|2011||Inscribed||Reasons for inscription|Nam Onrit (Thailand):
This citadel is the latest WHS of Vietnam. I had to try my best to visit there, because no tour operators or public transportation.
Finally, I decided to go to Ninh Binh town the nearest point to reach the citadel easiest way. From Ninh Binh, I chartered sedan car with driver drove through many bustling villages for 1.30hours approx. The driver never talked to my friend and me. I known later, he was stress out driving to attraction he may not go there before.
The citadel have only a few evidences to prove to be the ancient capital. There are well condition city walls and 4 gates. In the middle is paddy field, lotus ponds and dirt roads.
However, I love there. I've found surrounded villages are commune style housing. Quite and simple countryside with friendly farmers and villagers.
Vietnam is one of destination are talked about rip-off but not here. People seem not used to foreigners but they are welcome.
In the WHS there were only 2 visitors, my friend and I wandering in the walls.
Although it have a few ancient things to explore but its history is interesting. You can read the brief and enjoy photos from my blog.
Date posted: January 2013 John Booth (New Zealand):
This site is in two parts, one each side of Vinh Loc village in the province of Thanh Hoa. The Citadel is almost a kilometer square surrounded by earth and masonry walls. In the centre of each side are masonry arched gateways. The area within the walls is now rice padi.
The Nam Giao altar resides on a hillside at the other end of the village.
Vinh Loc is accessible by bus from Thanh Hoa town.
Date posted: March 2012
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