In the first part of our Top 10 underrated destinations in Vietnam list, we have Ha Giang, Y Ty, Cat Ba, Ninh Binh and Quang Binh as our first five. Let’s continue southwards to discover more of Vietnam hidden gems.
Top Gear fans will recognize it. Jeremy Clarkson and his mates were awe-inspired by the tranquil setting of it. The next stop of our southward journey is Lang Co. This often-omitted beachfront destination is right between the two most famous ancient towns of Vietnam: Hue and Hoi An. The untouched palm-shaded white sand stretching 10 kilometers is an ideal place for a family or couple holiday. All you want to do here is to sit back, relax and enjoy.
Perhaps the best place to let you relish the best of Lang Co is Laguna Complex, the first and largest integrated luxury resort complex in Vietnam. This area consists of two world-class resorts: Banyan Tree Lang Co and Angsana Lang Co as well as an exquisite 18-hole golf course. Laguna Lang Co also provides holidaymakers with an array of indoor and outdoor activities such as archery, volleyball, football, tennis, minicars, mountain bikes or learning how to make kites or brew tea. Basically, you and your beloved ones just never run out of the fun.
Despite being the third biggest city in Vietnam, Danang is still underrated due to its proximity to two of Vietnam’s most popular destinations: Hue and Hoi An. The main reason why most travelers choosing to stay in Danang is its impressive collection of luxury five-star resorts such as the Fusion Maia Danang, Hyatt Regency Danang, Pullman Danang Beach Resort and the new InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort located in Son Tra Island. And they mainly use the resorts as resting places after a day trip to either Hue to the north or Hoi An to the south. However, the city itself still has a lot to offer for everyone.
As one of the most promising cities in Southeast Asia, Danang skyline today is decorated with modern bridges across the peaceful Han River and numerous skyscrapers erecting from the riverside, most notably the Novotel Premier Han River and the City Administrative Center. A walk along the charming river with your beloved one, followed by a fancy cocktail on the Sky36 of the Novotel while watching the city from up high in the evening will definitely be a highlight of your luxury tours to Vietnam. Danang’s nightlife is also very vibrant so you will not likely to get bored after 11 pm like in Hue and Hoi An. Another two attractions which are definitely worth a visit is the Cham Island which is accessible by high-speed boat and Ba Na Hill. While Cham Island is an ideal choice for a 24-hour trip full of outdoor activities which will be great for group travelers, Ba Na Hills should be a great deal for families or travelers with kids. The Ba Na Cable Car currently holds its rank as the world’s longest non-stop single track cable car with almost 6 kilometers in length.
You just cannot miss Central Highland if you really want to get off the beaten track in Vietnam. It is one of the most less-visited if not the least tourism area in Vietnam. The Central Highland is characterized by the distinctive landscapes and the indigenous tribes. Although the mountain sceneries can’t quite match their counterparts in the far north of the country in terms of sheer height, the Central Highland still offers some terrific waterfalls, mist-laden mountains, the iconic longhouses of the ethnic minorities. The best thing is perhaps you will feel to be the only tourist in the land. Blessed with fertile red soils, the Central Highland is also famous for its endless fields of silk, rubber, hardwood and especially coffee. This is also home to Vietnam’s most famous coffee brand: Ca Phe Trung Nguyen or the Coffee of Central Highland.
Dekop - DekTu in Dekdoa villages, Pleiku, Vietnam
Envisaged by the French to be a playground in Southern Vietnam, Da Lat (some may refer to as “Le Petit Paris”) is also a great option for travelers who are seeking for a romantic getaway, especially honeymooners. Da Lat provides a European-like climate, reminiscing of Sapa in the north. This charming mid-sized city is in a surrounding of lush hills covered by pine-trees, lakes and mountains peaks. Activities in the city include city biking, mountain biking, canyoning, rafting, and hiking.
Chau Doc is at the center of Mekong Delta with the adjacent Cambodian border to the West. This is another underrated destination in Vietnam which promises unspoiled natural experiences plus friendly local community. Once a part of Cambodia, Chau Doc is a blend of Vietnamese, Khmer and Cham culture. You can explore the town by paying a visit to the unique Cham Village or strolling through one of many indoor markets around here. Chau Doc is a fascinating place should you fancy buying locals goods and souvenirs during your Vietnam tours.
Laurie Mekong Chau Doc, Vietnam
But the most famous attraction here is Mount Sam. 7 kilometers from the town center; this sacred hill is full of temples and pagodas, most notably Tay An Temple whose design is a fusion of Indian and Vietnamese ancient architecture. A one hour hike to the top of the hill will be rewarded with a superb panoramic view of the surroundings. Further, from the town, you can also experience a perfect example of serene wildlife of the Mekong Delta by visiting Tram Su Cajuput Forest and the bird sanctuary nearby. Although the choice of accommodation in Chau Doc is not abundant, the Victoria Chau Doc Hotel will give you some relaxing time at night if you do not wish to return to Saigon in the evening.
Once considered the “hell on earth” for the prisoners during the Vietnam War, Con Dao now emerges as a premier beach destination in Vietnam. This chain of 16 islands features a stunning display of natural beauty with forested hills and deserted beaches which is kept untouched until now.
Fabulous beach in Con Dao Vietnam
To enjoy the best out of this premium beach destination, Six Senses Con Dao is an easy choice. This five-star resort provides 50 generously appointed villas, all overlooking the magnificent ocean view. Besides, Six Senses Con Dao offers a wide range of fascinating activities in the island including discovering the history of the island by visiting the prison and museum, exploring the extensive marine life by snorkeling, hiking to the tropical forested hills, trekking to the lighthouse and fishing in the morning on the boat. But perhaps the most exciting thing to do in Con Dao Archipelago is diving. Senses Diving provides full options for both experienced divers and those who are beginners.