A country recovering from the effect of a long warfare, Vietnam has recently opened to tourism but has developed a lot in the last few years. Blessed with a ravishing coastline, emerald-green mountains, breathtaking national parks, dynamic cities, outstanding cultural interest and one of the world’s best cuisines, Vietnam has it all. Most visitors are overwhelmed by the 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 fields tended by women in “nons” or conical hats. There are some divine beaches along the coast, while inland are soaring mountains cloaked by dense, misty forests. The jungles and monsoon forests of Vietnam are diverse ecosystems that are alive with unique wildlife. Trekking is a popular activity here, particularly the mountains of Sapa and the primeval landscape of Cuc Phuong National Park. Vietnam also offers an opportunity to see a country of traditional charm and rare beauty.