Step back in history in Hanoi

For anyone seeking an adventure holiday in a country of pure natural beauty, rich with culture and history then look no further than Vietnam. The country has all of this and much more to offer the adventurous traveller.

With the fantastic beaches of the South China Sea to the East, and bordering China, Laos and Cambodia, Vietnam is situated on the South East of the Indochina Peninsula. The scenery is truly magnificent from the Mekong and Red River Deltas to the thick rain forests with their mountain peaks to the beautifully green rice paddies.

In Ancient Hanoi much of the architecture is French Colonial, many of the buildings there having been built by French settlers in the early 20th century. There is the magnificent Presidential Palace, the Grand Opera House and the Sofitel Metropole hotel. All are marvellous sights to behold.

A visit to the Old Quarter of Hanoi is also a must. This shows a different side to the city with its narrow winding backstreets which are always a hive of activity. The Buddhist monument, the one-pillar Pagoda is an attraction not only for Buddhists but for travellers to visit also. Built in 1049 it is another sight not to be missed.

The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is located in the centre of the city. Inside the building is the body of Ho Chi Minh. The Vietnamese affectionately call him Uncle Ho and he is revered and worshipped to this day. His body is very well preserved and is on public display to visitors.

So from the awe-inspiring scenery of the countryside to the culture of the ancient city of Hanoi, Vietnam is a country to take your breath away. For anyone seeking something a little bit different this is a place to see.