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Attractions from Vietnam

Cat Ba: (Halong Bay)
The island Cat Ba is 120 km2 and is situated in the southern part of the bay. The island has amazingly clean beaches where you can enjoy the sea and the nice weather. The national park on the island is one of the most beautiful parks in the country, and it has a rich flora and fauna. There have been found 6-7000 years old traces of humans on the island.
The Cua Ong temple: (Halong Bay)
The Cua Ong temple is situated on a hill, and there is a fabulous view of Bai Tu Long Bay. The temple was erected in honour of the Mandarin Tran Quoc Tang, who was the son of the most famous general of Vietnam. The temple was built during the Le dynasty in the 17th century.
The limestone formations: (Halong Bay)
If you hire a boat and sail from Bay Chai, it is possible to see some of the most fantastic limestone formations in the world. The shapes of the stones are sometimes bizarre and awful. Others look like animals or humans, and most of them are named after local personalities.
Ho Chi Mins house on piles: (Hanoi)
As Ho Chi Min did not want to live in the presidential palace, he lived instead in a beautiful house on piles in the garden behind the presidential palace. The ground floor is open as in the villages in the north provinces, and it was used for meetings etc. The first floor was Ho Chi Min's private chambers.
The art museum: (Hanoi)
The art museum of Vietnam opened for the first time on 24th June 1966. An extensive collection of Vietnamese architecture, art of drawings, sculptures and art is exhibited in the museum. The museum also has a fine exhibition of the special art of ethnic minorities.
The Hoan Kiem Lake: (Hanoi)
The Hoan Kiem Lake is situated in the part of Hanoi. According to the legend, a giant golden turtle came up from the lake and took the sword it had lend to King Le Li in 1427 so that he could drive away the Chinese occupying troops. There are still turtles in the lake, and if you see the golden turtle it means good luck.
The pagoda on a column: (Hanoi)
The pagoda was founded in the 11th century by King Ly Thai Tong. The pagoda, which can be seen today, is from 1955 as the original pagoda was destroyed in the war. The pagoda is shaped as a lotus flower; the column is the stalk and the pagoda is the flower. The pagoda has great symbolic value for the Vietnamese.
The Giac Lamp Pagoda: (Ho Chi Minh City)
The pagoda, which is considered to be the oldest pagoda in the city, was built in 1744. Just before you reach the pagoda, is a 32m tall tower built in 1993. Inside the pagoda is a large number of bronze figures of which the oldest one is from the 18th century. The characteristic altar has 49 arms.
The museum of war crimes: (Ho Chi Minh City)
The museum is situated in the French part of the city, and it is open every day. The museum exhibits several American planes and helicopters used during the war. A large photo exhibition shows the terrors of the war.
The post office: (Ho Chi Minh City)
Very unusually, the post office in the city is tourist attraction. The building was erected in 1886-91, and important scientists are commemorated on the front of the building, e.g. the Danish scientist H.C. Ørsted, who discovered electro magnetism.

Area and city attractions

• Hanoi
• Ho Chi Minh City
• Hue
• Nha Trang

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