- Tu Lan Cave – This system actually lies outside the boundary of the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, which is in itself extremely worthy of exploration. Attractions including Paradise Cave, Dark Cave and Nuoc Mooc Springs are also nearby.
- Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) – The DMZ saw some of the most brutal battles during the conflict with the USA due to its position along the 17th Parallel (at the Ben Hai River). Tours to this region can be arranged from Phong Nha.
- Bach Ma National Park – A French hill station was established here in 1932 and at one point the site was home to 139 villas, plus a hotel. It was not until 1991 that it gained national park status. The highest peak here reaches 1,448m; the surrounding hills are home to rhododendron-filled woodland and mammals such as the red-shanked douc langur. Basic accommodation is available and treks to waterfalls can be undertaken independently or with a guide.
- Hue – To the south of Bach Ma lies the former capital city of Hue, which is surrounded by the magnificent mausoleums of former emperors and mandarins. The grand citadel complex in the heart of the city is a particular draw.
- Lang Co – This fishing village, south of Hue, is set on a wonderfully pretty lagoon on which floating fish restaurants serve excellent, cheap fresh food. There are a number of resorts, including the upmarket beachfront Banyan Tree and more affordable ocean-view options.
- Danang – Further south, over the dramatic Hai Van Pass – one of the most beautiful stretches of road in Vietnam – Danang is a forward-looking city with beautiful beaches right on its doorstep as well as the densely forested Son Tra Peninsula. Danang is also a foodie’s delight, with a fantastic street-food scene and mouth-watering seafood restaurants.