Vietnam Tourist Guide
Vietnam stretches over 1600km along the eastern coast of the
Indochinese Peninsula. Vietnam?s two main areas are the Red River
Delta in the North and the Mekong Delta in the South. Long
associated with the horrors of war, Vietnam has finally won its
last battle - to capture the imagination of the traveling
public. Elegant Hanoi now vies with its dynamic sister, Ho Chi Minh
City, for the attention of visitors drawn by the eclectic mix of
old and new.
Ho Chi Minh City still holds its French colonial influences; the
markets are chaotically busy and the streets are jam-packed with
mopeds and scooters, often carrying whole families. Elsewhere, the
scenes are timeless. Early morning on the Mekong Delta sees the
daily floating markets where fruit and vegetables are sold.
Everywhere the green rice paddies stretch into the distance, broken
only by the silhouette of water buffalo and farm workers bending
down to tend the young plants, with the traditional conical shaped
hats. Cruise trips in Vietnam will take you on adventures into the
Mekong Delta, take in the breathtaking scenic sights of Vietnamese
rural life, watch the fisherman at work, take a Sampan tour into
Xeo Quit, and see the colorful Cai Rang floating market.
HaLong Bay is one of the world's natural wonders and is the most
beautiful tourist destination of Vietnam, it is located in the Gulf
of Tonkin, covers an area of 1,500 square km. With more than a
thousand limestone karsts rising up from its crystalline emerald
waters, it is now listed as one of four World Heritage sites in
Vietnam. Visitors have constantly marveled at Ha Long Bay's natural
beauty. The tiny islands are dotted with numerous beaches and
grottoes created by the wind and the waves providing an excellent
backdrop for swimming or just lazing about on the boat deck.
Vietnam offers a varying feast for the eyes and none more so than
in the beautiful waterways of the inland deltas and the coastal
islands and bays, all just waiting to be explored!
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