Vietnam is a remarkable country in Asia with a wide range of attractions and tourist sites. In fact, the abundance of breathtaking tourist sites makes it impossible to see everything in one trip, although it’s perfectly okay for one to try. What follows, in no particular order, is a set of five best UNESCO travel sites in the communist republic of Vietnam. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization as it’s called is one of the biggest international collaboration organizations managed and run by the United Nations- hence one of the most important index of the rarity of a travel site.
The Halong Bay is one of the most eccentric sites in the entire Vietnamese history and a top UNESCO tourist destination site. With its craggy limestone tower situated right in the middle of the wide open bay, the Halong Bay continues to be a popular sensation among poets and philosophers from far and wide who find it inspiring and mighty. Situated in the Quang Ninh province of Vietnam, Halong bay is full of many sights that are great for travelers like you. The bay is also perfect for certain luxury tours although a walk through the crowded bay can still give you an open glimpse into it on a budget. In addition, the Helong Bay is a perfect place to discover human origins considering that numerous historical findings trace man’s origin here, kayaking, backpacking and other travelling interests.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is a UNESCO world heritage site situated in the Quang Ninh province of Vietnam just like the Halong Bay- just 500km South the of the massive city of Hanoi. As a national park, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park was established to protect the limestone forest ecosystem as well as the world’s largest karst regions. While the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park passes for a great place to visit on your Vietnam travel, you have to arrange your own transportation to travel here. However, doing it will enable you to see the breath taking limestone ecosystem in its uniqueness as well as the 300 caves and grottoes which live there.
Of all Vietnamese cities, Hoi An is the only one recognized as a cultural attraction by UNESCO. The city’s history dates back to the 15th and 19th century when it served as a South-East Asian trading port. It’s one of the best maintained ancient cities you can find in Vietnam and the world at large. What seems to make the city even more unique is the remaining evidence of origin, and foreign influence on past civilizations. Most operational shops are wooden, and made of ceramic just as they did centuries before. However, this should not be mistaken for backwardness because the city boasts of fine dining places, great luxurious hotels, among other attractions.
Mỹ Sơn is a cluster of abandoned and partially ruined Hindu temples in central Vietnam. This site was constructed between the 4th and 14th century by the Kings of Tampa who worshipped the Hindu god, Shiva. As an attraction site, Mỹ Sơn is a great journey into the past (especially if you understand it) of the Indonesian migrants who lived there. Even if you don’t understand a thing, an excursion into one of the oldest religious sites in Vietnam should be quite exciting.
The Hue Monument is found in the Thừa Thiên–Huế Province of Vietnam in South Asia. This city was the capital of the last, grandiose, greatest Vietnamese dynasties to ever exist in history- the monuments are a good reminder of the legendary Nguyen Kings. As a heritage site however, the Nguyen monuments are a chance for you to have a peek at some of the biggest Kings to ever rule Vietnam in the early days before communism. They make for a great travel for anyone who loves history.
As you can see, there are so many heritage sites in Vietnam; some even recognized by the UN led UNESCO as world-unique. Visiting any of these sites has the value of going to world respected heritage sites- which by far, isn’t a small feat.