Vietnam tour cannot be completed without the knowledge of this country’s rich ancient history. It’s always a great idea to know some of the cultural places, landmarks and monuments in the country. This list picks up the 6 best historical places in Vietnam to visit. Let’s see!
Con Dao Prison Complex
Located offshore Ba Ria – Vung Tau province, Con Dao Prison is one of the most brutal jails in the world. From 1863 to 1975, over tens of thousands of Vietnamese prisoners suffered and died at the hands of French colonials and US-backed South Vietnamese government. Known as “the hell on earth” or “no return”, this place brings the bone-chilling experience to reality.
- Address: Con Dao Prison, Nguyen Chi Thanh Street, Con Dao, Ba Ria – Vung Tau
- Opening Hours: 08:00–18:00
Cu Chi Tunnels
While Ho Chi Minh City is full of landmarks to visit and entertainment venues to experience, Cu Chi Tunnels could be a rewarding spot you should not miss. It takes about 70 km from the centre of Ho Chi Minh City to Cu Chi Tunnels. This place goes down in history with many struggles against the French colonial and the US.
- Address: Cu Chi Tunnels, Phu Hiep, Phu My Hung, Cu Chi, Ho Chi Minh City
- Opening Hours: 07:00 – 17:00
Hue Imperial Citadel
If you are wondering about the life of the Kings and Queens under the last dynasty of Vietnam, Hue Imperial Citadel should be an ideal place to visit. Listed as a World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 1993, this place was founded as the Vietnam capital city by Gia Long, the first king of the Nguyen Dynasty in 1802 and held this position for nine Nguyen dynasties during 140 years.
- Address: Hue Imperial Citadel, Huế, Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam
- Opening Hours: 8:00 – 17:30 (Friday to Wednesday), 8:00 – 22:00 (Thursday)
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Located in Ba Dinh Square, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is a building to commemorate the merits of Ho Chi Minh – a great leader of Vietnam and also, a national hero. This is one of the most popular historical places in Vietnam. A few years after the death of the most respected president in Vietnam, the construction of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum began from 1973 to 1975. Visitors are currently allowed on some days of the week.
- Address: 2 Hung Vuong, Dien Ban, Ba Dinh, Ha Noi
- Opening Hours: 07:30 – 10:30 (Tuesday – Thursday), 07:30 – 11:00 (Saturday & Sunday)
Independence Palace (aka Reunification Palace) was built in 1868 under the name of the residence of the governor of Cochinchina – NORODOM Palace. The building is one of the finest colonial buildings in Saigon, also known as the symbol of Vietnam national independence and a special national relic for its architectural and historical values.
- Address: 135, Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Opening Hours: 07:30–11:00, 07:30–11:00
If you want the best view in the north of Vietnam, head to Cannon Fort. Jungle-clad hills, harbour and karst-punctuated sea, that’s all you can see in this astounding panorama. It was built on the top of the mountain which was designed ingeniously, hidden under the trees with solid and sustainable architecture.
- Address: Cat Ba, Cat Hai, Hai Phong City
- Opening Hours: 6:30 – 18:00 (Monday to Wednesday), 6:30 to 18:30 (Thursday to Sunday)
Add these 6 historical places in Vietnam to your must-visit list to delve into the rich intricacies of the traditional culture and history. It will definitely be unforgettable experience!