Hue & North Central Coast of Vietnam
HUE – an ancient citadel of Vietnam
Situated in the Centre of Vietnam, Hue used to be the former capital of the emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty. Thus, Hue has been one of Vietnam's main cultural, religious and educational centres. With diversified and beautiful landscapes, Hue possesses a unique and harmoniously beauty.
Today, its main attractions are the royal tombs, notable pagodas and the remains of the Citadel. In 1993, Hue Citadel was recognized as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO and followed is Hue Royal Musical declared asa World Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2003.
The Perfume River runs between the city of Hue and the remains of the Citadel, dragon boat trips as well as dinner cruises on the river are an enchanting way to see the city. Also, royal emperor Hue-style food is can not be missed experience.
Lang Co Beach (in Hue Province): Known as a wild picturesque seaview, Lang Co is the ideal beach for summer vacation and wild beauty discovery!Lang Co is a famous beach of Thua Thien-Hue Province, best known for its ever most beautiful natural landscapes and pure sea wildness. Strategically situated inside the zone of 3 World Heritage Conservation Centers (Hue ancient citadel,Hoi An old town, and My Son holy land), Lang Co is only 30 kilometers from DaNang, and 70 kilometers from Hue. Accordingly, this helps develop diversified types of tourism, and keeps tourists to stay there longer. Lang Co is attached to a number of beautiful names by admiring tourists, some of which are“Beautiful lady of fishing village”, “Greater beauty than picture”, and so forth. You will soon discover the names’ derivation once you have come here.
Hai Van Pass (in Hue & Da Nang Province): Hai Van Pass is one of the most scenic hillside roads in Vietnam. When braving the steep winding roads of a paved mountain pass, you will have a chance to discover peace, quiet and history along the way.... On the north – south nation highway, Hai Van Pass is an impressive landscape. It is like a giant dragon, lying on Highway 1 on the border between Thua Thien-Hue Province and Danang City.This is the second highest pass in Vietnam (500m above sea level). This rugged pass is the final section of the Truong Son Range stretching to the sea. Hai Van means "Sea Clouds", since the peak of the mountain is in the clouds while its foot is close to the sea.
PHONG NHA - KE BANG (in Quang Binh Province)
Phong Nha - Ke Bang is a huge national park located in Bo Trach and Minh Hoa Districts of central Quang Binh Province, in north-central Vietnam. The National Park is about 500 kilometers south of the nation's capital, Hanoi. The park was created to protect one of the world's two largest karst regions with around 300 caves and grottoes, and the ecosystem of limestone forest of the Annamite Range. The plateau is probably one of the finest and most distinctive examples of a complex karst landform in Southeast Asia.
The park deprives it name from Phong Nha cave, the most beautiful of all, containing many fascinating rock formations, and Ke Bang forest. One has explained that Phong Nha means “Wind and teeth” based on Chinese transcription, which expresses the blowing wind inside the cave and teeth-like rough stalactites. There have been several other ways of explanation, yet none is more popular than this.
People now flock to this National Park for contemplating the UNESCO-recognized world natural beauty, and also for directly witnessing the fabulous rock formations inside the caves.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang park takes pride in the assessment of containing“7 best things” as a result of a National Science Conference held in Quang Binh in April, 1997. They are:
1. The longest water cave
2. The highest and widest cave mouth
3. The widest and most beautiful sand & rock bank
4. The most beautiful underground lake
5. The most magnificent and miraculous stalactite
6. The nation’s longest underground river (around 13,969 m)
7. The nicest and widest dry cave
It is certain that when one goes on a bout around this beautifully miraculous zone, he may be surprised and feel that he were lost in somewhere in the Heaven where he does not want to leave at all! So now let’s take a roundtrip to try this fabulous feeling!
QUANG TRI & DMZ:
Quang Tri is the province capital of that area, is located in the Central Region of Vietnam, near the crossways between North and South Vietnam,Laos, and Thailand. The province preserves many remains from the anti-American resistance war such as the ancient citadel of Quang Tri, Khe Sanh Combat Base,Truong Son National Cemetery, Truong Son trail, Vinh Moc Tunnels, Hien Luong Bridge and Ben Hai River.
Vinh Moc Tunnel - an underground miniaturized village - is the largest historical tunnel in the DMZ of Vietnam. Deep beneath the dark earth,hidden from screeching bombers and harbouring desperate soldiers, the people of Vinh Linh, Quang Tri lived for many years in the now famous Vinh Moc Tunnel.They survived, and even prospered in their makeshift underground community.During that time, 17 children were born in the tunnels, each of whose lives is a testament to just how perfect the complex network of caves and warrens were at protecting those forces within. As time goes by, it has become both ahistorical evidence and a tourist destination for discovering a heroic period of Vietnam’s history.