Enjoy a trip to Vietnam, this country has a lot to offer.

Don’t miss visiting:

HANOI, HALONG BAY,  HOI AN, SA PA,  HUE, DA NANG; HO MNIH CITY ( SAIGON)

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Vietnam officially:

The Socialist Republic of Vietnam (SRV). read more and check map:

 http://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/asia/vn.htm

A thin country stretching for thousands of Km from North to South. It has beautiful mountain with colorful hill tribes. It has highlands with their everlasting rudimentary traditions. It has beaches and many of those are considered best in the world

Vietnam was part of Impe12801550_10154092913056350_2028462693342712323_nrial China  for over a millennium, from 111 BC to AD 939. The Vietnamese became independent in 939, following the Vietnamese victory in the battle of  Bach Dang River. Successive Vietnamese Royal Dynasties  flourished as the nation expanded geographically and politically into Southeast Asia, until the Indochina Peninsula was colonized by French  in the mid-19th century.

Following a Japanese occupation  in the 1940s, the Vietnamese fought French rule in the 1st Indochina War , eventually expelling the French in 1954. Thereafter, Vietnam was divided politically into two rival states, North and South Vietnam.

Conflict between the two sides intensified, with heavy intervention from the United States , in what is known as the Vietnam War . The war ended with a North Vietnamese victory in 1975

Vietnam was then unified under a communist  government but remained impoverished and politically isolated. In 1986, the government initiated a series Its has lots to see: A thin country stretching for thousands of Km from North to South. It has beautiful mountain with colorful hill tribes. It has highlands with their everlasting rudimentary traditions. It has beaches and many of those are considered best in the world of economic and political reforms  which began Vietnam’s path towards integration into the world economy.

By 2000, it had established diplomatic relations with all nations. Since 2000, Vietnam’s economic growth rate has been among the highest in the world, and, in 2011, it had the highest Global Growth generators  Index  among 11 major economies. Its successful economic reforms resulted in its joining the World Trade Organization in 2007.

Capital is Hanoi  , Official languages Vietnamese, Largest city Ho Chi Minh City

More on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam

Hanoi                                                                                               

 The capital of Vietnam, a city that celebrated 1.000 years in 2010 has countless fascinating cultural and historic sites a must see ( the Temple of Literature, mausoleum of the historic father figure of modern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, and the former presidents house on stilts where he lived from 1958 to 1969, the picturesque West Lake and the sixth century Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda, the Ethnology Museum, Hanoi’s Old Quarter also known as the ‘36 streets’., a  walking tour charming Hang Be Market and around Hoan Kiem Lake, also the Water Puppet show. This is a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of national history.

Halong Bay

One of thhalonge World’s wonder Nothing else in
the world is similar! Splash out and spoil yourself with this one, its well worth a  3.5-hour drive from HANOI to Halong Bay

12718382_10154092947896350_5309741337044360863_n12038363_10154092914826350_351946770876664852_nJourney through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta, observe everyday life of  Vietnamese villagers as they work the rice fields, take pigs to the market on motorbikes and plough the fields with their water buffaloes.   Join a Halong Bay cruise by rock formations with such names as Sail, Dog and Dinh Huong (incense pot)

read more: https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Hanoi

Hoi An

UNESCO World Heritage Centre

The charming Hoi An with its peaceful atmosphere and great architecture12347864_10154098011611350_9135554380565830851_n,  the capital and religious centre of the former Champa Kingdom, My Son. Here, 40km southwest of Hoi An in a lush green valley, are dozens of red brick towers and sanctuaries dating from between the 7th and 13th centuries. On the way back to Hoi An stop to visit Tra Kieu, formerly12670796_10154098014201350_1572016773895891726_n known as Simhapura or the Lion Citadel, the capital of Champa between the 4th and 8th centuries. Some of the finest sculptures in Danang’s Cham Museum originated from here.

walking tour of the ancient town centre to visit former merchants’ houses, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, a Chinese communal hall and the colorful market.   Hoi An is a destination with two faces – the charming, old-world trading port of narrow streets and traditional houses, and the beach with its new resorts and long stretch of clean white sand. In keeping  with Hoi An’s heritage as a trading port, the town’s tiny shop houses now host a range of craft shops and artisans including some of Asia’s best bespoke tailors. Despite the passing of 200 years and the ravages of wea12472805_10154098007106350_1147171515374735782_nther and war, the centre of Hoi An remains much the same as it was in its heyday. Enjoy Hoi An by night crowded and join the night market. You will notice heaps of great restaurants, relaxed nightlife, clean beaches and of course lots of lanterns.

read more: http://wikitravel.org/en/Hoi_An

SA PA 

 In the t1557699_10154082377941350_2538427307162491690_nerraced hills and mountains of this area, the monotony of the expansive green landscape is enlivened by the colors of its hill tribe population – flashes of shining silver jewelry from the necks and wrists of indigo-clad H’mong and the scarlet hues of the turbans worn by the Red Dao can be seen. It is here you will find hands stained wit12801588_10154082347251350_2218265923765517809_nh color from fabric dyes and shades of blue, red and green intricately embroidered and stitched into jackets, waistcoats, pants, skirts, caps, purses and leggings. Take a  walking tour of Sapa for a visit to the busy market where Red Dao, Black H’Mong, Tay and other ethnic minority people converge from the surrounding countryside to sell their silverware and handicrafts, and to buy provisions. Following take a light trek to di1scover Sapa’s quaint hill tribe villages set against the stunning Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range and Indochina’s highest peak, Mt. Fansipan.

Hue, Da Nang

 The former imperial capital of Vietnam. It’s mesmerizing tombs and mausoleums of the last emperors of Vietnam reveal fascinating insights into the lives of the imperial families and their subjects. Thimagese ancient Citadel reflects the pomp and ceremony of the dynastic rulers as well as the scars of many years of turmoil, both ancient and modern. The Royal Citadel was badly damaged in the latter stages of the war but retains a sense of grace and majesty even today.

Drive through Danang visit the Cham Museum, which contains the finest collection of Cham sculptures in the world before climbing over the Pass of Ocean Clouds and dropping down to the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co.

visit the Imperial Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. From here take a cyclo through dai noi ‘Old City’ to Tinh Tam Lake where the Emperors used to come to relax. It is full of lotus flowers in summer and there are many local style coffee shops around the lake where university students come to study.

Continue to visit Minh Mang’s tomb located in a tranquil setting of gardens and ponds.

Journey on to Khai Dinh’s Tomb designed in traditional Vietnamese style with a European touch making it unique from the other tombs in Hue.

read more: http://wikitravel.org/en/Hue ; http://wikitravel.org/en/Da_Nang

Ho Chi Minh city ( Saigon), Mekong Delta

Take a city tour includes the Reunification Hall, formerly known as the Presidential Palace it was towards this modern building that North Vietnamese tanks seized on the morning of April 30 1975, as Saigon fell. This fascinating building is filled with history still fresh in the minds of many.

Continue to the Old Post Office, the Notre Dame Cathedral. The last stop is Ben Thanh — the central market for the city and one of its liveliest and most colorful areas.

halong visit the colorful floating market, vast emerald rice fields and lush back waterways are the things that make Cai Be such a desired destination. Mekhong Delta with its floating markets, cannals and fruit orchards, Mui Ne with its beautiful coastline and the sand dunes.

read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ho_Chi_Minh_City