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Vietnam in pictures - Hanoi and Halong Bay
In brief +
Stretching along the eastern parts of South East Asia, Vietnam is a culturally diverse country of imperial cities, sumptuous countryside and dramatic coastline. In contrast to neighboring Cambodia and Laos, life in Vietnam moves at a much faster pace. As heritors of a true civilisation its people have taken this country forward after almost 40 years of conflict. Their energy and direct nature is sure to keep you on your toes and wanting more. Go back and explore the fascinating remnants of the American War in the city of Ho Chi Minh, where skyscrapers sit alongside battered old silk shops and traditional temples. Head north and discover the other end of the spectrum in the city of Hanoi as it revels in the splendor of its French colonial legacy. Away from its cities you'll find the true beauty of this country. Drift among the paddyfields in the land of the peasants and their famous pointed hats or discover the mountains, jungles and mighty rivers. Go coastal and escape to the magic of Halong Bay, exploring this natural wonder of the world as you float through azure waters within a labyrinth of spectacular limestone islands. Further south, roam the streets of the charming historic port of Hoi An with its abundance of bars, restaurants and famous tailors, immerse yourself in its culture and heavenly cuisine.
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