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5 Lesser-Known Sights To Visit In Vietnam With Your Camera

Vietnam has always been a great place to shoot some beautiful photos. Get your visa sorted out today so you can explore some of its lesser-known sights.

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Son Doong

Son Doong - Source: Unsplash


When it comes to Vietnam, everyone has seen the photos of the islands rising out of the water in Halong Bay, or the magnificent City Hall in Ho Chi Minh City. Yet to get the best pictures in Vietnam, you have to get off the beaten track. Get your visa sorted out in advance so you have enough time to explore the hidden gems of Vietnam.


1: The Caves of Phong Na
Vietnam isn’t generally known for its underground beauty. And that’s a great shame because the cave systems of Phong Na National Park are without a doubt some of the most stunning in the world. It hosts the largest natural cave in the world, Son Doong, which was discovered as recently as 2009. Get yourself a good map or a guide so you can explore not just Son Doong but also the multitude of other, lesser-known caves in Phong Na.


2: Mai Chau
Mai Chau is the perfect place to experience a true taste of everyday life in rural Vietnam. Photographers will find the scenery of Mai Chau irresistible, with classic Vietnamese hillside rice paddies, towering mountains and vast lakes. The area is great for hiking with your trusted camera, and you’ll be sure to get some of the most beautiful shots you can find in Vietnam.


3: Ha Giang
In the far north, you’ll find Ha Giang, a 6-hour bus ride from Hanoi. Its remote distance makes it less popular than other sights in Vietnam. Yet Ha Giang has a unique culture, as over 90% of its population are ethnic minorities. A trip to Ha Giang allows you to experience a unique part of Vietnam which you will be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. Ha Giang offers tourists the possibility to go on a 420km motorbike tour, which stops at various highlights such as brilliant viewpoints and the Lung Khuy Cave.


Marble Mountains

Marble Mountains -  Source: Wikipedia


4: Non Nuoc
With a nickname like the “Marble Village”, you know you’re in for a treat. This name isn’t too surprising, considering Non Nuoc lies at the foot of Vietnam’s Marble Mountains, a cluster of five limestone and marble hills south of Da Nang. The people of Non Nuoc are famous for their stone crafting skills, and you can find some marvellous sculptures in this quiet area that are just begging to be photographed. Additionally, Non Nuoc has some of the best beaches in Vietnam.


5: Da Lat
In the Central Highlands of Vietnam, at an altitude of some 1,500 meters, you’ll find Da Lat. For many, visiting Da Lat almost feels like stepping out of Vietnam entirely and into a European city. This isn’t strange, as Da Lat was a favoured holiday destination for French colonists. Da Lat is also known as the “City of Eternal Spring” since the temperature and climate is pleasant throughout the year. This is mainly due to it being surrounded by mountains. This means that the best time to visit Da Lat is…always!


Don’t Forget Your Vietnam Visa
All of these places are filled with prime photographing sights. All you need is a flight ticket, a few roadmaps and your camera. And, of course, the right visa. Vietnam after all has a very strict visa requirement for foreign visitors. Most European travellers need to apply for a Vietnam visa before they get on the plane. In the past, you could get a visa on arrival, but this has slowly been phased out, and the Vietnamese government strongly encourages people to make use of the online Vietnam visa which was introduced in 2018.

The process of getting this online visa is fairly simple. It doesn’t require a visit to the embassy. All you need to do is fill out the application form and make the payment. Afterwards, the visa is sent to you by e-mail within roughly a week.

British travellers should take into account that they can stay in Vietnam for up to 15 days without needing a visa. For stays longer than that, a visa is still mandatory.

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