Welcome to Vietnam!Vietnam is home to cities such as the bustling southern Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), lively and arty Hanoi in the north, and historical Hué, which sits in the center of the country.
Some 1600 km in length, Vietnam has nearly 3500 of coastline, and is known for its extraordinary beaches, including those at Nha Trang and Mui Ne.
Favorite activities in Vietnam include tribal trekking and touring through her ancient historical areas.
Vietnam is home to fifty-four tribal groups, the largest of which are in Kinh, or Viet, with over 65 million people.
Some of the best tribal treks are to be found in the northeastern hill station of Sapa.
For a break from the heat of the lowlands, see the architectural wonders at Dalat in the central highlands.
The kingdom of Champa people developed an ancient culture that flourished from the 2nd to 15th centuries ACE, best seen in the archaeological zone of My Son, just outside of the historical seaside town of Hoi An.
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Shopping is one of Vietnam's biggest draws, whether it's for beautiful tribal clothing and accessories, or for traditional and abstract paintings made by some of the finest artists in Asia.
Want to do it online?
Visit our Oasis Bazaar, where you can find exciting art, artifacts, and clothing from Vietnam and Southeast Asia.
Getting Around provides quick tips (and warnings!) on using Vietnam's outstanding selection of travel options, from air to pedicab xiclos.
It's also your headquarters for info on tourist scams and annoyances, weather, currency, and visas.
Vietnam is a fashion wonderland, with dozens of world-class designers.
Visit our Fashion Runway for tips on finding great fashions from high-end boutiques to charming, cutting-edge shops, where you can chat with the designer.
Hanoi Vibe takes you to the remarkable northern city of Hanoi, famous for its French colonial architecture. Its arts and crafts shops remind many of Thailand's Chiang Mai.
Hanoi's also close to the spectacular Karst-enriched Halong Bay and its neighbor to the northeast, Bai Tu Long Bay.
From Hanoi, you can travel west to the old hill station of Sapa, which sits under Fansipan, Vietnam's highest peak.
Country Vibe introduces you to the magnificent scenic areas of the country, most of which are available as short trips from the major cities.
We recommend visiting the pretty riverside town of Hoi An, the breathtaking Nguyen Dynasty tombs along the Perfume River, and the famous war-tunnels used by the North Vietnamese army at Vinh Moc.
The historic Champa ruins at My Son are not to be missed, nor is the Cham Museum in Da Nang, home to most of the remaining statues, and many sculptural elements originally found in My Son.
You'll find the historical hill city of Dalat here as well, with its charming cog railway and colonial French architecture.