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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Moon Garden Homestay, in Ky Son, is the first comfortable homestay option in Vietnam. Guests are made to feel very welcome and are encouraged to take part in a number of activities to gain a greater insight into countryside life.
Moon Garden House in Ky Son offers a unique opportunity to experience rural life in Vietnam. The property was originally a summer home for a family of a Hanoi-based architect and gradually expanded with the addition of two new houses. Moon Garden offers visitors not only a peaceful escape to bustling Hanoi but an insight into life in the Vietnamese countryside that has changed little over the last century. The architect specialises in the restoration of old buildings and this is reflected in the design, furniture and antiquities that adorn the rooms.
Frangipani is the name given to the original, restored Vietnamese home and offers two ensuite bedrooms as well as space for two beds in the living area. The two newer buildings - Pomelo and Mango - each have two ensuite bedrooms and separate living areas which can also be used for sleeping arrangements. Moon Garden has a lovely central courtyard, with outside seating, a small pond and bonsai garden overlooking a lake and surrounding rice fields. The owners have also rescued a 100 year old church from a neighbouring province and rebuilt it piece by piece in the grounds. All guests have a range of activities to choose from which are included in their stay.
Ky Son Village is a hamlet of the historic Duong Lam Village, home to many traditional houses of which some are over 200 years old.
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