website of British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has
issued Graig Doyle’s notes about Vietnam tourism after
his recent trip to the country. He said the Vietnamese
tourism industry is developing and capable of attracting
tourists. Nhan Dan Online introduces his notes as follow:
an 18-hour journey, first impressions of Vietnam are
bound to be somewhat bizarre. At 5.30am in Hanoi, the
capital of Vietnam, most of the city's two million people
seem to be up and about taking their morning constitutional.
Hanoi was the starting point for a journey which took
Craig around north and central Vietnam. The area saw
some of the heaviest fighting during the war and has
only relatively recently opened up to tourism.
mobile on a moped
is one of the remaining Communist countries in the world,
but if you didn't know it when you arrived, you would
never have guessed it. Until recently there were only
bicycles. Now, there are mopeds by the thousand. High-rise
office blocks and hotels are beginning to invade Hanoi's
traditional, low-rise skyline. The Hotel Melia in the
centre of the city is one of only 18 western-style hotels
in Hanoi and while it may be luxurious, it does feel
out of place here.
decided to head for the old city, a must if you've only
got a few days in the city. It's a maze of 36 streets
lined with Tamarind trees and named after the different
trades and goods they specialise in. Times have changed
too much to make the street names relevant; Bamboo Basket
Street is now where the Vietnamese shop for haberdashery,
whilst Herbal Medicine Street sells hardware. Goods
are particularly cheap in the old city.
to Hoi An
Hanoi, the next leg of the journey took Craig into the
countryside where 90% of Vietnam's over 80 million people
live. He headed south to the small town of Hoi An, an
hour's flight away.
An, the best way to explore the streets is by bike,
they only cost about 60p for the day, although you'll
find it impossible to hire a safety helmet. In rural
areas, billiard halls are the place to be seen in once
night falls. For the final leg of the trip, Craig took
a car to Hue, over Cloudy Mountain, an area that saw
some of the heaviest fighting during the Vietnam War.
It's only 96.5km (60 miles) from Hoi An to Hanoi but
the drive takes four to five hours. Despite being slow,
the road over Cloudy Mountain was well worth the drive
with beautiful views across the lush green mountains.
is the cultural core
is a big, bustling provincial town. Once Vietnam's capital,
it's still at the country's cultural core. The centre
of daily life in Hue is the market. Most people visit
the market at least twice a day. Craig's guide, Tiger,
advised him what to touch and what not to touch, which
allowed him to enjoy the snacks that the market had
is the main religion of Vietnam, and Hue is the spiritual
centre. Once there were over 8 square kilometres (five
square miles) of palaces and courtyards, but most were
destroyed in 1968 when the Americans bombed the city.
However, in a country that has relatively few formal
sights like palaces and monuments, the Citadel is Vietnam's
main tourist attraction_Nhan Dan