There are so many highlights in this fascinating country that it is impossible to list them all here. Our travel consultants will discuss your interests and be able to put a specific itinerary together for you, but below are a few must see’s!
Hanoi is an excellent city to start your Vietnam adventure. Formerly the capital of independent Vietnam, it is steeped in interesting history and has today emerged as an elegant and cultured city with some chic restaurants and shops. There is a great buzz to Hanoi, with its many colourful streets, the traditional Vietnamese houses mixed with French colonial architecture, markets to be explored and some excellent attractions such as the Old Quarter, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Temple of Literature – the list goes on.
Hoi An is an historic town offering an unhurried and relaxed pace. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, Hoi An was formerly a trading port where traders from China, Japan and Europe created a fascinating and rich cultural heritage. Stroll the Old Quarter to see some beautiful traditional tube houses, wander through the beautiful local shops or relax in charming cafes. The beautiful stretch of beach just 10 minutes from town provides an even more relaxing backdrop.
The Mekong Delta is a fascinating region where life revolves around the water and has not changed for centuries. The best way to explore this region is by boat where you will see the lively floating markets and watch how people live and work on the water.
Sailing through the shimmering sea of Halong Bay past literally thousands of incredible limestone domes has almost a mystical presence. Watching the traditional sailing junks with their rough cotton fan-shaped sails gently sail through the magical waters provides for a unique experience you will not see anywhere else in the world.
Cu Chi Tunnels, near Saigon
This network of underground passages built by the Viet Cong in the “American War” is one of Vietnam’s most popular day trips. The underground tunnels are not just holes that people hid away in, but more akin to underground cities complete with schools and hospitals. If climbing down a small passage does not appeal, don’t worry there are excavated parts of the network that are equally as interesting.
Perfume River, Hue
This river trip is, in our opinion, the most atmospheric day trip in the country. From the Thien Mu pagoda to the eerie deserted tombs of emperors past that are dotted along the Perfume River banks, this river trip is certain to be one of the highlights of your visit.