Perhaps best known for its bloody decades-long war between 1955-1975, in recent years Vietnam has overcome this dark part of its history and become a popular tourist destination. The rolling mountains shelter traditional villages, while the big cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh continue to grow and prosper. Adventurous travelers enjoy sites including:
- Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) - You'll be left in awe as you see the mix of old French and Chinese style architecture that mix into the modern towers that form the skyline.
- Hanoi - The city of Hanoi stands as a historic tribute to this nation's rich history, with buildings dating back close to a thousand years.
- Hoi An - This small town hosts charming historic houses and pagodas.
- Ha Long Bay - Here, you will see traditional native villages and even a floating fishing village that will give you insight into Vietnam's rich culture.
- Cu Chi Tunnels - These were successfully used by the North Vietnamese army during the War of Independence to secretly gain access to South Vietnam territory.
- Thanh Chuong Viet Palace - Here, in the former residence & studio of renowned artist Thanh Chuong, you will see art and sculptures from throughout Vietnam's history, including the Dinh, Ly, and Tran dynasties.
- Cai Be Floating Market - Here you will see an exciting market that you can explore by boat, in which artisans make candy and rice paper, among other products.
- Snorkeling - The idyllic beaches at Cham Island & Nha Trang Bay are home to a colorful array of tropical fish that have made this coral reef their home.