Vietnam travel today is convenient and comfortable. The country offers a large number of luxury four and five star hotels and resorts as well as excellent range of budget accommodation. Excellent hotel service is complemented by easy and efficient transportation services.
Most frequently, Hanoi serves as a major destination of Vietnam travel itineraries. Beautiful and interesting on its own, the city provides convenient transportation to other Vietnam travel destinations and attractions.
Hanoi is very pleasant with its lakes, tree-lined boulevards, peaceful public parks and French-colonial architecture. It is also a very compact city allowing to do most sightseeing on foot or by bicycle. The business heritage of the city is preserved in its Old Quarter (sometimes also called "Ancient Quarter" or "36 streets").
the thirty six tiny streets of the Old Quarter are named for medicine, jewelry, chicken and other businesses once sold on them. Some of the thirty six streets still offer only a single commodity. One of the best streets is Hang Quat, where shops sell an inimitable variety of lacquered wood candlesticks, bowls, picture frames, religious shrines, and decorative pieces.
There is no time to waste during your Hanoi holidays. The most famous attractions are Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, the Hanoi Citadel and the Opera House. It is a must to visit Hanoi's world famous Water Puppet Theater that offers unique performances highlighting Vietnamese legends, traditions and lifestyle.
Water puppetry is a traditional Vietnamese entertainment created by kings of the Ly Dynasty many years ago. The puppets are controlled by puppeteers pulling strings and poles under water and are accompanied by live, traditional folk music and special lighting.
In Hanoi, you may book a tour of the Halong Bay, one of the most visited spots in Vietnam, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Halong Bay is a natural wonder consisting of three thousand islands rising from the clear waters of the Gulf of Tonkin, countless beaches and grottoes created by the wind and waves.
Ha Long means 'where the dragon descended into the sea', and refers to a legend about a dragon who created the bay and islands.
It is also easy to organize a trip from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, former Saigon. Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in the country with twelve million residents, the economic capital and the cultural trendsetter. It is a city of excellent restaurants serving the best Vietnamese food, finest hotels and exciting shops and sophisticated boutiques.
One of the city's treasured jewels is the Notre Dame Cathedral, an exact copy of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, which was built by the French in 1877-1880 using stained glass windows imported from Chartres and bricks from Marseilles.
In fine, Vietnam abounds in sights to explore; it is beautiful in all sides, from rustic scenes of women in conic hats working on rice fields to ancient ambiance of historic monuments. As you wish to have the most memorable and refreshing vacation in your life, the idea of Vietnam travel is excellent!