Vietnam is a land of striking landscapes that range from the lush rice terraces and forested mountains in the north to the picturesque valleys of the Central Highlands and the fertile delta and beautiful beaches of the south. Included in the mix are booming modern cities, colonial towns, traditional villages, archaeological sites and otherworldly islands. Many visitors find a vast number of places to visit that intrigue and excite them in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and the other major centres; but despite the cities’ allure, it’s the country’s striking landscape that most impresses. Vietnam occupies a narrow strip of land that hugs the eastern borders of Cambodia and Laos, hemmed in by rugged mountains to the west, and by the South China Sea – or the East Sea, as the Vietnamese call it. To the north and south of its narrow waist, it fantails out into the splendid deltas of the Red River and the Mekong, and it’s in these regions that you’ll encounter the paddy fields, dragonflies, buffaloes and conical-hatted farmers that constitute the classic image of Vietnam. Here are some of the most beautiful towns you need to see in this fascinating country.

Mui Ne

Bình Thuận Province, Vietnam

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Thừa Thiên-Huế Province, Vietnam

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Hoi An

Quang Nam Province, Vietnam

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Lam Dong Province, Vietnam

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Nha Trang

Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam

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Lao Cai Province, Vietnam

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Vung Tau

Ba Ria–Vung Tau Province, Vietnam

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Can Tho

Can Tho Province, Vietnam

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Bac Ha

Lao Cai Province, Vietnam

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Chau Doc

An Giang Province, Vietnam

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