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  VIETNAM TOURS >> INTRODUCTION  
 
WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN VIETNAM   VIETNAM DISCOVERY
ASIA FREE AND EASY TOURS   CULTURAL TOURS
SCUBA DIVING TOUR   BEACH VACATIONS
ECO ADVENTURE TOUR   SPECIAL INTERESTS
BUSINESS & TECHNICAL MEETING TRIP   BACK TO THE PAST (Veteran tours)
         
         
WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN VIETNAM

Steeped in history and mystique this tour shows you Vietnam – with a special focus on the beautiful and magnificent heritage sites.

The north of Vietnam will reveal unparalleled natural beauty. Limestone casts jut out from turquoise blue, clear waters. The aesthetic value of Ha Long Bay (Natural World Heritage in 1994) does not only lie in the shape of the mountains and the color of the sky, but is also hidden in its grottoes. Fishing techniques and vessels haven’t changed for centuries. We invite you on a day cruise to immerse yourselves in the peace of this natural wonderland and UNESCO heritage site.

The central coast unveils the history in architecture.

We invite you inside the ramparts of the ancient citadel of Hue (1993) - former capital of Vietnam. Lotus ponds and UNESCO rated architectural heritage draws the intrigue around this imperial city of yesteryear. Unravel the mysteries of the dynastic reign of Vietnam and marvel at the majestic ‘city within a city’.

On different sites amongst the undulating countryside of the Hue outskirts are the Royal Tombs. These mausoleums for the Emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty befit their royal status and most were designed by the emperors themselves during their lifetimes. Let the people of Hue capture your intrigue with their pride and unique culture – of different speech, history and culinary expertise!

Not so far from Hue, Phong Nha (2003) is part of a larger dissected plateau, which also encompasses the Ke Bang and Hin Namno karsts. The limestone is not continuous and demonstrates complex interbedding with shales and sandstones. This, together with the capping of schists and apparent granites has led to a particularly distinctive topography.

The caves demonstrate discrete episodic sequences of events, leaving behind various levels of fossil passages, formerly buried and now uncovered palaeokarst (karsts from previous, perhaps very ancient, periods of solution); evidence of major changes in the routes of underground rivers; changes in the solution regime; deposition and later re-solution of giant speleothems and unusual features such as sub-aerial stromatolites. The location and form of the caves suggests that they might owe much of their size and morphology to some as yet undetermined implications of the schists and granites which overlay the limestone. On the surface, there is a striking series of landscapes, ranging from deeply dissected ranges and plateau to an immense. There is evidence of at least one period of hydrothermal activity in the evolution of this ancient mature karsts system. The plateau is probably one of the finest and most distinctive examples of a complex karsts landform in Southeast Asia.

The narrow streets and wooden shutters whisper hints of the past in the city of Hoi An. In its heyday as one of South East Asia’s major international ports it was known as Faifo and the visits from ships and traders from all over the world left their mark in Hoi An – in the buildings & houses, religious sites and foreign settlements.

Hoi An has been declared a world heritage site by UNESCO and as you enter the old part of the town you will find narrow streets and moss-covered, pan tile roofed houses connected to each other with stepped gables. Many structures of historical significance have been identified as exhibits of traditional architecture rarely seen today.

A special journey from the ancient town of Hoi An (1999) to My Son will found a deep respect for the myriad of different pictures which make up the culture of present day Vietnam.
The Kingdom of Champa dominated southern Vietnam culturally and politically for about one thousand years. Between the 4th and the 13th centuries a unique culture developed on the coast of contemporary Vietnam which owed its spiritual origins to the Hinduism of India. This is graphically illustrated by the remains of a series of impressive tower temples in a dramatic site that was the religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom for most of its existence – My Son.

Today, it requires some imagination to picture My Son (1999) as it must have been, alive with chanting priests, fluttering banners, flashing jewels, and incense. Yet the site's present decay has its own charm, as stone figures half obscured by weeds lend the place an aura of magic and mystery. Walking between the temples you will come across numerous statues, scattered as they have fallen, reminding us of buildings that had once stood there.

Your special journey will showcase the pride of Vietnam, the country and her peoples. The color and the energy, the culinary and the enigmatic, the culture and the entity of a country opening up to welcome you.

 
 
 
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