The perfect blend of history, culture and nature. Vietnam is a great destination for those wanting to broaden their travelling horizons in 2019. From floating markets to abandoned waterparks, here are 15 unique things to see that will take your breath away.
1. The Crazy House
Begin this magical tour of epic discoveries in the capital of the Lam Dong province. Known as the city of Eternal Spring, its evergreen forests and small villages render it a beautiful place to stop. The Crazy House, listed as one of the top 10 most unique architectural sights in the world, fits perfectly in this fairy-tale setting. For further enchantment, you can visit the city's other special attractions, such as the Van Thanh Flower Village and the mythical Elephant Waterfall.
2. Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park
Up for a physical challenge? Try cave trekking in Vietnam's Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. Be stunned by the Phong Nha Cave where inside, the rocks resemble jewels. What makes it even more special is that in order to explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site, you need to travel by boat. Vietnam is also where you can find the world's largest cave, Hang Son Doong.
3. Hanoi's train street
Twice a day, a train passes through Hanoi's lively old quarter. A train making its journey through a town seems fairly normal right? However, this train isn't quite like most, as it travels down the middle of the street in a busy neighbourhood. This leaves the train just inches from the surrounding buildings! Watching it go by is definitely an unconventional sight.
4. The Tomb of Nguyen Emperor, Khai Dinh
Where Asian influence meets European Gothic style: the architecture of this lavish tomb is one-of-a-kind. As you enter the site, you'll be greeted with statues of dragons, elephants and warriors, preparing you for the great marvel that is the tomb itself. An unassuming exterior of stone and iron, it's hard to believe just how magnificent the interior is when you step inside. The walls are brightly coloured and every inch is intricately decorated with glass and ceremic . You can also see some of the personal gifts that were given to the Emperor himself!
5. Ho Thuy Tien Water Park
An abandoned water park may not be at the top of your list when it comes to attractions, but this sight remains a popular one for those who take a fancy to all things spooky. What makes this waterpark fascinating is its structure, featuring a dragon in the centre of a man-made lake. The slides have now become a part of the surrounding nature, so for a cool photo oppurtunity, this is the place to explore.