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DISCOVERING VIETNAM: A NATION NEW TO THE WORLD; CATHAY PACIFIC'S 7-DAY, 6-NIGHT TOURS START AT $1,829

 LOS ANGELES, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Vietnam is a nation re-emerging on the world stage, offering its visitors an adventure that until recently could only be imagined.
 Protected, ironically, by its years of hardship and cut off from modern times for more than a decade, Vietnam is still, more than most places, new to the world. Political progress and the restoration of international air services, led by Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways, have hastened Vietnam's rebirth.
 With this rebirth has come a rekindled interest in visiting Vietnam. A highly affordable program is currently being offered by Cathay Pacific Holidays, the airline's tour division, with all-inclusive prices (including round-trip air) starting at $1,829.
 Few travelers have ever seen the country in its naturally tranquil state, or enjoyed the many facets of its engaging national character. Vietnam stretches for over 2,000 miles of twisting, ethereal coastline. Its climate ranges from cool Alpine highlands to the tropical Mekong delta. The two principal cities are Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, and their distinct characters reflect the dichotomy of northern and southern Vietnam.
 Broad tree-lined boulevards hint at Hanoi's French Colonial past, but this, the oldest capital in Southeast Asia, dates back to the year 1010. Many old streets are much the same as they have been for centuries in northern Vietnam, and more than 600 pagodas throughout the city nestle in groves of trees planted hundreds of years ago to provide year-round shade and scented blossoms. Hanoi is a city of culture, both ancient and contemporary, with grand colonial architecture, excellent museums, and Asian and Western theatre and dance.
 Southern Vietnam revolves around Ho Chi Minh City, a city of four million people and the largest, busiest and most cosmopolitan in Vietnam. Yet the city center, which was laid out in a former era, is compact, picturesque and ideal for strolling. Of particular note is the city's Vietnamese cuisine, which is said to be the best in the country, and French cuisine that has long been regarded as the best outside Paris.
 It's good to have an experienced guide in Vietnam, when visiting either its frenetic southern city or more austere northern capital. As the premiere international airline to resume service to Vietnam, Cathay Pacific offers tour packages to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi that reflect the carrier's vast experience in the country.
 Cathay Pacific's Vietnam Holiday includes round-trip economy class travel from Los Angeles to Vietnam, deluxe accommodations and a full complement of value-added amenities. Business class fares can be arranged, as can extra night rates and low cost add-on fares for travel originating from cities other than Los Angeles. Seven-day, six-night tours start at $1,829. For a free, full-color Vietnam brochure, see a travel agent or call Cathay Pacific toll-free, 800-233-2742.
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 /CONTACT: Dan Marengo of the Fontayne Group, 415-362-4449/


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