The Ritz Herald: Discover 9 hidden gems in Vietnam
Update: Jan 18, 2024
(TITC) - New York News Agency The Ritz Herald published an article suggesting 9 lesser-known places in Vietnam.

Vietnam possesses diverse landscapes from vibrant cities to peaceful countryside or from rugged hills and mountains to beautiful beaches, stated The Ritz Herald.

While famous destinations such as Ha Long Bay, Hoi An Ancient Town and Phu Quoc Island continuously attract thousands of visitors each year, there are still many lesser-known destinations in Vietnam that are filled with beauty and wild nature. These locations are considered hidden gems. By exploring these hidden gems, visitors can enjoy pristine natural beauty and a rare peaceful atmosphere.

Ba Be Lake

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Bac Kan, a Northeast province of Vietnam, 230 km north of Ha Noi, where Ba Be Lake is situated, this place will be a destination not to be missed. Nature has bestowed "a precious gem" in Bac Kan, which is a beautiful and peaceful lake that will bring visitors a pleasant feeling and a complete experience.

With an area of 500 hectares, Ba Be Lake is considered one of the largest natural lakes in Vietnam and is on the list of 16 most beautiful lakes in the world. Ba Be Lake is actually made up of 3 smaller lakes connected by a wide channel system, about 8 km long.

Ba Be Lake is also part of Ba Be National Park, which has a diverse flora and fauna, including many rare animal species. Visitors can explore the park's scenic trails or hidden waterfalls, stunning caves and traditional ethnic minority villages.

Ban Gioc Waterfall

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Ban Gioc Waterfall is one of the most majestic and beautiful natural wonders in Vietnam, located in the northeast of Cao Bang Province. The waterfall marks the border between Vietnam and China, with water falling from a height of 30m. The surroundings are a breathtaking combination of towering limestone cliffs, clear blue waters and vibrant vegetation.

The best time to visit Ban Gioc Waterfall is during the rainy season, which lasts from May to September. During this time, visitors will have the best opportunity to admire the most spectacular appearance of the falls. The waterfall comes alive and amazing.

There are many attractive outdoor activities in this area to attend such as sightseeing, picnic, kayaking, climbing and hiking, cycling, fishing, meeting ethnic minorities, festivals…

Nguom Ngao Cave

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Also located in the Northeast province of Cao Bang (Vietnam), Nguom Ngao Cave is truly an enchanting natural wonder. This stunning limestone cave is famous for its impressive stalactites and stalagmites, shimmering underground rivers, and unique ecosystem containing many rare species of plants and animals.

To get to Nguom Ngao Cave, visitors can travel by car or motorbike from Cao Bang City to Trung Khanh District, about 90 km away.

The road to Nguom Ngao Cave is quite difficult due to the winding mountain roads but will give visitors the opportunity to experience the breathtaking scenery of rice fields, valleys, mountains and a glimpse of the local life of the local ethnic minorities.

Exploring Nguom Ngao Cave is an unforgettable experience that any nature lover or adventurer visiting Vietnam should not miss. With its extraordinary beauty and fascinating geological formations, this cave is sure to leave a lasting impression on all who visit.

Nguom Ngao Cave is far from Ban Gioc Waterfall about 5km.

Pu Luong Nature Reserve

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Another must-see attraction in Thanh Hoa Province (North-central of Vietnam) is Pu Luong Nature Reserve.

Pu Luong Nature Reserve, a natural beauty spot, offers visitors panoramic views of vast terraced fields, towering limestone peaks and cascading waterfalls. If you are looking for a peaceful retreat close to nature, this place is designed for you.

Coming to Pu Luong, visitors will have the opportunity to see wonderful water wheels built by Thai and Muong ethnic groups. Hiking and trekking are also popular activities that attract many tourists. And don't forget to explore the local life of the Thai and Muong ethnic people when this is their homeland.

With its breathtaking natural beauty and rich culture, Pu Luong is a must-see destination for travellers looking for an authentic, different experience in Vietnam.

Lang Co Bay

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Lang Co Bay is a picturesque and pristine beach in the Central of Vietnam. Located in Thua Thien Hue Province, the bay boasts clear waters, pristine sandy beaches and a peaceful atmosphere, perfect for relaxation.

The bay is located between two major tourist cities, Hue and Da Nang, and can be easily reached by car or motorbike. From Da Nang, the bay is just a 30-minute drive, passing the stunning Hai Van Pass, which offers breathtaking views of the bay and surrounding mountains. Alternatively, visitors can take a bus or private car from Hue or Da Nang to reach Lang Co Bay.

When you arrive here, the view is like a priceless reward. There are plenty of water activities, such as swimming, kayaking and sunbathing. In addition, visitors can also take a relaxing walk on the beach under the gentle sunlight. The quiet and attractive scenery of this area is a plus point that makes the destination very attractive for visitors to Hue.

Ly Son Island

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Ly Son is a lovely island located in Quang Ngai Province, the central province of Vietnam. Ly Son is well-known for its pristine beaches, crystal-clear water, and unique cultural heritage. Historical sites and natural wonders owned by the island include the To Vo Gate, Hang Pagoda, and the famous garlic fields.

​To reach Ly Son Island, visitors can catch a flight to Chu Lai Airport (Quang Nam Province) or Da Nang International Airport. From the airport, book a taxi or bus to Sa Ky Port in Quang Ngai Province. Once arriving at the port, you can take a ferry to Ly Son Island. It’s easy to book a ferry ticket from the reception of the port and each ride takes about 30 minutes. During your ferry trip, there are stunning ocean views and surrounding islands.

Ly Son Island is a dreamy getaway with brilliant sunlight, incredible beaches, soft sand, and a unique nature scene.

Yang Bay Waterfall

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Nha Trang is an obviously famous coastal city of Khanh Hoa Province. However, Khanh Hoa offers more than one tourist destination to experience. One of the prominent destinations of this coastal province is Yang Bay waterfall, a truly hidden gem nestled in the lush jungle of Khanh Hoa. Yang Bay Waterfall is a breathtaking beauty with impressive landscape, and crystal-clear waters, a perfect place for those who are looking for a getaway from the hustle and bustle.

Visitors can travel by car or motorbike from the centre of Nha Trang City to Yang Bay Waterfall. The scenic route of 40 km will take you through dense forests, majestic mountains, and breathtaking valleys. Activities to enjoy in Yang Bay include hiking, camping, exploring the diverse jungle life, and taking a refreshing swim in the natural pools.

Tra Su Cajuput Forest

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Located in An Giang Province, Mekong Delta region of Vietnam, Tra Su Cajuput Forest embraces the tranquil waterways, majestic cajuput trees, and abundant wildlife that make this forest a true natural wonder.

It is an ideal place for nature lovers, photographers, and bird watchers to explore the natural beauty of Vietnam, stated The Ritz Herald.

Visitors can take a bus or taxi from Chau Doc City to Van Giao Commune, Tinh Bien District, to touch the soil of this green wonderland. Visitors are highly recommended to embark on a scenic boat ride through the picturesque canals and waterways, immersing themselves in the breathtaking nature. To visitors’ surprise, the flooding season is one of the most beautiful times to visit Tra Su Forest and the Mekong Delta region. From September to November every year, the Cajuput Forest appears in a charming and fresh and lightweight coat made up of the green mats of water lilies and elephant ear plants. Rowling boats in an incredibly mystical and romantic Tra Su during the flooding season is one of the things that should not be missed.

Con Dao Island

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Situated in the south of Vietnam, Con Dao Island is a destination for those seeking a natural untouched beauty. Besides, the island is well-known for its rich history during the French War and the American War with relics such as a huge complex of prisons used by the French and American military.

This hidden gem quickly gains popularity among tourists due to its unique charm, pristine beaches with crystal-clear water, white sand, diverse marine life, and historic relics. Scuba diving, watching turtles lay eggs, sun bathing, swimming,... are famous activities in Con Dao. To reach Con Dao Island, visitors can take a flight from Ha Noi, Ho Chi Minh City or Can Tho to Co Ong Airport on the island. Alternatively, travellers can also take a ferry from Vung Tau to Con Dao Island.

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