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Vietnam is another colourful, diverse, and breathtakingly beautiful country in South East Asia, balancing good prices, quality, and exoticism in just the right way. Vietnam has recently been trying to free itself from the shadow of its neighbouring tourism powerhouse Thailand, offering a growing range of attractions and entertainment for travellers.

Vietnam is a country with tumultuous history. Over centuries, its people suffered from many wars and only over the last three decades has Vietnam experienced some peace and stability. And almost instantaneously, its South China Sea coasts, stretching thousands of kilometres, started attracting travellers. Emerald-green jungle, mountains, the sea, sandy beaches, excellent climate, exotic fruit and fine cuisine are what Vietnam has to offer in plenitude. Those interested in military history will also find things to see, while Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi are growing into true Asian power centres.

Almost 100 million people live in Vietnam, so those looking for peace and quiet might be disappointed, as scooters and cars are buzzing around ceaselessly day and night. On the other hand, Vietnam has much diversity. The jungles and mountains of north Vietnam are quite unlike the green Mekong delta of south Vietnam. The Buddhist religion is not as popular in this country as in the rest of South East Asia – many Vietnamese people consider themselves atheists or worship their own gods.

Hanoi in the north has been the capital of Vietnam for almost a millennium, since the 11th century. The city is remarkable for its unexpected cultural mix. The East and the West are intertwined here, as are communism and traditional Chinese culture, hammer-and-sickle posters and French architecture.

Ho Chi Minh City used to be known as Saigon. The southern Vietnamese centre now greets travellers with skyscrapers, beautiful parks, abundant restaurants, and curious historical heritage. Ho Chi Minh City is also where one can best study the atrocities and history of the Vietnam War. Likewise, it is a city of all the colours of Asia. Vietnam's best resorts and the famous Mekong delta are easily accessible from the city.

Vietnam has recently become known for its coastal resorts. Phan Thiet is one of them, an old fishers' town that has grown into a long stretch of coastal resort zone. It offers excellent beaches and good conditions for kite runners. High sand dunes are perfect for sunset walks.

Vietnam's many other coastal towns, such as Nha Trang, attract holidaymakers with their rich entertainment offerings. The SPA industry is raising its head in the country, offering tourists a growing range of affordable wellness services.

Food in Vietnam is a philosophy unto itself. The Vietnamese are good at combining different tastes and smells. At the same time, Vietnamese food has something of a home-cooked stew or grandma's dish. The country loves seafood, produces fish sauce, and farms lobsters. Exotic fruits are also there in great plenty.

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