Exploring Vietnam’s Popular Tourist Spots

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Vietnam isn’t only famous for its rich history, but for the wonderful tourist attractions. Tourism is a key component of the Vietnamese economy; the country became a major destination in the 1990’s and receives five to seven million tourists every year.

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Here are some of the most popular tourist spots in Vietnam:

Ha Long Bay

Vietnam holiday tours to Ha Long Bay give visitors a chance to see the beauty of a UNESCO heritage site. Ha Long Bay literally means “bay of descending dragons.” It features over 3,000 islands, enormous caves, gigantic rocks, and support floating villages of fishermen.

Thien Mu Pagoda

Featuring seven stories, the Thien Mu Pagoda is the tallest in Vietnam and the symbol of the country’s former imperial capital. The temple sits on the northern bank of the Perfume River and was built in 1601 during the rule of the Nguyễn Lords. Some tours to Vietnam include a visit to the pagoda.

Cu Chi Tunnels

The Cu Chi Tunnels feature an immense network of underground tunnels located in the Cu Chi district, about 40 kilometres northwest of Ho Chi Minh City. The tunnels were used as hiding spots and base of operations by Viet Cong guerrillas during the Vietnam War in 1968. Tourists are invited to crawl around the safer parts of the tunnel system.