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 Halong Ginger is one of the newer custom-designed junks in Halong Bay and combines classic elegance with modern comfort.
The Halong Ginger combines classic beauty with modern comfort.
It features three decks housing a bar, a small boutique shop and library and an elegant restaurant serving traditional Vietnamese cuisine, as well as fresh, local seafood. The impressive top deck with comfortable loungers puts you in the optimum place to see the sunset over the limestone karsts of the bay. There are ten luxurious en suite sleeping cabins aboard affording fantastic picture windows and unparalleled views.
Perhaps the most scenic river in Asia, a cruise on the Mekong is one of the highlight's of visiting Vietnam. Other cruise options include exploring the limestone karsts of Halong Bay by junk. Either way, cruises in Vietnam are one of the most popular ways to enjoy the country.
Explore the fascinating sights of Southeast Asia while on a relaxing cruise and observe everyday life, wildlife and scenery.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was set up to protect culturally important sites from around the world. Here, we focus on eight sites in Indochina.
Whether shrouded in mist or bathed in sunshine, the sheer island mountains of Halong Bay are one of Asia’s finest landscapes. You can explore the bay by traditional junk or colonial-style cruiser.
63 miles away in Hanoi
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