful atmosphere, Yang Bay Waterfall is a suitable resort for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and want to be close to nature.

Con Dao – Ba Ria – Vung Tau

a beach at con dao island
A peaceful beach at Con Dao Island.

Con Dao is emerging as a “star” in the tourism community, especially those looking for wild natural beauty. Besides its stunning landscapes, the island is also famous for its interesting history. The island was once a giant prison complex used by the French and American military to detain soldiers. Con Dao is becoming increasingly popular among international tourists due to its quiet atmosphere and pristine environment.

Tra Su Melaleuca Forest – An Giang

Tra Su Melaleuca Forest is located in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. The forest is famous for its natural landscape of cajuput trees, lotus ponds, and diverse wildlife ecosystems. This is an ideal place for nature lovers, photographers, and tourists who enjoy bird-watching. If you are located in Ho Chi Minh City, you can make a quick trip to Tra Su Melaleuca Forest in a day.

Final Thoughts

We hope you enjoyed this article about 10 hidden gems in Vietnam. These are the places that will give you a different perspective on Vietnam and its people. They are also the places that will challenge you, inspire you, and reward you with unforgettable memories. If you’re looking for a Vietnam travel guide that covers these hidden gems and more, check out our website for more information. Thank you for reading and happy travels!

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  • Stephanie

    The few people I know who have visited Vietnam have told me it’s one of the most beautiful places they have visited. This article has me inspired to visit.

  • Kimberley

    Your post on the 10 hidden gems in Vietnam is a captivating exploration of lesser-known but enchanting places in the country. Each gem you’ve highlighted seems like a unique and special discovery. I appreciate your personal touch by mentioning that visiting Vietnam is very high on your bucket list. Thanks for sharing these hidden gems and fueling the wanderlust for those eager to explore the beauty of Vietnam. Wishing you wonderful adventures when you get to visit these places!

  • Richard Lowe

    I love waterfalls! Thanks for all the great pictures. This looks like a nice place to visit.

  • Angelica

    Vietnam has such a diverse landscape. Would love to visit one day.

  • Fransic verso

    Very cool, first time to know about these gems and would love to visit them. I will keep them on the list.

  • Kat

    your guide to Vietnam’s hidden gems is pure gold! From Ban Gioc Waterfalls to Tra Su Melaleuca Forest, each spot promises adventure and authenticity. A must-read for anyone seeking unique experiences in Vietnam. Happy travels!

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