Cu Chi Tunnels
A vast network of underground tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City, this subterranean labyrinth was used by the Viet Cong as a supply line, sanctuary and place of hiding during the Vietnam War. The tunnels played an instrumental part in the brutal Tet Offensive, revealing a difficult but significant time in the nation’s history.
Hoàn Kiếm Lake
Legend hangs over the "Lake of the Returned Sword." Located in Hanoi's central historic district, the peaceful lake is the setting for the parable of the Golden Turtle God. Today, a small island in the middle of the lake prominently displays a beautiful stone monument to commemorate the great legend. Just a short walk from the exquisite Hanoi Opera House, the lake offers a picturesque urban setting in which to enjoy the outdoors.
Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay in the north of the country is one of the most popular tourist sites in Vietnam, and for good reason. Jutting obtrusively out of the emerald green waters, the tall, blunt limestone cliffs that punctuate this beautiful bay are a sight to behold. The entire area is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its rich bio-diversity and incredible natural wonders.
Vietnamese New Year, also known as Tet Nguyen Dan, is celebrated during the Lunar New Year and is always a major spectacle and tourist attraction. The event is very much a family affair where loved ones return home to celebrate together and take part in traditional customs. The Giao Thua (New Year’s Eve) celebrations are also worth participating in. This is when the festivities reach their peak with pounding drums, firecrackers, colourful lights, dragon boat races and delicious feasts.