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21 Incredible Photos of Vietnam to Inspire Your Next Big Trip

21 incredible photos of Vietnam: Asia Travel Inspiration

Photographs can capture such special memories, and from the hundreds of photos I took on my trip to Vietnam, I wanted to share my favourite ones with a wider audience. Vietnam is picture-perfect, so it was a hard task to choose only a handful of photos from my two-week trip. I hope the ones that I have shared will inspire you to consider a trip to this fabulous country and help you understand why Vietnam holds such a special place in my heart.

If you have ever been unsure of whether Vietnam is right for you, then I hope these incredible photos will clear up any misconceptions you may have had and encourage you to venture that little bit further to experience the magic of Vietnam for yourself.

Are you ready to discover the astounding beauty of Vietnam?  From the rolling countryside to the chaotic cities and from Vietnam’s ancient landmarks to its beautiful beaches. Vietnam is a country of contrast and needs to be on every traveller’s bucket list.

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These incredible photos of Vietnam were taken at the following destinations:

Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hue – Lap An Lagoon – Hai Van Pass – Marble Mountains – Hoi An – Da Nang

Hanoi – Paris of the East

Noisy, chaotic and totally loveable. Hanoi is an assault on the senses giving you a taste of real-life in Vietnam’s capital city. With French colonial influences, the Paris of the East is bursting with architectural gems. Wander the streets and explore Vietnam through the centuries at landmarks like the ancient Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university. Being in Hanoi is like stepping back to another time in history and then arriving back in the 21st century and finding great coffee shops and fantastic Asian street art.

Photo of the Temple of Literature in Hanoi
Vietnamese lady looking from her window in Hanoi
Flower-seller-hanoi

Hanoi Tours 

 

Incredible Photos of Halong Bay

Don’t miss the incredible scenery of the Unesco World Heritage Site of Halong Bay, one of Vietnam’s most famous natural attractions. A cruise to Bai Tu Long Bay is a once-in-a-lifetime trip and mustn’t be missed. You will get to take some incredible photos of fishing villages, limestone monoliths, and sea caves scattered around the waters. Cruising from Halong Bay to Bai Tu Long Bay is one of the best things to experience in Vietnam and is featured in my two week Vietnam travel itinerary.

Photo taken from shore of a cruise boat in Halong Bay
two people with Vietnamese hats on in Bai Tu Long Bay
Photo of Halong Bay Sunset

Halong Bay Tours 

 

Incredible Photos of Hue

The Imperial City of Hue is a UNESCO world heritage site and comprises the Nguyen Dynasty’s ancient citadel. Explore the expanse of grounds and see temples, pagodas, lakes, shrines and numerous decorative gateways. If you are interested in Vietnam’s history, then Hue should definitely feature on your trip itinerary. Imperial tombs dedicated to royal kings are sited along the Perfume River and are spectacular to see. Book on a guided day tour of the tombs or wander around them on your own.

An ancient trishaw in Hue
Stone statues in the Royal tombs in Hue
Red and Yellow Temple in the Imperial City of Hue

Hue Tours

 

Incredible Photos of Lap An Lagoon

The Lap An Lagoon is a traditional oyster fishing village with the most ethereal blue water you will ever see. With its setting against the mountains’ backdrop, it was a great place to take some incredible photos on a stop during the journey from Hue to Hoi An.

Three boats on the water at Lap An Lagoon
Colourful fishing boat on Lap An Lagoon
Three Boats on Lap An Lagoon

Breathtaking Photos of the Hai Van Pass

The Hai Van Pass is a stretch of road passing through the mountains with stunning views out to sea. Made famous in Europe on the Top Gear TV programme, I was able to see it for myself on my road trip from Hue to Hoi An.

The Hai Van Pass
Photo of the mountain pass on the Hai Van Pass
Hai Van Pass

Hai Van Pass Tours

 

Hoi An – Photos of the City of Lanterns

One of the most popular locations in Vietnam is the ancient quarter of Hoi An. One of Vietnam’s best-preserved Unesco World Heritage Sites known for its yellow buildings and colourful lanterns. There are plenty of things to do in Hoi An during the day, but it really wakes up at night. You must see the ancient streets illuminated with hundreds of paper lanterns giving it the name “City of Lanterns“.

A photo of me standing next to a small lady selling bananas in Hoi An
Photo of one of Hoi An's yellow buildings covered with lanterns
Silk Lantern Stall in Hoi An

Hoi An Tours

 

Inspirational Photos of Danang

The bustling coastal resort of Danang offers stunning beachside resorts to relax and recuperate. It is also where one of Vietnam’s three international airports are located, making it a hub for international travellers. Danang has tourist attractions such as the Marble Mountains, the pink cathedral and the Golden Hand Bridge at Ba Na Hills fantasy park. One of Danang’s most popular attractions is the dragon bridge show every Saturday and Sunday at 9 pm. Watch a show which lights up the bridge and see the dragon spit fire and water from its mouth. Only in Vietnam!

Photo of the beach at Naman Retreat in Da Nang
Photo of the Naman Retreat Resort
Photo of Golden Hands Bridge in Danang

Da Nang Tours

 

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About Author

Angela Price

Angie is a full-time travel writer with over 30 years of travel experience. She has always had a passion for travel, and after a 3-month world trip with her 18-year-old son, she created her popular travel blog to share her adventures with a wider audience. When Angie is at home in the UK, she enjoys exploring the English countryside, visiting castles and gardens and planning her next big adventure. Her motto is "Live Life Wandering not Wondering".

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