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In Vietnam you can find a great mix of culture and nature. In the north you can visit Ha Long Bay with its amazing limestone peaks, in central Vietnam you can visit the old cities of Hue and Hoi An and there are of course the metropolitan cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
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Hanoi and Ha Long Bay
Hanoi is the capital city of Vietnam and has a rich French colonial heritage, and is a popular destination for travelers; there is variety of hotels for all kinds of prices. Look for hotel discounts in Hanoi when you book your hotel. Here you can visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, get lost in the Temple of Literature or spend an evening at the Water Puppet Theatre. While in Hanoi, it's highly recommended to make an overnight trip to Ha Long Bay. There you can witness the over 3000 tiny islands which together form a dramatic limestone seascape that without a doubt is Vietnam's most natural wonder and an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
(Ha Long Bay in Northern Vietnam)
Hoi An and Hue
A once major international port, Hoi An is full of foreign influences still today. Walk down the narrow streets and take in the eclectic architectural styles of the houses and the ancient shop-fronts or pay a visit to the traditional market. Take a bus up the stunning coastline via the city of Danang and Marble Mountain to arrive in Hue. Here you can check out the royal tombs of the Nguyen dynasty, take a cruise on the Perfume river or visit the monuments inside the city's citadel, an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Nha Trang is an east coast resort town that's becoming more and more popular by each year. Famous for it's huge annual New Year's Eve firework display, an event which attracts people from all over the country, the city still manages to retain a small town atmosphere with friendly locals and cheap prices. Here you can find miles of relaxing beaches, fantastic diving and a great choice of restaurans and bars.
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Ho Chi Minh city is the largest city in Vietnam and the country's financial centre. Go shopping at the huge indoor Ben Thanh Market, visit one of the beautiful Pagoda's or cruise around town in the passanger seat of a Cyclo before relaxing with a refreshing Bia Hoi. Ho Chi Minh has a lot to offer, while there don't forget to check out the nightlife which is the best in Vietnam. It's also easy to make day trips to sights near the city with perhaps the most exciting being the Củ Chi tunnels left over from the Vietnam War and the Cao Đài temple in Tây Ninh.
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