Sights of Vietnam
According to Ethnicityology, the main attraction of Vietnam is the city of Hanoi, which is the cultural center of the country. This city dates back to the 11th century, when the capital was moved here. Today, this city can rightfully be called the most interesting place in the whole of Southeast Asia. These are wide streets, modern skyscrapers, a huge number of lakes, parks, fountains and mansions and pagodas that are often found here. The territory of the whole city is conditionally divided into 7 central parts, which are surrounded by outlying areas. You should definitely visit the “Old Quarter”, which today is a network of narrow streets that turn into bustling shopping malls every morning. The capital is literally overflowing with a variety of historical sights, among which the most noteworthy are: Chua Mot Kot pagoda, Kot Ko tower, built in 1812, the largest Ho Tai lake in the capital, on the shore of this lake you can see a huge number of imperial buildings, Kuan Thanh, which is the remains of the city’s defensive system. In addition, the capital is known for its many bridges, the most famous of which is the ancient Long Bien footbridge. Not far from Hanoi, you should definitely visit the most famous landmark of Vietnam – Halong Bay. This bay is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The bay is a complex of more than 3,000 small rocky islands, which are evenly scattered over a territory of 1,500 km. sq. These islets are surrounded by small beaches and indented with intricate caves and grottoes. An interesting place to visit will be the city of Hue, which is rightfully called the capital of education and religion. It is the third largest city in South Vietnam and one of the most interesting cities in the entire country. Since the time of the emperor, the most beautiful palaces and other architectural monuments have been preserved and restored here, among which Mangka Fort deserves special attention, which is still used as a military base, the Forbidden Purple City, which in 1968 was almost completely destroyed by the US military, The Museum of Emperors, which includes a small military museum, as well as the Chang Tien Bridge and the world-famous Dai Hong Chung bell, weighing more than 2 tons. If you go south from Hue, you can visit the museum city of Hoi An, which in ancient times was one of the largest centers of the Great Silk Road, and was also the capital of the ancient state of Champa. For tourists, this city will be of interest to a large number of historical and architectural attractions, among which the most famous are the Kaodai Pagoda, the “Meeting Halls” of Chinese communities common here, the famous Japanese covered bridge Kou Nhat Ban, which was built in the 16th century, as well as entire areas, buildings in which were built in the colonial style. In addition to this city, all 12 former capitals of Vietnam will be of interest to all tourists without exception. Sea beach lovers should visit one of the most beautiful seaside resorts – the city of Nha Trang, which is located almost in the center of Vietnam. Despite the fact that there are many industrial cities near Nha Trang, it still remains the best place to relax. The main attraction of the city is the giant Buddha statue, which is located on top of the hill. In Nha Trang, you can visit the country’s only institute of oceanography, which houses the largest aquarium in Vietnam. In addition to relaxing in this tourist center of the country, you can improve your health, as there are many different mineral and mud springs here. Fans of outdoor activities will be interested in the country’s largest mountain resort – Dalat, which is located on the territory of green forests among the Central Plateau at an altitude of 1500 meters. The main difference between Dalat is the huge tracts of evergreen forests, a pleasant cool climate and an incredible number of reservoirs. You should definitely visit the world-famous city of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), which was founded in 1698 and today is one of the largest cities in Indochina and the largest port. Over the long years of its existence, this city had to go through many difficult periods, which were reflected in the city architecture and a large number of historical monuments. Modern Ho Chi Minh City is an ever-moving, dynamically developing city, which is the economic and commercial capital of all of Vietnam. The streets of this city are eternal trading shops, constantly working and bustling markets and shopping arcades, which are spread simply on the city sidewalks. Modern Ho Chi Minh City is an ever-moving, dynamically developing city, which is the economic and commercial capital of all of Vietnam. The streets of this city are eternal trading shops, constantly working and bustling markets and shopping arcades, which are spread simply on the city sidewalks.
National Vietnamese cuisine is a mixture of Chinese and French cuisine. Almost always, the products used here (meat, fish, rice, vegetables, etc.) are not subjected to long-term heat treatment, and little fat is used. Thanks to this, the food is light and, despite its exoticism, it remains healthy. Unlike Chinese cuisine, not much sugar is added to the dishes. Traditionally, Vietnamese people eat such foods: rice, noodle soup, fish, stuffed scrambled eggs, meat and vegetable rolls, etc. Cane juice, Vietnamese coffee with a special flavor of chocolate, green tea and coconut milk are used as drinks.
The transport system of Vietnam is well developed. Almost all roads are paved and of good quality. Each province includes its own bus stations, the service of which is at a high level. Major cities provide an opportunity to use taxi services. In addition to buses, motorcycles and bicycles are used as public transport in Vietnam. The railway network is very well developed. You can buy a ticket at the railway station in advance or before the train departs. It should be noted that it is best to buy train tickets at the box office, beware of hand-held tickets. There are special cash desks for children, pensioners and the disabled.