This is a country that prides itself on its delicious 'five elements' cuisine, which, like other Asian cuisines, encompasses the elements of 'wood, earth, fire, water and metal'. Here, you can enjoy delectable fish soups, seafood salads, cashew stir-fries, caramel trout and many other fragrant dishes that have been produced for generations. The country is also home to some of Asia's most spectacular beaches, and is the world's largest exporter of cashews.
Mui Ne beach
The charming beach of Mui Ne is overlooked by numerous elegant Vietnamese Hotels and is a fantastic destination for snorkelling and scuba-diving thanks to its incredibly clean sea water. The area is also known for its vast sand dunes and great seafood restaurants, and receives considerably less rainfall during the rainy season than other parts of Vietnam.
Ha Long Bay
The perfect harmony of turquoise waters and dramatic rocky mountains, Ha Long Bay is known locally as the 'Bay of Descending Dragons' and includes thousands of small islands and impressive caves. This enormous bay has been inhabited for tens of thousands of years and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.
Thiên Mụ Pagoda
In the historic city of Huế, this enchanting temple dates back to the turn of the 17th century and is one of the country's tallest religious landmarks. The temple offers excellent views of the Perfume River and is an important symbol of Vietnam's imperial past.
The Vietnamese capital was established in 1900 and is renowned for its charismatic Old Quarter, where you can visit the bustling Đồng Xuân Market, the Temple of Literature, and the country's oldest university. Hanoi is home to hundreds of great Vietnamese Hotels and numerous major shopping malls, some of which include the underground Vincom Royal City Megamall and the Trang Tien Plaza. The city is also surrounded by various scenic lakes like the Halais Lake and Hoàn Kiếm Lake, which give it the nickname 'the city of lakes'.
See the Imperial Citadel of Thăng Long, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, and explore the imposing Hanoi Flag Tower and the architectural remains of the Lý, Trần, Lê and Nguyễn Dynasties. Hanoi also features many of the most famous Vietnam hotels and is home to plenty of fascinating museums such as the Hanoi Contemporary Arts Centre and the National Museum of Vietnamese History.
Hoi An – where East meets West
The ancient settlement of Hoi An is revered for its beautiful historic canals and is home to a significant number of Chinese and French-themed landmarks. The Hoi An Riverside area was a bustling maritime centre until the 18th century and is now acclaimed for its markets and authentic cuisine.
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