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Hanoi

Hanoi is the capital of Northern Vietnam and keeps this role until now. The city is located on the right bank of the Red River and far about 1760 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City. Hanoi features a warm humid subtropical climate with plentiful precipitation. In addition, Hanoi is considered one of the main cultural centers of Vietnam, where most Vietnamese dynasties have left their imprint.

In 1902, Hanoi became the capital of the Indochina Federation and it was built by French. Through two wars, Hanoi is the capital of Northern Vietnam and keeps this role until now. Its population in 2009 was estimated at 2.6 million for urban districts, 6.5 million for the metropolitan jurisdiction. From 1010 until 1802, it was the most important political centre of Vietnam. The city is located on the right bank of the Red River and far about 1760 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City.

Hanoi is located between 20053' to 21023' north latitude and 105044' to 106002'east longitude. The city has an area of 3.324,92 square kilometers. Hanoi is a city with a mount of lakes, ancient rivers. In the inner city, West Lake has large area of about 500 ha, and plays an important role in the urban landscape. Today this lake is surrounded by many hotels and villas.

Hanoi is situated on an ancient soil area deposited from time immemorial with layer after layer of alluvium carried down from the northern mountain ranges by the Red River and its tributaries. That is the reason why Hanoian feel as closely connected to their Red River as children do towards their mothers. In the old days, the Red River was given another common name: Cai (Mother) River. The name of Hanoi (Exterior side of a river) has derived from an ancient language which is literally known as a land area located in the inner side the Red River. It is not that the city is inside the river but rather it is embraced by about 100 kilometers of the Red river dykes. The dyke portion in Hanoi accounts for about one fifth of the total river dykes flanking on either side of the Red River that runs along the Vietnamese territory on a stretch of more than 500 kilometers.

Other rivers that run through Hanoi include the Duong, the Cau, and the Ca Lo, the Day, the Nhue, the Tich, the To Lich and the Kim Nguu rivers. The last two rivers, To Lich and Kim Nguu, have been regarded as an inexhaustible source of inspiration for many Vietnamese literature writers and poems that lived in the capital city in the old days. These two rivers were considered the most poetic and romantic bodies of water that flows through the city.
At present the two rivers, To Lich and Kim Nguu, are still partly seen in the city. Their former grandeur has long lost their literature charm because they have to give way to urbanization development scheme. Currently these rivers are regarded merely as the city's main open ditch drainage system. However, the government has had in mind a massive upgrading scheme to return the two historic rivers their original beauty

Hanoi features a warm humid subtropical climate with plentiful precipitation. The city experiences the typical climate of northern Vietnam, where summers are hot and humid, and winters are, by national standards, relatively cool and dry. Summers, lasting from May to September, are hot and humid, and receive the majority of the annual 1,680 millimeters (66.1 in) of rainfall. The winters are short, relatively dry, and mild, while spring can bring light rains.

 When the first state of ancient Vietnam was established in Hanoi (formerly Thang Long), the city was considered a sacred and typical part of Vietnam. Twenty three centuries ago, Co Loa in the present-day district of Dong Anh was the capital of the ancient Au Lac country reigned by Thuc An Duong Vuong (King Thuc An Duong.) In the subsequent period of more than 1,000 years, Hanoi had witnessed brilliant feats of arms in a long resistance war against the northern mighty invaders. The subsequent dynasties sometimes moved their capital to other regions.
Mid 20th century, Hanoi suffers from the complex events of history. Events that Japanese attacks Indochina in 1940 make Vietnam under the administration of the French and Japanese. The Vietnamese forces held August revolution succeeded. In september 2nd 1945, Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence at Ba Dinh, and created the Democratic Republic of Vietnam with Hanoi capital. In 1945, the victory of Dien Bien Phu, our military regained the North of Vietnam, Hanoi continued the capital position of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

As the capital of Vietnam for almost a thousand years, Hanoi is considered one of the main cultural centers of Vietnam, where most Vietnamese dynasties have left their imprint. Even though some relics have not survived through wars and time, the city still has many interesting cultural and historic monuments for visitors and residents.

Hanoi was given the title "City for Peace" on June 17th 1999. In 2000, President Tran Duc Luong in Hanoi awarded the title "Capital hero" on October 4th. In 2010, the city celebrated 1000 years with 1000th anniversary of Thang Long - Hanoi from October 1st to 10th which prepared many years ago.

Hanoi is very compact, and the city is the most interesting places for tourists. You could probably explore the Old Quarter and visit all the places below in a single day. Tourists can enjoy fresh air when walking around Hoan Kiem Lake or West Lake, sight view in the Old Quarter and visit the entire trade villages around Hanoi. Moreover, they will have opportunities to enjoy traditional foods and have unforgettable time in Hanoi such as: Pho, Cha ca La Vong, com, Bun thang, Banh cuon, Bun cha…Coming and exploring Hanoi, tourist will find a strange and excited feeling about landscape and Hanoi.
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2015-07-19
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Quy Nhon

Qui Nhon is the little visited provincial capital of Binh Dinh province. Although it was recognised as a city as late as 1898, its history reaches back to the days of the Kingdom of Champa. In the 11th century, the Cham people migrated southwards and moved their capital city to a location about 30km north of present-day Qui Nhon and named it Vijaya. It survived until 1471, when the citadel was sacked by the Vietnamese.

Quy Nhon is a southeastern city of Binh Dinh Province in the middle part of Vietnam. In an area of 284.28 km, Quy Nhon is the place of various types of soil, beaches, resorts and water species… and the home to more than 810000 people.

Quy Nhon is 1065 km far from Ha Noi in the north, 690km from Ho Chi Minh City to the south. About climate, weather in Quy Nhon is divided into two specific seasons: dry season (from March to September), rainy season (the rest time in year). The annual average temperature is 24.5oC. Nowadays, Quy Nhon is a beautiful place with special features of a potential tourist destination. There is something you can’t miss when visiting this place:

1. Fish noodles: This traditional dish is not only famous in Binh Dinh but also well-known in Vietnam due to its flavors and cooking ways.

2. Twin Brick Tower (Hung Thanh Towers): Hung Thanh Towers is an architectural structure with two similar towers while one is 18m high and the other is 20m.

3. Long Khanh Pagoda: a Buddhist pagoda built in 18th century.

4. Thi Nai Bridge: the longest sea overpass in Vietnam (2477.3m)

5. Ghenh Rang Tien Sa: a beautiful shore with beaches and islets, emerald waters and white sand.
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2015-07-02
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The Con Dao Islands (also known as Poulo Condore) are an archipelago of 15 islands situated in the South China Sea. The island is famed for its grizzly past: due its remoteness, the French used the main island of Con Son (the largest island in the group) to keep anti-colonial protestors prisoner. Despite these considerable assets and its proximity to the mainland, the islands are still largely untouched by mass tourism.

The Con Dao Islands are an archipelago of Ba Ria-Vung Tau province, in southastern Vietnam, and a district of this province with the total land area reaches 75.15 km². Situated at about 185 km from Vung Tau and 230 km from Ho Chi Minh City, the group includes 16 mountainous islands and islets and Con Son is the largest island in the archipelago.

The famous Con Son prison complex was established by the French colonial authority early in the nineteenth century where the French colonial administration, followed by the Saigon government, incarcerated political prisoners in brutal conditions, often in tiny underground boxes known as ‘tiger cages’. The Hang Duong cemetery holds the remains of the many prisoners that died there and it has been known as “Hell o­n Earth” for many centuries.

The weather in Con Dao is cool and warm. From June to September, frequent fierce squalls buffet the west facing aspects of the islands whilst the east is sheltered. The currents and winds reverse thus exposing the east of the islands to bad weather from September until January. In generally the weather is calm all over the archipelago during the remainder of the year.

Most of the archipelago is a natural reserve area on Con Dao Island and one of only two terrestrial and maritime National Parks, Con Dao National Park is characterized by a diverse ecosystem with some good beaches, clear water with pristine coral, lush tropical forest with many flowers, coconut groves, and few visitors.

Besides, Con Dao Island has a small museum in what used to be the French Governor’s residence overlooking the main bay. Its four rooms cover the islands’ history, most of which centers upon the penal colony. The first room contains general information about the archipelago. The second is called ‘Hell on Earth’. On its walls are faded photographs, illustrations and paintings depicting the inhuman treatment meted out by their gaolers. The third room has a wall of photographs of prominent Vietnamese agitators and revolutionaries who underwent slow execution in the tiger cages, and other prisoners who served time and later rose to prominence after liberation. There is also a display of makeshift weapons. The final room depicts the years since liberation.

The main island offers good camping, hiking and trekking opportunities – the National Park Headquarters on the outskirts of the town can provide you with information about suitable trails and paths. There are no organized water sports, but there are opportunities for scuba diving and snorkeling. The Diving Centre is located on the seafront. Services are limited at present, but the centre should be in full operation later this year. Boat services are a bit problematic at present, but should improve soon.

There are some good beaches on Con Son. Some can be reached on foot, but the better locations involve a long hike or hiring a motorbike. There are many secluded beaches on the on the other islands.

In addition, Con Dao is a complex including many off-shore small islets; natural geographic conditions contribute to make this destination become tourism paradise among ocean. There are many bathing beaches are primary, abundant sea eco-system, plentiful natural resources in combination with stable climate change; Con Dao is the attractive destination of the domestic and foreign tourists when traveling to Con Dao.
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Cat Ba Island includes 367 islands located in the south of Halong. It is about 30 kilometers far from the center of Haiphong and has been recognized by UNESCO as the world biosphere reserve. The area is approximately 300km2 and population in 2005 is 27.827 people. Cat Ba Island has other small islands such as: Cat Ong Islet, Cat Duoi Islet, May Islet, Quai Xanh Islet and Tai Keo Islet… and also known as Ngoc Island, which is the biggest island of the total 1969 islands in Halong Bay. It is a beautiful and romantic island, which situated on 70 meters above the sea level. Previously, the Island was belongs to Quang Yen province, then belongs to Hong Quang and in 1956 it was a part of Haiphong city.

Ca Ba Island is situated in the tropical monsoon, the ocean impacts on the average of temperature, humidity and rainfall. However, in the winter, it is not as cold as mainland and in the summer, it is absolutely cool. The average temperature is about 25-280C. In May and June, the monsoon blows strongly. The heavy rain storms usually occur in July, August, and September.

Because of the limestone structure, Cat Ba is created by the heaven with spectacular views. The area of forest is more than 17300 hectares. In the jungle, there has the ancient varan Komodo and chamois. Cat Ba beach has many shrimp, crabs…  Cat Ba National Park is regarded as a natural museum which preserves the divers vegetation and species of herbs. Cat Ba not only has the various herbs but also reserves the rare animals having in the Red List of Threatened Species. Hundreds of odd mountains combine with mysterious caves, which create the wonderful views of Cat Ba. This island has many bays with smooth sand and sparkling coral colonies. Cat Ba is a natural masterpiece of Vietnam. Cat Ba forest has many rare woods such as Lat Hoa, Kim Giao, Dinh and Goi Nep… Especially, there have over three dozen species of rare bird such as Eagles, Da Da, Cu Gay, and Nightingale… According to the latest survey of an international organization, the Cat Ba National Park has 200 the white headed langur.

Festival of the Cat Ba people likes festival of Kinh people in other areas; moreover, it has festival on April 1st to inaugurate touring season and "Den Ba" festival - one of the major festivals of the local people.

Having many spots for tourists such as: the road across Cat Ba Island, Cat Ba National Park, Trung Trang cave, Hung Son cave, Phu Long cave and the beaches such as: Cat Co I, Cat Co II, Cat Dua, Cat Ong, Duong Dan, Cat Ba is an ideal place for visitors to swim, relax, take sunbathing and enjoy the fresh air blowing from the ocean.  At night, Cat Ba Island is more beautiful, sparkling than the day. Tourists have opportunities to sight views of beach and enjoy dried squid on the sidewalk.

In brief, Cat Ba Island is exciting spot for visitors. A journey to Cat Ba will help you soak into nature and forget the hard works, worries of day life.
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Can Tho Province locates in the center of the Mekong Delta. The city of 150,000 citizens is the hub of the main Con Son and Con Au waterways which nurture the local rice and fruit trade. Coming there, visitors will have experienced its flavor in its Cau Duc sweet pineapples, sweet potatoes, taro, and the coconuts from the U Minh Jungle, which have upheld its reputation as a fruit basket region far and wide.

Located in Mekong River Delta, Can Tho is endowed with favorable conditions: fertile soil, tropical climate, and an interlaced system of rivers and channels. With total area of nearly 1,400 square km2 and the population of more than 1.2 millions, Can Tho is the fifth biggest city of Vietnam. If Halong Bay lures tourists by its majestic landscape, Phong Nha seduces travelers with its mysterious charm, Can Tho definitely will make tourists unforgettable by its idyllic beauty with floating markets, Buddhist pagodas, delicious food, tropical fresh fruit and Mekong charming girls.

Tourists will be fascinated by the endless green of rivers, channels and paddy fields in Can Tho. Coming there, tourists will experience floating markets as what is seen in a Vietnamese movie “The Floating Lives”. Can Tho is most well - known for Ninh Kieu floating market where local people bargain tropical agricultural products like fruits, rice, vegetables. Guests will surely be impressed by the lively but idyllic of people’s lives here.

In addition, tourists will have chance to visit many spectacular Buddhist pagodas in Can Tho such as Quang Duc pagoda on Mau Than Street or the Khmer Pagoda of Munirangsyaram on Hoa Binh street. With unique architecture and its peaceful and sacred atmosphere, visitors will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Buddhism space and let the soul in peace for a while in a turbulent life.

Moreover, Can Tho is an ideal place for visitors who love Vietnamese cuisine culture. It can be said that food in Can Tho is an excellent representative of Mekong food culture because of its variety and speciality. Visitors will have chance to taste from variety of hot pots such as Duck Hot Pot, Seafood Hot Pot, Sweet Sour Hot Pot with river fish to variety of  super-fresh fruits such as: coconuts, mangoes, oranges, grapes, etc. Tourist may feel like a main character in the novel “Movable Feast” when coming to Can Tho.

Last but not least, Mekong charming girls with the voice as sweet as honey, shining smile will surely captivate any visitors arriving here. Not only Can Tho’s girls but also all the people here are sincere, warm and friendly who will leave memorable impression in tourists.

Overall, Can Tho is definitely an attractive place that tourists should stay for a while when coming to Vietnam.
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Ben Tre Province is located 85 km South of Ho Chi Minh City in the Mekong River Delta, with an area of 2,315 km 2.  It lies below Tien Giang Province to the north, Vinh Long to the west, and Tra Vinh to the south. Ben Tre is nestled between two main branches of the Mekong’s largest tributary, which diverges to create a fertile agricultural region and beautiful coastline. The seaside of Ben Tre Province is 60 km of Southern Vietnam’s finest scenery, with an abundance of fascinating opportunities for the curious tourist.

Topography & Weather

Ben Tre is generally flat, with some surprising topographical features such as sand dunes and unique rock formations.  There is a lot of farmland which takes advantage of the area’s abundance of fresh water and alluvial soil.  This is a place of diverse and complex river systems, winding water channels and canals. The weather in Ben Tre is typically monsoon tropical with high average temperatures of 26 to 27 o C.  The rainy season usually begins in May and lasts until October, with average rainfall of 1,250 – 1, 500mm a year. This climate provides the province with a wide variety of fruits, trees and animals, many of which are rare and valuable species.

Population

At present, the population of Ben Tre is approximately 1.35 million people, based on the National Population Survey in 2009. The majority of the population is from the Kinh ethnic group, followed by Chinese, Khmer and Cham.  Like people in other areas of the Mekong Delta River, residents in Ben Tre are humble, generous and hard-working, but they are also courageous and indomitable.  This strength of character has proven itself time and again during the two wars of resistance against France and America.
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Vietnam Discovery - 12 days
Saigon - Vinh Long - Hue - Hoian - My Son - Hanoi - Halong bay - Ninh Binh

This journey is designed for the people who love to see the difference in culture and nature from the South to North in Vietnam. Discover the World Heritage sites in Vietnam: Hue citadel, Hoian ancient town, My Son Holy Land, Halong bay. With many activities, experiences, this trip will be unforgettable for anyone who ever takes it.

Price from: US$ 929

https://www.svietnamtravel.com/vietnam-tour-packages/vietnam-discovery-12-days.html
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