Tips on Traveling in Vietnam for Off the Beaten Path Attractions

Tips on Traveling in Vietnam for Off the Beaten Path Attractions

The “5 H”: Hanoi, Halong, Hue, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City are often included on anyone’s Vietnam travel itinerary. However, escaping the crowd to explore the more quiet and more exotic locations will absolutely allow you to experience the ‘rough beauty’ of the country. From scenic hill towns and imposing limestone landscapes, to seaside beaches and picturesque villages — Vietnam has something to offer for every type of traveler.

So if you have the time and are feeling adventurous, here are some suggestions to take you off the well-worn trail.

» Bac Ha

Tucked away high in the hills some 80 kilometers from Sa Pa in northern Vietnam lies Bac Ha, a small and relatively untouched town.

Most people travel to this hillside village just to visit its colorful Sunday market; but unlike the weekend market, most of the week is quiet tranquil. If stay a bit longer though, you would discover that Bac Ha and its surrounding areas offer magnificent landscapes and deeply rewarding cultural experiences – all without heavy tourism.

» Ba Be

Ba Be

Recognized as one of 20 largest freshwater lakes in the world, Ba Be is situated amidst a vast limestone mountain region and owns an unspoilt and romantic beauty. It is home to a great diversity of ethnic people including the three main groups of Hmong, Dzao and Tay. The lake shore is where the ethnic minority people gather to trade, selling their farming products such as fish, rice, corn and fruit in addition to some local handicrafts.

Coming here, guests will have a chance to hear the legend of Ba Be Lake. And to fully admire the beauty in Ba Be Lake, a dugout canoe is the most suitable way to do so.

» Bai Tu Long

Halong Bay, without a doubt, is incredibly beautiful. We know. But because of its fame, more and more tourists flock to this place.

So if you still want to see fantastic limestone karst seascape, head over to Bai Tu Long instead. You get the same soaring jungle-topped cliffs, hidden caves and sculpted mountains — only minus the hoards of tourist boats. You surely won’t be disappointed.

After all, a few junk boats that do trips in Bai Tu Long promis the same majestic scenery with quieter thoroughfares and a chance to observe the everyday lifestyles of local fishermen.

» Dien Bien Phu

Dien Bien Phu

Rows of jagged karst mountains cutting it off from the coast, Dien Bien Phu is set deep in the northern corner of the country so it is certainly not an easy one to reach.

It was a site of the heroic battle in the independence wars with the French Union which created a great echo in the world. Today, the relics of the battle are historical witnesses reminding younger generations to respect the history and understand the price of peace.

Dien Bien Phu is also the birthplace of different ethnic groups like Black Thai, H’Mong, and Khmu… whose traditional way of life hasn’t changed. So it will be a good chance to get a flavor of local life in this region!

» Chau Doc

Chau Doc takes us to the deep reaches of the Mekong Delta. The site of Chau Doc was known in history as the territory of the Kingdom of Funan and now is home to a fascinating fusion of Khmer and Cham folk.

Large parts of the place stand on stilts above the waters of Mekong River and you’ll get to delve into markets, huge pagodas and even mosques, or just hit the nearby bird sanctuaries around the floodplains.

Chau Doc is a gateway to Cambodia too, so you as a traveler can take a speedboat and cross the border toward Phnom Penh.



For seeing hill tribes and traditional ways of life, for a rich history lesson or just for a breath of fresh air, if Vietnam wasn’t already on your list, I hope it is now.

So when traveling around Vietnam in search for off the beaten path adventures, come and check out some of these gems — you may just have the trip of a lifetime!

How about you?

  • Would you want to visit these places in Vietnam?
  • What particular place on the list would you like to see?
  • Or have you been to these places before? How was it?

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  1. I dream of visiting Ba Be Lake in a dugout canoe. Thanks for sharing all these great spots!

  2. Your pictures are amazing! Ba Be is truly a hidden gem - on my list now. These places are mostly in the north (except Chau Doc).

  3. Vietnam is a beautiful country and exploring the best of it leaves traveler awestruck.

  4. Vietnam is awesome! I would like to add also few words about local food! Before to visit Vietnam, i thought, that fodd will be maximum in medium sort.. but no, it was unreall amazing!!!

    thanks for review!

  5. Amazin travel feature Aileen. Loved visiting this mystic country through your post. I would most certainly include these locales in my travel itinerary for 2017. Loved it!

  6. Thank you for visiting our lovely country, Vietnam. Revisit soon!

  7. I read your story in my test.Your experience is so amazing!I want to lead a free life too.Thank you for giving me courage.

  8. oh wow, i believe the north of Vietnam is one of the best to visit in the world! I have been to Sapa and the trip was unbelievable.

  9. These pictures are STUNNING! I am dying to visit Vietnam - it's on my bucket list! These pictures make me so jealous! Ba Be is absolutely gorgeous and so breathtaking!

    1. I hope you get to make it happen! You will love Vietnam :)

    2. Me too


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