Lush patchworks of rice paddies, pointed lampshade-style hats, a country ravaged by war, and economic repression - these are the international images of Vietnam, seen on worldwide television and read about in the newspapers. But there are other scenes to be found, ones of natural beauty, ethnic culture, and imperial history, of timeless traditional villages, idyllic sea resorts and dynamic cities.
Shaped like an elongated 'S', Vietnam stretches along the east coast of the Indochinese Peninsula and is likened by its people to a long bamboo pole hung with two baskets of rice, represented by the two fertile regions at either end of the country.
Subject to controversy that lasted decades, Vietnam today enjoys relative economic prosperity and a diverse landscape that is home to some of the rarest mammals and the oldest buildings in the world.
Vietnam holiday packages are available that will give you a chance to visit not only the cityscape, but the countryside as well, taking in the broad array of plants, animals and to interact with the local people of Vietnam. From opulent luxury holidays in Vietnam to outdoor pursuits, Vietnam has it all. See the sights, explore the culture, and take a walk off the beaten path with tour packages in Vietnam.