Vietnam

Vietnam (2014)

Vietnam (2014)

Vietnam, officially called the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, is the twenty-third country I visited. I did not know what to expect other than rice paddy fields and farmers in nón lá (conical hats), but there was so much history and beauty that this country had to offer. Enjoy our memories and moments as you visit the individual cities below.


Hoa Lư

Dates visited: December 29, 2014 Hoa Lư, 62 miles south of Hà Nội, used to be the capital of Vietnam in the 10th and 11th centuries. It’s location was considered impregnable due to the towering limestone mountains around it. We visited this city as a part of a day tour combining …

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Tam Cốc

Dates visited: December 29, 2014 Tam Cốc, 62 miles south of Hà Nội, is one of the most picturesque location in Vietnam because of the karst topography. Basically, the landscape here is formed due to the dissolution of limestone giving rise to caves, towering mountains and sharp valleys. We visited this …

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Hà Nội

Dates visited: December 27, 2014 – December 30, 2014 For me, Hà Nội was synonymous with Hồ Chí Minh and the Vietnam War, but after visiting this city, I learned a lot about Hà Nội’s 1000 plus years of history. We stayed in the Old Quarter that has still preserved the …

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Huế

Dates visited: December 26, 2014 – December 27, 2014 Huế, 63 miles northwest of Đà Nẵng, was established as the capital of Vietnam in 1802 by the Nguyễn dynasty, and held this position until 1945. We drove from Đà Nẵng to Huế via the scenic but dangerous Hải Vân Pass—a 13 …

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Hội An

Dates visited: December 25, 2014 Hội An, 17 miles southeast of Đà Nẵng, makes for a nice day trip though some people prefer to spend a couple of days here. We visited Hội An for its Ancient Town, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, because it is a well-preserved example …

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Đà Nẵng

Dates visited: December 24, 2014 – December 26, 2014 Đà Nẵng was my first city in Vietnam, and would be the base camp for making trips to Hội An and Huế. It is the biggest city on the South Central Coast of Vietnam. I did not really explore Đà Nẵng, but …

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