Vietnam is a beautiful rhapsody of the past’s gems and war events that are delicately making their way into a brighter and calmer future. Vietnam is one of the most visited places in recent times in Southeast Asia. Its sparkling mountains, vivant cities, and jubilant beaches are a means of joy to the locals and the world alike. Vietnam is also one of the places where people love to be connected to their roots and no matter how much modernity sets in, the people never leave their bonding with their past tradition and culture. And so, even though the cities of Hanoi, Dalat and Ho Chi Minh are progressing with every step of a second, they are not getting any distant from their cultural treasures and originality.
Vietnam also has places and excavations that prove human life to be present there before the paleolithic times, which also makes it a place that has gathered affluence of modernity, history and its individual learning and flavors. The fact is well bestowed with a number of festivals and other celebrations that occur here, some ceremonies are even believed to have lasted through centuries. And then, there are beaches, frosty and sandy, shady and warm which arouse curiosity and desire in the eyes of many, especially the newly romantics and the other frequent celebrators. Buddhist shrines and pagodas are heart winning for the spiritual enthusiasts and the people looking for a while in a serene abode. Vietnam is there on the checklist of adventure lovers too, with its rice terraces giving the tourists ample opportunities to seek through Vietnam while seeking themselves.
Vietnam is a vibrant country with a beautiful landscape, mesmerizing seascape and hearty people who are nothing but joyous to meet and greet you. Traveling to Vietnam is an adventure beautifully designed with spirituality and pagodas at every step. You will never get short of an adventure, and nor the temples. However, Vietnam is not a cakewalk. The place gets a bit tactful and challenging. Pollution and tourist scams are the two most significant challenges that Vietnam probes to the tourists around the world.
The Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon is one of the most prominent cities to visit in Vietnam. It is also significant as it is the commercial and financial center of Vietnam, and has not moved on from its centuries-old history. The region was originally planned and settled by the Khmers and then the area was captured by Vietnam after that. And then, in 1859, the French people were victorious over these lands and they made it their capital for Cochin China. The name bestowed to the place by French was Saigon, which is still in use till date. During the 1969 Vietnam war, the area was recaptured by North Vietnam and was renamed as Ho Chi Minh city. The name ‘Saigon’ was so much imbibed in the locals’ heart that even after the official change, the local name is till date popular and prominent.
The French reign gave many precious architectural marvels to Ho Chi Minh city including some graceful structures and boulevards.
The city excites and attracts people towards itself due to the gregarious and gorgeous culture, the true and authentic French remnants and Architecture, its staying skyscrapers and obviously, temples and pagodas. The festivals celebrated here also attract a number of tourists and visitors every year. The restaurants here provide excellent French, Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine. There are also some very happening rooftop bars where you can enjoy the pleasant sight of the whole of Saigon and sometimes beyond.
Somewhat 200 Kms to the north of Ho Chi Minh city are Phan Thiet and Mui Ne. Though these are traditional fishing villages, they are a popular choice for leisure and break in Vietnam these days. The beaches here are serene but quiet and peaceful. You can spend quality time without much of a disturbance or population around you. The fish sauce of Phan Thiet is extremely famous and forms the base of the Vietnamese cuisine. Golf courses, water sports areas, soothing Pagodas, and dunes are yet other attractions.
Hanoi is another most visited city of Vietnam. Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam, and also holds the distinction of being one of the ancient capitals of the world. Colonial buildings, delicious cuisine, really cool and unique museums, ancient pagodas, serene parks, beautiful and omnipresent hills and mountains, the nearby Ha Long Bay (170 km from Hanoi) and some conventional and traditional villages on the way are the characteristics of Hanoi.
Ha Long Bay is an emblematic part of Vietnam. The bay is beautifully dotted with about 1,600 islets and limestone islands that are sprawling across an intriguing area of 1,500 square kilometers. It is a UNESCO world heritage site since 1994 and is immensely rich in biodiversity affluence. The place has also been featured in endless movies and shows. You can take a car or minibus from Hanoi to reach the bay.
Hanoi is a complete package, with ace quality food as well as scenery, uplifting every but of your mood and soul. The French styled Architecture that still stands tall and handsome in Hanoi has made way for a diverse, but unified ethnic groups living here in peace and harmony. The Chinese, French and the Russian people form the majority of Hanoi’s population.
Da Nang is like a center point, a node connecting the Hanoi City in the north to Ho Chi Minh City in the south. Da Nang attracts a number of tourists just because they are passing through Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh, and vice versa. There are a number of splendid beaches near to it that include the gorgeous Lang Co beach with magnificent crystal waters and a charade of palm trees looking at it. The place is a peninsula and has a bubbly and glittery lagoon next to it. Then there is the wonderful My Khe beach which is the pilgrimage for adventure seekers and water sports lovers. The amazing My Son beach and the beautiful Hoi An are also at quite some proximity. Da Nang serves as a traversing point to all these dazzling centers of joy. You can also pamper yourself with some shopping and indulge in Vietnamese history at some fantastic historical sites.
Hoi An is a town that hosts “remains” that hold cultural as well as commercial prominence starting from the past to the present times. It served as a working port between the centuries of 15th and 19th. The architecture and the built of the town shows an exemplary marvel of the fusion of native and outside culture and style. It is somewhat of a secluded town, and the only possible means to reach it is through road. Calls for a fun road trip? Doesn’t it?
The city of Hue has an ancient aura to it, and it has been the capital of Vietnam and an important center under different reigns, wars and dynasties. There is a UNESCO world heritage site here, the Hue Citadel. The place is fabulously built in accordance with all the rules and customs of Feng Shui. The place is an example of the mindfulness of our ancestors and their deep understanding of the geography and the environment around us. Hue also has a number of beaches quite close to it and is pretty developed with airport and rail facilities.
Nha Trang is a conspicuous part of Vietnam tourism. It has an abundant six kilometers stretch of marine lines with snow like beaches and transparent waters, all attracting you towards the charm of the moment in this place. Consequently, Nha Trang is revered as the Riviera of the South China Sea. There are striking and magnificent mountains glancing through and so are a number of exquisite islets. The islets that are about thirteen in number make you take a close look at the ruins of the Champa Kingdom, some gregarious and chattering waterfalls, quite a few Buddhist temples and goth aged Catholic churches. There are also some salt fields and natural hot springs for your comfort and enjoyment. The restaurants here serve delicious and delicate seafood and you can indulge yourself at the pubs and bars that make the lifeline of Nha Trang.
Phu Quoc Island lies in the depths of South Vietnam. It is popular for its breezy beaches that provide an ideal place for honeymooners and love birds. Some parts in the northern part of the island and relatively untouchable, but the rest houses pretty amazing cafes, indulgent resorts, and cool and quirky bars. The villages, nature parks, and pagodas are also worth exploring, and so is the variety of local seafood sold and consumed here.