Vietnam’s cities have an enduring air of French finesse with their grand colonial buildings and tree-lined boulevards, while rural Vietnam is dominated by endless swathes of radiant rice paddies and dotted with tranquil villages. Women in their flowing traditional dresses add grace and elegance and the cuisine is delicate and divine. Towering mountains and rolling hills melt into fertile river deltas and a pristine coastline awash with quaint fishing hamlets meanders up past charming ancient towns and spectacular natural wonders. beauty, charm and people.
Ha Noi is the gracious thousand year old capital of Viet Nam and the birth place of Pho noodle soup, Viet Nam’s national dish. Centered around the serene Hoan Kiem Lake the City of the Soaring Dragon impresses the traveler with wide tree lined boulevards, elegant colonial buildings, legendary Water Puppet Theater and its charming Old Quarter. To the east is one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the majestic and breathtaking Ha Long Bay dotted with thousands of limestone islets, hidden grottoes and secluded beaches. Travel westward by overnight train to find Sa Pa cloaked in mist and hinting at its former glory as a French hilltop resort with stunning views of terraced paddy fields hugging steep hill sides, colourful minority cultures socializing in lively markets and invigorating walks to cascading silvery waterfalls.
Fly south on Vietnam Airlines to experience the Central coast. Cultured and imbued with the timeless air of imperial splendor Hue romances the visitor with its heritage of regal refinement. Be lost in time wondering through the impressive Imperial Citadel, royal tombs and pagodas along the gracious Perfume River while savoring delicate Hue cuisine. Escape to Da Nang for some ‘rest and relaxation’ on the legendary powdery white sands of China Beach, marvel at the view from atop Marble Mountain or wonder through the ruins of the extinct Champa civilization at nearby My Son. A remnant from a bygone era of merchant trade routes, the charming ancient port town of Hoi An will leave you enchanted with its eclectic mix of weathered architecture, quiet narrow streets and evenings awash with the ambient glow of coloured silk lanterns.
Blessed with vast stretches of pristine white sandy beaches, clear tranquil waters, a handful of offshore islands and temperate weather for much of the year makes Nha Trang an idyllic place to laze around, get a tan and barbeque seafood on the beach or indulge in every conceivable water sport imaginable. Known affectionately as the City of Eternal Spring due to its mild Highland’s climate Da Lat’s charming atmosphere, set amidst French colonial villas and churches, tranquil lakes with pine forests and waterfalls has moved many to aptly name it the City of Love and “Le Petite Paris”. The once quiet fishing village of Mui Ne known for its red sand dunes is fast becoming famous as a new kiteboarding and windsurfing Mecca thanks to its cool ocean breezes while luxury hotels and resorts with international and Vietnamese food and local seafood restaurants satisfy all your senses.
Awakened from decades of slumber Ho Chi Minh City also affectionately known as Sai Gon is now Asia’s liveliest boomtown driven with vivacious abandonment energetically blending its cityscape and the cuisines and cultures of past legacies with the ultra modern has created a vibrant cosmopolitan city. Just off the beaten track is the quiet Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre renowned for its abundance of coconuts. Paddle by canoe through the maze of palm shaded canals and explore quaint hamlets on foot to experience the simple local way of life. Discover the ultimate Lost paradise with just a short flight from Sai Gon to Phu Quoc Island which is almost entirely National Park where you can wander along endless stretches of pristine deserted beaches and reef dive in the azure waters of one of Asia’s best kept hidden treasures.
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