Verdant patchworks of rice paddies, pointed lampshade-style hats, a country ravaged by war, and economic repression. These are the international images of Vietnam, seen on worldwide television and read about in the newspapers. But there are other scenes to be found, ones of natural beauty, ethnic culture, and imperial history. Timeless traditional villages, idyllic sea resorts and dynamic cities.
Ancient temples and colourful pagodas are scattered throughout the urban centres, while among them stand hotels of modern luxury. The development of tourism infrastructure is a booming business. Vietnam is a perfect balance between ancient times and the here and now, a country that reveres its past heroes. A nation that has collectively put the woes of war behind it, and people who welcome visitors to their country with open arms and friendly smiles.
Choosing things to do in Vietnam is almost as confusing as navigating the attractions themselves. Vietnamese attractions in the south take visitors along twisty Mekong river delta cruises and through a maze of underground military tunnels. Farther north, boat cruises wind through hundreds of majestic islands in Halong Bay and through narrow streams below impressive cliffs in Ninh Binh.Hanoi’s. Elaborate road systems are fun to explore in the Old Quarter and to follow to Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum. A winding train ride up the mountains in Sapa lets visitors overlook it all. All of this spills out to the relaxing beaches of Mui Ne or Cat Ba Island or to the historic and unchanging calm of Hoi An.
The climate in Vietnam varies greatly from north to south. The north has a cool dry season from November to April and a hot rainy season from May to October. The central coast north of Nha Trang has a similar climate with the winter monsoon bringing cool, wet weather between December and February. The south is hot and humid all year round, especially from February to May. The rainy season lasts from May to November. The central highlands have a similar climate to the south, but it is cooler and temperatures can be freezing in winter. The official peak season in Vietnam is from September to April.
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