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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The small French hill station of Sapa nestles amongst the stunning scenery of the Tonkinese Alps. The location make it a great base for exploring remote villages, as well as taking in the superb vistas.
The small French hill station of Sapa nestles amongst the stunning scenery of the Tonkinese Alps.
Easy day-walks pass through terraced paddy fields to reach H'mong and Dao minority villages, where traditional dress is still worn and ancient beliefs hold sway.
There are a number of trains that run from Hanoi to Lao Cai, the transit town for Sapa. Currently, the most comfortable option is the Victoria Express with two or four berth cabins that, while not en suite, are tastefully decorated and provide adequate facilities for the journey.
When you arrive, Sapa’s Victoria Hotel is under the same ownership and is the best hotel in the region, with comfortable rooms and a great range of facilities including an extensive new luxury spa. Alternatively you may prefer the remote, but stunning, location of the Topas Ecolodge, perched atop a hillside with superb vistas of the surrounding valleys. The lodge operates on sound ecotourism principles and is also a great base for exploring some of the more remote villages further off the main tourist trail.
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