Send flowers to Vietnam
Despite its turbulent recent history, Vietnam is in many ways a wonderful country with hundreds of memorable sights, from bustling cities to small villages, from temples to beaches.
It has an immensely long history, dating back some 500,000 years and, in recent years, has become a major tourist destination.
Many visits start in the capital, Ho Chi Minh City. It is a heady mixture of the old and the new, of myriad sights, sounds and smells, both busy and calm at the same time.
Further south, the Mekong Delta is a fascinating area, the floating markets in Can Tho and Cai Be are unlike any other markets. Striking out into the mountains will give the visitor a different, somehow calmer vision of this fascinating land.
Religion has always been important here, and Hanoi is full of striking pagodas and temples. As in all towns and cities, one of the great pleasures is wandering the streets and eating alongside the locals, the wonderful cuisine perhaps best sampled at any of the many street-side stalls.
Vietnam looks back on its past with pride and forward with confidence and, if you make friends here, and want to send flowers to Vietnam, it has never been simpler.