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Full-Day Hue City and Perfume River Bike Tour
"50km cycling (L)Recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1993 this city is famous for its magnificent architecture. It’s citadel palaces pagodas and royal tombs frame a poetic background of greenery on the banks of the Perfume River. In the morning we’ll cycle to visit the Hue Citadel and Imperial City. Then we’ll bike upstream aside the legendary Perfume River. Along the way Vietnam Bike Tours’ll stop to visit Thien Mu pagoda then continue to the rolling hills of the surrounding countryside where we’ll find the Royal Tombs of the Nguyen Emperors. We’ll take some time to visit Tu Duc and Khai Dinh tombs. After exploring the splendid gardens and ornate architecture of the tombs we’ll return to Hue to end the trip."
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5-Day Vietnam Central Coast Bike Tour from Hue to Nha Trang
"Day 1: Hue - Hoi An 100km cycling (L D)On the first day we’ll drive by bus 18km out of Hue to the coast. There we’ll begin riding off the beaten track for 40km along a picturesque narrow peninsular road from Thuan An Beach to Vinh Loc. We’ll hop on a local ferry to cross an estuary of the Perfume River before re-mounting our bikes on Highway 1. Here we will cycle the first of the day’s three hill climbs. In the evening we’ll check into the hotel in Hoi An
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4-Day Bike Tour from Hue to Hoi An Ancient Town Including My Son Sanctuary
"Day 1: Hue - Da Nang 60km+ cycling (L)Our guide will retrieve you from your hotel in Hue and organize a transfer out of the city. The day’s bike ride will begin at Thuan An beach and head to Cau Hai lagoon where you will see local fishermen and stilt houses on the water. Lunch will either be held as a picnic on the way or at a local restaurant. After lunch we’ll continue riding to Lang Co beach. On the way you’ll cycle up the Hai Van pass and enjoy a scenic view from the summit. Then we’ll continue cycling along the coast to the hotel for our overnight stay in Da Nang.Day 2: Da Nang - Hoi An 45km+ cyclng (B L)In the morning we’ll visit the Cham museum in the city. Then
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Museum of History Tips (17)


If you are visiting the Botanical garden and Zoo, then pop next door to the History museum (1929) Its a lovely, historical Pagoda style building which typifies Indochinese architecture.

The museum traces the history of the Vietnamese people with displays of cultural and ethnological significance. Check out displays of stone tools, Roman coins, cannons, old vases, pottery, swords, granite tablets with carvings, uniforms of mandarins and kings of yesteryears, and items from Vietnam's ethnic minorities. Display text is written in Vietnamese, English and French.

The Museum covers all these Dynasties.
Rise of the Hung Kings
Fight for Independence (1st-10th centuries)
Ly Dynasty (11th-13th centuries)
Tran Dynasty (13th-14th centuries)
Le Dynasty (15th-18th centuries)
Tay Son Dynasty (18th-19th centuries)
Nguyen Dynasty (19th-middle of the 20th centuries

A statue of the Buddha with 1,000 eyes and 1,000 arms is also part of the museum's collection.
There is also a water puppet show, with an extra charge.
Vietnam’s history is in the bronze panels on the outside wall at the rear entrance

OPEN 8am-11.30am & 1.30pm - 4.30pm

To take photos, you must purchase a CAMERA TICKET in conjunction with your admission ticket.
The museum is open daily.

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Dec 30, 2013

The Museum of History

This museum is housed inside a beautiful yellow building built by the French in 1927. The actual museum first opened in 1979. Among other things the museum displays items from Vietnam's ethnic minorities.

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Jul 07, 2013

Worth your time

The museum opened in 1979, and occupies a building constructed by the French in 1927.
It is a really nice museum that starts with early stone tools and ends with the French period. It has everything from Roman coins to cannons, including items from the ethnic minorities. It is organized very well, and signs are also in English. I spent all afternoon there.

Open: Daily 08:00-11:30 & 13:30-17:00.
Admission: 15,000 VND.
They DO allow photos, but you have to buy a 30,000 VND camera ticket in addition to the admission ticket. (Small price, and worth it.)

The Den Hung Temple, located opposite the museum, is dedicated to the ancestors of Hung Vuong, the founding king of Viet Nam.

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Feb 19, 2011

Museum of Vietnamese History

This excellent museum can be found on the left as you enter through the main entrance into the zoo and botanical gardens. It traces Vietnamese history from prehistoric times till the period of French occupation and carries an impressive range of artefacts, including Funan pieces found at Oc-Eo (Mekong Delta), a small selection of Cham sculptures, Stone sculptures of Cambodia (9th - 12th century), and various artefacts from the Ngô, Dinh, Anterior Lê, Ly Dynasties (939 - 1225 A.D.), Tran and Ho Dynasties (1226 -1407 A.D.), Lê to the Nguyên (1428 - 1788 A.D.), Tay Son Dynasty (1771 - 1802) and Nguyen Dynasty (1802 - 1945).

Open: Daily 08:00-11:30 & 13:30-17:00. Admission: 15,000 VND.

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Great architecture

Besides the usual history stuff, there's an old plane and heli on the grounds. I also love the history exhibits on the war period. There's also a section on past currencies used in Vietnam, from way back to when it was occupied by the french to the present notes. They have a section on foreign currencies - see if you can spot your country's currency. Chances are, you maynot even recognise that note, since it was the early days currency. I sure didn't recognise the first currency note of my country.

Entrance fee: 15,000D or USD1.

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Mar 10, 2007

Museum of Vietnamese History

An excellent introduction to Vietnamese history and culture from the primitive era (circa 500, 000 years ago) and through the dynasties of Hung Kings, Ly, Tran, Le, Tay Son and Nguyen.

Formal dressing required and no pictures allowed.

There is also a water puppet theatre but will only performed if more than 5 persons have bought tickets. If you are going to Hanoi, the puppet show is better there.

Open Monday to Sutarday 8am=11am, 1:30pm-4pm
Sunday and holidays 8:30am-4pm

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Nov 04, 2006

history museum

entrance is Vnd15. Unlike other museums, they wil give u 3 Vnd5 tickets instead of 1. its a nice place to see. There are ancient vietnam relics there and s0me buddhas from angkor wat. There is a mummy there which was rescently escavated in dist.5. And, the funny water puppet show! $2 though.

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Sep 24, 2006

History Museum

HCMC's History Museum is a model of what such institutions ought to be: well laid out, with good lighting, and a fine overview the history and customs of the peoples of Vietnam. The museum also has many Cambodian items, especially from the Khmer civilization that existed in Mekong Delta region until a couple hundred years ago.

The building itself was erected by the French in 1929.

No pictures are allowed inside the museum.

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Feb 12, 2006

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History Museum

The History Museum Is a well-rounded and informative presentation of 4000 years of Vietnamese history. The recent war takes a back seat here and you'll see sturdy French cannons, Khmer relics, ancient pottery and bronze and even a local mummy. Water puppet shows entertain during busier hours. Since it's free of strident politics its probably the most professional and academic museum in the city.

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Jan 06, 2006

A Little Taste Of History

If you have nothing better to do you can visit the Museum of History but I have to admit the motorcycle ride over was much more fun than actually visiting the museum. Most of the museum talks about battles and different emperors that took over Vietnam. Only takes about 1 hour to go through the whole museum. Does contain a water puppet theater however if you didn't get a chance to see water puppetry in the North.

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Nov 08, 2005

The Museum of Vietnamese History.

This architecurally interesting building houses a modestly displayed collection of artifacts dating back to the beginning of human civilisation in Vietnam. One of the most intriguing sections is that which displays Cham stonework. There are also pieces of Angkor Wat on display here. The museum's displays have a little English and French on their signage. There's a particularly gruesome mummified body in one room (of course some will not find it gruesome, but I just had a quick look). Entrance to the museum was 10000d in April 2005.

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Apr 29, 2005


This is an outstanding museum. It is the best place to get acquainted with Vietnam’s history. Housed in a building from the early 1900s, the museum displays artefacts from the Bronze Age to the early communist presence in Vietnam. Other exhibits feature Cham art, ceramics and traditional costumes.

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Nov 24, 2004

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