VIETNAM is bound by the South China Sea to the east, Laos and Cambodia to the west and China to the north. The country can be divided into three regions, North, Central
and South Vietnam. Over a quarter of a century has passed since the Vietnam War ended in 1975 with the fall of Saigon.
Today, the name of this bustling metropolis on the Mekong River is Ho Chi Minh City. Yet, the essence of the city, a major trading center since the 18th century, remains unchanged. The air is filled with the cries of street hawkers and honking horns. Swarms of motorbikes buzz down the crowded streets balancing every sort of cargo imaginable — from clinging families to coops of live chickens. And everywhere, friendly faces and warm greetings meet you.
The port city of Vung Tau is a seaside beach resort located about 2 hours east of Ho Chi Minh City, with shopping, discos and a range of eateries. As the closest beach in the vicinity, Vung Tau is a daytrip away, offering a retreat from the city heat. Nha Trang was a popular recreation spot for U.S. servicemen during the war. Today, it is one of the country’s most popular seaside destinations, frequented by superyachts. Its four miles of white-sand beaches lined with gently swaying coconut palms and turquoise waters makes this up-and-coming resort area a popular seaside destination.
Colorfully painted fishing boats line the harbors of the small villages, and the surrounding countryside is a gently rolling landscape of little towns nestled in green valleys. Tour the city from the great Cham Tower to the Buddhist shrine at Long Son Pagoda. Or journey into the countryside to see the small villages, fields of rice paddies and bamboo groves. Vietnam’s number of visitors for tourism has increased steadily over the past 10 years. The country is investing capital into the coastal regions that are already popular for their beaches and boat tours. Hotel staff and tourism guides in these regions speak reasonable English. Services for superyachts are steadily being improved.