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In comparison with those of the preceding emperors, Khai Dinh’s tomb is much smaller in surface (117m x 48.5m) but it is very elaborate. It is the result of the interminglement of many architectural trends: European and Asian, as well as ancient and modern.
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Commonly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is a city in southern Vietnam famous for the pivotal role it played in the Vietnam War. It’s also known for its French colonial architecture, including Notre-Dame Basilica, made entirely of materials imported from France, and the neoclassical Saigon Central Post Office.
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Halong Bay is 103 miles and three-to-four hours from Hanoi. Many visitors choose to spend either one or two nights cruising on a traditional junk, which not only allows more time for exploring, but also allows for the unforgettable spectacle of limestone islets piercing the mists as the sun rises over the bay.
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The West Lake is actually the largest in Hanoi hence the longest shore line where people of note can build their nests. It is also home to some of the most expensive 5 star hotels such as the Sheraton, the Intercontinental, the Somerset and the Fraser.
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Vietnam Military History Museum pits the relative simple armoury of Vietnam victory against the more sophisticated but ultimately failed weaponry deployed by the French and the Americans. The Museum is closed on Mondays and Fridays. You can combine your visit to the museum with Lenin Park just opposite.
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The Vietnam Fine Arts Museum is located at 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc, across the street from the Temple of Literature. It is open daily from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Travelers interested in purchasing antique reproductions can do so here, but be sure to request certifications, which will make exiting customs more manageable.
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The Vietnamese Women’s Museum is one of Hanoi’s most overlooked museums and is also one of its best. The museum was reopened in 2010 after a period of 4 years of renovations. The Museum is located within easy walking distance of Hoan Kiem Lake. It is closed on Mondays.
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Vietnam Cookery Center is located on Dong Khoi in central Ho Chi Minh City, a 12-minute walk from the riverfront. Classes happen every day, twice a day. The price for a morning class with the market visit is $39 per person. For morning classes without the market visit, or afternoon classes, the cost is $34 per person.
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The city of Hoi An was once considered a destination by Japanese traders who believed the heart of East Asia beat below the port town’s cobbled streets. Today, travelers can feel the pulse of Vietnam’s old and new meeting in this historic town. Ancient temples and classic architecture exist alongside modern storefronts, innovative cuisine and expert tailors. The historic town offers sites and activities to keep everyone content.
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Tu Duc’s tomb is not only one of the most beautiful works of the Nguyen dynasty, but it is also a romantic scenery of mounts and lakes. Visit after the rainy season, when the tomb’s foliage is in full bloom. Tomb of Tu Duc is accessible by bike from Hue. The ride along the Perfume River is flat and scenic. Open daily from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 pm.
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Only a few signs identify this tomb, so it can be difficult to find. Hop a motor taxi or participate in a local historical tour to avoid the hassle of finding Tomb of Minh Mang on your own. It’s best to visit in the early morning before crowds arrive. The tomb is also accessible by Dragon Boat on the Perfume River.
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Titop Island is located in Halong Bay, just northeast of Cat Ba Island. Named in honor of Russian astronaut German Titop during his 1962 visit to Halong Bay, Titop Island’s small size hasn’t hindered its tourist appeal, with the island featuring on many junk boat cruise itineraries.
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Thu Bon river is responsible in a big way for the traditional and historical heritage of the town of Hoi An. The now fishing town of Hoi An was a popular international trade destination and also a convenient stopover for many merchant ships bound to and from China and other countries.
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Thien Mu Pagoda has its roots in a local legend: an old woman once appeared on the hill and said that a Lord would come and build a Buddhist pagoda for the country’s prosperity. Hearing of this, Lord Nguyen Hoang ordered the construction of the pagoda of the “Heavenly Lady” (Thien Mu).