Vietnam is an ideal destination for beaches, spectacular river trips, temples and its manic cities. In the major cities you will find tributes to the communist era, as well as European Architecture and influences fused together with the local cultures.
Unless you’ve been to Vietnam, the most you probably know about it is that there was a war there in the 60s between the communist North Vietnamese, the Americans and the South Vietnamese. However, there is so much more to the beautiful country of Vietnam than that. And although the remnants of the Vietnam War provide certain attractions for visitors, it is by no means all there is. From delightful, healthy cuisine with fresh ingredients, to the spectacular Ha long Bay and the bustling city of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam is a memorable destination to visit.
Vietnam has one of the oldest cultures in South-East Asia, and although it was influenced by a period of French rule, the country has maintained a strong sense of itself. Generally the Vietnamese believe in ancestor veneration and upholding family values, while devoting themselves to learning and studying.
Attractions in Vietnam
Vietnam is not only a fascinating country to visit, but a very scenic one as well. With major attractions ranging from Ha Long Bay to the historic Củ Chi tunnels, the Imperial City, Lin Phuoc Pagoda and so much more, there is no shortage of discoveries to be made.
Ha Long Bay
With its picture postcard scenery, Ha Long Bay is a definite must when in Vietnam. The majestic, forest-covered limestone cliffs protruding from the olive coloured waters and the darkened red sails of the old Junk Ships create a scene that you won’t forget. Take a trip on a kayak and explore the various rocky outcrops and islands in the area for a great day out.
Củ Chi tunnels
During the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese soldiers built a massive network of tunnels around the country to allow them to move around undetected by their enemy. In the Củ Chi district of Ho Chi Minh, visitors are able to hear a few stories of these infamous tunnels, learn more about how they were made, and their purpose during the Vietnam War.
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Located in Hanoi and situated at the centre of Ba Dinh Square, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is the resting place of the Vietminh leader, Ho Chi Minh. Ho Chi Minh was the Chairman of the communist party between 1951 and 1969 until his death.
Other definite must see attractions in Vietnam include the Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park, with its massive caves, and the Imperial City with its ancient stories to tell.
Bicycles and motorbikes hustle and bustle between run down shops and Buddhist Pagodas, as local traders sell their goods on the sidewalks. The smell of freshly prepared Vietnamese Beef Noodles fills the air from the street-food vendors as a friendly Cyclo rider waves to you from his bike! Vietnam is calling, so speak to your Flight Centre Consultant today to find out more about travelling to this amazing country.