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A famous country located in South-East Asia, Vietnam, or the Socialist Republic of Vietnam as it is officially known, is the most easterly country to be found on the Indochina Peninsula. Vietnam is famous for many reasons, including its long periods of conflict, politics and communism, although today is becoming known for its tourism and natural beauty.

Within Vietnam is everything from giant mountains on the northern side of the country, to lush verdant rice paddies in the south, as well as a huge choice of beaches and scenic coastal stretches. In the biggest cities, the magnificent temples and pagodas are accompanied by the background noise of endless motorbikes and street hawkers selling their wares.

There are many wonderful and extremely memorable places to visit if you plan to tour Vietnam. Halong Bay, the Cham ruins, the Mui Ne sand dunes, the hill tribes and the beaches of Nha Trang all vie for your attention. In the Mekong Delta, the islands of Vinh Long offer a leisurely pace of life, contrasting greatly with the animation of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi - the bustling Vietnamese capital.

When to visit Vietnam really is all down to the weather and with such a diverse climate, it is difficult to generalise, particularly with a winter and summer monsoon to contend with. The mountains in northern Vietnam will regularly see frost and even some snow during the coldest spells, while the southerly cities enjoy high temperatures of more than 40°C / 104°F during the dry season.

World Guide to Can Tho, Vietnam
Can Tho is a prominent and bustling city within the Mekong Delta, being central to politics and culture in Vietnam. Visitors will be able to relax onboard the Mekong river cruises and visit the famous floating markets.
World Guide to Da Nang, Vietnam
The coastal port city of Da Nang ranks amongst Vietnam's biggest conurbations, being sited next to the Han River and the South China Sea. While something of a business city, tourists will enjoy the beaches and more.
World Guide to Hai Phong, Vietnam
Situated within northern Vietnam, Hai Phong lies alongside the Cam River and is very much a city of industry. Tourists visiting Hai Phong tend to check out the Old Colonial Quarter before heading to the nearby Do Son Beach.
World Guide to Hanoi, Vietnam
Vietnam's proud and sizeable capital city, Hanoi is an extremely important and influential Asian city. The beautiful temples and traditional buildings contrast with the seemingly endless streams of motorbikes and scooters in central Hanoi.
World Guide to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Formerly named Saigon and suffering a lengthy period of post-war decline, Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) has grown to become nothing short of a Vietnamese metropolis. The Reunification Palace and the Jade Emperor Pagoda are real highlights.

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