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About Vietnam: Introduction

Introduction General Facts Culture Environment History

Vietnam is a peaceful, safe and an enchanting country, a land of contrast and culture, which captivates visitors with its magnificent scenery, geographical diversity and friendly people. A variety of places to explore include the cool, romantic central highlands - home to the Dalat and Lat hill tribes and the coastal fishing town of Phan Thiet.

The healthy cuisine of Vietnam is internationally popular having colour and flavor unique to the region. Traditional folk arts such as water puppetry and opera are still practiced; and the fine arts embody both Asian and European styles.

An understanding of history still goes a long way in Vietnam, since the country has a unique civilization and a highly cultured people.

Most visitors to Vietnam are overwhelmed by the sublime beauty of the country’s natural setting: the Red River Delta in the north, the Mekong Delta in the south and almost the entire coastal strip are a patchwork of brilliant green rice paddies tended by workers in conical hats.

The country has rapidly climbed out of its post-war status and the boom in traveling, coupled with the Vietnamese governments encouragement of foreign visitors, have enabled more contemporary and relevant portraits of the country to gain currency in the West. Vietnam offers a rare opportunity to see a country of traditional charm and beauty taking the first hesitant steps into the modern world.