Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1994 when the place was already a famous destination. The recognition by UNESCO made this scenic spot more renowned. Ha Long Bay comprises a group of 1600 islands and islets within the Gulf of Tonkin which forms a beautiful landscape of limestone pillars. However, most of these islands are uninhabited and had not been touched by human. It is suggested that the best time to visit Ha Long Bay is between March and May when the temperatures are quite hot but manageable.
Trang An Landscape Complex
Ninh Binh has long enchanted visitors with a melding of sacred temples, serene countryside, and dramatic karsts. Three elements come together to render this one of Vietnam's top heritage sites, the Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, the national seat of power in the 10th and 11th centuries, the Trang An Scenic Complex, and the Hoa Lu Forest.
Ninh Binh's sublime landscape is made of karst peaks and towers, which rise steeply up from the valley below, itself covered in tranquil waterways and lush rice paddies. Traditional sampans rowed by local guides glide gently along the current, beneath dripping grottoes and past dense rainforest. Take a short climb to the mossy pagodas and viewpoints on the cliffs, and you will have the entire panorama at your feet.
Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park
Located in 3 districts of Quang Binh province, Phong Nha – Ke Bang national park has the total square of 343300 ha. This place has gone through a 4-milion-year geological tectonics progress on earth. It has been praised with magnificent, breath-taking and mysterious landscape ever, containing 300 small and giant caves. Especially mentioned is Son Doong cave, known as the biggest and longest cave in the world. Moreover, the national park also contains 2400 vascular plants, 356 bird species, hundreds of fishes and insects enlisted in IUCN.
The Complex of Hue Monuments
In the central city of Hue you will find the last vestiges of the Nguyen Dynasty. Here, against a backdrop of forested hills with a meandering river at their feet, the Nguyen emperors erected administrative offices, military headquarters, palaces, temples and even their own tombs.
Vietnam’s feudal capital was strategically built along the banks of the Perfume River, with easy access to the sea. Taking inspiration from Beijing’s Forbidden City, the structures within the citadel were carefully laid out to be in cosmological alignment with the five elements, cardinal points and colours. Take a leisurely amble around the complex and watch Imperial Vietnam come to life in full colour. Imposing statues, priceless treasures and intricate mosaics wait around every corner.
Hoi An Ancient Town
Hoi An was one prominent example of an important trading port in South East Asia from the 15th to the 19th century. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, Hoi An is a unique collection of more than 800 historic buildings which have been preserved for several centuries. You can see a captivating mix of architectural styles influenced by Japan, China and French colonial days as you stroll down the streets.