Vietnam Tourism has a lot to offer. This is an impressive country that has been alienated from the world for many decades. Now it is open to the world with many attractions for all.
Officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam is located in the Indochina Peninsula in Southwest Asia. After the reunification of north and south, the capital of Vietnam is Hanoi. It borders China, Laos, Cambodia and the South China Sea.
In Vietnam you’ll find wild jungles, white sandy beaches and amazing street food. From Hanoi in the north to Ho Chi Minh City in the south there are many sights for Vietnam Tourism.
Hanoi is the Capital of Vietnam on the Red River Delta
The capital of Vietnam is located in the Red River Delta in the beautiful North. Founded in 1010 AD, during the reign of King Ly Cong Uan, Hanoi today recalls its lofty past.
Most of its old buildings have been refurbished, especially in the Old Town. This capital features about 600 pagodas and many lakes and parks where locals gather during the evenings and weekends.
Popular sites include Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the One Pillar Pagoda, Ngoc Son Temple, and Vietnam’s first university, the Temple of Literature.
Ho Chi Minh City formerly known as Saigon
Once known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is the bustling and vibrating economic center of the South. Over the past few centuries, Saigon was called the “Pearl of the Far East” and was an important trading center for the Chinese, Japanese, and Western merchants.
Today, it is a bustling metropolis with hundreds of sights and activities to enjoy. From riverside rooftop bars and modern art galleries to enriching museums and amazing street food, Ho Chi Minh City is synonymous with diversity.
This is a seven Km white sandy beach often called “Vietnam’s Mediterranean”. It is sunny year-round and with very little rain. The impressive coral marine life on the shores is a paradise for scuba divers and snorkelers from March to September. It is the # 1 seaside resort in the country.
Located in southern Vietnam, this is where the Mekong River empties into the sea. It is a rich and fertile area that produces about half the agricultural output of the country. Most of the villages are accessible by boat rather than by road.
Sa Pa Terraces
This site is located in northwest Vietnam, near the Chinese border. Locals grow rice on these terraces along with vegetables. It is an ideal place for hiking and enjoying the variety of flowers and fruits.
Ha Long Bay with thousands of Islands
Translated as “Bay of Descending Dragons”, this is one of the top tourist attractions in this country. It features thousands of islands and is located on Vietnam’s East Sea.
The bay is the filled with thousands of islets of all shapes and sizes. A wide variety of birds and animals, including bantams, monkeys, and iguanas, live on the little islands.
With its spectacular beauty, Ha Long Bay is a must-see destination, whether in summer or winter.
In the last 15 years this beach has seen a lot of development and due to the strong breezes it is a popular site for kite and wind surfing. It is recommended to visit the famous sand dunes, north of the city for spectacular views, especially during sunset.
Located northwest of Ho Chi Minh, it is famous for its underground tunnels, which provided sleeping quarters, meeting rooms and hospitals during the Vietnam War. They have become a great tourist attraction and tourists are invited to enter the safer sites of the tunnels.
Located in the Gulf of Thailand in front of the Cambodia coast, this is Vietnam’s largest island. It is still unspoiled and the beaches are quiet and great for diving, snorkeling and fishing. One of its beaches named Bai Dai meaning long beach was chosen by the ABC News as one of five most beautiful and clean beaches.
Called the “Venice of Vietnam” for the narrow canals that cut through downtown, this is a fishing village converted into a tourist attraction. It is also called Vietnam’s culinary capital where besides street food to die for, there are many fine Vietnamese Cuisine restaurants. It has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999.
Thien Mu Pagoda in the ancient Royal City of Hue
Founded in 1687, this royal city is a witness to Vietnam’s royal history of the Emperors of the Nguyen dynasty. It served as the country’s capital until 1945.
The seven stories Thien Mu Pagoda in Hue is the largest pagoda in Vietnam. It overlooks the Perfume River. The UNESCO World Heritage site of Huế is home to the Citadel, once the emperor's private residence, and the Forbidden Purple City, where he housed his many mistresses.
Danang very popular among tourists
This coastal city lies on a river and is surrounded by mountains, with a busy port and splendid beaches nearby. The beaches are Non Nuoc also called China Beach, My Khe, and Tien Sa. This is truly a fascinating place, and it is easy to understand why it is becoming more and more popular among tourists.
The Vietnam flag
The gold five-pointed star symbolizes the five groups of workers in the building of socialism (intellectuals, peasants, soldiers, workers and youths), while the red symbolizes bloodshed, and the revolutionary struggle.
Map of Vietnam and its neighboring countries
images credits for vietnam tourism
ho chi minh n/a
nha trang by phieu linh trang
mekong by william cho
sa pa by pedro alonso
ha long by thomas hirsch
mui ne by stefan fussan
cu chi by dronepicr
phu quoc by dronepicr
hoi an by dronepicr
thien mu by arabsalam
danang by daderot
all courtesy of wikimedia commons
Copyright Tuchman Travel Guide 2012 - 2018