Vietnam stretches over 1600km along the eastern coast of the Indochinese Peninsula. Vietnam?s two main areas are the Red River Delta in the North and the Mekong Delta in the South. Long associated with the horrors of war, Vietnam has finally won its last battle - to capture the imagination of the traveling public. Elegant Hanoi now vies with its dynamic sister, Ho Chi Minh City, for the attention of visitors drawn by the eclectic mix of old and new.
Ho Chi Minh City still holds its French colonial influences; the markets are chaotically busy and the streets are jam-packed with mopeds and scooters, often carrying whole families. Elsewhere, the scenes are timeless. Early morning on the Mekong Delta sees the daily floating markets where fruit and vegetables are sold. Everywhere the green rice paddies stretch into the distance, broken only by the silhouette of water buffalo and farm workers bending down to tend the young plants, with the traditional conical shaped hats. Cruise trips in Vietnam will take you on adventures into the Mekong Delta, take in the breathtaking scenic sights of Vietnamese rural life, watch the fisherman at work, take a Sampan tour into Xeo Quit, and see the colorful Cai Rang floating market.
HaLong Bay is one of the world's natural wonders and is the most beautiful tourist destination of Vietnam, it is located in the Gulf of Tonkin, covers an area of 1,500 square km. With more than a thousand limestone karsts rising up from its crystalline emerald waters, it is now listed as one of four World Heritage sites in Vietnam. Visitors have constantly marveled at Ha Long Bay's natural beauty. The tiny islands are dotted with numerous beaches and grottoes created by the wind and the waves providing an excellent backdrop for swimming or just lazing about on the boat deck. Vietnam offers a varying feast for the eyes and none more so than in the beautiful waterways of the inland deltas and the coastal islands and bays, all just waiting to be explored!