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The 10 top travel trends for 2022

The 10 top travel trends for 2022

Although going abroad will continue to be challenging for unvaccinated people, for fully-jabbed travelers, many parts of the planet will become more accessible in 2022. However, the stop-start nature of country openings will make planning difficult – who’d have thought France would close its borders to UK travelers for a few weeks in January 2022, for example? We are living in an unpredictable era that demands high levels of contingency planning and comprehensive travel insurance.That said, there is plenty to celebrate and so long as bookings are fully refundable and/or offer free date changes, consumers will be able to go ahead and get some trips in the diary.Finally, if making more responsible choices is important to you (as it should be) then picking a destination that relies heavily on tourism will mean your money will go towards rebuilding their economy – and giving locals desperately needed income. Here are 10 trends defining travel in 2022…1. Restriction-free destinationsWith booster programs well underway in many parts of the world, international travel is about to become much easier as countries relax their entry requirements. If all goes well, destinations such as Australia and New Zealand will soon reopen to tourists after two years of being almost completely closed off. China, Bhutan, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mongolia, and Taiwan could take longer to follow suit but in December 2021, Fiji finally reopened its borders to international travelers so there are indications that this is the direction things are moving in. Similarly, Vietnam began the process of allowing outsiders with the resumption of flights to the US at the end of last year.Nha Trang2. Long-haul rebootAlthough many industry experts believe it will take at least another two years for global aviation to return to pre-pandemic levels, long-haul flights are experiencing a revival. In line with the November 2021 restart of tourism for fully vaxxed travelers to the US, several airlines have been announcing new routes to US cities. These include Virgin Atlantic from London to Austin, Finnair from Helsinki to Seattle, British Airways from London to Portland (Oregon), and Lufthansa from Munich to San Diego. Likewise, Qantas flights from Sydney to London and LA began in November 2021.Vietnam Luxury Resort - Sapa3. Personal development retreatsThe last two years have been uniquely gloomy but as we emerge into the sunlight, for many people this will be the year they invest in self-improvement. As the Great Resignation indicates, millions of people all over the world have been quitting their jobs and seeking new career paths, in many cases launching their businesses and becoming more entrepreneurial. With this in mind it makes sense that all manner of personal development retreats is popping up around the globe – from Aerial BVI in the British Virgin Islands, which serves as an ‘incubator for positive transformation’, to the Heartbreak hotel in Norfolk, which helps women overcome love loss.Halong Bay4. Extreme expeditionsTaking on physical challenges will be top of the agenda for people bored of being confined to their homes, and travel companies are responding by launching a wide array of extreme expeditions overseas. For example, Black Tomato is offering quad biking safaris from the Okavango Delta in Botswana to the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans; Secret Compass is organizing abseiling adventures in Venezuela and treks through the Wakhan Corridor in Afghanistan. And Cookson Adventures is taking people deep-sea diving in the Cocos Islands, which has some of the highest aggregations of sharks to be found anywhere on the planet.Ta Xua, Vietnam5. All-inclusive luxuryThese days travel is costly and complicated due to all the Covid tests and paperwork that you have to do – so booking an all-inclusive resort is a tempting way to alleviate some of the associated stress of going away. Recognizing that even wealthy travelers enjoy hassle-free consumption, a rising number of high-end properties are embracing all-inclusive stays. Over in Hawaii, the Sensei Lāna'i, A Four Seasons Resort has an all-inclusive wellness concept, while Siyam World in the Maldives, which opened in October 2021, includes everything from meals to water sports in the price. At the Ikos Andalusia in Spain (also unveiled last year) guests can order limitless à la carte cuisine.Beach Travel Vietnam6. Cosmonaut training campsNot many people can afford a ticket aboard a Blue Origin or Virgin Galactic flight to the edge of space but for those who hunger for the thrill of G-forces and weightlessness, new cosmonaut training camps are offering a taste of what it’s like to leave Earth. Since summer 2021, French company Orbite has been offering three-day astronaut orientation programmes in Orlando, Florida, that include VR space missions, parabolic flights and private tours of the NASA Kennedy Space Centre. Prices start from $29,500 per person. In Miami, Zero-G Corporation specialises in flights on an empty B727-200 that allow passengers to float in thin air for just $7,500.7. Hallucinogenic healingEven if you haven’t watched the Hulu series Nine Perfect Strangers, you might have read that the therapeutic benefits of hallucinogenic drugs are being widely recognised, and in many places around the world the consumption of psychedelic plant medicine is becoming legal. Quick to capitalise on this evolution are companies such as the Journeymen Collective, which organises shamanic magic mushroom journeys in Vancouver; and the Soltara Healing Center in Costa Rica, which prescribes ayahuasca under the guidance of indigenous Peruvian Shipibo healers and clinical psychologists. Over in Jamaica, Silo Wellness works closely with the island’s local Rastafarian community to facilitate mind-expanding group psilocybin retreats.Mekong Delta8. Barefoot workationsTagging on a few days’ holidays to a business trip to Brussels is so… ‘bleisure’. Now that remote working is the norm, setting up shop on the sandy shores of an exotic beach somewhere in Mexico or the Caribbean for an extended period sounds much more fun. Rather than taking a sabbatical, which involves temporarily leaving your job for many months, barefoot workations allow you to be productive in paradise. Over the last 18 months or so, numbers of destinations such as Barbados, Anguilla, Dominica, Mauritius, Bermuda, Aruba have launched digital nomad visas for longer-term stays – and this trend isn’t going to go away. But companies such as Hacker Paradise and Remote Year are making the experience more communal.Mu Cang Chai9. Adventure hikingFor the first time in 60 years, the ancient Trans Bhutan Trail will open in spring 2022 as a hiking route for tourists. To celebrate, G Adventures will be leading 11- to 12-day treks along with selected parts of the trail from May, with overnight stays in tents and local homesteads en route. These kinds of multi-stop adventure hikes are growing in demand and tour operators are responding by organising specially designed treks so people don’t have to set off unsupported. This year, Much Better Adventures will be taking people on 100km hikes across the wilderness of Greenland, while Intrepid Travel has launched a trip to Montana in the US that includes hikes through rugged backcountry with a Native American guide.Vietnam Mountain10. Streamer locationsIf watching The Tourist made you yearn for a dusty road trip across Australia or A Very British Scandal opened your eyes to the beauty of the Scottish Highlands, then you’re not alone. Having binge-watched countless shows on Netflix and other streaming platforms during lockdown, many of these series have provided incidental marketing for destinations around the world, inspiring travellers to visit for themselves. Movies, of course, enjoy similar powers of persuasion. After being closed for three years due to damage from overtourism, Thailand’s famous Maya Bay in from The Beach reopened in January 2022. Where will people go next? The forthcoming Netflix series Inventing Anna will show a glossy side of New York; while season two of The Flight Attendant is being filmed in Los Angeles, Berlin and Reykjavik. Get ready to pack your suitcase.Hoi AnAs the largest tourism cooperation in the country, Vietravel is specifically authorized by The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to operate tours for vaccinated visitors traveling to Vietnam.Please contact us for more informationVietravel - Asia Leading Tour OperatorHotline: (84) 35 235 61 61Email: [email protected]: www.vietravelasia.com#VietravelAsia #Vietravel #Vietnam #Vaccinenated_TravelSource: cntraveller.com
Top Phu Quoc Packages for Vaccinated Tourists

Top Phu Quoc Packages for Vaccinated Tourists

Foreigners with vaccine passports can visit Phu Quoc island in the southern province of Kien Giang from November 20, according to a pilot program issued by the local People’s Committee. Foreigners shall be required to have full vaccination certificates, with the second dose taken at least 14 days and no more than 12 months before arriving in Phu Quoc or proof of recovery from COVID-19 recognized by Vietnamese competent authorities and negative COVID-19 test certificates issued within 72 hours before departure. In a bid to revive tourism after the Government shifted away from the “Zero COVID-19” policy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has discussed with nearly 80 partners about mutual recognition of vaccination certificates or vaccine passports. To date, Viet Nam has temporarily recognized COVID-19 vaccination certificates or vaccine passports from 72 countries and territories.TOP 04 Packages To Phu Quoc Island For Vaccinated TouristsAs the largest tourism cooperation in the country, Vietravel is specifically authorized by the Department of Tourism to operate tours for vaccinated visitors to travel Phu Quoc Island. Let's check out our top choices for travelling Phu Quoc belowRead more about Info for travellers on Covid-19 in Vietnam herePlease contact us for more informationVietravel - Asia Leading Tour OperatorHotline: (84) 35 235 61 61Website: www.vietravelasia.com#VietravelAsia #Vietravel #Vietnam #Vaccinenated_Travel
Vietnamese millennial travellers consider mobile devices essential during trips

Vietnamese millennial travellers consider mobile devices essential during trips

Compared to preceding generations, millennials are influential in the emergence of new technologies, new experiences and new travel styles, according to a report from Outbox Consulting, which specialises in tourism and hospitality in Vietnam.The frequency of using mobile phones for seeking travel information of Vietnamese millennial travelers. Photo Outbox ConsultingThe report “Mobile Device Usage Habits of Vietnamese Millennial Travelers in Their Travels” conducted a survey of 246 Vietnamese millennials (26-35 years old).Millennials (the generation with birth years from 1981 to 1996) often set travel trends. Not only do mobile devices play an indispensable part during trips but the frequency of use of mobile phones to seek travel information is also very high.Around 72.3 per cent of millennial travellers said that they find it comfortable to use mobile phones throughout their travel journey, from looking for ideas and booking services to planning detailed itineraries for their trips.However, up to 13.8 per cent of Vietnamese millennial travellers surveyed stated that they still find it inconvenient to use mobile devices to look for information, book services or make travel plans.Vietnamese millennial travellers use mobile devices most commonly for taking photographs, checking in and sharing information about destinations, and looking for different places and tourist attractions at the destination.When searching for information as well as carrying out tasks like booking services or making payments, Vietnamese millennials favour using website platforms with higher reliability and more connecting functions over application platforms.More than 42 per cent use mobile phones regularly as a tool to seek ideas and information related to destinations and travel activities, and 22.8 per cent often use them besides other information searching tools.Around 44.4 per cent of those who surveyed said that social media, particularly Facebook, provides a great way to learn about new travel experiences.In addition, YouTube (24.4 per cent), with the explosion of travel vlog channels and travel bloggers with growing diversity and significant influence, has also become a channel for travel inspiration and ideas.Vietnamese millennials prefer using websites to search for information and mobile data to access the Internet at the destination. The need for continuous connection and updates at the destination is also a distinctive characteristic of Vietnamese millennial travellers.Considering this generation’s increasing purchasing power along with their habit of using mobile devices in travel activities, destination marketing organisations as well as travel service providers should take into account speed, mobile optimization, and application development trends.Travel agencies need to consider how to apply technologies such as voice technology, computer technology and predictive analytics to engross business travellers and leisure travellers.  Source: vietnamnet.vn
The ideal places for camping on your holiday in Vietnam

The ideal places for camping on your holiday in Vietnam

There are a lot of stunning and beautiful destinations for your vacation in Vietnam, but there are a limited number of official places for camping. Below is a list of the ideal places to go camping in Vietnam.Da Han WaterfallDa Han WaterfallAbout 50 km far away from Ho Chi Minh City, Da Han waterfall is a famous tourist complex offering group activities, outdoor recreations, and camping space. Having stunning sceneries, this complex has a main feature which is three waterfalls named Chang and Nang and Da Han. Visit Da Han, either with groups or alone, you could rent a hut or a tent with the price of 50,000 to 70,000 VND/day. Also, there are services for fishing, swimming, garden visiting, mountain biking, or off-road car racing. In addition, there is a market in which you could buy fruits and veggies, or souvenir stalls that you can buy gifts for your loved ones when coming back.Ba Vi National ParkBa Vi National ParkThis is a famous destination for both local people and international travelers. During summer and early autumn, every weekend, there are hundreds of young people sitting on their motorbikes flock here in order to enjoy the clean and cool air as well as great sceneries of the nature. Here, there is a large pine forest which is suitable for camping. You could set up your tent and or simply rent it for 150,000 – 200,000 VND/4-person tent. They could also prepare the campfire for you if required. There are other services for travelers to consider. The best means to go to this site is by motorbikes. Park your bike here overnight with a small fee.Sao Bien (Starfish)Sao Bien (Starfish)Sao Bien ecotourism business is located in Binh Lap Hamlet, a small village of Cam Lap commune that attracts many tourists for its beautiful beach and fishing villages under poetic mountains. Sao Bien has recently become a famous destination for backpackers for camping. The beach is very big, clean and offers you stunning scene in the dawn. Arriving at the ecosystem site, you can relax in wooden bungalow or tent on the beach. Besides swimming and fishing, you can try many other interesting activities such as boating, kayaking, cycling on the beach, flying kite, fishing squid, camping, etc.Dong Cao PlateauDong Cao PlateauLocated in Son Dong district, Bac Giang Province, about 150 km away from Ha Noi capital, Dong Cao plateau is one of the most attractive camping sites in Ha Noi. The plateau offers campers a large area, huge forest, foggy clouds floating over the mountains. Indeed, its wildness and purity make Dong Cao plateau become an excellent campground for adventurous travelers. Sleeping overnight in a tent on Dong Cao plateau will be an amazing experience. In the peaceful and quiet area, you can feel the cool and fresh air, hear the howls of the wind and the sound of insects and watch splendid sky of bright stars and moon. Do not miss a trip with your best friends to Dong Cao plateau!Ta DungTa DungLocated about 280 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City, Ta Dung is a nature conservation area, located in the central highlands of Vietnam. In the middle of the region is the gorgeous Ta Dung Lake, with a small islet in the centre. You can boat your way over and set up camp. If you are patient enough, bring your fishing gear and catch some dinner.Source Hiasia
A half of day in Chinatown, Vietnam

A half of day in Chinatown, Vietnam

Chinatown is located in District 5 of Ho Chi Minh City. Many Chinese people have lived there for a long time. They earn for their livings by different jobs. Especially, visitors will see many stores selling Chinese medicine, which makes this area more noticeable.With only half of day, you can explore every interesting corner here as well as its special cuisine.Binh Tay MarketBinh Tay MarketBinh Tay market is the wholesale market of Cho Lon. Food, clothing, pottery and plenty more are lined up in narrow corridors packed with stalls in this local institution dating back decades.There is also a food court that serves up excellent traditional Vietnamese and Chinese dishes. Saigon is a city full of markets, yet most travelers only spend time at Ben Thanh. Binh Tay, on the other hand, is where locals shop. The vibe is much different and the vendors are almost entirely hands off. Thien Hau PagodaThien Hau PagodaThe most popular and one of the impressive of Cho Lon’s Chinese pagodas, the temple is dedicated to Thien Hau, Goddess of the Sea. When the temple was established in mid eighteenth century, the Chinese community tended to be made up of merchants and seafarers who were grateful for the Goddess’s protection. The temple’s significance was reinforced again the in late 1970s when many from Cho Lon’s Chinese community fled Vietnam in small boats following China’s invasion of northern Vietnam.An Dong MarketAn Dong MarketThe An Dong Market sells fabrics, clothing, home-wares and craft goods. Handmade jewelry and hand-carved woodwork can be found scattered throughout the piles as well. The market’s four expansive floors are a similar if not slightly less enjoyable experience to Binh Tay. From the outside the building is as uninviting as possible, a large square and white. However once inside, the colors, excitement and textures are as Vietnamese as any of the city’s other great shopping centers.Quan Am PagodaQuan Am pagodaQuan Am Pagoda is another favourite. It was established by Cho Lon’s Fujianese community and dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy. A recent renovation has removed some of its edge but it is still worth visiting. Phuc An Hoi Quan Pagoda is also close by.Street food in Cho LonStreet food in Cho LonCho Lon is home to a wide array of traditional Vietnamese and Chinese restaurants. In District 5, both Tan Nguyen Thai and Tien Phat Dim Sum have become somewhat famous among locals and expats. Both serve up an incredible variety of steamed or pan-fried Chinese dumplings. Like the rest of Cho Lon and the rest of city for that matter, they are both a bit hectic and chaotic, yet make for a great meal if you are in the area exploring. Within the confines of Binh Tay Market, there is a great food court that serves up local specialties. It is usually on the busy side, yet a nice way to get a glimpse into the culture and to find a fantastically cheap meal.Source Hiasia
What to do if you have only one day in Saigon

What to do if you have only one day in Saigon

You have ever wondered if it is enough time to visit Saigon in one day. Don’t worry! You can still see many of the city’s unique and interesting landmarks.Enjoy a street-side breakfastEnjoy a street-side breakfastIt is easy to start your day with a nutritious breakfast in the city with so much delicious food to choose from. Have a hot bowl of pho or grab a banh mi on the go with a traditional coffee. A combination of fried eggs, meat and onions are served in a personal pan with a loaf of crispy baguette.Then, let start your day with full of energy!Take a walk around the Reunification PalaceTake a walk around the Reunification PalaceReunification Palace was the home and workplace of the French Governor of Cochin-China. It has lush gardens, secret rooms, antique furniture, and a command bunker. It's still in use to host important occasions in Ho Chi Minh, including APEC summits.Walking through the palace with a guide if you would like to learn more about its history. Or simply have a quick look at this retro structure from the outside.Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 - 11:00 & 13:00 - 16:00Address: 135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh CityTicket price: 40,000 VNDDelve into history at the War Remnants MuseumDelve into history at the War Remnants MuseumVisit the War Remnants Museum for an eye-opening look at a very dark period of the country’s history. Graphic photographs and American military equipment are on display. There is a helicopter with rocket launchers, a tank, a fighter plane, a single-seater attack aircraft. The most talked-about exhibits at the War Remnants Museum are the ‘tiger cages'. The South Vietnamese government kept their political prisoners in these confinements.Opening Hours: Daily 07.30 - 12.00 & 13:30 – 17:00Location: 28 Vo Van Tan Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh CityTicket price: 40,000 VNDDrop by the Saigon Notre-Dame CathedralDrop by the Saigon Notre-Dame CathedralSaigon Notre Dame Cathedral, built in the late 1880s by French colonists, is one of the few remaining strongholds of Catholicism in the largely Buddhist Vietnam.Head to another landmark structure in the city, Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception. Only a short walk from Independence Palace, the cathedral is a little bit of Paris right in the centre of Saigon.Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 – 17:00Address: 1 Cong Xa Paris Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh CitySend a postcard from Saigon Central Post OfficeSend a postcard from Saigon Central Post OfficeJust opposite the cathedral, you can stop by the striking Saigon Central Post Office. A grand 19th-century building, its architecture is just as beautiful from the inside as it is from the outside. The building is a still a functioning post office so you could even send a postcard from here.Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 19:00Address: 2 Cong Xa Paris Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh CityHunt for hidden gems in Ben Thanh MarketHunt for hidden gems in Ben Thanh MarketBen Thanh is a vibrant spot in the city and popular with tourists so it can get crowded. There is lots of food to choose from and also many vendors selling local handicrafts, knick-knacks and souvenirs. Prepare for lots of people, noise and come ready to bargain.Opening Hours: Daily 6:00 –24:00Address: Le Loi Street, Ben Thanh Ward, Quan 1, Ho Chi Minh, VietnamWander along Bui Vien Walking StreetWander along Bui Vien Walking StreetBui Vien is the famous backpacker street in Ho Chi Minh City. There are many shops, restaurants and drinking places to hang out at here and in the streets around this district. Bun Cha 145 is a popular restaurant along Bui Vien with delicious and cheap food.Address: Bui Vien Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh CityEnjoy your short trip in Saigon!Source Internet
Things to do in Ha Noi at night

Things to do in Ha Noi at night

Ha Noi, the capital of Vietnam is not famous for its nightlife, but it is still an interesting one for those visiting the city. There are still thousands of things to do and places to visit in this Ha Noi at night.Go shopping at Ha Noi night marketGo shopping at Ha Noi night marketGoing to night markets is one of the worthwhile things to do in Ha Noi as it is a funny way to discover the local life. This seems to become more of habit and hobby of the Hanoians although their purpose for going there is not always for shopping. They sometimes visit the night market just to immerse in the lively and bustling atmosphere of Ha Noi, and to gather with their friends to talk, chat, and enjoy their favorite street foods.Visit Quang Ba flower marketVisit Quang Ba flower marketQuang Ba flower market supplies all the floral shops and vendors of Ha Noi, so to get the freshest flowers they can for the day, the owners enjoy browsing this market in the morning. There are so many colors and fragrances thanking to the many species of flowers sold here, it is a little bit like walking into a giant outdoor garden, but at night.Watch a water puppet showWatch a water puppet showThe Water Puppet Theatre is a must-visit if you travel in Ha Noi for the first time, especially, live music and sketches of the local lifestyle. This ancient art form of water puppetry has a long association but the original, and widely regarded as the best theatre in town is the Thang Long Puppet Theatre in the Hoan Kiem District. Puppets dance and slide gracefully over the water, depicting stories of ancient myths and folklore which are easy to grasp for foreign guests.Enjoy Vietnam Central CircusEnjoy Vietnam Central CircusThe Vietnam Central Circus is ideal for a day of family-friendly fun, where travelers can enjoy live performances and simple fairground games within a large park in the south of the city. Featuring clowns, acrobats and animal performances, the Central Circus in Ha Noi follows a fairly predictable schedule, but it can be a lot of fun.Chug beer at Bia Hoi junctionChug beer at Bia Hoi junctionLocated at the corner of Ta Hien and Luong Ngoc Quyen streets in the center of the Old Quarter, the Junction is regarded as the quintessential nightlife spot in the city. This is perhaps not the best beer-selling place, but it is the best place to enjoy beer in the good atmosphere. It is a familiar destination for both Western and Vietnamese customers to sit together on plastic chairs, chat with each other about various topics and enjoy the simple beauty of the daily life in Ha Noi.Source Hiasia
What to do for first-time travelers in Can Tho

What to do for first-time travelers in Can Tho

Can Tho is the largest city in Mekong Delta. It is a buzzing town with a lively waterfront lined with sculpted gardens, an appealing blend of narrow backstreets and wide boulevards, and perhaps the greatest concentration of foreigners in the delta.It is also the perfect base for nearby floating markets, the major draw for tourists who come here to boat along the many canals and rivers leading out of town.“Selfie” in Ninh Kieu Wharf“Selfie” in Ninh Kieu WharfNinh Kieu Wharf is located on the bank of Hau River, a tributary of the Mekong River, close to the centre of the city. At this place people can enjoy specialties especially rice liquor with eel hotpot. The restaurant has two floors with capacity of more than hundreds of people. People can enjoy the food and experience magnificent scenes as well as river traffic at the same time. Citizens also come to its wharf’s park for their outside activities.Visit Binh Thuy Ancient HouseVisit Binh Thuy Ancient HouseLocated at 26/1A Bui Huu Nghia Street in Binh Thuy ward, about five kilometers from downtown Can Tho, the house is filled with features that represent rural areas in the Mekong Delta region during the 20th century.It has high ceiling decorated with patterns, many simple doors and windows make this place look spacious. The front of the house was decorated with reliefs. All bricks and fences defending the campus were directly delivered from France.Enjoy Fresh Fruit in Can Tho OrchardsEnjoy Fresh Fruit in Can Tho OrchardsTourism gardens which are laden with fruit attract more and more people. The orchards are located along all roads and canals in Can Tho, offering tourists the chance to taste various kinds of tropical fruits. The largest orchards are My Khanh, Mr. Sau Duong’s orchard, Binh Thuy orchid garden, etc.Go shopping in Cai Rang Floating MarketGo shopping in Cai Rang Floating MarketThe biggest floating market in the Mekong Delta, Cai Rang is just 6 km from Can Tho in the direction of Soc Trang. The market is best around 6 am to 7 am, and it is well worth getting here early to beat the boatloads of tourists and the heat. This is a wholesale market, so look at what is tied to the long pole above the boat to figure out what they are selling to smaller traders.This market specifically trades fruits, agricultural products within the area. Tourist should go there once for shopping or enjoy a traditional market on the river with the crowded and busy atmosphere here. This will be a very strange and interesting experience on your tour.Watch birds in Bang Lang Stock GardenWatch birds in Bang Lang Stock GardenThis place is one of the biggest bird sanctuary in Cuu Long Delta. On the way from Can Tho to Long Xuyen (An Giang), surpass Thot Not about 5km, you can reach Bang Lang Stork Garden.Walking along the small river, under shady row of trees and nearby harvested fields, you can observe thousands of storks from different species while they are living lively in the natural habitat.Source Hiasia
Historic sites you should visit in Vietnam

Historic sites you should visit in Vietnam

You will regret if you miss visiting historical sites which reflect a dark side of the country heavily affected by war for centuries. This list picks up the best places of historical interest to visit around Vietnam, from the rudimentary hand-dug tunnels to a brutal prison complex where thousands of Vietnamese people died.Con Dao Prison ComplexIt has been 42 years since the prisons of Con Dao were shut down, horrific memories still cast a forbidding shadow over this quiet town. Being called “the true hell on earth,” this used to be home to tens of thousands of Vietnamese prisoners who suffered and died at the hands of French colonials at first and later the US-backed South Vietnamese government between 1863 and 1975. Fettered and contorted mannequins bring the bone-chilling experience to reality.Hoa Lo PrisonWhile historical museums in Hanoi are mostly rather propagandist and perhaps superficial, Hoa Lo Prison can be a good fit to get knowledge on the city’s back story. Despite many modern restorations, it offers a real sense of the past. Head to the gloomy rooms to see erstwhile prison cells which witnessed the incarceration of the US pilots, including Senator John McCain and more importantly, the ghastliness and barbarity that many Vietnamese nationalist leaders and revolutionaries suffered during the French colony.Cu Chi TunnelsCu Chi Tunnels, a complex network of underground tunnels were firstly built in the late 1940s during the French colonial period and later were expanded in the early 1960s when the US escalated its military presence in South Vietnam to support a non-Communist regime. Read more about Cu Chi Tunnels here to understand their significant role in the country’s war history.My Son Cham RuinsMy Son sanctuary which houses Vietnam’s most extensive Cham ruins once served as the religious and political center of the kingdom of Champa for centuries. The fact that it is constantly compared with Angkor Wat of the Khmer kingdom may cause the misleading impression of the natural beauty of My Son Cham ruins. The temples were discovered by the French archaeologists in the late 19th century but later suffered from heavy destruction from the US bombs.Source: Internet