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Regardless of whether you find yourself in the south or the north of the country, or indeed if you’re travelling across this elongated country, you’re guaranteed to find something that will entice your interest around every traversed corner. In the north you can explore the mountainous beauty of Sapa or head to the coast to see the UNESCO Heritage Site of Ha Long Bay. A place of true natural wonder, boat trips will let you get up close to the monolithic cliffs that rise out of the sea, as well as the quaint coves that inhabit the coastline. While in the north, you should also pay a visit to the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi. Here old pagodas stand next to beautiful French-colonial buildings, interspersed with modern architecture, and visitors will find a city of friendly locals and full of interesting sites. Visit the Vietnamese Women’s Museum for an alternative perspective on the nation’s history, see the Ho Chi Minh Museum and Mausoleum, where the freedom fighter and first president of Vietnam is buried, before heading to the Museum of Vietnamese History and the Hoa Lo Prison, which American POWs nicknamed the Hanoi Hilton. If after this heavy dose of history, you feel like escaping to something less bellicose, then catch a classic performance of water puppets or stroll along the banks of the tranquil Hoan Kiem Lake. Further south from Hanoi, pay a visit to the old imperial capital of Hue. Once the seat of power for the Nguyen Dynasty the Forbidden Purple Palace, the surrounding citadel and the majestic Tombs of the Emperors serve as perfect glimpses into Vietnam’s magnificent past. Finally we come to the south of the country. A place where the mighty Mekong River flows into the sea, where the great Ho Chi Minh City remains constantly awake, and where the gigantic network of the Cu Chi tunnels run underground as a stark reminder of the resilience and ingenuity of the Viet Cong during the war. In Ho Chi Minh City visit the Notre Dame Cathedral and the opera house, or tuck into a delicious portion of pho or a banh mi sandwich, before going on a boat tour to explore the Mekong Delta. Vietnam is a delightful and friendly myriad of sights and you’ll never to find yourself short of things to do here.
Permeating every particle of Greek culture is its rich heritage of history and mythology. Regardless of where you choose to holiday in Greece, you’re never far from a place that in one way or another is linked to one of the great gods like Zeus, Aphrodite or Poseidon, or the historical setting of fabled demigods and heroes like Hercules, Perseus and Odysseus.
The Moroccan metropolis is a plethora of colours, tastes, scents and of course sounds. Visiting the city will leave you with an infinity of impressions and regardless of where you move in the centre of Marrakech, you’re never short of new experiences. During your stay in this amazing city, sometimes you’ll need a space where you can just relax and enjoy the silence for a bit. Luckily there are numerous options for you to choose between, and below we have selected four things for you to do when you want a break from the hustle and bustle of the souks.
Every year on the 17th of March the planet glows in a special green hue, in honour of the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. Throughout the world, millions of people gather to celebrate everything Irish and the most famous festivities take place in New York City, Boston and of course Dublin. With lots of activities and performances taking place during the weekend around St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve chosen some of the main things that you can do, if you find yourself in Dublin during these joyful days. Check out more events here: http://www.stpatricksfestival.ie/