Vietnam: Spectacle of Nature and Culture
Rich in culture and natural scenery, Vietnam offers much for holidaymakers to see and do while on a luxury tour of the country. Spectacular natural landmarks abound in this fascinating nation as well as historic cities and ancient ruins worth exploring. Those on holiday in Vietnam should definitely take time to visit these five destinations and sites of interest.
A blend of ancient and modern as well as East and West, Hanoi offers something for everyone. As the capital city of Vietnam, it hosts attractions and fascinating landmarks like the impressive Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Vietnamese Women’s Museum, the Fine Arts Museum and the National Museum of Vietnamese History, an institution that explores the country’s vast history and rich heritage. Hanoi is also renowned for its beautiful temples and parks such as the Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem Lake and West Lake. Other must-see attractions to see on holiday in Hanoi are the Hanoi Museum, the One Pillar Pagoda and the city’s bevy of authentic Vietnamese restaurants and interesting shops.
Ho Chi Minh City
The nation’s largest city, Ho Chi Minh City hosts sites of interest and unique attractions such as the Museum of Vietnamese History, the Ho Chi Minh Museum, the Thien Hau Pagoda and a broad collection of markets, shops and unique boutique stores.
Ha Long Bay
One of the world’s natural wonders, Ha Long Bay is renowned for its magnificent karst scenery and is one of Vietnam’s top destinations for sightseeing. Holidaymakers should take not to visit Ha Long Bay’s beautiful islands as well. These include Ban Sen, Quan La and Cat Ba, known for its dense tropical forests, dark caves and beautiful beaches.
Cuc Phuong National Park
The largest national park in Vietnam, Cuc Phuong National Park is widely known for its rich biodiversity, unique flora and fauna and stunning scenery. The park offers vast expanses of nature trails and protected areas as well as a staggering 97 species of mammals, 17 species of amphibians, 300 species of birds, 2,000 species of plants and countless species of insects. Sites of interest in the park also include a visitor’s center, a botanical garden and numerous conservation centers. It also holds a number of beautiful limestone caves for intrepid holidaymakers to explore.
This mountainside city offers a distinct blend of French architecture, Vietnamese culture and spectacular views of the rural countryside. A cable ride to the Thein Vien Truc Lam Monastery offers incredible views of the surrounding region as well as a chance to explore the beautiful monastery itself. The Xuan Huong Lake offers a peaceful place of solitude to relax while the Valley of Love is a fantastic place for hiking, boating and canoeing.
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