Historical Sites to Visit on a Trip to Vietnam

Historical Sites to Visit on a Trip to Vietnam

Historical Sites to Visit on a Trip to Vietnam – Beyond the stunning beaches and delicious food, Vietnam boasts a rich and fascinating history, evident in its many historical sites.

Ha Long Bay, Hanoi and Ho Chih Minh City are naturally top of the wish list for any visitor. But if you’re looking for a tour of Vietnam with some out-of-the-ordinary experiences, here’s a whistle-stop tour of some must-sees for any history buff.

Huế Imperial City

Hue, Vietnam’s former imperial capital, is a treasure trove of historical significance. The crown jewel is the Huế Imperial City, or “Forbidden Purple City” as it was once called. Built in the early 19th century, this UNESCO World Heritage Site was the seat of the Nguyễn Dynasty, Vietnam’s last royal family. Explore the Forbidden Purple City itself, with its imposing walls, grand palaces, and serene courtyards. Don’t miss the impressive Thái Hòa Palace, where the emperor held court, and the intricate royal tombs scattered around the complex.

Top Tip: Hue is known for its unique cyclo (pedicabs). Take a leisurely ride around the city for a truly historical experience.

Hoi An

Hoi An, a charming port town in central Vietnam, offers a glimpse into the country’s trading history. With its narrow streets lined with 17th and 18th century merchant houses, Hoi An feels like a time capsule. Explore the Japanese Covered Bridge, a beautiful example of 16th-century architecture, and wander through the vibrant night market, where you can find everything from local crafts to delicious street food. Hoi An’s unique blend of Vietnamese, Chinese, and Japanese influences makes it a fascinating place to delve into Vietnam’s past.

Did you know? Hoi An was recently named one of the world’s best cities.

Cu Chi Tunnels

For a stark reminder of the Vietnam War, a trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels is a must. Located just outside Ho Chi Minh City, these underground tunnels were a vital part of the Viet Cong’s guerilla warfare strategy. Crawl through some of the tunnels yourself (be warned, they are narrow and humid!), and learn about the ingenuity and resilience of the Vietnamese fighters. The Cu Chi Tunnels offer a powerful and sobering experience.

Thang Long Citadel

Hanoi, Vietnam’s bustling capital, is home to the Thang Long Citadel, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. This ancient citadel, whose construction began in the 7th century, served as the centre of Vietnamese power for centuries. Today, visitors can explore the archaeological remains of the citadel, including the foundations of palaces, temples, and military structures. The on-site museum provides fascinating insights into the citadel’s long and turbulent history.

This is just a taste of the many historical sites Vietnam has to offer. With each location, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the country’s complex past and the remarkable people who shaped it. So, pack your walking shoes, your sense of adventure, and get ready to be transported back in time on your Vietnamese holiday.

Poppy Watt

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