Vietnam is an astounding mix of natural highlights and cultural diversity. The scenery ranges from jagged peaks seen from winding mountain passes down to verdant paddy fields painted every shade of green in the palette… Coming to Vietnam with the excitement and willingness to discover all things about this S-shaped country, tourists may be lost in thousands of options for their trips. With so many things to see and do in Vietnam, planning your travel itinerary as a first-time visitor can be quite challenging, so we’ve compiled a general list of Vietnam’s must-see destinations.
Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and the political and cultural cultural center of the country. To visit Hanoi is to step yourself in history and legendary traditions, in a capital that has been inhabited for almost a millennium. The flow of time brought this capital various different names: Thang Long, Dong Do, Hanoi.
Hanoi, on the banks of the Red River, was established as the capital in 1010 during the Ly Dynasty era. A lot of monuments and historic places are found in Hanoi, including the Old Quarter with its charming 36 streets and more than 600 pagodas and temples in the city. The current architecture of Hanoi dates mainly from the 19th and 20th centuries, and the section of houses built by the French has largely remained intact.
- Ha Long
Ha Long Bay is by far the number 1 tourist destination in Vietnam. Imagine a place with over 2,000 islets emerging from emerald waters on the Gulf of Tonkin, and you can understand the breathtaking beauty of this place. In 1994, it was recognized as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.
The bay consists of a dense group of monolithic limestone islands covered by a thick jungle. The size, shape and structure of each islet can vary greatly, and many are blessed with enormous caves. Another unique feature of Ha Long bay is the abundance of interior lagoons, hidden in the center of limestone peaks.
Hue is located in central Vietnam. Established as the capital of unified Vietnam in 1802, Hue was the political, cultural and religious center under the Nguyen Dynasty until 1945. The Perfume River winding its way through the city brings great natural beauty.
Although Hue has sustained much damage from natural disasters and wars, the city and the majority of the edifices remain intact. Of all the ancient capitals in Vietnam, Hue is the only one that still preserves its original appearance of an imperial city, consisting of walls, palaces and royal tombs. Hue is a UNESCO World Culture Heritage site since 1993.
- Ho Chi Minh city
Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s largest city. This megalopolis has a rich culture and is also the country’s economic powerhouse. The center of the old Saigon is boasts charming French colonial architecture and wide boulevards, usually congested by the huge traffic.
The main tourist attractions are found in District 1, within walking distance of each other. The most significant are the Reunification Palace, the City Hall, the Opera House, the Central Post Office, the State Bank Office, the City People’s Court and the famous Notre Dame Cathedral.
- Can tho
Can Tho is the largest city in the Mekong Delta. It is located on the south bank of Hau River, the largest tributary of the Mekong, and at 169km from Ho Chi Minh City. Can Tho is renowned for its floating markets, rice paper mills and picturesque canals. The local climat is tropical with monsoons and marked by two distinct seasons: the rainy season from May to November, and the dry season, which runs from December to April.
As you know attractions in Vietnam are plentiful, ranging from stunning natural landscapes, untouched islets and quaint villages to war museums, colonial structures, and ancient citadels. So if want to plan for your trip around Vietnam and have a better insight into this S-shaped country’s culture and tradition, GP Travel would be an ideal choice.
GP Travel is a private-owned travel agency having the head office located in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Through the years, GP Travel has gained a deep expertise, a vast knowledge and developed an extensive network. Unlike many operators, GP Travel has the strong desire to offer their guests the opportunity to live a real Vietnamese experience. Thus, you will return from your travel not only with beautiful photos but also with a good knowledge of Vietnam and lasting memories that you will be happy to share.
By contacting GP Travel, you will be able to create your own trip and receive advice from people who truly have the knowledge of the destinations you intend to visit.
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We do really hope that these recommendations could help you having a wonderful time traveling in Vietnam.