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  • 1 Vietnam Museum of Ethnology Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    1 Nguyen Hai Nien VNM - Hanoi

    The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology provides a fascinating introduction to the country's 54 ethnic groups. The museum's collections are clearly displayed and include everyday objects, religious items and works of art, giving an excellent overview of the ..

  • 2 But Thap Pagoda Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    VNM - Lang

    The "Writing Brush" pagoda, built in the 17C amid the rice fields, comprises several buildings which are home to some outstanding carved and lacquered wood items. In the Bell Tower, note the statue of Quan Am sitting on a lotus supported by..

  • 3 Gulf of Tonkin Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    VNM - Haiphong

    The highlights of the Gulf of Tonkin are Halong Bay and its limestone islands, Cat Ba Island and its national park, and Haiphong and its port. The landscape of rice fields that cover a part of the coast around the Red River Delta is also well worth e..

  • 4 Mieu Dynastic Temple Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Dans la Cité Impériale VNM - Hué

    The Dynastic Temple, built during the region of Minh Mang in 1821-22, is dedicated to the cult of the Nguyen kings. Ten altars stand in this long room, each of which is dedicated to a king and his queen. Missing are those of Duc Duc and Hiep Hoa, bot..

  • 5 Pongour Waterfalls Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    VNM - Di Linh

    The spectacular 30m-high Pongour waterfalls are arranged in a magnificent semi-circle 150m long. A 300m track leads to the foot of the falls, from where the view is spectacular, particularly during the wet season.

  • 6 Lak Lake Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    VNM - Jun

    Nature has created a scene of stunning beauty here: a huge expanse of water surrounded by paddy fields and dormant volcanic peaks. Alongside the lake, the traditional village of Jun, with its houses on stilts occupied by the Mnong, has adapted to the..

  • 7 Kon Kotu Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    VNM - Kon Kotu

    Coiled around the bank of a river in a wooded setting, Kon Kotu boasts a wild and magnificent location. Here, you can sleep in the rong (house on stilts) in the middle of the village and enjoy the traditional way of life of the Ba Na.

  • 8 Vietnam History Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    2 Nguyen Binh Khiem 2 VNM - Ho Chi Minh-City

    A journey back in time, from the Palaeolithic era to the 20C, awaits visitors to this museum, where an impressive collection of items from the country's different civilisations are displayed. Admire, in particular, the collection of bronze drums deco..

  • 9 Giac Vien Pagoda Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    VNM - Ho Chi Minh-City

    This pagoda is said to have been visited by the emperor Gia Long himself. Today, monks still occupy this sanctuary which is imbued with a remarkable calm. Attractive statues are dotted around the site, including a golden Buddha and the goddess Chuan ..

  • 10 Giac Lam Pagoda Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    118 Lac Long Quan VNM - Ho Chi Minh-City

    Standing in the middle of a verdant garden, the Giac Lam pagoda rises majestically above the skyline of Ho Chi Minh City. Within the confines of the temple, visitors can view a cemetery, a 7-storey tower and two impressive statues. Inside the pagoda ..

  • 11 Mekong Delta Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    VNM - My Tho

    From Cambodia, the Mekong crosses Vietnam along two main arteries, the Tien Giang and Hau Giang, entering the South China Sea via nine estuaries which lend its name as the "river of the nine dragons". The waters of the delta are the setting..

  • 12 Bang Lang Bird Reserve Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    VNM - Thot Non

    This bird reserve is an area of exuberant vegetation covering 13 000m2 of the Mekong Delta. It is home to myriad species, including white egrets, and a multitude of herons and cormorants which come to nest in these tranquil surroundings. The reserve ..

  • 13 Bai Truong Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    VNM - Duong Dong

    The largest and most beautiful beach on the island, stretching 30km from An Thoi to Duong, is a jewel of fine sand backed by coconut palms; it is also one of the few places in Vietnam where you can enjoy a sunset over the sea. A handful of hotels are..

  • 14 Ha Long Bay Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    VNM - Haiphong

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ha Long Bay is Vietnam's leading tourist sight. The bay is home to a karstic formation of almost 2 000 islands: rocks of different shapes and sizes covered with saxicolous plants emerge from the turquoise waters where ca..

  • 15 Den Ngoc Son Temple Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Lac Hoan Kiem VNM - Hanoi

    An attractive wooden bridge leads to the Temple of the Jade Mound, which was built in the 19C on the site of the old palace of the Trinh lords on a small island in Hoan Kiem lake. It is dedicated to Van Xuong (the god of literature), General Tran Hug..

  • 16 Old Quarter Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Hang Bac VNM - Hanoi

    In the 15C, thirty-six artisans' guilds were situated in this area which lies to the north of Hoan Kiem lake, each occupying a different part of the district. Today this is the Old Quarter, once the commercial heart of the city. The narrow winding st..

  • 17 Vietnam Fine Arts Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    66 Nguyen Thai Hoc VNM - Hanoi

    The Fine Arts Museum boasts a comprehensive collection of Vietnamese art, from Dong Son bronzes to 18C sculptures and Later Le art, as well as Cham (9C-10C), Ly (1009-1225), Tran (1225-1413), Le and Mac (15C-16C) statues. Part of the museum is dedica..

  • 18 Temple of Literature Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Quoc Tu Giam VNM - Hanoi

    With its pavilions, courtyards and pools, the Temple of Literature has a delightful and peaceful atmosphere. Founded in 1070, the temple was dedicated to the Chinese philosopher Confucius, whose teachings advocated moral propriety. Here, and in the n..

  • 19 Quan Thanh Temple Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Thanh Nien VNM - Hanoi

    Built in the 17C, Quan Thanh Temple is a magnificent example of the art of wooden sculpture, with its finely carved doors, window frames and altar. To the rear of the temple, note the huge bronze of Tran Vu, whose acts of courage were honoured when t..

  • 20 Tran Quoc Pagoda Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Thanh Nien VNM - Hanoi

    Tran Quoc Pagoda (Pagoda of National Defence), one of the oldest in Vietnam, was originally built in the 6C on the banks of the Red River. Threatened by erosion, the pagoda was rebuilt on Ca Vang island (Goldfish Island) in the West Lake in 1615. The..

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