Ho Chi Minh route was used by the Viet Minh in their struggle for independence from France, and was later reopened by North Vietnam to supply the Vietcong during the Vietnam War.
It was a complex maze of trails maintained by local people and traveled north to the south Asian country, often by the thick jungle of Laotian territory. Today the route to a little shifted towards the east, is one of the best ways to learn about Vietnam, a country of immense beauty and inhabited by people very sociable.
The route runs parallel to the coast from Hanoi to Saigon and allows us to go places very different from the Vietnamese geography, from the beautiful rice fields, where the Vietnamese beef with water, ancient cities, through a beautiful coastline provided seabed and magnificent beaches.
For travelers with little means there is a very economical way to make this trip. This is the acquisition of a special ticket which costs around 20 euros, with a lapse of two months, enabling the route in its entirety.
The beginning of the route, the city of Hanoi, needs no introduction. It is a seductive city that has combined with remarkable success with its ancient architectural heritage more daring skyscrapers. A pagoda of 1500 years, the French colonial buildings, leafy parks, lakes, bustling markets and a dynamic population and are among the attractions of this magnificent city.
One of the interesting sites that cross the route Ho Chi Minh is the Cuc Phuong National Park, 140 kilometers from Hanoi, which preserves 222 square miles of rain forest with one of the highest biodiversity in the world. Here are their unique habitats like the macaque or the yellow spotted deer. It also has attractive paleontological sites and a center for recovering endangered apes.
Nha Trang, is another destination on the route, a town on the coast and live on fishing and tourism are increasingly numerous. This is the best area for diving in the country. He is one of the best placed to enjoy delicious seafood, fish and a wide variety of fruits, among which only one that grows here, or thanh long dragon fruit, pineapple-flavored kind of like the kiwi. In this town it is worth contemplating the movement of fishermen using boats curious round about to do its job.
Near Nha Trang Da Lat is where you can enjoy spectacular waterfalls during the rainy season, we can also visit the Cham towers at Po Nagar, built between the XII and VII centuries at a site used for worship Hindus from the second century.
In Mui Ne, a fishing village, we expect a landscape dominated by the red color of earth, which can be seen best in the giant sand dune is located near the village or in the red rock canyon near the beach.
The economic center of Vietnam and end of our route, Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, is an attractive city in which to enjoy an exciting street life. Has beautiful monuments of timeless beauty, lively markets and a vibrant cultural life that make it an essential destination for multiple understand the soul of Vietnam.