Places to Visit In Vietnam
The Vietnam that you see today has a long history of ancient rites and traditions that survive even now. There are many attractions like the hand made water puppets that tell elaborate stories, beautiful kites soar in the sky, along with floating markets in the Mekong river. You can see the Vietnamese passion for beauty in the poetry and paintings and the palaces and pagodas. The beauty of Vietnam is rooted in the past and complimented by the natural environment of the present. There is something for everyone in the places to visit in Vietnam with mountains covered in dense foliage and white beaches shimmering in the sun.
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum: The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is located in Ba Dinh Square and is one of the most visited places in the city of Hanoi. The remains of Ho Chi Minh are housed in this building and Ho is the most popular and iconic leader of Vietnam, popularly known as Uncle Ho. The construction of the mausoleum was started in 1973 and was first opened to the public in 1975. Security in this place is tight and there is a strict dress code where visitors should not wear shorts, sleeveless shirts and miniskirts. The mausoleum is closed from October onwards as the remains of Ho are sent every year to Russia for maintenance.
Ha Long Bay: Among the natural wonders of Vietnam, the Ha Long Bay is the most mentionable and one of the most popular tourist places in Vietnam. It is located in north Vietnam near the border with China. There are about 1600 limestone islands and islets and the bay measures more than 1500 sq. km. in area. UNESCO declared this area as a World Heritage site in the year 1994. The beauty of this place is such that is seems to be right out of a movie. There is a lot of bio diversity in the Ha long Bay along with the beautiful scenery which has featured in many movies. The best way to get to this bay is by bus, car or minibus from Hanoi which is merely 170 km away.
Chu Chi Tunnels: The Chu Chi Tunnels are one of the places that should be included in sightseeing in Vietnam. These tunnels are part of a large war museum that gives a look into the underground life of soldiers of Vietnam during the war in 1948. It is located 70 km northwest of Ho Chi Minh city and this historical site consists of more than 120 km of tunnels which feature many trap doors, kitchens, living areas, armory, storage facility, command centers and hospitals. When the war with the French invaders ended the Chu Chi tunnels were also used and expanded during the war with America. During this time effective air filteration systems were installed which helped the soldiers to survive the carpet bombing by Americans.