Where to go in Vietnam
Vietnam is a country in the tropics which is green in all four seasons. The terrain of the country consist of mountains, forests, rivers, the sea, the plains and plateaus. The high mountains had made the climate of many regions very close to the temperate climate, and created many caves, waterfalls, lagoons to give lot of good condition forming many resorts and scenic destination like Sapa (Lao Cai) – a jade in mighty mountain ranges, Tam Dao (Vinh Phuc), Da Lat (Lam Dong) – the poetry region, Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh … Tam Thanh cave (Lang Son), Tu Thuc grotto (Thanh Hoa), Phong Nha cave (Quang Binh) … Ban Gioc Falls (Cao Bang), Ba Be Lake (Bac Kan), Ha Long Bay – the wonder world heritage (Quang Ninh), Phu Quoc Island (Kien Giang), the famous beaches in Nha Trang, Mui Ne …
With thousands years of history, Vietnam has about 4,000 historical and cultural relics (including 2,500 monuments were ranked and protected by nation), the mark of the process of building and defending the nation, especially like the relic of Hue ancient citadel where had been recognized by UNESCO as world cultural heritage. Thousands of temples, churches, buildings, cultural artwork scattered throughout the provinces in the country are the fascinating tourist attractions. Below are the recommended highlights of the list for where to go in Vietnam.
Halong Bay – the first of where to go in Vietnam list
Ha Long Bay is located in the northeastern part of Vietnam and constitutes part of the western bank of Bac Bo Gulf – Gulf of Tonkin. The islands in HaLong Bay are mainly limestone and schist islands most lying in the two main areas: the southeastern part of Bái Tử Long Bay and southwestern part of HaLong Bay. These islands represent the most ancient images of a geographical site having a tectonic age of from 250 million to 280 million years. They are the result of many times of rising and lowering processes of the continent to form a karst. The process of nearly full erosion and weathering of the karst created the unique Ha Long Bay in the world. In a not very large area, thousands of islands with different forms look like glittering emeralds attached to the blue scarf of a virgin. Viewed from above, Ha Long Bay looks like an extremely vivid huge drawing. This is a wonderful and skilful masterpiece of the Creation and of nature that turns thousands of dumb soulless stone islands into fantastic sculptural and artistic works of various graceful shapes, both familiar and strange to human beings. Thousands of islands emerging uneven in the fanciful waves look strong and magnificent but also mild and vivid. Amidst these islands we feel as if we were astray in a petrified legendary world.
The Fighting Cock Island – Symbol of Halong Bay
With such special values, at the 18th Session of UNESCO’s Council of World Heritage held on 17 December 1994 in Thailand, Ha Long Bay was officially placed on the list of the World Natural Heritage. In 2000, UNESCO recognized it as the World Heritage for the second time for its geographical and geomorphologic values. This confirms the global premier value of Ha Long Bay.
Halong Bay is now really the most attractive destination in Vietnam, the feeling when relaxing on a Halong Bay junk cruising through many stone island in various shapes or swimming in the clean emerald green… it so fantastic.
To go to Halong Bay from Hanoi, visitors can go by car or bus of the travel agencies, just 03 hours driving you can arrival Halong Bay, this is an easy way because there are many travel agencies in Hanoi organize the tour combine with Halong Bay Cruises.
Another way is so adventure but it will give visitors lot of memories and experiences. In Hanoi, you can go to the Bus station to catch a high quality bus to Halong city. This way is cheep, just 100.000 VND to 120.00 VND (5 – 6 USD) but will be longer (about 5 hours).
Continue at Part 2 of Where to go in Vietnam: Sapa town – the European town in Asia.
Hanoi to Halong city is 170 km can go by private car or public bus
There are various tour to visit and discover Halong Bay and Cat Ba island.
One recommend to find any tours to Halong here: Vietnam Vacation