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Lush green and lively countryside of Vietnam charms tourists
Of late, Vietnam has started attracting a lot of visitors since the tourism department has upgraded the facilities and different types of tourism have been introduced such as rural tourism.

On our way from Hanoi to Halong –the natural wonder of world famous for floating islands –we decided to visit a village on the recommendation of the driver of the van who was taking us four tourists from India to Halong.

The countryside was lush green and was embellished with paddy fields, banana trees, coconut trees, and many other trees which are common all around the world. The houses were clean and every house had a worship corner with motifs of Buddhism. The women were seen running the market place selling flowers, fruit, vegetables and other things of daily chores.

In the fields, both men and women with their heads covered with long pointed hats were seen working unaware of the visitors. The fields also had ponds for fishing and for the ducks. Around the fields, poultry sheds were seen. People are found of eating fish and eggs as a part of their daily diet.

On the wayside, you could see small temporary shops selling local beer, sugar cane juice and local fruits. Another popular item was boiled maze which many people relish as part of a mini-meal.

The villages have their graveyards and ancestors are revered and worshipped through annual rites and rituals. Also, small Buddhist temples can be seen in the countryside.

Some households produce embroidery articles and fabrics. The art work with embroidery is sold to the visitors. The tourists who make payments in US Dollars bring smile on the faces of the villagers. However, the environment reminded me of the Indian coastal state of Kerala. Vietnam as a country is completely along the sea as strip. The lush greenery and smell of the sea are the hallmarks of the countryside.

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