I - Top beautiful rivers in Vietnam
1 - Cuu Long River (Mekong River)
Furthermore, in the Mekong River, there exist floating markets - a typical form of trade and commerce of the local people. Taking part in those markets, travelers will be able to experience the bustling life there and also the wonderful scene created by a number of items for sale on dozens of boats.
2 - Thu Bon River
3 - Han River
Along two sides of the Han River are Tran Hung Dao and Bach Dang streets covered with rows of trees which can bring travelers an incredible peaceful mood. When night falls, this Vietnamese river presents a totally different appearance with sparkling water reflecting from bridges and streets. Most importantly, Danang International Fireworks Festival is held annually on this romantic river. Several brilliant firework performances of countries around the world will lit up the Han river and attract a large number of both domestic and foreigner travelers.
4 - Huong River
Moreover, Huong River has a gentle beauty that makes people feel at peace while traveling here. Along two sides of the river are lush green mountains combining with temples and pagodas with typical architecture. Especially, there are a lot of memorable experiences travelers can try such as watching the sunset from this river of Vietnam, enjoying the scenery from Trang Tien Bridge at night, participating in the boat racing festival, listening to Nha Nhac of Hue Court (recognized in 2003 by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity), and so on.
5 - Serepok River
The Serepok River does not flow straight into the East Sea like the other rivers in Vietnam but flows back to Cambodia before merging with the Mekong. And more specifically, it is a fierce river with many consecutive rapids and strong flows even though it is composed of the Krong Kno and Krong Ana which are well-known for being very gentle.
Traveling to the delta of Serepok River, you can experience the identical beauty of Yok Don National Park, the refreshing atmosphere of mountains and forests, or the beautiful songs of birds. In addition, the Serepok stream flows into the villages of ethnic minorities and carries the unique soul of the landscape here.
6 - Lam River
7 - Ngo Dong River
While sailing down the Ngo Dong river, travelers can also pay a visit to Tam Coc, Bich Dong, Thai Vi Temple.
Along two sides of this Vietnamese river, there are numerous rolling limestone mountains and vast rice fields. Moreover, this landscape becomes terribly gorgeous around May and June when those rice fields turn yellow as a yellow silk ribbon spread following two banks of the Ngo Dong river.
8 - Hoai River
9 - Nho Que River
Going to Ha Giang, taking a Vietnam river boat tour is considered the top thing to do. Motorboat ride along Nho Que River and visitors can admire the towering rocky mountains on both sides with the majestic Tu San Abyss Alley - the deepest abyss alley in Southeast Asia. The boat price here is 100,000 VND / person (~ 4.3 USD) for a trip of 5-7 people, if there are fewer people, it will cost extra. To rent a boat to go along the Nho Que River, visitors need to get to the pier on the Nho Que river. There are 2 boats for tourists to choose from:
- Boat dock of Nho Que 1 river in Xin Cai commune, Meo Vac district. The road from Ma Pi Leng pass down to the boat pier is about 6km long and quite difficult to go. The boat station also offers kayaking service for 150,000 VND / person / 30 minutes (~ 6.46 USD)
- The boat dock of Ta Lang Commune, Lai Lung Commune, Meo Vac District. To find the way to the Ta boat pier, visitors just need to search directly for the phrase “Lối xuống bến thuyền sông Nho Quế” (The entrance to Nho Que river wharf) on Google maps to get detailed instructions. From the beginning of the entrance, visitors have to go through a 7km winding road.
Note: Tourists should take a tour or go with a local because the road is quite difficult and for convenient communication.
II - Top historical rivers in Vietnam
1 - Bach Dang River
- In 938, Ngo Quyen led the Vietnamese people against the invading South Han army and won. As a result, the period of over 1000 Years of Chinese Occupation had come to the end and a new era of independence and freedom for the Vietnamese began.
- In 981, Vietnamese people under the command of King Le Dai Hanh had successfully defeated the first Song invasion. The battle on the Bach Dang river ended in favor of the Vietnamese army creating a huge premise for the victory of the entire resistance afterwards.
- In 1288, the 3rd battle of Bach Dang took place successfully during the resistance war against the Mongolian in favor of the Vietnamese people. This victory marked the complete victory of the three times resistance war against Mongolian which was widely known as the most powerful army in the world at that time.
The common point of all three victories on Bach Dang river in Vietnam is that Vietnamese people had completely made use of plank stakes in the Bach Dang River whose traces still remain until now.
2 - Cua Luc River
In April 1955 this river witnessed the withdrawal of the last French soldiers, marking the victory of the revolutionary government and the working class.
On May 18, 2003, Bai Chay bridge was erected, connecting Hon Gai and Bai Chay. This cable-stayed bridge achieved the world record for main span length.
3 - Thach Han River
Besides, this Vietnamese river has played an important role in water transport and water supply for the main rice granaries of Quang Tri province.
During the Second Battle of Quang Tri in 1972, thousands of elite youths had left behind their own dreams and ambitions to fight for Quang Tri ancient citadel in response to the "three ready" movement. In that bloody battle, the Thach Han River was the major transport route to supply food and population potential for the Quang Tri front.
4 - Nhu Nguyet River (Cau River)
In 1077 on the Nhu Nguyet river, an army led by Ly Thuong Kiet General defeated the invaders from the Bac Song Dynasty including 100,000 troops led by General Quach Quy. This glorious victory has completely eliminated the conspiracy of invading Dai Viet for the second time of the Song.
5 - Hien Luong River
In 1954, the Hien Luong River witnessed the separation of the Seventeenth parallel due to the settlement signed in the Geneva Accords. At that time, Vietnam was temporarily divided into two regions taking the 17th parallel as a provisional military demarcation line. Therefore, it recorded all the fierce fighting lasting for 14 consecutive years of the Vietnamese army and people.
In this S-shaped nation, there are a number of rivers flowing through and associated closely with the history and culture of the country. They have been witnessing the miracle change from the fierce war to the speedy development of Vietnam. As a result, each river in Vietnam will offer visitors a totally different experience and feelings about the people and life there.
People also asked:
1 - What is the longest river in Vietnam?
→ Dong Nai is the longest river originating in Vietnam (586 km) while The Mekong is the longest river flowing through Vietnam
2 - How many rivers in Vietnam?
→ According to statistics of the Vietnam River Administration, there are 392 rivers flowing in and through Vietnam.