Bordered by China to the North, Laos to the Northwest, Cambodia to the Southwest, and Malaysia across the South China Sea to the Southeast; Vietnam is a small country, famous for its fierce wartime history, delicious food and warm, colorful culture. The country’s famous tourist spots are broadly spread out in its northern, central and southern regions. It is the home to the most breathtaking natural landscapes in Southeast Asia, and fascinating heritage sites that are worth a peek.
In this review, we’re going to reveal some of Vietnam’s best places that can leave a memorable experience, especially for first-time travelers. Here is the list of Vietnam’s 5 Best Places for First-Time Travelers.
A city in central Vietnam that was the seat of Nguyen Dynasty emperors, and the national capital from 1802-1945. A major attraction is its vast, 19th-century Citadel, surrounded by a moat and thick stone walls. It compasses the Imperial City, with palaces and shrines; it is home to a massive royal citadel called the Forbidden Purple City, which admittedly sounds more interesting than the actual war-ravaged site. For travelers who love visiting heritage sites, a more tempting incentive to visit Hue are exquisite imperial tombs scattered around the outskirts of the city.
Phong Nha–Kẻ Bàng National Park located in Central Vietnam might not be popular as other places featured on this list, but it has something special to offer that is unrivaled not only Vietnam, but all of Southeast Asia, and maybe even the World — it’s massive and insanely beautiful caves. Phong Nha–Kẻ Bàng National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Bo Trach and Minh Hoa districts of central Quang Binh Province in the North Central Coast region of Hanoi. Phong Nha–Kẻ Bàng is noted for its cave and its grotto systems as it is composed of 300 caves and grottos. It is considered the largest cave in the world and held several world records including the longest underground river as well as the largest combined caverns and passageways.
Apparently, it’s the Ban Gioc waterfall that really captures the hearts of all the tourists who visits in the beautiful village of Cao Bang. Cao Bang is a city in the Northern Vietnam, it is located on the bank of Bang Giang River, and is around 30 kilometres away from the border with China. Cao Bang was the stronghold of the last years of the Mac Dynasty after their 1592 defeat at the hands of the Trinh lords. Feast your eyes on the vast, green, rice fields, surrounded by green mountains and of course; the majestic Ban Gioc Waterfall, that this little province humbly offer.
Ninh Binh is filled with steep karst mountains soaring amidst tranquil rice paddies, meandering rivers, and dotted by temples and ancient settlements. Ninh Binh is a tourist center with many fascinating attractions like: Phat Diem Cathedral, which took 24 years to build from 1875 to 1898. It is ranked as one of the most beautiful churches in Vietnam, with a mixing Western-Eastern architecture. Bai Dinh Temple, the temple who holds the record of having the biggest Buddha statue in Southeast Asia is also found in Ninh Binh. And who wouldn’t be mesmerized by the relaxing scenic view of Trang An? Trang An is a newly discovered area of tourism with stunning and untouched beauty. Recently, the place was visited by the Titan Crew, or King Kong Movie crew, to shoot some of the most important scenes for the upcoming King Kong movie that will be shown this 2017.
Ha Long Bay
The UNESCO World Heritage Site and Vietnam’s internationally recognized tourist attraction. Ha Long Bay is located in Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam. The bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various shapes and sizes. Hạ Long Bay also marked important events in the history of Vietnam with many artifacts found in Bài Thơ Mount, Đầu Gỗ Cave, Bãi Cháy. It offers a beautiful environment that can be compared to the beauty of Krabi which can be found in Thailand, and El Nido in the Philippines.
There is more to the list if we’re going to talk about the beautiful places that can be found in the little country of Vietnam. However, these places listed here are a full-packaged scenic deal, that will surely fill those adventurous hearts, that every traveler holds.
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