"A narrow land with a bit of everything" Top 5 Page for this destination Vietnam by SirRichard

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History...

Vietnam is a country which recently opened to tourism, but has developed a lot in the last few years. Some friends of mine came not long ago and told me it was very virgin, no tourists at all... I wouldn't say so anymore. There are many touristic resources (not as many as in nearby Thailand or Singapore), but is not so touristly crowded as to feel part of a visiting crowd.

It has a rich and ancient culture, very related with its giant north neighbour (China). Not only the Vietnam War remains, but loads of Palaces, Tombs, Museums, and UNESCO heritage places.

Nature...

Landscapes here are gorgeous... apart from the typical rice fields and palm trees, you can find some fantastic natural sceneries here:
- Halong Bay (north) with its many rocky islands.
- The Mekong river delta, with its many canals, farms, markets...
- The north mountains (Sa Pa...) where you can do some trekking and explore some remote tribes with amazing traditions.
- The beaches around NaThrang and the middle part of the country, so wild...

... and charming people

People are really charming here, you will find a bustling activity around the many local markets, full of colour and enchanting smells.
Vietnam cuisine is famous in Asia, it's got a huge variety and is really delicious and cheap. Try local specialities at the street stalls, sit amongst locals and enjoy food as part of their lives.

  • Last visit to Vietnam: Aug 2003
  • Intro Written Sep 23, 2003
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  • alza's Profile Photo
    Nov 26, 2010 at 8:10 PM

    salut l'ami! may be going to Vietnam within a year, my friend wants to know how much we shld budget for a month,travelling cheap... as if I know! haha. How long did your visit last? tks for all your tips!

  • Jul 12, 2009 at 1:18 AM

    just a quick question. do you remember the business name on where you got your tailor shirts made in Vietnam? or do you know any good tailor outlets that are cheap and quick? thanks Paige

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    Nov 16, 2008 at 5:59 AM

    hola Joaquin,you are the first person who gives me good tip for the monsoon weather! muchas gracias de Jerusalen

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    Oct 20, 2008 at 7:24 AM

    hola, thks for your helpful pages on Vietnam and so many other countries. I like your motto "when in doubt .. move" ;-) saludos, patricia

  • Jasminerose's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Hi there I am coming for 3 weeks mid November... have been to Thailand but never Vietnam. Your pages are beautifully put together and really great info. so I have a slight idea what to expect.. *great pics thankyou : ()

  • ValbyDK's Profile Photo
    Jun 15, 2008 at 8:49 AM

    Hi Joaquin. Great info. I'm planning a trip to Vietnam later this year. Thanks for the tips.

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    Apr 30, 2008 at 9:22 AM

    Hi Joaquin - What a great page! I'm looking forward to visiting Vietnam. Looks like such a beautiful and interesting country. Thanks for sharing - Brian

  • locbuuloc's Profile Photo
    Feb 29, 2008 at 4:59 PM

    That is just an awesome bit of information on Vietnam. Weldone! Tourists likeyou will be welcomed no matter where you are. Cheers

  • dancinbudgie's Profile Photo
    Jan 6, 2008 at 6:46 PM

    Thanks for some great tips. Will be in Vietnam in August and they will be very useful.

  • Dec 9, 2007 at 5:46 AM

    Where can we find these great croissants and cafe au lait?

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