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    Imagine this: a view of the rice paddy fields, sounds of echoing deep valleys, the soaring mountains and clean air to breathe. Vietnam is home to one of the highest mountains in Indochina called Fansipan. Treks to and from this region, ranging from one to three days, can be organized.

    The mystical charm of Halong Bay brings in the crowds for kayaking. You can make your way to hidden caves, floating fishing villages, small beaches and the limestone karst, with the help of a tour guide. If you're one for relaxing, you can opt for a cruise on Halong Bay that takes you past some of the some natural grottos and caves, or alternatively, you can also choose to do the Thu Bon River Cruise in Hoi An.

    Trekking is not just limited to the hills and plains. Paradise Cave in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is a breathtaking sight with rising stalactite and stalagmite formations. After the initial exploration, you will be taken deeper underground for a swim in the river.

    1. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

    2. Hoa Lo Prison

    3. Ca Tru Hanoi Club

     

    4. Water Puppet Theater

    5. Vietnam Culinary School

    6. Cobra Food

    7. Crazy House

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    8. Da Lat Train Station

    9. Thien Vien Truc Lam

    10. Voi Mountain

    11. Prenn Falls

     

    12. Dalat Angels

    13. Datanla Waterfall

    14. Reunification Palace

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    15. Saigon Opera

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    16. Museum of Vietnamese History

    17. Saigon Skydeck

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    18. Hair salons

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    19. Emperor Jade Temple

    20. Saigon Street Eats

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    21. Ben Thanh Market

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    22. Am Phu

    23. Ba Na Hill Station

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    24. Cua Dai

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    25. Tra Que Village

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    26. Hoi An Silk Village

    27. Watch Sunset on Thu Bon River

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    28. Painting and Lantern Making

    29. Diving and Snorkeling

    30. Vo Thi Sau

    31. Cu Chi Tunnel

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    32. Cuc Phong National Park

    33. Ha Long Bay

    34. My Son Traditional Dance

     35. My Son Museum

     

Attractions

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Bambou Silk

Bambou Silk is a good shopping complex in Hanoi that offers a good collection of tailored clothes. You will surely admire the number of shops available in this area that offer quality items. This market is known for its suit pieces that are very classy. People from different parts of the city prefer Bambou Silk because of the fabric that is available here. You cannot park your car in this vicinity so prefer public transport for travelling. There is a good blend of casual as well as formal clothing in Bambou Silk. Tourists are also spotted at this market since the prices are too attractive. Do not miss a chance to visit Bambou Silk due to its clothing greatness.

Location: 6 Nha Chung Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam

Highlights: Formal clothing accessories such as tie, belt, jackets etc are famous in this market.

Best time to visit: Prefer weekdays to visit this place.
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Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

The body of Ho Chi Minh is preserved here so people visit to see that. There are many type of restrictions by the authority here such as you need to follow the dress code, be silent and walk in straight lines. Hands must be in pocket and arms should not be crossed. Apart from that no smoking, drinking or eating.

 
 Location: Hùng V??ng, ?i?n Biên, Ba ?ình, Hà N?i, Vietnam.

 Highlights: The place is protected by Militiary honour guards and is a high security place. The architecture is nicely done and a lot of people visit here to pay their respects to Ho Chi Minh.

 Best time to visit: One of the best things about the mausoleum is that it stays open for 24 hours so you can visit it any time you want. Only you need to keep in mind that it stays closed on Monday and Friday so make sure to not visit it then.
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Mount Ngu Binh

The Mount Ngu Binh in Hue is often described as an ascending beauty. The architectural edifice lies on top of the Ngu Binh mountain, exhibiting a picturesque view of a strikingly symmetric figure. The mount is considered to be an invaluable gift endowed by the nature to this city. The area is surrounded by an immense expanse of natural and scenic views that together enhance the enticing attractiveness of the place. Earlier, it was called the Nui Bang. The flat top of the mount is encircled with pine trees on all sides.

 Location: Ngu Binh is a mountain that is located in Vietnam.

 Highlights: The mount Ngu Binh reaches a height of 105 metre with a symmetrical view. On either side of the mount are two small mounts as well. After the perfume river, the mount is considered to be the second best wonder of nature bestowed upon this land.
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Tomb of Tu Duc

The tomb of Tu Duc is Hue city is an important landmark that marks the history of another great Emperor of the city. The tomb is the final resting place of the great emperor who happened to be a great ruler as well as a scholar. The tomb had been erected before his actual death. The place is marked as an alluring landmark owing to the presence of a lake, a pavilion and a theatre. The tomb has been divided into a temple area and a tomb area. An ironical feature though lies in a secret location that is the actual burying ground for the emperor, instead of the tomb where he was supposed to be buried.



 Location: The tomb of Tu Duc lies along the perfume rive in the city.

 Highlights: The historical landmark is expressive of the history and culture of the era of the emperor.

 Best time: Any time of the year.
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Forbidden Purple City

The Forbidden purple city is a repertoire of history and culture from the ancient era and symbolises the historic relevance of the city of Hue. Today, what remains of the purple city are charred remains of the royal family’s inner sanctum. These remains occupy the area within the citadel. Having been partially rebuilt, the landmark is under consideration for further renovation and restoration projects. When visiting this place, one can observe and explore the various incidents of wars that might have waged through the city, reflecting along every construction.




 Location: The forbidden purple city is located centrally in the Hue imperial city, hence easily accessible.

 Highlights: The forbidden purple city is the place where the emperors and their families used to reside but during waging wars, the precincts were badly destroyed. Hence, basically the city is a collection of ruins.

Best time to visit: All round the year.
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Lake of the Restored Sword

The English translation of the lake name means "Lake of the Returning Sword". It has a huge historical context and is one of the oldest places in the city. One can also easily spot some soft shell turtles which swim in the lake and has been seen since years, they make a beautiful sight. The lake was also known as Luc Thuy which means Green water in English. This was the former name given to the lake because it has green water.



Location: It is located in Hanoi, which is the capital city of Vietnam and has many other tourists attractions nearby as well.

Highlights: Lake of the restored Sword is one of the most scenic spots of the city and is a major tourist attraction which is visited by hundreds of people daily.

Best time to visit: During dusk and night, the lake looks stunning as it lights up and people mostly take this as an opportunity for photographs.
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Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural

The Hanoi ceramic mosaic mural is a mural on the wall of the dyke system of the city of Hanoi in Vietnam. The content of the mosaic contains decorative patterns of different periods in history of Vietnam. It is a great place for all those who want to know about the culture of Vietnam.

Location: It is located in the city of Hanoi and attracts a lot of tourists and visitors.

Highlight: It has a length of about 4 km which is quite long. The place is nicely decorated and looks beautiful, this is the reason why a lot of people visit here and it is also a nice attraction for the locals here.

History: It was developed as part of the millennial anniversary of Hanoi and was considered among the major projects that were developed during that time. It was the result of a Hanoi architecture contest where an architect won a prize for transforming the dyke system of Hanoi to a ceramic mosaic.
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Thap Rua Tower

The Thap Rua Tower is also famously known as the Tortoise tower. It is a small tower in the middle of Sword Lake in the city of Hanoi. Although people can't actually go to the tower, they can have a look at it from a distance.

 

Location: Tháp Rùa, Hàng Tr?ng, Hoàn Ki?m, Hà N?i, Vietnam.

Highlights: Since it is located in a little island, the beauty of the tower is enhanced as it is surrounded by a nice lake. This makes a good spot for photography and tourists often visit here as it has a lot of historical context.

History: The tower exists in a place which was a former fishing site under the famous king Le Thanh Tong. It was made during the time when French had conquered the city of Hanoi and most of the people in the city fled away due to fear of death.
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Bat Trang Ceramic Village

Bat Trang Ceramic Village is a wonderful place where you can buy a number of handicraft and pottery goods. There are a number of gift & specialty shops available in this village that is famous for offering tea sets. The quality of the goods offered at Bat Trang Ceramic Village is amazing. This place is active in Hanoi since many years and is preferred by tourists as well. The big market area in Bat Trang Ceramic Village can be visited in order to savor some wonderful delicacies. There are tour packages that can be accessed so as to explore Bat Trang Ceramic Village at ease. You can plan a trip with your friends or family so as to enjoy this excellent market.



Location:
Bat Trang Commune, Gia Lam District, Hanoi,Vietnam

Highlights: Bat Trang Ceramic Village has a lovely ambience as the scenic beauty is quite mesmerizing.

Best time to visit: Autumn season is the perfect time to visit this place.

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54 Traditions

54 Traditions is a wonderful outlet that is famous for its textile goods. The items available at 54 Traditions are worth a buy. You will experience a good cultural feed at this outlet which is quite inspiring. The amazing collection of fabric and textile materials at 54 Traditions is famous in the city of Hanoi. The local crowd admires this destination which is also a museum. You will require a patient time to explore the beauty of 54 Traditions. You will need to hire a guide in order to learn about the various products availabl at 54 Traditions. This destination is perfect for family outings if you are in Hanoi. Prefer public transport to reach this place as parking might be an issue.

Location: 30 Hang Bun, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi,Vietnam

Highlights: Do check out the cloth textiles that are prepared by Vietnamese artists.

Best time to visit: The evening time is perfect to pay a visit.
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Hoa Fashion

Hoa Fashion is one of the most renowned fashion stores in Hanoi. You can access a large variety of tailored goods at this outlet. Hoa Fashion will surely impress you with its fine collection of men & women clothing. The fabric along with the tailoring methods at Hoa Fashion is very impressive. If you are searching for quality clothing & accessories then do prefer this store that is located in Tay Ho. Hoa Fashion has grown over the years and is visited by a large crowd in the city. The best part about this store is that, there is a good blend of formal as well as casual clothing at Hoa Fashion. The prices are decent and can be accessed by a major customer population.

Location: No.1 Xuan Dieu | Tay Ho, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam

Highlights: Hoa Fashion is a well managed shop with a supportive staff.

Best time to visit: Prefer the evening time before 6 PM.
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Quan Su Temple

If you love to visit the temple and explore the amazing architecture then this temple is a must visit for you in Vietnam. Quan Su Temple was inherent the fifteenth century under the Lê Dynasty. Around then there was no Buddhist sanctuary here however a few bungalows utilized as a position of worship.

Highlights: Nowadays the temple is a religious Buddhist pagoda furthermore houses the central command of Vietnam's Buddhism Association. While the front castle houses the icon of the admired Buddha, the back passage is committed to Master Minh Khong of the Lý Dynasty. The temple stands magnificent in customary yellow hues furthermore has an orange tree in its complex.

Location: Trần Hưng Đạo, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam

Price: The entry is free of cost.
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Museum of Fine Arts

Visit Museum of Fine Arts: This excellent Fine Arts Museum is housed in two buildings that were once the French Ministry of Information. Treasures abound, including ancient Champa stone carvings and some astonishing effigies of Guan Yin, the thousand-eyed, thousand-armed goddess of compassion. Look out for the lacquered statues of Buddhist monks from the Tay Son dynasty and the substantial collection of contemporary art and folk-naive paintings. The Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts is located in Hanoi, Vietnam. It is a museum showcasing Vietnam's fine arts from a range of historical periods. The Vietnam Fine Arts Museum is a cultural information and educational institution, directly affiliated with the Ministry of Culture and Information, with the function of conserving and exhibiting historic and contemporary artworks, archaeological and historical materials, and objects important to the history and nation of Vietnam. The Vietnam Fine Arts Museum is a national museum having legal status, its own stamp, and account in the State Treasury and bank. Visitors to the Museum can appreciate and understand the entire history of the Vietnamese fine arts through the collections and exhibitions on display.


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Cholon District

Visit Cholon District: Ho Chi Minh City’s Cholon is Vietnam’s largest Chinatown with roots dating back to 1778; it’s also a place of great historical and cultural importance. Chinese minorities hid here from the Tay Son and subsequently had to rebuild the area twice following an attack with as many as 70% estimated to have died trying to escape on boats. Those who survived settled and began selling a variety of Chinese products. During the Vietnam, War Cholon was a thriving black market for US soldiers trading in American Army issue supplies. The area today is a popular site for those on the tourist trail and also attracts many Taiwanese and Chinese visitors. Colon is an interesting place to see classical Chinese architecture reminiscent of years gone by with plenty of Chinese restaurants. The Binh Tay market at the center is busy, crowded and messy with small aisles selling all manner of goods. This market sometimes disappoints tourists when compared to other markets in Ho Chi Minh as the products are not that varied, but the main draw to Cholon is not to shop, but to enjoy the authentic Chinese atmosphere that has existed here for hundreds of years. It’s a wonderful place to experience at night.


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Mariamman Hindu Temple

Visit Mariamman Hindu Temple: Situated close to the Ben Thanh market, the Mariamman Hindu temple serves the small community of 100 or so Chinese and Vietnamese Tamil Hindus living in Ho Chi Minh City. It is the only Hindu temple that is still open in the city and is considered sacred by Hindu and non-Hindu Vietnamese. The temple is rumored to have miraculous powers, giving luck and wealth to those who worship within its walls. Built at the end of the 19th century in honor of Mariamman the Hindu Goddess of strength, the temple’s first purpose was as a place of worship for the Chettiar community. Classically Hindu in style, the colorful temple features vibrant deity sculptures reminiscent of those usually found in Southern India, decorating external walls, rooftops, towers and the shrine inside. The temple was also once used as a factory in which Joss sticks were produced. Sacred images dance on the external walls which feature a royal tower at the entrance that stands 12 meters high. Gods and Goddesses, including Shiva, Kali, Brahma and Vishnu are prominently represented with Simha Vahanam sitting to the left of the entrance.
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City Beach, Nha Trang

City Beach, Nha Trang: Loud and proud (say it!), the high-rise, the high-energy beach resort of Nha Trang enjoys a stunning setting: ringed by a necklace of hills, with a sweeping crescent beach, the city's turquoise bay is dotted with tropical islands. The shoreline has been given a huge makeover in recent years, with parks and sculpture gardens spread along the impressive promenade, while the streets inland reveal some quirky boutiques and a cosmopolitan array of dining options. As the restaurants wind down, the nightlife cranks up – Nha Trang is a party town at heart like any self-respecting resort should be. Forget the cafes of the capital; people play late in this town. If cocktails and shooters aren’t your flavors, there are some more sedate activities on offer. Try an old-school spa treatment with a visit to a mud bath or explore centuries-old Cham towers still standing in the center of town. This part of the country has its very own microclimate and the rains tend to come from October until December, a time best avoided if you are into lazing on the beach or diving in the tropical waters.


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