Vietnam is the crown jewel in southeast Asia. With climatic variation between north and south, there is a wealth of opportunities for exploration. Hanoi, the capital, blends history with modernity. Ho Chi Minh City has a frenetic feeling and wonderful dynamism. Elegant French colonial-era buildings sit alongside modern high rises. Nha Trang’s beaches are a great draw, while Mui Ne is a popular southern getaway. Hoi An is simply fabulous, not to mention also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Vietnam’s long coastline and warm Pacific waters make it a splendid travel destination.
Nha Trang Beach consists of 6 km of sandy beach, coconut trees, clear blue waters and a row of high-end hotels and cafes just across the road from the beach. Most are right within walking distance of the beach. There are plenty of places to rent sun loungers, swim or play volleyball on the beach. Locals come by in the early morning to work out and run, and it is also a popular place to for evening strolls as the sunlight wanes.
The Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica is one of the landmark buildings of Ho Chi Minh City. Located in the heart of the city, it was built in the late 19th century. Featuring typical Gothic architecture, the front has two bell towers measuring 40 meters, which are modeled after the design of Paris's Notre Dame Cathedral. On the garden square in front of the church, there stands a 4-ton Virgin Mary statue which was given as a gift from the Church in Rome in 1945. If, by chance, you happen to visit while Mass is going on, you can quietly enter the church to feel the pious religious atmosphere.
Located 40 kilometers west of Da Nang, Ba Na Hills is now an integrated entertainment site with premium hotels, aerial cableways and theme parks. Ba Na Hills cableway is very distinctive, overlooking the primeval forest from a high altitude, as if you have been transported to a fairyland. Atop the mountain, visitors will find the Linh Ung Bai But Temple. Within the temple, there is a huge alabaster Goddess of Mercy who guards and protects the entirety of the Ba Na Hills.
The Central Post Office in Ho Chi Minh City is a French colonial post office built in the 19th century. The exterior of the Post Office resembles an elaborate train station. Wherever you look, everything is intricately designed and decorated. The dates of the Post Office's construction (1886-1891) are inscribed beneath the large clock over the main entrance. Walk into the Post Office and you'll find a spacious lobby with a classically arching ceiling, round windows, hanging chandeliers, and stunningly gorgeous wall lamps, among other decorative features. Beneath the old map on the wall, there are classic phone booths from which you can make international calls. While visiting the Central Post Office, consider mailing a postcard home.