Vietnam combines a mix of natural beauties and cultural monuments. Here, you can enjoy landscape diversity from mountain peaks to endless fields.
A plenty of outdoor activities are available for nature lovers. Discover the Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where a complex of small islands lies on sea surface. You can make a daily boat cruise exploring the area of Halong Bay and the Thien Cung Cave. In addition, there are many caves which are accessible, such as the Hang Sung Sot and the Hang Dao Go, where weird stalagmites and stalactites have been developed.
If you want to explore more caves, visit Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park where you will find the Paradise Cave that is extended 31 kilometers underground. Another must-see cave is Tu Lan, which is known as "wet cave", because of cave-systems river. If you have time, you have to visit the Phong Nha Caves, where you can go inside only by boat. In Vietnam there are huge jungle areas that include a large variety of plants and animals.
My Son, one of the most popular ancient temple city is located in the jungle covered by mountains. It is dated back to 4th century and was used as a Hindu religious place during the 7th to 10th centuries. At the beginning of 13th century it was abandoned. About twenty temples have been constructed in the area. The temples are divided into two groups, group A that includes destroyed monuments during Vietnam War, and group B for the oldest temples. You can arrive to My Son from Hoi An, which is the most atmospheric city. During the 15th century Hoi An was used as a trading center between Japanese and Chinese merchants.
If you want to learn more about history of war, visit the Củ Chi Tunnels. The length of this extensive tunnel network is over 250 kilometers. Two short sections of the network are opened to the public and there are guides who will help you to explore better all area of tunnels. It is not a good idea to visit this place if you suffer from claustrophobia. You can arrive to the Củ Chi Tunnels from Ben Dinh village or Ben Duoc village. Live a memorable experience in Ba Be National Park. You will be enchanted with the picturesque landscape of Ba Be Lakes. Explore the park area by boat. In this outstanding place you can relax finding your inner peace. Outdoor activities are available for nature lovers. You can rent a kayak in order to discover Ba Be Lakes.
Explore Mekong river, one of the most interesting areas in Vietnam, and look closely floating markets. Visit the Can Tho town which is close to the floating markets of Phong Dien and Cai Rang. There are boat tours from Ca Mau if you want to explore the U Minh Mangrove Forest and Cau Mau Nature Reserve. Discover Hue, one of Vietnam's most historic towns that developed during the reign of the 19th-century Nguyen emperors.
Explore the Ngo Mon Gate, the Thai Hoa Palace, the Dien Tho Residence and the Halls of Mandarins. A day cruise can take you to visit several royal tombs along with some pagodas. The best tomb to visit is the Tomb of Tu Doc and the most important pagoda in the area is the Thien Mu Pagoda. Take a Sapa Valley Tour and explore the rice fields in deep valleys. In the past a mix of ethnic minorities (Hmong, Giay, and Red Dzao people) lived here. It is one of the most fascinating nature places in Vietnam.
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