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Tam Coc, Ninh Binh | © Tuấn Mai/Flickr
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The 15 Most Instagrammable Places in Vietnam

Picture of Piumi Rajapaksha
Updated: 30 March 2018
Traveling to Vietnam soon and looking to spice up your Instagram feed? Here are 15 places where you can take some unique photos and add beautiful scenic pictures to your feed.

Muong Hoa Valley, Sapa

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Muong Hoa Valley
Muong Hoa Valley | © Sang Trinh/Flickr
Muong Hoa Valley is a valley in Sapa surrounded by mountains on both sides, and is one of the most popular trekking spots in the region. You will have endless opportunities to take some of the most unique photographs here – of mountains, terraced rice fields, waterfalls and streams, and of course, the beautiful ethnic minority tribes people in their colorful attire going about their day. Spend the night at a homestay for more cultural insights.
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Family Friendly

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Guided Tours, Free

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Scenic, Instagrammable, Peaceful

Ban Gioc-Detian Falls, Cao Bang

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Ban Gioc falls
Ban Gioc falls | © AnhTuan Le
The Ban Gioc-Detian falls is on the border between China and Vietnam, and is the fourth largest waterfall along a national border in the world. Part of the waterfall is owned by China and the other part by Vietnam. They are an impressive sight in a highly scenic location and the way there is just as beautiful, if not more. On the way you can stop over at the Nguom Ngao caves, which you may even end up having to yourself! You’ll barely see other foreign tourists in this area.
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7:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Family Friendly

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Guided Tours

Atmosphere:

Scenic, Instagrammable

Ma Pi Leng Pass, Ha Giang

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The Ma Pi Leng Pass is a mountainous pass in Ha Giang, a province in the north of Vietnam. It is approximately 13 miles (20 kilometers) long and connects the towns of Dong Van and Meo Vac. It’s a spectacular stretch of road overlooking stunning rock formations, rice terraces and gorgeous scenery. Conquer this on a motorbike so you can stop at every possible opportunity to take photos.
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Family Friendly

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Free

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Scenic

Hanoi Train Street

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Hanoi Train Street
Hanoi Train Street | © yeowatzup/Flickr
The Hanoi Train Street will undoubtedly add a unique photo to your feed and make your followers curious. This is a narrow residential alley through which train tracks run in the middle, frighteningly close to the homes of the locals. Trains only pass twice a day, and when they do, as if on some silent cue, the residents pack up their chairs, tables and games and move into their houses. Soon after you will hear a horn and the train will pass by, allowing life to resume like it was again.
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Free

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Local

Ha Long Bay

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This UNESCO-protected 75-mile long (120-kilometer) coastline features thousands of limestone karst peaks rising from the water, natural stalactite caves, picturesque islands and unique fishing villages. It is the most popular tourist destination in Vietnam and the best way to get around is by doing a tour.
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8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Family Friendly

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Guided Tours

Atmosphere:

Scenic, Instagrammable

Tam Coc, Ninh Binh

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Ninh Binh is extremely similar to Ha Long bay, with hundreds of limestone monoliths topped by dense greenery scattered around the region. The only difference is that these don’t emerge out of the water, but from the ground. There are rivers flowing through them, forming caves, and there are plenty of pagodas and peaks for you to explore as well.
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7:30 am - 7:00 pm

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Family Friendly

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Guided Tours

Atmosphere:

Peaceful, Scenic

Hang Son Doong, Phong Nha

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Opening to doline in Son Doong
Opening to doline in Son Doong | © Doug Knuth/Flickr
The caves of Phong Nha are unbeatable. The largest cave in the world is actually found here and it is called Hang Son Doong. Don’t even think about it though, if you aren’t in good physical shape and lack USD$3000 to shell out, not to mention patience for the two-year waiting list. You can opt for the easier ones such as Hang En (the world’s third largest), Hang Va, Hang Tien and Tu Lan caves.
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Adults Only

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Guided Tours

Atmosphere:

Quiet, Instagrammable, Scenic

Hai Van Pass

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Hai Van Pass | © hds / Flickr
Hai Van Pass | © hds / Flickr
Hai Van Pass is probably one of the most scenic routes in Vietnam, snaking its way through the coast and up the mountains. It reaches up to 1,640 feet (500 meters) in altitude, making it the highest pass in Vietnam. You will have amazing views of the surrounding mountainous landscape and turquoise coastline below.
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Guided Tours

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Outdoors

My Son Sanctuary

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My Son Sanctuary | © joxeankoret / Flickr
My Son Sanctuary | © joxeankoret / Flickr
Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site is the My Son Sanctuary – ruins from the ancient Champa Civilization that served as an important political and religious site back in the day. Commonly referred to as the Angkor Wat of Vietnam, these were built between the 4th and the 14th centuries A.D. The ruins are now overgrown with weeds, making them even more enchanting.
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6:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Family Friendly

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Guided Tours

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Touristy, Instagrammable, Scenic, Architectural Landmark

Pongour Waterfalls, Da Lat

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Pongour Falls
Pongour Falls | © Anne and David/Flickr
The Pongour waterfalls is found in Da Lat. There are a bunch of waterfalls here but this is the nicest of all. With huge rocky chasms, the falls is wide and terraced, with lush foliage all around and plenty of dragonflies flying about, adding a nice touch.
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9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Family Friendly

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Guided Tours

Atmosphere:

Peaceful, Photo Opportunity

Sand dunes, Mui Ne

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Sand dunes in Mui Ne
Sand dunes in Mui Ne | © Saranya Chawanrattanasak/Flickr
Vietnam really does have it all. Rice terraces, limestone mountains, ginormous caves, gorgeous waterfalls, and now even sand dunes. Mui Ne is home to two vast expanses of sand – the red and white dunes. Go for either sunrise or sunset and troll your followers for a moment, pretending you’re in the Sahara.
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6:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Family Friendly

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Guided Tours

Atmosphere:

Touristy, Photo Opportunity

Ben Thanh Market, Ho Chi Minh City

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Ben Thanh Market
Ben Thanh Market | © Lim Ashley / Flickr
Not only is Ben Thanh Market a structure where the daily trade of goods takes place within its walls, but it also serves as a historical site that has witnessed the ups and downs of Ho Chi Minh City, a landmark, a rendezvous point and a beautiful background for photos.
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7:00 am - 7:00 pm

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Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Footwear, Gift Shop, Guided Tours

Atmosphere:

Local, Crowded, Touristy

The Cu Chi Tunnels

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Into the tunnel
Into the tunnel | © Anne and David/Flickr
The Cu Chi Tunnels are one of the main reasons the Vietnamese won their fight for independence. You will get to take some amazing pictures as you crawl on your fours into chambers and tunnels where soldiers and civilians cooked, ate, slept, worked and even went to school as conflict raged above.
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7:30 am - 5:00 pm

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Family Friendly

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Guided Tours

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Touristy

The Mekong Delta

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The Mekong Delta is the agricultural capital of Vietnam and is a maze of rivers, rice paddies, fruit orchards and stilt houses. It is also where the floating markets of Vietnam are found. Get that iconic picture of yourself wearing a conical hat while rowing a boat through a canal of the Delta surrounded by palm tree fronds on both sides.
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Family Friendly

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Guided Tours

Atmosphere:

Peaceful, Photo Opportunity

Long Beach, Phu Quoc

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Phu Quoc has some of the best beaches in the country. Long Beach is known to have the best sunset views, and so is lined up with luxury resorts. If you’re looking to spoil yourself and your followers, head over here and make the rest of us jealous.
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Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Free, Boat Rental

Atmosphere:

Scenic, Instagrammable