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Vietnam is a country of captivating beauty and proud traditions. Formerly a French colony, it still retains a strong French cultural influence with wide boulevards, magnificent Belle Époque architecture, aromatic fresh baguettes sold on every corner and great coffee. Vietnam is a country of contrasts. Exquisite temples, pagodas, and tombs dot the landscape and in Saigon and Hanoi you will find cities influenced by both modern and ancient customs. You can visit ancient hill tribes and then you can shop for tailor-made clothes in the boutiques of Hoi An’s artisan quarter. Do morning Tai Chi on a junk boat in Halong Bay, meander through Hue’s Imperial City, relax on the divine beaches of Nha Trang, and cruise through the rural villages of the Mekong Delta. You can bike through brilliant green rice paddies and trek the mountainous trails of Sapa. And then there is the gorgeously complex cuisine. Food-lovers will delight at the aromatic street food and upmarket cafes, and you can learn to make Vietnamese dishes in a cooking class. No matter how many times you’ve visited Vietnam, it is one destination that continues to surpass your expectations.