Vietnam is an intriguing country and despite its colourful history, it is emerging as one of Asia’s fastest growing economies. Renowned for its rural beauty, Vietnam is a fertile and verdant land with the northern wild highlands characterised by terraced rice fields and lush, rugged landscape, also home to many ethnic minority groups, including Blue and Black Hmong, Red Dao and Giay people.
The emerald waters of Halong Bay adorned with krast formations and secluded coves, a World Heritage site is famed for its remarkable scenery. Vietnam’s colonial legacy is very much evident and the city of Hanoi, famous for its One Pillar Pagoda and its intricate Old Quarter filled holds much cultural and historical wealth. Hue, former imperial capital and surrounded by lakes and lush vegetation, offers a slower pace of life and relaxed atmosphere and retains the inheritance of Vietnam’s royal past.
Hoi An is a charismatic UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site boasting a blend of captivating architecture with beautiful beaches. At the peak of its existence, Hoi An was a thriving seaport and an encounter point for eastern and western cultures. Dalat is a picturesque colonial town, a fusion of Southeast Asian and Continental influences, surrounded by pine forests and flower gardens. Dalat is host to the palace of Vietnam’s last Emperor and boasts one of Vietnam’s best golf courses, proudly overlooking the magnificent Xuan Huong Lake. Ho Chi Minh City, former Saigon, intriguing and mysterious is Vietnam’s commercial centre and the bustling economic hub of the south. Vibrant with a cosmopolitan atmosphere and exciting nightlife, Ho Chi Minh’s famed colonial architecture is immortalised in the Cathedral of Notre Dame and the old post office. The Jade Emperor Pagoda is a fascinating monument of its ancient history. The Mekong Delta is a lush and fertile region and the pulsating heart of the delta, are the towns of Chau Doc and Can Tho – host to the region’s most famous floating markets. Cruising the Mekong past small villages, plantations and catfish farms allows a glimpse into the local way of life, traditions and customs.
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