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Situated near the southern margin of the Red River Delta, the Trang An Landscape Complex is a spectacular landscape of limestone karst peaks permeated with valleys, many of them partly submerged and surrounded by steep, almost vertical cliffs. Exploration of caves at different altitudes has revealed archaeological traces of human activity over a continuous period of more than 30,000 years. They illustrate the occupation of these mountains by seasonal hunter-gatherers and how they adapted to major climatic and environmental changes, especially the repeated inundation of the landscape by the sea after the last ice age. The story of human occupation continues through the Neolithic and Bronze Ages to the historical era. Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Viet Nam, was strategically established here in the 10th and 11th centuries AD. The property also contains temples, pagodas, paddy-fields and small villages.
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We've written a very extensive guide filled with insightfull comments and handy tips and tricks about all the aspects to traveling in Vietnam. We've summarized the most critical things below, but you can discover more information in our detailed guide to Vietnam.
Currencie(s): Vietnamese đồng
Corruption: Vietnam has a corruption score of 67 out of 100.
If your itinerary runs through Vietnam, watch out for muggers and beware of corrupt police officers. According to Transparency International, Vietnam scores average on the list of corrupt nations around the world.
Vietnam is not concidered to be a dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 1.88 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.
Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in Red River Delta is 18.
Age of Consent: 18 years.
Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is not legalized in Vietnam.
Vietnam scores a 0/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.
Driving: Right-hand traffic.
Power adapters and converters: 220 V (50 Hz), Plug A / B / C
Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 29.63 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So be carefull when travelling to Vietnam. Make sure you are prepared by reading our article about effective strategies for a healthier trip.