Vietnam’s relentless, youthful energy is one of its most attractive qualities, but what happens when you need a break from all that non-stop motion? If your checklist calls for mountain views over motorcycle horns, and remote beaches rather than rooftop bars, this list is for you.
Easily one of Vietnam’s most photogenic towns, Hue is a place to pass through slowly. Ride bicycles along green country paths, wander through mossy pagodas, or sip tea beside the languid Perfume River. Set aside a few day to soak in its history and atmosphere, and you’ll easily fall in love with Hue.
HotelQuickly Tip: Staying in town? We’re big fans of La Residence, a restored 1930s art-deco mansion in a dreamy spot along the river.
Overlooked for years for its ‘prison island’ past, Con Dao today is one of Vietnam’s most serene island destinations, brimming with stunning beaches, thick forests, and a quaint, colonial-era town. If it’s seclusion and relaxation you’re after, Con Dao will sweep you away.
Just outside this accessible, up-and-coming city, Danang’s wide beach stretches along the coast, dotted with upscale resorts and even a few family-run outfits. Though Danang doesn’t have much to offer aside from its beach, from here it’s easy to pop into Hoi An for a romantic dinner, or to check out the Cham temple ruins and golf courses nearby.
HotelQuickly Tip: Danang is known for top-notch luxury resorts, but its newer mid-range hotels deliver excellent views and value for money. Check out Holiday Beach Hotel in the HotelQuickly app to see what we mean.
Mai Chau is a breath of fresh air, quite literally. Perfect for weekend trips, this mountainous province will give you a rare chance to experience the culture of Vietnam’s ethnic minorities. Stay in traditional long houses, dine on delicious, homecooked meals and spend your days cycling the verdant hillsides.
Phu Quoc is quickly realizing its own appeal as a getaway destination, which means more paved roads and more resorts every year. But go a little ways from the action, and you can still find beautiful beaches, where you can kayak, swim and chill out without a care in the world. Don’t forget to drive into town for a dinner of fresh seafood in the night market – a Phu Quoc highlight.
HotelQuickly Tip: To escape the development, check in somewhere like Bamboo Cottages, which sits on a remote beach away from everything else.
Cloaked in lush vegetation, the canals and waterways of Vietnam’s Mekong Delta are an attraction in themselves. The people of the delta are a mix of ethnic groups, and most work in food production, from fruit orchards to coconut factories. Rather than rushing through on a daytrip, book yourself into a riverfront resort and watch the action float by.
HotelQuickly Tip: Try a do-nothing weekend at Victoria Can Tho, where the colonial-style rooms have timber floors and balconies overlooking the river.
Not a spot you’ll find on many itineraries, Quy Nhon is a provincial coastal town, with a scattering of Cham temple ruins and attractive beaches nearby. Maroon yourself at one of Quy Nhon’s few resorts, take a couple long walks on the sand or swim in the ocean, treat yourself to a dinner under the stars, and you’ll definitely come back feeling restored.
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Not many visitors come to Vietnam looking for cooler climes, yet there is something about this French-founded hillstation that turns romantic after dark, and in the outskirts, is glorious in the sunlight as well. Spend your time in cosy hilltop cafes, poking around the old train station, or walking arm-in-arm along the lake.
HotelQuickly Tip: We can’t think of anywhere more romantic than Ana Mandara Dalat, a collection of cozy, well-preserved villas surrounded by pine trees and complete with fireplaces and canopied beds.
Take any spectacular image of northern Vietnam and chances are high it was shot in the mountains of Ha Giang. This province bordering China is only for the truly adventurous, yet at the end of that long drive you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views and authentic encounters with the local minorites. Ha Giang is a place to appreciate raw simplicity (and to exercise those legs.)
HotelQuickly Tip: Don’t miss the colorful markets on Sundays, when everyone descends on the town to sell livestock, crafts and produce.
“Lobster Island” is how the locals affectionately refer to Binh Ba. Way off the tourist radar, Binh Ba is accessed by boat from Cam Ranh Bay, which is just a short hop from the airport. Expect to eat your fair share of grilled lobster, do a bit of snorkeling on the offshore reefs, and catch the sunset from any of three unspoiled, white-sand beaches.
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Melissa is a passionate foodie, travel writer, and editor working in media internationally and in the USA. She has lived in Bangkok since 2004 and has a background in the travel industry. Melissa’s writing has been published globally in many prestigious online and print magazines for over a decade. Her motto for life is “You cannot live or love well if you have not wined and dined well!”