Welcome to Vietnam. What images spring to mind when you think of Vietnam? Conical hats emerging from green rice paddies? Grainy black and white colonial-era photographs of slender, dark-haired women in flowing white Ao Dai dresses? Soldiers and red flags? Shinning exotic white-sand beaches fringed with coconut palms? Luxurious Asian style resorts and golf courses? Saigon, the exciting southern city, or Hanoi, the northern Vietnamese capital. Hue, the ancient capital of Vietnam to Dalat -the romantic city, fabulous sites as the World Heritage, Halong Bay, Phongnha cave…
Vietnam is all these things and more, a country with a past as rich as the Soil in the blazing green deltas. This past reads like a romantic legend full of heroic struggles and astounding victories, whereby this small country retained its culture, absorbing and adapting the strengths of its foes but never losing its traditions or its sense of history. In Vietnam, traditions carry real meaning. Ancient heroes are still venerated at colorful temple festivals, people honor their ancestors, and village elders teach values of hard work, hospitality, and filial loyalty. With 54 ethnic groups, most of whom live in remote areas and follow age-old customs, Vietnam offers unparalleled opportunities for cultural exploration in Asia.
It is beautiful country, a long, hourglass of land, stretching over 900 miles up the eastern coast of theIndochinese Peninsula. Vietnamese people describe their country as a bamboo shoulder pole slung with two baskets of rice - the fertile southern Mekong Delta and the northern Red River Delta. From these lowland paddy Fields stretch vast rubber plantations, rolling hills covered with thick jungle, and jagged mountains rising more than 10,000 feet in height. Vietnam is an incredibly exotic Asianjewel, with over 1900 miles of coastline features the endless stretches of empty, serene white sand beaches of Phan Thiet, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc and others. And Vietnam can accommodate the seasoned world traveler in everything from five star Vietnamese resorts and Asian expats can find even the most modest of Vietnam housing for long term stays.
Vietnam's varied topography allows for anincredibly varied Asia travel experience. The country offers everything from tropical coastal lowlands to temperate zones above 6000 feet. In South Vietnam, the rainy season lasts from May to November, but the showers are usually limited to brief bursts in the late afternoons. Along Vietnam’s central coast, the driest season runs from June to October. Visitors to North Vietnam are often surprised by the region's distinct seasons; summers are hot and humid while winters are invigoratingly cool. Travel to Vietnam is a year round adventure.
Along with fine tropical weather, spectacular natural scenery and historic sites, Vietnam's greatest resource is its friendly, welcoming people. Long closed to the outside world, Vietnam retains a charming innocence that more touristy regions lack. And the Vietnamese people and their smile will remain in your memory long after you depart.
In the decade since the country opened its doors to visitors, Vietnam has built world-class hotels and tourism facilities. With international-standard lodgings, world class Asian food, and traditional Vietnamese hospitality, Vietnam is ready to take you on an unforgettable adventure. Join us and explore the legend of the blue dragon and what is now known as the friendliest Asian country...Vietnam.
Sightseeing in Vietnam
Captivating natural beauty, tranquil villages, serene lakes, ancient pagodas, beautiful lakes and what not, Vietnam is a place that bounds to attract tourists from all over the world. Home to more than 75 million people, Vietnam is known for its wars and historical sites. Going on Tours to Vietnam is no wonder a treat for the history lovers, as there is a lot to watch out for in Vietnam.
We, at Asiarooms are here to enlighten you with the major sightseeing cities of Vietnam. For your quick reference we are providing a short account of major sightseeing places in Vietnam below.
Hanoi: Located in the Red River Delta, Hanoi is the capital of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Founded during the reign of King Ly Cong Uan in 1010AD, Hanoi enjoys a perfect location at he heart of North Vietnam. Come and explore more than 600 pagodas during sightseeing in Vietnam. If you miss visiting the spectacular Hoan Kiem Lake during sightseeing in Hanoi, you miss half the fun!
Ho Chi Minh City: Located on a huge bend in the Saigon River in south of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City is till date commonly known as 'Saigon'. It was in 1975, when its name was officially changed as 'Ho Chi Minh City'. Sightseeing in Ho Chi Minh City can be best enjoyed walking or on a cycle. Botanical Gardens, Saigon Central Mosque, Notre Dame Cathedral and Saigon River are some of the places worth visiting during sightseeing in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.
Hue: Formerly the political capital of Vietnam from 1802 to 1945, Hue is till date one of the popular tourist attraction of Vietnam. Let yourself be enchanted at the sight of magnificent architecture of the citadels, royal tombs, palaces and temples of Hue during your sightseeing tours in Vietnam. Get to know about the glorious history of Vietnam with a visit at Hue.
Hoi An: Located perfectly on the banks of the Thu Bon River, Hoi An was one of the major trading centers of Southeast Asia. Come and have fun exploring the historical ruins of the Sa Huynh and Champa cultures at Hoi An during your sightseeing tours in Vietnam. Not only this there is much more to watch out for in Hoi An like the romantic Thu Bon River, Cham and Cua Dai Beach.
Shopping in Vietnam
Shopping in Vietnam is a fun and interesting experience, and guarantees good bargains to those who know what to look for. It is true to say that you can find nearly anything in Vietnam. Markets vary from high class shopping malls, supermarkets to bustling open market, galleries, boutiques and street stalls.
It is not recommended that you buy imported, famous branded products such as clothing, perfume or electronics in Vietnam as tax makes these items more costly than neighboring countries.
In terms of shopping for tourists, Vietnam is most famous for its handicrafts, war souvenirs, authentic clothing, art, antiques and gems.
Art and Antiques
Vietnam has very strict regulations about exporting real antiques. Most “antique” and art pieces sold to tourists are fake or copies of the original. Be careful and check your sources for certificates if they claim to sell you an original or antique piece.
Clothing varies greatly from tourist T-shirts to beaded handbags and traditional ao dai (the traditional costume) made to fit your size. Items made from silk are a popular buy, with prices varying depending on the material and tailor. Pre-made traditional dresses are sold in many places. However, it is more recommended to have the dress made to fit your body, which takes more time and slightly more money.
Shoes, slippers and handbags made from traditional materials (silk and bamboo) can also become unique gifts and accessories.
The Vietnamese traditional conical hat, can be found everywhere throughout the country, but hats made in Hue are most famous as they have a poem embroided on the inside.
Gems and jewelry
Vietnam is rich in gemstones. The jewelry business is also increasing during current years, and sophisticated works are produced by both big businesses and traditional crafstmen. The quality of the gemstones sold is sometimes doubtable, so it is recommended that you buy gems at prestigious locations and be ware with cheap prices.
Most war souvenirs sold today in Vietnam (for example, Zippo lighters engraved with platoon philosophy) are fake reproductions. Be careful while transporting these items as many airlines do not allow weapons, even fakes to be carried on their planes.
Other popular handicrafts in Vietnam include lacquer ware, wood-block prints, and oil and watercolor paintings, blinds made from bamboo, reed mats, carpets, and leatherwork.
Full country name: Socialist Republic of Vietnam
- Area: 329566 sq. Km.
- Population: 89,6 mln. p.
- Capital: Hanoi
- Nation: 84% ethnic vietnamese, 2% ethnic chinese, also khmers, chams
- Language: Vietnamese, Khmer language, Laotian language, Russian, French, Chinese, English
- Religion: Buddhism is the main religion, there are also significant communities Taoists, Konfutsiantov, representatives of the Hoa Hao, Cao Dai, Muslim and Christian
- Government: Communist People's Republic