A proud country of rich traditions and cultures, Vietnam is a land of sprawling beauty rarely seen by the Western world. Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon, is the pulse of Vietnam, with its bike-laden streets, markets and vendors. Hue, often viewed as Vietnam's cultural center, and once the capital city, boasts the Thuan An Beach, the Royal Tombs and the spectacular moated Citadel. The hustle and bustle of Hanoi blended with the rich traditions of Vietnam gives visitors a taste of Vietnam's past and its present. Many spend time relaxing in the sun, surf and turquoise waters of Nha Trang - complete with diving, snorkeling and a host of aquatic activities. Whether exploring the 3,000 islands of Halong Bay or roaming the busy streets of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, Vietnam offers a wide array of cultural, educational and leisure travel experiences.
Vietnam has a tropical and a temperate climate, with lots of sunshine, rain and humidity, depending on when you visit. Generally, the cooler rainy season runs from November through April and the hot dry season from May to October. The country can experience severe weather, including typhoons, during the rainy season.
Stretching just over 1000 miles from north to south, looking like the letter "S", Vietnam is located in the eastern part of the Indochina peninsula. It borders China to the north, Laos and Cambodia to the west, and the Pacific Ocean to the east and south. Much of the land is covered with mountains and hills, and you'll find the fertile Mekong Delta in the south. One of the country's most prominent features is sparkling Ha Long Bay with its limestone islets rising above the shallow waters.
Major Holidays & Events
Vietnam traditionally celebrates:
January 1 - New Year's Day
January or February - Têt or Vietnamese New Year
April 30 -Liberation Day
May 1 - Labour Day
September 2 - National Day
10th day of the 3rd lunar month - Gio to Hung Vuong Day