The narrow borders of Vietnam bulge against the
ceaseless bustle of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi the two modern metropolises
tempered by colonial architecture and tree-lined boulevards. Tranquility
rests by the crumbling temples, wood-paneled pagodas and verdant valleys of
rural Vietnam; divers at Nha Trang plunge the glistening green of the South
China Sea to explore a rainbow of coral and neon-clad fish. And everywhere
there's the food: whether slurping spicy noodles from Saigon street stalls
or savoring French croissants in a Hue patisserie Vietnamese cuisine is
full-flavored, fascinating and affordable.
Ho Chi Minh City is a compelling clash of
commercial clout and colonial grandeur,formerly
known as Saigon it flanks soaring skyscrapers with tree-lined boulevards
and a lingering aura of French finesse. Find refuge from the endless flow of
mopeds that surge and splutter their way through capitalHanoiin
the humble temples and quaint craft shops of its Old Quarter. Now a UNESCO
World Heritage Site, ancientHoi
An's crumbing facades are illuminated by the soft glow of lantern light.
Soggy swathes of rice paddies dominate the
Delta, but the mightyMekong
ripples past blossoming fruit orchards and towering sugarcane fields before
tumbling into theSouth
China Sea. The arid plains of centralMui
cascades of sand dunes that gleam white, pink and gold in the sun while the
mountainous region ofSapa
in northern Vietnam boasts of dizzy heights .
The sweeping curl
Trang's crescent-shaped beach overlooks a shimmering emerald stretch of theSouth
China Sea. Divers and snorkelers drift over the soft coral that spreads from
outlying islands, casually guarded by luminescent shoals of butterfly and
angelfish. East of Hanoi,Halong
an ethereal landscape of towering limestone karsts that rise forebodingly
from its silvery waters.
Located on the eastern rim of
the Indochina peninsula the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and comes in the
South East Asian..........
Located of Vietnam is between 9 and 23 degrees
north. Eastern Vietnam has a long coastline on the Gulf of Tonkin and the
South China Sea. It has a tropical monsoon type of climate; from May-Sep the
south monsoon sets in, and the country is dominated by south to
richness of Vietnam's origins is evident throughout its culture. Spiritual
life in Vietnam is a grand panoply of belief systems, including
Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Tam Giao (literally
'triple religion'), which is a blend of Taoism, popular Chinese beliefs, and
ancient Vietnamese animism...........
Long-running conflicts both internal and
with foreign forces has shaped Vietnam's identity. In 111 BC, China's Han
dynasty conquered northern Vietnam's Red River Delta and the ancestors of
today's Vietnamese. Chinese dynasties ruled Vietnam for the next 1,000
years, inculcating it with Confucian ideas and political culture.............