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Vietnam and its tourist attractions

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Vietnam and its tourist attractions

If we try to remember Vietnamese history, we might find that France had a relationship with this beautiful country, yeah Vietnam has become as a protectorate country by France. The history of the Vietnamese people is a dense and eventful history, marked by foreign occupations and successive wars of resistance. We can leave our story behind, we’re going to talk about Vietnam today. Vietnam is a country in Southeast Asia on the South China Sea. It is known for its beaches, rivers, Buddhist pagodas and bustling cities. Hanoi, the capital, pays homage to Ho Chi Minh, the emblematic leader of the nation in the communist era, with a huge marble mausoleum. How many favorable tourist destinations are there in Vietnam? we will describe them for you all as the suggestion list to visit in Vietnam!

Hoan Kiem Lake

Vietnam and its tourist attractions

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, has many attractions for tourists who want to travel. Hanoi also has a lot of history from the country of Vietnam. One of Hanoi’s most famous tourist attractions is Hoan Kiem Lake. This lake is located in the center of Hanoi city, a sports and natural learning center for the surrounding community. Hoan Kiem has the meaning of “returned sword” borrowed from the legend of the King of Law. Whoever had a magic sword given by the gods!

My Son Sanctuary

Vietnam and its tourist attractions

It is a set of Cham temples whose spiritual roots link it to Hinduism. The My Son Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a good example of the ancient civilization of Champa. Located in the southern part of Vietnam, this place is a combination of political centers and royal lands. Where there are 70 site structures for Hindu goddesses. The site had been ravaged by war, but in 1898 it was again renovated by France. For you who are interested in Asian history especially Indochina, so this place is estimated for you!

Along Bay

Vietnam and its tourist attractions

Along Bay is the main tourist attraction in Vietnam. This tourist place is famous all over the world. The one where is located in northern Vietnam, near the Chinese border. You could say that Along Bay is one of the natural wonders of the world and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994.

It is known for its turquoise waters and its thousands of imposing limestone islands covered with tropical forests. Cruises in junk and kayak excursions allow you to navigate between the islands famous for their shape, in particular the islets of the Dog of Stone and the Teapot. The area is suitable for scuba diving, climbing and hiking, especially in the mountainous national park of Cát Bà.

Phon Na-Ke Bang

Vietnam and its tourist attractions

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is not only an ordinary national park, it is also part of the UNESCO world heritage located in the province of Quang Binh, in north-central Vietnam. If you love nature, adventure, hiking, exploring caves and meeting friendly locals, Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park is a destination not to be missed. The largest cave in the world awaits you!

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The Dark Past Behind the Glory of Manta Point in Nusa Penida

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For a memorable underwater experience, diving with manta ray is something that almost every diver dreams about. To be in the tranquil scenery where a gigantic Manta Ray passing gracefully, gently flaps its wing-like fins, conjuring images of underwater ballet. Bali’s sister island, the laid-back Nusa Penida is one of the best place to swim with these gentle giants. The Manta Point in Nusa Penida is a heaven and safe zone for these protected fish. 

The Dark Past Behind the Glory of Manta Point in Nusa Penida

Dangers Beyond the Safety of Manta Point Nusa Penida 

Manta Ray was not always this lucky. Just about 6 years ago, they were hunted everywhere in Indonesian water, mainly in the southern part of the country where the lands are mostly barren and the people depend on the sea. Manta ray was common in the dinner table of Solok and many other coastal villages of eastern Indonesia—who enjoyed the winged fish as their traditional foods. Fisherman used hunt the manta ray as one single manta would give them three million rupiahs (USD $212). The fishing increased ever since Chinese markets begun to show interest on manta’s gills as alternative medicine even though no study has ever prove it. A single gill would be sold around 150.000 rupiah per kilogram, and that’s enough to push the manta fishing, pushing it beyond customary limits. Fishermans would prioritise Manta Ray over other fishes and as a result, the animal was quickly facing an extinction. 

Manta Protections 

Indonesia started to impose ban on manta ray fishing as the population was rapidly decreasing. Female manta rays can only give birth to one or two pups every two to five years while the the fisherman could catch hundreds every year. If this continue, soon there will be no manta ray around in Indonesia water. Meanwhile, the diving tourism industry were showing a growing interest in manta ray as one of the most-seek animal by divers. The Manta Point in Nusa Penida was one of the leading region in Indonesia to locally protect Manta Ray. Tour operators and fisherman were given education about the Manta and it results on more sighting of this majestic animals. In 2014, the government finally impose Manta Ray bans and set up daily patrols on Manta-dense regions to ensure that there’s no more manta hunts. 

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Hunting Manta at Manta Point Nusa Penida

The Dark Past Behind the Glory of Manta Point in Nusa Penida

Today, Indonesia become the world’s largest manta ray sanctuary as the country pledges to protect all manta rays within its 6 million kilometres of its exclusive economic zone. The decisions was influenced by a study that estimate that living manta ray, as ecotourism objects, could contribute at least 12 billion rupiahs over its life time. To compare, a single manta ray would be sold around three to six million rupiahs. A living manta a worth at least 400,000 more when let alive in conservation. From economical viewpoint, that’s an easy decision. The Manta Point at Nusa Penida alone house more than 600 manta ray individuals on its water. It serves as a critical habitat for this “Vulnerable to Extinction” animal and is planning to continue to do so. Today, divers and all marine enthusiast could enjoy watching manta ray as they thrive on a better life. Hunting manta in Manta Point Nusa Penida today is a totally fun and friendly activity—no manta is left harmed.