INTERESTING PLACES

 

Vietnam

Vietnam is known not only for places of scenic beauty but also for historical sites and religious places.

Hanoi is popularly known as ‘the city of lakes’ owing to the numerous picturesque lakes in and around the city. Hoan Kiem Lake, West Lake and Halair Lake are the ones worth visiting. It houses nearly 600 pagodas and ancient temples. One can also find a number of architectural landmarks that were built during the French rule.

Ho Chi Minh, the largest city in the country, also houses numerous spot of tourist attraction. Some of them are the Reunification Palace, Independence Palace, War Remnant Museum, Notre dame Cathedral and so forth.

Da Nang, one of the most important ports in Vietnam, is the right place for those looking out for quiet moments away from the hustle and bustle of crowd, in the lap of nature. The Marble Mountains and the Am Phu caves are a delight for the adventure lovers where they can hike, trek or picnic.

Hanoi

Hanoi, with an estimated population of 3,500,000, is the capital of Vietnam . The city is located on the right bank of the Red River, in the centre of North Vietnam. Hanoi is the heart of a thriving modern, country and its economic, cultural and political centre. For about a thousand years, the capital was called Thang Long, then changing to Dong Do, Dong Kinh, and finally, in 1831, to Hanoi, in 1831 which means “the hinterland between the rivers”.

The city became the Vietnam capital in the 7th century. It was occupied by the French in 1873 and passed to them ten years later. From 1902 to 1953 Hanoi was the capital of French Indochina. In 1940, the city was occupied by the Japanese and was liberated five years later when it became the seat of Vietnam's government. From 1946 to 1954, it was the scene of heavy fighting between the French and Viet Minh forces. After 1954 Hanoi became the capital of North Vietnam and following the 1975 events it became the capital of the unified country. Today, Hanoy is a modern city full of charm, with remarkable colonial architecture, large shady avenues, and numerous lakes and gardens.

 

 
Ho Chi Minh City

With a population of about seven million, Ho chi Minh city is the largest city in Vietnam. It is situated on the western bank of the Saigon River. While Hanoi is the centre of government, Ho Chi Minh City is the nation’s economic and commercial heart. The city was known by its original Khmer inhabitants as Prey Nokor, which means "forest city", or "forest land" in Khmer. In this first period it was Canbodian’s main port.

In the 17th century, Prey Nokor was settled by Vietnamese refugees from the north and in time it became known as Saigon. During the French occupation, Saigon was the capital of the French colony of Cochinchina and from 1954 to 1976 the capital of the independent state of South Vietnam. On May 1st, 1975, after the fall of South Vietnam, the now ruling communist government named the city after the pseudonym of their beloved leader Ho Chi Minh. Today Ho Chi Minh City, still called Saigon by almost everyone who lives there, is a modern and busy city. The city's character remains essentially French (with wide boulevards, colonial villas, and a lively café society) but also resolutely Asian and this particular mixture gives to Saigon a great charm.