Vietnam has an array of diverse cities, landscapes and cultural sites. Whether you attempt to uncover Vietnam’s rich cultural history with a guidebook, or take an in-depth tour from the remote Dong Van Plateau to the Mekong Delta, there is no shortage of must-see attractions to put on your itinerary. Vietnam is the easternmost country in the Indochina Peninsula, and its natural beauty and 3200 km of coastline make it a holiday hotspot for all types of travellers. Since the 1990s, tourism in Vietnam has boomed.
From Hanoi and Saigon to the Marble Mountains and the caves of Ha Long Bay, backpackers, families, couples and adventurers are all discovering the wealth of attractions that Vietnam has to offer. It is a destination that is not only composed of World Heritage Sites like Hoi An Ancient Town and My Son Sanctuary, but also boasts the largest artificial sea in Southeast Asia, which is located in the province of Binh Duong. When you travel, deciding what is a must-see or a must-do can be a difficult process. Here are 4 attractions in Vietnam that are sure to impress any traveller.
1. The Dong Van Plateau is an ideal destination for trekkers and adventurers. Located in the northern Ha Giang province, Dong Van Plateau is a treasure trove of high-peaks, scenic vistas and steep, rocky cliffs. Dong Van Town ranges from 1000 to 1600m above sea level. Local farmers till the mountainsides, and the villages in this area of Vietnam celebrate a traditional way of life.
2. Hoi An Ancient Town is a World Heritage Site. It is an immaculately preserved port town situated on the northern bank of the Thu Bon River. The pagodas, temples and houses are built in 19th century architectural styles. However, archaeological excavations have proven that there was a port at his location as far back as the 2nd century, and scholars believe that Christianity was introduced to Vietnam through Hoi An.
3. The Marble Mountains, located in the Ngu Hank Son ward, have long been a popular tourist attraction in Vietnam. The Marble Mountains are a mysterious cluster of five marble and limestone hills, and each one of the mountains is named after one of the five elements. The mountains have extensive tunnels and cave systems, and there are several Buddhist sanctuaries inside. You can climb to the peak of one of the mountains.
4. No tour of Vietnam is complete without a trip to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. However, trying to decide which of these vibrant cities to visit is like choosing between The Rolling Stones or The Beatles. In other words, why not land in one city and fly out of the other?
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