Whether you are a foodie, a beach-lover, an adventure seeker or a culture buff, Vietnam has everything you need to satisfy your wanderlust dreams.
For Vietnamese travelers looking for something truly special to inspire their future travel Booking.com has unveiled the ‘Most Welcoming Cities’ in Vietnam for 2022* drawn from more than 232 million verified reviews from real Booking.com travelers. Not only are these destinations rich in sight and culture, travelers can also explore a range of welcoming experiences and utmost hospitality that these destinations have to offer.
Hoi An tops the list as the most welcoming city in Vietnam followed by Phong Nha and Ninh Binh. Hoi An also made it to Booking.com’s global list of the top 10 most welcoming cities in the world for 2022. From historic cities and cultural attractions to pristine nature getaways, bookmark these fascinating destinations for your next trip for a truly memorable holiday.
|The most welcoming cities in Vietnam in 2022*
|6. Tuy Hoa
|7. Mai Chau
|8. Dong Hoi
|10. Con Dao
1. Hoi An, Quang Nam
As an ancient town that sits along the Thu Bon River, Hoi An impresses travelers with its unique architectural ensemble that features iconic yellow houses and rich traditional heritage.
This charming and beautiful little town is best discovered by foot, as it has plenty of stores that are sure to offer something for everyone – from silk dresses and suits, leather goods, and quirky souvenirs. Traffic and pollution are almost entirely absent in this town, offering travelers a one-of-a-kind leisure and relaxation experience.
Where to stay: Laluna Hoi An Riverside Hotel & Spa with 9.2 rating and 709 reviews at Booking.com
2. Phong Nha, Quang Binh
With phenomenal natural beauty and kind local people, Phong Nha deserves its rightful place in travelers’ hearts as the second most welcoming city in Vietnam. The combination of breathtaking colossal caves, colorful limestone stalactites, and rich forest jungles create a gradient-like painting impression that are sure to captivate tourists. When it comes to joining sightseeing tours at the Son river, enjoy the endless views of peaceful landscapes while being toured around by enthusiastic and hospitable boat men.
Where to stay: Karst Villas Phong Nha with 9.4 rating and 62 reviews at Booking.com
3. Ninh Binh
Ninh Binh rose to international fame after being featured as the picturesque setting of the Hollywood blockbuster film, “Kong: Skull Island.” Apart from its striking limestone karsts, lush green paddy fields and historic monuments, this destination will offer travelers a great opportunity to peek into the rustic rural life while being welcomed by good-natured locals. One of the best ways to experience amazing hidden spots and tasty signature dishes is to get recommendations from the people who live here, who are more than willing to give helpful local insider tips.
Where to stay: Trang An Retreat with 9.4 rating and 773 reviews at Booking.com
4. Hue, Thua Thien Hue
Hue, the famed ancient capital located in central Vietnam, is well-known as a poetic and romantic city. Owing to its rich heritage, this destination represents a land of cultural quintessence and exquisite traditions that would appeal to any history lover. The relaxed pace of the city will also provide a pleasant escape from the chaos of daily life, while its gastronomic scene, which features imperial cuisine and mouth watering street food, will prove to be a treat to the senses.
Where to stay: Vinpearl Hotel Hue with 9.3 rating and 687 reviews at Booking.com
5. Mui Ne, Binh Thuan
It’s easy to lose track of time in Mui Ne with a handful of leisure activities and high-adrenaline experiences amidst an incredible setting of stunning pristine beaches, golden sand dunes and countless luxury resorts. With ideal conditions for sand sliding, windsurfing, kite-surfing and kayaking, adventure lovers can enjoy a fun-filled day no matter what activity they choose to experience. Alternatively, travelers can simply spend a lazy afternoon by the pool or feast on fresh seafood in one of the restaurants at Mui Ne’s beautiful coastlines with the sound of the sea in the background.
Where to stay: Victoria Phan Thiet Beach Resort & Spa with 9.0 rating and 254 reviews at Booking.com
6. Tuy Hoa, Phu Yen
The climate of Phu Yen is excellent all year round, so travelers can visit at any time of the year without having to worry about the weather. Tuy Hoa City will be loved by beach lovers due to its gorgeous shorelines, and unlike the crowded beaches of Nha Trang and Mui Ne, beaches in this city have a peaceful and laid-back atmosphere. Discovering the cultural and historical stories, as well as admiring the architecture of the Champa people is also an interesting experience that tourists should try.
Where to stay: Coconut Hotel Phú Yên with 8.8 rating and 336 reviews at Booking.com
7. Mai Chau, Hoa Binh
For those looking for a calm destination rich in nature and culture that’s free from bustling urban noises, Mai Chau is an ideal getaway. Just a three-hour drive from Hanoi, the idyllic district of Mai Chau offers travelers unforgettable experiences such as cycling through beautiful rice fields, visiting minority villages, and enjoying traditional dances and music performed by local ethnic groups. The hospitality of the locals and its casual atmosphere are the main charms of this destination.
Where to stay: Little Mai Chau Home Stay with 9.5 rating and 591 reviews at Booking.com
8. Dong Hoi, Quang Binh
Thanks to the discovery of the world’s largest caves in this province – Son Doong, Dong Hoi is no longer a destination that flies under the radar. Exploring the magnificent Son Doong cave and capturing one of the most iconic and “magical” moments when the sun shines through the cave sinkhole is guaranteed to be an astonishing experience in Dong Hoi. If you are seeking for more relaxing activities, Booking.com suggests having a leisurely stroll along the banks of the romantic Nhat Le river to hear the waves lapping against the shore while admiring the fiery sunset.
Where to stay: Gold Coast Hotel Resort & Spa with 8.6 rating and 102 reviews at Booking.com
9. Sa Pa, Lao Cai
With no shortage of gorgeous landscapes, Sa Pa, dubbed as the “Gateway To Heaven” is one of the unique destinations every traveler should visit for a refreshing escape into the clouds. What allures thousands of travelers are Sapa’s magnificent views from Fansipan Mountain, picturesque ethnic villages, and spectacular rice terraces. Other than that, the warm nature and unique lifestyles of the locals make travelers around the world impressed with this cool-weathered destination.
Where to stay: Silk Path Grand Resort & Spa Sapa with 9.3 rating and 369 reviews at Booking.com
10. Con Dao, Ba Ria – Vung Tau
A journey to the tourist paradise, Con Dao, is the ideal choice for those who want to discover the endless beauty of one of the most charming and mysterious islands in the country. What draws travelers are the untouched natural landscapes blessed with stunning beaches and rich coral reefs, the tranquility of the place, and the cultural and historical imprints found all over the island.
Where to stay: Homestay De la Rosa – Côn Đảo with 9.0 rating and 75 reviews at Booking.com