of us still think of Vietnam as a nation heavily involved in
war, though the reality couldnít be further from the
is a gorgeous nation, based on a foundation of stunning
natural beauty and calming village lifestyles.
continues to hold highlands and rainforest regions brimming
with new species awaiting discovery and teeming with exotic
wildlife. Additionally, its beaches are perfect for a
relaxing, sun-filled vacation.
decades free of war have provided Vietnam ample opportunity
to take advantage of its national union, and they certainly
have maximized their potential, becoming one of today's most
outstanding travel destinations.
matter what climate you find perfect for your vacation or
even home lifestyle, Vietnam is certain to be more than
capable of providing. With
a climate as complex as itís vastly ranging topography, a
little bit of everything is available from this fine nation.
Although situated entirely within the tropics, it is
the wild variance of latitude, altitude and weather patterns
that allow for such diversity.
has a strong history and has made full use of it, creating a
rich, pleasing culture.
Vietnam is heavy in its spiritual life, including
among its main ideologies Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism,
Christianity, and Tam Giao.
of the most popular events in Vietnam, for both locals and
tourists, is the important annual festival of Tet, which is
a weeklong celebration in late January or early February,
ringing in the new lunar year and the beginning of the
spring season. Festivities include many fabulous traditions such as
fireworks, the drums, and gongs, and even quiet meditations. Tet however, is not alone in the yearly festivities of
Vietnam - in fact it is only the first of about twenty more
traditional and religious festivals celebrated every year!
architecture in Vietnam gives one a sense of grace, balance
and harmony with the culture, the land and spiritualism.
Locals and tourists alike are awed by the great
numbers of stunning historic temples, monasteries, and
pagodas (towers made up of a series of stepped pyramid-like
structures, often decorated with carvings, colors and other
Vietnamese language is a greatly flexible one, making it
ideal for the cultureís lust for poetry and poetry plays
which occur frequently within the countryís literature as
well as performing arts.
With the countryís drastic historical changes in
leadership the folk art has varied just as wildly, having
been very popular until the French colonization, but then
faded out until more recently, when woodcuts, village
painting, and block printing. Vietnamese lacquer art have
become extremely common once more. Music, dance, and
puppetry, are among other gorgeous art forms to be witnessed
cooking has been influenced heavily by the cuisine of
France, China, and Thailand, making it anything but bland.
Its base is rice, but fresh herbs such as lemon
grass, basil, coriander, parsley, laksa leaf, lime, and chili
are greatly and expertly utilized.
This is topped off by the use of the wide selection
of tasty foods grown locally.
Indigenous tropical fruits include bananas,
pineapples, coconuts, lychees, melons, mandarin oranges,
grapes, and exotic varieties like the three-seeded cherry
and the green dragon fruit.
current population has reached approximately 75 million
people; 80% of which are ethnic Vietnamese, while the rest
are made up of more than fifty separate ethnic groups.
Among the many different languages spoken in Vietnam
are Vietnamese, as well as Chinese, English, French, and