Advice 1: Journey to Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh city

Ho Chi Minh city is the largest city in the country, located in the South of Vietnam. Prior to 1975 the city was called Saigon from the eponymous river which passes through the center of the city. Architecture of Ho Chi Minh city has many mixed styles and traditions – it's cozy side by side the old, narrow streets and modern squares, skyscrapers and houses in traditional architecture, huge parks and small public gardens with live music.
Ho Chi Minh city

In the city itself and its surroundings you will find many decent places that deserve your attention.

The Museum of war crimes

The Museum of war crimes the most shocking and a very popular Museum in Ho Chi Minh city. He is also known as the "war remnants Museum" or "Museum of the crimes of the US and its puppets." Inside the Museum there is an exposition with photos and documents attesting to the atrocities and the crimes of the Americans against, as soldiers of the Vietnamese army and the civilian population. In a separate building exhibited instruments of torture, and around the Museum you can see some samples of military equipment and weapons of the Americans. It is unlikely that you will get a lot of positive emotions after visiting, but once in the Museum, you will be able to better understand the tragedy we experienced in Vietnam.

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Notre Dame de Saigon

Notre Dame de Saigon is an active Catholic Cathedral built by the French in the XIX century. The architecture of the Cathedral displays a classic colonial style. Notre Dame de Saigon is a smaller copy of the French Notre Dame de Paris. The height of the temple is more than 60 metres. Visit the Cathedral freely at any time and completely free, the main thing to observe rules of visiting these places.

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The zoo and Botanical garden

The territory of the zoo's green and huge. Most of the inhabitants are under the open sky. Ho Chi Minh city zoo voted one of the best urban zoos in Southeast Asia, here you will find elephants, hippos, crocodiles, tigers, giraffes, rhinos, reptiles, birds and many other exotic animals. Part of the zoo is a Botanical garden – more than 20 hectares, on which grow trees, shrubs, flowers and an infinite number of cacti. Some of the more than 100 years.

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Puppet theatre on the water

Resting in Vietnam, be sure to visit the Puppet theatre on the water. This art form originated in the X century and is a national pride. Colorful and exotic, like no other theater. For each show are made by hand of a special doll. During one show, you can see up to 18 short scenes, which are based on Vietnamese folk tales. The presentation is held in the evening, lasts about an hour and is an amazing and memorable sight.

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The Ben Thanh Market

Even if you are not going to buy anything, you just have to visit this place. This is one of the major markets of Ho Chi Minh city is not the cheapest, as it is always filled with tourists, but expensive and not call him. The Ben Thanh market you will find everything that you were going to try and buy in this country. The market opens in the afternoon and works till night for those who can't sleep.

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Cu Chi Tunnels

Cu Chi tunnels are 70 km from Ho Chi Minh city and represent a complex and tangled system of underground tunnels stretching for over 250 km of Tunnels were widely used by Vietnamese guerrillas during the war to covertly strike at the us army. Initially, the tunnels were quite narrow (width from 0.5 to 1 meter), allowing them to move only a brisk Vietnamese. Now that part of the tunnels that opened to the public, cleared and expanded. Open to tourists, the tunnel Ben Dean in the width of 0.8 meters and a height of 1.2 metres. Here you will pass through a multi-level system of tunnels, you will see a secret trap, warehouses, residential premises, hospital and even the factory arms. The depth of the Cu Chi tunnels could reach 4 meters, which allowed to withstand a 50-ton tank.

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The Mekong Delta

A very popular trip from Ho Chi Minh city to the Mekong Delta. During this short trip you will visit the floating market and see the floating villages, learn how rice paper is produced and to see the life of ordinary Vietnamese farmers will be able to go on a small boat in the muddy waters of the Mekong, navigating through the thickets of the jungle. Route, places to visit and the duration may vary depending on the tour program you choose. To travel to the Mekong Delta, you will see the real Vietnam without embellishment and tourist gloss.

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Advice 2 : Travel Vietnam: hue

Hue is an ancient city located in the Central part of Vietnam. It lies on the banks of the perfume river. For several centuries, hue was the capital of the Nguyen Empire that preserved many historic and cultural attractions, Imperial palaces, tombs, pagodas. The city was and remains the main center of education, culture and religion of Vietnam.
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Imperial citadel

The Imperial citadel is the main attraction of hue city. It is a city within a city. Within the citadel is enclosed several of the historical objects:

  • The forbidden purple city;
  • The Imperial Palace complex;
  • The Palace of Supreme harmony;
  • several temples and tombs.


Forbidden purple city

The rulers of many countries wanted to have a private place where access would be open only to the elite. In Vietnam, this place was Forbidden purple city, which lived the Imperial family and their entourage. Over 500 years have existed the city, to get into which was a dream almost all inhabitants of the country. But in 1968, the American army completely destroyed the city. From the former luxury was almost nothing left – only small fragments of the buildings of the library and the theatre. Not so long ago, Forbidden purple city was listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO.

The Imperial Palace complex

The Imperial Palace is in the centre of Imperial citadel and consists of Thai Hoa Palace, the inner court, Meridian gate Kung Let, garden and several temples. The territory is vast, growing a variety of herbs and even a tennis court. Here you will be able to visit the Museum, which will see the apparel of the great emperors, and where you will in detail tell about the city and its centuries-old history.

In the vicinity of hue city, are 13 tombs of the Vietnamese emperors. It was decided that each of the emperors, while still alive, had to build himself a tomb. Although just the tombs of these places can not be named, they're more like Palace complex – a vast territory on which are located the gardens, ponds, palaces, temples and tombs. In my opinion, although not everyone will agree with me, worthy of attention, not all tombs are in a dilapidated condition for a number of different reasons. The most interesting seemed to me the following:

Tomb of Emperor Minh Mang

The Emperor Minh Mang, the second Emperor of the Nguyen dynasty ruled the country from 1820 to 1840. The Emperor had 32 wives and 107 concubines father, he became 142 times. Minh Mang was a very superstitious man, believed that if someone abused the burial, the family of the deceased that will forever end their existence. So no one knows exactly where, in the territory of the tomb, is a secret place where the body is buried the Emperor. His tomb is one of the most beautiful and the largest in hue.

Tomb Of Tu Duc

The Emperor Tu Duc – the fourth Emperor of Vietnam. Ruled Vietnam from 1847 to 1883. Because of his actions Vietnam lost its independence. By nature he was creative, he wrote poetry, and was known for his huge love of luxury. He was remembered in history as an indecisive, weak and unsuccessful ruler. And even that had over 100 wives. His tomb of Tu Duc designed himself, for its construction took more than 12 years. He so loved this place that even when life moved out of the Palace and settled here. On the territory of the tombs with an area of 12 hectares is located more than 50 buildings.

Tomb Of Khai Dinh

Khai Dinh was the last Emperor of the Nguyen dynasty. He ruled Vietnam for 9 years, from 1916 to 1925. Remembered in history as a reformer. The tomb was built during the life of Khai Dinh, on the hillside. To get into it, you need to overcome a lot of steps. The architecture of the complex combines both Vietnamese and European traditions.

Once inside the tomb, you will feel the entire Royal swing – painted ceiling, finishing of ceramics, and stained glass. Inner hall, where the relics of the Emperor, immersed in gold. And views of the city opens from here is just gorgeous!

National Park Batima

In the vicinity of hue, national Park, Batima, who also deserves a lot of attention of tourists. The Park is located on the territory of more than 200 sq km, the Park's main attraction is its mountain with a height of about 1500 meters.

Flora and fauna the Park's amazing and diverse for tourists developed many Hiking trails. The most popular route – "Pheasant trail", lies at an altitude of 500 metres, through the rainforest and ends at about the purest mountain stream with many small waterfalls.

Everyone who visits the city of hue, you will find and discover something new. Someone will inspire his story and help better understand this country, someone will enchant nature and give new strength, and someone will want to return again and again to the city of centuries-old traditions that hides many mysteries and secrets.

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