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Gracefully resting by the South East Asian coastline this beautiful country called Vietnam is a rhythmic blend of history, culture, modernization and nature. If you set out to explore Vietnam you will be filled with visual dramatics right from the rustic living in Mekong delta, the magnificent caves system of Phong Nha, the marvellous French architecture at Hanoi, life in the valley of Sapa to the breath-taking Halong bay.

Vietnam became independent of Imperial of China in AD 938 and continued to flourish till the French colonization in the mid-19th century. Although after the first Indochina war Vietnam was freed, yet divided into two rival states of- North and South Vietnam- with the US intervention adding to the political unrest following the Vietnam War. It was devastating and one can see the aftermath of the horrid war even now. The country sure was destitute but not destroyed, Vietnam leapt with all its might.

When I set out to explore Vietnam. I found out beside the many grand UNESCO world heritage sites the country also houses some dazzling Pagodas like the – Temple of Literature, Jade Emperor Pagoda, One Pillar Temple, Perfume Pagoda and so many more- All of them offer the same peaceful aura yet distinct history and rituals. I can go on writing about the alluring architecture and the natural beauty of Vietnam, but that should not overshadow everything else the country has to offer because in the right sense it is a complete sensory delight.

So come along! I have everything you need to know to explore Vietnam. Right from an overall guide to city-specific guides! Even a guide to being a vegetarian in Vietnam. Happy travelling!

Best books to read before visiting Vietnam
Mad About The Mekong by John Keay
The Quiet American by Graham Greene
When Heaven and Earth Changed Places by Le Ly Hayslip
Vietnam- Rising Dragon by Bill Hayton
The Penguin History of Modern Vietnam by Christopher Goscha
The Indochina Chronicles: Travels in Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam by Phil Karber
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