In Vietnam’s major cities — Hanoi, Hoi An, Hue, and Ho Chi Minh City — history lives on in the colonial architecture, the 11th century temples, and restored artifacts from numerous wars. These destinations are full of museums, galleries, and buildings with more than a few stories to tell and each played witness to the long and storied history of the nation.
Vietnam historical attractions not to be missed include the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Temple of Literature in Hanoi, and the Notre Dame Cathedral and Independence Palace in Ho Chi Minh. Wander the streets of Hoi An and feel immediately immersed in the colonial history of Vietnam. Do the same in Hue and imagine the era of emperors and grand palaces.
The best way to really understand the history and culture of Vietnam is to hire a tour guide when visiting historical sites so that you can hear the stories and anecdotes that bring these places to life.
No historical tour of Vietnam is complete without a visit to the imperial city of Hue. This once great capital at the center of the country has born witness to some of Vietnam's most significant historical events and more than its fair share of bloodshed.
Your introduction to Hue's history should begin in the ancient citadel, exploring the elaborate palaces and temples built by Vietnam's Nguyen Dynasty Emperors. Here, in this stunning part of the city, beautifully restored, one of the Vietnam War's most horrific battles took place and almost razed it to the ground.
To best understand the complex history of Vietnam's royal past, occupations, and war-torn later years, make sure to hire a guide to take you around the plentiful sights of Hue.