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Vietnam - What amazing country!

It was the first time i came to Vietnam. I had had no idea where to go what to do.

Luckily my friend did introduce me to Hoabinhtourist- a reliable travel agency in Vietnam. To my surprise, their tourguide and most of Vietnamese were very kind, friendly and considerate.

Another impressive thing here is that everything is very cheap and the food (OMG) were really really delicious.

On the first day, the guide took me around Hanoi capital city.

Wow, Hanoi is a unique Asian city with tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and traditionall pagodas and temples that date back hundreds of years ago.

That morning city tour, we drove to Ho Chi Minh's complex, including the mausoleum of the nation's founder and leader. Here, large crowds gather to pay there respects to the man they simply call Uncle Ho as they silently file past his glass sarcophagus. The Presidential Palace and Uncle Ho's wooden stilt house can also be seen here.

According to the guide One of must-see places in the complex is One Pillar pagoda dating back 11th century. from far view its shape looks like a huge lotus flower.

The next stop was the Temple of Literature, the site of Vietnam's oldest university and dedicated to one of the world's most famous scholars, Confucious.

Inside the temple grounds, huge steles rest on the backs of even larger stone turtles ( in Vietnam's culture, the turtle represents longevity). The stele recorded the names of the successful candidates who later became mandarins in the Emperor's court.

From here we followed the visit of the walking tour of Hanoi 's vibrant Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake , the focal point of the city. This is not only a beautiful spot but also is the historical site. You should be here to get to know about the legend of the lake and how it become one of the Must-See places in Hanoi for both domestic and international tourists. It was really interesting story.
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