After a very nice tour in the north of Vietnam, I am back in Bến Tre town to visit the new born child from my brother in law and of course the rest of the family.
Hạ Long Bay (literally means: descending dragon bay) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the bay belongs to Hạ Long City in the Quảng Ninh Province. Hạ Long Bay has an area of around 1,553 km2, including 1,960–2,000 islets, most of which are limestone. The limestone in this bay has gone through 500 million years of formation in different conditions and environments.
Thiên Cung Cave which means Heavenly Cave can only be reached by boat. The cave looks very pretty like other caves in Vietnam.
Hà Nội is the capital of Vietnam and the country’s second largest city. The city lies on the right bank of the Red River. Hanoi is 1,760 km (1,090 mi) north of Ho Chi Minh City and 120 km (75 mi) west of Hai Phong city.
The Temple of Literature (Văn Miếu – Quốc Tử Giám) is a Temple of Confucius in Hanoi, this temple hosts the “Imperial Academy” and was the first national university. The temple was built in 1070 at the time of Emperor Lý Thánh Tông. The temple is featured on the back of the 100,000 Vietnamese đồng banknote.
Hanoi also holds the mausoleum of Hồ Chí Minh. Most impressive.
Bắc Hà is is famous for its Sunday morning market, where thousands of locals gathered, the women dressed in their very intricate handmade costumes (it takes three to five months to embroider one by hand) and where they sell al kinds of animals.
The outlandish Vua Mèo, built in 1921 by the French to keep the Flower Hmông chief Hoàng A Tưởng happily ensconced in style, is a bizarre palace constructed in a kind of ‘oriental baroque’ style on the northern edge of Bắc Hà.
Lào Cai is a city in the Northwest region of Vietnam. It is the capital of Lào Cai Province. The city borders the city of Hekou Yao Autonomous County, in the Yunnan province of south-west China. It lies at the junction of the Red River (Sông Hồng) and the Nanxi River (Yunnan). The town was invaded by the Chinese in 1979 and the border was closed and not reopened until 1993.
Phan Xi Păng (Fansipan) is the highest mountain in Vietnam, at 3,143 metres (10,312 ft). You can take the cable car, you will be way up in the clouds with that cable car, and then walk a long way to reach for the highest peak of the mountain (I have been there and i have the picture as evidence).
The Cat Cat village was formed in 19th century by the gathering of some families belonging to some ethnic groups living in mountainous areas of northern Vietnam, especially Black H’Mong. They lived next to each other along the mountain side and cultivated surrounding their home. Rice and corn were grown in terraced fields, which leaves us with beautiful views to watch.
Hội An is located on the coast of the South China Sea in the South Central Coast region of Vietnam. The city possessed the largest harbour in Southeast Asia in the 1st century.
The former harbour town was an important Vietnamese trading centre in the 16th and 17th centuries, where Chinese from various provinces as well as Japanese, Dutch and Indians settled.
The town still looks very beautiful and ancient.