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Discover Vietnam

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Discover Vietnam

Forty years after a devastating war, Vietnam is in the midst of a comeback, rising in a cacophonous clash of old and new, modern and traditional. For the traveler, exploring this dichotomy takes precious time–exploring all the best of Vietnam requires no less than two weeks and deserves at least three. But even if you have only a week, that time is well-spent experiencing Vietnam. Why? Here are five excellent reasons.

The rhythm of Vietnam moves from bustling city nightlife to sleepy farming town mornings, from hectic alleys heavy with the smell of fried street foods to tranquil beaches barely stirred by saltwater breezes. A country on the move, sink into it and let it move you.

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Travel Maps of Vietnam

Download free, printable maps of Vietnam for your personal use.

Currently available from the pages of our travel guides are twenty maps of Vietnam from six regions of the country.

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Travel map of Hanoi in Vietnam

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Travel map of Ha Long Bay and the Northern Coast of Vietnam

Ha Long Bay and the Northern Coast

Get Inspired With Our Most Recent Vietnam Articles

From the frenetic pace of Hanoi’s Old Quarter to the quiet sunrises over Ha Long Bay to the nonstop party hub of Nha Trang, discover the thriving country of Vietnam. Here are our four most recent articles to help you find your way, or dig deeper and browse the latest Moon travel articles for all of Vietnam.

Paradise Cave is one of the few sights in the park that can be visited independently. Photo © Dana Filek-Gibson.

The Caves of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

A labyrinth of subterranean tunnels and jaw-dropping, otherworldly landscapes, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park may be off the beaten path for now, but its anonymity is fading fast. Decked out in eerie, alien rock formations and spindly stalactites, these tunnels are estimated at around 3-5 million years old. Here you’ll find the world’s largest cave, home to a thunderous river, clouds, and an entire jungle ecosystem.

The Imperial City Gate. Photo © Dana Filek-Gibson.

The Imperial City in Hue, Vietnam

From the early 19th century through the end of the Vietnamese monarchy in 1945, Hue’s Imperial City housed an impressive cache of temples, palaces, and administrative buildings. Of the 148 buildings in the walled Citadel complex, today 20 remain. Wide, opulent palaces and dimly lit temples pepper the now-overgrown grounds, boasting a mix of traditional Vietnamese architecture, vibrant lacquered woodwork, and ornate rooftops, not to mention 143 years’ worth of imperial history.

The Asian Golden Weaver. Photo © Kajornyot/123rf.

Planning a Visit to Tram Chim National Park

The stunning landscapes of Tram Chim National Park are awash with tall grass, flat, waterlogged land, and over 230 different aquatic birds. Visitors trace the watery avenues and flooded forests of this picturesque Delta scene by boat, spotting everything from an abundance of slender-necked storks to the vibrant yellow Asian golden weaver to towering sarus cranes.

Sliced Century Eggs displayed on a plate with garnish.

The Stranger Side of Vietnamese Cuisine

In a nation as food-focused as Vietnam, it is all but impossible to come up with dozens of savory masterpieces without having created a few strange dishes along the way. While pho and banh mi (Vietnamese sandwiches) have gained worldwide acclaim as delicious, accessible facets of local cuisine, there are several specialties that manage to make some travelers wrinkle their noses.