From the sparkling beaches of Lang Co to the vibrant pagodas of Hanoi, you will experience many magnificent Vietnam attractions and cultural activities. You will never forget the picturesque islands of Halong and the unique water puppet shows of Hanoi. Enjoy Ho Chi Minh's "House on Stilt," One Pillar Pagoda, and other architectural highlights Vietnam has to offer. Your adventure will include a relaxing junk cruise around Ha Long Bay, an exciting road trip through Hai Van Pass, and an incredible boat ride through the Mekong Delta canals. Embark on a priceless adventure with Vietnam Discovery.
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Located on a small penisula on the East side of West Lake, Tran Quoc Pagoda is regarded as the most ancient pagoda in Hanoi with its history line of more than 1,500 years. The architecture of this Buddhist center is a subtle combination between the solemn and beautiful landscape on the peaceful and quiet ambiance of West Lake's surface. Thanks to these historical and architectural values, Tran Quoc Pagoda attracts many tourists to pay a visit, both inside and outside of Vietnam.
The One Pillar Pagoda is a historic Buddhist temple in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. As you visit Hanoi, you may come to various other monuments, parks and historical places. Yet, the One-Pillar Pagoda reflects the architectural splendour that the country has grown.
The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is a large memorial in Hanoi, Vietnam. It is located in the centre of Ba Dinh Square, which is the place where Vietminh leader Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence on September 2, 1945, establishing the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.
Halong Bay is made up of 1, 969 islands of various sizes, 989 of which have been given names. There are two kinds of islands, limestone and schist, which are concentrated in two main zones: the southeast (belonging to Bai Tu Long Bay), and the southwest (belonging to Halong Bay). This densely concentrated zone of stone islands, world famous for its spectacular scenery of grottoes and caves, forms the central zone of Halong Bay, which has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Occupying three-quarters of the Halong Bay area, Bai Tu Long Bay is one of the three triangular peaks of the World Natural Heritage.Bai Tu Long Bay is different from the rest of the World Natural Heritage. In Halong Bay over four hundred boats bring thousands of tourists each day so hundreds of tourists
There are hundreds of islets rising from the water and many quirkily shaped rock mountains on Fire Island Bay's site. Touring Fire Island, a day is not enough for visitors to discover these mysterious islets.
Some 2-3 km southeast of Trong Mai Islet lies Bo Nau Cave or Pelican Cave. This vaulted grotto covers 200 m2. The floor of the grotto is wide and flat, but not deep, and its wall features lots of stalactites and stalagmites.
At the entrance are three stones, looking like three fairies with their heads close to one another. Two men appear to be playing chess,with the third serving as a referee. Bo Nau Cave is one of the beauty caves in Ha Long Bay.
There are four residential areas of fishermen living on the bay, about 400 households totaling approximately 1.000 people. The fishermen live on boats and floating wooden houses in the core-zone of Ha Long Bay, which is dozens of kilometers away from the mainland. They have no home or land ownership and their main livelihood is fishing and aquaculture.
Dong Trieu is one of the compulsory stops for local and foreign tourists who come to visit the magnificent site of Ha Long bay, with its population of islands rising from the clear and emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. Dong Trieu district, situated some 60km from Ha Long city, on Highway 18A, owns some of the most famous ceramic villages in Vietnam.
Phu Lang Pottery Village is located in Phu Lang Commune, Que Vo District, Bac Ninh Province and about 60km from northeast of Hanoi. Phu Lang craft village is situated at the poetic Cau River. It impresses tourists with its simplicity. Among dozens of craft villages in the Cau River area, the cradle of the Red River civilization, Phu Lang is well known with many ceramic artisans. For years, the village seemed unchanged. However, since the Saint Patron of ceramics making, Luu Phong Tu brought the craft from China to Phu Lang and taught his children and co-villagers to make ceramic articles, dozens of generations of craftsmen have settled in Phu Lang and earned their living by practicing this occupation.
Famously being one of Vietnam's seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Imperial City of Hue has long been a must-see attraction for tourists visiting a hidden charm of Vietnam. The Imperial City of Hue was actually a walled fortress and palace belonged to the ancient city of Hue which was a capital city of the Nguyen Dynasty for 140 years date back from 1805 until 1945.
Emperor Tu Duc enjoyed the longest reign of any monarch of the Nguyen dynasty, ruling from 1848-83. Although he had over a hundred wives and concubines, he was unable to father a son (possibly he became sterile after contracting smallpox). Thus, it fell to him to write his own epitaph on the deeds of his reign. He felt this was a bad omen, but the epitaph can still be found inscribed on the stele in the pavilion just to the east of the Emperor's tomb. This stele is the largest of its type in Vietnam, and had to be brought here from a quarry over 500 kilometers away--a trip that took four years.
Emperor Thieu Tri, his successor to the throne, continue this task according to his father's plans. Emperor Minh Mang's corpse was buried in Buu Thanh on August 20th of 1841. The construction was fully completed in 1843.
Minh Mang's tomb is a standard architectural complex consisting of 40 constructions (palaces, temples, pavilions, etc.) designed on an symmetric axis running from Dai Hong gate to the foot of La Thanh (Surrounding Wall) behind the Emperor's tomb.
Thien Mu Pagoda is a historic temple in the city of Hue in Vietnam. Its pagoda has seven storeys and is the tallest in Vietnam. The temple is often the subject of folk rhymes and ca dao about Hue, such is its iconic status and association with the city. It is regarded as the unofficial symbol of the former imperial capital.
The pagoda sits on the Ha Khe hill, in the ward of Huong Long in Hue. It is around 3 km from the Citadel of Hue constructed by the Nguyen Dynasty and sits on the northern bank of the Perfume River.
The H?i Van Pass is an approximately 21 km long mountain pass on National Road 1A in Vietnam. It traverses a spur of the larger Annamite Range that juts into the South China Sea, on the border of ?a N?ng and Th?a Thien-Hu? Province, near Bach Ma National Park. Its name refers to the mists that rise from the sea, reducing visibility. Historically, the pass was a physical division between the kingdoms of Champa and Dai Vietnam
The kingdom of Champa was a Hindu and Buddhist kingdom that controlled what is now central Vietnam from approximately the 7th century through to 1832.
Lang Co is an attractive, island-like stretch of palm-shaded white sand, with a crystal-clear, turquoise lagoon on one side and 10 kilo?metres of beachfront on the other. Unfortunately the beach and the edges of the lagoon can turn into litter traps. Many open-tour buses make a lunch stop here and it makes a fine place to hop off for a night or two, depending on the weather.The beach is best enjoyed between April and July. From late August till November rains are frequent, and from December to March it can get chilly. Lang Co was devastated by a major typhoon in late 2006, but within a few weeks all of the resorts had reopened and rebuilding was well underway.
Sitting on the southerly curve of a vast, well-protected bay, DA NANG has developed into central Vietnam's dominant port and its third largest city. The real spur to this growth came in the American War when the neighbouring air base spawned the greatest concentration of US military personnel in South Vietnam. But walking around central Da Nang today, it's the earlier, French presence which is more apparent, in the leafy boulevards and colonial edifices along the riverfront promenade.
The Cham Museum was built in 1915 with the financial support of the French Far-East Research Institute in Vietnam. On display is the Champa sculpture dating from the 7th to 15th century. You'll see altars, statues, decorative works collected from Buddhist and Hindu temples apart from about 300 sandstone and terra-cotta sculptures. The museum showcases the eight centuries of evolution of Champa sculpture from the golden age to its decline.
Japanese bridges for long have a reputation for their pure beauty of being graceful curves and the inspiration from Zen spirit. It's no doubt that the most famous bridge of this kind in Vietnam is the one in Hoi An ¡V the historic riverside town in the Central Part.
Building Assembly Halls as a place to socialize for themselves and the next generations is a tradition of Chinese people when they migrated or did business in another country. Therefore, a lot of Assembly Halls of this type can be found in Vietnam today. In Hoi An Town, which has a long history of international trade, there are 5 Assembly Halls constructed by the Chinese, all are located on Tran Phu Street, facing Thu Bon River. Nowadays, even though not all of the halls stay the same, the five remaining ones (Fujian, Chaozhou, Hainan, Cantonese, and Chinese) become famous attractions of Hoi An.
Four thousand years ago, Vietnamese people were building stilt houses similar to those in use today. Suited to flood-prone plains and to steep mountain slopes, these houses remain popular among many of Vietnam's 54 different ethnic groups.
The Cu Chi Tunnels are definitely worth the day trip out of Saigon. Vietnamese are proud of their resolve in their prolonged history of struggle against invading armies, and the story of the people of Cu Chi is indicative of that spirit. Just 65km (40 miles) northwest of Saigon, the Cu Chi area lies at the end of the Ho Chi Minh Trail and was the base from which Ho Chi Minh guerillas used to attack Saigon. As a result, the whole area became a "free-fire zone" and was carpet-bombed in one of many American "scorched-earth" policies. But the residents of Cu Chi took their war underground, literally, developing a network of tunnels that, at its height, stretched as far as Cambodia and included meeting rooms, kitchens, and triage areas -- an effective network for waging guerilla warfare on nearby U.S. troops. The U.S. Army's 25th Infantry Division was just next door, and there are detailed maps denoting land that was either U.S. held, Vietminh held, or in dispute.
Formerly South Vietnam's Presidential Palace, this is a restored five-storey time warp to the 60s that has been left largely untouched from the day Saigon fell to the North. On April 30, 1975, the war ended when tank 843, now parked outside, crashed through the gate. Be sure to check out the impressively kitschy recreation room which features an exquisite circular sofa. The war rooms in the basement are also a must-see as visitors are allowed to view a propaganda film recounting how the South Vietnamese lackeys and American imperialists succumbed to Ho Chi Minh's indomitable revolutionary forces.
A French-built Catholic cathedral located in the city centre (Dong Khoi, District 1) next to the Post Office. The cathedral is officially known as the Basilica of Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception. It was constructed between 1863 and 1880, with all original materials imported directly from France. The structure features two bell towers, reaching a height of 190 feet.
If you don't have much time, a visit to the Mekong Delta is a must and there is also a tour which takes you to My Tho, included in the Mekong Delta Tour. There are several options on what to do and just ask the guide or agency as to where they will bring you.
My Tho, is the capital of the Tien Giang province in Southern Vietnam. It is the first city in the Mekong Delta travellers from Ho Chi Minh City will arrive and hence a popular spot for dropping tourists on one of the many Mekong boat tours. For its closeness to Ho Chi Minh City everything is more expensive here than further inside the delta such as Vinh Long and Can Tho.
There are four islands in the Tien River between My Tho and Ben Tre: Dragon, Tortoise, Phoenix and Unicorn. Immediately opposite My Tho is Tan Long (Dragon Island), noted for its longan cultivation. Honey tea is made on the islands from the longan flower, with a splash of kumquat juice to balance the flavour. There are many other fruits to sample here, as well as rice whisky. It is also pleasant to wander along the island's narrow paths.
There are three islands (Dragon, Unicorn and Phoenix) that rise out of the Mekong. All of which make a very pleasant stopping point as part of a boat trip along the river and its canals (arroyos). It's just a 30min hop to reach the charming Unicorn Island, with its floating market and fertile orchards. Very exotic and consequently very popular with tourists!