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The word `Vietnam’ means `the Viet people in the south’- a fitting term for the country that occupies the southern part of Eastern Asia. Vietnam remained for many years a country associated with bloodshed and strife- the Vietnam War is still etched in many minds, especially American and Vietnamese. The aftermath of the war is still evident in the poverty and underdevelopment; in the number of amputees and in the faces of the children of mixed American -Vietnamese parentage.

The present has been kinder to Vietnam than the past ever was – the socialist government is easing its hold over the economy, allowing an increasing level of interaction with foreign investors and making efforts to heal the wounds of war with the Americans. But there’s more to Vietnam than blood and gore, war and wounds.

There are beautiful mountains, lovely quiet beaches, a rich cultural heritage, and the wonderful old-world charm of colonial cities like Hanoi. This is the country with a wonderful cuisine; this is the country that produces beautiful handicrafts including some of the best embroidery and lacquer ware in South Asia. Vietnam is well worth a visit- it may not be the hottest tourist destination in South East Asia, but it has a uniqueness that makes it a must-see for anyone who’s interested in the Orient.

War torn Vietnam has a lot of history and natural beauty to be proud of. Not only is it home to the historic city of Hue- one of the ancient wonders of the world but Ha Long Bay with its turquoise waters, 1,969 islands, scenic landscape and limestone pillars has been recognized as a World Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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