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Those who like to stick closer to big cities will have their choice of Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, in the south and Hanoi in the north. Ho Chi Minh City still features much French Colonial architecture, including the Municipal Theatre and Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica Cathedral. The city also has the Museum of Vietnamese History and War Remnant Museum, which show different aspects of the Vietnam War.
Hanoi, which served as the capital of French Indochina, also preserves much of its colonial history through architecture, including the Presidential Palace and the Hotel Metropole, which hosts foreign dignitaries to this day. The city also celebrates its history and culture in many museums, including the National Museum of Vietnamese History and the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. Hanoi is home to the National Museum of Fine Arts, plus a Contemporary Arts Centre as well.
With around 3,444 kilometres of coastal land, Vietnam has also become a favoured destination of beachgoers from around the world. Beaches abound near Danang, Nha Trang and Hoi An. However, the northern outpost of Doc Let offers some relief from the crowds of sunbathers, as do the beaches of the Con Dao Islands.