In the Vietnamese folklores and legends, the dragon takes a very significant place.
Vietnam's origin lay in the harmonious union of the dragon Lord Lac Long Quan, the
King of the Sea,
and Fairy Au Co, Princess of the Mountains. Century to century, Vietnam's history
is characterized by
continuous struggles for autonomy. Nowadays, Vietnam has opened its doors and is
well - known for
diverse cultures, beautiful scenery, friendly and hospitable people. Moreover, Vietnam
is always the safest
destination in the world where you can witness the World Heritage sites including
Halong Bay (in Hanoi),
Royal City (in Hue), My Son and Hoi An Ancient Town (in Quang Nam), Phong Nha Caves
(in Quang Binh).
Cambodia is a beautiful country with the temples of Angkor and Angkorian-era architecture.
When to go?
Thanks to different climate in different areas, there always have a place where
you can travel to. Generally, in the South, the weather is warm and get hottest
in the dry season from March to May (low-30's C). April until October is monsoon
season. The central coast is dry from May to October and wet from December to February.
The highland areas are significantly cooler than the lowlands and temperatures can
get down to freezing in winter. The North Vietnam has two basic seasons: a cold,
humid winter from November to April and a warm, wet summer for the rest of the year
(average temperatures around 22 C), with occasional typhoons between July and November,
affecting the north and central areas .
Traditional Vietnamese Tet (Lunar New Year) is the most important festival of the
year. It is a week-long event in late January or early February when everything
becomes very difficult. Prices are raised radically and all the services like hotels,
transportation are commonly closed down. If traveling in this period, you should
have a good schedule and preparation, few month in advance is quite necessary.
What to do?
Vietnam offers a tremendous variety of travel experiences, enough to suit every
taste.Beach lovers can enjoy the tranquil and blue sea of Mui Ne, Nha Trang and
islands, Phu Quoc, Long Hai and more adventurous beach –goers can relax at remote
and less touristy Con Dao Island or Quy Nhon and Danang Beach. More activity lovers
may find rock formations, sea cliffs and grottoes of Halong Bay, Phong Nha Caves
rates as Heritage Sites of the World. Adventurers who aim at more exercise while
exploring traditional lifestyles can trek to North West mountainous area through
Mai Chau, Son La, Sapa and Bac Ha. History and architecture buffs will be attracted
to Hue and Hoi An. Those who are fascinated by American War and all its implications
can travel to Quang Tri DMZ then further to Vietnam central highlands of Buon Ma
Thuot, Kontum. Appreciate simple delta life, river life, try with the Mekong Delta.
Popular scenic spots include My Tho, Vinh Long, Ben Tre, Can Tho, Soc Trang, Chau
Doc.Finally, don’t miss the dynamic and developed city of Saigon where you can find
high buildings, night bars, nice restaurants and friendly people.