10 Stunning Attractions Should Be Visited At The Beginning Of Year In Vietnam

Day by day, the number of foreign arrivals to Vietnam has averaged double-digit growth for the past decade. Although Vietnam is not as overrun as some other regional destinations, Vietnam also has  the incredible cuisine, and stunning scenery like this. To start a year with the luck, the happiness, the prosperity and success, here are 10 stunning attractions that you should refer when come to Vietnam at the beginning of year.

1. Sapa, Northwest Vietnam
A stone’s throw from the border with China, Sapa is a tourist town run amok. Loose building codes and booming development give large portions of the town the feel of a poorly marked construction site. But once you step out into the countryside -- best done with the help of a guide -- the plunging valleys and terraced rice hills will seduce you with serene scenery. Be forewarned: No hiking path, however remote, is safe from motorbikes.

2. Hoan Kiem Lake
Hoan Kiem offers a rare window of space and peace in the heart of Hanoi’s hive-like old town. The name translates as “lake of the returned sword,” which comes from a legend about a Vietnamese emperor who vanquished the Chinese with a magic blade and then returned it to a turtle god who lived in this lake.

3. Ha Long Bay, Quang Ninh Province
The 1,600 limestone karsts of HaLong Bay are a unique sight on Earth. The waters of the Gulf of Tonkin, the sharp edges of the rock, and the lush vegetation that crowns each island all combine to create a sense of beauty which is barely finite. The sides of the karsts rise so steeply from the water that they’ve been mostly uninhabited, and thus unspoiled, for most of recorded history. Pollution caused by tourism is a serious concern, but conscientious ecotours are beginning to pop up.

4. Hoi An ancient city, central Vietnam
Hoi An was a major trade hub for most of its history, attracting merchants from across Asia. That changed in the late 18th century when political strife and a silted-up river suddenly made marine access impossible. The city turned into a backwater, which had the happy side-effect of making it a non-target for the many armies which trampled up and down Vietnam in the 20th century. Hoi An’s charming, cosmopolitan mix of historic architecture today attracts visitors from around the world. The cooking classes and tailoring are also excellent.

5. Hanoi Old Quarter, Hanoi
Rambling, cramped, and bursting with life, the historic quarter of Vietnam’s capital turns walking down the street into a full-contact sport. If you can dodge the ubiquitous scooters, which respect no curb or traffic light, you’ll find countless charming vignettes of everyday life and some of the best street food in Asia.

6. Bai Dinh, The Biggest Pagoda In Asean
Bai Dinh Pagoda is located in the rural mountains of Sinh Duoc village, Gia Sinh commune, Gia Vien District, Ninh Binh province, about 12 km from Ninh Binh city and 5km from Hoa Lu, beside the Trang An ecological tourism.
 Bai Dinh Pagoda is famous for its great size and majestic scenery. The pagoda is also set more record for the owner of the most Arhat Statues in ASEAN with 500 Arhat statues made of stone and stand higher than human’s head with the area for constructing Bai Dinh Pagoda is 80 ha. Its back leans against the Bai Dinh Mountain with the height of 200m.

7. Hue Imperial enclosure, Hue
The last emperors of Vietnam moved their seat to Hue in the 19th century in an effort to foster national unity. Though they ultimately failed to quell French colonialism, the pad they lived in during that effort was pretty fly. Large portions were destroyed in the Battle of Hue in 1968, but what survived and what’s been rebuilt offers a fascinating look at the digs of the rich and famous circa 1802.

8. Tomb of Tu Duc near Hue
Built in the hills around the old imperial city of Hue, the tombs of the Nguyen emperors are equal parts feast for the eye and sobering monument to vain ambition. Emperor Tu Duc levied such heavy taxes to pay for the construction of his tomb that it led to a rebellion against his rule. After this was defeated, he began living in his tomb. Ironically, he’s not even buried here, rather resting in a unknown location somewhere nearby. To keep the burial spot secret, the 200 workers who built Tu Duc’s actual tomb were killed after they finished their work.

9. Thien Mu temple near Hue
The seven-story tower inside this temple is called “the Pagoda of the Celestial Lady.” The surrounding grounds and complex offer a wonderful collection of bonsai trees, while the temple’s location provides striking views of the Perfume River.

10. Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City
The colonial legacy of Catholicism, unlike coffee, has largely withered in independent Vietnam. Charming cathedrals like this one might be its most enduring contribution to the country.

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