Vietnam small in size, but big on taste

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iol travel may 28 Hoi An REUTERS Take a drive to Hoi An which is located on the coast of the South China Sea.

Vietnam is a small country in Asia filled with innate beauty, lush green rice fields, small fishing villages, markets and of course its history and ancient traditions. This city has many historic attractions, temples, tunnels and war museums for tourists to get lost in.

“The tourist attraction in Vietnam has grown so much over the past years, as visitors crave to see the many war memorials, markets, and the beautiful secluded beaches. Vietnam is also one of the friendliest countries in the world and has a different festival for visitors to enjoy every month, “explains Thamanoon Kuprasert, general manager of Central, Eastern and Southern Africa for Thai Airways International (THAI).

For all you beach lovers, head down to Nha Trang which is one of the most popular beaches in the city, due to its calming blue waves and sandy white beaches. This beach is also the best spot in Vietnam for scuba diving as the water is so clear, you will be sure to see all the unusual and wonderful under water creatures. If you feel you have had enough fun in the sun, then take a stroll down the promenade and treat yourself to authentic Vietnamese food.

The Cu Chi Tunnels are perfect for all you history buffs who will know that these tunnels were used by the Viet Cong guerrillas as hiding spots during the Vietnam War. These tunnels are situated about 40km northwest of Hoh Chi Minh City. This spot has become a huge tourist’s attraction over the years and visitors are invited to crawl around the tunnel and experience what the soldiers felt during the war. As Vietnam is so enriched in history and traditions, they tend to have festivals organised all year round.

Tet Holiday is one of the most famous festivals in Vietnam and allows the locals to express their love for one and other. This festival is very similar to the Lunar New Year, but with a touch of Vietnamese tradition.

Even public holidays in Vietnam are worth participating in; an extremely popular holiday is on the 2nd of September when you will see a nation-wide parade. All the streets are lit up with red flags and there is a spectacular fireworks display to end the day off.

Take a drive to Hoi An which is located on the coast of the South China Sea. This little fishing village has been turned into one of the biggest tourists attractions in Vietnam. It is filled with many winding streets and quaint Chinese-style shops. Locals refer to this village as the “Venice of Vietnam” due to its narrow canals that cut through part of the town.

“You can’t go wrong with a trip to Vietnam as it is one of the most unique countries to visit in the world,” concludes Kuprasert.

Thai Airways travellers can purchase an air ticket for travelling to Thailand and Asia Pacific destinations such as Malaysia, Singapore, Bali, China, Indo-China, Australia & New Zealand until 30th September 2012 with Thailand & Asia Pacific Delight Promotion. For more information, visit www.thaiair.co.za or phone (011) 268 2580.

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