Reasons to Visit
There is so much more to do in Vietnam than just the odd city tour and museum. Kite making in Hue, a fisherman eco-tour in Hoi An, an educational talk in Hanoi, cycling through the rice terraces of Sapa - there are many wonderful ways to see the country, experience its culture and meet its people.
Famous for the Vietnam War, you can of course visit the War Remnants Museum and the Cu Chi tunnels in Saigon. However, the country's history has many other facets to be explored such as the old merchant town of Hoi An or the imperial city of Hue. The imprints of the former foreign rules of the Chinese and French are present wherever you go from iconic buildings to everyday life; past and present existing in harmony.
Vietnam offers great value for money from every angle. From hotels to transport to food, your US dollars or Vietnamese Dong will go far!
Vietnamese food is renowned for its freshness, bold flavours and presentation. It is an integral part of the local culture and each region has its own unique and wonderful dishes. This part of Southeast Asia is undoubtedly one of the best places in the world to eat. And if you want to learn the art of Vietnamese cooking yourself, there are also a number of fantastic cooking courses for you to enjoy.
The people of Vietnam are among the friendliest you will ever meet. They are also extremely resilient having survived foreign invasions by the Chinese and French, as well as famine and war with their cultural identity remaining intact. You only have to witness the National Flag Raising ceremony in Ba Dinh Square, Hanoi to witness a nation united not simply by patriotism, but by a very strong sense of community and respect.
From the UNESCO site of Halong Bay with its thousands of limestone outcrops to the Tonkinese Alps and lush green rice terraces of Sapa, Vietnam offers an abundance of stunning scenery and landscapes. Besides natural assets, there are plenty of other man-made photo opportunities such as the colourful floating markets of the Mekong Delta and the bustling streets of the Old Quarter in Hanoi.
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The Victoria Resort is a pleasant hotel on this stretch of coastline, benefiting from a slightly isolated position.
The resort offers four restaurants catering for various tastes, the hotel chef is French and is an expert in preparing international cuisine as well as traditional Vietnamese options.
The main restaurant is called L'Oceane and overlooks the sea. It's a perfect place to sample the local seafood whilst watching the sunset sitting on the outside terrace. More informal lunch options and poolside dining can be found in two other restaurants. La Paillotte is located next to the free form swimming pool and offers an extensive choice of bar snacks and light options including salads and a cocktail menu. Next to the newly built infinity pool is the Infinity Pool Restaurant which is occasionally used for seafood barbeques and gala dinners and has panoramic views over the coastline.
Beach front dining is available in the form of the tea bar which offers more of a private and secluded option again serving lighter dishes and cocktails.
Phan Thiet is a small town on the South Central coast of Vietnam traditionally renowned for the production of fish sauce used in local cuisine.
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