7 Vietnam’s Top Tourist Attractions in 2013

31 Oct 2013 Dang Van Nhan said

Dang Van Nhan

According to the Huffington Post Magazine, Vietnam is one of the fastest growing countries in South East Asia and tourism development. Traveling to Vietnam, visitors will be surprised by the friendliness and openness of the locals, the country’s wonderful natural beauties: From the green rice fields in the north to the fascinating bustle of the Mekong Delta in the south. Huffington Post has named the 7 points to attract the most international visitors of Vietnam, including Hoan Kiem Lake, HaLong Bay, Nha Trang Beach, Hoi An Ancient Town , Thien Mu Pagoda, Sa Pa Terraces and the Mekong Delta.
1. Hoan Kiem Lake (Hanoi)
Hoan Kiem Lake is one of the most wonderful parts in Hanoi. Around Hoan Kiem Lake, people can enjoy the peaceful atmosphere between busy streets – Old Quarter. As a legend story, King Le Loi – the king of Le dynasty in the 1400s – had to restore the sword to turtle lord that helps him to fight the foreign enemies out of the nation. The evidence still being alive is that there has a giant turtle living in Hoan Kiem Lake. Being one of the beauties in Hanoi, Hoan Kiem lake has inside Ngoc Son temple, The Huc Bridge which exist in hundreds of years along with Vietnamese history.
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2. Halong Bay (Quang Ninh)
Halong Bay is one of Mother Earth’s most amazing natural wonders and one of Vietnam’s most prized treasures. Travelling around the bay, you will have chance to go sightseeing and experience the greatest moment of the nature here when youare with the colorful subset, the majestic of stone mountains with caves inside, the simplicity beauty of locals’ sea life here. In 1994, the core zone of Ha Long Bay was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
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3. Nha Trang Beach (Khanh Hoa)
Nha Trang is the most popular seaside resort town located along the second most beautiful bay in Viet Nam. It features beautiful beaches with fine and clean sand and clear ocean water with mild temperature. The city has about 300,000 inhabitants and, unlike any other beach destinations such as Mui Ne and Phu Quoc,is more lively and urban especially. It’s also the scuba diving center of Vietnam.

4. Hoi An Ancient Town (Quang Nam)
Hoi An Ancient Town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plans reflect the influences; both indigenous and foreign, which have combined to produce this unique heritage site. The heart of the city is still the Old Town, full of winding lanes and Chinese-styled shops. It is sometimes called the “Venice of Vietnam” due to the narrow canals that cut through the parts of the town and this make Hoi An become more special.

5. Thien Mu Pagoda (Hue)
Thien Mu pagoda is situated on Ha Khe hill, on the left bank of the Huong River meaning Perfume River, in Huong Long village, 5km from Hue center. It was built in 1601, and then Lord Nguyen Phuc Tan had it renovated in 1665. The name of the pagoda comes from a myth: a long time ago, an old woman appeared on the hill where the pagoda stands today, she said to the local people that a Lord would come and build a Buddhist pagoda standing for the country's prosperity here. Lord Nguyen Hoang, as soon as hearing that, ordered the construction of the pagoda of the "Heavenly Lady".

6. Sa Pa Terraces
One destination growing in popularity, and soon to be overwhelmed by backpackers, is Sapa. Sapa is a small, tranquil town that lies a mile high on the Hoang Lien Son mountain range along the Chinese border in Northwest Vietnam. Rice terraces can be found in the Muong Hoa valley between Sa Pa town and the Fansipan Mountain, on a backdrop of thick bamboo woodlands. Ethnic minority people Giay, the Hmong, Tay, Dao, and Giay, have fertilized the soil and grow rice and corn on these paddy terraces, vegetables intercropped to provide for locals using.

7. Mekong Delta (Mekong River)
Vietnam’s ‘rice basket’, the Mekong Delta is a watery landscape of green fields and sleepy villages, everywhere crisscrossed by the brown canals and rivulets fed by the mighty Mekong River. Its inhabitants – stereotyped as friendly and easygoing – have long toiled on the life-sustaining river, with their labors marked by the same cycles governing the waterways.
One of the popular features of Mekong Delta that can be seen everywhere in the south of Vietnam is a kind of “floating market”. Local families supply agricultural commodities by sailing their own boat to trade along the rivers’ side and their main revenue comes from this trading activities. The every famous characteristic of the locals is their generosity and hospitality, even more than Northern Vietnamese.

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