Vietnam Unveiled–What To See and Where To Go
As a rapidly modernising country, Vietnam is filled with vivid natural beauty, an unique and vibrant culture, and wonderful opportunities for the traveller to experience a striking world of contrasts. Vietnam has some of the most beautiful beaches and islands in Southeast Asia and plentiful cheap and delicious cuisine, making it a top destination for any traveller. Chosen well, Vietnam hotels can offer unrivalled luxury and service, making a great base for your next holiday to this charming country.
- Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and with 6.5 million people in its greater metropolitan area, it is the second largest city by population (after Ho Chin Min City) in the country. Hanoi is an old and history-rich city, having formally turned 1,000 in October 2010.
- Hoan Kiem Lake – or ‘Lake of the Restored Sword’, Hoan Kiem Lake is a centre of activities for Hanoi locals. It is sometimes referred to as the historical and cultural centre of the city. Travellers can walk all the way around the scenic lake and take advantage of its excellent photo opportunities. Don’t miss Jade Mountain Temple.
- One Pillar Pagoda – a not to be missed attraction for tourists. This Buddhist pagoda was built in 1049.
- The Presidential Palace – a remnant of its French colonial era and built for the French Governor General, the Palace was built in an Italian renaissance style. Ho Chi Minh also once lived at this Palace.
- The Temple of Literature – first built in 1070, this historical site was originally used as the venue for one of Vietnam’s oldest universities. Now the Temple is used as a Confucian temple.
- Descending Dragon Bay’ is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and a very popular tourist destination due to its scenic beauty.
- The area has 120 km of coastline, contains some 1,960 islets and spans over 1,500 sq. km.
- Bai Chay Tourist Wharf and Halong Market – set out of the Halong Bay Overnight Cruise from the Tourist Wharf after you’ve tried some of the local delicacies at the Market.
- Located in central Vietnam, Hue is a key repository of Vietnam’s non-Western past.
- Hue is filled with ancient temples, tombs, and the Imperial Citadel as well as the Antiquities Museum.
- Central Vietnam also has its own particular culinary delicacies so don’t miss out on the wonderful local cuisine even as you make most of the considerable photographic opportunities.
- A little southward from Hue, Hoi An is a seaside town with charming old buildings, small narrow streets and a relaxed atmosphere.
- Hoi An is very popular with tourists, as it is very well-preserved and remains untouched despite its popularity.
- Some of its rich heritage comes from the fact that it was a bustling trading seaport from the 15th – 19th centuries.
- On the south central cost between Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang is a coastal city with amazing beaches and scuba diving opportunities.
- Nha Trang Bay has some of the most beautiful bays in the world.
- Some popular tourist destinations include the Thap Ba Hot Springs, Po Ngar Cham Towers, Long Son Pagoda, National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam. There are also plenty of boat tours.
Ho Chi Minh City
- Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s largest city.
- The city is filled with historic sites in the form of shrines and temples such as Gia Lam, Ngoc Hoa, and Giac Ven pagodas.
- Modern must-see places include the Reunification Hall and the Cholon Market.
- The Saigon River is a popular location for boat cruises.
As is evident, Vietnam is a wonderful place to visit, and along with other Southeast Asian destinations such as Thailand and Malaysia hotels in Vietnam provide travellers with unrivalled levels of comfort on their trips.