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Hanoi to Saigon provides an introduction to Vietnam

One of the best things about choosing a touring holiday is that you will get to see many places of interest during your stay.

As opposed to picking one destination and sticking with it for a week or two, travelling between two points will allow you to experience different cultures in regions that differ from one end of the country to another.

Hanoi to Saigon is one of the most popular options for visitors to Vietnam. These cites are at opposite ends of the country, with the former in the north and latter down in the south.

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and will be the host of the 2019 Asian Games. It is the second biggest city in the country and can be found on the bank of the Red River. The culture is fascinating here as west meets east, while there is also a very strong Chinese influence.

The Old Quarter is well worth a visit, and you will find plenty of monuments and colonial architecture which charts its history – having gone through numerous name changes. There are also lakes, parks and more than 600 temples to see.

Saigon, or Ho Chi Minh City, on the other hand can be found close to the Cambodian border in the south of Vietnam. You will be greeted by throngs of motorbikes buzzing through the streets, in what is a place of endless energy.

You can stroll through quaint alleyways to ancient pagodas and markets, while the wooden ramshackle shops are well worth a visit to pick up some souvenirs of your journey.

In among the old is everything which is new about Saigon, including skyscrapers and designer shopping malls, along with restaurants and bars where you can sample the excellent local cuisine.

It has not forgotten its history though, and churches, temples and government buildings provide an excellent reminder of what has gone before.