History of Vietnam & War Timeline
If you are intending for breathtaking adventures, intriguing experiences, age-old historic places, and appetizing meals, then plan for Vietnam. Once upon a time, Vietnam was a war place from the year 1955 to 1975. This war was between North Vietnam mainly supported by China and South Vietnam backed by the United States who ends up losing it.
Before World War II Vietnam was a French colony. In 1954 the French lost a protracted war against Vietnamese and country was divided into two parts, communist Northern Vietnam and the Southern Vietnam. After the election in 1956, it was about to reunite. As the United States were against communist, they supported South Vietnam and in 1965 sent their combat troops. It was a fierce war for the United States, hence in 1973, a peace treaty was negotiated. In 1975 South Vietnam surrendered to North Vietnam; thus officially united as one country.
Present-Day Vietnam, a Tourist Den
After all the war destructions, Vietnam and its people have displayed height of bravery and courage to rebuild their country. Today, it is considered best among travel destinations in Asia because of its friendly people, cheap cost of living and unlimited adventures.
Here is a list of 5 best tourist places in Vietnam which have both, natural beauty and cultural enrichment.
1. Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC)
It seems magic that how a small fishing village surrounded by forests has transformed into a scintillating metropolis. The modern city of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is located in Southern Vietnam. This is the economic hub and center of all financial activities and also the largest city in Vietnam by population. It is also called by its ancient name, Saigon.
This city has still signs of former French colony at decades-old places like Saigon Opera House, Central Post Office, and Notre-Dame Cathedral. While at the northern part of the city there are War Remnants Museum, Reunification Palace and Cu Chi Tunnels are exhibiting the signs of fighting spirits displayed by Vietnamese during the wartime. All these tourist points are worth visiting and provide a historical experience.
2. Ha Long Bay
UNESCO has declared the karst seascape of Ha Long Bay as one of the World Heritage Site. It is the most alluring sea views of the world. There are numerous islands of limestone at the Gulf of Tonkin, which is worn by water and wind into sharp vertexes. This is a perfect destination for tourists who love cruising as Ha Long Bay has astonishing bay’s scenery.
This place looks more fascinating at nighttime. Therefore tourists usually plan an overnight stay to get mesmerized by its beautiful scenery when the sun is about to set into the sea. They may also go for deep sea fishing for the whole family as well. It has various caves as visitor’s sight including Hang Sung Sot having three giant grottos, and the Hang Dao Go having freaky stalactites and stalagmites. Visiting these caves proves to be a haunting and magical experience which tourist can’t forget.
Year ago, Hue used to be the royal capital of Nguyen dynasty. It is situated on the Perfume River banks in Central Vietnam. Until today, the traces of historical majestic times are presented in the architecture, culture, and food of Hue. These aspects make it among the most inviting places in the country.
The Citadel is the most acclaimed monument of the city. It is a conglomerate of glorious palaces and elegant temples. Other than that, the Thien Mu Pagoda is also a remarkable memorial on the river as the city’s official figure.
Hanoi is the capital city of Vietnam, but unlike capitals of other countries in the world, it is not the largest city, instead the second largest of the country in terms of population. Its location at 1760 km north of Ho Chi Minh City. This city is truly the furious reflections of contemporary Vietnam; therefore, not only mesmerizes tourists but also baffles them.
People of Hanoi have craze and passion for motorbikes while streets are all the time buzzy with the outcry of vendors. Its culture and norms reflect the real modernized Vietnamese city life. The Museum of Ethnology and Fine art Museum are must-see places for tourists to get the introduction of its vast artistry.
5. Hoi An
Hoi An is the captivating city of central Vietnam and is among the mainstream destination, not only for tourists but also for locals. Along with Ha Long Bay, the ancient town of Hoi An is among UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is tied up with hundreds of historic Vietnamese tube houses, a renowned Japanese bridge, Chinese ancestry shop houses, and magnificent French colonial buildings.
Hoi An is widely famous for its mouth-watering food and also for its dreamy and lovely surroundings. Another whimsical aspect of Hoi An is vivid handcrafted lanterns which glare in the evening sunset. It becomes a memorable experience for tourists when the paddleboats slowly pass beneath the Thu Bon River with the sight of these original handcrafts.
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Liza Brooke is currently working as a Travel Blogger at King Essay. She holds a Master’s degree in Tourism Administration, in addition to a certification in International Tourism and Hotel Management. Liza also writes a weekly article at a renowned newspaper regarding various aspects in the travel and tourism industry.