Ha Noi (AH1/AH14)
Ha Noi is the political, economic, and cultural center. Founded in 1010,
it preserves many ancient architectural works including the Old Quarter
and over 600 pagodas. Hectares of lakes lie intertwined between the streets.
Many traditional handicrafts are also practiced including bronze molding,
silver carving, lacquer and embroidery.
Ho Chi Minh City (AH1) Ho
Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, is the second most important
city after Ha Noi. This region is criss-crossed by hundreds of rivers
and canals, the largest being the Saigon River. Once praised as the "Pearl
of the Far East," Ho Chi Minh City was known as an important trading
center for Chinese, Japanese, and European merchants.
Vung Tau (AH1) Vung Tau
is an old port with 20 kilometres of beaches and calm waters. Five beaches
scattered over the peninsula include Bai Truoc, with restaurants, kiosks,
and hotels, and O Quan Beach, a peaceful cove with good winds enjoyed
Hue (AH1) A former ancient
capital, the heritage city of Hue is in between Vietnam's two rice bowls,
the Red river delta and the Mekong delta. It is renowned for its cultural
heritage, the most famous of which is the ancient capital of Hue City
and the tombs and temples left by the Nguyen Emperors.