The Top 10 Most Beautiful Rivers In Vietnam

  • 27/12/2019

Vietnam has 2,360 rivers with a total length of about 41,900 km. Among them, many rivers have grown up over the years together with the development of Vietnam as a country, witnessing the ups and downs of Vietnamese history. With a dense network of rivers from North to South, Vietnam's culture and traditions have long been associated with those constant flows. The wet rice civilization, the stories behind those rivers or the imagse of the rivers imprinting in the proverb folk songs are a testament to the attachment of the rivers in the national life. Vietnam’s rivers have been valuable to the Vietnamese culture for centuries and continue to be an dispensible part of travel, trade and survival. Let's take a look with Whatsup Vietnam to review the rivers that have shaped this beautiful country!

1. Cuu Long River (Nine Dragons River)

The Mekong River is the downstream part of the Mekong River flowing through the territory of Vietnam and discharging into 9 estuaries (now only 7 gates), so it is called the "nine-dragon river". With an enormous amount of sediment deposited every year, the fertile Mekong Delta is the most favorable land for the development of Vietnam's agriculture. The alluvial flow from this river has made this delta region the largest granary of Vietnam.

Cuu Long River Fisheries and Aquatic Production accounts for 50% of total production the whole country

Cuu Long River

Cuu Long River is also an interesting destination that attracts a lot of domestic and international tourists to visit, integrate into and gain knowledge about it. Each of the places where Cuu Long flows through leaves a distinct, unmixed impression, which is a strange attraction for tourists from all over the world. Tra Su cajuput forest in An Giang, Phu Quoc island of Kien Giang or U Minh forest of Ca Mau, Cai Rang floating market in Can Tho, are experiences you should not miss.

2. The Red River 

The Red River begins in China's Yunnan province in the mountains south of Dali. It flows generally southeastward, passing through Dai ethnic minority areas before leaving China through Yunnan's Honghe Autonomous Prefecture. It enters Vietnam at Lào Cai Province and forms a portion of the international border between China and Vietnam. The river, known as Thao River for this upper stretch, continues its southeasterly course through northwestern Vietnam before emerging from the mountains to reach the midlands. Its main tributaries, the Black River (Da River) and Lo River join in to form the very broad H?ng near Phu Tho Province. Downstream from Viet Tri, the river and its many distributaries spread out to form the Red River Delta. The Red River flows past the Vietnamese capital Hanoi before emptying into the Gulf of Tonkin.

Red river Long Bien Bridge across Red river

The reddish-brown heavily silt-laden water gives the river its name. The red river has a reddish-brown tint to the river because of the silt. The Red River is notorious for its violent floods with its seasonally wide volume fluctuations. The delta is a major agricultural area of Vietnam with vast area devoted to rice. The land is protected by an elaborate network of dikes and levees.

3. Serepok River

Serepok river

Serepok river is 406 km long with many majestic and wild rapids such as Trinh Nu waterfall, Dray Sap waterfall, Dray Nu waterfall, Dray H'linh waterfall, Gia Long waterfall and Bay Nhanh waterfall are interesting destinations for those who love exploring the wild nature with powerfeul and and majestic features.
Consolidated by many small rivers and streams and nurtured in the immense forests, Serepok with the charm and mesmerizing beauty will definitely bewitch you. The magnificent caves around the basin of this river in the process of being exploited promises to bring to you many interesting experiences.

4. Han River

The Han River begins in the junction of rivers between Cam Le districts, Hai Chau districts and Ngu Hanh Son districts to Danang Bay. The river curled in the heart of the magnificent city, silently entered the rhythm of life in Da Nang, becoming an indispensable part.

Han River Han river -Da Nang

Han River in Da Nang brings a unique and bold impression in the heart of Danang city. The river is associated with many memories of the Danang people, witnessing changes in this youthful and dynamic city.

5. Huong River in Hue City (The Perfume River)

Huong River has a length of 100 kilometers, with its main flow is called Huong River, having only 30 kilometers length. From the Bang Lang, Huong River flows slowly through many villages in Thua Thien - Hue. Before finds its ways in Hue, the Perfume River must go through a journey, must change the flow continuously, like an earnest and passionate search for love. Huong River has some important branches such as: Bach Yen River, Kim Long River, Loi Nong River, Thien Loc River, Ke Van River, and Dong Ba River, some of which has the sacred mission to protect the palaces or irrigation for agriculture in Hue.

Huong river Truong Tien bridge - Huong river

With the architecture of Hue, Huong River has special meaning. From the King Kim Long (1630-1687) to King Phu Xuan (1687-1712), they all considered Huong River as the natural trench to protect Hue ancient capital. Huong River associates with cultural life of the Hue. All forms of traditional culture such as ca Hue, row skiff racing… are intact. Huong River is also the river associated with songs, music. The river inspires many artists to compose many poems, pictures or famous songs.

Huong river - Ngu Binh Mountain Ngu Binh Mountain, Huong river is the symbol of Hue's endless beauty and culture

Together with Ngu Binh Mountain, Huong river is the symbol of Hue's endless beauty and culture. Someone said that Huong River is one of the most beautiful rivers in the world.

6. Ben Hai River

The Ben Hai River is best known for its location separating the two parts of Vietnam, the North was controlled the Republic of South Vietnam and the North was controlled by the Democratic Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

Ben Hai River Hien Luong Bridge - Ben Hai River 

Hien Luong Bridge and the Ben Hai River had to buckle in to suffer so much pain and loss during 20 years in the war against America, enduringly waiting for the independence and great victory of the spring of 1975. our country officially resumed the Hien Luong - Ben Hai banks.

This Ben Hai River originates from Dong Chan mountain in Truong Son mountain range and flows along the 17°North parallel from west to east and empties into the sea at Cua Tung. Ben Hai is a place in the upper reach of the river, so the name of the river is taken from this place.

7. Son River

Son River

Son River (Troc River) is a tributary of the Gianh River in North Central Vietnam, flowing completely over the territory of Quang Binh Province. The Son River flows from the mouth of the Phong Nha cave with a upstream part of the 7,729m long river that flows underground in limestone mountains in western Quang Binh. The poetic Son River with the green color winding around the Ke Bang limestone mountains, like a silky strip hung nonchalantly across Phong Nha cave, holding each visitor's foot upon their arrival to this land.

8. Lam River


Lam River

The Lam river begins in Xiengkhuang plateau, Laos before making its way through Nghe An. The last part of the Lam River meets the La River forming the boundary of Nghe An and Ha Tinh province before letting out into the Eastern Sea. This grand river is 512 km long in total, making it the largest, longest and widest river in North Central Region, Vietnam. Hong Linh mountain and Lam river have become a symbol of the "sacred lands of heroic celebrities"area in the Central Vietnam. Lam River with blue water, smooth flow and poetic beauty of the banks not only goes into poetry but also becomes a memorable tourist highlight of Nghe "clean blue water and green mountains".

9. Ngo Dong River

Immerse your soul into the beautiful nature, find your heart relieved and peaceful with the poetic scene before entering Tam Coc – Bich Dong after a two-hour boat ride on the Ngo Dong River with the "Halong Bay on land" tour will be an unforgettable experience.

Ngo Dong River

Ngo Dong River has the strange name that makes us curious to find out. The answer is that the Ngo Dong River originates from the limestone range upstream, pouring water into the river system of Vac river near the Vung Tram bridge. Maybe each year in the season of the rice harvesting time, the rice dyes the river into the golden color as the color of maize, so the name Ngo Dong (Cornfield) is used to call this poetic river. Ngo Dong River is a magical river that takes you through Tam Coc – a popular tourist destination in Ninh Binh, 100km from Hanoi. Ngo Dong River passes through the limestone mountains, through 3 caves including Ca Cave, Hai Cave, and Ba Cave, making visitors feel like they are walking in another Ha Long Bay.

Ngo Dong river

Ngo Dong river

Around April and May is the time when Ngo Dong River in its ultimate beauty because the rice fields spread along the ripened banks of the river, showing a beautiful yellow charm. The peaceful scenery of this village makes everyone excited and moved.

10. Nho Que River

Nho Que River is regarded as one of the most beautiful rivers in the flower country, it's becoming legendary of poetry and a beautiful symbol of Ha Giang tourism. Nho Que River winding like green thread shimmering north from heaven. With the length of 192 km, the river engraved name on 46 km across the strip of land in Vietnam, and flows through the rocky sloping limestone mountain of the global geological park system Dong Van stone, therefore creating a strong flow with numerous white rapids interlaced between the canyons, valley hidden between the mountains, silver mountains, creating a natural, fanciful and majestic landscape. 

Nho Que river

The most beautiful river in the flower region originates from Nghiem Son Mountain, Yunnan Province, China. With an elevation of 1,800 meters, flowing in the northwest and southeast of the river flowing through the rugged mountainous wilderness of Lung Cu commune, Dong Van district, Ha Giang province and flow into our country. Proceeding through the canyon mountain, the river continues its journey along the peak of Ma Phi Leng when it reaches Meo Vac. It splits into two branches flowing into Cao Bang to go the last mile when entering the Gam River at the falls Na Mat.

The Nho Que river carries a beautiful turquoise blue color, which shines through the bright green patches of the forest almost all seasons of the year. It can be fierce or gentle interchangeably but in any shape, the river all possesses a splendid beauty.

by Quynh Nhi

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