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Visiting the cities and nature of Vietnam

Vietnam is located in South East Asia and unfortunately famous for all the wars it has been through. Nowadays, the country is changing quickly and is now a well known tourist destination for its history and natural beauty. The places to visit in the Northern part of Vietnam are Hanoi, the wonderful Ha Long Bay, the rice-fields around Sapa and the karst mountains of Tam Coc. In the center of the country there are the charming towns of Hue and Hoi An. If you go further south you can visit Nha Trang, Da Lat, Phan Thiet, Ho Chi Minh city and the Mekong delta. The main cities is not what draws in all the tourists because they are quite busy, but it is the history and scenery. Around Hue, you can visit the tombs of the former emperors and sailing through Ha Long bay is almost a surreal experience. Because Vietnam is not very wide, but long (banana-shaped), the distance between North and south is significant. The reunification railway runs between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city and stops at most of the tourist places and is convenient to travel with. Alternatively there is a bus for which you can buy a bus pass at most ho(s)tels. Many of the tourist hot-spots offer day tours to the surroundings. The weather is changeable and differs significantly between the North and the South. There are many micro-climates and it is almost impossible to visit the whole country without running into some rain. As with many other countries, the food comes usually served with rice, but because it has such a large coast line, there are many meals with fish. Most people who visit Vietnam will need a visa for which they will need to apply in advance. Vietnam has been starring in many movies and unfortunately most of these have been war films showing you all the battlefield during the conflict. Vietnam today is a thriving country with a young population.   
Top 5 destinations in Vietnam
   1. Halong Bay
   2. Sapa
   3. Hanoi
   4. Tombs around Hue
   5. Tam Coc

Vietnam photo galleries 

Demilitarized zone photo gallery including the Ben Hai river, Vinh Moc Tunnel, Khe Sanh combat base and the Vinh Moc tunnels.

Tour of the battle zones that were a central part of the war that defined the country for too many years.
Photo gallery of Halong Bay with pictures of the limestone caves, the bay itself, the Bai Tu Long Junks and many scenic views of the hills sticking out of the water.

One of the most beautiful parts on earth, the karts mountains rising out of the sea.
Hanoi photo gallery with views on Hoan Kiem lake, the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, the Opera House, the Presidential palace, Hoa Lo prison and the St. Joseph cathedral.

The capital city of Vietnam which is a mix of modern and old history.

Pictures of Hue photo gallery taking you on a city tour of the citadel, the Thien Mu Pagoda and the Perfume river.

A historical city in the middle of the country, which is home to the lesser known forbidden city.
Images of the tombs around Hue including the temples of the tomb of Tu Duc, the tomb of Minh Mang and the tomb of Khai Dinh.

Visit to the tombs of the former emperors of several dynasties.
Sapa photo gallery with pictures of the town of Sapa, the scenic surrounding ricefields and expansive views across the valley.

Amazing rice terraces built around the valley of Sapa providing some stunning views.
Pictures of Tam Coc photo with views of a temple, the waterways and limestone cliffs in Ninh Binh province.

Nicknamed Halong Bay on land. Some beautiful scenery which can be easily visited as a day trip from Hanoi.