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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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National and city parks of Vietnam
♥   National Park 'Ba Vi' . On the map   Photos
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♥   National Park 'Ben En' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Bidoup-Nui Ba' . On the map   Photos
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Palaces in Vietnam
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♥   Palace 'Thang Long Imperial City in Ha Noi' . On the map   Photos

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
It is possible to buy silk fabric of different shades in local markets and in shopping centers. Dongtai market remains one of the best places to shop. In addition to gorgeous silk and popular souvenirs, this market is a great place to purchase interesting antiquity items and artworks by local craftsmen. Many tourists visit Shanghai to buy inexpensive jewelry, so there is no wonder why the city is home to Sunshine, the first jewelry market in Asia. This is the place to purchase truly unique … Read more
Ho Chi Minh City
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
Hue
Letojanni beach is a no less attractive coastal area that is located in the neighborhood of Taormina. In recent years, this resort area has developed significantly. This is a perfect destination for all fans of modern comfort. Taormina itself doesn’t have any comfortable beaches, but it is very simple to reach gorgeous beaches located on its outskirts. Fans of excursions will find it incredibly interesting to walk on the main streets of the city. It is possible to see interesting … Read more
Phu Quoc Island
Tourists with children usually pick another beach to relax - Marciana Marina. This resort area is also famous for its crystal clear beaches and outstanding nature. Marciana Marina Beach is the starting point of a very popular hiking path that ends in the nearby village of Marciana Alta. The path is laid across pristine beaches and gorgeous landscapes. Even travelers seeking solitude and absolute relaxation will not be disappointed. They are recommended to make a ride to the nearby island of … Read more

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