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Vietnam Travel Guide

by our Vietnam expert Terry Emery
 
Terry EmeryOrientation first. Vietnam edges the South China Sea, from Hanoi in the north, to Saigon in the south, with Hue in the centre. Itís a boat country Ė everyday living, commerce, transport, villages and markets, all use the water. Itís where you might deliberately choose a Ďjunkí hotel Ė afloat on Halong Bay. Vietnamese civilisation began around three millennia ago and many ancient fragments remain. Hanoi offers a multitude of choices: the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, the twisting alleys of the old quarter, the lovely Hoan Kiem lake. Itís also the nearest town to the emerald waters of Halong Bay, with its thousands of tiny islands and endless list of water activities. The Imperial City of Hue also has its old town, with an impressive Citadel, the Emperorís Tomb Ė and a superb beach 10 mins walk away. On to Saigon, both for the city and for the Mekong Delta. The city is a bustling bright-lights-and-bars place but with many historic attractions for more sedate travellers. (Grim-but-canít-miss, are the Cu Chi wartime tunnels.) The vast Delta, criss-crossed by minor rivers and canals, is a wonderful area of natural beauty - as well the cityís floating markets. In the same SW corner is T‚y Ninh, home to the Ďfusioní religion of Cao Dai, with a remarkable Great Temple here.

Vietnam Facts

National Flag: Vietnamese Flag
Language(s): Vietnamese
Currency: Vietnamese dong
Capital city: Hanoi
Total Area: 331,689 km2
Population: 87,375,000
Dialling Code: +84
Time Zone: GMT + 7
Tourism Website:
http://www.vietnamtourism.com/


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FCO Travel Advice for Vietnam

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BBC Asia Pacific News

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Hanoi Weather Forecast

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Today
10/01/2015
Light Rain and Overcast Skies Light Rain and Overcast Skies 14°C
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11/01/2015
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Monday
12/01/2015
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Tuesday
13/01/2015
Isolated Clouds Isolated Clouds 20°C
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