“If you really love nature, you will find beauty everywhere”
(Vincent Van Gogh)
Vietnam is one of the most fascinating destinations in Southeast Asia: The main reason is that it is a very complete country, full of colonial cities, natural wonders and a rich architectural and religious heritage, which falls in love with any traveler.
In this article we want to show you 7 wonders to know in Vietnam, in a unique and unforgettable trip, which you can visit with one of the most prestigious agencies in the sector, Asian Destinations. Do not miss the trips to Vietnam that they offer, among which are some places recognized worldwide and protected by UNESCO: Do you want to know them?
Hanoi is usually the gateway to Vietnam. You will need at least 2 days to discover the hidden treasures of this vibrant and chaotic Asian city, capital of Vietnam.
Among the most outstanding monuments are the wonderful Temple of Literature, founded by Confucius and the first University of the country (eleventh century), the Quan Tran Quoc pagoda, the pagoda of a Pillar, the great symbol of Hanoi or the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh.
But our favorite place is, without a doubt, the historic center of Hanoi, a corner full of guild streets, where you will believe that you have traveled back in time and where you can enjoy an exquisite street cuisine.
HALONG BAY: ONE OF THE NATURAL WONDERS OF UNESCO TO KNOW IN VIETNAM
Halong Bay is a place that needs no introduction: This UNESCO World Heritage site is considered one of the most beautiful natural places in the world.
The only way to visit Halong Bay is by taking a one- or multi-day cruise. In this way you can closely observe the wonderful landscapes of islets full of birds and vegetation, bathed by beautiful emerald waters.
The spectacle of seeing fishermen fishing at dawn is also priceless. Sailing through Halong Bay is like sailing through a dream place, with breathtaking landscapes. For that reason, it is another of the main wonders to know in Vietnam, which you can not miss.
With more than 2000 years of history, this small architectural wonder is the best preserved medieval city in Vietnam and another of the best tourist places to visit in Vietnam and learn about its fascinating past and history.
Famous for its riverside restaurants, unique beautifully colored buildings, and Full Moon Festival, Hoi An is a place that will steal your heart.
HUÉ AND THE PURPLE CITY: ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CITIES IN VIETNAM
Hué was once the great imperial city of Vietnam and the capital of the empire between 1802 and 1887. The citadel of Hue was built in 1804, following the parameters of the Forbidden City of Beijing in China.
Located next to the Perfume River, visiting its Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City is, again, a trip back in time to the greatest era of splendor of Vietnam, when mandarins inhabited the city and dragon carvings symbolized the power of the monarch.
But just as amazing as the Citadel of Hué, are also the 7 Imperial Tombs, each with some outstanding and different, but charming architectural element. The visit is made by boat, for a day, sailing along the evocative Perfume River.
HO CHI MINH CITY
Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon, was forever etched in the memory of the West because of the Vietnam War.
Some of the most notable places to visit in ancient Saigon are the nearby Củ Chi War Tunnels and Notre Dame Cathedral which, along with the Post Office Building and City Hall, constitute a remnant of the French colonial period. Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in the country and the gateway to such mythical places as the Mekong Delta.
Mai Chau is located about 150 km southwest of Hanoi, in an idyllic valley surrounded by mountains and rice fields. Mai Chau is one of the most wonderful to visit in Vietnam and enjoy outdoor activities actively. Among the different activities, you can go cycling or hiking through the mountains and rice fields.
If you like nature and silence, Mau Chau will provide you with many exciting experiences, to disconnect a few days from the bustling cities of Vietnam.
Tam Toc is called “the inner bay of Halong” for a magnificent reason: a visit to the Tam Toc wetlands, the most famous in the region, will quickly show you why this natural wonder of Vietnam has earned its honorable nickname.
Large rice fields, framed by spectacular limestone formations, are another of the great treasures to discover in northern Vietnam. You will do it on a pleasant and unforgettable boat ride on the Ngo Dong River, another beautiful corner of Vietnam.
With this last spectacular place, we finish this list of 7 wonders of Vietnam, in an inspiring trip full of surprises, touring one of the most complete and attractive countries of Southeast Asia. Don’t miss it!