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.
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
Da Nang & Hoi An - world's cultural
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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