Top 10 Relaxing Holiday Destinations in Vietnam

Happiness is sometimes so simple. It is listening to the sea waves or going for a walk under the gorgeous sunset. Maybe it is simply spending time with your lovers and seeing their smiles. Check out the top 10 relaxing holiday destinations in Vietnam below to enjoy the happiest moments with your lovers.

Sapa

Sapa is relaxing heaven in the Northwestern mountain area of Vietnam. A little town standing at the head of a deep valley owns so many special interesting things. Enticing winding path mountains lead the eye down to the valley floor. White-water rivers rush among stunning terraced fields. Lush green mountains are dotted with old roofs faded in the fog. Plum flower or Ban flower seasons also have their stories to tell tourists. Everything here is still as they have been for centuries.

Sapa Top 10 relaxing holiday destinations in vietnam

Top 10 Relaxing Holiday Destinations in Vietnam

Sapa offers you a range of accommodations, from comfortable homestays to excellent lodges. Here you can find individual bungalows in peaceful surroundings. Some come with private balconies overlooking verdant valleys. Set among the terraces, you'll probably brush shoulders with locals as they go about their daily lives.

Halong Bay

Halong Bay, in the Gulf of Tonkin, is a must-not-miss in your travel to Vietnam! Here you will be amazed at nearly 2,000 limestone islands and islets covered by a tropical fauna system. They are standing strong on the bay for centuries and some are eroded by wind and seawater action. It is also home to amazing natural dry and wet caves such as Sung Sot, Dau Go, Thien Cung, Thien Canh Son, Luon, Dark & Bright, etc.

Sung Sot Cave in Halong Bay

Sung Sot Cave in Halong Bay

The most relaxing way to explore the bay is taking overnight cruises. Those are kind of floating hotels with en-suite cabins for singles or groups. They sail the fixed routes, offer you a chance to witness the stunning beauty of the bay, and organize activities to enjoy the vacating time. You can explore the caves, kayak, swim, and visit a floating farm.

Kayaking activities on Ha Long Bay

Kayaking activities on Ha Long Bay

Spending a night in Cat Ba Island, Lan Ha Bay (a part of Halong Bay region) is also recommended. In the center of the island is a little town with the same name. Cat Ba town has a peaceful daily life and exciting nightlife with bars and clubs. The surrounding area is rocky and wild, begging to be explored. Half of the island is a verdant national park, a paradise for a hike, climb, and kayak. Let head up to Cannon Fort for jaw-dropping views across Halong Bay.

Da Nang

The modern riverside city of Da Nang should also be on your must-see list. The city owns a seemingly never-ending broad beach, fantastic food, the legendary Hai Van Pass, and a collection of cafes, restaurants, and bars. Da Nang is home to some of Vietnam's top luxury resorts.

Da Nang is a true beach city with the white sandy 20-mile stretch of My Khe Beach stretching south from the Son Tra Peninsula. Wake up early, walk along the shore, you will feel the positive buzz of Da Nang life. Fishermen sell their early catch; residents play ball matches, jog, stroll or just relax as the morning breeze kicks up.

Golden Bridge in Da Nang

Golden Bridge in Da Nang

Da Nang is a heaven for foodies, with seafront eateries serving every night. The Vietnamese baguette, banh mi, is taken to a new level here. Mi Quang is another delight. Each bowl features pork, shrimp, and quail eggs on a bed of yellow rice noodles. Add a flavor-infused broth then top with chopped peanuts and fresh herbs, you have a very delicious meal.

Hoi An Ancient Town

Hoi An is a place for peace of mind. In the old town, the Thu Bồn River meanders past well-preserved shophouses, weathered pagodas. Outside the town, country roads run through rice fields and meet up at a frothy coastline.

From the 15th to early 19th centuries, the town was a bustling commercial hub. The old ferry quay where sampans come and go used to be a famous silk trading port. At that heyday time, hundreds of Japanese and Chinese boats came here every day for trade. Foreign merchants settled here, creating the unique architectural fusion well-preserved till today.

Hoi An Ancient Town

Hoi An Ancient Town

Hoi An's allure is found in its narrow streets, tight alleys, open market, and wooden footbridges. The townscape you see today is as it has been for centuries. Another special thing about the ancient town is the lanterns which you can see everywhere on the streets. At night, when the houses turn the candle on, the lanterns are vibrant and light up the town. A lantern festival is held on every full moon day. You can embark on a sampan on the Hoai River, leave lanterns on the water, and wish for luck.

Food is also a quintessence of Hoi An. All ingredients are daily brought from outside farms and by fishing boats. You'll have no shortage of fresh vegetables, herbs and fruits, and seafood. The most famous dishes in Hoi An are cao lầu noodle, hoành thánh crispy wonton, white rose shrimp dumplings. But the humble banh mi is the best seller here.

Hue

Hue is a city of historical stories. It once served as the imperial capital of the Nguyen dynasty. Throughout the city, you can see the vestiges of this former glorious period. Impressive architectures, culture, and cuisine, all reflect its illustrious thousands of years of history.

Come to Hue, you will feel the incredible peace from the atmosphere, scenery to people. Everything here seems to be too quiet compared to the noisy and exciting life outside. In Hue, you can immerse yourself in a romantic, gentle atmosphere along leafy streets, mossy pagodas, art déco mansions, and eye-popping homestays. The cafes come in all styles but not too fussy as the nature of Hue people. Hue's cuisine makes many people happy because of its variety and deliciousness.

Hue Capital

Hue Capital

Try Hue's much-loved snacks, such as bánh khoai and bánh bèo. Roving vendors feed your hungry stomach with bánh mì or bún thịt nướng. It is a mistake if you miss the chance to try bún bò huế in the city of its origin.

Cycling is a very exciting way to explore Hue's photogenic streets and lush countryside. You can take a ride to Thanh Toan Bridge, past vegetable farms and flocks of ducks. In town, let cycle on classic Le Loi and Bach Đang streets for scenes of local life. A more relaxed option is hailing a xích lô (bicycle rickshaw) for a city tour.

Da Lat

Hidden away in the Central Highlands, Da Lat is an ideal destination for relaxation. At the height of 1500 meters from the sea level, Da Lat plays the cooler cousin to Vietnam's seaside places. This city was once considered a mountain resort town for the French. They came here for summer getaways and left their mark in the city's architecture and countless lakes. Xuan Huong Lake, Da Lat's main lake, is the center of the activity. Magnificent natural wonders hidden in the hills all around.

Lament Lake Da Lat

Lament Lake Da Lat

Da Lat is famous for its luxuriant pine forests, shining tree marigolds, and fabulous waterfalls. These things together with a countryside charm have created such a peaceful and picturesque natural landscape. Don't forget to visit Pongour Waterfall or Elephant streams, Love Valley, Tuyen Lam Lake, or Lang Biang Mountain. Besides the natural landscape, the city's architectural works such as Summer Palace, Cock Church are also must-visit sites.

Coffee is an essential part of Da Lat. Here you can find some of Vietnam's best coffee. It is grown on the slopes around the town, brewed, and served in local cafes. In the chilly weather of Da Lat, sitting by a romantic window, watching the city from above, no matter the day and night, everyone will be infatuated.

Nha Trang

As one of the most beautiful bays in Vietnam, Nha Trang is always a great destination for relaxation. This bay city is less affected by storms, so you can travel to Nha Trang at almost any time of the year. Nha Trang has a temperate climate and mild sunshine, which creates a playground for sunseekers.

Nha Trang Beach

Nha Trang Beach

Being at the top of the most beautiful bays in the world, Nha Trang features clear seawater with fine sand. Nha Trang is also a destination for tourists who like unspoiled and peaceful islands. Coming to Nha Trang, you have to set foot on the following islands:

Yen Island (Hon Noi): There is a twin beach with hot and cold water on each side. This will be an unforgettable experience for visitors.

Hon Mun Island: is the habitat and nest of the bird's nest. Below the water surface of Hon Mun are 1,500 species of coral and marine life of all kinds.

Hon Tam Island: watch the coral under the sea by glass bottom boat as well as scuba diving.

Binh Hung Island and Binh Ba Island: These are the two islands with the largest aquaculture profession in Nha Trang. Here, you can enjoy fresh lobster specialties through the processing hands of indigenous people.

Hon Tre Island: visitors can choose one of two ways to move: by cable car over the sea or high-speed canoe. Hon Tre Island is also commonly known as Vinpearl Island by Nha Trang people because it is an island with many resorts and amusement parks belonging to the Vinpearl system.

Nha Trang is a vibrant coastal city with lots of entertainment. Typically Vinpearl Land Nha Trang - entertainment complex with thousands of attractive games. There are thrilling games for parents, gentle games for children... and a water park for the whole family.

In addition, Nha Trang is also famous for other recreational activities such as mud bath, mineral water bath in Thap Ba, canoeing, scuba diving to watch the coral...

For Nha Trang cuisine, whether it is the dishes in the main meal or the snacks in the afternoon, all are pleasing to visitors. The affordable dishes that you should try when coming to Nha Trang such as coastal seafood, Grilled beef with groundnut, Ninh Hoa grilled spring rolls, Quang noodles, fish cake noodle soup...

Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc Island, so-called "The Pearl Island", is the largest island of Vietnam with 150km of coastline. Phu Quoc features poetic and lyrical landscape, natural golden sand, great old forest spreading close to the sea, and beautiful mangrove ecosystems. The island, thus, is voted as one of the 5 most beautiful beaches in the world.

Phu Quoc owns many beautiful beaches with crystal-like water and picturesque sandy stretch. Coming here, visitors will be fascinated by the wild beauty and calm waves at Sao beach or the blue and white sea at Khem beach. Walk barefoot on the sand, deep in the cool water, watch the sun slowly drop into the sea. This is also an ideal place for swimming activities, yachting, fishing, scuba diving for coral reef watching, water sports, picnics...

Phu Quoc Night Market

Phu Quoc Night Market

Coming to Phu Quoc island, visitors have the opportunity to visit many historical sites such as Dinh Cau, Phu Quoc prison, the base of the hero Nguyen Trung Truc, Truc Lam Ho Quoc Zen Monastery...

Phu Quoc cuisine is also a highlight. The dishes with bold flavors of the sea leave an unforgettable aftertaste. The most attractive kinds of seafood you must not miss are herring salad, sea nuggets, crab noodle soup, fish hotpot. In addition, visitors can go to Dinh Cau night market to explore the rich cuisine of the island: crab rice, grilled Bien Mai scallop with salt and chili, grilled fish, squid, snails, oysters, abalone... or seafood porridge.

Mui Ne

Located in Phan Thiet City, Mui Ne is an ideal destination for relaxing. The beautiful natural landscape and mild temperature of 27ºC are the irresistible attraction of Mui Ne. Over the years, this seaside retreat has evolved to offer great numbers of international-standard resorts. Thus, Mui Ne is also known as "The city of resorts" in Vietnam.

The 150-kilometer coastal line makes Mui Ne the heaven for kite surfing and windsurfing. The dunes, Hon Rom, Tuy Phong Seven-color stone bank are the main things that people often talk about Mui Ne. Besides, its cultural and historical relics are also worth a visit. You should visit Po Sah Inu Cham Tower, Ong Hoang building, Duc Thanh School to admire the magnificent architecture. How relaxed it is to bike along the coast, spend afternoons by the pool, and enjoy fresh seafood on the beach.

Mui Ne Beach

Mui Ne Beach

Mui Ne attracts visitors not only for beautiful landscapes but also for its rich cuisine. The food here is very unique with the typical flavor of the sunny and windy land. The fish cake noodle soup, Quang noodles, crispy pancake, fish salad, seafood are all specialties here.

Vung Tau

With a long coastline of 20km and a location within 3 hours of drive from the center of Ho Chi Minh City, Vung Tau has long been a favorite destination for tourists in the South. Wherever you go on your Vung Tau tour, you will be attracted by the scenery of this place.

Vung Tau Beach

Vung Tau Beach

Lying protruding from the mainland like a strip of land, from here, one can see both the sunset and sunrise on the East Vietnam Sea. Coming to Vung Tau, you will have a pleasant feeling from wide airy streets, blue sea, spectacular mountains, and peaceful pagodas.

Not only the beaches and historical sites, but Vung Tau also draws visitors for its food. Vung Tau cuisine is very famous for banh khot cake, seafood dishes like ray hotpot, snails, Russian-style dishes...

A vacation in a beautiful place is just enough for your true happiness. Don't pack your life with works, let reward yourself with a trip to refresh your mind and spend more time with your beloved family and family.