However, Vietnam is much more than that. There are a lot of hidden gems waiting to be explored. If you don't want to be stuck in the crowd in some famous destinations but still admire the natural beauty in Vietnam, below are 10 Incredible Hidden Spots to look for in Vietnam that you’ve never thought of.
1. Nam Du Island
As a lesser-known wild archipelago in the Gulf of Thailand - belonging to Phu Quoc Island, Nam Du is still a mystery to tourists but it’s worth exploring thanks to its unspoiled charm. It’s much smaller than Phu Quoc Island but it’s not lacking glamour due to its purely wild beauty with pristine beaches, sparkling water, and incredibly tranquil atmosphere. If you’re planning for a fantastic excursion, grab a chance to stay close to nature with idyllic camping on its wild beaches. In addition, it’s nice weather is just perfect to do anything you can think of: swim in the aqua blue water, unwind in the sunshine on one of the scenic islets, camp on the beach or enjoy an island-hopping tour. They’re a lot better than they sound.
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Nam Du Island - One of the best islands in Vietnam
2. Ban Gioc Waterfalls
As a charming hideaway in a rarely-visited corner of northeast Vietnam, Ban Gioc Waterfalls is the largest of its kind in all of Asia. Surrounded by picturesque karst peaks, its water rushes down through jungle-clad limestone walls creating dramatic scenery.
What makes Ban Gioc special is not the height but the width of the waterfall. The best way to stay close to the cascading waterfalls is to enjoy a bamboo boat ride on its stunning cool pools, listen to the sounds of the waterfalls and immerse in the picturesque painting of nature. Alternatively, if you fit enough, cross over the wooden bridge under the fall and find a path leading to the upper levels where you can get a panoramic view of the entire falls.
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Ban Gioc -The Greatest Waterfalls in Vietnam
3. Linh Quy Phap An Pagoda
Known as the Gate to Heaven, Linh Quy Phap An is a hidden gem located on a mountaintop in Lam Dong Province, just 2-hour drive from Da Lat. Perched on a remote highland, in the heart of green tea and coffee plantations, the pagoda is a new and enticing destination which just appears to be out of this world. The journey to reach the mountaintop is tough but it’s worth. After a 1000-meter climb, you've rewarded a majestic view of serene and exotic nature. The pagoda is at its best at the crack of dawn when you can see the pagoda emerging from a sea of clouds while the sun casts its first rays down over the region. Rejuvenate your soul in the incredibly tranquil atmosphere, admire the intricate architectural style and capture some delightful picture. This amazing land has a lot to offer.
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Many Vietnamese people don't even know about this pagoda
4. Ba Be Lake
If what you’re looking for is a fantastic place to revel in the grandeur of nature and escape from the crazy crowds of touristy spots, Ba Be lake is the place for you. As the largest natural lake in Vietnam, Ba Be Lake lures any nature lovers’ hearts for its charming natural beauty and authentic local experience.
A Small part of Ba Be Lake
This gorgeous land has a lot more than just a tourist attraction: unspoiled and exotic sceneries, winding rivers, plunging waterfalls, crystal clear lakes and verdant valleys, all set amidst the picture-perfect landscapes. The astoundingly diverse flora and fauna of the National Park and the unique ethnic culture of the locals living surrounding will be the charming delights you don’t want to miss out on.
Enjoy a boat trip on Ba Be Lake is a must
5. Mu Cang Chai
Located in the Northwest of Vietnam, the forgotten land of Mu Cang Chai is home to some of the most spectacular cultivated topography in Asia. Lesser known compared to other destinations such as Sapa or Ha Giang, Mu Cang Chai is still a favorite spot of adventure seekers looking for a true experience like no others. The most striking delight is its magnificent rice terraces bringing its own charm each season. Apart from the luscious green terraces, this quaint land is also enchanting for stunning ethnic culture, excellent motorbiking and uncharted hiking trails. It is definitely well-worth exploring as each experience will seem better than the last.
Splendid scenery in Mu Cang Chai
6. Ta Xua
Conquering dramatic mountains in Vietnam is a one-of-a-kind experience of many adventure enthusiasts. Among a wide range of popular destinations, Ta Xua Mountain is a bit different. As one of the tallest mountains in Vietnam, Ta Xua offers you a perfect spot to unwind in the breathtaking landscapes of a valley and the surrounding greenery. The challenging climb up to the dinosaurs’ backbones is a journey itself. The majestic sea of clouds, surreal sceneries of heaven and earth and the fascinating experiences have urged the foot of many adventurers. You really want to miss out on it?
Cloud Hunting and Camping in Ta Xua
7. Cat Tien National Park
In spite of being a popular destination for the locals, Cat Tien National Park is still a mystery for many tourists from far and wide. It is one of the best national parks in Vietnam and the largest nature reserves in Vietnam boasting a vast array of wildlife including incredibly rich species of plants and animals. Whether you want to discover the untouched nature, stay close to the little-known wildlife or take a challenge with off-beaten-track trekking in the middle of the lush jungles, a visit to Cat Tien is an ultimate expedition. This national park is absolutely worth taking a side trip from Ho Chi Minh City that offers a delightful slice of pristine nature to escape into.
Picturesque Crocodile Lake in Cat Tien National Park
8. Tam Giang Lagoon Hue
Located 15km away from Hue City, Tam Giang is a beautiful, untouched lagoon hidden behind the graceful look of Hue ancient citadel. Covering up to 22,000 hectares of water surface, Tam Giang Lagoon is one of the largest in all of Vietnam. The unusual and rustic yet charming landscapes will definitely make any tourist’s heart pound. Embark on a peaceful boat ride on the calm water of the vast lagoon at sundown when the whole surface turns purple, you will get a feel for untouched beauty which should have been explored sooner.
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The Beautiful Tam Giang Lagoon
9. Dong Van Karst Plateau
Located in the north of Ha Giang Province, Dong Van Plateau is a world geological park containing both geological and archaeological wonders. This plateau is a masterpiece of nature with spectacular mountain peaks with the history of thousands of years.
Stunning View over Dong Van Plateau
The path to the plateau is tough but it’s worth your effort. It’s a stunning journey itself as you will pass different scenic spots: Quan Ba Heaven Gate, Co Tien Mountain, Lung Cu Flag Tower, and Ma Pi Leng Pass. Explore the majestic mountain landscapes, wander around the flower meadows and delve into the colorful lifestyle of different ethnic minorities is a true blast.
Unique geological rocks at Dong Van Plateau
10. Hang Rai Island (Ninh Thuan)
Finding a pristine beach getaway, but not jam-packed beaches? Go a bit further away from Ninh Thuan Province, you’ll get lost in the fairytale-like island of Hang Rai hidden in the blue water of the beautiful Vinh Hy Bay.
Dramatic rock formations stacked on top of each other creating a breathtaking background of countless lovely small caves. The island is also home to the largest ancient coral reef in Vietnam which is just out of tourist traps. What could be better than finishing your vacation with some captivating shots to spice up your Instagram feet?
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One-of-a-kind Landscape at Hang Rai
Little known yet impressive, all of these stunning spots should be added to your itinerary next time in Vietnam. Vietnam is truly one of the great destinations whether you’re seeking the most popular spots or hidden gems. It is exactly the place that fills your journey with wonders at every corner.
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