A country of scenic wonder
Foreign tourists in Viet Nam often
praise the country's beautiful scenery. A number of places have been utilised
for tourism; some still remain unexploited. There is no way to list all the
sites that leave unforgettable feelings in the hearts of tourists.
Ha Long Bay is a well-known beauty spot. It is in the North of the country in
Quang Ninh province, 151 km east of Ha Noi.
Ha Long Bay has numerous islands and rock formations of different heights which
are arranged in a zigzag pattern, like the figure of a dragon splashing in the
water. This is a hidden bay in a large sea area of about 1,500 sq. km with a
rugged coastline and thousands of islands (mostly limestone) naturally grouped.
Many islands are named after the figures that they resemble such as Frog,
Elephant, Fighting Cock, Turtle, and so on, that may enrich the imagination of
tourists. Ha Long Bay is also situated in the limestone region, so there are
many wonderful caves, such as Dau Go, Bo Nau, Trong, Trinh Nu, Sung Sot caves.
All are associated with fascinating legends.
In Ha Long Bay to the east of Hai Phong is Cat Ba Island, a beauty spot in Cat
Hai district. In a survey for the programme of tourism cooperation and research
between the World Tourist Organisation and the Viet Nam General Department for
Tourism, Mr. Molinari Massimo, an Italian architect, remarked: "Cat Ba is the
most wonderful among hundreds of islands in the world I have ever known."
The surroundings of Ha Noi also have many beauty spots good for weekends, such
as the Ba Vi-Suoi Hai area in Ba Vi district, about 60 km west of Ha Noi, the
Tam Coc-Bich Dong-Hoa Lu site, and Cuc Phuong National Park of Ninh Binh
province, about 100 km south of Ha Noi.
In the central region, nature has created a grandiose beauty spot which is
well-known not only in this country, but also in the world. That is the
resplendent Phong Nha Cave situated in the Ke Bang limestone mountains region,
about 60 km from Dong Hoi town (Quang Binh province).
Phong Nha Cave, which is 7,729m long, together with a range of other caves in
the Ke Bang mountains region, has formed a natural wonder to deserve the title "Phong
Nha - the First Cave".
Once inside the cave, tourists will have a feeling of participating in an
authentic underground exploration.
On National Highway No. 1 to the south of Viet Nam, tourists have the chance to
admire the grandiose beauty of nature from the top of Hai Van Pass (20 km long
and about 496m above sea level), which is called "The most grandiose beauty spot
under the Heavens".
Crossing through Hai Van Pass, tourists will encounter a beautiful coastline (20
km long) like a lace decorating the eastside of Da Nang city. This beautiful
coast line begins at Son Tra peninsula and runs to Non Nuoc beach of Ngu Hanh
Son (10 km to the southeast of Da Nang city).
Thirty-five km off Da Nang city lies Cham island, a natural reserve with a total
area of 1,535 hectare. Salagane's pest is a speciality of this region. In
addition, there are many sandy beaches, coral, and abundant fauna and flora that
have made the island more interesting.
In the Central Highlands, Da Lat city on a 1,500 m height, 300 km from Ho Chi
Minh City, has long been a venue of tourism and relaxation.
Da Lat has a wonderful natural landscape with many waterfalls such as Cam Ly and
Angkroet in Dall Kia, a set of 4 small falls lying just outside of the city,
alongside National Highway 20 from Di Linh to Lam Vien. The most beautiful in
the set is 13m-high Prenn waterfall, near the highway.
Da Lat is also land of lakes and pine woods. There are several well-known lakes
such as Xuan Huong, Than Tho, Da Thien and Van Kiep. Da Lat is poetically
romantic as the pines in Ai An woods and Love Valley gently rustles.
Back to the coastal area, Vung Tau is another popular resort, over 120 km from
Ho Chi Minh City. Mountains, rivers, the sea and the sky have created a unique
beauty for Vung Tau.
Con Dao, about 90 km to the southeast of Vung Tau, is a group of 14 large and
small islands with an area of 76.7 sq. km, Con Son Island with Con Dao cave is
the largest. The island has a dense forest with various kinds of animals.
Exploring the sea near the islands reveal many unique and wonderful sea species
such as turtle, tortoise, and shells. On land, tourists are offered different
types of enjoyment such as cruising, mountain climbing and hunting. They can
also enjoy the many historical sites like prison cells, tiger cages and pictur
In the southwestern sea, tourists usually visit Phu Quoc island, Viet Nam's
largest island with a total area of 565 sq. km, promising a popular resort in