People and Places – 4 Must-See Areas of Vietnam
While traversing the world, or looking for an exciting getaway to new surroundings, Vietnam’s culture and beauty make it an easy choice for travellers who are hoping to explore. With the country’s lush natural landscapes and intricately developed architecture, the magic of Vietnam’s surroundings is rarely lost on those that are lucky enough to experience it. However, with all of the breathtaking things to do and see on your trip, it can be difficult to set your sights on any one place or activity. Planning a Hoi An tour package from Travezl will allow you to get a fantastic taste of what the city has to offer, but for those that want to truly plan ahead, here’s four destinations in Vietnam that you won’t want to miss out on!
A true insight into Vietnam’s history, this heritage-listed trading port dating back to the 15th to 19th century acts as a well preserved snapshot of past events. With woodwork that has survived centuries, a feature that is unique even within the surrounding areas, the structures within its borders are fascinating to witness in person.The area’s architecture is a hot pot of influences and styles encompassing classic Vietnamese building with that of a multitude of cultures, creating a fascinating blend of colourful designs that make the buildings and temples uniquely beautiful. Tours run around the town and those surrounding it, so you have no excuse for missing the splendid sights of this historically significant place.
Mỹ Sơn Temples
Constructed as far back in Vietnam’s history as the 4th century, the building of these Hindu temples as overlooked by the kings of Champa as designated places of worship for Shiva, the supreme being in Shaivism. These near-ancient structures are a testament to the spiritual past of the country, existing as a reminder of the religious ceremonies once commonplace in Mỹ Sơn’s past. Whether you are a fan of cultural history, or excited by the architecture of the past, Mỹ Sơn is a must visit spot for explorers of every kind.
Ho Chi Minh City
From the Củ Chi tunnels, a series of intricately connected tunnels that span the underground areas of the city, to the War Remnants museum, Ho Chi Minh acts as a place of memorial for the Vietnam War, and a reminder of the hardships this country has endured. However this city, unlike the historical sites that proceed it on this list, is a fantastic example of how Vietnam has changed with the times.
Named after Ho Chi Minh, the communist revolutionary leader, this city’s deep history and beautiful surroundings make it a fascinating area to experience for yourself.
However, there is one area within the city that is interesting for a very different reason…
Notre Dame Cathedral
For those who are hoping to find a true oddity in their travels, Ho Chi Minh is home to the Notre Dame Cathedral. Built by French colonists, this architecturally Romanesque building would appear to feel more at home in medieval Europe than modern Vietnam. Notre Dame was built as a church in the 19th century, and has stood the test of time surprisingly well, as many of the materials used in its construction are not known for their aesthetic longevity. With that said, the building has hardly shown its wear, the warm red outer bricks still vibrant to this day.
There is so much to explore and see in Vietnam, it would be impossible to list them all. It is a country of rich culture and fascinating history, and hopefully we have given you a few tips to help you whittle down your list.