Vietnam

Sunny skies, warm summer nights and lush green landscapes are waiting for you at the tropical destination of Vietnam.  Immerse yourself into this enticing destination renowned for its magnificent Buddhist temples, underground caves, impressive religious festivals and charming customs and traditions. 

Get prepared to be captivated by Vietnamís emanating charm, which stems from its rich history dating all the way back to the pre-historic era.  Traditions which have been passed down for many generations still feature as part of everyday life in Vietnam.  With Buddhism as the main religion of the country, expect to be enthralled by the joy, detail and care that is taken to bring these colourful and meaningful religious festivals to life.  Particular religious rituals include statue washing which occurs at mid-night before the festival begins, preparing them for the parade procession on the opening of the festival.  The festival begins with the procession of gods, tutelary gods, royal order and water, this procession occurs to honour the temples and shrines of holy figures and gods.  In following these festivals you will also learn about the lunar calendar system that these religious festivals follow.   

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Any first time visitor to Vietnam must also explore and experience the beautiful array of religious temples and shrines scattered all over the country, which date back to ancient Dynastyís from as early as the 11th century.  The Vietnam Tourism website offers a wide range of tour operators who can take you to these destinations. 
Vietnam also showcases Halong Bay which is a bay in the Gulf of Tonkin and consists of 1,969 islands of various sizes, 989 of which have been given names.  Halong bay is one the first cradles of human existence in the region and has a highly-concentrated biological diversity with many ecosystems of salt water-flooded forests, coral reefs, and tropical forests featuring thousands of species of animal and plant life. 

Also make sure to visit The Museum of the Cultures of Vietnamís Ethnic groups which displays over 20,000 documents and objects which detail the traditions and history of Vietnamís 54 nationalities.  Vietnam offers a unique shopping experience with their vibrant markets.  Be delighted by the celebration of music and dance at the Highland markets, also known as the love markets, where people wear their nicest clothes and play their pan-flutes, dance, sing and meet new friends.  There are also floating markets in Choi Noi, where boats arrive early in the morning loaded up with agricultural products.  There is no need to worry about breaking the budget getting to all these fantastic sites.  Transport is very affordable in Vietnam, travel by rickshaw or taxi with cab rates starting at just US$10 flat rate for a 45 minute journey from the airport to central Hanoi.

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