Whether the incredible street food or the wonders of the countryside, Vietnam is difficult not to be loved.
Among the famous destinations of Vietnam are Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi, Da Nang and Hoi An and many of its cities boast a combination of architectural styles and modern Asian construction.
But, if you are looking for alternative destinations with slightly low-key in Vietnam; here are several places that are off the tourist map.
#1.Ba Bể National Park
Ba Be National Park or also known as Ba Be Lake is located in Bac Can Province, 240 km from Hanoi and the area is home to many ethnic minority communities.
The best time to visit Ba Be Lake is during the dry season (winter and spring).
Ba Be Lake is one of the unique and beautiful natural tourist attractions in Vietnam. The lake was formed by the geological structural changes millions of years ago that made the limestone mountains and caves.
There are beautiful small islands on the lake and hundreds of freshwater fish. In fact, in 1995 Ba Be Lake was ranked as one of 20 most beautiful natural freshwater lakes of the world !
#2. Quy Nhon
Quy Nhon is the capital of Binh Dinh Province and was acknowledged as a city as early as 1898. This coastal beach town of Vietnam is nestled between Hoi An and Nha Trang.
While this medium-sized town is never viewed a tourist destination, it is known for its scenic beaches and a spectacular scenery.
You’ll need to rent a motorbike to explore the various attractions of Quy Nhon and the neighboring areas.
#3. Con Dao Island
Con Dao islands are an archipelago with 16 uninhabited islets and also known as Con Dao National Park. They are located on the south coast of Vietnam, with spacious beaches, shaded by evergreen trees.
Con Son, the main (and only inhabited) island, was once the site of French-run Vietnamese prisons involved in the independence movement. Here, you may visit the abandoned prison cells and infamous tiger cages.
If you are not a fan of dark tourism, you might want to island hopping as the island has plenty of unspoilt beaches where you can enjoy a day of sunbathing, swimming, and dining on fresh seafood.
You might also spot various wildlife such as stingrays, barracudas, moray eels, and dugongs.
Note : Due to its status as a national park, you need to arrange your trip with Con Dao National Park before visiting.
#4. Can Tho
Can Tho is the region's largest city and after a few days exploring the backwaters, starts to feel like a metropolis.
As the politic, economic, cultural and transportation centre of the Mekong Delta, it is a lively town with sculptured gardens on the waterfront, an interesting mix of narrow roads and wide boulevards as well as a potential concentration of foreigners in the delta.
Many tourists visit the famous Cai Rang Floating Market, Con Son Ecotourism Area and My Khanh Tourist Village which is actually a mini theme park with a part zoo and activities.
#5. Ha Giang
Ha Giang province, located on the Chinese border in north Vietnam, is the newest addition to the Vietnamese tourist scene, with its elevated hills, terraced hillsides and stilled villages.
Hà Giang lies in the remoteness of the far north of the country, a border province and an official frontier area.
The Quan Ba Pass holds a lookout that lives up to its name: Heaven’s Gate. Quan Ba is also the gateway to the UNESCO recognized Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark, a landscape characterized by lofty limestone peaks and rock-strewn fields.
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