Vietnam may not seem as appealing as you dream of you ideal holiday destination would be, but as your explore the beguiling beauty and hidden charm of this place, you will find out there are so many hidden and unexplored places beyond your imagination. Vietnam is a place adorned with dramatic history, plethora of fascinating landscape, mouth-watering pungent food and delicacies that will give you a sense of pulsating energy to electrify all your senses from all angles.
When it comes to discovering something out-of-box and unique, Vietnam is certainly a place that turns out to be a gem in grabbing every traveller’s attention and mesmerize them with its enthralling beauty. Not only the mesmerizing weekend gateways of Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi, but also there are other many exquisitely interesting places which offers picturesque intense beauty giving every living soul a reason to fall for this place even more.
In this blogpost, we have jotted down some of these fascinating places to explore the secrets hidden underneath the veil of unblemished beauty. After finding these camouflaged places, certainly you will pack your bags immediately and explore the enthralling charm of this sought after country. There are endless list of unexplored destinations but these 7 will make you fall head over heels in love with Vietnam.
Hang Son Doong
Recently discovered in 1991, Hang Son Doong, literally means mountain river caves is the largest with its own small forest inside. This cave is so large that even a modern day skyscraper can be fit inside it. Nested in the Vietnam-Laos border, this cave is so massive in nature that for long locals were afraid to explore this cave because of the scary sound of the underground river flow and huge vertical drop.
Larger than the former largest cave of Vietnam, Phong Nha, Hang Son Doong offered public visit in late 2013 to explore this massive cave as well as camping inside the cave. One can also find large vegetation or a small forest owned by the cave which was formed underneath a collapsed roof in one of the caverns. Now the plants are so large and dense in nature that now hornbills, flying foxes, and monkeys can be seen dwelling in its branches.
Cu Chi Tunnel
If you are a claustrophobic, do not ever consider yourself going inside this tunnel. One of the worst nightmare for those who are afraid of confines places, this south-east Asian tunnel is an enormous underground network. Used in Vietnam War, this tunnel is almost 75 miles long in length. Built with keeping in mind different safety measures, this tunnel is incredibly dangerous and hot, damp and infested with variety of snakes.
Though at the end of the War, several sections were destroyed but the much system remained intact. Now this war Tunnel has become a major tourist attraction, inviting visitors to crawl through a short passage.
Fire-Breathing Dragon Bridge
Embedded with steel and designed like a Dragon, this Dragon Bridge is something that you must see. Like actual Dragon, this bridge also breaths fire through its mouth. Opened in March 29, 2013, this bridge 1,864-foot-long bridge is one of the top thing to see in Vietnam.
Illuminated with 2500 LED lights, a six lanes of traffic run beneath the mythical giant. Though watching this shooting fire might seem horrifying but it also can spray water from its mouth.
Bao tang Dong vat, Hanoi Zoological Museum
On the ground of the Hanoi University, The zoological Museum is a French-Colonial era collection of taxidermy and wet specimens. In a beautiful old building, a looming elephant skeleton welcomes visitors letting them know that they have reaches their destination. There are plethora number of specimens on the display starting from mammals, fish/amphibians to birds.
This old, crumbled, ramshackle collections are accustomed to bright modern displays. In the mammal room, one can certainly see ample number of animals like a parade of big cats, monkeys, bears, deer, rodents, a baby elephant, and others appear to be stampeding toward the door together.
Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum
Believed to the final resting place of Vietnam’s most famous and beloved historic political figure, Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum is unarguably the most respected place in Hanoi where tourists from all over the place come to pay homage to the popular figure. Now a days, people from all around the world come to this huge stately building to witness the cremated figure of the widely renowned, Lenin, being preserved and displayed after his death. This is one of the most paramount place to visit amongst the top touristy destination of Hanoi.
Mummified in a granite monolith, every visitor passing through this place dress respectfully while maintaining silence throughout this place. Photography is strictly prohibited inside this mausoleum and also a sense of huge respect and admiration prevails inside the mausoleum.
The White Sand Dunes of Vietnam
A desert complete with a lake full of lotus, the White Sand Dunes of Vietnam in south-east Asia is a beautiful expanse of dunes and sand. Associated with a wet, tropical environment, this beautiful desert is adorned with a small lagoon covered in lotus flowers. Located at a proximity from Ho Chi Minh City, there is also a small pine forest that makes the wind cool, even in the hot Asian desert.
Hang Sung Sot
In the “Cave of Surprises” lies one of the popular phallic rock formation, Hang Sung Sot discovered in 1901 by the French, is filled with unusual rock formations, highlighted by coloured lights. There is also a Buddha and a large tortoise and well-known massive phallus in the cave’s second chamber, which is lit by a pink spotlight. The penis-shaped rock is known as a fertility symbol to locals.