10 Ancient Mysteries of Vietnam That You Need to Discover

Say Hello to Vietnam! A place of mystery and enchantment! Here you can find ancient towns, ancient museums and experience the Hmong culture – not to mention the landscape is out of this world. We hope you enjoy!

1. Explore Hoi An, Ancient Town

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Day and night, Hoi An Ancient Town has lots to show you! During the day you can find a ton of cafes and small shops while admiring the architecture as you walk down the strip, but we suggest you stay until after sunset because the true spectacle is at night. The whole town comes alive. Beautiful lanterns line the streets with light sculptures on the river!

2. Cruise Halong Bay

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Greeted with the most serene and calmest waters on the planet – Halong Bay is true world wonder! We recommend taking a cruise tour through the Karst mountains so you can see this place in all its glory! Grab a beer, sit back and relax – and enjoy this beautiful place.

3. Pay your Respects at The War Remnants Museum

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An intense learning experience for sure with a ton of graphic images, narrations, and remnants from the war (including Agent Orange) – this place is action packed. A interesting museum dedicated to the disaster of the Vietnam war.

4. Visit the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

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 This museum will give you a complete understanding of the Hmong tribe as well as other ethnic groups of Vietnam! This museum is a the only place where you can learn about the history and the different cultures throughout Vietnam. The gardens, houses, costumes and tools used by the different minority groups are truly fascinating.

5. Explore Phong Nha Caves

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We highly recommend getting here first hing in the morning because nothing can replace the tranquility and the quietness of this place in the early hours. The approach by boat is already an enchantment with the view on the karstic mountains. When you get inside you will be amazed by the combination of underground river and rock cliffs formations! The boat roof top is removed so all passengers can fully enjoy the marvels of the cave.

6. Visit Muong Hoa Valley

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You will have a fantastic day admiring the views of Muong Hoa Valley! This place is also a great opportunity for photo fanatics to take some great pictures. There are also some lovely local villages here that you can visit.

7. Kayak the Trang An Grottoes

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Trang An has an amazing landscape with cool clean rivers, many beautiful caves, and wild forests. Take the kayaking tour where you can pass through countless caves and row through these isolated little lakes where each one is surrounded by huge rocks and mountains on either side! Yes please!

8. Have a Spiritual Experience at the Po Nagar Cham Towers

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These ancient towers are so well preserved and open to the public but with rules of course! No shorts, sleeveless tops, shoes or camera’s and there is a free robe to cover yourself in case you are not properly dressed! The towers were built between the 8th and 12th centuries and named after a local goddess that offer some great views of the harbor below.

9. Explore the Marble Mountains

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Marble Mountains (Ngũ Hành Sơn) consists of five ‘mountains’ that are named after the five elements: Kim (metal), Thuy (water), Moc (wood), Hoa (fire) and Tho (earth). It’s a religious and cultural site that gives you a peaceful sense. If you are courageous enough, climb up to the mountain top from the “Van Thong Cave.” This Cave is used to be under the sea so if you are careful enough, you might be able to see some weathered oyster shells on the stone.

10. Relax on An Bang Beach

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Ahh, finally a beach! This beautiful beach sports some stunning clear waters  with lots of nice little bars along the waterfront. A great spot to relax, grab some food, and of course a pina colada!

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