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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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What You Should Know More About Vietnam

  • Travel advice:

    • Vietnam is a place frequented by tourists and hence, it is better to book your stay facilities well in advance.

    • Though the crime rate against tourists is very low, you should beware of scammers who try to fool tourists by selling fake things claiming them to be original.

    • Take care of expensive belongings while on the trip.

    • Do not get into any drug related situations.

    • Do not offend or insult the local culture or people of Vietnam in any way as they are very simple and humble people who respect their culture a lot.

  • Drinking laws

    The legal age to consume alcohol in Vietnam is 18 years for all types of alcoholic drinks. Though the age limits are not very rigid, it is better and safe to follow them.


  • Our Recommendations: What You Can’t Afford To Miss?

    Hoi An Ancient Town

    Hoi An is not only a charming seaside town, but one of the most trading ports of the ancient times. Though the trading purpose of the post does not exist anymore, you can visit here to understand the preserved roots of the spot and also enjoy some of the most scenic views on the beach, while sitting at one of the many casual dining restaurants located here.

    Cu Chi Tunnels

    The Cu Chi Tunnels are a war museum which give you a picture of the underground life of the Cong-Era soldiers in Vietnam. Including more than 120 kilometers of tunnels, this place is a collection of tunnels which will give you goosebumps while you imagine the struggle of the soldiers.

    Ha Long Bay

    Ha long Bay, located in the northern region of Vietnam is world famous for its natural beauty. The bay is ornamented with over 1,600 limestone islands and islets which cover an area of 1,500 square kilometers and to witness such an enormous natural wonder is a really breathtaking sight. This place is declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site and is an indeed a surreal place to visit, as it looks something like a desktop wallpaper landscape.

    Phon Nha-Ke Bang national Park

    The Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, a UNESCO declared World Heritage Site located in the Quang Binh province of Vietnam. Developed as a result of the earth crust progression over 464 million years ago, it is the oldest karst formation in Russia. This park has over 2,000 square kilometers of limestone formation which is worth being witnessed.

    My Son Hindu Sanctuary

    Declared as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO, the My Son Hindu Sanctuary is an example reflecting the ancient Champa Civilization. You can see the remains of the once flourished civilization here and take some of the best photographs of yourself here.

    Mui Ne Sand Dunes

    These sand dunes are one of the most important attractions of Vietnam apart from the beaches. The extensive sand dunes are in the glowing shades of white and golden and if you go further to the south, you will also get to see Red sand dunes.

    Ho Chi Minh City

    The Ho Chi Minh City is a concrete jungle of skyscrapers along with some crumbling colonial houses. This is a city which is a perfect blend of culture and development, as you can see monks collecting alms trough luxurious shops and showrooms. On one side you will have a traffic of motorbikes and on the other side, you will have ferries going on the Saigon River. Give yourself plenty of time to explore this city, as it is a completely different experience.

    Nha Trang

    Nha Trang is undoubtedly the most famous beach in Vietnam and it totally deserves the status because it has beautiful palm-lined sands, with little lively bars and shacks lined on it. You can take boat trips which take you for water sports like snorkeling and to nearby islands and coral reefs located near the beach. You can also enjoy surfing and SCUBA Diving on this beach.

  • What you will like here?

    Natural Beauty

    The natural beauty with which the country of Vietnam is blessed is beyond breathtaking. The beaches, sand dunes, mountains and crystal clear rivers will leave you awestruck with its beauty.

    Shopping

    You can shop for some of the best apparel, junk jewelry, accessories and handicrafts in Vietnam. From brand stores to street shopping stalls, the array of options for street shopping in Vietnam is never ending and you will get tired while shopping here but still not be satisfied.

    Vibrant Beaches

    The clean and sparkling beaches of Vietnam are untouched by adulteration and exploitation of nature. They are serene, calm and flocked with fun-seeking tourists which make them really vibrant and exciting.

    Nightlife

    The nightlife of Vietnam is not very popular, but it is only when you have not seen or experienced it. Once you get the feel of the nightlife consisting of vibrant and fun-filled street life, casual as well as luxurious bars and casinos, performance venues, cocktail bars and an array of nocturnal entertainment options, you will fall in love with it.

    Local culture

    Though Vietnam is a developed place when it comes to infrastructure, lifestyle and mindset of people, it has not lost or moved away from its cultural roots. People here still follow their culture and traditions and celebrate all the religious as well as national festivals with great excitement.

  • Recommended Reads For The Destination

    Website

    Travel Vietnam

    Books
    • Lonely Planet Vietnam
    • Insight Guides: Explore Vietnam

  • When is the best time to visit Vietnam?

    The best time to visit Vietnam is from the month of February to April when the country has spring season going on.

    • In spring, March and April have the lowest rainfall across all destinations and temperatures are pleasant.The northern part of the country is cooler.
    • Similarly, another best time to be here is in the month of August to October during the autumn season. During these seasons, the temperatures are pleasant, moderate with lighter rainfall in all parts of Vietnam.

  • How to reach Vietnam?

    Vietnam is a popular country located on the south of China. It is visited by tourists from all across the globe every year who have only had good things to say about the country in all these years. Vietnam is well connected to to its neighbouring countries as well as countries on the other side of globe. Tourists can reach Vietnam by fight, road, rail and sea

     

    By Air- Direct flights are offered by airlines like Air Asia,Qantas, Air France and Lufthansa from most parts of the world. The NoiBai International Airport in Hanoi is preferred by most of the travellers. But you may also choose Danang International Airport depending on your convenience..

     

    By Train- Travellers from Beijing and Nanning can board direct international train to Hanoi.

     

    By Road- Travellers from Cambodia, China, and Laos can reach Vietnam by road. There are regular buses that commute within these destinations.

  • Do I need a visa for Vietnam? How does one get a Vietnam visa?

    A Vietnam visa is required for most international flyers to enter and exit Vietnam at three international airports in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang. You can get your visa on arrival at any of these airports. The procedure of the having the visa is pretty simple and convenient. You can get a visa by applying online on Vietnam government’s official website. You can then show this letter at the airport and you’re ready for your trip!

  • What is the currency of Vietnam and where can I get my money exchanged?

    Vietnamese dong is the currency of Vietnam. Like every other country, Vietnam too has many money exchange facility providers.Getting a grip on all the zeroes can be challenging task for the first-time visitor to Vietnam. You may suddenly feel like you’re a millionaire as you see money splurging in. The easiest and most convenient idea is to exchange the currency on the airport itself. You can also get your money exchanged in any of the banks.But don’t forget, these two charge the highest service cost. Some of the other money changers are hotels, jewellery and gold shops.

  • What are the things to do in Vietnam?

    In Vietnam, only those who take efforts get the rewards as some places having splendid views but are located far from usual tourist destinations. There’s a lot you can do in Vietnam...right from hiking, trekking to restaurant hopping, from sightseeing to pampering yourself with spa treatments. Here are a few things you should consider adding to your ‘to-do’ list in Vietnam.

     

    • Find a traditional homestay
    • Cycle in the rich green paddies of Mai Chau
    • Socialise at backpacker hostels
    • Ride a buffalo
    • Walk down the famous train street
    • Meet and greet a Hmong family
    • Visit the rural food market
    • Enjoy Bia Hoi beer-world’s cheapest beer
    • Try the traditional Pho in every city
    • Overeat the local cuisine
    • Visit Ho Chi Minh Opera House
    • Appreciate the beautiful lanterns at Hoi An
    • Try snake blood shots, maybe?
    • Try and fit into the Cu Chi tunnels
    • Tour in the traditional boats

  • What is the local food of Vietnam? Which are the best places to taste this food?

    The traditional Vietnamese cuisine usually comprises of fish sauce, shrimp paste, soy sauce, rice, fresh herbs, fruit and vegetables which are some of the common ingredients. The use of dairy products and oil is minimal and the food has a rather complementary texture.Vietnamese cuisine is considered to be one of the healthiest foods in the world. When in Vietnam, do not miss trying out the below listed foods-

     

    • Bánh Mì
    • Bun Cha
    • Bánh xèo
    • Bún riêu
    • ?p la (op la)
    • Sticky rice in coconut
    • Ph? (pho)
    • Ch? Cá
    • G?i cu?n & ch? giò
    • Egg Coffee

     

    Here’s where you can enjoy these and many more traditional Vietnamese dishes-

     

    • Nha Hang Ngon

    Location- 26a P Tran Hung Dao Hanoi, Vietnam

     

    • Pho Hoa

    Location- 260c Ð Pasteur Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

     

    • Highway 4

    Location- 3 P Hang Tre Hanoi, Vietnam

     

    • Morning Glory Restaurant

    Location- 106 Ð Nguyen Thai Hoc Hoi An, Vietnam

  • What is the best public transport to commute around Vietnam?

    Local buses are most prominent in cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh. Except for this tourists are often comfortable boarding the local taxis. There are shared taxis available at many internal parts of the country as well. These can be easily discovered on your visit to Vietnam.

  • Do I need to have any vaccinations before the trip to Vietnam?

    Taking vaccinations before any trip is a personal choice. But of course, precaution is better than cure so here are a few vaccinations you can take up to be fit and fine while in Vietnam…

    • Cholera
    • Diphtheria
    • Hepatitis A
    • Hepatitis B
    • Japanese Encephalitis
    • Rabies
    • Tetanus

  • What is the local language in Vietnam and which are the most commonly used greetings?

    Vietnamese is the local language of Vietnam and is considered to be one of the commonly spoken languages in the world. This one is a typical tonal language and the meaning of a word depends on how high or low your voice is. Once you understand how letters and tone have tone to be pronounced, you get a hang of the language. It has very few exceptions when compared to English language.

    Here are a few most commonly used greetings with their pronunciation you may want to use in Vietnam…

     

    Hello.

    Xin chào. (sin chow)

     

    Hi.

    Chào. (chow)

     

    Hello. (on the phone)

    A-lô. (AH-loh)

     

    How are you?

    Kh?e không? (kweh kohng?)

     

    Fine, thank you.

    Kho?, c?m ?n. (kweh, gauhm uhhn)

  • Which are the best shopping places in Vietnam and what are they famous for?

    In Vietnam there is a fair possibility that you will end up buying more number things than you intend to. Things are reasonable, fancy and attractive that makes you want to shop all day long. Here are some of the best shopping places in the country and all that they’re famous for-

     

    • Hanoi

    Best Buy- Exquisite silks, gems, silver, water puppets, colourful lacquerware, scarves, fake war mementoes and hand-tailored clothing

     

    • Hoi An

    Best Buy- Silk fabrics that can be stitched within 24 hours

    • Dalat

    Best Buy- Candied fruit, local wines, deer jerky and fancy souvenirs

     

    • Ho Chi Minh City

    Best Buy- Marble stone boxes, ceramic tea sets, silk lanterns, exceptional home accessories, furniture, lighting, modern art and clothing

  • Here are the best tips Thrillophilia has to offer for your trip to Vietnam

    Vietnam as a country will surprise you in several ways… Before you are clean bowled by Vietnamese, here are a few tips Thrillophilia wants to help you with. These will help you have a smooth trip with no inconveniences. So, here you go…

     

    • Bargain Hard
    • Buy train tickets directly at the station and not from agents or hotels
    • Riding a bike in Vietnam is not a very good idea!
    • The country is bigger; much bigger than you think!
    • Visit Hanoi- For understanding traditions, lifestyle and attractions
    • Visit Ho Chi Minh City- For style and modern culture
    • Pay attention to the number of zeroes on your dong
    • Try the alleys
    • Beaches may disappoint you!
    • Watch out for taxi scams
    • Watch out for pickpockets!

  • Which are must visit beaches in Vietnam?

    With long coastline, Vietnam has many beaches for tourists to enjoy a warm sunbath and get some sun tanning. There are secluded coves with white sands and waters which is suitable for snorkelling. Moreover, you can also enjoy the beautiful sunset at these beaches while sipping a mug of beer. Relax and have the best time at below listed beaches that are some of the must visit beaches in Vietnam...

     

    • Long Beach, Phu Quoc
    • City Beach, Nha Trang
    • Hon Chong Beach, Nha Trang
    • Ho Coc Beach, Ho Coc
    • Doc Let Beach, Hon Khoi peninsula
    • Dai Lanh, Hon Ghom peninsula
    • My Khe, Quang Ngai
    • Long Beach, Phu Quoc
    • Star Beach, Phu Quoc
    • City Beach, Nha Trang
    • Hon Chong Beach, Nha Trang.
    • Ho Coc Beach, Ho Coc
    • Doc Let Beach, Hon Khoi peninsula
    • Dai Lanh, Hon Ghom peninsula
    • My Khe, Quang Ngai

  • Which are UNESCO World Heritage sites in Vietnam?

    Vietnam is blessed to have some beautiful places that have managed to bag the title of UNESCO world heritage sites. These are of course, some must visit places in Vietnam that depict beauty, lifestyle and culture of the country. These wonders of Vietnam are-

     

    • Halong Bay
    • Phong Nha Ke Bang
    • Hue Complex of Monuments
    • Hoi An Ancient Town
    • Thang Long Imperial Citadel
    • My Son Sanctuary
    • Ho Dynasty Citadel

  • Which are some famous trekking trails in Vietnam?

    Tourists coming to Vietnam are spellbound by the wildly beautiful nature the country has. For adventure enthusiasts, this land offers picturesque trails that let you have some very memorable, challenging treks in Vietnam. Some of the best trekking trails are these listed below-

     

    • Sapa
    • Pu Luong (Phu Luong)
    • Mai Chau
    • Cao Bang
    • Cat Ba Island
    • Ba Be Lake and National Park
    • Cuc Phuong National Park
    • Cat Tien National Park
    • Lang Bian Mountain

  • What are some of the best water sports in Vietnam?

    As Vietnam has long coastal line, it facilitates opportunities for water sports. There are many activities you can enjoy to make your trip to Vietnam. Here are the best recommended ones that are thrilling, fun and really enjoyable.

     

    • Flyboard
    • Parasailing
    • Water skiing
    • Sea walking
    • Scuba diving
    • Motorboat
    • Kayaking
    • Canoeing
    • Cruising

  • Which are some must visit temples in Vietnam?

    Vietnam is a country rich in traditions, culture and mythology that extends for centuries and millennia. If you observe closely, you shall realise that it is all a blend of influences from China, the greater Indochina region, and also Europe. The temples in Vietnam clearly depict these elements. If you plan on visiting a few, here’s where you should go-

     

    • The One Pillar Pagoda

    Location- Chùa M?t C?t, ??i C?n, Ba ?ình, Hà N?i

     

    • Perfume Pagoda

    Location- H??ng S?n, M? ??c, Hanoi

     

    • Temple of Literature

    Location- 58 Qu?c T? Giám, V?n Mi?u, ??ng ?a, Hà N?i

     

    • Keo Pagoda

    Location- ?T220B, làng Keo, Duy Nh?t, V? Th?, Thái Bình

     

    • Truc Lam Temple

    Location- Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Da Lat

     

    • Yen Tu Pagoda

    Location- ??nh Yên T? 1068m, Th??ng Yên Công, Tp. Uông Bí, Qu?ng Ninh Province

  • Where can I get best caving experience in Vietnam?

    Vietnam is a country with complex terrains. Not only does it have spectacular views of mother nature but also has adventure activities like water sports and trekking for adventure enthusiasts. Similarly, if you are looking for something more, we will recommend you to have caving experience in Vietnam that promises to bring out the explorer in you. Here are some of the best and largest caves in Vietnam-

     

    • Son Doong Cave – Quang Binh Province
    • Phong Nha Ke Bang
    • Tam Coc – Bich Dong
    • Trang An Cave system
    • Sung Sot Cave

  • Where can I go for cruising in Vietnam?

    Cruising is a fun activity. It lets you relax and admire the beauty of the place closely. In Vietnam, these activity comes in several options like-

     

    • Sunset cruise
    • Dinner Cruise
    • Lunch Cruise
    • Multi day Cruise
    • Night Cruise

     

    You can choose any of these according to your preferences. They are available from cities like Hanoi and Ho Chin Minh.