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If you have the chance to travel to Vietnam then you can’t miss these 5 amazing destinations. Let’s take a look into these wonderful places:
Ha Noi is the capital of a thousand years of culture with a typical old town, long-standing architecture as well as many traditional values that are always waiting for international visitors to discover. Hoan Kiem Lake with Ngoc Son Temple and The Huc Bridge – symbols of Hanoi are the best places that you must visit when you are in Ha Noi. Ha Noi also has a lot of attractive destinations such as: Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Dong Xuan Market, Hanoi Old Quarter, Perfume Pagoda, Ba Vi National Park,… Hanoi is motorcycle capital and watching the chaotic symphony of cars, bikes, motorbikes, and sometimes even livestock is one of the best things to do while sitting in a nearby cafe with only $1 for a cup of coffee.
In addition, visitors can learn about the country’s culture – history when visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hoa Lo Prison, Ethnographic Museum …
2. Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City is one of the two biggest economic and cultural centers in the country and this city but retains the charming architectural features that it had from the French colonial period. The biggest and most famous destinations of the city is Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica in District 1. The colonial period has left many important architectural works, namely Municipal People’s Council, Saigon Opera House, Saigon Central Post Office, Nha Rong Wharf… Reunification Palace, Saigon General Sciences Library was built under the Republic of Vietnam. District One is the place to party for all foreigners in Vietnam and you will be surprised when traveling to Bui Vien street as it is full of foreigners.
Ho Chi Minh is a coffee lover’s paradise – which is perfect for addicts like us. Every street, alley and corner there is a coffee shop. You have the big chains like Trung Nguyen (the Starbucks of Vietnam), hip and trendy cafes that wouldn’t look out of place in Paris, and tiny local cafes where the seating is a stool on the sidewalk. Take a few steps in Ho Chi Minh and you’re sure to find a juice stall. People in Saigon love their juice. Probably because of the abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables everywhere.
3. Sa Pa
SaPa is a beautiful and colorful beauty, perfect resting place after a dangerous mountain road. There are five main ethnic groups in Sapa: the Hmong, Dao, Tay, Giay and Xa Pho. The mean annual temperature for Sa Pa town is 15.4°C, with a maximum of 29.4°C and a minimum of 1°C. The warmest months are July and August, and the coldest months are December and January. Snow falls in some years on the highest peaks. In the morning and afternoon, it is as cool as in spring and autumn. Sapa owns many beautiful attractions such as the Ham Rong flower garden, Muong Hoa valley, Silver waterfall, Gothic-style stone church in the center, Bac Ha market … Especially, Fansipan – the highest mountain in Vietnam and was dubbed the “Indochina roof” – very attractive to those who love climbing and conquering. The most prominent attraction in the area around Sapa is Fan Si Pan, which is the highest mountain in Vietnam. It’s only 19km from town. This may seem like a short distance, but the trek is not easy; the rough terrain and unpredictable weather present some difficulties. Foreign tourists are actually fond of scarce and precious specialties of Sapa Town, such as forest products, handicrafts, delicacies (smoked meat, “thang co”, “cai meo”, san lung wine, corn wine, etc.), typical of ethnic minority people.
4. Ninh Binh
Mentioning to Ninh Binh Vietnam, people immediately think of Trang An which is a combination of heaven and earth. Not only beautiful and poetic, but Trang An is also mysterious with 31 lakes connected by 48 caves, each cave has its own characteristic charm. Besides the cave system, Trang An is also associated with the vestiges of the ancient capital of Hoa Lu, the first capital of the Feudal State governing Vietnam in the 10th century and the two famous temples of King Dinh Tien Hoang and King Le Dai Hanh. Ninh Binh is on the way of strong development in tourism, has great advantages thanks to the full convergence of both natural and cultural heritage such as Tam Coc eco-tourism area, Bich Dong, Mua Cave, and Cuc forest. Phuong, Bai Dinh pagoda, Hoa Lu old capital … Ninh Binh also has Van Long lagoon in Gia Vien district – the place chosen as the backdrop for the movie superhero Kong: Skull Island thanks to the wild and mysterious scenery that the place offers. There are many destinations like Thung Nang Cave, Van Dung Cave, Thien Ha Cave, Bich Dong Cave, Ma Tien Cave, Hoa Son Cave, etc. Each cave has different beauty but the most prominent is the Thung Nang.
5. Hue Citadel
Hue Citadel is one of the cities bearing the history of Vietnam, with its relics dating to the Nguyen Dynasty in the 19th century. Located on the peaceful Huong River, Hue Citadel has a large area and circumference around 10 km, some famous sights such as Ngo Mon Gate, Thai Hoa Palace, Dien Tho Palace … Hue boasts an ancient history. The picturesque scenery and rugged terrain gave Hue a special position in the history of Vietnam. Hue was the capital during the Tay Son and Nguyen dynasties, the most prosperous reigns in Vietnam. Over the centuries, this city has become a great center of Vietnamese architecture. Amongst the ancient capitals of Vietnam, Hue is the only city that keeps intact the appearance of a complex medieval monarchical structure composed of walls, palaces and royal tombs. These precious remains have not only turned Hue into a living museum, much appreciated by the whole country, but also won the honorable recognition site of world cultural heritage by UNESCO in December 1993. The famous Perfume River has inspired many romantic poems and tales. The entire city is steeped in history and medieval musings. destinations
Hue is the destinations where dining is not only to satisfy human basic needs but also a form of art. Hue’s gastronomy is elegant, light and noble, different from other regions’ of Vietnam. Spices, especially chili, play an important role in Hue’s cooking and cuisine decorating art. Nowadays, consuming Hue dishes, it will be extremely interesting for everyone to know that they are trying what mostly were served to the Emperor in the past.