Though many westerners still visualize Vietnam throughout the lens of war, this country in fact is a place full of charming natural beauty and peaceful local life. Far from being confounded, its nature prolongs to surrender new species and group with striking wildlife.
The enormous range of islands and beaches here are among the finest in the whole Southeast Asia. And its culinary is truly probably the most appetizing you have ever found.
Provided that this is your initial travel to Vietnam, or you are thinking of going to this beautiful country, it is hoped that the following suggestions may help you make a plan of where to go sightseeing and what tourist attractions should not be missed in Vietnam.
Places of interest in Vietnam can be divided into three main types: historical sites, cultural highlights and scenic things to see.
1. Historical sites
Throughout its lengthy and rich history for thousands years, Vietnam seems to be on the struggle against invasion for all time. Despite the fact that being subdued to serious violence and war, an abundant of sights witnessing the vicissitudesof the country still stand firmly until today throughout ages.
They can be found in anywhere all the way through the country and nearly all of them are open to tourists. To name a few famed sights from North to South:
Dien Bien Phu: A stillness valley in the North West of Vietnam wherethe French was defeated in 1954 signaling the end of French influence in Indochina.
Ho Chi Minh mausoleum and Ba Dinh square: A large memorial place in Hanoi where the Vietnam’s celebrated leader – Ho Chi Minh. Uncle Ho’s body is today still kept here for visitors coming to forfeit their respect at the mausoleum every day.
Quang Tri: The demilitarized zone draws its root back to the sad time of war, when the S-shaped country was separated by the Ben Hai River. Pay a trip to Vinh Moc tunnel, Truong Son cemetery, etc. since they can be easily reached and worth your time.
Hue: This is the last ancient feudal capital of Vietnam. With ancient looks and well-preserved architectures of prohibited walls, palaces and splendid royal tombs, Hue is a must see if you are a history enthusiast.
Hoi An: Deserving its position as a World Culture Heritage, this used to be the most important international seaport and trading center in the past.
Cu Chi tunnels: An incredible tunnel networks constructed during both the French and American warswhich has become a legendary history of Vietnam and up to now.
2. Cultural sites
If you are an enthusiast of culture, you will be mesmerized by all the monuments, temples located throughout the country. Or if you're hooked on the charms of an uncomplicated life, you will love Vietnam’s way of life counting hill tribes and farmers in the North as well as the fishermen in the Central and South of the country.
For a long time of history, Buddhism was and still is the most popular religion. Some renowned pagodas have stylish architecture and decorations where receive millions of visitors each year, such as: One pillar pagoda - Hanoi, Perfume Pagoda - Ha Tay, Thien Mu Pagoda - Hue…
Besides Buddhism, after Roman Catholism entered Vietnam in the 16th century, many churches had been built. Phat Diem Church in Ninh Binh is one of the most famed churches which was made from stone and wood, resembles an archetypal Catholic church, melodiously combining Eastern and Western structural design.
More to the point, visiting the local people also should not be missed. As one cannot claim that he has known a culture until he understands and sees the lifestyles of the natives. Take a joyful stroll around the bustling city streets, watch farmers growing rice in the fields, buy fruits from street venders and eat the delicious meals cooked by the people.
3. Natural sites
From North to South, Vietnam has plenty of diverse landscapes and beautiful scenery with favorable climate.
Vietnam’s coast line hosts various beautiful beaches: such as Cat Ba, Nha Trang, Da Nang, Mui Ne. Beaches here are still mostly unspoiled and unsurprisingly gorgeous. Halong Bay, with a range of striking limestone karst and emerald crystal water is a must see as well.
In addition, the Mekong Delta with vast land, tropical forests and criss-crossing water ways offers different kinds of adventure for all tourists.
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