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At the extreme east of the Indochinese peninsula, Vietnam stretches along the China Sea, from the Gulf of Tonkin to the Gulf of Thailand. Three major regions, Tonkin in the North (with Hanoi and Haiphong), Assam in the center (with Hue and Danang) and Cochin-China in the south (with Ho Chi Minh City, the former Saigon). Mountain areas and highlands cover two thirds of the territory. The western boundary is formed by a mountain range from the Chinese border to the Danang area. And a second part in the south of this region to that of Dalat. The Mekong delta plain occupies the south. About a third of the territory is covered by forests. Vietnam is a monsoon country.

 

Vietnam was part of China for over a millennium and when it went independent in the 10th century, it retained its vassalage links with it. It was colonized by the French in the 19th century, a regime which lasted until World War II, followed by decolonization wars that have deeply bruised the country. Of all the countries in South East Asia, it is Vietnam that was under the greatest influence from China, whether for social organization, bureaucratic practices, religious beliefs and other cultural aspects. Thus, in ancient times, Chinese was the language of administration and learned, as Latin was in pre-modern Europe.

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A SPLENDID AND VARIED NATURE TO DISCOVER

In Vietnam, nature offers many opportunities of wonder. You definitely want to start with the legendary Halong Bay, in the northeast of the country and the largest marine karst of the world. Rocky peaks emerge forming nearly 2,000 islands and islets. Some are hollowed by sometimes famous caves such as the “Surprise Cave” and “Cave of Wonders”. Other caves lead to inland lakes. Spectacular scenery, even more memorable if you enjoy if from a junk at sunset. In karst hills, at the Sino-Vietnamese border, you can admire the Ban Gioc Waterfalls, the most beautiful of Vietnam. At a height of 30 meters, they fall into three sections separated by rocks and trees and the thunderous noise they produce can be heard from afar. They served as a backdrop for many Chinese films and are mentioned in many songs.
 
Nearby is the huge limestone cave (about 3 km) Nguom Ngao where some stalactites can create echo effects. The rooms can reach 60 meters high. The internal network has a branch overlooking the waterfall. Let your imagination wander and imagine all sorts of characters and objects by looking at the concretions. You can also explore the nature and landscapes, in treks during which you will have contact with ethnic tribes. If you prefer the sea and its active or relaxing pleasures, Vietnam offers 3400 km of beaches, such as France, and somewhat more than Thailand. The seaside resorts, much less crowded than some of their neighbors, are just waiting to welcome you and convince you of all their variety. We only mention a couple like those of Nha Trang, Mui Ne and Phu Quoc, all different from each other, but there are many other lovely beaches that you can discover.

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ALL THE CHARM OF THE PAST AND PRESENT OF THE FAR EAST
If you like historical sites and the emotional and aesthetic discoveries they bring, you will find your happiness in Vietnam. Hue, the former royal capital, excellently shows the power of the Vietnamese feudal empire from the 17th to 19th century. Its monuments are classified as world heritage by Unesco. The city of the emperor, built on the plan of the Forbidden City of Beijing, is also enclosed by a long wall of 600 meters on either side. Hoi An, also registered by UNESCO, is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port dating from the 15th century when Chinese, Japanese, Dutch and Indians settled and did business together. Enjoy the charm of the old streets, colorful houses, dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries, as well as that of many markets. Also on the Unesco heritage, My Son is a set of Hindu temples built between the 4th and the 14th century by the kings of Champa, now abandoned and partially ruined especially by American bombings.
 
One of the largest Hindu temples sites in South Asia, it is often compared to other sets of historical temples of South Asia, such as Borobudur in Java, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Bagan in Myanmar and Ayutthaya in Thailand. If, however, you prefer a modern city, direct your steps toward Saigon, now called Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city of Vietnam, before Hanoi the capital. Very modern and provided with commercial and tourist centers as well as a vibrant nightlife, the city is also home to many famous historical sites and museums. And if you like contemporary history, the network of over 200 km of tunnels from Cu Chi, northwest of Ho Chi Minh City, will make you find the Vietnamese resistance during the Vietnam War again.

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