Hanoi, mixte of modern and old life

Hanoi, mixte of modern and old life
Hanoi, mixte of modern and old life

Saturday

11 am, we are in the city center of Hanoi, pollution and noise are waiting for you … And yes, with 3.1 million people, understandably a bit. I’m shooting for more than two hours with my backpack (20kg) to find a hotel that has a room available, two days before the eve of the new year, everything is complete.

I put my choice hotel opposite the tourist information center in the city and in the area of ​​Old Hanoi, 50 meters from Hoan Kiem Lake, there is a greater than my usual budget category, it cost me 20 dollars per night but it is clean and the room has a window. Here the buildings do not measure more than 3 meters wide (government regulation) but against buildings can be up to 100 meters long and therefore not all parts of window and some offers darkrooms. This bit will not be annoying if they were not wet, which is the most common case. I begin my exploration of the city with a visit to the shopping streets of the old town (district 36 streets), I take this walk to circle multiple agencies for a cruise on Halong Bay. Prices range from $ 45 to $ 500 for a 3-day cruise and 2 nights. I would opt for the middle ground of 185 dollars which includes the route Hanoi – Halong – Hanoi, meals morning, noon and night, the cabin individually, the cave entrance and fishing museum.

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Sunday

This morning I am going to discover Hanoi. Given the traffic in Saigon and my experience, I prefer to do walking tours. I walk from street to street, when suddenly, I cross the railway track that runs through the city. The houses have a live output on the track and when the train passes people nuzzles against the walls to avoid being swept away. I continued towards the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, a huge and very leafy square. It was at this place that was proclaimed for the first time in 1945 the country’s independence. Direction the Temple of Literature, which dates from 1070 and was not too sudden transformation. This is actually the first university in the country where the children were taught in Mandarin and Confucian thought. I continue the day by visiting the governor’s palace, pagodas and the Museum of Fine Arts.

Monday

This morning I am going to visit St. Joseph’s Cathedral which offers red and gold colors of all beauties. I realize also see the opera house in 1911 and copied to the Opera Garnier. And along the streets, I visit and discovers a little more this city. I spend the night near my hotel, the bleachers have been installed all over the city for shows. 22h to 23h30 on the roundabout Cau Go, a circus style show Beijing occurs to celebrate the end of the year. After that, I go take a look at the singers who perform before the opera. When I returned to the hotel around 1am, so not too late for to start the year I leave tomorrow for cruising on Halong Bay. All the hotel staff met and enjoy a buffet which they suit me warmly. The year ended well and the beginning of year seems a good start.

Friday

I spend the day in the old town to explore the neighborhood of 36 streets which lies between the river and the citadel. This is an area that should beings in 2010 enrolled in the heritage of UNESCO. The neighborhood dates from the fifteenth century, every street has a specialty, street haberdashery, footwear, musical instruments … and more surprisingly, in my opinion, the street headstones.Return to the hotel in the evening and relax.

Saturday

I take my last day in Hanoi to visit some temples for tomorrow I take the bus to Vientiane in Laos.

Hue, great moment to visit imperial city and Kings ‘s tombs

Thursday

Hue is located in the center of the country, it is a World Heritage Site and extends along the Perfume River came from the Annamite Cordillera. I’m going to explore the Imperial City. This is the only example of imperial city of Vietnam still exists. It was built from 1804 to 1833 on models of the Chinese imperial palace. It extends over an area of 10 km and is accessed by bridges that were once closed by large doors. It is very pleasant to walk in the grounds of the city. It is a peaceful and lovely place. A bit of everywhere, they are rebuilding the city to restore its old character. I spend the day exploring the city and its enchanting surroundings.

great moment to visit imperial city and Kings 's tombs
great moment to visit imperial city and Kings ‘s tombs

Friday

This morning I am leaving for a cruise on the Perfume River which takes its name from the numerous medicinal herbs hitherto grown on its banks and discover the imperial tombs.

These tombs or mausoleums do not wear their name because, in fact, it was the imperial residences. But somewhere in those sets are buried the kings but no one knows where their bodies were buried as with most of their fortune. To prevent looters and treasure hunters, we should not know where they were. The largest is that of Tu Duc. It is fantastic. It covers several acres and access to the pier, we must hire the services of a motorcycle but totally worth it. It is in the middle of nowhere and the site is beautiful. With that of Minh Mang, it is the most beautiful. All throughout the cruise we stopped to visit pagoda and mausoleum. I spend a great time on this boat, then back to 16.30 on the center of Hue, because in a little over an hour, I took the bus to Hanoi.

Following my stay in Vietnam, Hoi An via Hue and ending with the equally magnificent Halong Bay!

Hoi An

Hoi An
Hoi An

We arrived in Hoi An at 7am, it is not easy to find a room at this hour. I tape around the town and visit at least one very wet fortnight hotels or rooms or the exorbitant price! 8:30, I finally found a decent room with an affordable price. I ask myself and as the night in the bus was not great, I slumps. In the early afternoon, I begin exploring the modern city, very touristy. I rented a bike to go around. A few kilometers from the center is large sandy beaches with huge hotel complexes. The area is unattractive except for those who want to spend some time in the sea. Back on the center in the evening, I dine in a restaurant in front of my hotel. This is an adorable little family restaurant. The gentleman and the lady was very nice and the little girl in the house is to crack, about the food, amazing! I gave free rein to the hostess for the choice of the dish and I enjoy sautéed beef with noodles, I’ll probably eat here for lunch and dinner.

Sunday

8:30, I’m off to explore the old city declared World Heritage by UNESCO.Hoi An was the capital of the Cham kingdom in the fifteenth century. It is here that landed Alexandre de Rhodes in 1625 He stayed there three years and learned Vietnamese and began his work as a Latinization of this language, why he invented the Vietnamese alphabet, quoc ngu (with many accents) from the letters of the Roman alphabet, then when the Ming dynasty in China was overthrown many mandarins and merchants took refuge in Hoi An and it did strain, is we owe them the best houses, the Japanese also came and owes them the original Sino-Japanese art style of the city.

I walk into the old town by a small street that leads directly against the Japanese bridge that was built in 1593, it is 20 meters long and is roofed with yellow and green tiles. Inside, it houses a pagoda dedicated to two legendary characters. Home Phun Hung, historical monument, it is a traditional house, it is based on 80 pillars of ironwood laid on marble pedestals. Inside it is only valuable wood (mahogany, jackfruit …) for beams. This house was built in 1780 and for 7 generations of the same family if successive. They still live there and are there for tourists there are several houses to visit in the city and each has its charm. Many are now used as trade. In fact, the old city, which is closed to traffic all year and pedestrian use three days a week, is a maze of trade but with a lot of charm. I enjoy having the time and get lost in the alleys of the city while the rest of the day.

Monday

After reading the guide book’s explanations on the altar of old Mr. God, I decided to visit him.It’s not like the traditional place of sightseeing houses. In fact Mr. God to a little shop of everything and anything and willingly lets the curious access its ancient altar. He speaks fluent French and is not stingy with the history of his city. We spend time together very enjoyable. God thank you sir for your welcome and very quickly. For the rest of the day, I wander and wander through the old town and the neighboring villages.

After finding out last night that a midnight mass is provided on the front of the church of Hoi An, I decided to make half and then surprise … there are at least 1,500 people an hour before the start of the mass. I make my way to the middle of the crowd as the ceremony was held outside in the courtyard of the church. At the back of the court with a platform is mounted on the left side, the representation of the nativity. Then the priest comes to that, he blessed the faithful in Vietnamese and English and French and to finish the whole Mass, he travels all three languages. The songs resonate throughout the city. There is a very great fervor and I believe it is the most beautiful midnight mass at which I participated to date.

Tuesday
Day of doing nothing, after all, it’s Christmas …

From the Ha Long Bay to the mountains of Hoang Su Phi

In September 2013 I decided to go on a trek to meet the minority ethnic groups in northwestern Vietnam Pathen, Tay, long tunic Dao , Nung, red Dao . 8 hours of walking a day do we go from ethnic groups in ethnic, village to village, among the rice fields, crossing rivers. With a guide, an assistant guide and 6 carriers. Each ethnic group with its customs and language, they do not communicate.

I also experienced something very hard taking care of many people stopped on the roadside, being aware that a nurse was going in the corner! Despite the language barrier, I could communicate with gestures, smiles, glances … unforgettable wealth!Form night homestay allows us to immerse ourselves closer to the cultures of minorities, saying the happiest in the world.

Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay is a body of water of approximately 1,500 square kilometers located in northern Vietnam, the Gulf of Tonkin, near China and 170 km east of Hanoi. It is bordered by a coastline of 120 km. Its landscape is marked by the 1969 karst islands that have earned the site to be inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1994.Aboard a three-stage junk we leave for a tour in the bay, at the turn of the rocks, sailing in calm and serenity.

By mid-afternoon, a storm boats allows us to pass under a rock with stalactites, arriving on a closed stretch of water, with only the sound of the exotic birds. Happiness !!!We spend our first night on the junk, after a beautiful sunset and a hearty dinner of several kinds of fish.

The next morning, the junk back on the road to the Cave of surprises, we visit: it consists of three rooms stones larger and larger, with impressive stalagmites and stalactites, which gives the imagination forms the most diverse. The play of light is sublime. At the entrance of the cave, two appendices stone are reminiscent of the feet: they are assigned to the engineering of the cave, guard the entrance. Near the cave, a fishing village consists of wooden huts.

By late morning, we return to port, and leave the seaside to an east-west crossing of Vietnam by minibus to the starting point of our trek … No more lazy, time for work! We meet our guide and his assistant.

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The discovery of rice

For this first day of work, I discovered landscapes previously unknown to me: paddy cultivation in floors. We carry our bags for the day, so that carriers are responsible for our bags for 15 days.

At noon, we had lunch at Pathen villagers, in a simple house. We learn to respect the traditions of ethnic minorities in Vietnam, including ancestor worship: an altar is found in every home it is installed there at the time of New Year of the year following the construction of the house. It includes incense sticks, offerings, photos of ancestors and “Uncle Ho Chi Minh.” There are rules to follow: do not place the bag in front, do not sit in front, do not plant his chopsticks upright in the rice bowl (akin to sticks of incense on the altar).

Passing a school, we learn that education is compulsory until the end of the third. Every Monday morning, students are responsible to bring their own chairs for the weekly meeting is actually a tribute to Ho Chi Minh. In the countryside, the school takes place only in the morning, afternoon children lead buffalo in the fields.

At night, we sit in the Tay people in houses on stilts, and take the “drink of friendship” to corn alcohol base. The stilt houses are formed in the same way regardless of ethnicity: the barnyard and buffalo on the ground, and the common room with the ancestors’ altar to the first, on bamboo boards. We find the ancestral altar, suspended hearth (with food reserves), and the second rice bowl.

Shamanic ceremony

The awakening taking place at 4am with our friends below (roosters, ducks, dogs …), we expect under nets sunrise. After breakfast, we leave the family to resume our journey along the river, across cultures.At noon, we had lunch at Tay, in a house on stilts with a gentleman who used a shaman to treat sleep disorders, anorexia, digestive disorders and anxiety; problems he attributes to the fact of not having asked permission ancestors for building his house. We have the chance to attend the ceremony of the shaman.

A long walk ahead of us in the afternoon, and we change district arriving at a new minority: Dao long tunic. Mr Ben welcomes us into his house on stilts. Women chew Bethen sheets, making them shiny black teeth

Crossing and swimming in the river

In the morning we start by visiting the village school where we distribute notebooks, pens, markers, … The walk then continues to a river we must cross. The water we knee-length or mid-thigh according to our size, but the current is low enough to let us through without us win. We arrived late morning at a local market in Nung.

Having walked at a brisk pace, we come from 14h Xinh at Mr Tay and his family in a house on stilts. After lunch, the afternoon is “free”: we leave for an afternoon optional walk along a river where we discover the art of fishing with local devices bamboo.

Upon returning from the trip, we can bathe and wash in the river, but fresh showers are not common in the Vietnamese countryside, bathing is not a luxury !!!

The hardest day trek to the “Heavenly Palace”

We leave very early (even today, roosters and ducks have saved us the breakdown pillow) for our longest and hardest day of our trek to the “Heavenly Palace,” in the mountains of Huang Su Phi, in 1250, in a temperature and humidity very unfavorable welfare hikers. However, the beautiful scenery makes us overcome these difficulties, and walking is very pleasant.Today we return to the simple houses, very dark, but where we find tables and chairs in red Dao.

Immersion

All day we walk through the rice fields. The guide explains the interest of culture stages, due to terrain. After plowing, farmers apply the technique of transplanting. Rice requires heavy irrigation, 5 to 10 cm.In the mountains, people divert some rivers with bamboo tubes. Harvesting is done with a sickle; depending on the region, there is between 1 and 3 annual crops.Until 2005, every newborn at birth received a parcel of land. After harvest, rice is stored dan attics. A party may be sold in case of plenty, if not all, used to feed the family.At noon, we had lunch at the Red Dao in a simple house. The evening we arrived in Nung, in house on stilts.

Sunday, the day of meat!

Today is Sunday: Day of meat for people who can not afford that luxury once a week. Since the beginning of the trek we almost vegetarian. To follow the custom, the guide buys a duck (one of those we had woken up at 4:30 this morning), put it in a bag and left in the care of two porters, who shook and trimbalent throughout the course of the morning. Around 11 am, the two carriers distort our company, not accelerating. When we arrive at 13h at Mr Phu, a Red Dao family, the duck is plucked and ready to be cooked with ginger and cardamom leaves!

In the afternoon, the path leads us to the Dao long tunic, where women embroider and make necklaces. We are fortunate to be able to shower in front of the duck pond and various animals.

Heavenly Gate

The hike this morning takes us to the Celestial Gate, or Cong Troi door Engineering Horse. We throw grass to bring us luck, and so changing district. The landscape changes, we enter a forest of chestnut trees and bamboo. We take our lunch at the Red Dao, Monday food is very poor and only Vegan, since people paid more for the meal of the day before to buy meat.

Tonight is our last night already the trek, as we begin to get used to nights out of bamboo, and the yard at any time of day or night!

Back to the capital

This morning, we leave for our final morning hiking in cultured black rice used in the manufacture of medicinal plants, and tea that women are picking. A storm is expected in the coming days, people also begin harvesting rice eagerly. We reach the minibus, make our farewells to the holders, and take the road to Hanoi, with a break in the Pan Hou village, in small boxes lost in the Vietnamese countryside. There, the reward of the trek ahead: massage bath, massage shower.

Visiting the local market is also very typical: the program, legs spread, meat hooks of “butcher” incubated eggs, chicks fetus, fish … and liquor bottles containing crows and snakes. Just like in Bronzés are skiing !!!

Visit Hanoi

The last day is dedicated to the Ha Noi visit, the capital of Vietnam, 3 million, but far exceeded by its rival Ho Chi Minh City, located further south.

On the agenda today:

- A visit to the Tran Quoc Pagoda on the edge of Grand Lake;
- A visit to the One Pillar Pagoda;
- The transition to the monument to Ho Chi Minh, with his tomb, beside the place where he had declared Vietnam’s independence in 1945;
- Visit the Temple of Literature, dedicated largely to Confucius;
- Visit the Museum of Ethnography, interior and exterior, replicating habitats of minorities;
- Puppet theater;
- The Little Lake in Hanoi;
- The streets, shops, tangled electrical son, his rickshaw and unusual events …

Accommodation in Vietnam

If you do not have any accommodation when you arrive, you can choose a hotel for the first few days of your mission. Major cities have a large number of guesthouses and mini hotels at between $ 10 and $ 25 room price. In addition, all the cities are full of small hotels called nhanghi khachsan or whose prices are around $ 10.

On collocation, bids are plentiful, and with rents between $ 150 and $ 350, you will have a furnished room with bathroom in a house equipped (air conditioning, refrigerator, stove, television, internet …). You can also rent an apartment if you prefer to live alone, but the price will be relatively higher. Most of the time, your rent does not include a number of utilities (electricity, gas …) that you will be more.

Some classified ad sites:

- http://newhanoian.xemzi.com/
http://so-saigon.xemzi.com/
http://www.mfe.org/
–  http://www.muaban.net

-http://voyagevietnam.trekasie.com//

Many opportunities also present a by word of mouth, do not hesitate to make it known to others that you are in search of a home, sometimes you need some good surprises.

A few tips:

When you visit a house or apartment, check that:

• your home has air conditioning
• You can park your bike securely
• you can dry your clothes in a ventilated area protected from rain
• all doors and windows are secure
• fire standards are met

The owners ask you one or two months deposit.

Hostels

The list of hostels in Vietnam can be found on the website: http://www.hostels.com/fr/vm.html

Websites:

http://www.livinginvietnam.com
http://www.thenest-vietnam.com/

Many offers of housing are found in all Vietnamese newspapers (in Vietnamese) and the Vietnam News (English). You can also get the weekly magazine “Mua Ban.”

Terms of lease

In Hanoi, the residential areas are mainly located near the West Lake (Ho Tay) and Ngoc Khanh Lake. In Ho Chi Minh City, it is in Wards 1 and 3 (downtown), Phu Nhuan, An Phu and Phu My Hung (inner suburbs).

It is possible to rent apartments in the private residences for foreigners. These are equipped with infrastructure dedicated to sports activities, child care and restoration. The rental rate is very high. The residential rental market is booming in major cities of Vietnam. Many sites and projects integrating urban area villas and apartments are in progress.

Apartments or houses modern or traditional type are also available for rent. There are small houses in Hanoi – sometimes with a small garden – in residential areas. These neighborhoods are not immune to noise, Hanoi is a very noisy city.

Offers from estate agents are available on the internet. Word of mouth is an alternative for available in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City accommodation. If you are using a particular, it is essential to ensure that the lessor has proper authorization from the local authorities to rent to a stranger. The rent can be negotiated. Please note, contract or written agreement may be challenged by the owner, it is therefore necessary to agree in advance on the terms of the lease. Equipment (air conditioning, …) are provided by the owner. The lease term is from 1 to 5 years. An advance of 1 to 3 months rent is required. However, there is no set rule, the tenant may have to adjust six months rent in advance. The agency fee is set by the owner. In general, the occupant must pay all charges. Cooling induces a robust electricity and therefore high bills consumption of around 500 euros monthly minimum for a medium sized house.

Vietnam still has a policy of dual pricing of services, including housing-related (water, electricity, rents) between nationals and foreigners. Prices usually vary between regions and cities.

For a list of real estate agents:

- http://www.internationalrealestatedirectory.com
http://en.metvuong.com/
http://www.chaocom.com

Some ideas to quickly learn the Vietnamese

From living in a foreign country, or a few weeks’ holiday without knowing its official language is quite complicated. One might be led to ask for information or haggling with traders there. For those who plan to visit Vietnam, here are some simple but effective ideas to learn Vietnamese quickly. Of course, mastering the Vietnamese in such a short time is impossible but you will have some understanding of the terms most frequently used.Hue vietnam

Taking classes online

Taking classes online is one of the easiest solutions to choose. In recent years, websites that allow the learning of foreign languages ​​have become increasingly numerous. You can opt for one of them to learn Vietnamese.

These web portals provide in most cases of course more or less complete on the most used Vietnamese expressions, patterns of use of adjectives, adverbs, pronouns and prepositions or on structures of Vietnamese phrases. Exercises are even offered. These information can be accessed for free or paid.

Here are some references to tell you to learn Vietnamese, namely Mylanguages.org, L-lingo.com and hoctiengviet-online.com

Reading books for learning

Reading books is a whole other way to learn all about Vietnamese culture and language of this Asian country. As Vietnamese is not yet a language easier to learn, then you should choose books that offer good learning techniques.

You can choose for example the works of the “Method for Vietnamese” collection. They offer you the ability to learn Vietnamese , oral and written, with their effective techniques and audio media.

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Subscribe in a language school

The only way that you understand this foreign language and fluent as a true Vietnamese is to take lessons from a training center. The very long-term learning is the only drawback. This third solution is especially dedicated to those or those seeking a career in Vietnam or continue their education. The advantage of registering with a language school is able to converse with other people who speak very good Vietnamese. Such exchanges are a great way to study a foreign language quickly.

Seek for Friends of Vietnamese origin

The last solution for you is to use a Friend of Vietnamese origin. They are alot in europe . To contact them, you can either advertise online or seek advice from some users that share similar interests as yours. Discussion in forums online treating about traveling to Vietnam, are excellent places to find such information.

Learn Vietnamese through a native person in this country not only allows you to introduce you to the language but also to a taste of the charming country awaits you. These expatriates are sure to talk about their country and their culture.  In addition, there is nothing better than being a true learning Vietnamese. Your pronunciation is more than perfect at the end of training.

A draft of the landscape of Vietnam

Country blessed by nature, Vietnam has a very varied landscape alternating green plains, eternal forests, clear waters and rocky peaks. This country of Southeast Asia is a magical and offer breathtaking panorama which enraptures all views. If you are a photography enthusiast, Vietnam is the perfect place to make beautiful pictures.In this article, you can look at the beautiful scenery Vietnam, from north to south.

The North

North or “Bac Bo” can be divided into three regions, which are the Red River Delta, the high mountain region and the middle region. These last two nest the most beautiful scenery in this part of Vietnam.

Vietnam northern landscape is mostly dominated by the breathtaking peaks, long, rolling valleys and rice floors. You can try to climb those heights to enjoy the view across the ethnic minority villages, composed of wooden houses with thatched roofs. You will be impressed by the vast fields, equipped with small dykes and dams of mud, worked by industrious farmers wearing conical hats. The view given on the famous Halong Bay, a tourist mecca of North Vietnam, also enchant. Its countless islands and peaks that rise from the clear waters are a rare beauty.

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Travel to vietnam north
Halong bay Vietnam travel
Halong bay Vietnam travel

The Centre

The center or “Trung Bộ” bordered on the north and south by natural boundaries including “Cloud Pass,” and to the west by the mountains of Annam, also has a charming nature exceptional. These are divided between mountainous areas and low-lying coastal plains of the region.

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The Central Highlands contain 4 of the 7 natural and cultural wonders included in the list of world heritage sites of UNESCO, namely the National Park Phong Nha – Ke Bang, Hue monuments, the Old City of Hoi An and the sanctuary of My Son. These sites are the beautiful landscape of Vietnam Centre. *


Other tourist attractions are scattered in different parts of the region to name only four national parks, which are Phong Nha – Ke Bang caves with its surprising, Bach Ma with its lush vagetation , and Yok Don and Nam Cat Tien .

Landscape in Vietnam Centre is also distinguished by the presence of Marble Mountains, which are formed by five majestic hills of limestone. They attract quite a number of visitors every year. It is not also forget to mention the beautiful beaches and lagoons of coastal areas, the paradise of the followers of scuba diving.

The South

The Southern region or “Nambo,” formerly known as Nam Ky, in turn, is the result of filling a gulf. The beauty of its landscape is also lower, particularly its seaside resorts and its archipelagos.The famous Mekong Delta, which covers a large part of this region offers a beautiful panorama, consisting of vast fields of rice to the horizon, populated by migratory birds and charming traditional villages crisscrossed by rivers swamps.

Vietnam tourism figures

 Vietnam tourism figures
Vietnam tourism figures

Tourism is one of the sectors that contribute enormously to the development of the Vietnamese economy. This is not surprising because it is a rich country sights. Its natural and cultural wonders attract millions of visitors from around the globe each year.

Vietnam tourism figures

Vietnam face in recent years one of the most popular tourist destinations in Asia. The statistics identify more than 2 million visitors each year since 2004 before this period, specifically in 2003, tourism in Vietnam has experienced a slight decline due to the spread of SARS in Asia.

The National Tourism Administration of Vietnam is now implementing its know-how in order to attract more tourists every year. In less than ten years, from 1999 to 2004, tourism in Vietnam increased by 63%. The latest figures revealed a staggering 6,847,678 visitors for 2012, an increase of 13.86% compared to 2011 (based vietnamtourism.com).

The majority of tourists who choose Vietnam as destination from China. Their average effective tax rate is around 27%. The United origin, Japanese and Korean tourists also not lacking. Many French are also starting to look more and more to this exotic country that has it all.

The main attractions of Vietnam

If Vietnam attracted many visitors, it is because this country has many tourist attractions. In the list below you will find some points of interest in this destination. Discover the most chosen by vacationers to stay, the best and popular monuments and museums most visited natural sites cities.

The most selected cities

Among the most popular tourist cities in Vietnam, nothing can match Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and Hanoi. If this charming southern town is popular with visitors for its old buildings with a French colonial architecture, the Vietnamese capital on it is renowned for its famous lakes that dominate the city center.

Hoi An, Hue, Nha Trang and DaLat are other cities that contribute effectively to the development of tourism in Vietnam.

Hoi An fascinates visitors with its ancient walls, narrow streets and many traditional homes.

Hue recalls the Forbidden City in Beijing thanks to the architecture of its buildings.

Dalat (Vietnamese Da lat) is famous for its colonial villas, the lake in the heart of the city and especially its position in the high altitude it is a very enjoyable part of life.

As for Nha Trang is the ideal place to relax with its beautiful white sand beaches and turquoise sea.

The most popular natural sites

Vietnam full of countless natural sites in the unparalleled charm. However, distinguish the most chosen by visitors for an unforgettable getaway in this Asian country . Ha Long Bay is one of the sites that many followers, by its jade sea and islands of limestone.

World Heritage by UNESCO, National Park Phong Nha – Ke Bang is also the subject of numerous visits through its vast network of caverns and caves, numbering 300, stretching some 70 kilometers which only 20 have been explored by Vietnamese and British scientists (17 located in the Phong Nha area and three in the Ke Bang). Apart from these natural wonders, the other sites that are hallmarks of Vietnam is Phu Quoc Island and the Mekong Delta.

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The most visited monuments

While tourism in Vietnam has increased considerably, it is also partly due to its many cultural attractions. If you like the genre, you’ll be well spoiled.

In the different regions of the country, both in large cities and in the villages, you will meet monuments occupy your attention. Vietnamese buildings are distinguished by various architectural styles, inspired by those of the west and east during periods of colonization and subjugation to foreigners.

The monuments that attract an impressive number of visitors to the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, ancient temples and pagodas in Hanoi and Hue, My Son Sanctuary, Notre Dame Cathedral, Ho Chi Minh City and the Cao Dai temple of Tay ninh.

Compared with some western countries, Vietnam recognizes few museums. Most of its cultural centers exhibit objects that tell of his troubled past. In the capital and in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), you will find for example the History Museum of Viet Nam, the museums of the Revolution, the eponymous Museum and the Remnants of War.

Minh Anh Travel , travel agency specializing in Vietnam and Indochina.

Minh Anh Travel , travel agency specializing in Vietnam and Indochina. Their itineraries are custom-made,  they adjust the proposed trip to your liking. In their small guide web and Vietnam, they will provide more information about this wonderful country. You can download their catalog  (for printing) or directly contact them by http://vietnamtravel.trekasie.com/

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Travel to vietnam north

The philosophy that organize your trips is to offer you more than what fits you, to find each of the cities and areas at your own pace and taste. That is why they include only the transfer input of the first day, accommodation, internal transport (trains, planes, etc …) travel insurance and international flights. However, Minh Anh Voyage adapt to the preferences of each of you, so we can include other transfers and visits should prefer it.

1- Vietnam is a country with a very recent opening to tourism, and therefore continues to offer traditional stamps of Indochina.

2 -If there is a place that invites contemplation and cultural and natural contact with the local population, that is the Mekong Delta.

3 The sea becomes jade color virgin islands and the famous Halong Bay.

4 The French colonial architecture of the historic center of Hanoi.

5-The security of the country is such that the traveler can move in a perfect environment.

6- can make good purchases of clothing, antiques, electronic equipment at a reasonable price in Vietnam.

7-‘s almost an obligation to spend a night in a tribal village in the mountains of northern ethnic minorities and preserving traditional clothing and animist betrayals.

8- transportation are really efficient and there are lots of hotels.

9-In Ho Chi Minh , you can still see the brink of war and communism.

10-Now that Vietnam is in full revolution, time to go see him before that loss or decrease traditions authenticity.

Vietnam is an exotic country, which was a symbol of the war yesterday, and today arouses curiosity and filled with a spirit of respect. It is essential to visit to soak up the charm of Indochina, the constant change of Ho Chi Minh, typical rice fields on the banks of the Mekong Delta in Hoi An or the nearby Marble Mountains.

Hue, the former imperial city with unparalleled beauty. Hanoi is also known for pagodas, temples and colonial buildings. To put the icing on the cake, Halong Bay, listed as one of the most beautiful places in the world or Sapa north, lets to discover its colorful tribes and green landscapes where we can make treks. See more in their website Voyage Vietnam to get more infos abotu Vietnam and trekking tour

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