An understanding of history still goes a long way in Vietnam, since the country has a unique civilization and a highly cultured people. Most visitors to Vietnam are overwhelmed by the sublime beauty of the country’s natural setting: the Red River Delta in the north, the Mekong Delta in the south and almost the entire coastal strip are a patchwork of brilliant green rice paddies tended by women in conical hats.
The Vietnam War isn’t called that in Vietnam. It is called “the American War” and was ended in 1975, killed an estimated three million people, flattened cities and destroyed much of the country’s infrastructure and farmland.
Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and the country’s second largest city. Its population in 2009 was estimated at 2.6 million for urban districts, 6.5 million for the metropolitan jurisdiction.
Sapa is famous for both its fine, rugged scenery and also its rich cultural diversity. Located in northwest Vietnam, gateway to another world of mysterious minority cultures and luscious landscapes. The spectacular scenery that surrounds Sapa includes cascading rice terraces that spill down the mountains like a patchwork quilt.
Located in the Gulf of Tonkin, includes some 1,600 islands and islets, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. The most of the islands are uninhabited and unaffected by a human presence.
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