If you are the one who has a great passion for history, particularly Vietnamese history and would like to learn more about it, then this article may help. Here are popular destinations that can help you understand more about Vietnamese war as well as from a big picture about the hardship of protecting the country’s freedom and independence of Vietnamese people.
1. Cu Chi tunnel
The first name of Top 5 historical places that can’t be missed when traveling to Vietnam is Cu Chi tunnel. This is one of the most important buildings of Vietnamese people. After officially opening for travelers, Cu Chi tunnel has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Saigon.
This is not a place for those who fear small places. Cu Chi tunnel was an important point to revolutionaries in the war of fighting against America. The entrance was disguised very carefully so that it couldn’t be found easily.
Walking down to the tunnel and you will see the entire net of paths that are small and dark. Apart from the tunnel, this place also has lots of handmade traps. When getting into the tunnel, you can start with Ben Duoc temple, Ben Dinh tunnel, Cu Chi tunnel, swimming…and enjoy Cu Chi specialties: Grilled beef and durian sugarcane juice.
Add: Phu Hiep – Phu My Hung – Cu Chi – HCMC
2. War Remnants Museum
If you want to find out more about the war in Vietnam, then let’s come to this place. This museum has been attracting lots of tourists all over the world by displaying many valuable document, artifacts, remnants, lively pictures of the Vietnam war.
Located on the main campus of the American authority, the War Remnants Museum displays the documents, remnants, artifacts that emphasize the consequences that the war has left for the Vietnamese people. This museum only opened a few months after the day of peace, with the initial name: House of the America cruelty. Although having lot of topics to display about the war against America, the main purpose of the museum is to emphasize the cruelty of the war.
Nowadays the museum has widened the content of display with lots of topics concerning Vietnam history from the battle against France – Japan to the day of peace. The main display room at the ground floor follows the topic: the world has been supporting Vietnam during the battle. This topic partly emphasizes the viewpoint of the museum which used to be said to be one-sided about the war.
Add: 28 Vo Van Tan, District 3, HCMC
3. The Reunification Palace
This one has been a well-known tourist attraction that you should not ever miss. This place has marked the collapse of America authority, ending the Vietnam War and starting the era of freedom and independence of Vietnam.
Coming to this place, you can behold a lot of tanks used to take down the palace, along with countless remnants, a document of the brave battle of the Southern people. Don’t ever miss this special place!
Add: 135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, Ben Thanh, District 1, HCMC
4. Long Tan Nui Dat
Long Tan battle was a tremendous battle of Australia army in Vietnam War. It happened in the 18th and 19th of August in 1966, at the forest near Long Tan, southern of Vung Tau, Vietnam.
Nowadays Long Tan is one of the most popular points that cannot be missed when traveling to Vietnam. You will have chances to visit famous locations in the Vietnam War such as Long Tan land, Mong Ngua hill, Long Phuoc tunnel, Nui Dat and Ba Ria orphanage. This place had witnessed many tremendous and cruel battles that cost lots of human’s lives and caused severe material damage.
Add: Ba Ria – Vung Tau
5. Hoa Lo Prison
Hoa Lo prison was built by France in 1896 with the name of Maison Centrale. It is a place to capture political prisoners. More than 2.000 people had been captured here and lived in poor living condition at the beginning of the 1950s. In the Vietnam War, Hoa Lo was the place to keep American pilots captured alive by Vietnamese people. This place was also ironically called as “Ha Noi Prison”. American Embassy in Vietnam, Mr. Dougglas Peterson, and American president candidate John McCain 2008 were famous prisoners here.
Add: 1 Hoa Lo, Tran Hung Dao Street, Hoan Kiem, Ha Noi
In conclusion, these are the top 5 most popular historical places in Vietnam that travelers should visit at least once. These places help you partly understand about the war that Vietnamese people had to fight against the enemy to protect the country’s independence and peace. We hope this article can provide you with a useful guide when you travel to Vietnam and help you to learn more about the history.
This article was written by Oliver Nguyen from Viet Fun Travel. His posts often revolve around top tourist destinations and national culture of Vietnam and Southeast Asia areas. In addition, he also shares authentic experience from his trips.