Despite significant modernization in Vietnam's urban centers of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, time-honored traditions continue to be practiced by the residents. There are many ancient landmark structures that have survived the ups and downs of history. Here Buddhist shrines can be located adjacent to skyscrapers, where vivid festivals and rites stretching back decades and centuries can be found. Wide, sandy beaches are home to opulent resorts and fine-dining establishments, making them perfect for vacation trips, while large rice terraces in the hills provide good hiking opportunities. If you are visiting for the first time (you will wish more) Halong Bay, Vietnam's most historic towns Hue, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, and the ruins of My Son which is the old Hindu religious center will charm you.