It's time for this year's family vacation. When you think theme park do you think dull and boring? If the thought of seeing one more cartoon character while walking around in 100 degree heat makes you want to faint then start thinking outside of the box. This year, take the family on a real adventure, in Vietnam. For the individual or even family who wants to discover an exciting new culture Vietnam travel is a great idea.
The first stop on your Vietnam travel guide is the nation's capitol city, Hanoi. Hanoi is an old city where East really does meet West. The city is full of Chinese and French influence still in 2010, when it will celebrate it's 1000th anniversary. While in Hanoi you will want to be sure to make your way to Ha Long Bay or Cat Ba Island, two of the cities many beaches. If you are fortunate enough to visit during the months of September to November be sure to check out the Mid Autumn Festival. Spring is also a great time for visiting Hanoi in order to take part in Tet, the traditional Lunar New Year in Vietnam.
Hanoi is an up and coming city. In the early 1990's there were no four star hotels in the city. Now, it is home to over 180 hotels that rank at three, four, and even five stars. While staying in style you might as well shop in style. During your Vietnam travels take time to visit one of several famous shopping villages. Whether it's Bat Trang pottery village for a new decorative piece or Van Phuc silk village for the finest clothing, your friends are sure to love anything you pick up as a souvenir.
Historically speaking Vietnam has a lot to offer. A must stop on your Vietnam travel itinerary is The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, memorial to the leader Ho Chi Minh. The grounds of the mausoleum are home to over 250 varieties of plants and flowers from around Vietnam. Other popular destinations are the One Pillar Pagoda, one of Vietnam's most famous Buddhist temple's and The Temple of Literature. Dedicated to Confucius and founded in 1070, Vietnam's first University is sure to thrill anyone who appreciates history, archeology, or an overall gorgeous landscape.