Before the total annexation of the kingdom of Champa in 1471, the territory of Vietnam, then called Dai - Viet, covered the northern part and a central part of the present-day Vietnam. Thus the North is considered the birthplace of the nation. It is here that were born and kept rigorously older Vietnamese traditions.
We can divide the North Vietnamen three regions: the Red River Delta, the average region and the high mountains of the far north. It is these last two that appeal to the majority of visitors, both for their landscapes of beautéépoustouflante for ethnic diversity that inhabit.
Long valleys with gentle slopes, sometimes distant and dramatic peaks, and especially verdant rice terrace offers a setting of rare beauté.Les mini mud dams to reinforcement bamboo etles all small dikes that rise above of these fields dug by generations of patients reflect a valuable skill.
Across these ancestral farmland, lean men and women in conical hats, bent backs and lives impregnated with muddy paddy water.
Mountain roads are bordered by North traditional villages with wooden houses with thatched roofs. The narrow streets of the populated villagessont pigs, chickens and buffaloes between which entertain the children smiling and full of life ethnicities minoritaires.A as one enters the North, the road leads travelers to less cement, less television and more authenticity.
Vietnam's well preserved and vibrant cultural heritage is no more prevalent than in the northern capital city of Hanoi. Harmoniously blending old world charm with the contemporary, Hanoi is a city with a captivating mix of architectural heritage and European influences, making it one of Asia's most striking cities. A short journey southeast of Hanoi and you will discover the UNESCO World Heritage site of Halong Bay, featuring more than 2000 stunning islands and islets rising from the azure waters of the Gulf of Tonkin to create a dramatic and awe-inspiring setting. Along Vietnam's curvaceous coastline is Hue and Hoi An. The towns are short transfers from each other and straddle the banks of the Song Huong River. In the south is the extensive Mekong Delta and Ho Chi Minh City, the country's greatest metropolitan area consisting of a vibrant and high energy mixture of culture, commerce, tradition and modernity. Here designer hotels, boutique properties, markets, street stalls and high-end restaurants meet every desire.
Vietnam's weather varies greatly from north to south with each area marked by slightly different seasons and climates. Because of these regional variations, there are always pleasant and favorable areas to visit throughout the year. The north, overall, tends to be cooler than the rest of the country. During the winter from November till February, the day time temperature is cool and the weather often damp. Central Vietnam experiences warm weather from July to October and wet, colder weather from November to May. Although the temperature remains fairly steady throughout the year, Southern Vietnam has two seasons. The dry season lasts from December to May, while from June to November is the rainy season.
Most nationals require a visa to enter Vietnam and all travelers must have a passport valid for at least 6 months after their planned exit from Vietnam. Visa on Arrival service is possible with advance notice to Exotissimo to prepare all permissions and documents.
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