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Vietnam Destinations

VIETNAM, officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

Vietnam has become a very popular destination since the 1990s in South East Asia, assisted by significant state and private investment, particularly in coastal regions. Accounting for 5,5 million international tourists visited Vietnam in 2015.

Many good infrastucture were built by the state and invested by foreign countries, The country is also a safe destination in Asia, many tourists come to Vietnam, not only for its beautiful natural lanscapes, its long history, the culture, the people, but also for Vietnamese cusine. Tourists can find  both cheap range and top range travels .

Althought the country was very much destroyed by many wars, but the people and the state leadship have been built much , and also the political management have been amended and renewed since the National Congress in 1986 and the open door in 1994,

 Vietnam have at least more than 8 World HERITAGE SITES listed by UNESCO, which are very potential for a young tourism industry, They are: Halong Bay, Hue Citadel, Hoian Ancient Town, My Son Holy Temple, Phong Nha Cave & Ke Bang National Park, Trang An Complex, Relics of Ancient City Thang Long, Ho Dynasty's Citadel.

Geography: aproximately 332,000 km2

Population: 94 million people (2016)

Religion: in 2010 about 45.3% of the Vietnamese adhere to indigenous religions, 16.4% to Buddhism, 8.2% to Christianity, 0.4% to other faiths, and 29.6% of the population isn't religious

Largest City: Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon as former name), with about 10 million people

Ethnic groups: There are 53 hill tribes, and accounting for 86 % of population are ethnic Vietnamese , the rest are 14% of minorities

Climate: Because of differences in latitude and the marked variety in topographical relief, the climate tends to vary considerably from place to place.

In the North Vietnam, there are 4 seasons , but it turns to 2 main seasons, wet and dry. In the south VN, it is warm for whole year, but wet and dry seasons

Languages: The official national language of Vietnam is Vietnamese, and the people study some other foreign languages for their jobs or business such as French, German, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, but English is more popular and also widely taught at school.

Now: The country is dominated by one party , and it is called " Communist Party of Vietnam", accounting for 3,7 million members in the whole country

History

  • Prehistory and ancient history : Human beings appeared in Vietnam about 500,000 years ago. And then early stone age around 15,000 years, bronze age about 3000 years, iron age about 2000 years.
  • China Domination: from 200 B.C until 938 A.D ( 10th Century), Vietnam then declared an independence kingdom from China, ended 1000 years of Chinese Colonial System
  • Dynastic Vietnam: Started from 938 until 1945 under 10 different dynasties, The French came in and started a colonial system in 1858. After 1882, 9 last Kings became the puppets , or had no power in Vietnam
  • 1862 -1945: French Indochina: The French dominated in the whole country, built many state colonial offices, and opened coal minings, grew rubber plantation, used the slave Vietnamese
  • 1946 - 54: First Indochina War:  The Communists uprised under Ho Chi Minh leader, the war and conflicts happened in 8 years, and the French failed in Vietnam and Indochina. The country was divided into 2 different countries as North Vietnam & South Vietnam in 1954. 
  • 1954 - 1975: Vietnam War : The United States came in Vietnam to support the new regime against the Communists from the North, the War happened in 20 years. The South fell in April 1975 as America quited the troops in 1973. And the North Vietnam took over the South for a new reunification 
  • 1976 - present: reunification and reforms: Vietnam run real Communism in country for 10 years ( from 1976 to 1986), and then they changed it as Renewal

Economy: The economic rate ranks 56th in the world, and 6th in South East Asia. Main exports: Textiles, Footwear, Seafood, electronics, Agricultural products, oil, minings, toursim, other services

Longevity: everage 71 years old for man, and 75 years old for woman

Labour force: there are big potential labour market for investors, about 53 million people from the age of 17 to 60 years old

TOURISM

With the coastline stretching over 3,260 km and comprising over 3,000 island of various sizes, the country ranks 27th out of  156 sea bordering countries worldwide. Most of the beaches of Vietnam boast beautiful, pure white sands, pristine bays and bountiful sources of seafood. There are many famous beaches such as Ha Long bay, Da Nang, Mui Ne, Phu Quoc, Binh Ba, Binh Lap or Nam Du...that have performed well in league tables by famous foreign websites or magazines and win countless hearts of foreign visitors.

According to foreign tourists, Viet Nam is one of the ideal sea heavens in Asia in general and Southeast Asia in particular. The breathtaking beauty of the azure sea, golden sun and fluttering coconut rows in the wind prove a charm offensive that knocks out so many visitors.

Nha Trang beach city, a popular beach tour for tourists

Friendly locals

Like many other Southeast Asian countries, the friendliness and hospitability are among reasons to keep tourists coming to Vietnam again. In any places and under any circumstances, visitors can easily catch sight of the benign and fresh smile of the genuine and sincere locals. They are here at your disposal all the time

Low costs

Compared to other countries, Vietnam is one of the favorite choices of tourists because of its bang-for-the-buck benefits. Living costs and entry tickets here are much lower than those in other countries worldwide. With just US$ 25/day, visitors can freely eat and drop by tourist attractions.

Countless tourist attractions

It’s not an exaggeration to claim that Vietnam boasts countless tourist attractions that can meet virtually all needs of visitors. Along the country lie thousands of historical sites, pagodas, temples, tourist attraction as well as recreational areas, entertainment and shopping centers.

Top 10 destinations

As determined by reader views on Vietland Holidays

1- Hanoi 6- Nha Trang Beach
2- Halong Bay ( World's Natural Heritage)
7- Dalat
3-  Sapa 8- Mui Ne Beach
4- Hue (World's Cultural Heritage)
9- Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
5- Hoian (World's Cultural Heritage) 10- Phu Quoc Island

 

 

43 Destinations in Vietnam
Tam Giang lagoon has 24 kilometers length with an area of 52 square kilometers in Hue. Stemming from Thuan An harbor, small boat sweeps on O Lau river along the length of the lagoon. More than 15 kilometers, fields and bridges along lagoon, we come to Thai Duong Ha village. After 30 minutes, the boat comes to island on the lagoon; there has Thai Duong ancient village.
Situated near the southern margin of the Red River Delta, the Trang An Landscape Complex is a spectacular landscape of limestone karst peaks permeated with valleys, many of them partly submerged and surrounded by steep, almost vertical cliffs. Exploration of caves at different altitudes has revealed archaeological traces of human activity over a continuous period of more than 30,000 years. They illustrate the occupation of these mountains by seasonal hunter-gatherers and how they adapted to major climatic and environmental changes, especially the repeated inundation of the landscape by the sea after the last ice age. The story of human occupation continues through the Neolithic and Bronze Ages to the historical era. Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Viet Nam, was strategically established here in the 10th and 11th centuries AD. The property also contains temples, pagodas, paddy-fields and small villages.
Phong Nha Cave is a cave in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site inQuang Binh Province, Vietnam. It is nearly 8km long and contains 14 different grottoes, as well as a 14km underground river. While scientists have surveyed 44.5 kilometres of passages, tourists are only allowed to explore the first 1,5km
Son Doong cave is world's largest cave, located in Quang Binh province, Vietnam. It is found by a local man named Ho Khanh in 1991 and was recently discovered in 2009 by British cavers, led by Howard Limbert. The name "Son Doong" cave means "mountain river cave", It was created 2-5 million years ago by river water eroding away the limestone underneath the mountain Where the limestone was weak, the ceiling collapsed creating huge skylights
The Valley of love is one of the most scenic sights in Da Lat, about 5 km north of the city center. In the 1930s, Indochinese Governor-General and French couples often chosed this place for their dates, then named Vallée d'Amour. By the time of King Bao Dai, this area was called Hoa Binh Valley or Valley of Peace, in 1953, Nguyen Vy - Chairman of Da Lat Town Council at that time - proposed to renamed Valley of Love.
Bao Dai’s Summer Palace was built from 1933 to 1937 under the dynasty of King Bao Dai (1913-1997), the last king of Vietnam, just only 2km from Xuan Huong Lake. This palace is called " Palace 3", and lies in the middle of a pine forest in Dalat.
Truc Lam is a Buddhist Pagoda, located outside the centre of Da Lat, just 7,5 km away from Dalat Center. It is a Zen Buddhist monastery, which you can get in an entrance to the temple with 61 steps or can go directly past Tuyen Lam Lake and then climb 222 steps past the triple gated entrance to enter the main courtyard in front of the temple.
Ponarga Temple was widely known to be erected in the 8th Century (781 A.D), the information of the temple complex was recorded on a stele, The Po Nagar complex is situated on Cù Lao Mountain. It consists of three levels, the highest of which encompasses two rows of towers. The main tower is about 25 m high
Long Son Pagoda is a Buddhist temple in the city of Nha Trang; it is a very popular for tourists and located at the foot of Trai Thuy Mountain, It was renovated and expanded again in 1940 before being destroyed during Vietnam War in 1968. After that, attempts have been made to rebuild the construction, but the temple has not been fully restored until recently.
Tri Nguyen aquarium in Nha Trang looks like a fossil ship that is covered by the moss and run aground in the Strait for long time. The ship is a unique architecture, was completed in 1998. With the height of 30m, the length of 60m and the width of 30m, the ship is divided into many floors with a fist pond on the ground floor, the souvenir shops on the second floor, a restaurant on the third one. On its deck is a mast and a cannon, an ideal position to enjoy the fine view of the sea from high above. Inside the fossil ship is a vast ocean.
Founded in 1923, about 5km from Nha Trang City Center, the Museum of Oceanography is meant for storage of artifacts (animals and non-animals) collected up until now from the ocean, and also a witness of crucial evidences of oceans all over the country and through different eras.