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What to do in Vietnam?

Someone talks about Vietnam and you automatically think of spring rolls, pointed hats or shoulder yokes, those large sections of bamboo and their two suspended woven baskets. Our collective imagination has been flooded with these images... But do they correspond to the current reality of Vietnam? Even if they are not all representative of life in the cities, they still subsist in the countryside... However, Vietnam cannot be summarized by these few clichés. Its people have come far with a particularly turbulent 21st century. The country is now decidedly turned towards the future: Vietnam changes and evolves. The former children of the “boat-people” are returning to Saigon to fulfil their dreams and seek success. Hanoi has opened superb art galleries... For many, Vietnam consists of mountains and plateaus, Vietnam is marked by two major waterways, the Red River to the north, and the mother of all rivers, the Mekong to the south. Between equatorial plains, temperate plateaus and high summits, you will be awestruck by the tender green rice paddies, the canyons of Red River and the superb Mekong Delta.... And if beyond its people and nature you still need a reason to visit Vietnam, let’s mention gastronomy! Vietnamese cooking is one of the most renowned worldwide, light and refined by the same token: spring rolls of course, but also Pho, Cha cà, Oc nhoi and other delicious meals...

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Vietnam has a long, rich history and sophisticated culture. While its most dramatic and well-known episode is the Vietnam War, the country's history started long before that and is as majestic as it is turbulent. Vietnam historical sites blend influences from different cultures and time periods into a captivating, uniquely Vietnamese story.

What makes Vietnam a great destination for history lovers?

Vietnam, as it is today, has been shaped by a myriad of influences. The biggest influence has come from the Chinese, who dominated the country for 1,000 years and infused Vietnamese culture with ancient Chinese elements. Before that, the Cambodian Khmers and the Hindu Champ left their mark, while the French colonized the country for decades afterward.

Vietnam historical sites reflect its evocative past and the diverse cultural elements that have influenced the country. Together, they melt into a fascinating historical and cultural landscape that captivate visitors throughout the country.

The best historical sites in Vietnam to visit

While war remnants can't be missed when exploring Vietnam's history, there is much more to see than that. Historical sites in Vietnam are as diverse as the country is culturally rich, and transport visitors back to ancient as well as recent history.

  • The last royal dynasty at Hue Imperial Citadel

    The Imperial City was built in 1804 in the city of Hue, the former imperial capital. The walled palace complex was the residence of the last royal dynasty of Vietnam. The remaining buildings showcase striking architecture and provide a window into the past.

  • Crawling through the Cu Chi Tunnels

    The Cu Chi Tunnels consist of an elaborate network of underground tunnels, which played a significant role in the Vietnam War. Crawling through the narrow tunnels provides a unique opportunity to get a real idea of what the war was like and is sure to leave a lasting impression on lovers of history.

  • Hoi An's charming old town

    Hoi An is an atmospheric former fisherman's village that served as an international port from the 16th century. Also called the "Venice of Vietnam", the old town is crossed by narrow canals and is bursting with traditional architecture and handicrafts.

  • Explore ancient ruins at My Son

    My Son is declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and consists of a cluster of Hindu temple ruins, the oldest of which date back to the 4th century. Visitors can wander the site freely while admiring the intricate carvings adorning the walls.

  • Traditional architecture at the Temple of Literature

    The Temple of Literature is a fine example of traditional Vietnamese architecture. The temple was built in 1070 in honor of Confucius and is home to Vietnam's first national university. Stepping into the temple is like stepping back in time.

Tips for planning a historical tour of Vietnam

Due to the shape of the country, many travelers journey from north to south-starting in Hanoi and finishing in Ho Chi Minh City - or the other way around. With adventurous travelers, traveling by motorbike is a popular option, allowing for ultimate freedom and a chance to enjoy some of the most picturesque roads in the world.

Be sure to check out the best time to visit Vietnam to learn what season to book. Evaneos can help you get in touch with local English-speaking agencies to help provide all the on-ground assistance you need for the perfect Vietnamese holiday.

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