MANY IMPORTANT PLACES OF HISTORY, RECOGNIZED BY UNESCO
ALL THE CHARM OF THE PAST AND PRESENT OF THE FAR EAST
If you like historical sites and the emotional and aesthetic discoveries they bring, you will find your happiness in Vietnam. Hue, the former royal capital, excellently shows the power of the Vietnamese feudal empire from the 17th to 19th century. Its monuments are classified as world heritage by Unesco. The city of the emperor, built on the plan of the Forbidden City of Beijing, is also enclosed by a long wall of 600 meters on either side. Hoi An, also registered by UNESCO, is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port dating from the 15th century when Chinese, Japanese, Dutch and Indians settled and did business together. Enjoy the charm of the old streets, colorful houses, dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries, as well as that of many markets. Also on the Unesco heritage, My Son is a set of Hindu temples built between the 4th and the 14th century by the kings of Champa, now abandoned and partially ruined especially by American bombings.
One of the largest Hindu temples sites in South Asia, it is often compared to other sets of historical temples of South Asia, such as Borobudur in Java, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Bagan in Myanmar and Ayutthaya in Thailand. If, however, you prefer a modern city, direct your steps toward Saigon, now called Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city of Vietnam, before Hanoi the capital. Very modern and provided with commercial and tourist centers as well as a vibrant nightlife, the city is also home to many famous historical sites and museums. And if you like contemporary history, the network of over 200 km of tunnels from Cu Chi, northwest of Ho Chi Minh City, will make you find the Vietnamese resistance during the Vietnam War again.