How many rivers are there in Vietnam?
Indeed, Vietnam is a country full of legendary rivers. For more than 4,000 years, rivers have accompanied the lives of Vietnamese people and witnessed many ups and downs in history.
From north to south, there are 2,360 rivers over 10 kilometers long, with a total length of 41,900 kilometers, forming fertile deltas in the river basin area. Not only that, Vietnam’s traditional cultural features are cultivated and preserved in peaceful villages and bustling cities along the river.
When you come to each river, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful scenery along the river, listen to the legends of the local residents, and experience the unique cultural features. If limited time does not allow you to explore all the beautiful rivers in Vietnam , why not try to refer to the 11 most beautiful rivers in Vietnam in the following list?
1. Reasons you should visit rivers in Vietnam
There are various compelling reasons to visit Vietnam’s rivers, making it an appealing location for tourists.
1.1. Breathtaking beauty
These waterways meander across stunning terrain, giving spectacular vistas and tranquil environs, from the majestic Mekong Delta to the lovely Red River. Exploring these rivers allows tourists to become immersed in the allure of Vietnam’s rich and lush natural environment.
1.2. Major historical and cultural significance
Numerous of these waterways have been instrumental in forming the nation’s rich legacy. They have been witnesses to historical occurrences, have been important trading channels, and have shaped the growth of the villages along their banks. Travelers may learn more about Vietnam’s history, customs, and the lives of the people who have relied on these rivers for water for generations by visiting these rivers.
1.3. Paradise for nature lovers
A large variety of plants and animals, including rare and endangered species, are supported by the river ecosystems. Visitors may view lively wildlife, intriguing marine life, and the varied vegetation that flourishes along the riverbanks by exploring the rivers. The rivers of Vietnam provide a plethora of opportunities for nature enthusiasts, whether they choose to go birding, fishing, or are content to simply take in the peace and quiet of nature.
1.4. Numerous adventures and leisure opportunities
Exploring the nation’s waterways may be excitingly accomplished by enjoying leisurely boat rides, river cruising, or spectacular kayaking excursions. Travelers with a sense of adventure can explore twisting river channels, find secret caverns, or even go on multi-day river expeditions to discover the hidden treasures of Vietnam’s river systems.
2. 11 significant rivers in Vietnam
2.1. Mekong River
The Mekong River is the largest river in Southeast Asia flowing through Vietnam. The river has two main tributaries, Tianhe and Houhe, which flow through the southwest, and then flow into the East China Sea at nine estuaries, so it is also called the Mekong River. The Mekong River in Vietnam has a total length of about 500 kilometers and a basin area of nearly 71,000 square kilometers, accounting for more than 8% of the total area of the Mekong River Basin. In the southwest, canals and canal systems were built to supply water to all delta provinces.
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Vietnam’s Mekong Delta is not only known for its tranquil and colorful life, but also for its characteristic floating markets, which are part of the culture there, with rustic bamboo boats and abundant merchandise. When you come to the Mekong River, there are many floating markets that you should visit at least once, such as Cai Rang (Can Tho), Long Xuyen (An Giang), Cai Be (Tian Jiang), Phung Hiep (An Giang). .Also, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to explore the biodiversity of the Southeast region at the Tram Chim, U Minh Thuong and U Minh Ha National Parks.
2.2. Szepok River
The Dak Krong River is the second largest river in the central plateau of Vietnam, with a total length of 406 kilometers (125 kilometers in Vietnam) and a drainage area of 30,100 square kilometers. As the main tributary of the Mekong River, Srepok includes two tributaries, Krong No and Krong Ana, which mean “father river” and “mother river” respectively in the local language. In the legends of residents on both sides of the river, this river is related to the love story of a boy and a girl who were stopped by the tribe.
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Compared to these two gentle tributaries, the Szepok appears to be more violent, making this river a haven for spectacular waterfalls. Many of these majestic waterfalls have been developed for tourism such as Dray Nur, Dray Sap, Gia Long, Bay Branch and Trinh Nu waterfalls. Not only that, but the Srepok River Basin is home to many species of flora and fauna, including world endangered species. f
Down the Srepok River, there are two national parks worth visiting: Chu Yang Sin and Yok Don National Park. The best time to visit the Srepok River is between November and April, during the dry season, before the heavy rains that interrupt your journey.
2.3. Saigon River
While most rivers in Vietnam are associated with tradition and natural beauty, the Saigon River is one of the exceptions. When mentioning the Saigon River, many people will immediately think of a busy modern city image, which the French call Ho Chi Minh City, the Pearl of the Far-East. The Saigon River is a tributary of the Dong Nai River and one of the two rivers that flow through Ho Chi Minh City. In the city’s more than 300 years of history, the Saigon River has witnessed the rise and fall of Saigon, so that today, on both sides of the river, we can see a vibrant and vibrant city.
What to do :
To visit the Saigon River, you can take the Saigon water bus at the Bach Dang port and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Ho Chi Minh City. The river meanders through tall buildings, dense residential areas, and busy streets, leading tourists to visit Ho Chi Minh City’s landmarks such as Nha Long Wharf, Bitexco Mansion, and Tower. Landmark 81 is the tallest building in Vietnam. As night falls, take a walk in Riverside Park and watch the city reflect its colorful lights on the Saigon River.
2.4. Perfume River
The ancient capital of Hue has always been known for its poetic beauty and has been the source of inspiration for many writers and poets. Speaking of such a beautiful element of decoration, not to mention the Perfume River, the symbol of Hue City. Originating from the majestic Truong Son mountain range and gestating the ancient traditions of the residents on both sides of the river, the Perfume River has been likened to the city of Hue on the way of a girl with a strong personality looking for her lover. The Perfume River seems to slow down as it enters the city center, bypassing unspoiled villages such as Kim Long, Vy Da, Nguyet Bieu and Bao Vinh.
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The Perfume River Cruise is an unmissable experience in Hue. The cruise will take you to enjoy the magnificent river landscape of Hue City, including Hon Chen Shrine, Ngoc Tran Mountain, Truong Tien Bridge, the ancient capital of Hue, Minh Mang Tomb, Thien Mu Pagoda and many other attractions. Especially when night falls, in the bright lights on both sides of the river, floating on the Perfume River in a small boat, you can immerse yourself in the elegant music of the ancient city of Hue, and feel the world remains of intangible cultural heritage.
2.5. Ngo Dong River
Not a big river, but the Ngo Dong River is an attraction in Ninh Binh province. It rises from the core area of the Trang An complex, winds its way through limestone cliffs and vast rice fields, and finally empties into the Vac River. On both sides of the Ngo Dong River, the increasingly towering mountains are quietly reflected on the flat river surface, outlining a wonderful watercolor painting of nature. The Ngo Dong River is like the smooth hair of a beautiful girl sleeping on the vast plain of Ninh Binh.
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Taking a boat along the Ngo Dong River, you will be taken to Thai Vi Temple and Tam Coc – Bich Dong, which is called “Nam Thien De Nhi Dong” (the second most beautiful cave in Vietnam). Visiting the caves on the Ngo Dong River, you will marvel at the hastily grown stalactites of various shapes and sizes, creating the feeling that each stone has been carefully arranged by the hands of nature. What excites you the most about the Ngo Dong River is the harmonious combination of nature, religion and people, just like getting lost in a fairy tale, surrounded by charming scenery.
2.6. Nho Que River
When you come to the mountainous Ha Giang Province in northern Vietnam, in addition to the spectacular and famous mountain passes that attract every backpacker, you will also be introduced to a characteristic river in the canyon-Nho Que River. .This river originates in China and flows southeast into Vietnam. Although a section of the river is also in Cao Bang Province, the first section of the Nho Que River in Lung Cu Commune, Ha Giang Province is considered the most scenic. Before, the Nho Que River was not as calm as it is now; it was not until there was a hydroelectric dam that the Nho Que River became calm.
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To enjoy the beauty of the entire Nho Que River, many tourists choose to stand at the top of the Ma Pi Leng pass, a 20-kilometer pass that is popular with all backpackers in Ha Giang. Ma Pi Leng Pass is known as the “Road of Thorns”, with a cliff on one side and an abyss on the other. From this pass, you can set your sights on the majestic Tu San Alley, where the clear blue waters of the Nho Que River meander its way over towering cliffs. In addition, you can join the Nho Que River boat tour, lift your eyes to admire the towering cliffs, touch the cold, clear blue waters of the Nho Que River, and soak up the atmosphere of mountains, water and clouds.
2.7. Han River
It is said that every river in central Vietnam is associated with its unique bridge, and the Han River in Da Nang is no exception. When it comes to Da Nang, the most worth seeing city in the world, tourists will immediately think of a modern and vibrant city, an attractive tourist destination along the Han River. The river is clear and pollution-free, with the soft charm of a full moon girl. On the banks of the Han River, the city of Da Nang is booming, with high-end tourist areas, skyscrapers and unique works that once marked the city.
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Of all the bridges across the Han River, the Dragon Bridge is the most fascinating. It is considered one of the most impressive bridges in the world due to the construction of the Golden Dragon. In addition, on the Han River, there are 5 spectacular bridges, Thuan Phuoc, Tran Thi Ly, Nguyen Van Troi, Tien Son and Han River Bridge, making Da Nang known as the “Bridge City”. Every year, on the banks of the romantic Han River, the Da Nang International Fireworks Festival is held. The fireworks performances by world-class artists attract many domestic and foreign tourists.
2.8. Hoai River
The Hoi An River is a tributary of the Thu Bon River, flowing through the ancient city of Hoi An. For locals and tourists in Hoi An, the Hoai River is an integral feature of this old quarter. On the banks of the Hoai River, the yellow-brown old houses are quietly reflected on the tranquil Hoai River, giving people a peaceful feeling of being in an ancient city in China or Japan. With the development of the ancient city of Hoi An for more than 500 years, the Hoai River once played an important role in the commercial activities of this land, and many merchants from all over the world flocked to purchase goods.
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The livelihood of the people of Hoi An is closely related to the Hoi An River. When you come to Hoi An, you can take a non-motorized boat rowed by the locals, stroll on the charming river, and enjoy the beautiful scenery on both sides. In addition, you also have the opportunity to listen to the interesting stories told by the boatman in the picturesque scenery, accompanied by the sound of the oars waving in the water. At night, especially on special days, the Hoai River seems to change its appearance and become a sparkling river dotted with the flickering lights of the ancient houses.
2.9. Son River
Son River, also known as Troc River, is a tributary of Giang River in Quang Binh Province. The upper reaches of the mountain river is a 7,729-meter-long underground river that originates from the limestone mountains in the center of Phong Nha- Ke Bang, a world heritage site in Quang Binh Province. The name “Son” means “unshakable loyalty” and derives from the faithful love story of a couple on the banks of a river. On the other hand, many people believe that the river is called “Son River” because of its red color during the floating season. The river has witnessed the resilience of the Vietnamese nation in repelling American invaders in the 20th century.
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When visiting Son River, there is nothing more interesting than sitting on a cruise ship on the river to enjoy the poetic and picturesque scenery and put your soul into the riverside scenery. The main color of the riverside picture is green: the emerald green of the water, the dark green of the forest, and the fluorescent green of the fertile fields on both banks. There, you can book a river port to visit the Phong Nha caves, the Xuan Son ferry terminal and the many peaceful small villages along the river with friendly people.
2.10. Ben Hai River
Speaking of the land that suffered and devastated the most during the Vietnam War, it is Quang Tri province. The Ben Hai River and Hien Luong Bridge, known as the temporary demilitarized border between the two regions of Vietnam since 1954, are historical witnesses of the division and reunification of the Vietnamese people during the fierce war .Until 1975, when the Republic of Vietnam was disintegrated and the border was withdrawn, Vietnam was unified, and people at both ends of the bridge could walk freely without hindrance.
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More than half a century has passed, and earth-shaking changes have taken place in the former Land of Fire. The battlefield has given way to vast rice fields and green rubber forests. Until now, Hien Luong Bridge has two colors, yellow and green, for future generations to remember the arduous and arduous course of the war of resistance of the ancestors. During important festivals in Vietnam, when you come to Ben Hai River and Hien Luong Bridge, you will have the opportunity to meet Vietnam War veterans and American veterans, listen to their stories, and experience the value of peace in Vietnam.
2.11. Lam River
Although not as popular as other rivers in Vietnam, the Lam River in Nghe An is still considered one of the best places for you to explore Vietnam’s rivers. The Lam River, also known as the Thousand River, originated in the Xiangkhuang Plateau of Laos and is one of the two major rivers in the north-central region. Together withHong Linh Mountain in Ha Tinh Province, it has become a symbol of the holy land of outstanding people in Vietnam’s history. The name “Lam River” comes from the indigo blue water here, respecting the sky background and the quiet trees by the river.
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Visiting the Lam River is an unforgettable experience of Lam Hong culture, the culture of the residents along the Lam riverside. In the villages along the Lam River, you can see the scenes of children soaking in cold water and grazing cows, the scenes of mothers washing clothes, the scenes of primitive boats casting nets for fishing, and the people stretching their waists on still water to make a living. Tien Dien Village (hometown of world cultural figure Nguyen Du) and Kim Lien Village (hometown of President Ho Chi Minh) are two of the most famous villages you should visit when exploring Lam River.
3. Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Which river flows through Ho Chi Minh City?
A: The river that flows through Ho Chi Minh City is the Saigon River. The river joins the Dong Nai River in Ho Chi Minh City before emptying into the sea.
Q: Which is the largest river in Vietnam?
A: The river with the largest drainage area in Vietnam is the Red River (72,300 square kilometers ). The largest river flowing in Vietnam is the Mekong River (795,000 km 2 , in Vietnam: 71,000 km 2 )
Q: Is the Saigon River like the Mekong River?
Answer: No. The Saigon River is the main tributary of the Dong Nai River. It originates in the southeast region and flows into the main stream of the Dong Nai River in Ho Chi Minh City.
The Mekong River, also known as the Mekong River, originates in China, flows through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, flows into Vietnam in the southwest, and then flows into the sea.
For more than 4,000 years, rivers in Vietnam have played an important role in our culture, instilling traditional values in every landscape they pass through. Each river has its own story, and all these stories together form the unity of Vietnamese culture. If you ever have the chance to visit Vietnam, pack your bags, embark on an incredible river adventure, and let Vietnam’s enchanting rivers leave an indelible mark on your travel memories.