Vietnam the Hidden Charm
Vietnam is one of the most beautiful
and exciting country in Indochina. Vietnam is a long slender country with
which it shares borders in the North with China, in the West with Cambodia
and Laos. The Eastern side is facing the South
China Sea and the Gulf of Tonkin.
For many people Vietnam evokes painful
memories like the infamous Hanoi Hilton where American POWs were held,
or the decade long Vietnam War. Fortunately Peace has returned for than
two decades. Vietnam is now slowly opening up her hidden charm. There are three World
Heritage sites in Vietnam. The long coastline has some of the Best white
sands virgin Beaches, rugged rocky and untouched pristine forests.
The French Colonial presence has left its mark. You can see French Road
names, buildings, cuisine and language. It is a culturally rich Country
and held on to its traditions despite all obstacles. Buddhism and
Confucian ideologies shape every aspect of Vietnamese rituals and
Recommended Places to Explore:
Ho Chi Minh
My Son Holy Land
| Hue | Dalat
| Vietcong Tunnels |
Hoa Lu |
Getting to Vietnam is relatively easy.
There are two major Airports, one in Hanoi and another in Ho Chi
Minh (Saigon). Flights from North America take more than 16 hours
and Tickets costs can be a bit expensive. Vietnam has some of
the cheapest cities in the world and resort accommodations can be
incredibly reasonable rates depending on time of Year.
Due to its long slender geography and
mountainous landscape. Vietnam experiences four seasons in the
North. But in the south it is mostly Hot and Humid but torrential
rains some times of the year, usually moths of April to September.
In the North it does snow on the Mountains.
The language commonly spoken is
Vietnamese and occasional French so for the new Visitor can
sometimes be frustrating. With a combination of Hand sign and
English mostly will suffice to get the message through. Vietnam
though is not a shopping paradise. Spend sometime on some of the
wonderful Islands she has to offer, like Phu Quoc Island, Cat Ba
Island on Halong Bay or take a boat trip round the Mekong Delta.