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Rice terraces in Vietnam | © Nguyen Anh Tuan/Flickr
Rice terraces in Vietnam | © Nguyen Anh Tuan/Flickr
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7 Epic Places in Vietnam Every Local Is Proud of

Picture of Dung Phan
Updated: 26 May 2017
Sometimes you get those “wow” travel moments when you see something so captivating that you think that moment alone has made an entire trip worthwhile. These are often the places that locals are most proud of. Read on to discover those places that make Vietnamese people proud.

Ban Gioc Waterfall

The road to Ban Gioc Waterfall might be tricky, but that’s part of the fun! At the end of an epic motorbike road trip you’ll find Vietnam’s largest, most majestic cascade. At 30 metres high and 300 metres wide, it’s certainly impressive. Seeing Ban Gioc is simultaneously exhilarating — especially seeing the river reaches the ledge and pour over sharply — and restful, with the surrounding rice fields, wooden bridges, and limestone mountains.

Ban Gioc Waterfall
Ban Gioc Waterfall | © AnhTuan Le/Flickr

Son Doong Cave

Son Doong Cave is the world’s largest cave, big enough to fit an entire New York City block — skyscrapers and all! An expedition into the caves is definitely not a relaxing walk. You’re required to be physically and mentally fit, as you need to be lowered by rope into pitch-black chasms. The number of spots on expeditions are limited every year, and cost around $3000, but you’re guaranteed one of the most thrilling and enchanting adventures in Southeast Asia.

Mu Cang Chai Rice Terraces

Nothing beats the peace you encounter Mu Cang Chai Rice Terrace, about 280km from Hanoi. The steep slopes and seemingly endless curves of the golden green rice terraces create a fascinating pattern across the hills and valleys. The best time to visit is during the harvest season, in September and October.

Sand Dunes in Mui Ne

Just three to four hours drive from Ho Chi Minh City, Mui Ne’s red and white sand dunes are unmissable. A stroll onto the dunes at dusk will often be rewarded with a dazzling blaze of colour: amber, crimson and blue.

Mui Ne White Sand Dunes
Mui Ne White Sand Dunes | © Hey Explorer/Flickr

Ta Xua Mountain

It’s easy to imagine yourself in a fairytale while standing at Ta Xua Mountain. Far less known than Fansipan Mountain, Ta Xua is the 10th highest mountain in Vietnam. It is an extremely challenging place to visit for its cliffs, tricky routes, and heavy wind, and has acquired a notoriety that means not many people visit. Yet the sea of clouds that float all around make this a truly amazing sight.

Sun Rise at Ta Xua
Sun Rise at Ta Xua | © Hailey Bluez/Pixabay

Con Dao Islands

The Con Dao Islands were a prison colony during French rule and the American-backed period of Vietnam’s history. This knowledge casts a forbidding shadow over the quiet town, but the place that once, nobody wanted to go is now one of the most spectacular unspoiled destinations in Vietnam. There are numerous beautiful beaches and wild, untamed forests.

Sunset at Con Dao Islands
Sunset at Con Dao Islands | © Ly Thien Hoang (Lee)/Flickr

Tra Su Cajuput Forest

Tra Su is a beautiful place, a blend of the empty wilderness of the flooded cajuput forests and laid-back Mekong Delta communities. The area is quite rugged, with many wild birds, lotus, duckweed and water lilies.

Tra Su Forest
Tra Su Forest | © ePi.Longo/Flickr