With such a rich, chequered history and charming colonial heritage, such as that found in the Old Quarter of ancient Hoi An, Vietnam provides intriguing sightseeing with an inviting and less-well-known coastline. After exploring Ho Chi Minh City’s (Saigon) exotic past, with its landmark buildings and Cu Chi tunnels, or marvelling at the ancient town of Hoi An with its original lacquered buildings, cultural relics and old-fashioned charm, travellers can savour the fantastically fresh, traditional Vietnamese cooking under the ambient glow of the city’s pretty lanterns.
After touring the bustling pavement bazaars and colonial villas of Hanoi, the French Colonial buildings of Ho Chi Minh City, or the well-preserved port town of Hoi An, then take some time to enjoy some well deserved rest on one of Vietnam’s splendid beaches. With a coastline of over 3,400 kilometres, made up of powdery soft sand and alluring lagoons, Vietnam has much to offer the weary traveller in need of some heavenly relaxation. Some of Vietnam’s most beautiful and isolated beaches can be found in Da Nang. Once a favourite haunt for the stationed American GIs, China Beach was a popular destination for rest and relaxation. Popular with today’s honeymooners or weary modern travellers are the new spa resorts, such as Fusion Maia, which provide an indulgent ‘All Spa Inclusive’ concept. They expertly offer serene treatments in wonderfully stylish villa accommodation, whilst boasting the same beautiful location along China Beach. Alternatively, for those seeking a little less pampering and a lot more leisure, Nha Trang located further south along the east coast, is a popular town known for its floating fish village and pristine water ¬¬¬– an area perfect for water sports and scuba-diving.