Vietnam embodies two distinct personalities. One is the timeless rural landscapes of the Mekong Delta where farmers rely on traditional techniques to grow and harvest rice, while the other face is one of constant motion as witnessed on Hanoi’s streets swarming with motor scooters weaving among the cars, bicycles and rickshaws in a nonstop blur of activity. From robust cities to time-honored villages, Vietnam today is vibrant, spirited and warmly welcoming. It has worked diligently to reinvent itself for the future while respecting its past. Like much of Asia, Vietnam is struggling to balance the benefits of modern innovation with centuries-old customs that are the foundation of its society. One positive outcome of this renaissance has been the development of luxury accommodations that are the equal of any in Asia and beyond. Vietnam possesses more than 2,000 miles of the coastline along the South China Sea. The coast is dotted with sophisticated beach resorts. The scenic perfection of the calm, blue-green waters of Halong Bay and its thousands of monolithic limestone islands is unequaled. The bay is the ideal setting for an overnight journey aboard a traditional-style Chinese junk. Vietnam’s rich cultural traditions are reflected in the ethnic hill tribe villages in the central mountains. Rice lands of the delta, imperial cities, lush scenery – Luxury Vietnam travel has become an activity with a growing international fan club.