Although many travellers still believe Vietnam to be a war-torn country, it is in reality a country filled with captivating natural beauty and tranquil village life. Its highlands and rainforest regions team with exotic wildlife and its islands and beaches are among the finest in all of southeast Asia. It has been over three decades since Vietnam was officially united and this gracious and graceful country is now an outstanding travel destination.

Vietnam stretches the length of the Indochinese Peninsula and has an area of 331,688 square kilometres - roughly equal to that of Italy. It borders China to the north, Laos and Cambodia to the west and the South China Sea to the east. Topographically, Vietnam is a beautiful assortment of soaring mountains, fertile deltas, dense forests, flowing rivers, mysterious caves, otherworldly rock formations and heavenly waterfalls and beaches. Yet, beyond this natural beauty, the curious and open-minded traveller will find a feast of culture and history.

The climate in Vietnam varies greatly from north to south. The north has a cool and dry season from November to April and a hot rainy season from May to October. Conversely, the south is hot and humid all year round, especially from February to May and the rainy season lasts from May to November. The central highlands have a similar climate to the south, but temperatures can even be freezing in winter. The official peak season in Vietnam is from September to April.

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