Colonial Destinations in Vietnam
Examples of Rococo design and traditional wooden boats? You can only be in Vietnam! For a truly unique vacation, experience the relics of colonialism. In Vietnam, there are impressive examples of French-Colonial architecture. Both beautiful and out of place, the structures can’t help but command your attention. If you are a fan of history, design, architecture, and stories, then you are about to experience a very unique side of Vietnam...
Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi actually has an entire district reflective of the French-Colonial style. Whether you stay in Hanoi's hotels or simply enjoy observing the city on foot, Vietnam's capital city is undoubtedly a feast for your eyes. Add to your experience by taking tours which will contrast the fact that this 'French haven' is also the birthplace of some of the nation's kings.
Getting lost in the colorful city of Hoi An takes on dual meanings when you find yourself caught up in a whirlwind of adventures, and dizzy from the hodgepodge of architectural styles surrounding you. The French influence might have you thinking you're walking down Bourbon Street in New Orleans, but Chinese and Japanese merchants also left their mark. Meanwhile, the native tradition of temples and pagodas is still reflected.
In Vietnam's largest city, Ho Chi Minh City, you can see the absolutely exquisite Saigon Opera House. Don't forget to leave time to visit the country's Notre Dame Cathedral — a little piece of Paris in the heart of Vietnam. Speaking of, Ho Chi Minh City also has an assortment of trendy coffee shops and artistic areas. If not for the river boats, temples, and markets, you'd be forgiven for thinking you were in Europe.