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Vietnam is a beautiful country with many breathtaking vacation spots that have mesmerized tourists and locals alike. The coastal country has it all in terms of natural beauty – beautiful lakes, karst limestone formations, and breathtakingly gorgeous rice terraces. For those who prefer more cultural sights, Vietnam’s colonial past and its rich history spanning centuries have produced an abundance of historical and cultural beauty.
The largest city in Central Vietnam will not disappoint, with its spectacular waterfront and dazzling night view. Da Nang’s beaches are the perfect sweet spot in between tourist-friendly and totally untouched. Unlike its more cosmopolitan cousin Ho Chi Minh, or the capital Hanoi, Da Nang is less crowded and more spacious. Its unique charm lies in the friendliness of the locals, and the laidback vibe of this endearing beach city.
Yet another city in Central Vietnam, Hoi An is best known for its Old Town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. However, unlike other Vietnamese cities, Hoi An’s culture and landscape is strongly influenced by the Cham culture. The Old Town of Hoi An houses a plethora of colorful buildings, each an amalgamation of the various cultural influences that have taken hold of the city of Hoi An.
Ha Long Bay
Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay is famous far and wide for its limestone karsts and islands that make up a dreamlike landscape. Closed lakes in many of its islands add to the beauty of the bay, and the numerous fishing communities give it a rustic charm. The best way to enjoy the beauty of Ha Long Bay is to take a cruise around the spectacular landforms, landing at certain islands to get up close and personal with the lush flora and fauna.
Hanoi, as the capital of Vietnam, marries French sophistication with traditional Vietnamese culture to produce one of the most vibrant, charming cities in Indochina. Stroll down Hanoi’s thoroughfares and admire the beautiful colonial architecture, and take in the sights and sounds of the bustling city. Hanoi’s street food is also famous throughout the country. Lakes such as Hoan Giem and Ho Tay are often featured in Vietnamese postcards, and they lend a tranquil air to the otherwise busy city.
Sa Pa offers a glimpse into the Vietnamese countryside. Rolling hills, emerald rice terraces and a temperate highland climate make Sa Pa a great destination for those who to get away from it all. The cloud-swathed peaks of Sa Pa’s mountains are popular among climbers who love a challenge, and the view from the top is worth a million dollars. While the region is still poor, even by rural Vietnamese standards, it is certainly rich in natural beauty. Sa Pa’s history is as mysterious as, if not more mysterious than its deep rainforests and clouds veiling them. Sa Pa is home to a set of unidentifiable set of petroglyphs, the only indication of the people who might have inhabited this mountainous region long ago.
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