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Discovering the Beauty of Vietnam in 20 Days

Vietnam is rich in history and culture, has naturally breathtaking beaches, world-class cuisine and friendly local people. Stay for 20 straight days and you will gain enough understanding and appreciation of the country that will truly cement its reputation as one of the most beautiful places in the world.

In the first five days of your 20-day stay, visit Saigon, Vung Tau, Phan Thiet, Phan Rang, Nha Trang and Tuy Hoa. These are coastal cities which have naturally beautiful spots yet adequate accommodations and delectable food that make guests feel home away from home.

Vung Tau is famous for its Bai Truoc and Bai Sau beaches because of their crystal clear waters and smooth sand. The Shakyamuni statue, God statue, Bach Dinh, and Niet Ban Tinh Xa are also popular tourist sites that one must visit. In Phan Thiet, the Duc Thanh School, Van Thuy Tu whale temple, Rang Beach, Mui Ne and Lagi are must-visit places. The Dam Market, Oceanographic Institute and Bao Dai Palace in Nha Trang are the popular spots. In Tuy Hoa, tourists always make sure to go to Nhan Tower, Phu Yen Monument and Chop Chai. Phan Rang is proud of its virgin beaches, but it is also historically significant with its Cham culture which can be experienced through the Poklongarai Tower, Bau Truc pottery village and My Nghiep brocade village. Guests can even enjoy picking grapes at Ba Moi Garden or explore the amazing coral reefs at Vinh Hy Bay.

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In the next five days, the ideal places to discover are Tuy Hoa, Quy Nhon, Quang Ngai, Tam Ky and Da Nang. Quy Nhon is known for its picturesque beaches and cliffs, but it is also rich in culture with several historically significant sites. The Banh It Cham Tower is one of the last remnants of the history of Champa. The Thi Nai Lagoon Bridge is the longest sea-cross bridge in the country linking Quy Nhon City and Phuong Mai Peninsula. The Twin Towers and the grave of the famous poet Han Mac Tu are other important places to visit.

Quang Ngai is another coastal province located in the South Central area abundant with awesome beaches and other natural landscapes. Da Nang is one of the most favourite tourist destinations because of its generally natural state which makes it attractive to people who wants to escape from the busy city life. It is clean, peaceful and beautiful, a perfect getaway for those who are looking for a quiet and relaxing time. The majestic rivers of Han, Thuan Phuoc, Dragon and Tran Thi Ly can be seen over the equally breathtaking bridges of Da Nang.

The following five days should be spent exploring Danang, Hue, Quang Tri, Quang Binh and Ha Tinh. For those who love history, Hue is an ideal place to visit because it is full of old structures such as royal palaces, temples and tombs. The Hue Citadel for one is a world heritage site located at the bank of the also popular Huong (Perfume) River. In Quang Tri, one should see 17th parallel, Khe Sanh, Cua Rao, Quang Tri ancient citadel, and the Truong Son Cemetery.

Dong Hoi City in Quang Binh Province is also abundant in both breathtaking sights and historical spots such as the Tam Toa Church, Nhat Le River, Nhat Le Sea, Quang Binh Quan and Dong Hoi Citadel. Moreover, this is where the globally known Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park and Son Doong Cave are located. Ha Tinh on the other hand is the hometown of many heroes and other great people of Vietnam.

The last five days of your 20-day stay should be spent in Ha Tinh, Vinh, Thanh Hoa, Ninh Binh and Hanoi. Vinh City in Nghe An Province is often visited because of several sites: Lam River, Phao Bridge, Hoang Son Communal House, and Ben Thuy Bridge. But its food is also interesting because it is one-of-a-kind yet delicious such as it eel porridge, pancake and orange. Thanh Hoa is known to be the home of many talented people in the country, the nem chua specialty, and the lovely beaches of Sam Son and Hai Hoa.

In Ning Binh, tourists will see the Bai Dinh Pagoda, a large temple complex which has preserved many important Asian documents. Other interesting spots to go to are Tam Coc-Bich Dong, Hoa Lu ancient capital, and Trang An. The place is also known to offer incredible goat meat, Nho Quan wine and Lai Thanh liquor. Several temples can also be found at Hoa Lu such as the Tran Temple and the temple of King Dinh. Thinh Long Beach is a must-visit with a special treat of fresh seafood for its guests.

Hanoi is another world-class tourist destination because of its spectacular views and cultural sites. The Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple, One Pillar Pagoda, Hanoi Old Quarter, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Uncle Ho’s stilt house and Thang Long Royal Citadel are just some of the must-see places when in the area. When it comes to food, Hanoi can also boast of its unique yet succulent dishes like beef noodle, Ho Tay shrimp cake, Ngu Xa noodle roll, La Vong fried fish, and Thanh Tri steamed rolls.

With all these naturally beautiful sights, there is no wonder that more and more people from all over the world are enticed to visit Vietnam and stand in awe at its inherent charm and mystery.


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