Must – see attractions in Viet Nam

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1. Ha Noi City

Hanoi has a long history of the process, many cultural architecture, and historical celebrities. Hanoi is the attraction of international tourists in Vietnam by the largest ancient look, even depression, elegance and beauty in the city of thousands of potential in this culture. Best time to go to Hanoi is in the fall, early September to late November. In this time, cool and dry weather completely suitable for contemplating the ancient and gentle sceneries in Ha Noi.

Temple of Literature

Temple of Literature is the first national university of Viet Nam with approximately 1000 year history as well as place of worship Confucius sages and scholars. The Temple, located to the south of Thang Long Citadel, has the various pavilions, halls, statues and stelae of doctors offering ceremonies, study sessions and the strict exams of the Dai Viet took place.

 

Hanoi’s Old Quarter

With historical, economic and social feature, Old Quarter has an ancient beauty with architecture of colonial style. It’s interesting to walk around Old Quarter on foot, through narrow roads and corner interlacing together as a net. Only with the name of each street, you can know type of goods sold at here. The Quarter's maze of streets offers a wealth of cheap shopping, delicious eats, and essential travel services.

 

Hoan Kiem Lake

Hoan Kiem Lake is a charming social and cultural center and represents the spiritual heart of Ha Noi people. Its name related to the famous historical legend of King Le Thai To. According to legend, it is place that this emperor received a sword from a magic turtle at the lake's edge to defeat the Chinese and reclaim the nation’s independence. With Ngoc Son Temple, The Huc Bridge, Pen Tower in the surroundings, it makes a sparkling colorful natural picture. Strolling around the lake in the autumn, you can be deep in the particular beauty of nature, roads and people of Hanoi. 

 

Ho Chi Minh President Mausoleum and Ho Chi Minh Museum

Arriving Hanoi, you should visit the Ba Dinh Square, the political center of Vietnam's National Assembly with the Ho Chi Minh President Mausoleum that holds the embalmed remains of him and the museum providing a comprehensive overview of the man’s life and work and his vision of peace and happiness.

 

Water puppetry

Water puppetry, a unique variation on the ancient Asia puppet tradition, is a Vietnamese tradition dating back to the 11th century. Supported by a large rod placed under the water and manipulated by experienced puppeteers, the wooden puppets appear to be dancing over the water, telling historical legends and folk tales. It’s entertaining and suitable for all audiences.

 

 

Cuisine

One of the greatest things in Hanoi is a wide range of street dishes. You should spend your time to enjoy the tastes and flavors of cuisine of Hanoi.

Suggestion

- Phở (Rice noodle with beef or chicken): 49 Bát Đản

- Bún thang: Bun thang Ba Duc on Cau Go street (from noon) or at 13 Gia Ngu

- Bún Chả (Rice noodles with barbecue pork): at No.1, Hang Manh Street

- Hanoi coffee & special egg-milk coffee: Lam (60, 91 Nguyen Huu Huan)

- Xôi xéo:  on Nguyen Huu Huan street, few steps from Meracus Hotel

 

2. Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay is a magnificent destination that you absolutely must visit when going to Vietnam. It has been twice praised and recognized as a World Natural Heritage in 1994 and 2000. Setting your foot on this area, you will get a surprise at the majestic and poetic beauty of natural sceneries. Ha Long Bay is an invaluable gift of nature with mysterious emerald of water dotted with thousands of limestone islands of various shapes, sizes, and in different green and amazing colors. Moreover, in the islands, you can see a wide range of splendid caves with particular allures. For instance, Thien Cung cave – a gorgeous, elaborate cave as carved from crystal; Dau Go grotto - “The cave of wonders” with monumental architecture, or the fairy world opened in Sung Sot grotto.

Ha Long Bay has different beauty in each season of a year. In the spring, rocks seem to become more soft, lissome and floating on the vast waves in silver mist. And when summer comes, in the light of dawn on the horizon, rocks like rising up from the immense water and the around space of the bay has a bright red coat.

 

 

Visiting Ha Long Bay, there is no more wonderful and interesting way than sitting in small sailboats, weaving among a lot of islands and forests interlacing with each other as an endless wall. Besides, you can visit the floating fishing village; see the life of the locals, swim and relax on the beach and much more.

Cuisine: Sea food in Ha Long is very fresh and cheap. You also should buy some hot fried squid ball, the specialty of Ha Long in the market.

 

3. Sapa

Sapa is a mountainous town in Northern Vietnam where you write poem, have your cameras on for most of your time, cheer over a community wine pot, learn to appreciate indigenous culture or just to escape Hanoi heat and city noise. Being one of the most attractive tourism destinations of the country, Sapa is a precious gift that Mother Nature dedicates to Vietnam. There is nowhere in Vietnam can tourists easily meet the local ethnic minorities like in Sapa. The district is the home of a great diversity of ethnic people, including five main groups of Hmong, Yao, Tay, Zay and Xa Pho. They do not live in center area but in hamlets scattering on the valleys throughout Sapa District. Actually, not until the 20th century did a majority of the ethnic people changed to sedentary lifestyle with intensive farming method on sloping terraces, instead of slash-and-burn culture like in the past. Town of Sapa is where ethnic minority people gather, trade or sell their farming products such as rice, corn, fruits, as well as handicrafts and souvenirs to tourists.

 

 

4. Hoi An

For a more traditional slice of Vietnamese life, make sure your travel itinerary includes a stop off at Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hoi An is an ancient town with full historically classical meaning and image. Hoi An symbol, the most popular remnant is the Japanese Covered Bridge (Chua Cau or Lai Vien Kieu), on the west end of Tran Phu Street. The bridge was constructed in the early 1600's by the Japanese community. Tourists should spend time on visiting Quan Cong Temple, Musium of Culture and the ancient houses of the town, which has architecture incorporated Japanese and Chinese influences. Hoi An is also known as a shopping paradise that attracts tourists towards its wonderful souvenirs, handicrafts, antique pieces, silk materials and art paintings, and so on.

 

 

Hoi An ancient town is small and great for walking, buying suits (they have a huge fashion and tailor market), eating, and relaxing by the river. Many travelers love Hoi An because of the cozy and peaceful beauty with the colorful light of lanterns in moon night.

Cuisine

- Cao lầu (noodle with pork slices, herbs, crunchy noodle offcuts, pork broth and chili jam): the vendor of Mrs. Bé next to the first well in Hoi An market or stall of Mrs. Thanh at Tran Cao Van street

- Hoi An Fried Wonton (these crispy wontons are filled with pork and shrimp and topped with a tomato roulade)

- Chicken rice (comprises yellow rice, shredded village chicken, fresh herbs, black pepper and chili jam): 26 Phan Chu Trinh Street

- White Rose: These translucent steamed shrimp dumplings (shaped like a rose) are made from a 120 year-old family recipe that has been kept within the family to date.

- Mi Quảng (wide yellow rice noodles, chunks of pork shoulder, sauteed prawns, peanuts and fresh herbs with the tangy curry broth): Van Loc restaurant at Tran Phu street

 

5. Hue

Hue, the former feudal and imperial capital of Vietnam under the Nguyen Dynasty, a unique city of Vietnam still remains its form of City under Middle Age and the constructions of monarchic. With a complex of imperial citadel, tombs, and pagodas, Hue became a big and invaluable museum and has been recognized as a World Cultural Heritage site in 1993 by Unesco. The citadel palace complex, covering an area of 520ha, comprises three circles of ramparts, Kinh Thanh Hue (Hue Capital Citadel), Hoang Thanh (Royal Citadel) and Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden Citadel).

Imperial buildings, in accordance with Chinese-inspired tradition, were designed to conform with feng shui principles. These buildings contained elements that were meant to maximize the structure’s auspicious standing with the universe. This adherence to ancient principles can most clearly be seen in the Imperial tombs around Hue. You can visit three tombs: Minh Mang, Tu Duc, and Khai Dinh, the most popular tombs and preserved well of the seven known Imperial tombs around Hue.

 

Huong river in Hue

 

Besides, the Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the oldest and prettiest religious buildings in the country, with its typical traditional architecture of Hue pagodas is a great place in Hue you can’t miss. It was an important site of protest against the Ngo Dinh Diem government in 1960s. In a back room of the pagoda, you will find the car that took Monk Thich Quang Duc to downtown Saigon where he burnt himself in public. His self-immolation immediately boosted the antigovernment demonstrations and marked a significant event of the Vietnam War.

Cuisine

- Cơm hến (a spicy clam-and-rice concoction): Hàn Mặc Tử street

- Bún bò Huế (paper-thin strips of beef, crab-and-pork meatballs, pig’s trotters, and huyet—quivering cubes of congealed pig’s blood with lemongrass and stained red from chilli): 22 Lê Lợi, 3 Lê Huân

- Bún thịt nướng (Shaved banana blossoms, shredded lettuce, bean sprouts, peanuts, cucumber, and green papaya, sprigs of cilantro with slices of char-grilled pork): the stall in front of Dong Ba market, Huyen Anh stall on Kim Long Street

- Bánh khoái (a crepe with a savoury filling accompanied by salad and a peanut-based sauce) Lạc Thiện stall at Thượng Tứ

- Bánh bột lọc: rice pastry containing shrimp and meat 

- Bánh bèo (Rice cakes with diced shrimp):  71 Nguyễn Bỉnh Khiêm, 47 Nguyễn Huệ

 

6.Mekong Delta

Floating markets on rivers in the Mekong Delta have existed for hundreds of years and are not merely a place for buying and selling of farm produce but have over time become quintessentially a cultural and economic traditional heritage of people in South Vietnam. On arriving in the Delta, you can start the motorized boat to visit the Cai Be floating market, experience how people exchanging goods, fruit and many other commodities on their vessels. Cai Be, one of the many well-known floating markets in the western region of southern Vietnam was formed in the Nguyen Dynasty in the 19th century. The Cai Be Floating Market is always busy, bearing all the characteristics of the locals’ life in the western region. All the goods are transported to the market by rafts and boats. and boats are anchored along the two sides of the river for kilometres. Approximately 400 to 500 boats filled with fruits, vegetables, and other products are anchored along the banks of the river. The merchandise sold in each boat is hung on a pole in front of the boat to attract customers. From the floating market, goods are shifted for selling at inland markets or small boats take them for delivery along canals in the Plain of Reeds. 

 

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