COMPLEX OF HUE MONUMENTS
Established as the capital of unified Vietnam in 1802, this city was not only the political but also the cultural and religious centre of the Nguyen dynasty until 1945. The extraordinarily beautiful Perfume River winds its way through the Capital City, the Imperial City, the Forbidden Purple City and the Inner City, giving this unique feudal capital a setting of great natural beauty. Today mostly ruins remain.
Halong Bay is located in the Gulf of Tonkin and comprises some 1,600 islands and islets. Together they offer a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Because of their steep character, most of the islands are uninhabited and unaffected by human presence. The site's outstanding scenic beauty is complemented by its great biological interest.
HOI AN ANCIENT TOWN
The 14th -century Ho Dynasty citadel is built according to the Feng Shui principles and testifies to the thriving neo-Confucianism in late 14th century Vietnam and its spread to other parts of east Asia.
IMPERIAL CITADEL OF THANG LONG
The imperial citadel of Thang Long was built in the 11th century by the Ly Viet dynasty to celebrate the independence of the Dai Viet. The citadel was constructed on the remains of a Chinese fort dating back to the 7th century on drained land reclaimed from the Red River Delta in Hanoi. For almost 13 centuries, nearly without interruption, it constituted the centre of regional political power.
TRANG AN LANDSCAPE COMPLEX
Located on the southern banks of the Red River Delta, the Trang An Landscape Complex is a spectacular landscape of limestone karst peaks permeated with valleys. Many of them are partly submerged and surrounded by steep, almost vertical cliffs. Exploration of caves at different altitudes has revealed archaeological traces of human activity over a continuous period of more than 30,000 years. Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam with its temples and pagodas was strategically established here in the 10th and 11th century AD.