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Where to go in Vietnam

edited July 2012 in India and Asia
Top Things to See
Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum
For one of the most bizarre morning you'll ever spend, join the (lengthy) queues to see the embalmed body of Vietnam's national hero: Ho Chi Minh, who led the country's resistance forces and declared independence in 1954. A truly surreal museum is worth looking at too.

The imperial city of Hu


  • edited 4:44AM
    Ho Chi Minh City is best place for tourist in Vietnam. Your thread is good and provide the good knowledge of Vietnam.
  • edited December 2012
    If you have the chance to visit Vietnam, I will choose Dalat is stop. I enjoyed watching the flowers in Dalat. It is a dreams city
  • edited April 2014
    Vietnam is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, anywhere you go here is amazing. But if you want further advice, there is lots of good insider info on traveling in Vietnam on this website written by a backpacker who has been all over Asia.
  • edited December 2013
    Vietnam is situated in Southeast Asia and borders with Laos and Cambodia to the west and China to the north. It is a small country compared to its neighbours, covering only 128,000 sq miles, making Vietnam travel pretty easy compared to some other Asian countries. Vietnam’s current government is run by a prime-minister, with the head of state being the president. The official language of Vietnam is Vietnamese, like Chinese and Japanese this is a tonal language, with meaning changing depending on stress and intonation. Those taking Vietnam travel can check out our Useful Phrases page to familiarise themselves with the language. The most popular religion in Vietnam is Buddhism; however there is a wide variety of other religious beliefs including Confucianism, Taoism, Christianity, Cao Dai and Tam Giao Dong Nguyen. You will also come across a wide number of ethnic groups on Vietnam travel, particularly in the highlands; these include the Muong, Hmong, Dao, and Khmer Krom people. There is also a significant Chinese community here. You are likely to find people from all kinds of religious and cultural backgrounds on Vietnam travel so it is worth keeping an open mind.
    Those planning Vietnam travel will probably know that this country has been the subject of much invasion and foreign control, from Chinese control until the 9th century to the French invasion in the 19th century up until Japanese occupation during the Second World War, whose unwanted presence resulted in the French Indochina War. Vietnam won this war and a short period of peace lasted until 1964 when civil war between the north and south broke out. The U.S. became heavily involved, fighting on the side of the anti-communist government of the South. The country became a war zone for ten years and Vietnam travel during this time was
    only done by soldiers and journalists. In 1975 South Vietnam and the U.S. lost the war to the North Vietnamese and in 1980, the Constitution of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam was drawn up. Following the end of the Cold War a new constitution was drawn up in 1992 and many western countries, including the U.S. re-established good relations with Vietnam once more. When people shed the misconceptions of a war-torn and ruined country, wrecked by years of violence and invasion and Vietnam travel was taken up once again, they realised that much of the country has been restored to its natural state and that Vietnam is home to some of the world’s most beautiful people and most breathtaking tropical landscape.
  • Many visitors find a vast number of places to visit that intrigue and excite them in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and the other major centres; but despite the cities’ allure, it’s the country’s striking landscape that most impresses. 

  • For a fun, realistic look at Vietnam as a destination check out the Top Gear episode on the country, which will give you some ideas about where to go and what to expect. For some practical travel advice and information have a look at this simple Vietnam Travel Guide. Hanoi is a popular travel base to start from.
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