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Vietnam sightseeing. Travel guide - attractions, sights, nature and touristic places

Vietnam is a perfect country for those who want to feel real Asia. Even though big cities of the country rapidly transform into modern metropolises, travelers will still find there stunning exotic nature, rice fields, traditional water markets, gorgeous highlands and motorcycles used to transport ripe fruit and vegetables.
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Hanoi is a busting modern city, but traditions are greatly valued there. Start your observation of the city from the Old Quarter as the majority of sights, such as Bach Ma Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake, are located there. Ho Chi Minh City, which is also known as Saigon, is the second largest city in Vietnam and another popular destination. In Saigon, old palaces and pagodas border with modern skyscrapers, making the city look very original. The most well-known places of interest there include Giac Lam Pagoda and the Reunification Palace.
During your stay in Vietnam, don’t forget to include Hoi An in your “must-visit” list. This old city is sometimes compared with Venice because of its long canals. The city of Hue, which once was the imperial town, is rich in architectural landmarks, among which travelers are particularly recommended to visit the Tombs of Emperors and the Citadel. After observing grandiose buildings, enjoy some walk along the bank of the Perfume River. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Any description of Vietnam would not be complete without mentioning its nature attractions. Ha Long Bay is one of the most famous places in Vietnam. Thousands of tourists visit it every year to enjoy the view of jungles and limestone pillars. If you want to explore rural Vietnam, head to the Muong Hoa valley, where rice fields are mixed with bamboo groves. Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, which is added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is a spectacular place with picturesque grottos, large caves with stalactites and stalagmites, underground lakes and hidden cave beaches.
Museums of Vietnam offer large collections of precious items dedicated to the culture and history of this beautiful country. The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi exhibits a collection of early Vietnamese tribes, while the Fine Arts Museum offers visitors to see collections of wooden items, ceramics and stone carvings. In Ho Chi Minh City travelers are recommended to attend the War Remnants Museum, the Fine History Museum and the HCMC Museum.
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History and Entertainment

The first settlements on the territory of present Vietnam were formed in the prehistoric period. Almost 3 000 years ago, the Kingdom of Ngo was formed here, and in the 7th century BC - the Kingdom of Viet. Exactly its people are considered ancestors of the present Vietnamese. For thousands of years of the existence, the lands witnessed multiple bloody wars. One of the most tragic periods for the modern country was the First and Second World Wars. At that time, Vietnam was a French protectorate. The country gained independence from it only in 1954.
Besides viewing unique historical attractions, Vietnam can offer its guests a lot of interesting entertainments. In the country, there are excellent resorts. Wonderful beaches are located in Ho Chi Minh and its surroundings. Divers usually visit the resort of Nha Trang, near which the incredibly beautiful coral reef is located. The archipelago of Con Dao is a unique natural reserve. Trips to these exotic islands are also very popular with tourists. An amazing complement to such vacation is the Vietnamese cuisine and excellent conditions for shopping.
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Famous and uniques places in Vietnam from our review series

Ha Long Bay

From the series “Nooks and Villages That Are More Colorful Than Top Touristic Destinations”
In Vietnam, travelers should visit Ha Long Bay. That’s an incredibly beautiful and mysterious place. Many amazing legends are associated with it. Literally, the name of the bay can be translated as the place where the dragon plunged into the sea. The picturesque bay embraces more than 3 000 rocky islets. One of the legends tells that a great dragon who lived in the mountains made them.

Tourists come to this wonderful place because of its unique atmosphere of national color. You can rest in the serene environment on the shore of the bay and observe plying fishing vessels for hours. You can rent a boat for yourself to explore scenic islands. A water trip along the coast is going to be incredibly exciting, as you can see a lot of picturesque rocks and find mysterious caves.

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Ha Long Bay

From the series “Top 15 Most Fantastic Creations of Nature”
One of the most unusual places in the world can be found in Vietnam, the Gulf of Tonkin. There is the incredibly picturesque Halong Bay that embraces more than 3 000 islands, a huge amount of rocks and caves. Several years ago, this amazing bay was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site List. Its unique appearance is bound to erosion, which is one of the most common and simple natural phenomenon.

Over million years, erosion processes took place in limestone rocks that are typical for this area. That resulted into bizarre rock shapes, mysterious caves, and a fairly large island with its own internal lakes. The bay area is more than 1 500 square km. The most favorite pastime of travelers is boating. A large part of the islands in the bay are uninhabited. The smallest of them aren’t … Read all

Dog Meat in Hanoi Restaurants

From the series “The Most Disgusting Dishes in the World”
Vietnam can be called a leader in the number of incredible and frightening dishes. One of the most popular national treats is a delicacy of dog meat. Particularly fastidious tourists should bear in mind that dogs for Vietnamese restaurants aren’t caught in the streets. They are grown at special farms and in the process of feeding the health of the animals is carefully monitored. The meat of properly fattened dogs is very gentle, nourishing, and beneficial. It tastes like a pork.

Dog meat is cooked in many different ways: stewed, steamed, fried, and added to soups. Smoked meat is very popular too. According to statistics, people of Vietnam annually consume about 3 million dogs. Restaurants that specialize in this branch of cuisine, can be found in any major city of the country. Many … Read all
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Sightseeing in popular cities of Vietnam

Hanoi
Tourists who plan to try authentic Vietnamese delicacies should consider visiting cafes and restaurants located in the “Old Town”. Pho soup is one of the most delicious and popular national dishes. This is a hearty soup with beef and noodles. Tourists also enjoy ordering banh khuon pancakes that are often served with delicious meat and mushroom filling. Vietnam has become internationally famous for its dog meat dishes. If you want to try this exotic food, head to Nhat Tan Street. Gourmets, … Read more
Ho Chi Minh City
In Ho Chi Minh City, tourists will see many gorgeous temples and pagodas, and Emperor Jade Pagoda is definitely one of the most unusual. It was constructed in honor of Ngoc Hoang, a Taoist god. The entrance to this temple is absolutely free for everyone. A giant statue of the god is the main decoration of the inner design. There is an interesting landmark that dates back to the war period in the outskirts of the city. These are the tunnels of Củ Chi. They were constructed during the partisan … Read more
Hue
The city’s outskirts also have some notable landmarks, such as Bach Ma National Park. This park got its name after the mountain that is located in its territory. This is a fabulous area that is home to numerous rare animals and birds. Bats are also among the main inhabitants of the park. In the first part of the 20th century, the French decided to open a spa resort in this area. The region got the status of the national reserve much later. Le Loi is one of the most attractive streets for … Read more
Phu Quoc Island
Steep bottom is one of the main disadvantages of Long Beach. The depth of water is already 2 meters just ten meters away from the shore, so this beach is not the best choice for tourists with small children. As a rule, families like Ong Lang Beach more. The water is shallow near the coast and it is transparent and clear. There are numerous palm trees not far from the water, so Ong Lang remains comfortable even in the midst of a hot day as vacationers can always sit under the shade of trees. … Read more

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