While most of us will never be able to afford a holiday to Vietnam this post will certainly make you want to visit it. There are probably thousands of amazing things to see and do in Vietnam, but this list features ten things that are only found there and nowhere else in the world. If you like seeing unusual tourist destinations you are in the right place…
Cầu Vàng – The Golden Bridge
While there are millions of pedestrian bridges all over the world not many of them look like this. Located in the hills of central Vietnam it is made to look like a giant is holding the bridge over the trees and the views are impressive to say the lease.
Cau Song Han – Hàn River Bridge
The pretty looking light show is not the only thing this bridge is famous for, it is also the worlds biggest cable-stayed swing bridge that allows even the tallest of sailing yachts to pass along the river with ease.
Toa Nha – Landmark 81
While it is not the tallest super skyscraper in the world it is very impressive to say the least (in fact it is the 14th tallest building in the world). Oddly it was designed by the British design, engineering and consulting firm Atkins! It is the amazing light show made up of the building that really sets it apart from the rest and it happens every single night.
Tòa nhà Bitexco – The Bitexco Financial Tower
Once again we are not looking at the tallest tower in the world by a long stretch, but it is unique to say the least. Its unusual shape meant each of the 6,000 glass panels enveloping the Bitexco Financial Tower had to be individually cut to each floors specifications because every floor on this tower is a different shape!
Chùa Một Cột – The One Pillar Pagoda
This historic Buddhist temple located in Hanoi is regarded as one of the worlds most iconic temples and it was built by Emperor Lý Thái Tông, who ruled from 1028 to 1054.
Nhà thờ Đức Bà – The Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon
Located in Ho Chi Minh City the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon is officially called the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception, but I guess that is a bit of a mouthful as they shorted it down a bit. This impressive cathedral was established between 1863 and 1880 by French colonists.
Cung đình Huế – The Huế Museum of Royal Fine Arts
While this museum is dedicated to Vietnam’s imperial past it is still impressive. It was commissioned by Emperor Khai Dinh in 1918 and is full of elaborate murals of which are only seen at this location.
Tan Vu Cầu vượt biển dài nhất – Thanh Trì Bridge
Finished in 2008 this 3,084m bridge is one of the longest bridges in Asia and the largest prestressed concrete bridge in Vietnam. While you can’t really get a good view of it unless you are in the Red River in Hanoi it’s still impressive to travel along.
This historic temple in the city of Huế is an iconic seven-story pagoda that is regarded as an unofficial symbol of the city it is located in and has been the subject of folk rhymes for thousands of years.
Thiền viện Trúc Lâm – The Trúc Lâm Temple
This peaceful place beautiful temple is a Zen Buddhist temple located just outside the resort town of Da Lat, Vietnam. The main ceremonial hall is flanked by a drum temple and bell and is considered to be one of the best tourist destinations in the area.