Most visitors to Vietnam are impressed by the great beauty of the country’s natural settings: the Red River Delta in the North, the Mekong Delta in the South and almost the entire coastal strip is a patchwork of brilliant green rice paddies tended by women in conical hats.
There are some great beaches along the coast, while inland there are soaring mountains, some cloaked by dense misty forests. Up in the mountains the rice terraces hug the steep mountain sides and many different ethnic minority peoples in traditional costume work the fields and throng to the local market towns to sell their handcrafts and produce. Vietnam offers a unique opportunity to see a country of unspoiled charm and rare natural beauty, which has only recently been open to the outside world. Currently it is country of rapid change and the interface between the old and the new throws up many challenges to those who choose to move here.