One of the highlights of your tour to Vietnam, this UNESCO Heritage Site is both majestic and mysterious, with thousands of small islands rising from turquoise waters, dotted with beaches and grottoes created by wind and waves. Halong Bay is a very unique and beautiful location. The islets and limestone karst formations found in these still waters are stunning. Cruise companies including Bhaya, Syrena, Grayline and The Au Co offer day trips and recommended 2 and 3 day cruises through this incredible area of Vietnam.
Those looking for history, colonial legacy and modern outlook can find it all in Vietnam’s buzzing capital city, Hanoi. Take a leisurely stroll down the many boulevards sampling the social coffee houses and delicious street food on offer. A popular mode of transport is the bicycle rickshaws, an exciting way to explore The Old French Quarter with the many locals on their motorbikes. There are numerous iconic sites to visit in Hanoi, these include the complex that houses the Stalinist mausoleum to Ho Chi Minh, the Presidential Palace and Ho Chi Minh’s humble home. Elsewhere, you will find many interesting museums including the Vietnam Military History Museum, Ethnology Museum Women’s Museum and the thought-provoking Hoa Lo Prison. A great way to gain a good insight to Vietnamese arts is by attending their famous water puppet show. There are plenty of excellent cuisine options available in Hanoi, from high-end restaurants to local street-side eateries.
Huế is a city in central Vietnam that was the national capital from 1802-1945 and is still known as the Imperial City. Located on the bank of picturesque Song Huong (Perfume River), Huế provides history and exotic cultures. Popular attractions include Tomb of Minh Mang, The Citadel and royal tombs. After visiting the sites spend time relaxing on the white sandy beaches of Lang Co beach and Thuan An. With its long history, Hue is recognised for its distinctive dishes, spices and local beer. Getting to Hue can be via plane or for the more adventurous take an overnight train from Hanoi to Hue which is about 700 Kilometers.
Mekong Delta, Can Tho
Vietnam’s rice bowl, produces more than a third of the country’s annual food crop, is a watery landscape of green fields and sleepy villages. Lined with lush price paddies and fish farms, the Delta’s attraction is the colourful river life and floating markets. Day tours from Ho Chi Minh City to My Tho are a popular way to see this fascinating part of Vietnam. From My Tho you will take a boat trip to Can Tho, the delta’s biggest settlement. Situated on the Mekon Delta, Can Tho is a popular place for boats trips and famous for its nearby floating markets. To get the best out of these are an overnight stay in Can THo is recommended.
This was one of southeast Asia’s major ports, this charming town retains a sense of history in its pretty streets and narrow canals. Enjoy a walking tour of the town centre where you will visit the beautiful 400 year old Japanese Covered Bridge, former merchants’ houses and vibrant markets. Spend time relaxing on the stretches of white sandy beaches that are close by. In the evenings many restaurants, lounge bars and boutique shops are visited with the backdrop of Bon River illuminated by the traditional lanterns..
Ho Chi Minh
This vibrant city with repaid development, blending past and present, still maintains its colonial charm. Discover cultural sights, designer boutique shops, market bargins, world class cuisine and delicious street food. Popular day excursions include the famous Cu Chi Tunnels and the picturesque Mekong Delta. Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum offer insights to Vietnam’s history.
Established as hill station by the French in 1922, it offers natural beauty and surrounding attractions. Sapa is home to a number of ethnic minorities and a trip to some of their villages is a must when visiting Sapa. This area is renowned for its cool mountain air and misty mountain range. Getting there can be via the 4 ½ hour picturesque drive from Hanoi or by train (day or 7 hour overnight) to Lao Cai railway station.
Mui Ne, Phan Thiet
A few hours from Ho Chi Minh City are the traditional fishing villages of Mui Ne and Phan Thiết. This coastal region of Southeast Vietnam offers a range of resort accommodation located along the white sandy beaches. Pha Thiet is larger and has many excellent fish restaurants. It is also famous for its fish sauce which is used across Vietnam. Mui Ne is the more popular resort for beaches lovers as it enjoys less than half the rain of its neighbour. There are many quality hotels, restaurants, cafes and beaches to chose from making these two locations a wonderful place to relax during or post your tour of Vietnam .
Located off the west coast of Mekong Delta, this stunning island is made up of national forest land and beautiful beaches. The majority of beach resorts are located on the palm-lined southwest coast . It is the perfect place for scuba diving, snorkelling, swimming, walking, wildlife tours and total relaxation. To get to this beautiful island you board a 55 minute flight from Ho Chi Minh.
A sweeping crescent beach with long stretches of pristine sand adjacent to this bustling resort town. Nha Trang is one of the best spots in Vietnam for scuba diving and snorkelling due to the wonderful variety of sea life and the colorful coral reef. It is also an area renowned for its hot springs and mud baths. .The hilltop If you head inland for a day you will doscover the Po Nagar Cham Towers which provide fascinating insight into Vietnam’s history. A flight to Nha Trang from Ho Chi Minh takes 1 hour.