The legendary beauty of Vietnam has ever captured the imagination of Western travellers.
To the north lie the spectacular rocky outcrops of the amazing Ha Long Bay, which often triggers the first decision to come here. However, the picturesque atmosphere of Historic Hanoi, the country's effervescent capital, quickly endears itself to visitors, as will a tour of the rice paddies in the poetic bay of Tam Coc. The more adventurous will be unable to resist the impressive Portes du Ciel road, whose head-spinning passes overhanging mountain peaks and terraces of crops will enable them to encounter the ethnic minorities who live in hamlets.
Two iconic excursions await the traveller in the heart of Hue, steeped in the charm of its pagodas and palaces and the colourful houses and lanes lit by lanterns of sedate Hoi An.
To the south, the immense coastline, dotted with sandy beaches, will reward the most intrepid, after a tour of the vibrant Ho Chi Minh-City or to the lovely Mekong Delta, riddled with canals, rice paddies and floating markets. Vietnam, a country in the throes of development, continues to embody a subtle mixture of modernity and tradition. So make the most of it...
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