UNESCO Heritage Sites in Vietnam recommended for your Vietnam Vacation

UNESCO Heritage Sites in Vietnam recommended for your Vietnam Vacation

Are you planning a holiday to Vietnam and do not know what are the best places to sightsee in Vietnam? You may have visited some UNESCO heritages in your area or another countries and below are the list of Vietnam's UNESCO heritage sites, you can plan your trip around some of this heritage sites and connect with other beautiful places in Vietnam.......

Vietnam - an attractive destination of 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Vietnam is a safe & friendly tourist destination with many beautiful landscapes & diverse cultures, a top trending country in Asia chosen among international travellers in recent years.However, many visitors travelling to Vietnam, even local Vietnamese do not know that Vietnam is the home to 8 awesome UNESCO Heritage Sites scatteredly distributed along the stretch of the country.Those sites have played an important role in attracting millions of foreign visitors not only in the last few years, but in the future as well for Vietnam's tourism.There are 2 World Natural Heritages ( Halong bay & Phong Nha-Ke Bang national park), 5 World Cultural Heritages ( Thang Long Imperial Citadel, The Complex of Hue Monuments, Hoi An Ancient Town, My Son Sanctuary, The Citadel of Ho Dynasty) and 1 mixed World Cultural & Natural Heritage (Trang An Landscape Complex).Each of them boasts their own exceptional beauty and cultural values for your utmost impression of Vietnam.Trips to Vietnam will be a big miss if you can not visit any of those 8 awesome UNESCO heritage sites in Vietnam.

halong bay - Vietnam

Boat rowing along Vung Vieng village - halong bay

1.Halong bay in Quang Ninh province (1994)

Halong bay is a top must-visited place in Vietnam.The bay covers an area of 1553 sq km including 1969 karst pillars gorgeously emerging on the turqouse sea water - creating scpectacular seascapes.With its geological values & beautiful landscapes, Halong bay was twice designated as the UNESCO's World Naltural Heritage Site and has recently selected a New 7 Natural Wonder of The World in 2012.This bay could be a big reason to visit Vietnam among foreign tourists.

The best way to feel the bay's immense seascapes is staying on an overnight Halong bay cruise. Mornings are for watching the sunrise, practicing Tai Chi or sightseeing in the caves. Afternoons are spent swimming, kayaking or simply relaxing on the sun deck. Evenings arrive with striking sunsets and soothing sea breeze, and relaxed night on the sea.

The scenery in the bay is also ascended by local fishing villages dotted around the bay.Floating villages well protected by mountains, authentic local life you can witness while travelling around the bay : children row to school, men fish for a living, and women do the houseworks & sell the sea food....

Halong bay - fishing village

Floating village along the bay of Halong

2.Trang An Landscape Complex in Ninh Binh province (2014)

Trang An Landscape Complex is one of top tourist attractions in Ninh Binh and became Vietnam's first mixed cultural & natural heritage site by UNESCO in 2014.The complex is featured with numerous sacred temples, serene countryside, and dramatic karst outcrops.Those factors represent the exceptional natural beauty and the long-lasting cultural & historical values that Trang An Complex is standing for.

Forested karst peaks reflected on tranquil waterways form fairy-like scenery or heaven on earth.Sitting on a rowing sampan, you will have a relaxed journey sneaking thru a number of hidden-water caves and captivating this heritage's natural charms.Between the ride, you can have some stops to visit mossy pagodas or temples with some hikes for panormaic views down the region.

Trang An - Ninh Binh

Wedding photos in Trang An Landcape Complex

3.Thang Long Imperial Citadel in Hanoi capital (2010)

The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long was built on the core area of the earlier Dai La citadel ( Chinese ruling time between 7th to 9th centuries) in the 11th century and used as the nation's heart between Ly, Tran & Le dynasties from 1010 to 1802.The World Heritage Site includes two sections: the archaeological site at 18 Hoang Dieu Street and the central axis of the Nguyen Dynasty’s Citadel of Hanoi, which together create an integrated heritage complex.With the outstanding universal values reflected in its historical longevity, its continuous role as a seat of power, and its multiple cultural layers, Thang Long Imperial Citadel was listed as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 2010.

Thang Long Royal Citadel

4.The Citadel of Ho Dynasty in Thanh Hoa province (2011)

The citadel of Ho dynasty is a unique stone architecture constructed in 1397 by a mandrin of Tran's dynasty, Ho Quy Ly, who overtook the throne, established Ho dynasty (1400 -1407) and removed the capital from Thang Long (present Hanoi) to Thanh Hoa.Then, he named the new capital Tay Do(Western Capital).The citadel buildings represent an outstanding example of a new style of Southeast Asian imperial city with a combination between the Vietnamese architecture and the unique building techniques of Vietnam, Southeast Asia and Eastern Asia.The outstanding feature of Ho Dynasty Citadel is that its stone walls were built to bear earthquakes with an average height of five meters. It is strange that the stones were laid without cement, each of them weighed up to 20 tonnes. Besides four gates covered Ho citadel, there was a canal surrounding the citadel as an extra layer of protection. Witnessing the ups and downs of over six-century history, some parts of the citadel are still kept its original state. It was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on June 27, 2011.

Citadel of Ho Dynasty

The stone gate of Ho citadel

5.Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park in Quang Binh province (2003)

Located in mountainous Quang Binh province, central Vietnam, Phong Nha- Ke Bang national park is well-known for the oldest karst mountain in Asia that formed over 400 million years ago.Covering 126,236 hectares, the park has its own dense tropical forest, enormous grottoes and underground rivers.Recently, the largest cavern, Son Doong was founded in Phong Nha - Ke Bang national park, which have done a big draw to the nature lovers & adventurers worldwide to explore this natural masterpiece.With its unique characters, this park was titled as a UNESCO Natural Heritage Site in 2003.

Trip to Phong Nha - Ke Bang national park, you can take part in a leisure day trip to admire limestone mountains and water-hidden caves by boat or multi-day expeditions deep into the jungle exploring exceptional beautiful caves : Hang En, Paradise cave, Phong Nha cave, Son Doong grotto, Tu Lan cave.... which promise extremely unforgetable adventures.

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Trekking in Ke Bang national park

Adventure expedition to explore caves & Ke Bang national park

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6.The complex of Hue Monuments in Thua Thien Hue province (1993)

When mentioning about Hue, we think at once of Ngu Binh mountains & Perfume River - important background for Nguyen Kings to build their feudal capital on.Architecturally inspired by Beijing’s Forbidden City in China,the Nguyen emperors constructed royal palaces, temples, trainning center, military headquarters and even their own tombs along the banks of the Perfume River.As the political, cultural and religious heart of Vietnam from 1802 to 1945 under the reign of Nguyen dynasty, Hue imperial city with its monument complex was designated as a UNESCO's Cultural Heritage Site in 1993.A visit to Hue, you can take a stroll around Nguyen Royal Palaces and feel Imperial Vietnam come to life in full colour : from intricate mosaics, priceless treasures to imposing statues..... or board a dragon boat ride along Perfume River to admire rural life, majestic Ngu Binh mountains & local temples or the massive mausoleums of different Nguyen emperors along the river.

Hue - Minh Mang Tomb

Tranquil scenery in Minh Mang Mausoleum

7.Hoi An Ancient Town in Quang Nam province (1999)

Being ever a bustling trading port in South East Asia, Hoi An welcome business men from other countries come and exchange the products.Between the 15th and 19th centuries, Euroupeans, Chinese and Japanese even settled along the banks of Thu Bon river.That is why you can find the unique fusion of cultural & architectural influences imprinting on this ancient land : Chinese temples, Japanese wooden bridge, French-style buildings a few blocks away from eachother.How culturally interesting Hoi An is !Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, Hoi An is a unique collection of more than 800 historic buildings which have been preserved for several centuries.Trips to Hoi An, it is nice to stroll around the town experiencing those cultural differences, tasteing local dishes or glide on a boat along Thu Bon river at night to view twistling colors of lighted lanterns in every street of Hoi An ancient town....

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Hoi An ancient town

Weathered houses in Hoi An ancient town

8. My Son Sanctuary in Quang Nam province (1999)

The central Vietnam was ever existing a famous Champa Kingdom which became part of Vietnam in 14th century.My Son Sanctuary was a site of religious ceremony for kings of the ruling dynasties of Champa, as well as a burial place for Cham royalty and national heroes, which was built on a valley between 4th and 14th century.Due to the Vietnam - United wars, the complex was partly damaged and now you can visit partially ruined vestiges and abandoned Hindu temples built for the purpose of worshipping god Shiva, one principle deity of Hindusim in Cham's cultures.Thanks to its long-lasting cultural values, My Son Holly Land was voted as a UNESCO's Cultural Heritage site in 1999.

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My Son Holly land

Ruined temples in My Son Sanctuary

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