Vietnam Travel Guide

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Vietnam Overview

Vietnam, short for the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, is located in the eastern part of Indo-China Peninsula. It borders China in the north and borders Laos and Cambodia in the west. The east and south of Vietnam faces South Sea, with a coastline of more than 3,260 kilometers (about 2025.67 miles). Vietnam is situated on the eastern coast of Indo-China Peninsula, measuring 600 kilometers (about 372.82 miles) from north to south. Vietnamese describe their country as a shoulder pole carrying two bamboo baskets, indicating that the two main granaries are the Mekong River Delta and Red River Delta. As Vietnam has abundant forest resources, Vietnam is also a producer of rubber plantations. On the 3,456-kilometer (about 2270.49 miles)-long coastline, there are boundless white beaches, contributing to making Vietnam a perfect place for tourism. For a long time, people all over the world had a bad impression on Vietnam, maybe because of a huge number of wars, violet attacks and refugees in Vietnam that they have heard of. However, once you come to Vietnam, you will find that Vietnam is not as terrible as what you have been told. There are many places of interest in Vietnam with mysterious characteristics of eastern culture and romantic atmosphere of France. In Vietnam, there are a large variety of agricultural products and cheap fruits. The price index there is relatively low. As a result, Vietnam is really worth travelling to. Halong Bay, the famous tourist attraction in Vietnam, is very steep, most of whose islands are quiet with no one about. So, the scenery here maintains its original state. The UNESCO (United Nations Educational,Scientific and Cultural Organization) has included it into the List of World Cultural Heritage. People are used to describing Halong Bay as “stone forest on the sea”, because there are hundreds of square kilometers’ (1 square kilometer equals 100 hectares) karst rocks lying the this calm and beautiful sea. When you are travelling by ship in the sea, various beautiful natural sceneries on the banks of the sea will come into view.

With the policies of economic reform and opening to the outside world, especially the opening policy of tourism, Vietnam is no longer mysterious to the outside world and gradually becomes charming and attractive.

Most tourists who have ever been to Vietnam all admire the beautiful natural scenery in Vietnam, such as the Red River Delta in the north and the Mekong River Delta in the south. Busy Vietnamese women wearing steeple straw hats can be seen everywhere, working in the golden rice fields along the rivers. There are also a number of fascinating beaches along the coastline and high mountains standing inland. These high mountains wearing steeple straw hats and covered with forests and thin mist, look as lovely as the beautiful Vietnamese girls. Vietnam abounds with various kinds of products. That’s why Vietnamese people call their country “a country of gold mountains and silver seas” to show that Vietnam is quite richly endowed. Vietnam is rich in forest resources, including lots of rare tree species such as teaks, hemlocks and oakens. Due to the vast seas, a large variety of marine products abound in Vietnam, such as whales, sardines, abalones, sandworms, shrimps, crabs and butterfishes. Particularly, the whales and sardines abounding in Cat Ba Island, abalones abounding in Halong Bay and shark fins abounding in the provinces in central Vietnam are quite popular.

Vietnam has a mild,climate, beautiful natural scenery, numerous places of interest. and friendly Vietnamese people, contributing to the prosperity of the tourism in Vietnam. As Vietnam has opened to the outside world for a short time, its scenery maintains its original charm of simplicity, which is unique to Vietnam. In addition, during the time when the country is open to the foreigners, many hotels and tourist facilities have been built in nearly all the cities of Vietnam. Vietnam may remind people of wars. Thus, you should never miss the War Museum, in which there are all kinds of weapons that the US army used during the Vietnam War on display. Besides, in the suburban area of Hu Chi Minh City, there is a “Christianity church” with a history of more than 100 years,which is also a place that worth visiting. After travelling in Hu Chi Minh City, tourists can pay a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels which is located about 75 kilometers (about 46.60 miles) northwest of Hu Chi Minh City. Tourists can experience the feeling of going though the tunnels of Vietnam Communist Party there.

Vietnam is a country with a bold heroic spirit. Stories of the Vietnamese people fighting bravely in the history of Vietnam are countless that they can make up a hero paean, conveying the sound of victory to every corner of the country. When foreign cultures are introduced into Vietnam, Vietnam can maintain its own culture and refuse to lose its distinctive characteristics. In Vietnam, every tradition has its own significance. National heroes in the past are still admired and memorized by the later generations. On every National Hero Day, Vietnamese people will hold solemn meetings in memorial temples to show their respect to the heroes. Vietnamese people are proud of the heroic spirit of their ancestors. Leaders of each family will constantly tell their descendants to be hard-working, hospitable, filial and upright. There are 54 ethnic minorities in Vietnam, nearly all of which live in different areas, following the long-standing customs of their own. Vietnamese people spare no efforts to explore and carry forward their ancient cultures. The starting point of the Vietnamese culture attracts foreign people to explore.

Culture

Puppet show has a history of nearly one thousand years in Vietnam. Apart from the on-land puppet show, there is a unique water puppet show in Vietnam. The artist who controls the puppet must stand in the water deep to his chest, hiding himself/herself behind the long curtain and controlling the puppet with the bamboo sticks. From the Vietnamese people’s attitude towards puppet show, we can see that Vietnamese people cherish their art and history a lot.

Best Visiting Time

Vietnam enjoys a tropical monsoon climate with two distinct seasons, including a dry season and a rainy season. The striking feature of the tropical monsoon climate is the high temperature and abundant rainfall. The average annual temperature in Vietnam is 25℃. Except rainy season, tourists can travel to Vietnam at any time of a year. The rainy season lasts from May to October. During the rainy season, there is heavy rain and frequent rainstorms and the weather is hot and wet. Thus, tourists had better not travel to Vietnam during the rainy season. The dry season lasts from November to April of the following year, during which the weather is quite dry. The cool season in Vietnam lasts from November to February, during which, it is clear and sunny. Thus the cool season is the best time for tourists to visit Vietnam when they can enjoy the beautiful natural scenery, such as the green mountains and pellucid water. The hot season lasting from March to April is not a good time for tourists to visit Vietnam, unless choosing to go to some summer resorts such as Sabah and Da Lat.

Unique Tourist Features: “stone forest on the sea” and “romantic Saigon”

The Halong Bay is well known as the “stone forest on the sea”. There, tourists can appreciate the uncanny workmanship of the nature. Ho Chi Minh City, which is also called the “oriental Paris”, was named Saigon in the past. There, tourists can visit the ruins of the Vietnam War in the day and enjoy the natural scenery along the Saigon River on cruise boat at night. Phan Thiet can be called the best resort in South Vietnam. There, tourists can enjoy the beautiful outlines of the sand dunes. Last but not least, when travelling in Vietnam, tourists should not miss the scenery of Mekong River which is the longest river in Southeast Asia. There, tourists can travel on Mekong River by cruise boat, climb the Thoi Son Island which is also known as the “fruit paradise” and enjoy the fruit meal on it. Travelling in Mekong River Delta, you can experience the beautiful scenery on the sides of the river in Vietnam.

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