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Vietnam: best destinations to travel

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The country in East Asia attracts so many tourists with lots of natural wonders, ancient architecture, unusual cuisine, unique culture and traditions. It is a country of startling contrasts. Vietnam gives travellers various opportunities both for summer and winter holiday. Furthermore, the lovers of the active leisure have also a large amount of reasons to visit this country. What are the most popular destinations in Vietnam? If you are going to visit this beautiful country, the following information will be interesting and useful for you.

Visit Halong Bay

white boat on sea near green mountain during daytime

Halong Bay is one of the most visited places in the country. In other words, it is a symbol of Vietnam. The people say Halong Bay is “the place where the dragon descended into the sea”. The karst seascape of the Bay is one of the most breathtaking sea views in the world. Halong has three thousand islands, caves, grottoes, cliffs and rocks that attract travellers who are interested in nature. Cat Ba Island is the tourist center of the Bay where the guests can sunbathe, go canoeing or cycle. The Hang Dao Go, one of the cave of this area, has many weird stalagmites and stalactites. Lots of tours and excursions are organized from Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Halong Bay is included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

Visit Ho Chi Minh City

city with high rise buildings during night time

Ho Chi Minh (also known as Saigon) is a modern and buzzing commercial center of Vietnam. It is also the biggest city in this small country. Travellers can see thousands of motorbikes and cars on the city roads. Ho Chi Minh has the best stores, cafes and restaurants in the entire country. A large amount of attractions are in the city. The grand Notre Dame Cathedral, the Reunification Palace, the Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre, the Municipal Theatre of Ho Chi Minh City, the History Museum, the War Remnants Museum, the HCMC Museum and many others are among the most popular destinations in Ho Chi Minh. Tourists often visit the old historical district of Da Kao to see the best examples of the city’s French colonial architecture.

Visit Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam

gray high-rise buildings under gray clouds during golden hour

Hanoi is the best place to dive into Vietnamese city life. It is full of history and has a large cultural heritage. Foreign tourists often visit The old town quarter that has lots of dilapidated buildings, market streets and other excellent historical sights. In the center of Hanoi there are such attractions as the Presidential Palace and Saint Joseph Cathedral, the President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Grand Opera House, the Temple of Literature, the Imperial Citadel of Thăng Long and lots of others. The most visited museums in Hanoi are the Museum of historic Asian and French colonial architecture, the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology and Vietnam Fine Art Museum. The well-known Hoan Kiem Lake is located at the heart of the city.

Visit Mekong Delta

person sitting on brown wooden floor near green palm tree during daytime

Mekong is the longest river in Southeast Asia. The delta is one of the most interesting places for tourists. Nicknamed “Vietnam’s Rice Basket,” the area is very lush and rich. About half of the total agricultural food is produced there. The Mekong Delta has amazing views of the surrounding paddy fields, territories with mangrove trees and fruit orchards, sugar cane groves, chaotic floating markets. There are also lots of fish farms and bird sanctuaries in this area. Tourists can see the ordinary life of local people and visit weird authentic villages. Can Tho is the largest and most popular town there. Many inexpensive excursions are organized from Can Tho.

Visit Ba Be National Park

Ba Be National Park is one of the most peaceful places in Vietnam located in the northeast province of Bac Kan. It was established in 1992. Today it is the perfect place for ecotourism lovers with a stunning view of magnificent landscapes. There are three interlinked Ba Be Lakes (Pe Leng, Pe Lu, and Pe Lam) rimmed by bushy forestry slopes. To get acquainted with the local people, tourists can visit some ethnic minority settlements. The villagers are still leading simple lives, and fishing is their primary activity. A lot of travellers come to Ba Be National Park to take a boat trip or kayak on the lake and see the caves with stalactites and stalagmites for themselves. Some areas are shrouded in secrecy and legend.

Well, no doubt, Vietnam has many more tourist places to visit. Such cities and towns as Hue, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Da Nang, Dong Hoi, Dalat or My Tho are amongst the most popular destinations in Vietnam. For nature lovers this country can become a favourite vacation spot. They come to Vietnam to see hundreds of natural wonders like the Island of an Binh, Phú Quốc Island, terraced rice paddies in Sa Pa, Giang Dien Waterfall, the Hai Van Pass or the Muong Hoa Valley. Holidays in Vietnam assure amazing adventures and unforgettable impressions.

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