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  • 1 Kim Lien Pagoda Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Ngo 1. Au Co VNM - Hanoi

    Kim Lien Pagoda (Pagoda of the Golden Lotus) is dedicated to Princess Tu Hoa, who founded the sanctuary on the shores of the West Lake in the 12C, and Quynh Hoa, the princess of silk worms. The latter, now part of the Buddhist pantheon, was said to h..

  • 2 Thay Pagoda / Thien Phuc Pagoda Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    VNM - Sai Son

    The Thay Pagoda ("Master's Pagoda"), also known as the "Pagoda of the Heavenly Blessing", was built on the shores of the Dragon lake in the 11C to honour the monk Tu Dao Hanh. The hill behind the pagoda is home to several sanctuar..

  • 3 Tay Phuong Pagoda Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    VNM - Sai Son

    The wooden sculptures displayed at the Tay Phuong pagoda are worthy of particular note as they are a perfect illustration of this art form. Decorative features embellishing the pagoda's structure and statues reveal great realism in their impressive d..

  • 4 Dinh Bang Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    VNM - Dinh Bang

    Dinh Bang, in the Red River Delta, has two monuments worthy of interest. The den Do, a temple built in memory of the Ly royal dynasty (1009-1225) which came from the village, attracts large crowds, particularly during a huge festival held during the ..

  • 5 Phat Diem Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    À 28 km de Ninh Binh, à la sortie du village de Kim Son VNM - Kim Son

    A mix of biblical and Vietnamese symbols provides the Phat Diem cathedral with its harmonious sculpted wood decor. The size and architecture of the building, which takes its inspiration from pagodas and communal houses, come as something of a surpris..

  • 6 Tam Coc Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    VNM - Van Lam

    Tam Coc can be found in the middle of rice paddies on either side of the Ngo Dong river. With its caves and sugarloaf-shaped rocks emerging out of the watery landscape, the scenery is reminiscent of the limestone islands of Halong Bay. Boat trips dep..

  • 7 Keo Pagoda Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    VNM - Vu Tien

    Simple, spacious and rustic in style, this pagoda in the middle of the country has the appearance of a Japanese temple. It was built in the 17C from money offered by a lady of the Court. The main room, in the shape of a T, and its heavy wooden struct..

  • 8 Cat Ba Island Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    VNM - Cat Hai

    At weekends, Cat Ba, the largest of the islands in Halong Bay, is transformed into a lively coastal resort, which can be explored by motorbike or bicycle. Following the creation of a national park, around half of this unspoilt limestone formation, wh..

  • 9 Black River Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    VNM - Hoa Binh

    With its source in the Yunnan mountains in China, the Black River (song Da) carves out a deep canyon through the northwest corner of Vietnam, a region dominated by peaks of over 2 000m. At Muong Lay, the gorge crosses that of the nam Na - in 1996, th..

  • 10 Sin Ho Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    VNM - Sin Ho

    Visitors make their way to Sin Ho for the road which leads there and the stunning landscapes it passes through. Situated in a mountainous region dominated by Ta Phin mountain (1 868m), the village is surrounded by isolated limestone outcrops resembli..

  • 11 Lao Chai Valley Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    VNM - Lao Chai

    Leaving Sapa, the road crosses the Muong Hoa river then climbs up through the rice fields to the Black Hmong village of Lao Chai. Continuing across fields on the same side of the river, you then come to the Giay village of Ta Van. Head back down towa..

  • 12 Bac Quang road Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    VNM - Bac Ha - Bac Quang

    The best time to travel along the road between Bac Ha and Bac Quang is on a Sunday, when the weekly market is held and the villages - and the tracks which lead to them - are crowded with groups of men and women in colourful costume. Some carry woven ..

  • 13 Ba Be National Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    1 km avant le lac en venant de Cho Ra VNM - Cho Ra

    Famous for its landscapes during the colonial period, this region only became a national park in 1992. The park protects 23 000ha of rivers and waterfalls around Ba Be, the "Three Lakes". This huge 8km-long lake can be accessed by road, but..

  • 14 Ba Be Lake Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    VNM - Cho Ra

    This small lake lies in a landscape of limestone cliffs dotted with waterfalls and gardens. Erosion has formed caves in these rocky cliffs, such as the prosaically named Dong Ba Cua, a cave with "three windows" overlooking the lake. The sma..

  • 15 Hué Citadel Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Dai Trieu Nghi VNM - Hué

    The citadel was built in 1805 during the reign of Emperor Gia Long, following a layout inspired by Vauban's fortifications. It has retained much of the purple and gold decor which contributed to its earlier splendour and is organised in concentric ar..

  • 16 Imperial City Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Dans la citadelle VNM - Hué

    The Imperial City within the citadel comprises the Forbidden Purple City where the emperor and his family lived, the official buildings from where he ran his empire, temples, gardens and water features. The city is surrounded by a wall with four gate..

  • 17 Thai Hoa Palace Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Dans la Cité Impériale VNM - Hué

    The Palace of Supreme Harmony is one of the most spectacular buildings in the Imperial City. This vast room, where the emperor presided over ceremonies and received important guests, is richly decorated in red and gold lacquered teak and engraved wit..

  • 18 Royal Mausoleums Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    VNM - Hué

    The Nguyen emperors were very much concerned with life in the hereafter and paid close attention to the design of their mausoleums. These grandiose complexes also acted as secondary residences during their lifetime, where the emperors enjoyed spendin..

  • 19 Mausoleum of Tu Duc Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    VNM - Hué

    The second son of King Thieu Tri, Tu Duc was a lover of poetry who designed this mausoleum to serve as his eternal pleasure garden. Surrounded by a 1.5km wall, the mausoleum occupies an attractive site which is home to around 50 buildings dotted over..

  • 20 Mausoleum of Minh Mang Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    VNM - Hué

    The mausoleum of Minh Mang, completely dedicated to painting, poetry and philosophy, is without a doubt the most majestic of the tombs, along with that of Tu Duc. The king, who reigned from 1820-41, designed the mausoleum during his lifetime, althoug..

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