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CENTRAL VIETNAM

Hue - world's cultural heritage
This imperial city of the 19th century had been representing the cultural and spiritual centre of Vietnam for a long period of time. This city is famous for its magnificent architectural citadel's palaces, pagodas and royal tombs erected during the Nguyen Dynasty - the last dynasty of the feudal Vietnam reigning from 1802 to 1945. The majestic royal mausoleums and also boat trip on the renowned Perfume River (or "Huong" river in Vietnamese) must not be missed for tourists once having the chance to come here. Another attraction of Hue is the traditional music of Hue that was once exclusively royal. Now tourists can enjoy the music on a boat drifting on the Perfume river in the evening as well as enter for revived royal court's activities.
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Former Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)
The DMZ covered several provinces around Ben Hai River. Situated on 17th, Ben Hai River served as the natural demarcation line between the North and the South of Vietnam during the Vietnam war. Today there is a new bridge to span Ben Hai River for national transportation but the historic old bridge still stands next to the new one. Fierce battles had been taking place in the area and names of some places here are still much remembered by many Vietnamese as well as American veterans.
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Da Nang & Hoi An - world's cultural heritage
Built on the bank of Han river and being Vietnam's fourth largest city, Da Nang offers both spectacular mountain scenery and white sand beaches with crystal-clear water. Most of the remaining evidence of the once flourishing civilization of Champa Kingdom at the site of the present central and southern regions of Vietnam can still be seen around Da Nang, either in ancient Cham towers or in stone sculptures at the Museum of Cham Sculpture. Places worth visiting also include Marble Mountains with interesting grottoes and China Beach - once very famous among American soldiers during the Vietnam War. Nearby is Hoi An which was also known as Faifo and one of the most important sea ports of Southeast from 15th to 19th centuries. Recently officially recognized by UNESCO as one of the world's cultural heritages, Hoi An is trying to preserve its architecture through which the town's ancient past is reflected.
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My Son - world's cultural heritage
70km southwest of Da Nang and situated in a valley, My Son was a religious sanctuary of the once flourishing Champa Kingdom from the 4th century. Many temples and towers were built here dedicated to the kings and Brahman divinities. Because of wars and time, only around 20 architectural works stand on until today and are vivid examples of Cham culture and history. At the same time with Hoi An, My Son has just been accredited as a cultural heritage of the world by UNESCO.
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Nha Trang
Nha Trang has some of the country's finest beaches with clear water as well as many unspoiled coral reefs and a colourful marine life. Tourists can take boat trips to some of the outlying islands for swimming in the secluded coves and sunbathing. Diving and snorkeling equipment is always available. Seafood is abundant here. This resort city is much more crowded in holidays when local people come here to enjoy the beach. Many nice cafés and restaurants are located along the municipal beach as perfect stops in long walks. Modern entertainment facilities have been brought here already for tourists to enjoy during their stay.
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Da Lat
Located at the altitude of 1,500m above sea-level, Da Lat is surely one of the most beautiful cities in Vietnam. The city has a temperate and pleasant climate, and is surrounded by evergreen forests, waterfalls, beautiful lakes and rich vegetation. Also being called "the honeymoon city", Da Lat has long been famous as a favoured spot for not only courting couples but other local people for their annual holidays as well. On the way to Da Lat from Saigon, tourists can have a visit to a huge waterfall of Dambri in Bao Loc town. About 125km from Da Lat, Dambri Waterfalls is the most beautiful and biggest one of the region.
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The Central Highlands
The country's Central Highlands consist of three vast plateaus : Gialai-Kontum, Daklak and Lam Dong at an altitude of approximately 900 meters above sea-level. The geographic structure of the region's soil is particularly suitable for the cultivation of industrial trees such as rubber, coffee and tea. On the plateaus, one can find many other Vietnamese ethnic minority groups living together forming a diversity in culture that tourists can witness on visiting the land. The highlights of the Central Highlands comprise the towns of Pleiku, Ban Me Thuot and Kontum.
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Phan Thiet
Just 200km within a 04-hour drive from Saigon, Phan Thiet is a suitable place for a relaxation tour. Large sand-dunes and long nice beach in Mui Ne are just ideal for a retreat. A number of resorts set up along the beach give tourists a quiet place to enjoy the sun, the sea and other water activities. The sand-dunes in red colour give a good background for your photos.

  



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My Son - world's cultural heritage
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