Robin William’s Good Morning, Vietnam gave us an overview of the dragon shaped country in South-east Asia. But what doesn’t fail to enthrall are the famous rice padded fields, the locals in conical-shaped straw hats, and a land of ancient traditions all captured into temples of wonder.
Cu Chi Tunnels
The immense network of underground connecting tunnels, have grabbed eyeballs worldwide. Located at 40km north-west of the Ho Chi Minh city, they were used by Vietnam Cong guerillas as escape routes during the Vietnam war. A Vietnam tour invites visitors to crawl around and experience the nostalgia of war-like conditions.
Fruit orchards, vibrant floating markets, rice paddies, bird sanctuaries and peaceful villages draw tourists to the Mekong River in south-western Vietnam. The Mekong Delta is the region where the river empties out into the sea. A very rich and lush area, it is nicknamed ‘Vietnam’s rice basket’, and if you visit Vietnam, this place is a must-see.
A once significant center of Hindu ceremonies, the Kings of Champa kingdom built numerous temples in worship of Lord Shiva between the 4th and 14th century. Located on the central coast of Vietnam near the Duy Phú village, this important religious site is one of South Asia’s remarkable landmarks.
An old city dating back 2,000 years is alive with historic architecture, rich cultures and traditions. The narrow aisles of the streets are decorated with beautiful engravings, traditional wooden houses, and hundreds of tiny shops selling clothes, shoes and souvenirs. The heart of the city is the Old Town, which is also called the ‘Venice of Vietnam’ for its narrow canals, winding lanes and picturesque Chinese styled shops.
Ha Long Bay
The ‘Bay of descending dragons’ is the most visited tourist attraction in north Vietnam, boasting of a 120 km long coastline. The bay features thousands of islands, surrounded by lush green vegetation, forming a spectacular panoramic view of limestone pillars. With its aqua green waters and the pillars jutting out like sea dragons, the bay reminds one of the scenes from a fairy tale.