Best of Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi is the oldest capital in South-east Asia and the second largest city in Vietnam right after Saigon (HCMC).  It is located in the North of the country some 150 kilometres from the South China Sea and the breathtaking Halong Bay.  Hanoi is not only the centre of politics but also offers many exciting historic and cultural places to be discovered and a vibrant street life to be enjoyed day and night.


Hanoi topics

  1. Introduction to Hanoi
  2. About Hanoi
  3. Top places in Hanoi
  4. Conclusion
  5. Photographs of Hanoi

About Hanoi

Hanoi , which lies on the bank of the Red River was founded some 1000 years ago , when in 1010 the emperor Ly Thai structured the city around a massive citadel.  This area later became the Old City, and today is one of the most popular district of Hanoi.  2010, the year of our visit officially marked 1000 years of the establishment of the city.

Top places in Hanoi

The centre of Hanoi can be divided into many different areas  including the most popular Old and French District located respectively to the north and south of the lake.  Further west is the Bah Dinh District which is the political heart of the city.

Hanoi by night, Vietnam
Hanoi by night, Vietnam

Some of the key attractions in those areas include:

  1. Hoan Kiem Lake
  2. Ho Chi Minh complex
  3. National Museum of Vietnamese History
  4. St-Joseph Cathedral
  5. Temple of literature
  6. Fine art museum
  7. Bach Ma temple
  8. Dong Xuan Market
Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi
Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi

Hoan Kiem Lake

The Hoan Kiem Lake, a quiet oasis in the heart of the old city is one of the symbols of the capital.  This beautiful city lake offers plenty of places all around it to sit down and enjoy an a  break while contemplating the waters, away from all the streelife chaos of the capital.

Ho Chi Minh complex, Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh complex, Hanoi

Ho Chi Minh complex

The Ho Chi Minh complex is one of the biggest attraction of the capital.  It consists of  many different buildings and monuments including a museum, a stilt house, the one pillar pagoda and the famous Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum located on the grand Ba Dinh Square.

National Museum of Vietnamese History, Hanoi
National Museum of Vietnamese History, Hanoi

National Museum of Vietnamese History

The National Museum of Vietnamese History located west of the Hoan Kiem lake is perhaps one of the most interesting and well kept museum in Hanoi.  It offers a vast collection from Vietnamese history from all the different periods of the country’s evolution. On the first floor are displayed tools and artefacts from the prehistoric age, the bronze age, the early plan of the citadel and many other objects from the early days of the country.  On the second floor, are in display items from the Ho Dynasty, followed by the Chinese Ming occupation period and way up to the Nguyen dynasty which unified the entire country.

St-Joseph Cathedral, Hanoi
St-Joseph Cathedral, Hanoi

St-Joseph Cathedral

The St-Joseph Cathedral located a couple blocks east of the Hoan Kiem lake is a charming French style church. The Church street in front of the cathedral is also worth visiting, packed with numerous lovely French style cafes and restaurants.

Temple of literature, Hanoi
Temple of literature, Hanoi

Temple of literature

The temple of literature located east of the old city is one of the most charming and most visited place in Hanoi.  It was founded in 1070 and once served as Vietnam’s first university. The Temple courtyard displays some magnificent stone tablets, each mounted on the back of a tortoise and displaying the past graduate names.

Fine art museum

The Fine art museum located across the Temple of literature offers a beautiful collection of Vietnamese silk paintings,  Buddhist art, and revolutionary art of the 20th century wars.

Bach Ma temple, Hanoi
Bach Ma temple, Hanoi

Bach Ma

The Bach Ma temple located in the heart of the old city, near the famous Dong Xuan Market is a small but really charming pagoda.  It is said to be the oldest building in the area, dating from the city’s foundation in the 11th century. Locals believed the primary function of the temple was to guard the city against evil spirits.

Dong Xuan Market

The Dong Xuan Market located north of the Bach Ma temple, is the oldest and largest covered market of the capital.  This three storey building offers everything one may ask, from clothing  and household items to meat, fruits and vegetables.

Conclusion

Hanoi is an interesting mix of Chinese and French influence with a largely unspoiled modern architecture from the 1970s and 80s.  Today it is looking towards the future and should definitely  be a must visit place on your  list when visiting Vietnam.


Photographs of Hanoi

Bach Ma temple, Hanoi
Bach Ma temple, Hanoi

Bach Ma temple, Hanoi
Bach Ma temple, Hanoi

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Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi by night, Vietnam
Hanoi by night, Vietnam

Hanoi by night, Vietnam
Hanoi by night, Vietnam

Hanoi by night, Vietnam
Hanoi by night, Vietnam

Hanoi by night, Vietnam
Hanoi by night, Vietnam

Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi
Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi

Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi
Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi

Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi
Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi

Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi
Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi

Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi
Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi

Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi
Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi

Ho Chi Minh complex, Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh complex, Hanoi

Ho Chi Minh complex, Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh complex, Hanoi

Ho Chi Minh complex, Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh complex, Hanoi

National Museum of Vietnamese History, Hanoi
National Museum of Vietnamese History, Hanoi

National Museum of Vietnamese History, Hanoi
National Museum of Vietnamese History, Hanoi

National Museum of Vietnamese History, Hanoi
National Museum of Vietnamese History, Hanoi

National Museum of Vietnamese History, Hanoi
National Museum of Vietnamese History, Hanoi

National Museum of Vietnamese History, Hanoi
National Museum of Vietnamese History, Hanoi

National Museum of Vietnamese History, Hanoi
National Museum of Vietnamese History, Hanoi

National Museum of Vietnamese History, Hanoi
National Museum of Vietnamese History, Hanoi

St-Joseph Cathedral, Hanoi
St-Joseph Cathedral, Hanoi

St-Joseph Cathedral, Hanoi
St-Joseph Cathedral, Hanoi

Temple of literature, Hanoi
Temple of literature, Hanoi

Temple of literature, Hanoi
Temple of literature, Hanoi

Temple of literature, Hanoi
Temple of literature, Hanoi

Temple of literature, Hanoi
Temple of literature, Hanoi

Temple of literature, Hanoi
Temple of literature, Hanoi

Temple of literature, Hanoi
Temple of literature, Hanoi

Temple of literature, Hanoi
Temple of literature, Hanoi

Temple of literature, Hanoi
Temple of literature, Hanoi

Temple of literature, Hanoi
Temple of literature, Hanoi

Best of Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay located about 170 kilometres northeast of Hanoi is one of the world’s most beautiful natural wonders.  The bay is formed by thousands of limestone karsts and isles of different shapes and size emerging from the waters.  This unique and mystical landscape has been honoured twice in 1994 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is believed  to be Vietnam’s most beautiful place and the number-one tourist attraction in the northeast.  One of the best experiences to explore this amazing bay is to spend a night aboard a deluxe imperial boat.


  1. Introduction to Halong Bay
  2. About Halong Bay
  3. Halong Bay ecosystem
  4. Hang Sung Sot cave
  5. Floating villages
  6. Halong Bay history
  7. Photographs of Halong Bay

About Halong Bay

Halong Bay can literally be translated to the “Descending Dragon Bay”.  As the legend goes the  bay was created when dragons flew from heavens spitting jewels and jade to the sea forming a natural fortress against invaders.  This multi kilometres long bay is located in the Quang Ninh province  and is part of Halong City. The whole of Halong Bay has about 2000 islets in an 1,500 km2 area, however the core and most popular part has around 775 islets in a 334 km2 radius.

Best of Halong Bay, Vietnam
Best of Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay eco system

The Halong Bay ecosystem is one of the world’s most diverse and rich.  It is said that the limestone has gone through 500 millions years of formation in different conditions and environments.  Today the bay contains tropical evergreen, oceanic and sea shore bio systems. It includes everything one can dream of such as offshore coral reefs, freshwater swamp forests, small freshwater lakes, amazing grottos, caves and sandy beaches. The bay is also home to a variety of endemic floral and faunal species.

Halong Bay Hang Sung Sot cave
Halong Bay Hang Sung Sot cave

Hang Sung Sot Cave

One of the most spectacular natural attraction is the hidden Hang Sung Sot cave which was created over millions of years by wind and waves.  Located on Bo Ho island, once known as the “Ile de la Surprise” by the French, the cave hosts 3 large size chambers.  The most popular containing a phallus shaped rock, which was once a fertility symbol and worshiped by the locals.

Best of Halong Bay, Vietnam
Best of Halong Bay, Vietnam

Floating villages

Not far from the Hong Cai harbour can be seen the famous floating villages where locals not only live but also do business and children even go to floating schools.

History

Some scientist believe that prehistoric human were the first living in the region followed by many different societies including the ancient Soi Nhu culture some 15,000 years ago, the Cai Beo culture (7,000-5,000 BC) and the Hạ Long culture  some 5,000 years ago.

Conclusion

It is hard to describe in words the natural beauty of this bay.  One must discover it by himself and be amazed by those thousands of mysterious islands rising from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin.  It is perhaps mother nature greatest masterpiece.


Photographs of Halong Bay

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Best of Halong Bay, Vietnam

Best of Halong Bay, Vietnam
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Best of Halong Bay, Vietnam
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Best of Halong Bay, Vietnam
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Best of Halong Bay, Vietnam

Best of Halong Bay, Vietnam
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Best of Halong Bay, Vietnam
Best of Halong Bay, Vietnam

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Best of Halong Bay, Vietnam

Best of Halong Bay, Vietnam
Best of Halong Bay, Vietnam

Best of Halong Bay, Vietnam
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Best of Halong Bay, Vietnam
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Best of Halong Bay, Vietnam
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Best of Halong Bay, Vietnam

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Best of Halong Bay, Vietnam
Best of Halong Bay, Vietnam

Best of Halong Bay, Vietnam
Best of Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay Hang Sung Sot cave
Halong Bay Hang Sung Sot cave

Halong Bay Hang Sung Sot cave
Halong Bay Hang Sung Sot cave

Halong Bay Hang Sung Sot cave
Halong Bay Hang Sung Sot cave

Halong Bay Hang Sung Sot cave
Halong Bay Hang Sung Sot cave

Halong Bay Hang Sung Sot cave
Halong Bay Hang Sung Sot cave

Halong Bay Hang Sung Sot cave
Halong Bay Hang Sung Sot cave

Halong Bay Hang Sung Sot cave
Halong Bay Hang Sung Sot cave

Halong Bay Hang Sung Sot cave
Halong Bay Hang Sung Sot cave

Halong Bay Hang Sung Sot cave
Halong Bay Hang Sung Sot cave

Hue, Vietnam

Hue located in the central region of Vietnam is the capital city of the Thua Thien Hue province, with a population of about 340,000 people.  It is mostly known as the former Nuguyen imperial capital  from 1802 to 1945, when the Emperor Bao Dai abdicated in favour of Ho Chi Minh’s revolutionary government.

Hue Vietnam
Hue Vietnam

Hue topics

  1. Introduction to Hue
  2. About Hue
  3. Hue Imperial Citadel
  4. Royal Antiquities museum in Hue
  5. Photographs of Hue

About Hue

Hue is one of the most historically interesting places in central Vietnam.  It is a quiet and relaxing city with plenty of buildings and pagodas to be discover during the day and many restaurants, cafes and bars to enjoy at night.

Because of its strategic position between the North and South of the country, the city was heavily impacted by the Vietnam War, from both the Viet Cong and the American bombing campaign, but remains a charming city to visit.

The city is divided by the Perfume River which is surrounded by a lovely promenade on the riverside.  The north side is the location of the old city and the Citadel, as for the south of the river it is the place of the newer city where most of the hotels and restaurants are located.

Imperial Citadel in Hue Vietnam
Imperial Citadel in Hue Vietnam

Imperial Citadel

The mostly known attractions of the city is the Imperial Citadel which was once the seat of the government and later earned its place as a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site.  Today, this multiple kilometres peaceful complex features many different buildings including temples, pavilions, gates, shops, museums and various galleries.

The citadel was badly damage during the war and even though a restoration project  has been going on for 20 years, some areas only have bits of walls remaining.

There are multiple entrances to the citadel, but the southern central door,  known as the Ngo Mon Gate and built in 1833 by Minh Mang is the most interesting of them all. It is said that it was once only reserved to the emperor and sentence by death for anyone trespassing it.  The second floor of The Ngo Mon Gate offers amazing view of the exquisite courtyard.

Royal Antiquities museum in Hue Vietnam
Royal Antiquities museum in Hue Vietnam

Royal Antiquities museum

On the southern side of the city is located the Royal Antiquities museum which maintains a collection of various artefacts including sliver crafts and antique furniture.  This former private residence of the Khai Dinh emperor and its adopted son Bao Dai is built in a mix of French and Vietnamese style.

Photographs of Hue

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Hue Vietnam

Hue Vietnam
Hue Vietnam

Imperial Citadel in Hue Vietnam
Imperial Citadel in Hue Vietnam

Imperial Citadel in Hue Vietnam
Imperial Citadel in Hue Vietnam

Imperial Citadel in Hue Vietnam
Imperial Citadel in Hue Vietnam

Imperial Citadel in Hue Vietnam
Imperial Citadel in Hue Vietnam

Imperial Citadel in Hue Vietnam
Imperial Citadel in Hue Vietnam

Imperial Citadel in Hue Vietnam
Imperial Citadel in Hue Vietnam

Imperial Citadel in Hue Vietnam
Imperial Citadel in Hue Vietnam

Imperial Citadel in Hue Vietnam
Imperial Citadel in Hue Vietnam

Imperial Citadel in Hue Vietnam
Imperial Citadel in Hue Vietnam

Imperial Citadel in Hue Vietnam
Imperial Citadel in Hue Vietnam

Imperial Citadel in Hue Vietnam
Imperial Citadel in Hue Vietnam

Imperial Citadel in Hue Vietnam
Imperial Citadel in Hue Vietnam

Imperial Citadel in Hue Vietnam
Imperial Citadel in Hue Vietnam

Royal Antiquities museum in Hue Vietnam
Royal Antiquities museum in Hue Vietnam

Royal Antiquities museum in Hue Vietnam
Royal Antiquities museum in Hue Vietnam

Royal Antiquities museum in Hue Vietnam
Royal Antiquities museum in Hue Vietnam

Church in Hue
Church in Hue

Best of My Son, Vietnam

The My Son archaeological site, located in the Quang Nam Province, some 50 kilometres from the magnificent Hoi An is one of the top destination when visiting central Vietnam.  This UNESCO World Heritage site is the remaining of the Champa kingdom.  This imperial city  was built between the 4th and 12th century AD and once served as the capital of the Cham dynasty.   It is believed that during that period, this religious sanctuary was the Holy Land of the Cham people.

Best of My Son, Vietnam
Best of My Son, Vietnam

My Son topics

  1. Introduction to My Son
  2. About My Son
  3. My Son Architecture
  4. Conclusion
  5. Photographs of My Son

About My Son

The site itself spreads for many kilometres within a dense jungle,  surrounded by verdant hills and with clear streams running between the structures.  This large complex is divided into 4 main sections comprising of more than 70 architectural works. Today only 3 of the enigmatic ruins can be viewed by the general public as the remaining sections are reserved for the archaeological team.

Best of My Son, Vietnam
Best of My Son, Vietnam

My Son Architecture

Best of My Son, Vietnam
Best of My Son, Vietnam

My Son masterpiece is a perfect reminder of the power and culture of the Cham empire and remain to that day a powerful symbol in Southeast Asia.  Its architecture is a perfect mix of Chinese and Indian influence.  One of the main Cham design component was the tower built to reflect the divinity of the king.  Before it was bombed during the Vietnam war, the most famous tower of the complex stood 24 meters (75 feet) tall, with amazing sandstone carved images of various animals such as lions and elephants.

Conclusion

My Son is often compared to the other remarkable South East Asian archaeological jewels such as the Angkor Wat complex in Cambodia, and rightly so, as it truly represent the grandeur of the past Cham empire.  It is a shame however, that the war destroyed so much and only about 20 of the original 70 structures remains intact.  On a more positive note a major restoration project is currently underway.

Photographs of My Son

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Best of My Son, Vietnam

Best of My Son, Vietnam
Best of My Son, Vietnam

Best of My Son, Vietnam
Best of My Son, Vietnam

Best of My Son, Vietnam
Best of My Son, Vietnam

Best of My Son, Vietnam
Best of My Son, Vietnam

Best of My Son, Vietnam
Best of My Son, Vietnam

Best of My Son, Vietnam
Best of My Son, Vietnam

Best of My Son, Vietnam
Best of My Son, Vietnam

Best of My Son, Vietnam
Best of My Son, Vietnam

Best of My Son, Vietnam
Best of My Son, Vietnam

Best of My Son, Vietnam
Best of My Son, Vietnam

Best of My Son, Vietnam
Best of My Son, Vietnam

Best of My Son, Vietnam
Best of My Son, Vietnam

Best of My Son, Vietnam
Best of My Son, Vietnam

Best of Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An, located half way between the North and South Vietnam is one of the most charming city of the country.  It is a remarkable place off the coast of the South China Sea, in the heart of the Quang Nam province with about 120,000 inhabitants.  This small riverside town lies on the banks of the Thu Bon River and is filled with beautiful wooden houses, assembly halls, silk shops and chapels.

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Best of Vietnam

Hoi An topics

  1. Introduction to Hoi An
  2. About Hoi An
  3. Hoi An ancient town
  4. Photographs of Hoi An

About Hoi An

What was once one of South-East Asian most important trading ports between the 5th and 19th century,  became a world heritage site in the late 20th century.   The city has both Asian and colonial influence with very well preserved French buildings, Chinese pagodas and Japanese bridge.  The Chinese influence in architecture can be seen all over the town with numerous low tile-roofed houses with front panels engraved with Chinese characters.

Best of Vietnam
Best of Vietnam

Hoi An became one of the most popular Vietnam destinations not only because of its remarkable streets and architecture, but also due to its fantastic cuisine.  The city offers  a variety of restaurants to choose from and some cooking workshops to learn the ins and out of the Vietnamese kitchen.

Hoi An is also the perfect place to get made-to-measure clothing.  Indeed, it is said the city offers around 400 renowned tailors that can make you the perfect shirt, blouse,  dress or suit.  You decide what you want (from your imagination or magazine), they will measure and deliver.

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Best of Vietnam

Hoi An ancient town

The most famous quarter of the city is the ancient town,  right next to the river where most of the tourists attraction are located.  With many car free streets, it is  a perfect place to wander and watch the street life or enjoy the boats on the river.  It is especially worth discovering in the evening or at night, when numerous Chinese lights are lighten and a magical atmosphere is created.

On the west end of the main Tran Phu Street is the famous Japanese Covered Bridge.  It was built some 400 years ago by the Japanese community just before being forced to return to Japan.  On the same street further east is the Museum of Trade Ceramics in a beautiful old style house.

With its beautiful architecture, exquisite cuisine, competent tailors, long beach and a much slower pace than the rest of the country, it is a perfect place to relax and spend a couple of days.

Photographs of Hoi An

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Best of Nha Trang

Nha Trang is Vietnam’s most popular and famous  resort town.  It is said to have one of the top 30 most beautiful bays in the world.  It is a lovely coastal city surrounded by a beach, warm waters, islands on one side and mountains on the other.   It is located on the southern eastern coast of the country and is ideal for a beach holiday or for a diving adventure.  It has a very lively character with many places to eat, drink and got out, and numerous places to visit, with a bit more action then other favourite Vietnam’s beach destinations such as the town of Mui Ne or the island of Phu Quoc.

Best of Nha Trang, Vietnam
Best of Nha Trang, Vietnam

Nha Trang topics

  1. Introduction to Nha Trang
  2. About Nha Trang
  3. Top places in Nha Trang
  4. Conclusion
  5. Photographs of Nha Trang

About Nha Trang

Nha Trang is a coastal city of about 300,000 inhabitants and expects to grow to more than half a million by 2020.  It is the capital of the Khanh Hoa province and is bounded by the South China Sea on the East.   It is 1,275 km from Hanoi, 442km from Ho Chi Minh City and lies on the on the trans-Vietnam north-south highway.

Best of Nha Trang, Vietnam
Best of Nha Trang, Vietnam

Historically, under the Champa influence the city was named Kauthara. The famous Po Nagar Tower built in that period still remains. What started as a small fishing town was transform to a  resort destination first by the French and later by Americans when it became a favourite spot for the  soldiers

The city is the location of to the Nha Trang Oceanography Institute and the home of the Hon Mun marine protected area, one out of only four in the world.

Top places in Nha Trang

Best of Nha Trang, Nha Trang Beach
Best of Nha Trang, Nha Trang Beach

The best places in Nha Trang include:

  1. Nha Trang beach
  2. Po Nagar Cham Towers
  3. The Fishing village
  4. The Long Son Pagoda
  5. Yersin museum
  6. National Oceanographic Museum
  7. Bao Dai Villa
  8. Nha Trang Cathedral

Nha Trang beach

The municipal beach is by far the main attraction of Nha Trang.  It spreads along the whole city for 7 kilometres , from North to South, with the Tran Phu Street at its side where  most of the best hotels  are located.   The beach offers amazing views of the bay and the surrounded islands.

Best of Nha Trang, Po Nagar Cham Towers
Best of Nha Trang, Po Nagar Cham Towers

Po Nagar Cham Towers

Po Nagar Cham Towers on the north side of town are religious monument built by the Cham civilization between the 7th and 12th century to honour Yang Ino Po Ngar the mother of the kingdom. Located on a hill, the towers offers breathtaking views of the city and the waters.

The Fishing village

The Fishing village also called the Cai River estuary is  located next to the Po Nagar Cham Towers, between the old and the new bridge.  It is filled with colourful boats with the city and sea in the background.

Best of Nha Trang, Long Son Pagoda
Best of Nha Trang, Long Son Pagoda

The Long Son Pagoda

The Long Son Pagoda on the east side of town is a Buddhist monastery famous for its 14 meters long lying Buddha and the very tall white Buddha which can be seen from numerous places in the city. The pagoda was established in 1963 to honour the monks and nuns who died demonstrating against the Diem government.

Yersin museum

In the heart of the city is located the Yersin museum, named after the French-Swiss bacteriologist Alexander Yersin who discovered the Yersinia pestis bacterium.  Soon after studying in Paris he moved to Nha Trang and established the Indochina Pasteur Institute which was devoted to research on the bubonic plague.

Best of Nha Trang, National Oceanographic Museum
Best of Nha Trang, National Oceanographic Museum

National Oceanographic Museum

The National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam is located next to the commercial port entrance in Cau Da, a few kilometres  south of the city centre.  It displays different aquariums with many marine species including sharks, turtles, lionfish, sea horses, and many other colourful fishes.  The museum also displays a large number of marine specimens in glass bottles.

Bao Dai Villa

The Bao Dai Villa located on top of a hill south of the city and near the oceanographic institute offers amazing views of the Nha Trang bay.  The villa constitute a set of 5 houses, developed by Bao Dai, the last emperor of the Nuguyen dynasty in a Franco-Vietnamese style.  Today, it is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the cool sea breeze.

Best of Nha Trang, Nha Trang Cathedral
Best of Nha Trang, Nha Trang Cathedral

Nha Trang Cathedral

The Nha Trang Cathedral in the heart of the city is located on a hill and offers amazing views of the city and its surrounding mountains. It was built during the French ruling and remind us of the city strong Catholic population.

Conclusion

Known by some as the Vietnamese Mediterranean, Nha Trang must be on your top destinations when visiting Vietnam.  This city, with its moon shape crescent beach, surrounded with lush mountains is a perfect vacation spot and a very attractive tourist destination.  It is popular both with local and international tourists and many grandiose coastal hotels are still in the built process.

Photographs of NHA TRANG

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Best of Nha Trang, Vietnam

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Best of Nha Trang, Vietnam

Best of Nha Trang, Vietnam
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Best of Nha Trang, Vietnam
Best of Nha Trang, Vietnam

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Best of Nha Trang, Vietnam

Best of Nha Trang, Bao Dai Villa
Best of Nha Trang, Bao Dai Villa

Best of Nha Trang, Bao Dai Villa
Best of Nha Trang, Bao Dai Villa

Best of Nha Trang, Bao Dai Villa
Best of Nha Trang, Bao Dai Villa

Best of Nha Trang, Bao Dai Villa
Best of Nha Trang, Bao Dai Villa

Best of Nha Trang, Bao Dai Villa
Best of Nha Trang, Bao Dai Villa

Best of Nha Trang, Bao Dai Villa
Best of Nha Trang, Bao Dai Villa

Best of Nha Trang, Bao Dai Villa
Best of Nha Trang, Bao Dai Villa

Best of Nha Trang, Long Son Pagoda
Best of Nha Trang, Long Son Pagoda

Best of Nha Trang, Long Son Pagoda
Best of Nha Trang, Long Son Pagoda

Best of Nha Trang, Long Son Pagoda
Best of Nha Trang, Long Son Pagoda

Best of Nha Trang, Long Son Pagoda
Best of Nha Trang, Long Son Pagoda

Best of Nha Trang, Long Son Pagoda
Best of Nha Trang, Long Son Pagoda

Best of Nha Trang, Long Son Pagoda
Best of Nha Trang, Long Son Pagoda

Best of Nha Trang, Long Son Pagoda
Best of Nha Trang, Long Son Pagoda

Best of Nha Trang, National Oceanographic Museum
Best of Nha Trang, National Oceanographic Museum

Best of Nha Trang, National Oceanographic Museum
Best of Nha Trang, National Oceanographic Museum

Best of Nha Trang, Nha Trang Beach
Best of Nha Trang, Nha Trang Beach

Best of Nha Trang, Nha Trang Beach
Best of Nha Trang, Nha Trang Beach

Best of Nha Trang, Nha Trang Beach
Best of Nha Trang, Nha Trang Beach

Best of Nha Trang, Nha Trang Beach
Best of Nha Trang, Nha Trang Beach

Best of Nha Trang, Nha Trang Beach
Best of Nha Trang, Nha Trang Beach

Best of Nha Trang, Nha Trang Beach
Best of Nha Trang, Nha Trang Beach

Best of Nha Trang, Nha Trang Beach
Best of Nha Trang, Nha Trang Beach

Best of Nha Trang, Nha Trang Cathedral
Best of Nha Trang, Nha Trang Cathedral

Best of Nha Trang, Nha Trang Cathedral
Best of Nha Trang, Nha Trang Cathedral

Best of Nha Trang, Nha Trang Cathedral
Best of Nha Trang, Nha Trang Cathedral

Best of Nha Trang, Nha Trang Cathedral
Best of Nha Trang, Nha Trang Cathedral

Best of Nha Trang, Nha Trang Fishing Village
Best of Nha Trang, Nha Trang Fishing Village

Best of Nha Trang, Nha Trang Fishing Village
Best of Nha Trang, Nha Trang Fishing Village

Best of Nha Trang, Nha Trang Fishing Village
Best of Nha Trang, Nha Trang Fishing Village

Best of Nha Trang, Nha Trang Fishing Village
Best of Nha Trang, Nha Trang Fishing Village

Best of Nha Trang, Nha Trang Fishing Village
Best of Nha Trang, Nha Trang Fishing Village

Best of Nha Trang, Po Nagar Cham Towers
Best of Nha Trang, Po Nagar Cham Towers

Best of Nha Trang, Po Nagar Cham Towers
Best of Nha Trang, Po Nagar Cham Towers

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Best of Nha Trang, Po Nagar Cham Towers
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Best of Nha Trang, Po Nagar Cham Towers
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Best of Nha Trang, Vietnam
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Mui Ne, Vietnam

Mui Ne is a coastal resort town located in South-eastern Vietnam close to the city of Phan Thiet and some 200 km north of Ho Chi Minh City.  What was once a traditional fishing village became a popular leisure destination since the 90s’.  Indeed, it is  one of the country’s top resort destination, offering a beautiful beach, amazing weather and many beach front hotels, restaurants, and bars to choose from.  Its kilometres-long beach is quiet and peaceful, ideal for morning walks and jogging. It is also a good destination for water sport lovers, especially popular for kite surfing and windsurfing due to strong sea breezes.

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Mui Ne Beach Town, South East Vietnam

We had the chance to spend a couple of days in the lovely resort of Tien Dat (Blue wave resort) with amazing view of Mui Ne and a large size Swimming Pool.

Mui Ne is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a beach holiday in  Southern Vietnam.

MUI NE topics

  1. HD Video of Mui Ne
  2. About Mui Ne
  3. Photographs of Mui Ne

Photographs of Mui Ne

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Mui Ne Beach Town, South East Vietnam

Best of Mui Ne Beach Town,  South East Vietnam
Mui Ne Beach Town, South East Vietnam

Best of Mui Ne Beach Town,  South East Vietnam
Mui Ne Beach Town, South East Vietnam

Best of Mui Ne Beach Town,  South East Vietnam
Mui Ne Beach Town, South East Vietnam

Best of Mui Ne Beach Town,  South East Vietnam
Mui Ne Beach Town, South East Vietnam

Best of Mui Ne Beach Town,  South East Vietnam
Mui Ne Beach Town, South East Vietnam

Best of Mui Ne Beach Town,  South East Vietnam
Mui Ne Beach Town, South East Vietnam

Best of Mui Ne Beach Town,  South East Vietnam
Mui Ne Beach Town, South East Vietnam

Best of Mui Ne Beach Town,  South East Vietnam
Mui Ne Beach Town, South East Vietnam

Best of Mui Ne Beach Town,  South East Vietnam
Mui Ne Beach Town, South East Vietnam

Best of Mui Ne Beach Town,  South East Vietnam
Mui Ne Beach Town, South East Vietnam

Best of Mui Ne Beach Town,  South East Vietnam
Mui Ne Beach Town, South East Vietnam

Best of Mui Ne Beach Town,  South East Vietnam
Mui Ne Beach Town, South East Vietnam

Best of Mui Ne Beach Town,  South East Vietnam
Mui Ne Beach Town, South East Vietnam

Best of Mui Ne Beach Town,  South East Vietnam
Mui Ne Beach Town, South East Vietnam

Best of Mui Ne Beach Town,  South East Vietnam
Mui Ne Beach Town, South East Vietnam

Best of Mui Ne Beach Town,  South East Vietnam
Mui Ne Beach Town, South East Vietnam

Best of Mui Ne Beach Town,  South East Vietnam
Mui Ne Beach Town, South East Vietnam

Best of Mui Ne Beach Town,  South East Vietnam
Mui Ne Beach Town, South East Vietnam

Best of Mui Ne Beach Town,  South East Vietnam
Mui Ne Beach Town, South East Vietnam

Best of Mui Ne Beach Town,  South East Vietnam
Mui Ne Beach Town, South East Vietnam

Best of Mui Ne Beach Town,  South East Vietnam
Mui Ne Beach Town, South East Vietnam

Best of Mui Ne Beach Town,  South East Vietnam
Mui Ne Beach Town, South East Vietnam

Best of HCMC, South Vietnam

The city of Ho Chi Minh (HCMC) also known as Saigon is located on the banks of the Saigon River and on the edge of the Mekong Delta in the South of Vietnam, some 60 kilometres from the South China Sea. What was once known as the Khmer sea port of Prey Nokor in the 17 century, today became Vietnam’s largest city and the most important economical and industrial hub of the country.  It is a dense, crowded, noisy and very busy metropolis with a city population of around 5 millions. Many believe that HCMC is the essence of the nation with many exciting historic and cultural places to be discovered and a vibrant street life to be enjoyed day and night.  It is a perfect mix of old and modern, French and Asiatic influence.

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Best of HCMC

HCMC topics

  1. Introduction to HCMC
  2. About HCMC
  3. Top Places in HCMC
  4. Conclusion to HCMC
  5. Photographs of HCMC Wat

About HCMC

During the French ruling, in the 19th and beginning of the 20th century, Saigon was the capital of Cochinchina.  Some of the French colonial charm still remains starting with its architecture, wide boulevards, and its sidewalk cafe culture.  After the French left in 1955 and until 1975, Saigon became the capital of the independent state of South Vietnam and the American headquarters during the Vietnam War.

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The following year in 1976, Saigon was taken over by the Communist North, and merged with the surrounding Gia Dịnh Province and was officially renamed to Ho Chi Minh City.  Today the most famous section of the city, the touristic District 1 is still commonly called Saigon.

A decade later, in 1986 came the capitalistic reforms.  Shortly after the business-minded inhabitants put the principles into practice and many of the top hotels, fine restaurants and chic bars started developing all over the city.

Today, Ho Chi Minh is a cosmopolitan city with an energetic atmosphere offering all of the facilities of a 21st century metropolis. It also became a major player in the international game, especially in the textile industry.

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Best of HCMC - Reunification Palace

Top places

The best places in Ho Chi Minh City include

  1. The Reunification Palace
  2. War Remnants Museum
  3. HCMC (Revolutionary)Museum
  4. People’s Committee Hall
  5. Rex Hotel
  6. Ho-Chi-Minh Museum
  7. Notre Dame Cathedral
  8. General Post Office
  9. Opera House
  10. Continental hotel
  11. Art Museum
  12. Tao Dah Park
  13. Xa Loi Pagoda

The Reunification Palace

The Reunification Palace which is  also known as the Independence Palace is a restored five-storey building from the Sixties.  It represent the reunification of both Vietnams when Saigon felt to the communist North. What was once South Vietnam’s Presidential Palace, became the symbol of the country, when the war ended on April 30, 1975 and a tank crashed through the main gate. The palace is a reminder of the past with plenty of vintage 60s object such as phones, radios, and office equipment.

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Best of HCMC - HCMC Museum

HCMC Museum

The Revolutionary Museum  also called the HCMC museum (not to be confused with the HCM museum) is located only a short walk south of the Reunification Palace.  This large colonial building  which played several key roles contains archaeological relics and photographic records of Vietnam’s Revolution, starting with the French and ending with the Americans.  Outside the museum are some impressive display of Vietnamese aircraft and French cars.

War Remnants Museum

The War Remnants Museum located north of the Reunification Palace was open only a couple months after the fall of the South. This three storeys building displays various U.S. military weapons used during the war including tanks, jets and helicopters.  It also exhibits shocking photographs taken by war journalists from all over the world.

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People’s Committee Hall

The People’s Committee Hall is HCMC City Hall located at the end of Nguyen Hue Street.  This cream and yellow colonial building was originally called the Hotel de Ville under the French ruling.  Although it is not possible to view the inside of the building, the outside is remarkably well decorated, especially at night.

Rex Hotel

Right next to the People’s Committee Hall is the Rex Hotel made famous during the Vietnam war as a base for international journalists.  It is also a perfect place to enjoy the views of the city from its rooftop terrace.

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Best of HCMC - Ho Chi Minh Museum

Ho-Chi-Minh Museum

The Ho-Chi-Minh Museum is located next to the banks of the Saigon River in  the District 4. In this beautiful colonial building  is shown the life story of the modern day father of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh.  It also offers amazing views of the river and the city from its balconies.

Notre Dame Cathedral

The Notre Dame Cathedral is located at the end of the famous Dong Khoi street, right next to the astonishing General Post Office.  It is a French-style Catholic cathedral built in the 19 century with ceramic red tiles imported from Europe.

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Best of HCMC - General Post Office

General Post Office

The General Post Office is perhaps one of the most impressing French style colonial building of the city.  It was designed between 1886 and 1891 by the Gustave Eiffel, the architect behind the world-famous Eiffel tower in Paris.

Opera House

The HCMC Opera House also called the Municipal Theatre is a beautiful neoclassical building located at the end of the Le Loi Street.  What was once known as the heart of the French elite is now a performance hall playing traditional Vietnamese theatre as well as classical western music.

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Best of HCMC - continental hotel

Continental hotel

Right next to the Opera House is located one of the most famous Hotel of the City, The Continental.  It is another French style building and is famous for its central atrium where you many enjoy an afternoon tea.  It is believe to be the place where Graham Green wrote his acclaimed novel the Quiet American.

Art Museum

The Art Museum, located south of the famous central Ben Thanh Market, offers a rich collection of Vietnamese artworks from classical sculptures to contemporary paintings.  It is divided into 3 different floors in a impressive colonial building,

Tao Dah Park

The Tao Dah Park is the lung of the District 1.  This peaceful oasis surrounded with very tall trees enables the city inhabitants to get away from the street noise and chaos for a few minutes.

Xa Loi Pagoda

The Xa Loi Pagoda located in the centre of the District 3 is a famous Buddhist temple with a massive bronze statue of the Buddha at its heart.

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Best of HCMC

Conclusion

The name Saigon itself can evocate many vibrant images.  Indeed it is a city of contrasts with  grandiose skyscrapers surrounded with busy boulevards and oceans of motorcycles, designer malls next to peaceful pagodas and gourmet restaurants next to street stalls and cafes.  Saigon is a vibrant, fast paced city with loads to be discovered.  It is a must visit place in Vietnam I strongly recommend exploring it.

Photographs of HCMC

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Best of HCMC - HCMC Museum

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Best of HCMC - HCMC Museum

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Best of HCMC - HCMC Museum

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Best of HCMC - General Post Office

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Best of HCMC - General Post Office

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Best of HCMC - Reunification Palace

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Best of HCMC - Reunification Palace

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Best of HCMC - Reunification Palace

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Best of HCMC - War Remnants Museum

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Best of HCMC - War Remnants Museum

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Best of HCMC - War Remnants Museum

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Best of HCMC - Xa Loi Pagoda

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Best of HCMC - Xa Loi Pagoda

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Best of HCMC - Ho Chi Minh Museum

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Best of HCMC - Notre Dame Cathedral

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Best of HCMC - Notre Dame Cathedral

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Best of HCMC - People'ss Committee Hall

Best of HCMC
Best of HCMC - People'ss Committee Hall