Vietnam, a country nestled in the southern part of Eastern Asia is known for its peaceful and serene environ. Once haunted by the bloodshed and strife of Vietnam War, the streets of the country in its current avatar buzz with youthful energy. Tall and looming skyscrapers, quaint floating markets, mopeds zooming through the roads, and paddy fields add even more to its overall charms. Oozing overwhelming natural beauty and rich heritage, the country takes you on a journey through its ancient architecture and its vibrant culture.
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Vietnam is a thin and long country spread along the eastern coast of the Indonesian Peninsula for 1600 km. The place is mainly agriculture based with beautiful Red River dominating the Northern part of the country bisecting the city of Hanoi along with Chay and Lo Rivers. The country is adorned with green hilly areas and beautiful Sapa Valley in north while on the east of Hanoi lays Halong Bay sporting more than 3000 gorgeous natural formation of limestone islands projecting out of the South China Sea. The south part of Vietnam features Mekong River along with fertile plain that grows rice, rubber, coffee and tea.
Spring (February to April) and Autumn (August to October) is the best time to visit Vietnam
Breathtaking natural beauty
Ancient architecture and rich culture
Shopkeepers tend to overcharge foreigners.
Touts and tourist scams
Unsafe traffic conditions
Hotels in Vietnam are mostly scattered all over the country, however, you can find the several good standard hotels and international chains concentrated around the major cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh offering facilities such as air conditioning, swimming pool, health club and good restaurants. You can also find many small budget hotels/guest houses or as they are called mini-hotels all across the country. They are usually without air-conditioning and quite often without hot water and with shared bathrooms. For those who want a taste of true Vietnamese culture and traditional hospitality can opt for homestays or AirBnBs which are increasingly becoming popular among visitors. There are options of staying at the stilt houses in the northeast with hill tribe family or with a farming family in the Mekong Delta.
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