Vietnamese cities

Let’s take a quick look at Vietnamese cities; you can grasp a general view about the development in this Southeast Asian country.

Our cities are in developing progress, and not so modern or luxury as other global centers nearby such as Singapore, Hong Kong, or Shanghai. Yet I am glad to bring you the Vietnamese characteristics through local urban features.

While Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are the largest and most popular Vietnamese cities, there’re several others that you may be interested in, either for business or leisure, or both.

So, let’s start with five major cities directly governed by the Vietnamese central government.

  • Hanoi: is the Capital of Vietnam with a history of over 1,000 year, settling along the Red River. The beguiling city is blessed with historical relics and charming landscape of two dozen lakes, shaded boulevards, verdant public parks, and French-colonial architecture.
  • Ho Chi Minh City (ex. Saigon): is considered the economic and cultural capital of the Southern area of Vietnam, the bustling, dynamic and industrious center, the largest city in the country.
  • Hai Phong: is a seaside city with the second largest port in Vietnam (after Saigon port), famous for the flamboyant flower blossoming in May. This is my hometown where I was born and grew up.
  • Da Nang: is the largest city and port in the central. I believe the most peaceful and beautiful city in Vietnam.
  • Can Tho: is the newly centralized-governed city, dubbed “the green lungs of the Mekong Delta”, with simple, poetic beauty of its floating market, rice paper-making village, and picturesque rural canals and rivers.

Other cities are under administration governance of provinces, and I list below several popular ones:

  • Ha Long – Quang Ninh province, with famous Ha Long Bay, a world natural heritage
  • Hue – Thua Thien Hue province, the old capital with various remaining historical constructions of the last feudal monarchy, Nguyen dynasty.
  • Nha Trang – Khanh Hoa province, beautiful city next to South China sea with pristine beaches
  • Phan Thiet – Binh Thuan province, famous for its fish sauce brand Phan Thiet
  • Buon Ma Thuot – Dak Lak province, a highland central city famed for superb coffee brand “Café Buon Me Thuot”
  • Pleiku – Gia Lai province, another highland central
  • Da Lat – Lam Dong province, known as the City of Love, endowed with millions of pine trees and distinct colonial architecture
  • Qui Nhon – a coastal city in Binh Dinh province, the origin of a Binh Dinh martial arts (võBình Định)
  • Vung Tau – the capital of Ba Ria – Vung Tau province with beautiful swimming beaches, lakes, and thermal springs; known as the oil and gas center of Vietnam

The above list only mentions the main administrative divisions. I know the list should include many more Vietnamese cities and towns. Along with developing of this website, I will gradually add more, one by one, for your reading pleasure.


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