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    bridges of Da Nang

    by gwened Updated Feb 16, 2014

    the city has a beachside and mainside area so plenty of bridges, some are just regular traffic bridges and there are two
    the rotating bridge can turn around 180 degrees for passing boats,
    http://www.danangtourism.gov.vn/portal/page/portal/dulich_en/Explore%20Dang%20Nang/Natures?p_pers_id=&p_folder_id=535065&p_main_news_id=620260&p_year_sel=

    and there is the famous Dragon bridge with a man made dragon that spits fire by 21h on Fridays and Saturdays.Dragon Bridge is 666meters long, 37.5 meters wide and has six lanes for traffic. It opened to traffic on March 29, 2013. This modern bridge crosses the Han River at the Le Dinh Duong/Bach Dang traffic circle, providing the shortest road link from the Da Nang International Airport to other main roads in Da Nang city, and a more direct route to My Khe Beach and Non Nuoc Beach on the eastern edge of the city.

    arriving at Dragon bridge Da Nang rotating bridge at Da Nang the other bridge at Da Nang facing the dragon bridge Da Nang
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    Beaches of Da Nang

    by gwened Updated Feb 16, 2014

    this is a strip of beaches that must be the best here, full of nice hôtels and restos along the coastaal road i took by car. The beach is protected by lifeguards inseason, and loaded with tourists from all over. Now it was calm all to myself, my hotel was across the street.

    This site tells you better than I the beauty found here,
    http://danangbeaches.visitwonders.com/en/site-to-see-detail/da-nang-beaches-1-9-118.html
    http://www.vietnam-beauty.com/beautiful-beaches/19-vietnames-central-beaches/270-non-nuoc-beach-one-of-the-worlds-beautiful-beaches-.html
    the tourist site for danang
    http://www.danangtourism.gov.vn/portal/page/portal/dulich_en/Explore%20Dang%20Nang/Natures?p_pers_id=&p_folder_id=535065&p_main_news_id=620214&p_year_sel=

    It reminds me of the AIA in Fl USA, and of course much cheaper place.

    beach at Da Nang non nuac and statue at mountain non nuac beach Da Nang coastal road by beachside Da Nang hotels palaces on the beach more hotels palaces in city
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    Hoi An ,historical city

    by gwened Written Feb 16, 2014

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    this is a tourist center of a historical city, the Chinese ,Japanese, French,and Americans were here before.

    The houses are more than 300 years, and the famous old Japanese bridge and Chinese pagoda are still here.

    It is surrounded by antique shops, restos, stores, bars, around a lake near the ocean, and we arrive there at midnight, still open bars and restos. It has one of the nicest beach in Vietnam about 7kms from city center.

    You can read the link in contact for more info as well as the Vietnam tourist page and the Unesco page
    http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/948/
    http://vietnamtourism.com/e_pages/tourist/destination.asp?mt=84510&uid=2859

    Chinese pagoda entrance the Japanese bridge going over it a pagoda entrance in city center another pagoda in city center monument to Polish hero  helped rebuilt the city
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    Reunification or old Presidential palace

    by gwened Written Feb 15, 2014

    a historical building from the time of the emperors of vietnam and the home of the french colonial governors. It was started in 1873 but then after bombs dropped on it, was redone totally.
    it was gone thru assassination attempts to bombs, to changes of ideology until now it is intact use as a display of its content in a museum setting.

    The end of the vietnam war in 1975 was symbolise here as the tanks from the north entered the building and raise their flag. The war was over.

    The basement is the best area and the two tanks on the gardens. Open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The ticket window closes daily between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The palace closes sporadically for special events and visits from VIPs.

    closer view of the reunification palace farther view reunification palace
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    The must-do things when traveling the North of Vie

    by Cindyviet Written Nov 26, 2013

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    The North of Vietnam is the land of myths and legends of dragons and Kings, heroes and heroines, gods and deities, brought to life in the present in the many colorful time-honored traditional festivals and rituals. Traveling the North is the wonderful chance provides you some insight into the diverse cultures and customs of Vietnam that you won’t be disappointed. That will be the ideal trip for those into photography and adventure. Amazing valleys, majestic mountain ranges, local market visits and a mixture of cultures and ethnicities will leave a long-lasting impression.

    1. Visiting Hanoi
    Hanoi,the historical and political capital of Vietnam, lying on the bank of the Red river, is founded in 1010 by King Ly Thai To. In Vietnamese, Hanoi is usually written as two words, ha meaning the river, in reference to the Red River and Noi meaning this inner side. Hanoi is the Asian city with European characteristics with much of its French influence retaining where you could immediately fall in love with. Hanoi’s original characters are very much intact, preserved in traditional pagodas and temples, colonial architecture, tree-lined streets, lakes, and the ancient heart of the old town center. Visiting Hanoi, you can also enjoy the street food with the elegant, fresh and particular delicious flavor which is well-known all over the world. Hanoi is really a heaven for foodies.

    2. Visiting the ancient village lying on the bank of the Red River.

    Leaving Hanoi and its populous suburbs, you enter the picturesque provincial regions with their chequer-board patterned paddy fields. Green belts of trees and bamboo enclose villages where traditional communal houses, pagodas and temples remain hidden from view beyond the roadside fields. Men, women, children and buffalo toil together in the fields seven days a week in all weathers. The scene is one of tranquil beauty. You can visit Duong Lam ancient village located in SonTay city, 20 km far from Hanoi to explore the old unique Vietnamese houses, pagodas and customs of wet rice cultivation remains in this old village.

    3. Experience Northern Vietnam's ethnic minority groups

    Mai Chau district of Hoa Binh province is home to Thai minority. Visitors can be arranged to a village where you can partake of the home brewed rice wine through long reed straws while acquainting yourself with some of the other customs of your host.
    Sapa is among the well- known beauty spots in Vietnam. It is famous not only for its landscapes but also convergence of many ethnicities living together. Coming there, visitors will enjoy vibrant dresses of ethnics as H’mong Black, Red Dao, Tay, Giay, etc. Each ethnic is different in dress, lifestyle, customs, and farming methods.

    Explore Dong Van, you shouldn’t miss the chance to visit the colorful ethnic market to discover the way of life of its people. In the afternoon, you can Stroll around the village, interacting with the friendly locals, or assisting the host to prepare the dinner and overnight at your home stay.

    4. Relax, swim, and kayak in the stunning surrounds of Halong Bay

    Ha Long bay located in Quang Ninh province , propably the most stuning scenery in Viet Nam. The bay’s tranquil beauty encompasses 1500 square miles (3880 square km) dotted with well over 1000 limestone islands and islets, many of them named. Bizarre rock sculptures jutting dramatically from the sea and numerous grottoes have create an enchanted, timeless world. The sail of the junks and sampans gliding on the bay add further to the timeless beauty of the scene. Tourists can take to the water in kayaks to further discover the fishing village and then return to the vessel for free time with optional activities such as swimming, traditional massage, snorkeling and more. Afterward, Enjoy the sumptuous Seafood Set-dinner onboard and Retire to your cabin or join the fishing program.

    Hoan Kiem Lake- Hanoi Terraced field- Sapa bat Trang ceramic village mountainous village in north vietnam a minority ethnic girl
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    Tam-Coc

    by shavy Updated May 31, 2013

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    Known to travelers as "Halong Bay without water" Halong Bay on the rice paddies" an so on. Tam-Coc boasts breathtaking scenery..While Halong Bay features huge rock formations jutting out of sea, Tam-Coc has them jutting out of its rice paddies..The best way to see Tam-Coc is by rowboat on Ngo Dong River. The boats are rowed into caves, and this a very peaceful and scenic trip. The boat trip to all three caves takes about two hours. Even on cloudy days, bring sunscreen and a hat or umbrella-there's no shade in the boats.

    boat depart area Along the River along the river one of the scenery one of the rower

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    Water Puppets in Hanoi

    by Merebin Written Mar 13, 2013

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    Water puppetry is a traditional that dates back centuries in the Red River Delta region of northern Vietnam. Originally, when the rice fields would flood, villagers would indulge in this unique form of amusement. A large rod is used to support the puppets, which gives them the appearance of moving on top of the water. Now performed in a theatre, a live band accompanies the performance.

    While the performance feels slightly chaotic, the puppets are charming. Performances run for approximately on hour and tickets can be purchased in advance for one of several afternoon and evening performances. Booking in advance is a good idea if you are not flexible with times or dates.

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    Boating near Ninh Binh

    by Merebin Updated Mar 13, 2013

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    Towering karsts rising out of emerald rice paddies make a spectacular, and less touristed, alternative to Halong Bay. Boats can be hired to take you through caves and waterways at Tam Coc, approximately 9 kilometers from Ninh Binh.

    It is possible to get to Ninh Binh either as a jump off stop from one of the regular tourist buses that ply the north to south or south to north run - it is not a regular stop. Local minibuses also do the run from Hanoi - this trip takes approximately 1.5-2.5 hours, depending on traffic. There is accommodation available in Ninh Binh and it is easy to hire a motorcycle to reach nearby Tam Coc. Ninh Binh itself isn't particularly interesting, but it does provide a good jumping off point to explore the nearby countryside, including a boat trip around the waterways of Tam Coc.

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    Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels

    by Merebin Updated Mar 13, 2013

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    The Cu Chi tunnels are located approximately 40 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh city in southern Vietnam. The tunnels were used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War during the 1960s, although they were first developed earlier. The tunnels were built by hand and some sections of the several hundred kilometers of tunnel are open to visitors. It is a fairly crowded experience - even with some of the tunnel 'extensions' that have made parts of the tunnels slightly bigger to accommodate visitors.

    A multitude of tour buses leave Ho Chi Minh city each morning, bound for the tunnels. However, particularly if there are two or more of you, hiring a private car can give you more flexibility. It is more expensive than the buses, though. Guides are available at the tunnels and there are a range of artifacts from the Vietnam war to view.

    Weapons remnants from the Vietnam War Learning about tactics employed by the Viet Cong Inside the tunnels
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    Strolling around Vietnam's Parks

    by MayvelynG Written Mar 9, 2013

    One of the things I did in Vietnam, was to simply stroll around and visit those beautiful parks around Ho Chi Mhin. I feel good to see those people around simply walking and having some chit chat in the many parks in HCMC. The parks are full packed beginning in the morning up to the evening.

    People seem not to care whether the weather is sunny and hot. I can see the simplicity of just being with friends and families... make them look so contented in life

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  • Things, places and many photos from Vietnam

    by ephirein Written Jan 9, 2013

    Check this Facebook page, full of photos from everywhere in Vietnam!
    http://www.facebook.com/VisitVietnamNow

    However if you have only 4 days to spend I think the North/Hanoi would be most appropriate

    Halong bay along many more photos from Vietnam Hoi An http://www.facebook.com/VisitVietnamNow Hanoi http://www.facebook.com/VisitVietnamNow
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  • Welcome to Vietnam

    by thienmakb Written Dec 13, 2012

    Hello,

    I recommend NhaTrang, SAPA this is 2 best place beautiful in Vietnam

    went you come HCMC if you want have a Travelmate ( Guider Free), email for me went you come HCMC, i'll arrange time to help you have a good trip.

    I'm Student i want to Improve my English and want to make Friend from Over Sea

    My Email: luuhoangthien@gmail.com

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    Where to Go-Beaches and Windsurfing

    by martensd Written Dec 12, 2012

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    I agree that Sapa beats out Dalat, which is known for a honeymoon destination for Vietnamese.
    If you are looking for beaches, then I definately would go to Nha Trang.
    They do have the beach activities you are looking for, including para sailing and windsurfing.
    You might also like to take in a boat trip, and although I am no longer a fan, it is really very nice, as you can snorkle and go to another island which has the same beach activities, as well as a stop at a fishing village.
    There is alot to do in Nha Trang and side trips that can be made.

    You should check out posts about Nha Trang and other Vietnam destinations for helpful tips.
    I have also posted this as a tip in things to do with a few pictures including windsurfing, taken this year.
    Enjoy
    David

    Windsurfing in Nha Trang Windsurfing in Nha Trang Faris Wheel in Nha Trang Tourboats in Nha Trang
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    7 days in Vietnam

    by martensd Written Nov 9, 2012

    December is during the wet season in Vietnam colder in the north and warmer in the south. But wet.
    Saigon can be very romantic depending on the where and what, but it is crowded. Try a romantic dinner cruise on the river. The Carmen Bar is rather nice and romantic or even a cocktail on the roof of the Rex Hotel or one of the others downtown.
    You could go to Saigon and take a day trip down to the delta. Lot's of different trips to take through the many tour companies found around the Pham Ngo Lao tourist area.
    You can also fly to Nha Trang which is on the coast. Long beaches, share a lobster cooked right on the beach by one of the many vendors. Plenty to do,
    Not sure if you can fly to Phu Quoc Island on a direct flight from Hanoi but that is maybe a nice romatic getaway.
    Seven days is not a lot of time, so I would try for a couple days in Hanoi and then hit one place for the rest of the time.
    Check out the travel pages on Vietnam for more insight.
    Have Fun
    David

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    THE MEKONG DELTA

    by alyf1961 Updated Nov 3, 2012

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    MEKONG DELTA
    The Mekong is the 12 longest river in the world. It runs through seven countries, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Burma, china and Tibet.
    The Mekong river is a lifeline for the people that live on it. Many water Hyacinth grow on the river, the people believe the plants are lucky.
    The Mekong Delta in Southern Vietnam is huge and is home to thousands of Vietnamese people.
    Life on the river is easier than life in the cities. Lots of families have their own small fish farms and they grow vegetables and rice nearby. Most houses are built on stilts to cope with the rising tide water.
    The river empties into the South China Sea.

    FLOATING MARKET
    Small boats of which most of the local have, sail through the floating market buying their food fresh daily the market consists of small boats with poles displaying what they were selling. Some sold turnips and pumpkins, then there were onions, potatoes, flowers and fruit.

    SAMPANS
    Whilst on the river we went on a sampan. Each boat held three passengers with the rower standing at the back.
    The journey was very restful as all that could be heard was the swishing of the water and the birds in the trees.

    The Mekong river is the only waterway in the world to reverse it's flow at different times of the year.

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    Jul 10, 2013 at 4:04 AM

    Will be visiting Vietnam in December 2013.Thanks for the excellent information.

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