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With its ancient Citadel, mausoleums, pagodas, and palaces, Hue is a haven for history buffs. Winding through this historic capital is Perfume River (Song Huong), overshadowed by the walled Forbidden City on its north bank. Built under Emperor Gia Long in 1805, this fortress covers 5 km (3 miles) of Hue's waterfront. Equally appealing are the tombs scattered throughout the city, including the Khai
Dinh mausoleum that stands out from the pack due to its detailed mosaic work. As a designated UNESCO World Heritage site, Hue still bears scars from the Vietnam War, having endured insurmountable suffering in its close proximity to the DMZ.
Danang was an important port city late in the 19th century, when silting in the Thu Bon River eliminated neighboring Hoi An's access to the...
A visit to the north is not complete without a trip to Halong Bay, where placid waters give way to more than 3,000 limestone karsts and wind...