Top vietnam destinations to visit in 2016

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In 2016, Vietnam is forecast to be an even more ideal destination Major international and regional events, especially Hue’s Festival 2016 and Asian Beach Games 2016, will be held at various tourist destinations

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  • Top Vietnam destinations to visit in 2016

    Crazy and calm, exciting and relaxing, Vietnam is among the rare destinations where your experience can be

    stretched to its limits. When it comes to tourism, Vietnam is a reverberating symphony of culture, history, landscape

    and at its heart, the people. Traveling to Vietnam, you will find that these categories are not rigid but rather diverse

    and dynamic. Every landscape you tread, every architecture you see, every dish you taste and every person you

    meet has a story to tell you. Therefore, no matter what preferences you have, Vietnam can offer you your best travel

    experience.

    In 2016, Vietnam is forecasted be an even more ideal destination. Major international and regional events, especially

    Hues Festival 2016 and Asian Beach Games 2016, will be held at various tourist destinations. Another reason why

    Vietnam should be on your list in 2016 is about affordability. Although tourism has witnessed giant leap for the last

    decade, in Vietnam, prices are low compare to other countries. Take for instance, while having a decent vacation in

    Bali will cost you no less than $100 per person per day, a lovely two-day cruise tour in Halong Bay is only around

    $140. The deal gets even better if you are a backpacker: it only costs you around $20 a day to discover and enjoy the

    most expensive metropolises of Vietnam.

    Below is a must-go list for you to start with:

    Hanoi

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    Hanoi is a unique city where seemingly contradictory characteristics happen to exist in harmony. It is where the

    people embrace rich cultural legacy while thriving to modernity and affluence. It is where you can easily find

    thousand-year-old pagodas, colonial French-style buildings, and modern skyscrapers all located on the same street.

    And it is where you can find hip-hop dancers showcasing their skills with daring moves in the same park where old

    grandfathers are doing Taichi with a calm and relaxing demeanor.

    When it comes to tourism, there are endless choices for a thrilling and satisfying excursion in Hanoi. In this city of

    more than one thousand year of historical continuity, you can virtually walk through time as you visit various tourist

  • attractions and historical sites. Some of them date back to as far as the 1000s C.E., such as One Pillared Pagoda,

    Temple of Literature and National University. The Old Quarter or the Ancient Streets, which is regarded as Base

    Camp for many foreign tourists, is also a historical landmark as it was actually conveyed many centuries ago,

    encompassing streets that made and sold all sorts of commodities. The sights of modernity such as high-rise

    buildings with shopping, dinning and entertainment complexes, are, of course, visible everywhere in the city.

    Bai Tu Long Bay & Cat Ba Island

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    Bai Tu Long Bay is one of the most beautiful seascapes in Vietnam. Located within the Gulf of Tonkin, they bay is

    capable of leaving you in awe with its emerald waters and thousands of titanic islands and islets. Adjacent to Halong

  • Bay at its southwest side, Bai Tu Long Bay is even more mesmerizing than its counterpart because of the absence of

    mass commercialization. Here, you will have the chance to visit Bai Tu Long National Park, which is the habitat of

    hundreds of flora and fauna. Aside from these natural scenery, the bay is home to about 30,000 people. Most of them

    live by fishing on Van Don, Quan Lan, Ban Sen, Ngoc Vung islands. A day tour to their offshore fishing villages will

    offer you a glimpse into their simple yet back-to-nature lifestyle.

    To the southwest of Bai Tu Long Bay is Cat Ba Archipelago which belongs to Hai Phong City. With green islands and

    giant limestone islets, Cat Bas waters are consistent with the magnificent scenery of the surrounding seascapes. The

    main island of the archipelago is Cat Ba Island, also the largest island in the Gulf of Tonkin. With an area of 354

    square kilometers and a population of more than 8000 people, the island is a resort town with more than enough

    infrastructure and facilities to support the influx of tourists and vacationing locals every summer. In spite of these

    manmade development, a major area of Cat Ba is zoned as national park where diverse ecosystem, dense forests

    and large limestone grottos are preserved.

    Trang An Eco-complex

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    Located 100 km from Hanoi, Trang An Eco-complex is a part of Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex, a 2000-

    square-kilometer area that hosts various tourist attractions, ranging from natural scenery to religious architecture.

  • Boasting the nickname of Inland Halong Bay, Trang An Eco-complex is packed with limestone mountains, jungle,

    caves and river. The most popular way to travel through this area is on small rowing boats. Cruising on serpentine

    river of sparkling emerald water, tourists will feel immersed in the refreshing atmosphere and enthralled by the

    spectacular scenery.

    The boats will take you to the limestone caves along the river. More precisely, you will go under the mountains by

    boat. There are 9 caves in total and each has its own shape, size and formation. Some caves are so big that once

    you are inside, everything is surrounded by darkness and you cannot even see their end. Some has its own historical

    legend such as Wine-brewing cave, which is believed to have some connection with Dinh Tien Hoang, the ancient

    king who unified Vietnam a millennium ago. At some points of the journey, the water is so calm and clear that you can

    see the algae and fish floating and swimming below.

    Hue

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  • Where the nostalgic and poetic ambiance can be felt from the quiet corner of the streets to the mossy walls of

    imposing citadel, Hue is a city of its own class. Being the capital of Vietnam from 1802 to 1945, Hue hosts an array of

    old palaces, citadels, tombs, and temples. Magnificent as the impression that these structure may give, Hue,

    contradictorily, is renowned for its solemnity and quietness. Maybe this can be traced to the history of Hue, the last

    imperial capital of the last dynasty of Vietnam, and later on a city that suffered unimaginable horror during the bloody

    Vietnam War. No matter what the reason is, Hue can be aptly compared to a lady that harbors deeply in her heart a

    sad story that manifests in the poetic atmosphere of the city.

    Endless words and phrases of poem have been invented to describe the dazzling charm of Huong River, the most

    precious treasure of Hue. However, the beauty of the river is beyond word, especially at sunset when you have to see

    it to believe it. The experience of stepping into a Romantic painting!

    Though no longer the capital of Vietnam, Hue can still proudly boast its title of the center of Vietnamese cuisine. Once

    home to the most extravagant dynasty, Hues cuisine has developed into an art, with every dish being perfect from

    the look to the taste and encompassing the finest of Vietnamese gastronomy.

    Danang/ My Khe beach

    Voted as the best city to live in Vietnam, Da Nang is a combination of modernity and tranquility. Unlike Hanoi and Ho

    Chi Minh City, which often face the nightmare of traffic and pollution as well as many hassles regarding urban

    planning and development, Da Nang is blessed with large area relative to its population. Revamped infrastructure,

    modernist buildings, surreal bridges (at night), clean boulevards and friendly people have become the widely

    recognized qualities of the city.

    Located in a superb location for developing tourism, Da Nang has been regarded as the most attractive destination

    by many Vietnamese families and foreign tourists. Natural wonders range from white-sand beaches to tropical forests

    on Son Tra Peninsula and manmade attractions ranges from Ba Na Hills Mountain Resort to Fantasy Park Indoor

    Entertainment Zone.

    A maritime city, Da Nang is most renowned for its beaches, among which My Khe is the most beautiful. Indeed, this

    slightly sloped strip of crystal water, white sand and poplar trees was voted by Forbes Magazine as one of the worlds

    six most attractive beaches in 2005. Before 1975, My Khe was reserved exclusively for U.S. GIs stationed in South

    Vietnam. Nowadays, My Khe is dotted with hotels catering to all kinds of tourist demand.

    Hoi An

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    Hoi An is an ancient town, located in Quang Nam Province. With mild climate and strategic location, Hoi An used to

    be one of the busiest port in Asia, attracting merchants ships from China, Japan and Europe during the 17th and

    18th centuries. Trade not only brought material prosperity but also cultural values, especially in terms of artifacts and

    architecture, to Hoi An. However, during the colonization period of 19th, Hoi An lost its position as the primary port of

    Central Vietnam to Da Nang which was being developed by the French. Since then, Hoi An became a quiet and

    peaceful old town, unaffected even during the turbulent years of the wars and the following mass-urbanization period.

    Thus, most of the cultural and architectural values of this city have remained intact.

    Hoi An has the unique charm to mesmerize any tourist with its atmospheric and delightful ambiance. Free from the

    modern curses of traffic and pollution, Hoi An offers its visitors the exp