Vietnam is a land of natural beauty, cultural diversity, epic food, friendly people and many more to explore. The capital Hanoi is the focus for arts in Vietnam and has been since its foundation in the year 1010 while in Ho Chi Minh City business is king. Hue is steeped in imperial history, Hoi An the place to soak up the atmosphere and the largely undeveloped coastline is the place to kick back.Despite the cities’ allure, it’s the country’s striking landscape that most impresses. Ha Long Bay’s labyrinthine network of limestone outcrops loom dramatically out of the Gulf of Tonkin. Any trip to the remote upland regions of central and northern Vietnam is likely to focus upon the ethnic minorities who reside there. As for wildlife, the discovery in recent years of several previously unknown species of plants, birds and animals speaks volumes for the wealth of Vietnam’s biodiversity and makes the improving access to the country’s national parks all the more gratifying.
At present there are 54 different ethnic groups inhabiting Viet Nam, in which Kinh (Viet) people make up nearly 90% of the whole population, and 53 other ethnic groups represent over 10%.
The major religious traditions in Vietnam are Buddhism (which fuses forms of Taoism and Confusianism), Christianity (Catholicism and Protestantism), Islam, Caodaism and the Hoa Hao sect.
Vietnamese have many festivals in year, of which Lunar New Year Festival (Tet Nguyen dan) is the biggest festival, besides numerous other unique festivals.
Vietnam is located in both a tropical and a temperate zone. It is characterized by strong monsoon influences, but has a considerable amount of sun, a high rate of rainfall, and high humidity. Regions located near the tropics and in the mountainous regions are endowed with a temperate climate.In southern Vietnam the dry season lasts from December to late April or May, and the rains from May through to November. Northern Vietnam is generally warm and sunny from October to December, after which cold winter weather sets in, accompanied by fine persistent mists which can last for several days.
With such a complicated weather picture, there’s no one particular season to recommend as the best time for visiting Vietnam. Overall, the best time to visit Vietnam is spring (January to April) and autumn (August to October).