Reasons to Visit
There is so much more to do in Vietnam than just the odd city tour and museum. Kite making in Hue, a fisherman eco-tour in Hoi An, an educational talk in Hanoi, cycling through the rice terraces of Sapa - there are many wonderful ways to see the country, experience its culture and meet its people.
Famous for the Vietnam War, you can of course visit the War Remnants Museum and the Cu Chi tunnels in Saigon. However, the country's history has many other facets to be explored such as the old merchant town of Hoi An or the imperial city of Hue. The imprints of the former foreign rules of the Chinese and French are present wherever you go from iconic buildings to everyday life; past and present existing in harmony.
Vietnam offers great value for money from every angle. From hotels to transport to food, your US dollars or Vietnamese Dong will go far!
Vietnamese food is renowned for its freshness, bold flavours and presentation. It is an integral part of the local culture and each region has its own unique and wonderful dishes. This part of Southeast Asia is undoubtedly one of the best places in the world to eat. And if you want to learn the art of Vietnamese cooking yourself, there are also a number of fantastic cooking courses for you to enjoy.
The people of Vietnam are among the friendliest you will ever meet. They are also extremely resilient having survived foreign invasions by the Chinese and French, as well as famine and war with their cultural identity remaining intact. You only have to witness the National Flag Raising ceremony in Ba Dinh Square, Hanoi to witness a nation united not simply by patriotism, but by a very strong sense of community and respect.
From the UNESCO site of Halong Bay with its thousands of limestone outcrops to the Tonkinese Alps and lush green rice terraces of Sapa, Vietnam offers an abundance of stunning scenery and landscapes. Besides natural assets, there are plenty of other man-made photo opportunities such as the colourful floating markets of the Mekong Delta and the bustling streets of the Old Quarter in Hanoi.
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There is plenty to see in Hanoi, including the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, the Museum of Ethnology, the Fine Art Museum, plus a host of temples and pagodas.
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Vietnam's alluring capital rests on the banks of the Red River and retains the charm of a provincial city.
Frequent sights include schoolgirls wearing traditional Ao Dai’s and wispy-bearded men in pith helmets.
We only use central hotels, putting you within walking distance of the Old Quarter’s bustling market streets, the relaxed cafes around Hoan Kiem Lake and the tree-lined boulevards of the colonial French Quarter, with the city’s major attractions within easy range of a traditional cyclo.
A city tour visits the imposing mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, whose stilt house and museum are held in special reverence by the Vietnamese, the Museum of Ethnology vividly illustrating the country’s many minority tribes and the wonderful ninth-century sculptures at the Fine Art Museum. However, many of Hanoi’s greatest sights are smaller: temples and pagodas clustered round the 36 narrow streets of the Old Quarter, wedding photographers working in the city parks, and busy market scenes.
To get out of the city, head to Tam Coc for a river journey amongst rice paddies in dramatic limestone scenery.
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