Vietnam is an astonishingly exotic country of breathtaking natural beauty and a unique heritage. Traveling here becomes quite addictive due to several reasons. Decades after the carnage and destruction of an epoch defining conflict, Vietnam is today self-confident and developing fast. You can witness the progress of the country in its booming metropolises. Here you will find ancient trading quarters of the craft industry which is thriving even now and these are juxtaposed with beautiful mansions from the French era. Then again there are the high rises of the 21st century with their glass and steel.
There is a lot of activity to choose from in Vietnam from motor biking along the awesome Hai Van Pass in central Vietnam due to which Vietnam tourism is flourishing. The others may require you to sweat even more like kite surfing the ocean waters off Mui Ne or hiking in the evergreen hills around Bac Ha or Sapa. If you are not really an adrenaline junkie and prefer to spend some quiet time relaxing, there are the excellent spas which range from simple family run massage salons with rates which suit backpackers to the marble temples of luxury.
The cuisine of Vietnam is very subtle in its flavors and has a lot of diversity. Most westerners visiting Vietnam enjoy the food which is evident from the various street food tours and cooking schools. The cuisine depends a lot on the geography of the country because in the north you will find a definite Chinese influence while spices sparkle up the food in the south. The cuisine in the central part of the country is typified by the herbs and complex techniques. The central part of Vietnam is known as the epicurean center as well. The locals have become tourist friendly nowadays as they understand the importance of tourism in Vietnam and you can mingle with villagers and roam the regional markets.