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July 17, 2013 Tour Operator No Comments Email Email

Luxury TravelVietnam’s diverse natural environment, geography, history, and culture make it a destination with great potential for the tourism industry. The country boasts long coastlines, verdant forests, and mountainous regions with magnificent landscapes.

Vietnam also has a long and diverse cultural history, much of which is reflected in its ancient architecture and regional customs.

Main_swimming_poolWith more than 125 beautiful and convenient beaches, Vietnam has more locales for beach enthusiasts than many countries can dream of. Traveling from north to south, many of the most famous beaches will be found in places such as Tra Co, Ha Long, Do Son, Cat Ba, Sam Son, Cua Lo, Thien Cam, Lang Co, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Ca Na, Mui Ne, Vung Tau, Ha Tien, and Phu Quoc.

One location in particular is especially noteworthy, Ha Long Bay. A naturally occurring bay, Ha Long has been recognized as a World Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO twice, in 1994 and 2000. Because of its natural beauty and geological value, the bay is now provisionally listed among the new seven natural wonders of the world.

In addition to Ha Long, the bays at Nha Trang and Lang Co are members of the unofficial club of the most beautiful bays of the world. However, officially they have also been given recognition as Da Nang Beach was voted one of the six most beautiful beaches on the planet in 2005 by Forbes Magazine. Not to be outdone, Bai Dai (Long Beach) in Phu Quoc was voted one of the world’s five best hidden beaches by ABC News in 2008 and Con Dao was proclaimed one of the most impressive destinations in Southeast Asia in 2010 by the New York Times Magazine.

Further, in 2011 Con Dao was included in the top 20 list of the most mysterious islands in the world by Travel and Leisure Magazine and also voted one of the 10 best and most mysterious islands in the world on which to enjoy a romantic holiday by Lonely Planet. Not only that, but the aquatic preserves in Phu Quoc and Con Dao are home to the “dugong”, which are an extremely rare species of sea mammal, similar to the Manatee or “sea cow.”

With a large coast line and thousands of islands near the mainland and archipelagos of Hoang Sa (Paracel Islands) and Truong Sa (Spratly Islands), sea and island touring has played an important role in Vietnam’s tourism development strategy.

With its geographic diversity, Vietnam has many famous natural tourist sites such as Sa Pa, Tam Dao, Bach Ma, Ba Na, Da Lat. These sites are, on average, around 1,000 meters above sea level and therefore have climates that are similar to those of many temperate zones. One such location is Sa Pa Town, which is home to old French style villas, as well as modern buildings interspersed between peach gardens and green lines of sa mu (cunnighamia konishii).

Sa Pa Town was voted one of the world’s top ten places for walking by Lonely Planet guidebooks and is a place where you can easily integrate into local life among terraced rice fields and other nearby villages. Moreover, the Sa Pa terraced rice fields along the mountain sides have been selected as one of the seven most beautiful and spectacular terraced rice fields in the world by Travel and Leisure Magazine.

Da Lat is an ideal tourist area, famous for pine forests, waterfalls and many kinds of beautiful flowers. Coming to Da Lat, tourists are enraptured by the melodies of the t’rung and gongs, two traditional musical instruments which the highlanders commonly play at evening parties.

Vietnam has 30 national parks and many nature preserves which feature great collections of flora and fauna indigenous to the tropical zone. One such place is Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, with vivid evidence of the Earth’s formation. It is an area of geological, topographic and geomorphologic history, and unique landscapes. Its biodiversity, as well as its unique historical and cultural values, have led it to be named a World Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2003.

Phong Nha-Ke Bang is home to the largest cave in the world, as well 300 different grottoes and smaller caves. Phong Nha Cave has been regarded by British Cave Research Association as the top cave in the world due to its 4 top records: the longest underground river, the highest and longest cave, broadest and most beautiful fine sand beaches inside the caves, and the most spectacular stalagmites and stalactites. Son Doong Cave has been recognized as the overall largest natural cave in the world.

In addition, as of 2012, there are 8 world biosphere reserves recognized by UNESCO in Vietnam, including Cat Tien National Park (now known as Dong Nai biosphere reserve) (2001), Can Gio mangrove in Ho Chi Minh City (2000), Cat Ba Island in Hai Phong City (2004), the Red River Delta (coastal wetlands of the three provinces of Thai Binh, Nam Dinh, Ninh Binh) (2004), Sea Island and the coast of Kien Giang (2006), Western Nghe An (2007), Cu Lao Cham Archipel in Hoi An – Quang Nam (2009), and Ca Mau Cape in Ca Mau Province (2009). There are also four national parks recognized as ASEAN heritage parks include Hoang Lien, Ba Be, Chu Mom Ray and Kon Ka Kinh.

There are several regions in Vietnam that have been reserved as bird gardens and sanctuaries. At Tam Nong Bird Sanctuary, there is a garden conservatory for redhead cranes, established as an information center for cranes funded by the International Fund for Bird Protection in Bergheim, Germany.

Vietnam has abundant mineral water sources found throughout the country, such as the Quang Hanh hot stream in Quang Ninh Province, the Kim Boi mineral spring in Hoa Binh Province, the Bang mineral spring in Quang Binh Province, the Hoi Van mineral spring in Binh Dinh Province, the Duc My and Thap Ba hot springs in Nha Trang City of Khanh Hoa Province, the Vinh Hao mineral spring in Binh Thuan Province, and Binh Chau – Ho Coc in Ba Ria in Vung Tau Province. These areas have become popular destinations for health rehabilitation and relaxation, attracting numerous tourists every year.

Vietnam has a long history, during which time many amazing architectural monuments reflecting typical oriental styles have been built. Many of these vestiges maintain their ancient appearances, such as the One Pillar Pagoda, Kim Lien Pagoda, Tay Phuong Pagoda, Tay Dang Temple and Chu Quyen Temple in Hanoi, Pho Minh Pagoda Tower in Nam Dinh Province, Binh Son Tower in Vinh Phuc Province, Keo Pagoda in Thai Binh Province, But Thap Pagoda and Dinh Bang Temple in Bac Ninh Province, the Cham Towers in the provinces of the Central Coast of Vietnam and the Hue Citadel.

As of January 1, 2012, there are more than 3,000 relics and landscape areas classified as national heritage sites, including some very special national relics. Besides the two mentioned above, UNESCO recognized five world cultural heritage sites: the Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long – Ha Noi, the Citadel of the Ho Dynasty, the complex of Hue Monuments, Hoi An Ancient Town and My Son Sanctuary.

There are also six on the world intangible heritage list: Nha Nhac – Vietnamese Royal Court Music, the Space of Gong Culture in Central Highland, Quan Ho Bac Ninh folk songs, Ca Tru singing, Xoan singing of Phu Tho Province and the Giong Festival of Phu Dong and Soc Temples (Hanoi).

Last, but not least, there are two inclusions on the World Documentary Heritage list: the woodblocks of the Nguyen Dynasty and the stone steles in Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam (Hanoi).

In addition, tens of millions of valuable antiques and national treasures are being preserved and are on display at the system of 125 museums distributed all over the country. Also, the traditional festivals, customs, arts performances, handicrafts, gastronomy and costumes of the community of 54 ethnic groups have been becoming important tourism resources.


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