|Halong Bay caves systems|
With 125 beaches, of which almost of all are beautiful beaches and convenient for tourism but not every country can have. Traveling from north to south, many famous beaches will be found such as Tra Co, Ha Long, Do Son, Cat Ba, Sam Son, Cua Lo, Thien Cam, Lang Co, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Ca Na, Mui Ne, Vung Tau, Ha Tien, Phu Quoc…
Especially, Ha Long Bay, a creation of Mother Nature which is recognized as the World Natural Heritage Site by the UNESCO twice in 1994 and 2000 for its natural beauty and geological value and now provisionally listed among the new seven natural wonders of the world. In addition, three bays including Ha Long, Nha Trang, Lang Co are members of the Club of the most beautiful bays of the world.
|Dancing of Thai Ethnic Minority Group|
Moreover, many beaches and islands are voted by worldwide prestigious news agencies, magazines, guidebooks with impressive titles such as Da Nang Beach voted by Forbes magazine (USA) as one of six most beautiful beaches on the planet in 2005; Bai Dai (Dai Beach) in Phu Quoc voted to be among the world’s five best hidden beaches by the ABC News in 2008; Con Dao selected as one of the most impressive destinations in Southeast Asia in 2010 by the New York Times magazine. Specifically, in 2011 Con Dao listed in the top 20 most mysterious islands in the world of Travel and Leisure magazine (USA) and was voted as one of 10 best and mysterious islands in the world to enjoy a romantic holiday by Lonely Planet travel guide (UK). The sea reservations in Phu Quoc and Con Dao are home of dugong, one of the extremely rare species in the world. Beach lovers can enjoy exciting activities and water sports at almost of all beaches.
|Phu Quoc – pearl island of Kien Giang province|
With a large space of coastal lines of thousands islands nearing the mainland and archipelagos of Hoang Sa (Paracel Islands) and Truong Sa (Spratly Islands), sea and island tourism with specific products, has played an important role in the Viet Nam’s tourism development strategy.
|Sapa terraced rice fields|
Especially, Sa Pa Town was voted one of the world’s top ten places for walking by popular Lonely Planet guidebook. The road will take you to integrate into local life among terraced rice fields and villages nearby. Moreover, the Sa Pa beautiful terraced rice fields along mountain sides, winding along the roads have been announced as one of seven most beautiful and spectacular terraced rice fields in Asia and the world by Travel and Leisure magazine (the United States). Da Lat is an ideal tourist area, famous for pine forests, waterfalls and many kinds of beautiful flowers. Coming to Da Lat, tourists are diverted by the strong and tender melodies of the T’rung and Gongs, two typical musical instruments of the highlanders commonly played at evening parties.
|Most beauty terraced rice field in Mu Cang Chai of Yen Bai provice|
Besides, Viet Nam has 30 national parks and many nature reserves which are great collections of precious plant and animal species of the tropical zone. Especially, Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park with its vivid evidences of the Earth’s formation, geological, topographic and geomorphologic history, mysterious landscapes and the bio-diversity of the national park as well as its unique historical and cultural values, has been declared a world natural heritage by UNESCO in 2003.Phong Nha-Ke Bang is home to the largest cave in the world and 300 different grottoes and caves. Phong Nha Cave has been regarded by British Cave Research Association as the top cave in the world due to its 4 top records: the longest underground river, the highest and longest cave, broadest and most beautiful fine sand beaches inside the caves, the most spectacular stalagmites and stalactites. Son Doong Cave has been recognized as the largest natural cave in the world.
|Hoan Kiem lake and Ngoc Son temple in Hanoi|
Up to December 2011, there are more than 3,000 relics and landscapes classified national heritage, 10 special national relics out of tens of thousands of historical – cultural sites and landscapes in Viet Nam. Besides the two above world natural heritage sites, UNESCO recognized five world cultural heritage sites: Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long – Ha Noi, Citadel of the Ho Dynasty, Complex of Hue Monuments, Hoi An Ancient Town and My Son Sanctuary; six in the world intangible heritage lists: Nha Nhac – Vietnamese Court Music, the Space of Gong Culture in Central Highland, Quan Ho Bac Ninh folk songs, Ca Tru singing, Xoan singing of Phu Tho Province and Giong Festival of Phu Dong and Soc Temples (Hanoi); two in the World Documentary Heritage list: Woodblocks of Nguyen Dynasty, Stone steles in Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam (Hanoi). Besides, Dong Van Karst Plateau is member of Global Geopark Network. In the future, a number of cultural and natural heritage sites will continue to be proposed for the UNESCO’s recognition.
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