Vietnam is rising swiftly but clings onto the fascinating customs and culture which make it such a mesmerizing holiday destination. History has left its mark on Vietnam by means of Chinese, French and American influence. Northern Vietnam possesses some of the country’s most magnificent landscape with towering mountains, woody limestone karsts and flowing rice terraces. The capital city Hanoi holds the clues of centuries of change in its extensive Parisian roads and colorful Chinese temples. The panorama of Halong Bay is purely a delightful sight; spectacular rock peaks ascend spectacularly from the sea and floating villages sit lethargically in the bay.
Central Vietnam suggests historical cities and comprehensive beaches. Hue, the old majestic capital, is home to the Citadel, Royal Tombs and the eminent Perfume River. The UNESCO-listed city of Hoi, exceptionallywell-preserved and its streets are lined with old shop houses, Chinese temples, attractive bars and trendy restaurants. The flourishingcontemporary city of Danang platforms its fire-breathing Dragon Bridge and sits only a few kilometers away from a golden seashore. The Mekong Delta is blessed with flourishing productive land where villagers in customary conical hats labor in vibrant green rice paddies and traditional boats with dragons’ eyes ply the muddy waters. Ho Chi Minh City’s period of war history is exhibited at the Cu Chi Tunnels and War Remnants Museum but this enormouscity is also bursting with modern bars, shops and restaurants.