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Vietnam Travel Guide

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Plan Your Vietnam Vacation

Buzzing cities, world-class cuisine, dramatic landscapes, and rich biodiversity give Vietnam a distinct character: from the capital city of Hanoi up north, to Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta down south. One of Southeast Asia's most resilient peoples, the Vietnamese have absorbed noticeable influence from their massive northern neighbor China as well as their former colonizer France. Echoes

of the Vietnam War (known here as the American War) still reverberate, but for the most part Vietnam is too busy looking forward to dwell on the past.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Indochina is Alive and Well. Bite into crisp baguettes while lazing under scalloped yellow café awnings and sipping coffee that's been elevated to a high, but not highbrow, art.
  2. Tailored Perfection. Have a designer outfit custom-tailored in one of the country’s fashion-focused cities like Hoi An, the garment capital of Vietnam.
  3. Sea Food, Eat Food. Vietnam's coastal cities and towns offer just-caught crustaceans at cut-rate prices.
  4. The War Is Over. Despite the country's tumultuous history during the Cold War, those who were once considered unfriendly forces are now warmly welcomed.
  5. History's No Mystery. There are seven UNESCO World Heritage sites across Vietnam—from 15th-century trading ports to 4th-century temples.
  6. Market Yourself. Wander through labyrinths of vendors selling fish, flowers, produce, and trinkets throughout the country.

When To Go

When to Go to Vietnam

Peak Season: November to March, July to August These months see domestic tourists flocking from sleepy beach towns to the big cities and...

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