Experiences not to be missed

Hanoi is the capital of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and is often referred to as the ‘Paris of the Orient’. Filled with lakes, tree-lined boulevards and French-designed villas, this city cuts a distinctly different style of life to that in Ho Chi Minh city-known as Saigon where is the economic centre of Vietnam. There are several excursion and day trip that you can participate when you are in Hanoi such as a full day city tour, a day to visit craft villages around Hanoi or visit the ancient village of Duong Lam. For food lover, a street food tour or cooking tour is also a good recommendation.
          HALONG BAY
UNESCO World Heritage listed Halong Bay is often referred to as the ‘Jewel in the Crown of Vietnam’. No itinerary would be complete without cruising around the stunning scenery of the Gulf of Tonkin and its limestone peaks. There are various choices of cruises on the Bay with the common itinerary of Hanoi -Halong cruise 2 days (overnight on board) or Hanoi – Halong cruise 3 days. If your time does not permit, you can take one day trip to the Bay from Hanoi and enjoy a quick cruise for 4-5 hours.
The old French hill station of Sapa is set in the picturesque Hoang Lien Son Mountain range, which is the highest in Vietnam, and is inhabited by many colourful hill tribe minorities. The most popular way to travel to Sapa is by train. There are several tourist trains to Sapa with comfortable cabins, Oriental Express, King Express, Victoria Express. As Sapa has become the popular tourist site, it is easy to find a good hotel with good rate and restaurants are available in the center of the town. To get off the beaten path of Sapa, you can choose to take the Sapa 2 days walk or more and home stay with the local people.
          HOI AN
Once a major trading port of Southeast Asia from the 16th to the early 19th Century, this UNESCO World Heritage listed town is a place lost in time. The Ancient Town has retained its original form and function as an outstanding example of a well-preserved traditional South East Asian trading port and commercial centre. It remains complete as a homogenous complex of traditional wooden buildings, with the original organically developed street plan, within the town’s original river/seacoast setting, Hoi An is a charming town.
Hue is the ancient capital and cultural centre of Vietnam. It was home to Vietnam’s last Emperor dynasty and contains the UNESCO World Heritage listed Imperial Citadel and Royal Tombs.
If you are a history buff, or simply love discovering exotic cultures, Hue- Vietnam’s former Royal Capital is definitely on the top list of your travel plan. The city represents the outstanding demonstration of the power of the vanished Vietnamese feudal empire, including a complex of monuments, tombs and pagodas that attract tourists coming from all over the world. Apart from the historic sites, Hue is also famous for its unique “garden houses” that you don’t see anywhere else in Vietnam. The houses are traditional, privately owned, and set in attractive formal gardens. Nearly all the garden houses have direct links with the Imperial Court. Some are descendents of royalty or mandarins, others received patronage from the royal family.
          NHA TRANG
Nha Trang traditionally relied on its vast fishing industry, however, taking advantage of some of the best coastline and weather in Vietnam, Nha Trang has consistently maintained its position as one of the most beautiful bays of the world. With the 4-km- long main strip of beaches, Nha Trang Bay covers the area of 405km2 including 19 large and small islands. As viewed from high above, the bay looks like the aquamarine stone sparkling in the sunshine, bounded by miles of smoothly golden sands. For beach lovers, Nha Tang is really a not to be missed experiences with beautiful beach resort and hotels, water activities such as scuba diving and snorkeling…
By Vietnamese standards Saigon, or ‘Ho Chi Minh City’ as it is officially known, is a modern city thriving on the fast-paced lifestyle that comes with the commercial gains. Despite this, there are still many historical sites and locations to see and visit in and around Saigon, including the Mekong Delta to the south and the famous Cu Chi Tunnels to the west.
          MEKONG DELTA
Known as the ‘Rice Basket of Vietnam’, the Mekong Delta is an important region economically as it is the world’s largest exporting region of rice. Home to 15 million Vietnamese, this is a world of waterways, backwaters and canals.
This small colonial town is surrounded by lakes, valleys and waterfalls. Built by the French as a hill station retreat from the Saigon heat and nestled in the Central Highlands, Dalat is a favourite destination for romantics.

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