Cuc Phuong National Park
The oldest Vietnamese national park with an area of 200 km² is the Cuc Phuong in the northeast of the country. It is part of the UNESCO World Natural Heritage and is a huge rainforest with ancient trees between sand-lime mountains. In addition to a great wealth of species, there is a diverse world of insects, especially in spring the millions of butterflies are particularly striking. Cuc Phuong National Park currently operates three conservation breeding programs for small carnivore species, monkey species and rare turtles. Hiking trails through the park lead to Muong villages where you can stay overnight.
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Vietnam has over 3000 km of coastline with countless beautiful beaches in partly developed and partly undeveloped areas. In the north lies Bai Chay Beach in Halong Bay, with its dreamlike scenery. The longest beach is China Beach between Da Nang and Hoi An. The most famous is Nha Trang Beach along the coastal town of the same name. It offers crystal clear water with a great view of the nearby mountains. The ideal beach for surfing is Mui Ne with its palm-fringed shore and sand dunes that give it a bit of a desert vibe.
The mountain landscape with the town of Sapa and the surrounding mountain villages is located in the north and borders on China. From the place, which is 1600 m high, one has a breathtaking view over endless rice terraces to the majestic scenery of Mount Fansipan. The Hoang-Lien National Park surrounds this area, which is home to many ethnic hill tribes, including the colorfully dressed Hmong. In the cool mountain regions of Sapa lies the highest pass in Vietnam, from which one has a great view of the place. Nearby, the Thac Bac waterfall plunges into the depths.
Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park
Countless animal and plant species can be seen in a huge area of 850 km² near the Laos border in central Vietnam. The Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park also hides a network of around 300 caves with underground rivers. The largest cave, So-Doong, was only discovered a few years ago. This area with its huge stalagmites and stalactites is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The So-Doong Cave of Paradise is 250m high and offers a view beyond imagination. A long piece is accessible and illuminated via a wooden footbridge. If you want to go further into the cave and passages, you can book a special tour that also includes the option of staying underground.
In south-central Vietnam, Da Lat is surrounded by magnificent lakes and waterfalls. At an altitude of 1500 m and with a mild climate, Da Lat is one of the most popular health resorts. One of the most beautiful golf courses in Vietnam was created here in the midst of villas with pretty gardens. Da Lat offers visitors sights such as the Emperor’s Summer Palace, a pagoda and Du Sinh Hill with a beautiful view of the town. A highlight is the so-called crazy house. A wonderhouse of intricate caverns and shapeless passages appears as if it has been melted in great heat and then solidified. It houses a guest house with an art gallery and café.
The fourth largest city in Vietnam, Da Nang is a popular resort town with beautiful beaches on a river delta. In Da Nang’s Cham Museum you can see interesting works of art from the time of this lost empire. A short journey by car is the Ngu Hanh Son Marble Mountains. At the summit, a pagoda awaits the visitor with a wonderful panoramic view. The artists’ village at the foot of the mountain is well worth seeing, as is the marble art of the local sculptor.
The capital Hanoi with its offshore port of Haiphong impresses with wide avenues and numerous architecturally interesting buildings with stucco work. Worth seeing are the Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Historical Museum. Steeped in history and history, the Citadel is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Hoan Kiem Lake with the turtle tower invites you to relax just like the small streets of the old town with their cafés. In addition to the One Pillar Pagoda, the Prison Museum and the Water Puppet Theater, Hanoi also offers an opera and cathedral to visit. Bathing under coconut trees can be enjoyed at Don Son Beach. The view of the Red River from Hanoi at sunset is particularly beautiful.