MIDDLE OF VIETNAM
PHONG NHA CAVE – A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE IN QUANG BINH PROVINCE
It is 7,729 metres long and contains 14 grottoes, as well as a 13,969 metre underground river. Phong Nha has been voted as one of the most wonderful caves in the world for a number of reasons: for its longest underground river, for its most beautiful underground lake. for its highest and widest entrance, for its most beautiful and widest dry cave, for its most beautiful sandbank and reef, as well as for its most spectacular stalactites, stalagmites and longest water grottos.
Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng is a national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Bố Trạch and Minh Hóa districts of central Quảng Bình Province in the North Central Coast region, about 500 km south of Hanoi. In 2005, scientists from the British Cave Research Association discovered a new cave and named it Paradise Cave (động Thiên Đường). The newly discovered cave was acclaimed by the British scientists as “the largest and the most beautiful cave in Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng area”.The Sơn Đoòng Cave, which was discovered in the 2009 survey by British and Vietnamese explorers, is considered the largest cave in the world. The annual temperature is 23 to 25 °C, with a maximum of 41 °C in the summer and a minimum of 6 °C in the winter. The hottest months in this region fall from June to August, with an average temperature of 28 °C, and the coldest months from December to February with an average temperature of 18 °C.
HUE – THE ANCIENT ROYAL CAPITAL OF VIETNAM
It was the seat of Nguyen Dynasty emperors and the national capital from 1802 to 1945. A major attraction is its vast, 19th-century citadel, surrounded by a moat and thick stone walls. It encompasses the Imperial City, with palaces and shrines; the Forbidden Purple City, once the emperor’s home; and a replica of the Royal Theater. The city is located in central Vietnam on the banks of the Perfume River, just a few miles inland from the East Sea. It is about 700 km (430 mi) south of Hanoi and about 1,100 km (680 mi) north of Hồ Chí Minh City.
It is one of the most striking differences is the prominence of vegetarianism in the city. Several all-vegetarian restaurants are scattered in various corners of the city to serve the locals who have a strong tradition of eating vegetarian twice a month, as part of their Buddhist beliefs. Another feature of Huế dishes that sets them apart from other regional cuisines in Vietnam is the relatively small serving size with refined presentation, a vestige of its royal cuisine. Hue cuisine has both luxurious and popular rustic dishes. All dishes are cooked with talent and the skills of the Hue people, creating the special flavor of Hue food. With such a rich history, Hue’s royal cuisine (foods served for the King) combines both taste and aesthetic. It consists of several distinctive dishes from small and delicate creations, originally made to please the appetites of Nguyen feudal lords, emperors and their hundreds of concubines and wives. Furthermore, another thing that set Hue cuisine apart is its traditional foods. These are so distinctive from those of other regions in the country that it is considered the best in Vietnam.
DA NANG – THE FOURTH LARGEST CITY IN VIETNAM
Đà Nẵng borders Thừa Thiên–Huế Province across the Hải Vân Pass to the north. Da Nang’s topography is dominated by the steep Annamite mountain range to the north and north-west, featuring peaks ranging from 700 to 1,500 metres (2,300 to 4,900 ft) in height, and low-lying coastal plains with some salting to the south and east, with several white sand beaches along the coast. Temperatures are typically high, with an annual average of 25.9 °C. Temperatures are highest between June and August with daily highs averaging 33 to 34 °C, and lowest between December and February (highs averaging 24 to 25 °C).
It has My Son ruins fuels much of its tourist activity. The Marble Mountains are rocky limestone outcrops jutting out of the beach just south of Da Nang. Paths lead to the top of the forested cliffs, affording spectacular views of Non Nuoc Beach and the East Sea. Ba Na Hills is a mountain resort with a 5 km-long cable car system which carries guests up to Ba Na’s peak at 1487m above sea level. Son Tra Mountain, just some miles away from downtown with some wild streams and resorts along the seaside.
QUI NHON – BINH DINH PROVINCE
The majority of Bình Định Province is covered by mountains or hills. Elevations range from 0 at the coast to around 1200 meters above sea level in An Lão District in the north-west of the province. Bình Định was probably one of the places where the Cham first arrived in what is now Vietnam. The eastern lowlands and Tây Sơn District are largely ethnically homogeneous. There are minorities of Ba Na people in the sparsely populated districts of An Lão, Vĩnh Thạnh and Vân Canh. Some H’re people live in An Lão and some Cham in Vân Canh. Qui Nhon has a beautiful and untouchable beach and not touristy. There are some interesting places to visit such as Ghenh Da Dia, Eo Gio, Cu Lao Xanh, Ky Co Beach, etc.
Phú Yên borders Bình Định Province to the north, Khánh Hòa Province to the south. Phú Yên is separated from these provinces by two passes: Cù Mông pass in the north and Cả pass in the south. Phú Yên has various picturesque landscapes, such as the Ô Loan Lagoon, Sông Cầu coconut ranges, Đá Bia and Nhạn mountains, Rô Bay, Xep Beach and Long Thủy beach. The vast majority of the population is ethnic Kinh. There are also minorities of Cham, E De, and Ba Na people. Significant minorities of Cham live in Đồng Xuân District and Sơn Hòa District and E De people in Sông Hinh District and Sơn Hòa District.
Đắk Lắk is based around the Đắk Lắk Plateau, around six hundred metres above sea level. About 60 km south of Buôn Ma Thuột is Lăk Lake. A part of the southwest slope of the Annamite Range, Dak Lak has a mostly mountainous topography (35% of its area are highlands and mountains). The first tourist attraction is Ban Don in Dak Lak, a village which has been put on the world tourism map for its tradition of hunting and taming elephant. Besides, Buon Ma Thuot is considered one of the “Capitals of Coffee” in the world. There are biggest Ede and H’Mong ethnic groups living in Daklak.
NHA TRANG CITY – KHANHHOA PROVINCE
It is a coastal city and capital of Khánh Hòa Province, on the South Central Coast of Vietnam. Nha Trang is well known for its beaches and scuba diving and has developed into a popular destination for international tourists, attracting large numbers of backpackers, as well as more affluent travelers on the south-east Asia circuit; it is already very popular with Vietnamese tourists, with Nha Trang Bay widely considered as among the world’s most beautiful bays. To the south of the city, by Cam Ranh Bay, several industrial parks are under construction and have been partly available for investors. Once the construction of the deep-water port on Van Phong Bay has been completed, this area will become the third important economic zone in the province.
DALAT – LAM DONG PROVINCE
It was originally the playground of the French who built villas in the clear mountain air to escape the heat and humidity of the coast. Dalat is a mid-sized city that looks like a cross between Vietnam and the French Alps. Outside of the city centre, it is surrounded by a series of pine-covered hills, lakes, and higher peaks, making for some lovely scenery quite different from the rest of Vietnam. The tempo of life in Dalat is very relaxed, traffic is not frenetic except for the central area, streets are spacious, and the local populace is friendly to foreigners. Dalat’s high altitude (1500-2000m) and fertile landscape make it one of Vietnam’s premier agricultural areas, producing varieties of fruits, vegetables, tea, coffee beans, and flowers that do not grow in the lowlands. There are many tourist attractions such as Suoi Vang Lake, Thien Vien Truc Lam Monastery, Lang Biang mountain, Valley of Love, Valley of Love, Prenn Falls, Pongour Falls, Elephant Falls, etc. Most popular activities include Canyoning, Mountain bike, White water rafting, Hiking, Rope course.
VINH HY BAY – NINH THUAN PROVINCE
Vinh Hy is located 42 km of North East of Ninh Thuan Province. Across the winding silk road along the beach are green fields with many sheep and salt shinny fields, the Bay appears like a watercolours painting. This is an ideal place for someone want to explore a romantic and wild scenery. Three sides of the Bay are surrounded by hills, mountains and weird shape limestones. There are beautiful coral ranges in the crystal clear sea water so tourists can enjoy the glass bottom boat tours or snorkelling in shallow sea areas. There are plenty of seafoods for you to enjoy with very reasonable prices. There are some attractions such as Nui Chua, Suoi Lo O and fishing villages are waiting for you to experience.
MUI NE – PHAN THIET – BINH THUAN PROVINCE
Phan Thiết is the capital of Bình Thuận province. Mui Ne actually translates to “Shelter Cape,” because for ages the local fishermen used the cape to shelter their boats from the wind.The town itself covers the west side of the cape, whereas many resorts are alongside Ganh Beach and Suoi Nuoc. A resort in Mui Ne ward is the right decision for people who want to be close to a local community, but keep their distance to the bustling tourist strip and rather prefer a quiet beach. There are some sand dune deserts with variety of sand colors and water streams between clay stones make Phan Thiet special to visit. Compared to Nha Trang, the density of resorts along the beaches of the city center in Phan Thiet is quite low, so when tourists leave their hotels, they step into the middle of the bustling daily life of a Vietnamese city. You can walk to many restaurants, museums or shopping malls to experience the local daily life.