In the mid-19th century Vietnam's independence ended abruptly, when the French Empire colonized the country. Many cultural changes were imposed under the French administration, which had considerable effects on the Vietnamese way of life.
Developing a plantation economy to promote the exports of tobacco, indigo, tea and coffee, the French largely ignored increasing calls for self-government, and notably, civil rights.
Hotels in Vietnam - Asia
The modern transport network of Vietnam was originally developed under French rule for the sole purpose of exploiting raw materials from the country.
Following the Vietnam War, this infrastructure was reconstructed, and extensively modernized, and now offers a popular means of transportation for locals and tourists alike.
Today the number of visitors to Vietnam for tourism and holidays in general, has increased steadily over the last decade. In 2006 some 3.56 million people visited Vietnam, which showed an increase of 3.7% from 2005.
Vietnam is now investing heavily into the coastal regions that are already popular for their outstanding beaches and boat tours. Many hotel staff and tourism guides in these regions speak excellent English. Major players in the Vietnamese holiday market such as the Meliá group now offer outstanding hotel accommodation in this captivating country, with its astonishing contrasts in both culture and geography.
Hotels in Hanoi, Vietnam
HVTH01 Meliá Hanoi
Meliá Hanoi Hotel located in Centre of Hanoi, Vietnam
Type: Hotel Town: Hanoi Rating: 5 Star
The luxurious Meliá Hanoi is located right in the city center of Hanoi, the diplomatic & financial district and close to the main tourist attractions: Quan Su Pagoda (100 m), Hanoi Grand Cathedral (500 m), the Hoan Kiem lake (500 m), the Opera House (500 m) and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (1,5 km).
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