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Vietnam, a nation with a long history, boasts a wealth of natural and cultural treasures. Vietnamese Buddhism has given rise to unbelievable religious structures. Rivers such as the Mekong run throughout the country, adorned with picturesque islands. Welcoming villages rest along their shores. Its street food has become a must for international foodies. Cities such as Hanoi bustle with energy and ancient places such as Hoi An welcome travellers. All told, Vietnam is simply a feast for the senses.

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Halong Bay:

According to legend, Halong Bay—or “descending dragon bay”—was formed when a god sent down a dragon that was the source of the 1,600 limestone pillars that populate the bay. Now you can wind your way through this karst landscape by boat and view these impressive outcroppings, some of which rise up more than 91 metres. Most are uninhabited, but those that are provide a prime habitat for fishermen. Halong Bay was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1994.

 

Hoi An Ancient Town:

Located at the mouth of the Thu Bon River, Hoi An’s ancient town is an example of a well-preserved South-East Asian trading port. Most active from the 15th to the 19th centuries, the influence of Chinese and European travellers combined with that of the local inhabitants to make Hoi An exceptional. Its structures are mostly made of wood, and include more than a thousand timber-frame buildings. Whilst its economic contributions today are primarily from fishing, the trading port’s decline in the late 19th century helped it retain its traditional urban atmosphere. Hoi An Ancient Town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999.

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Hue Complex of Monuments — Hue City:

Hue was established as the capital of unified Vietnam in 1802, and until 1945 it was a key political, cultural and religious centre. Today it is a fine example of a unique feudal capital. The Nguyen Dynasty, Vietnam’s last royal dynasty, left its indelible mark here. Hoang Thanh (Imperial City), Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden Purple City), the Imperial Residence, and other royal palaces comprise the Hue Complex. Wars and natural disasters took their toll; in response the area was designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1993. This has led to the restoration of 132 monuments so far.

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My Son Sanctuary—Hoi An:

My Son means “Kingdom of Cham.” This cluster of partially ruined temples and tombs sprang from the ancient Champa Kingdom of southern Vietnam. The religious buildings, made of red bricks and sandstone, were constructed from the 4th to 13th centuries—spanning 10 centuries of continuous development. The sacred Thu Bon River flows past the monuments, which have Hindu rather than Buddhist origins and were devoted to Hindu divinities such as Shiva. Partially destroyed by the U.S. during the Vietnam War, 70 structures remain and have been safeguarded by UNESCO since 1999.

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Expert Advice

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Diana Ditto

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As you prepare to explore Vietnam pack clothing that is appropriate for visiting temples. Be sure to pack comfortable walking shoes as there are areas where the terrain is uneven. We recommend comfortable clothing that has no bare shoulders or short skirts or shorts. You may need to take off your shoes to enter temples or other religious sites.
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Meals typically consist of either a single dish or a selection of rice, fish and a variety of sauces and spices with many complementary dishes served concurrently and shared by all. It is customary to serve more dishes than there are guests at a table. Some of the highlights include fresh fruit and vegetables like mangoes, dragon fruit and pomelo. Seafood includes shrimp and local fish.
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Vietnam is well known for silks, gemstones, pottery, silverware, tailor-made clothes and traditional handicrafts. Many popular items are ao dai (women’s dresses), coffee, lacquerware, men’s tailored casual suits, basket weavings, wood carvings and rice paper prints.

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