Vietnam is both exotic and compelling; it is a land of cultural complexities and staggering natural beauty, of dynamically big cities and hill-tribe villages. Vietnam is full of unforgettable experiences, from the busy towns to sublime seascapes and landscapes. Vietnam has a complex culture, it is a diverse county and immersing yourself in its history can be something of a lesson. The nation’s elaborate, teeming trading quarters are rich in indigenous crafts and reflect the centuries-old influences of merchants from around Asia and the world. In the north ancient temples display Chinese influences and in the south Hindu origins. The broad, tree-lined
boulevards and grandiose state buildings that grace the capital date from the French colonial period. But it’s also impossible to forget Vietnam’s key position close to the entre of modern East Asian power and prosperity, the skylines of its cities are now defined by the glass-and-steel corporate HQs and sleek luxury hotels of modernity. Vietnam ties with Thailand for top culinary spot in Asia, but in Southeast Asia, nothing else comes close, Vietnamese food is that good. Subtle in flavour and world-beating in its diversity, Vietnamese cooking is a fascinating draw for visitors. The may street-food tours and cooking schools stand in testament to this. Cultural history and Geography play a crucial role, with Chinese influences in the north and complex spices enlivening southern cuisine. The jewel in the culinary crown can be found along the central coastline where herbs and complex cooking techniques typifying the local cuisine. Thrills & Chills For thrill-seekers Vietnam has it all from motorbiking switchback after switchback up central Vietnam’s jaw-dropping Hai Van Pass to kitesurfing Mui Ne’s tropical oceanic waters to hiking the Bac Ha or Sapa evergreen hills. And when you need to relax, there’s plenty to relish. Vietnam has many outstanding spas; from marble treatment temples to simpler family-run massage salons.