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    Ha Noi

    Hanoi belongs to Hanoi province, remains the capital of Vietnam, was founded in 1010 AD during the reign of King Ly Cong Uan. The pleasant and even charming city is a city of famous lakes, shaded boulevards, verdant public parks, museums, monuments and ancient architectural features. The Old Quarter is an enchanting place to stroll around and do shopping. The Noi Bai international airport is the main gateway to enter the city.
    Popular attractions are Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the One-Pillar Pagoda, Ngoc Son Temple, the Temple of Literature, Hoa Lo prison, Opera House, old age Long Bien bridge, Bat Trang ceramic village, many city’s museums, the West Lake’s villages & pagodas, craft villages, Le Mat snake village, the Old Quarter, local markets, Duong Lam ancient village, Ba Vi  national park, Van Phuc silk village, Huong pagoda…A new Express Road linking new Terminal 2 of Noi Bai Airport and Hanoi City is just opened for public traffic since January 2015 help to save 12km distance in between. A significant change for Hanoi! 

    Ha Long Bay

    Halong Bay or Descending DragonBay is one of the most magnificent scenic spots in all of Vietnam and is an UNESCO World Natural Heritage in 1994. It locates 170km from Hanoi. It is a picturesque bay with some 1969 islets rising from the clear emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkins, some 170km east of Hanoi. Washed by water and lapped by waves for hundreds of thousands of years, the limestone basin has been carved into stalactites caves, crescent beaches and odd-shaped formations. A fine example of aging with grace, the bay has been in geological transformation for 500 millions years. Most visitors to Halong Bay will enjoy at least an overnight cruise in the Bay, or longer to the far less touched area of the Bay on two or three night cruising. Alternatively, guests can choose to stay overnight in any luxury hotel in Halong City and take day boat trip to admire the Bay’s beauty during the day light. Quang Ninh Museum is the newest tourist attraction besides the Halong’s Eyes with its entertainment- shopping-dining complex at Halong Marine Plaza. The Museum is designed by the world class architecture Professor Salvador Arroyo Perez and his partners. Halong Bay has been the settings of two James Bond films.

    Sa Pa

    Some 380km from Hanoi.At an elevation of 1,500 meters, Sapa is Vietnam’s most picturesque hill station. The French founded the village on the slope of the Hoang Lien Son Mountain in 1903 and used it as a cool getaway. From the town center, visitors can see cloud-capped peaks, crystal clear streams and steep terraced vegetable gardens. There are a number of nice hill tribe villages and local markets to visit. Sapa textile products are unique souvenirs for most visitors. This destination can be reached by overnight trains from Hanoi then  onwards to north west loop before flying back to Hanoi from Dien Bien town. Sapa is home to many ethnic minorities like Hmong, Dzao, Tay, Day and Xa Pho. Most of them live in small villages in modest huts and hamlets scattered throughout the district. Late 2015, the world 's longest 3 Rope Cable Car will be in operation between Sapa town and Fansipang Peak ( 3143m above the sea level). Everyone then can conquer The Peak in 20 minutes instead of 1-2 days as before.

    Ba Vi 

    It is some 60 km west of Hanoi. Highlights are Ba Vi national park, Ba Vi farm, Tea  Making Village of Ba Trai ( see workshops, tea fields), Duong Lam ancient village (one of the most ancient villages in Hanoi. It retains the most of the basic characteristics of a Vietnamese village with  village gate, banyan trees, water stations, court houses, alleys, gardens, pagodas, temples, scenic spots, water wells, water fields, hill... The system of forest roads is very special because they formed the fish bones. ) & herbal medicine village of Dao ethnic minorities (see gardens…)

    Cuc Phuong National Park 

    It locates 120 km south of Hanoi, a 3 hour car ride. The park was established in 1962 and is the oldest national park in Vietnam. Consisting of more than 200 km2 of tropical forest and many grottoes, the reserve is rich in wildlife and natural beauty and also possesses historical significance, as prehistoric tools and ancient tombs have been discovered in some of the caves.  Covered in a dense forest, this landscape forms the habitat for some of Asia's rarest animal and plant species. It is no wonder that researchers, naturalists, enthusiasts and conservationists alike are drawn to this place. The ancient forest harbours over 2000 species of trees, 110 species of reptiles and amphibians, and 125 mammals. There are also an incredible 308 documented bird species. Highlights are motorbike (or bike) ride: available to rent at reception, Turtle Reservation Center, Botanical Garden, Animal Rescue Centre & in April and May visits give chance to see thousands of vibrant butterflies.

    Mai Chau valley

    Mai Chau is a mountainous district in Hoa Binh province, approximately 135 km from Hanoi and 60 km from Hoa Binh. Mai Chau valley attracts everyone with its nature and impressive wet- rice culture.

    From the hustle of Hanoi, going to Mai Chau makes you ecstatic over the paddy fields and rural living and then transform into a real paradise. It’s a stunning area, and most of people here are ethnic Muong, ethnic Dao and ethnic White Thai, distantly related to tribes in Thailand, Laos and China. Mai Chau is also popular with stilt houses where you can live with native people and enjoy their best food, and culture. Mai Chau today develops more, but the tradition still remains and is preserved. There are  22 tribe villages in Mai Chau district.  Highlights are Poom Coom village of Thai ethnic minorities, bikes ride to nearby village. Pu Luong Nature Reserve(rich in both cultural interests and wildlife- suitable for very fit travelers and must do overnight home stays)

    Ninh Binh 

    Some 90km from Hanoi Ninh Binh is also known as "onland HalongBay" with many limestone formations and huge rocks that dot the area and jut out of paddy fields and canals. It is endowed with the historical relics dating back to the 10th – 13th centuries. Major attractions are Hoa Lu Ancient Capital with the temples of King Dinh Tien Hoang and King Le Dai Hanh, Tam Coc -Bich Dong, Trang An cave, Van Long Preserved Area, Thung Nang (ShiningValley), Cuc Phuong national park, etc. Vibrant green rice fields dotted with limestone out crops will impress every visitor to the area. Enjoy a leisurely ninety minute sampan cruise through the caves of Tam Coc, a photographer's dream with opportunities at every turn. The drive takes usually two and a half hour each way to get there. On 23rd January 2015, Trang An named Vietnam's First UNESCO'S recognized mixed heritage. Another news is that by 2015, the first national wildlife park will be opened in NINH BINH province & can serve approximately 5 million visitors per year.

    Ha Giang

    It is located in the far north of the country, and contains Vietnam's northernmost point. It shares a 270 km long border with Yunnan province of southern China, and thus is known as Vietnam's final frontier.  The trip highlights are Meo Vac and Dong Van, both set in valleys surrounded by forbidding peaks and connected by a hair-raising road with spectacular views.This border area is home to several minority groups, including the White Hmong and the Lo Lo, the latter having only a few thousand members; most towns along the route, including Dong Van and Meo Vac, have a Sunday market attended by villagers from the surrounding valleys, where you might just be the only foreigner. Located in a purpose-built hall just northeast of the northern bridge, Ha Giang’s market is a frenzy of activity in the early morning when members of minority groups can often be seen. If you plan to go to Dong Van, however, you’re likely to see more authentic markets along the way. 

    PhongNha–KeBang National Park

    Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park is located in Quang Binh province and shares its boundary with Lao PDR to the west. Ranked as the World Natural Heritage since 2003, 55km northwest of Dong Hoi, is endowed with a network of mysterious and impressive caverns, an ecosystem which includes a community of primitive tropical forests (85,754 hectares). Phong Nha cavern is the largest cave and a true speleological wonder and was formed about 250 million years ago. Thanks to the cave exploration by a British group in 1990, people discovered that the main cavern has a length of 8km and found many other caves nearby (totally 35km of caves in the vicinity). Visitors are taken only 600m by boat and then dropped off to explore. 


    Being Vietnam’s feudal capital from 1802 to 1945 under the Nguyen Dynasty, Hue is widely known for the magnificent architecture of its citadels, palaces, royal tombs, pagodas and temples set in a poetic background of greenery on the banks of the Perfume River. With those vestiges and cultural treasures, Hue became Vietnam’s first World Cultural Heritage site recognized by UNESCO in 1993.  Modern Hue is a delightful city of wide boulevards, street tree line and period buildings set in a picture-postcard landscape. The local cuisine is regarded by many as the best in Vietnam. Additionally, Hue’s gardens, folk music performance, violet Ao Dai( traditional long dress for ladies in violet) create more special charms to this central city. 

    Da Nang

    The busy sea port of Danang in central Vietnam is the country’s fourth-largest city. The French named the city Tourane after it succeeded Hoi An (Faifo) as a vital deep water trading port in the 19th century. More recently, Danang was made famous in the Hollywood film “Good Morning Vietnam”. A short drive from downtown Danang takes visitors to the splendid beaches of Non Nuoc, My Khe and Tien Sa. Visitors should not miss Linh Ung- Bai But pagoda in Monkey Island, SON TRA Peninsula. The highlight of pagoda is the 67 metre high statue of the Bodhisattva of Mercy. It dominates the skyline in a similar way to Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer. It's made in the whitest of white material and easy to see from a long way off. The statue is 17-meters in diameter and has 17 floors.Each floor worships a different Buddha.stunning vista overlooking to Danang City & East Sea. Danang is also the gateway to nearby World Heritage sites such as My Son, Hoi An and Hue. The surroundings area is known for its natural wonders, most notably the stretch of beaches offering pristine sands and gentle waters. In the mountain, head to Bana Hill, a former French hill station converted into a hill vacation hub. With hotels, restaurants, children FantasyPark, historical sites and arcade , this idyllic jungle hideaway is a good place for family holiday. For thrill seekers, a half day motorbike ride from Hanoi to Hai Van Pass  for the stunning views of Truong Son range and the East Sea’s waters.

    My Son

    My Son, 70km southwest of Danang, bore witness to the splendid Hindu-influenced culture flourishing along the coastal plains of Vietnam during the 4th - 14th centuries. Filled with architectural treasures and sculptures, the area is Vietnam’s most important Cham site, and most of the temples were dedicated to Cham kings associated with divinities. This complex was recognized as a World Cultural Heritage in late 1999.

    Hoi An ancient town

    Hoian has something for every kind of traveler: Unesco Heritage Site, custom tailoring, beaches, gourmet restaurants, villages, traditional crafts, rivers…one of a kind attraction and more. Some 40km south of Danang by the ThuBonRiver, the tranquil town of Hoi An was a noted commercial harbor city in Southeast Asia from the 15th to the 19th century. The town is a destination with two faces – the charming, old-world trading post of narrow streets and traditional houses, and the beach with its world class resorts and long stretch of clean white sand. Journey here from Hue along one of Vietnam's most scenic roads. Today, a delightful mixture of ancient structures with local residents’ everyday life creates a unique image of a modern-day town in the atmosphere of bygone days. This living museum was declared a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in late 1999. 

    Lang Co Bay

    It located in central Vietnam at the bottom of Vai Van Pass (Pass of the Cloud) which defines two different climatic zones. Lang Co is situated 70km from Hue and 30km from Da Nang. Nature has endowed Lang Co with almost everything of green mountains, tropical forests, smooth white sand, cool, blue and crystal clear sea. In other words, it is part of a larger natural set up which includes mountains, a river, a lagoon, an island and a beach 32 km in length. This natural diversity gives way to an important biodiversity notably regarding protected marine species: corals, molluscs, fishes, shellfishes, turtles...
    These eco-systems of high biological value are also economically important. Other than in the fishing industry, they are used in the production of everyday utensils (bags, baskets...), fertilizer or even in medical goods (active substances extracted from coral). 
    Because of its location, its natural and cultural wealth, the bay is part of the national tourism development plan. This plan is supported by Vietnam Government with the wilingness to protect and to enhance these natural and cultural wealth. It joined Club of the Most Beautiful Bays of the World (World-Bays) since 2009 after Halong and Nha Trang. 

    Nha Trang

    Nha Trang Vietnam is a charming city on the south- central coast of Vietnam known for its beaches and scuba diving sites. It is becoming a popular destination for both local and international tourists looking for a spot of relaxation or a splash of adventure with mild temperatures all year round. Historically, the city was known as Kauthara under the Champa. Visitors can still see the famous Po Nagar Tower perched on a hilltop at the mouth of the river. The ancient Champa temple was restored by a local king in 784 AD after being ransacked by invaders who made off with its treasure. 

    Nha Trang bay is voted as member of the 24’s world most beautiful bays since 2003. If you are looking for activities such as golf, water sports or island hopping – all are available. NhaTrangBay occupies an area of about 500km2. There are many wide sugar sand beaches inviting sun lovers to be mesmerized by cobalt sea and sky views, play water and beach sports, and enjoy the convenience of hawkers selling everything from iced drinks to novelties and maps. Do not miss a day cruise to see the bays four islets. There you can enjoy scuba diving among giant rocks partially submerged in clear blue waters. Feel the enchantment of this unique place as you observe the bay’s bright coral and dazzling tropical fish. Speedboat rides, parachute drops, or even hot air balloon rides (Hon Tam Resort) gives visitors more chance to see how lovely and legendary Nha Trang bay is from every aspect. Those who love nature, marvelous ancient architecture, and plenty of tour options will find delight in this fascinating city of Nha Trang.  More significantly, NhaTrangBay is an “area of highest national priority” for marine conservation and coastal tourism thanks to its internationally important coral reefs with the highest coral biodiversity recorded in Vietnam. Nha Trang can be reached by sea, by road and  most conveniently by air from Saigon, Danang or Hanoi. A Warm Welcome to Nha Trang, you will enjoy it.  While Nha Trang is a centre for marine science based at the Nha Trang Oceanography Institute, it is now more known for its fun in the sun mentality. If you prefer your marine life served on a plate, it is also the best place in Vietnam to order up a couple of lobsters. 

    Da Lat 

    It was founded in 1893 by the famed French doctor Alexandre Yersin to develop into a hillside retreat for the French colonialists sweltering in the lowlands. Little did he know that one day it would become one of the most beloved cities of Viet Nam, a favourite destination for romantics. Dalat is located at an altitude of 1,500m asl. A Haven of Peace, Serenity and Beauty are the most popular words to describe Dalat. Evergreen forests with enchanting trails, romantic lakes, waterfalls, rolling hills, spectacular flowers and gardens and the best vegetables you will ever eat all highlight the town of Dalat, Vietnam's original resort town. Travellers can combine Dalat and Nha Trang for a 5 or 6 day holiday trip. One can not miss this city’s sightseeing highlights  including Summer Palace of last King Bao Dai, national famous XQ hand embroidery village, Thien Vien Truc Lam-Zen institution Dalat market, Old Colonial Railways Station.  People who enjoy extreme adventure & nature lovers will certainly find Dalat a great place to try many out door activities  that they can not do in other Vietnamese destinations. Don’t miss a golf in a history Dalat Palace Golf Club which was built since 1920s by the last Emperor of Vietnam, King Bao Dai. Dalat's Lien Khuong airport serves daily flights from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city and Danang to Dalat. In December 2013, city of Dalat celebrated its 120th anniversary year founding.

    Phan Thiet

    With its long stretch overlooking the East Sea, stunning mountains, red canyons, sand dunes, as well as a rich ecosystem, the region offers a wide range of outdoor activities, such as four-wheel exploration on dirt roads and spectacular mountain rides in vintage jeeps. Phan Thiet is an ideal place in Binh Thuan province. Visitors may visit the historical 19th–century DucThanh School and enjoy spectacular Cape Ne (Mũi Né) sand dunes, where sand, sea, sky and sun meet. They can spend their days lazing on the endless white sands, frolicking about in azure waters, playing water sports, golfing and enjoying delicious Vietnamese food. Just north of Phan Thiet town, Mũi Né is a tourist popular place. While there is no snorkeling or scuba diving, Mũi Né gets the surf. Kite surfing a common sight every day here. Most resorts offer on site Spa services, resorts next to resorts. A peculiar site of Mũi Né is famous sand dunes. About 10km away  from the main resort strip, these dunes offer nice views of the coast and becoming a favourite sites for photographers. Head north another 5km to Hon Rom, locating a deserted beach. It is an off beaten track  but worth to visit.  KeGa is one of the best hidden destination along the coast, about 45km south of  Phan Thiet. Just past the beach, Ke Ga blossoms into sweeping rice paddies. Phan Thiet Airport will receive its first passenger in late 2017.


    Ho Chi Minh City ( HCMC)

    Located on the banks of the Saigon River, Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) is Vietnam’s most dynamic city & country leading economic engine. The city keeps booming with new hotels and businesses. Yet “The Pearl of the Orient” status still retains its charm with shaded boulevards, pavement cafes and French-European-styled buildings. Popular tourist attractions are City Hall, Notre Dame cathedral, Opera House, Central Post Office,  Re Reunification Palace, Ben Thanh market, city museum & pagodas, temple systems…
    The 215-kilometer Cu Chi underground tunnel system was built in 1940s and features numerous underground shelters, sleeping quarters, meeting rooms, hospitals and social centers. It’s a must-see site for a visit to Ho Chi Minh City.Can Gio Biosphere Reserve is a wetland located 40 km southeast of Ho Chi Minh City. This reserve has been listed the biosphere reserve by UNESCO. The site is an important wildlife  sanctuary  in Vietnam  as it is characterized by a wetland biosystem dominated by mangroves and many rare species.

    Tay Ninh

    The southeastern province of Tay Ninh is blessed with beautiful landscapes including Ba Den mountain and the 18,000 ha Lo Go Xa mat national park where is home to diverse species of fauna and flora. Visitors to the park can meet Khmer ethnic minority people and discover their traditional culture, festivals and cuisine. It is truly a resplendent nature reserve offering wildlife safari adventures.

    The Ba Den mountain festival is famous throughout the country. The Nui Ba Den festival, held annually from the 15th to the 18th of the first lunar month, is one of the most exciting festivals in southern Vietnam.

    The famous CaoDai Tay Ninh Church, which was built in 1426 remains today as an attracting tourist spot. Covering 1 square kilometers, the Church is a complex of religious architecture blending Oriental and Western cultures. These advantages are helping Tay Ninh its cultural and ecological tourism development. Tay Ninh province borders Cambodia on the southwest, through which runs the trans Southeast Asia road linking HCM City of Vietnam and Phnompenh capital city of Cambodia.

    The Mekong Delta

    This huge river delta is covered with rice fields and winding tributaries of the Mekong River of which the estimated length is 4,023km. From the high plateau of Tibet, the Mekong River flows through China, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia before reaching Vietnam where it discharges into the East Sea. The part flowing through Vietnam is known as Cuu Long Giang (nine dragons river), divided into two major branches, the Tien Giang (the Front River) and the Hau Giang (the Back River). The Mekong Delta is home to a bustling rural culture with its lush vegetation, islet farms and floating markets. It is considered the rice bowl of the nation. Though each individual town is difficult to be singled out, My Tho (75km from HCMC), Vinh Long (136km from HCMC), Ben Tre (85km from HCMC), Dong Thap (162km from HCMC), Can Tho (170km from HCMC), Chau Doc (285km from HCMC), Ha Tien (390km from HCMC and 110km from Chau Doc), Soc Trang, Tra Vinh, Ca Mau, Bac Lieu, etc. are all especially worth paying visit to.


    Vinh Long
    Vinh Long (136 km of Saigon) is situated in the center of the regions of the delta, between two arms of the Mekong. We can pass by walking and by boat through the small canals and the orchards which lead to the floating market of Cai Be. Vinh Long, earth made rich by alluviums, is the country of mandarins and oranges. The main interest of Vinh Long is the magnificent roll by boat in arroyos (canals dug by the men). It is a pleasant stage on the road of Can Tho. Near Vinh Long, there is Sa Dec, in the province of Dông Thap. Famous for its horticulture (here grow any sorts of exotic flowers), Sa Dec had a nickname as, in the colonial period “The garden of Cochin China ".
    It is in this unrecognized village on the Mekong delta where Marguerite Duras lived until her adolescence. Her mother, primary school teacher, steered the school of the girls there. In this city of 30 000 inhabitants, authentic and without tourists we can become soaked with the atmosphere of a delta town where still remain some colonial houses and" the house of the Chinese" (of his novel The Lover, so adapted to the screen).

    Cân Tho
    Cân Tho (34 km of Vinh Long, 51 km of Sa Dec et 168 km of Saigon), is the Mekong delta heart. Spread out at the edge of one of nine big arms of the river, the city lives essentially of the river activities and rice growing. 
    Passionate and pleasant place, it is a good departure point to visit the Mekong delta. A very beautiful market take up a big part of the principal street, next to the Mekong, and a ride on boat allows people to admire landscapes, rice fields and orchards. Around Can tho, Soc Trang deserve a stop to see the Khmer Chua Doi Pagoda, well known under the “bat pagoda” name. 


    Ben Tre

    Ben Tre shares borders with Tien Giang, Tra Vinh and Vinh Long. It has one township also called Ben Tre and 7 other small districts, including Ba Tri, Binh Dai, Chau Thanh, Cho Lach, Giong Trom, Mo Cay and Thanh Phu. The province also accounts for the greatest part of Khmer ethnic population of the region. Ben Tre is known as the land of coconut and also the cradle of “Dong Khoi” (“simultaneous insurgency”). Recording some of the fiercest stages of the American-Vietnam War, Ben Tre is heard by most students of the two countries’ history.The sleepy and laid back Ben Tre is usually bypassed by most visitors coming to the delta. Considering its unparalleled beauty and historical significance, however, this picturesque area is definitely well worth a visit.

    My Tho
    My Tho (72 km of Saigon), which means “The good perfumed herb”, is the closest city of Ho Chi Minh and the capital of the province of Tiên-Giang. It is situated on the bank of the north arm of the Mekong.
    The most beautiful way to arrive at My Tho is to follow the Mekong from its mouth. The countryside constitutes one of the most luxuriant gardens of Vietnam with tropical’s trees such as coconut palms, banana trees, mangoes.
    The city is the best city of departure to leave by boat on the Mekong to discover the nearby islands. Cai-Bè, upstream to My Tho, is also the point of departure of several strolls by boat. It is necessary to leave early in the morning to see the floating market, and then promenade on the arms of the Mekong to arrive at Vinh Long.

    An Giang - Chau Doc
    An Giang is located in the upper reaches, west of Mekong Delta where Mekong River splits into two branches like in Cambodia (the Tien Giang and the Hau Giang). It shares borders with Dong Thap to the east, Can Tho to the southeast and Kien Giang to the southwest. 
    A large part of the province is made of low mountains and midlands criss-crossed by miles of small canals. The capital of An Giang is Long Xuyen, but the largest and most famous city is Chau Doc thanks to its 100km northwest border with Cambodia. Border crossing by river is also becoming more and more popular and easier than ever.

    Phu Quoc island

    Phu Quoc Island lies in the Gulf of Thailand, some 45km from Ha Tien and 15km south of the coast of Cambodia. It can be reached by ferry, boat or plane. The Island is endowed with lush tropical forest and mountain zones; this emerald island is perfect for beach vacationers with its unspoiled beaches. There are many activities offering to island lovers including swimming, snorkeling, fishing, hiking…

    • North Phu Quoc: all tours to do the northern loop visiting a pepper garden, driving through the National Park area, visiting the village of Ganh Dau with the nearby view of Cambodia, dropping in to see Cau Temple ( Dinh Cậu) . Some tours may also the local winery.
    • South Phu Quoc: There's a variety of southern island tours, though they tend to visit the Pearl Farm, Coconut Prison, An Thoi and the market, Sao Beach, Ham Ninh Village and then a mixture of the following including a pepper garden, a fish sauce factory, Cau Temple and the Phu Quoc Dog Breeding farm. Some full days tours also visit Sao Beach & Ham Ninh Village.
    • An Thoi Islands: There's a number of tours on offer that visit the islands in the archipelago along with either fishing and snorkeling. Some tours may also include a visit to Sao beach.
    • National Park: trip to the national park offering different trekking options, some with easy walking tracks, other tours offer more challenging trekking.

     TIP: the island is famous for sim wine, squid, fish source, pearl farms & a great diving site.

    Con Dao island

    An archipelago of islands situated in the South of East Sea. The main island, Con Son, is home to a coastline of steep, rocky hills and long sweeping coves, boasting some excellent spots for swimming and snorkelling. Con Son is largely mountainous and covered in forest with ample opportunities for jungle hiking. If you’re looking for adventure, you’ve come to the right place. Most of the archipelago is now a National Park with some good beaches, clear water, lush tropical forest and coconut groves. The national park is characterised by a diverse ecosystem: many species of coral and sea turtles are found here. Focusing on the preservation of natural wonders, the park management works with the WWF to develop sustainable usage for locals and tourists alike. Con Dao is located at a point where cool and warm ocean currents converge and create a localised climate. This weather pattern allows swimming, snorkeling and  diving all year round and Con Dao has arguably the best underwater seascapes to explore in Vietnam.

    Vung Tau

    Some 130km from HCMC along the southern coast, this place is popular site for both local and international travelers alike. As expected, seafood here is top class and centered on fish, crab and lobster.  Long Hai beach is some 40km from Vung Tau, is easily accessed by taking the hydrofoil to Vung Tau from HCMC then a car ride onwards. Situated on and around a small mountain range that overlooks the ocean, Long Hai enjoys the slow paced lifestyle of a small Vietnamese fishing village except busy weekend occupied by city people. The Long Tan Cross (LTC), located in Ba Ria-Vung Tau (BRVT) Province approximately 110 km east of Ho Chi Minh City, marks the site of the Battle of Long Tan. This Battle, which took place on 18 August 1966, was Australia's single most costly engagement of the Vietnam War, with the loss of 18 Australian soldiers. 



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