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Overview Of Tourist Destinations In Vietnam

Vietnam overview
- Northern Vietnam
- Central Vietnam
- Southern Vietnam

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VIETNAM A COUNTRY OF SMILES AND FRIENDLINESS
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Vietnam – a country that was famous around the world by its bravery during wartime – has been trying to emerge to the attention of tourists around the world as one of the most popular destinations. Historical past and modern present, different religions and oriental traditions, old and new are all blended to give Vietnam a colourful image. To meet the nature loving ethnic minorities of the highlands, to experience the quiet inside of pagodas, or to breathe the vivid noise of Vietnam’s historic metropolis Saigon that is once again starting to become "Paris of the East" is an experience of its own. Mystical temple ruins constructed by Cham people of a once very flourishing Champa Kingdom, the romantic imperial city of Hue, the still dreamlike beaches along the coastline of the central region of Vietnam, picturesque landscapes of the Mekong Delta in the south, the marvelous Ha Long Bay in the north and colourful life of ethnic minority peoples in the remote north–western mountainous region are waiting to be discovered. And in some cities, especially in Saigon and Hanoi, the distant charm of the French colonial empire seems still hidden behind the many old city mansions and in the tree–lined avenues.
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OVERVIEW OF THE MOST ATTRACTIVE TOURIST DESTINATIONS IN VIETNAM
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NORTHERN VIETNAM

Ha Noi
This romantic city is the capital of Vietnam. The city's beautiful old centre with broad avenues and historic mansions constructed during the colonial period reminds visitors of a French village. Despite time goes by, Hanoi still keeps its charming that few other cities in Asia ever do. The city has many remarkable museums, pagodas, ancient towers and temples. A prominent feature is the lush greenery that abounds the lakes and parks giving the people a feeling of peace and tranquillity in the evenings when walking around the city.

Ha Long Bay - world's natural heritage
Ha Long Bay is about 170km east of Hanoi. A magnificent bay which has thousands of islets scattered throughout a large area of limpid emerald water, this bay surely ranks among the most impressive landscapes in the world and has been an accredited natural heritage of the world. Thousands of small islands and curiously-shaped rocks full of caves scatter in the blue water of the East Sea - a legend tells that this beautiful place was created when a dragon descended into the sea bringing to the bay the name "Ha Long Bay" which means the "Bay of the Descending Dragon". A day trip on the boat to enjoy this natural heritage of the world is almost a must for every tourist to Vietnam.

Ninh Binh & Hoa Lu
Hoa Lu, which is now located in present-day Ninh Binh Province, was Vietnam's first ancient capital. Visiting the ancient capital, tourists. Early Le Dynasties who ruled Vietnam from the 10th to the 11th centuries. The place is even more attractive with its three caves - "Tam Coc" caves. A trip on small sampans oared by local people along a stream passing by small limestone mounts to the caves will recall to you a similar image of the worldwide famous Ha Long Bay. One day trip from Ha Noi to this province is surely worth visiting.

Hoa Binh & Mai Chau
Hoa Binh is also the name of Vietnam's biggest hydro-electric power plant which provides Vietnam with most of the electric power. From this provincial town, tourists can visit villages of several ethnic minority groups such as Thai, Muong, H'mong, Tay, Dao, etc. Time seems to have stopped a century ago - people are very friendly and hospitable and they still observe ancient rites and habits. For those who like trekking, walking from village to village or spending time with the mountaineers is worth an experience. Another experience is to stay overnight in houses-on-stilts of local people.

Sapa & Bac Ha
Once a resort established by the French in the early 20th century and located on a plateau of pleasant climate and picturesque landscapes in the mountainous region of North-west of Vietnam, Sapa present-day offers more with diverse cultures and colourful costumes and traditions of many ethnic minority peoples living in the area. For those with a more adventurous mind, conquering Fansipan - the tallest mountain in Indochina - at the height of 3,124m is another challenge besides trekking to remote villages on mountain sides. Around 100km from Sapa, Bac Ha is the place for all the ethnic minority people in the region to gather for their weekly market on Sunday. Many of the interesting aspects of ethnic people's traditions and cultures can be witnessed in the event.


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Ha Long Bay
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