IIn my capacity as the UK Director of Operations for One World Tours Limited, I am often asked about the destinations I have been to and the best places to visit, so with this in mind I will endeavour to give a good opinion on those. Here then, are my top suggestions for sites to visit during your holiday in Vietnam.
Vietnam is located in south east Asia and borders Cambodia, Laos and China. Unfortunately the mention of the country Vietnam conjures up images of the war and its atrocities. However the reality is that the country is made up with enchanting natural beauty and peaceful village life.
Hanoi is located in the Red River Delta in a tropical monsoon zone with two main seasons.The dry season is between October and April. From January to March, the weather is cold but there is some light rain. The wet season, from May to September, is hot with heavy rains and storms.
Hanoi has many ancient architectural works some of the more famous are the One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, Hanoi Citadel, Hanoi Opera House, President Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum.
Hanoi contains some stunning lakes such as Hoan Kiem Lake and Truc Bach Lake.
Halong Bay is located in the Gulf of Tonkin and consists of a dense cluster of 1,969 limestone monolithic islands. Each one of the islands are covered with thick jungle vegetation, which rise dramatically from the ocean.
Because some of the islands are hollow they are home to some massive caves. The Wooden stakes Cave is the largest grotto in the Halong area. On some of the smaller islands there are a number of fantastic beaches and some of the others support floating villages of fishermen.
Hue is located in the central part of Vietnam 660 km from Ha Noi. Some of the interesting architectural sites include the Citadel which is in the centre of the historic city on the north side of the river, temples, pagodas and monuments. The most impressive buildings are the Imperial city, the Royal Citadel and the Emperors tombs.
Places of interest in Hue are, on the north side of the river, Most of Hue's important monuments, temples, and pagodas are found in this area.
Hue's most outstanding attractions are the royal citadel, an imperial city and the emperor's tombs. Thanks to these and other monuments they are now listed among the UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.
In Cu Chi there is an immense network of connecting underground tunnels which are in fact part of a much larger network of tunnels that underlie much of the country.
Several military campaigns were held in them during the Vietnam War. NLF guerrillas hid in them during the war and managed to avoid American operations long enough for them to withdraw. The tunnels were also used for communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches
Hoi An is an ancient town which lies on the banks of the Thu Bon River south of Danang.
All the houses here have tile-roofs and narrow streets and a distinct Chinese atmosphere. The houses are made of rare wood and decorated with lacquered boards engraved with Chinese characters.
Hoi An is home to the relics of the Sa Huynh and Cham cultures, stunning scenery of the enchanting Hoi An River, Cua Dai Beach, and Cham Island makes it a place that encompasses the needs of everyone.
Nha Trang is one of Vietnam's most popular seaside resorts, the reason being the seemingly endless empty beaches, coral reefs abundant islands and deserted bays.
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is the best place for visiting the wonderful Mekong Delta where life revolves around the river where many people live on the water and depend on the water for fish and rice.
Situated on the banks of the Saigon River you will be able to experience the Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum and the Museum of Vietnamese History.
There is much more to Vietnam than I have written here but hopefully there is enough for you to find something that interests you.
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