Vietnam is a country with a lot of special and precious cultural and historical heritage confirmed by the world and UNESCO in recent years. Each heritage will have different features as well as the value of natural and cultural beauty.
Today, we are going to tell you about the top ten world heritage sites that you should not miss in Vietnam as well as some suggestions and information on visiting and experience these special Vietnam's heritages. Moreover, we gonna provide you with some necessary knowledge of these ten world’s heritage in Vietnam.
1. Hue Capital City - the World Heritage Site by UNESCO with the intangible world cultural heritage "Hue Royal Music"
In 1993, the ruin area of Hue Capital City of Vietnam was evaluated as well as confirmed as the World’s Heritage by UNESCO. It is sure that everyone in Vietnam knows Hue Capital City as well as the history of this place. Hue Capital City used to be a beautiful and busy city of Vietnam in the past. Hue Capital City was built on the area of 500 ha with the royal architecture design. Hue Capital City was famous for its grand appearance as well as the magnificent spaces from halls, chambers, rooms, gardens, dining rooms, and many other spaces for kings, queens, and their children to rest and relax. The structure of Hue Capital City includes three different grand castles such as Kinh Thanh, Hoang Thanh, and Tu Cam Thanh.
These three castles were established and built-in connections with each other and arranged on a straight line from the Southern side to the Northern side to catch the sunlight at dawn as well as avoid the hot at noon. Besides, Hue Capital City was built based on the special science of China to make sure the people living in it would have good health as well as fortune with a lot of decorations of natural element inspiration. Besides the magnificent beauty of architecture and realistic historical values, Hue Capital City is still a legendary location that still keeps a lot of historical stories as well as the heritage of Hue and Vietnamese heritage.
All the heritages of Hue Capital City from material heritage to immaterial heritage are impressive and precious to Vietnamese people as well as represent the true spirit of Vietnam. It is sure that tourists including Vietnamese people and foreigners will be fascinated when visiting Hue Capital City, and you will understand why UNESCO considered Hue Capital City as the world’s heritage in Vietnam. Now, a lot or tour activities are organized to exhibit Hue Capital City and also promote the values to all tourists, so if you want to visit Hue Capital City, you can buy tickets and have a tour around the royal spaces of kings and queens of Vietnam in the past. Besides, there will be a storyteller taking you around and tell you stories about Hue Capital City. Don't miss the experience of cruising on Perfume River and enjoying Hue Royal Music, one of the most outstanding world intangible cultural heritage in Vietnam. And Hue is also a street food heaven with cakes in Vietnam - let's try Hue: 5-Hour Street Food Tour by Motorbike.
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Ticket Price: From 100,000 VND per person.
2. Halong Bay - One of Seven New World's Natural Wonders
Halong Bay is super famous and legendary in tourism to all tourists from Vietnamese people to foreigners, but not so many people know that Halong Bay was confirmed as one of the world’s heritage in Vietnam. The reasons for being the world’s heritage of Halong Bay is the special feature as well as maintain the precious values of geographic formation of the planet. About natural beauty, Halong Bay is famous for its naturally beautiful landscapes in the bay as well as thousands of beautiful milestone mountains and islands on the sea surface. Halong Bay is also super well-known for the system of caves which are the infinite challenges of trekkers and tourists. Besides the various terrains, Halong Bay is rich in flora and fauna with a variety of ecosystems such as spawn, forests, corals, … Therefore, a lot of tourism and entertainment, as well as accommodation activities bloom in Halong Bay to maximize the values of such a unique place like this.
Thank the development, Halong Bay becomes the hottest destination to provide a lot of values for Vietnam in tourism and also help to solve the great demands of the job for local people. In 1994, Halong Bay was officially confirmed as the world’s heritage of natural beauty in Vietnam by UNESCO when they saw the true values of nature and civilization of Halong Bay, but it did not stop there. In 2000, Halong Bay was again confirmed to be the world’s heritage of geographic value in Vietnam by UNESCO for the special and rare geology structures. Moreover, the image of Halong Bay already becomes the icon of tourism in Vietnam. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to you to visit Halong Bay which is twice confirmed as the world’s heritage in Vietnam and also the huge icon of tourism and cultures of Vietnam. There will be a lot of activities for you to experience this world’s heritage as well as there will storytellers and tour guides to assist you in your journey, so you do not worry about being lost in such a giant space of Halong Bay heritage of the world in Vietnam.
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3. My Son Sanctuary - Hindu's longest inhabited archaeological site in Indochina
My Son Sanctuary is the next world’s heritage in Vietnam that we are going to mention. In the definition of history, My Son Sanctuary is the ruin area of ancient Cham people, and My Son Sanctuary was discovered by a French author named M.C Paris in 1898. My Son Sanctuary located in the centre of My Son Valley in the area of Duy Phu, Duyen Xuyen, Quang Nam Province. In My Son Sanctuary, there are several systems of more than 70 temples in the special ancient architecture inspired by the great religion of India - Hindu. My Son Sanctuary was started to be constructed in the 4th century, and it took a very long time to be finished. My Son Sanctuary once was the home of civilization, tradition maintenance as well as the cultural exchanges in West Southern Asia. Because of such so many precious material values as well as immaterial values, so My Son Sanctuary got attention from historical and cultural experts in the world, and in 1999, My Son Sanctuary was officially confirmed to be the world’s heritage in Vietnam. According to experts, the descriptions can not tell you enough about the beauty as well as the precious and solemn values of My Son Sanctuary, so you had better visit My Son Sanctuary by yourself to understand why it is My Son Sanctuary is one of the world’s heritage in Vietnam.
Ticket Price: 150,000 VND per person
Opening time: From 6:30 to 17:00.
4. Hoi An Antique Town - Vietnam's hidden gem
Located in the Hoi An, Quang Nam Province, Hoi An Antique Town is a super hot destination in tourism in Vietnam for quite a long time. Hoi An Antique Town was established and built-in the 16th and 17th centuries as the main commercial harbour of the central area of Vietnam in the past.
Hoi An Antique Town used to be a very busy place of goods exchange and commercial activities, and it lasted until now. The group of Hoi An Antique Town architectures includes a lot of buildings, old-style houses, halls, temples, pagodas, bridges, markets, harbours,... all of these constructions unite into the shape of a chest table, which was the common structures of commercial cities in the Western countries in the past. Now, Hoi An Antique Town becomes famous for its antique beauty and old-styled architectures.
The lives of the current residents of Hoi An people are focused on tourism and long-time cultural activities which you can observe, experience and sometimes learn some interesting things. Hoi An Antique Town now is considered to be an alive museum of city culture as well as the ancient architecture. The fame of the beautiful antique town Hoi An was blooming until Hoi An Antique Town was officially confirmed as the world’s heritage in Vietnam by UNESCO. At night, Hoi An Antique Town will become a beautiful lively colourful town that will surely impress you by first sight. Hoi An street food is worth trying as well.
Ticket Price: From 30,000 VND per person.
5. Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park
Established as a reservation park for a lot of special flora and fauna, Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park. Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park located in Bo Trach, Quang Binh Province, and it covers an area of 85,754 ha. Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park is various in different terrains such as caves, underground rivers, streams and a great number of faunas and flora. The special feature of Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park is the limestone caves and mountains which are quite rare, and this attracts a lot of researchers as well as curious tourists to visit every year. Besides the diversity in flora and fauna as well as the special milestone feature, Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park includes a giant system of more than 300 milestone caves. With this great number, Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park is called the kingdom of limestone caves and the home of mother nature.
Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park is evaluated for the first time by BCRA of England which is an organization of evaluating and researching natural caves. BCRA was impressed by Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park as well as its system of caves, and BCRA confirmed Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park was the most valuable place with the top-ranking caves in the world with the biggest cave entrances, the longest bay inside each cave and many other things. The information has captured the world’s attention about Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park, and Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park was finally confirmed to be the world’s heritage in Vietnam in 2003 by UNESCO as the world’s natural heritage. This was a very proud achievement of Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park for Vietnamese people. From that moment, a lot of tourists especially nature-lovers travel to visit Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park for the real experience of the world’s natural heritage in Vietnam. You can start from Hue or Hanoi.
Ticket Price: From 150,000 to 250,000 VND per person.
6. Hue Royal Music - Top 10 Vietnam intangible cultural heritage
The next world’s heritage in Vietnam is immaterial and is also the soul of Hue Capital City. It is the Hue Royal Music. About definition, Hue Royal Music is the musical art born to entertain the royal families and to serve in the solemn rituals such as the religious events, the new king tradition, funeral and many other special events of Hue Capital City in the past. Hue Royal Music is played with a lot of different Vietnamese traditional instruments, and only the professional and talented artists can perform Hue Royal Music well. A lot of musical experts in UNESCO in the world agree that Hue Royal Music is such a beautiful and elegant musical art.
Thank the ancestors of Vietnamese people in Hue created the special and precious Hue Royal Music, the nowadays generations are still doing well in maintaining as well as develop and promote Hue Royal Music to all Vietnamese people in the country and the foreigners and even the world. With a lot of effort, nowadays, Hue Royal Music has become an important feature of Hue tourism as well as the special culture of Vietnam. Fortunately, in 2003, Hue Royal Music was officially confirmed to be the world’s heritage in Vietnam with the title “The world immaterial masterpieces of art”. Now, if you visit Hue or Hue Capital City, the tours always take you to the performances of Hue Royal Music so that you will experience the real space of music and art at the same time in the ancient capital city of Hue. Don't miss Hue: 5-Hour Street Food Tour by Motorbike.
Ticket Price: From 200,000 VND per person.
7. Tay Nguyen Culture - "Gong Space"
Tay Nguyen Culture “Gong Space” is the special traditional value of highland provinces such as Kon Tum, Gia Lai, Dak Lak, Dak Nong, Lam Dong,... The Tay Nguyen Culture “Gong Space” was invented by the ethnic minorities like Ede, Bana, Muong, Tay,... to celebrate their solemn rituals and festivals. Tay Nguyen Culture “Gong Space” is a kind of art related to the histories, traditions as well as the cultures of the ethnic people, each tribe of people perform Tay Nguyen Culture “Gong Space” in different ways to play their own music in their own festivals. A lot of tourists said that they can feel the speciality and the attraction of Tay Nguyen Culture “Gong Space” in a very strange way, and it makes them wanna enjoy more.
Tay Nguyen Culture “Gong Space” also express the wildness of highland forests and mountains as well as the difficult and hard-working lives of the local people here. In 2005, Tay Nguyen Culture “Gong Space” was officially confirmed as the world’s immaterial heritage in Vietnam by UNESCO. With this glory title, Tay Nguyen Culture “Gong Space” is becoming more and more popular as well as has more opportunities to be promoted and preserved. If you visit some highland provinces, then you definitely have to enjoy a performance of Tay Nguyen Culture “Gong Space” to see how special this world’s heritage is.
8. Trang An Landscape Complex
Trang An Landscape Complex includes 3 areas such as Ruin of Hoa Lu Capital City, Trang Anh - Tam Coc - Bich Dong and Hoa Lu Jungle in Ninh Binh. Trang An Landscape Complex holds the great value of cultures and traditions. It is considered that Trang An Landscape Complex was the evidence of the connection between people and nature, how people adapt to the strict condition of nature and weathers and the severe climax changes.
Moreover, Trang An Landscape Complex is given so many advantages by mother nature, so there are a lot of beautiful and magnificent landscapes such as high mountains, giant rivers, lakes, mysterious caves in Trang An Landscape Complex as well as witness the unique architectures of Trang An Landscape Complex such as pagodas, temples, shrines in the past. With such a long time has passed, Trang An Landscape Complex still maintains the original beauty and feature of itself. On June 23rd, 2014, Trang An Landscape Complex was listed in the list of the world’s heritage by UNESCO.
Besides, Trang An Landscape Complex was the first world’s heritage in Vietnam with 2 evaluation elements: Culture and Nature. Nowadays, Trang An Landscape Complex has become a super hot tourism location in Vietnam where thousands of people pour into this place for tours, experience, and exploration.
Moreover, there will be a lot of special festivals that happened in Trang An Landscape Complex every year with several interesting activities of the local people. Come to this world’s heritage in Vietnam, Trang An Landscape Complex will surely impress you by the magnificent nature and the unique structures of architecture which are the keys to help Trang An Landscape Complex become the world’s heritage in Vietnam.
Ticket Price: From 50,000 VND per person.
9. Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark - the global geographic park of the world & the world’s heritage in Vietnam in 2010 by UNESCO
Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark is a magnificent art of both nature and people in Hagiang. From a raw natural land with all stone and mountains, the local people had made a revolution to improve the geographic terrains and build accommodations, farming areas, and many other daily necessary facilities, and that turn this raw stone land into the magnificent Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark nowadays.
Besides the beautiful natural landscapes of the locations, the local people build up a residential area and start to improve lives as well as develop their traditions, cultures, and civilizations. All of the efforts make Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark into a masterpiece for all the tourists as well as travellers and trekkers.
In order to develop Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark more, a lot of investors pour money into building accommodations and organize tourism activities to attract more tourists including foreigners as well as Vietnamese people. Moreover, people still join in several charity activities to preserve Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark safe in front of a lot of tourists every year. With the magnificent beauty and the precious values of Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark, UNESCO confirmed the Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark as the global geographic park of the world as well as the world’s heritage in Vietnam in 2010.
Nowadays, so many tourists from the Vietnamese people to foreign tourists and experts come to Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark to witness by their own eyes the beauty and value of Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark - the world’s heritage in Vietnam. We advise you that you should also visit Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark at least once to understand why UNESCO has to agree and confirm Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark as the world’s heritage.
10. Thang Long - Hanoi Capital
Thang Long - Hanoi Capital is the ruin area of the ancient kingdom capital of Vietnam with the large of 42,000 square meters of 18 Hoang Dieu Ruin and 138,000 square meters of the ancient kingdom of Hanoi. Thang Long - Hanoi Capital is not only the world’s heritage in Vietnam but also the precious Vietnamese heritage of history and culture. Thang Long - Hanoi Capital also marked the important periods of time in the development of Vietnamese people in the past. Every single corner of Thang Long - Hanoi Capital shows and maintain the values of the past from the architecture, politics, lives and cultures of Vietnamese people at that time.
The magnificent and solemn beauty of Thang Long - Hanoi Capital also expresses how rich and powerful the empire of that period was. A lot of foreign authors have to admit that it is very rare to see a place with a long term of history lasting until today like Thang Long - Hanoi Capital. Therefore, Thang Long - Hanoi Capital was officially confirmed to be the world’s heritage in Vietnam in 2010.
Ticket price: From 30,000 VND per person.
Opening Time: From 8:00 to 17:00.
In conclusion, with all the information about these valuable heritages confirmed by UNESCO, we strongly hope that we can give you quite a lot of useful knowledge about as well as sincerely recommend you to visit one of the best world’s heritage in Vietnam. It is sure that you will be fascinated by the special spaces of the material and immaterial heritage of Vietnam as well as learn more about the cultural values and nature of Vietnam. Feel free to contact VieGo for more support.