|With such a famous, war-torn history Vietnam doesn’t immediately spring to mind as a tourist destination, but the united country of Vietnam is now as safe as many other destinations around the world and is definitely worth further investigation!
Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and is situated in the north of the country. This attractive city has been unspoilt by recent development and still features architectural influences from its different occupations, notably French and Chinese. You’ll find a good range of museums here, many of which focus on the history of Vietnam, such as the Natural Museum of Vietnamese History and the Museum of the Vietnamese Revolution. Hanoi also features pretty parks such as Hoan Kiem Lake, and not surprisingly a number of wartime sites.
Ha Long Bay
A day trip away from Hanoi is one of Vietnam’s most popular tourist destinations for both foreign visitors and domestic travellers. Ha Long Bay (also known as Halong Bay) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and features thousands of awe inspiring limestone rock formations all around the bay. A popular way to see Ha Long Bay is to take a tour from Hanoi – there are many available, though to make the most of this beautiful place you’re probably better choosing one which includes several nights away.
Cuc Phuong National Park
Another destination for a day trip or more out of Hanoi is Vietnam’s largest and most important national park, Cuc Phuong. The park is a refuge for many thousands of species of plants and animals including a number which are endangered.
In the central coastal region of Vietnam is the city of Hue, formerly the imperial capital. Here you can visit the Imperial Citadel and the Tombs of the Emperors which are located along Perfume River. Those visitors who are interested in links with the Vietnam War can visit the Demilitarized Zone and the Vinh Moc tunnels.
Ho Chi Minh City
Located in the south of Vietnam is the country’s largest and most important city economically, Ho Chi Minh City (previously known as Saigon). There are a variety of attractions here of interest, many of which are again reflective of the wars in Vietnam. Reunification Palace is the site at which the Vietnam War ended and is a very interesting look back in time as the building is supposedly untouched since 1975. Outside you can see a replica of the tank which crashed through the palace gates, ending the war.