The first thing poping up in many people’s mind about Vietnam is perhaps the famous war resistance of Vietnamese people against the French and the American. Yet, almost 40 years have passed since the end of the war, now Vietnam is a country of peace.
With stunning natural landscapes, diverse culture, and friendly placid people, the country is filled with captivating natural beauty and slow-paced village life. The highlands and rainforest regions are well-protected and, every year, new species are found from the exotic wildlife. Islands and beaches here are amongst the finest in all of Southeast Asia, and the delicate cuisine is possibly the most delicious you will ever find.
Verdant patchwork of rice paddies, pointed lampshade-style hats, a war ravaged country – these had once been the impression of Vietnam toward the world. But the country has risen as a young, enthusiastic member of many international organizations, which helps change its old image.
Nowadays, Vietnam is more famous as a developing country, a promising economy and a wonderful tourist destination. Natural beauties, mystical ethnic cultures, imperial history, serene villages, dynamic cities, all are traits of Vietnam that are loved by people from all over the world.
It is amazing that in each region, city, town or village of Vietnam, a distinctive unique trait in culture, architecture or culinary, for example, can be found.
The quaint town of Hoian, once a major trading port, boasts upon the perfectly preserved architectural influences of the Asian merchants, while Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city are known for the broad leafy boulevards reminisce the French colonial period. Hue, the old imperial capital of Vietnam, stands out with its royal palaces and palatial mausoleums, as well as the delicacies that once were reserved for royal families only.
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Shaped like a giant letter ‘S’, Vietnam stretches along the east coast of the Indochina Peninsula and is likened by its people to a long bamboo pole with two baskets of rice representing the two fertile regions at either end of the country. Between the lush Red River Delta and the highlands in the north, known for their magnificent scenery and colorful hill tribes, and the agricultural plains and floating markets of the Mekong Delta in the south, lie miles of white sandy beaches, towering mountains, rivers and dense forests, and the thousands of bizarre rock and cave formations on the islands of Halong Bay.
Ancient temples and colorful pagodas are scattered throughout the country, even in urban centers where modern luxurious hotel mix in with resident houses. Vietnam is a perfect example of the balance between ancient and present time. A country that reveres its past heroes and puts the woes of war behind, now welcomes visitors with open arms and friendly smiles.
Quảng Ninh Province is a large province located along the northeastern coast of Vietnam. The province is home to Hạ Long Bay, a World Heritage Site. The provincial capital is Hạ Long.
Nearly 80 per cent of the province is mountainous with abundant land, forest water and mineral resources. Nearly 90 per cent of coal output in the country is extracted in this province. Hạ Long Bay has 1,969 islands, out of which 989 have been given names. The province covers an area of 6,099 square kilometres and as of 2008 it had a population of 1,109,600 people.
There are many beautiful beaches and natural beauty spots such as Halong Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay, Tra Co Beach, Co To Beach, Dai Beach in Van Don etc. Besides, there are historical and architectural relics enabling the development of tours on land, sea and islands.
Halong Bay covers an area of 1,553 sq. km including 1,969 islands, of which an area of over 434 sq. km including 788 islands has been recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage due to its cultural, aesthetic, bio-geological and economic value. There are in the bay many soil islands, caves, grottoes, beaches, beautiful landscapes enabling the development of attractive tourist sites of various types.
Tuan Chau Island belonging to Halong Bay has an area of 220ha. It is 8km from Halong City and 2km offshore. This is an ideal spot to develop a super tourist complex. Bai Chay Beach is a wonderful spot and provides full range of services.
With around 500 historical, cultural and arts relics, attached with many traditional festivals; such as Yen Tu Pagoda, Cua Ong Temple, Bach Dang historical relic, Long Tien Pagoda, Quan Lan Communal House etc, which attract a large number of visitors, especially during festivals.
Coming to Quang Ninh, tourists can have good chance of enjoying seafood, including holothurians, abalone, shrimp, crab, areca, shellfish, gaillardia, etc.