Vietnam’s Amazing Landscapes and Colorful Culture
Vietnam is a land of contrasts with it’s dazzlingly varied landscapes from jagged peaks and winding mountain passes in the north, to scenic rolling hills, flat plains and beautiful beaches further south. It straddles two climatic zones that give it a temperate climate in the north and a tropical climate in the south. The population of Vietnam is largely extracted from early nomadic Mongol settlers from China and migrants from Indonesia.
Historically, Vietnam was a dominion of the Chinese Han dynasty since around 111 BC. The Chinese ruled the country till around the 10th century. Thus, after nearly a millenium of Chinese influence, Vietnam displays a pronounced similarity to the Chinese way of life in its culture, politics and art.
Hanoi – Huế – Hội An – Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) – Cần Thơ
(09 Nights/10 Days)
Vietnam is a surprisingly vibrant potpourri of sights, sounds and landscapes that blend together perfectly for an unforgettably blissful experience. Hanoi, the capital, titillates the senses with its centuries-old architecture displaying its Chinese and French past. At its heart is the chaotic Old Quarter that will bewitch you with its crowded markets and sumptuous street food.
Then there is the medieval walled citadel of Huế, a legacy of its ancient martial history under Chinese imperial rule that started with the Han Dynasty. You also get to visit the city of Hội An on Vietnam’s central coast, known for its well-preserved Ancient Town artistically crisscrossed with scenic canals.
Ho Chi Minh City in southern Vietnam is better-known as Saigon and the pivotal role it played during the long years of the Vietnam War. Places to visit here are the landmarks of its French colonial past, including the Notre Dame Cathedral, made entirely of materials imported from France. An interesting stop is the bustling and busy Bến Thành Market. The food stalls that line the city’s streets will indulge your passion for gastronomy.
Highlights include the My Son Sanctuary in central Vietnam, a complex of ancient Hindu Shaivite temples that date back to Champa Kingdom that existed from the 4th to the 13th centuries.