The fertile Red River Valley has been the home of the Vietnamese people for almost 5,000 years, and it remains the cultural heartland of the modern Vietnamese nation. With the capital Hanoi at its center, northern Vietnam offers the best of all worlds - great depth of culture, remarkable landscapes, and mouth-watering cuisine; who needs more? Let us lead you on a journey to the world-famous scenery of Halong Bay, the jumble of Hanoi's bustling Old Quarter and the lesser-known delights of Ninh Binh, Mai Chau, and Sapa. Hike amongst the towering rice terraces of the northern mountains, drift along slow rivers, lined with lotus flowers and channelled by thrusting limestone pinnacles, or let our expert guides introduce you to the exotic tastes and smells of Hanoi's fabulous street food; we know you'll be as inspired by the variety of this region as we are. Given its historic past, Destinations Vietnam is a country that offers a unique perspective for travelers. Blessed with an insanely diverse landscape, you could be sliding down sand dunes in the morning, taking a stroll by the beach by noon and walking around a UNESCO heritage town by afternoon. Being that my partner and I both met in Vietnam, it will always be a memorable country for us. To help you plan and make the most out of your trip to Destinations Vietnam, here are a few bits of information to help you out.