Take inspiration for your next trip to celebrate Hung Kings’ Anniversary to not only show our deep gratitude towards our origins but also have a good time in various historic sites
Travelling to experience other cultures or visit sites of historical and religious significance has always been a compelling motivation to hit the road. Embracing the spirit of gratitude of the upcoming Hung King’s Temple Festival from April 08 to 11 this year, Booking.com reveals the top 5 most recommended historic destinations in Vietnam as endorsed by Vietnamese travellers on the platform. Whether it is an active, adventurous tour to lesser-known historic sites or a mindful, silent walk around quaint ancient buildings, you are in for a fulfilling ride that will replenish your love and appreciation for your motherland.
Most recommended historic destinations in Vietnam as endorsed by Vietnamese travellers on Booking.com*
- Ho Chi Minh
- Hoi An
- Con Dao
“The Lost Imperial City” of Huế, once the national capital, cultural and political center of Vietnam, is the center of Vietnamese traditions. Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Sites, Hue is home to countless historical treasures, consisting of royal mausoleums, the imperial citadel, sophisticated temples and pagodas. The biggest part of the tourist experience here is a visit to the famous Imperial City and ancient emperors’ tombs, such as Khai Dinh Tomb, Tu Duc Tomb, or Minh Mang Tomb, which are not only relics of the iconic Nguyen dynasty but also architectural masterpieces. More religious sites for a spiritual retreat include Huyen Tran Princess Temple, Thien Mu Pagoda, Tiger Arena and Voi Re Temple. Combined with unique experiences like going on a Huong River boat ride, exploring the Hue Royal Theater, taking part in the Hue Festival, or trying out Hue Royal Banquet dinner, this is a must-visit destination for any heritage-loving traveller.
Where to stay: With spa and wellness facilities on the hotel wishlist of 74% of Vietnamese travellers,** it’s safe to say that even the most active history buff will appreciate a restful stay in Alba Spa Hotel. Boasting an indoor mineral pool, a spa area, a restaurant and a souvenir shop, the property offers true relaxation and calmness that compliments the ambience of Hue to complete your historical trip.
2. Hà Nội
Part of what makes Ha Noi the go-to destination for travellers is the perfect balance it strikes between history, culture, and modernity. Oozing with charm, character, and a continued cultural evolution, the capital city of Vietnam has no shortage of historic landmarks. These include the Temple of Literature and National University, Hoa Lo prison, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, and countless pagodas and temples scattered around the city. Furthermore, just a 2-hour drive to the North will take you to Phu Tho, where the Hung King’s Temple Festival takes place, which is perfect for a one or two-day trip out of Ha Noi so you can take part in one of the most important historical and cultural events in Vietnam.
Where to stay: The iconic Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi treasures a rich history dating back to the start of the 20th century. Located at the very heart of Ha Noi, the property has seen a myriad of prominent guests throughout its time. Guests can experience the opulence of the past era from the hotel’s heritage colonial architectural style and world-class services.
3. Hồ Chí Minh
With citizens moving here frequently and visitors coming in droves, Ho Chi Minh City, dearly called Saigon, is the largest and most exciting metropolis in Vietnam because it harbors endless opportunities for fun and exploration. Take a step back from its infamous restless nightlife and hectic pace of life, and you’ll find yourself amazed with various historic sites – from the Reunification Palace giving visitors a glimpse into the 1960s and the War Remnants Museum reflecting horrors of the past to the French-colonial architectural heritage buildings like Duc Ba Church.
Where to stay: The famous Vinpearl Landmark 81 offers guests a million-dollar panoramic view of the city and Saigon River from luxurious, spacious rooms equipped with full amenities and services. Situated in central Saigon, the hotel gives you easy access to other parts of the city, all while making sure you are well taken care of with luxurious comfort within the property.
4. Hội An
Redolent of the bygone port-life era, the ancient town of Hoi An is a heritage destination that many domestic and international travellers hold dear to their hearts. With origins tracing back two millennia before it became an important commercial port in the 15th and 16th centuries, Hoi An is home to over a thousand timber-frame buildings, traditional pagodas, ancient clan houses and hundreds-years-old shophouses that will take you down the memory lane. The recommended way to visit many heritage sites is just strolling around the town on foot, occasionally stopping at handicraft workshops stores and villages to take in the serenity of it all. Finally, take a quick tour to the temple ruins of My Son to explore one of the most important Cham sites in Vietnam.
Where to stay: Little Town Villa is located near the ancient town, making it convenient for guests to experience Hoi An to the fullest while enjoying quiet, relaxing breaks in the villa’s retro-inspired property. The villa welcomes guests with an outdoor pool, sun balconies, a restaurant and warm hospitality.
5. Côn Đảo
There’s frankly nothing quite like Con Dao Island, where rugged mountains covered in dense forest meet turquoise water fringed by coral reefs, where sublime nature tangles with history. Used as a prison up until 1975, the island has become a major pilgrimage for Vietnamese travellers to pay their respect to the prisoners and revolutionaries, such as the national martyr Vo Thi Sau. Taking a visit to Con Dao Museum and several prisons to see remnants of a formative chapter in Vietnam’s history and learn about the stories behind past lives of the brave, patriotic, selfless prisoners is a crucial history primer for anyone. Con Dao’s remote location, rich historical values, modest tourism and breathtaking scenery offer travellers a unique experience like nothing else in the country.
Where to Stay: Six Senses Con Dao is a luxurious and Travel Sustainable property with contemporary design reflecting traditional fishing villages, and sea-view rooms with private infinity pools. With two on-site restaurants and bars, an outdoor swimming pool, spa, fitness center and a wide range of leisure activities, this incredible property is perfect for guests who want to stay close to nature but in luxury.