Tour Around Vietnam’s Most Beautiful Offerings

In Ho Chi Mihn City you can visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, some of which, humorously, have been made wider and taller for tourists. The tunnels are part of a greater network of tunnels beneath much of the tunnels, which were used during the Vietnam War. The War Remnants museum is in Ho Chi Mihn City, providing some historical context relating to the Vietnam War. Also worth a visit is Ben Thanh Market, one of the earliest surviving Saigon structures.

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Top Vietnam Tours

In the coastal city of Nha Trang you can go snorkelling as well as (or instead of) scuba diving or just enjoy the spectacular long sandy beach for a while. There are also wonderful hot springs and mud baths to enjoy in Nha Trang, especially useful if the weather takes a turn for the worse during your stay.

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The famous port of Hoi An is centuries old. The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It features a Japanese bridge, which is the only known covered bridge of its kind. There is also a house that has been beautifully restored. The hostess will offer you a selection of teas when you visit. There are many charming French colonial buildings here too. Hand-crafted colourful lanterns hover over some streets. Hoi An is also well known for its made to measure clothes. There are many tailors who can create garments for you within days. Have some clothes made while you visit the beach by motorbike.

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In Hue, you can visit the Imperial Tombs by motorbike and even expand the trip to a countryside tour. Hue is situated on the banks of the Perfume River, called after the flowers that fall into it in the Autumn, giving it an exotic scent. While in Hue, take a tour on one of the brightly coloured, intricately carved boats. The boat will stop at a pagoda and temples along the way and you’ll see lush green forest covering the hills and fishermen with conical hats, sheltering them from the sun.

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Before Hanoi take a trip around Halong Bay. Halong Bay is another UNESCO World Heritage Site. The bay has thousands of limestone karsts rising from its waters. There are some intricate caves hollowing out some of the karsts and some of the islets support floating villages of fishermen who live on their catches.

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In Hanoi queue up early in the morning to visit the embalmed body of former president Ho Chi Mihn and gaze at the stilt house there, which rises above water filled with lotus flowers. In the evening choose one of the many excellent restaurants here before heading to a Vietnamese water puppetry show. Workers in the rice paddies of Vietnam would create puppet shows above the water for the locals in times of flooding in the past and the art is masterfully transferred to a theatre setting here.Tour Around Vietnam’s Most Beautiful Offerings

There are many wonderful Vietnam tours to take in this spectacular country of lush green rice paddies, wide rivers and ornate pagodas.

In Ho Chi Mihn City you can visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, some of which, humorously, have been made wider and taller for tourists. The tunnels are part of a greater network of tunnels beneath much of the tunnels, which were used during the Vietnam War. The War Remnants museum is in Ho Chi Mihn City, providing some historical context relating to the Vietnam War. Also worth a visit is Ben Thanh Market, one of the earliest surviving Saigon structures.

In the coastal city of Nha Trang you can go snorkelling as well as (or instead of) scuba diving or just enjoy the spectacular long sandy beach for a while. There are also wonderful hot springs and mud baths to enjoy in Nha Trang, especially useful if the weather takes a turn for the worse during your stay.

The famous port of Hoi An is centuries old. The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It features a Japanese bridge, which is the only known covered bridge of its kind. There is also a house that has been beautifully restored. The hostess will offer you a selection of teas when you visit. There are many charming French colonial buildings here too. Hand-crafted colourful lanterns hover over some streets. Hoi An is also well known for its made to measure clothes. There are many tailors who can create garments for you within days. Have some clothes made while you visit the beach by motorbike.

In Hue, you can visit the Imperial Tombs by motorbike and even expand the trip to a countryside tour. Hue is situated on the banks of the Perfume River, called after the flowers that fall into it in the Autumn, giving it an exotic scent. While in Hue, take a tour on one of the brightly coloured, intricately carved boats. The boat will stop at a pagoda and temples along the way and you’ll see lush green forest covering the hills and fishermen with conical hats, sheltering them from the sun.

Before Hanoi take a trip around Halong Bay. Halong Bay is another UNESCO World Heritage Site. The bay has thousands of limestone karsts rising from its waters. There are some intricate caves hollowing out some of the karsts and some of the islets support floating villages of fishermen who live on their catches.

In Hanoi queue up early in the morning to visit the embalmed body of former president Ho Chi Mihn and gaze at the stilt house there, which rises above water filled with lotus flowers. In the evening choose one of the many excellent restaurants here before heading to a Vietnamese water puppetry show. Workers in the rice paddies of Vietnam would create puppet shows above the water for the locals in times of flooding in the past and the art is masterfully transferred to a theatre setting here.

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Travel in Vietnam – Far From The Maddening Crowds

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Vietnam travel

When most people think of Vietnam it is fair to say that they think of the bustling ancient motorcycle filled metropolis that is Hanoi (the nation’s capital). However whilst Hanoi is  awe inspiring and a must see destination, Vietnam should also be remembered for its stunning tropical getaways and white sandy beaches. So with this in mind, let’s take a look at some of the best places to visit if you really fancy escaping far from the maddening crowds.

Phu Quoc Island

Glistening like a jewel in the Gulf of Thailand and situated around 50kms off the southern coast of Vietnam, lies the island of Phu Quoc, the perfect place for a Vietnam holiday. To get here, take a short 50 minute flight from Ho Chi Minh City and be prepared to immerse yourself into paradise. Phu Quoc Island has some of the most picture perfect beaches you will find anywhere in and around Vietnam. White powdery sands, crystal clear blue waters and shady palm trees nestle against the backdrop of around 37,000 hectares of national park and virgin tropical forests, perfect for a family holiday from the UK.

If you fancy a touch more activity, then why not try your hand at scuba diving and snorkelling. Here you can swim in warm waters that are absolutely teaming with colourful marine life. After, exerting yourself (well, just a little!) why not enjoy a meal at one of the islands many fantastic restaurants.

The Mekong Delta

The Mekong Delta is also known as the ‘Rice Basket’ of the country is a tranquil landscape of  green fields, waterways and sleepy villages. These villages are linked by rivulets that flow in criss cross formation which are fed by the mighty Mekong River. This area, which grows enough rice to feed the entire country and have some to spare, also grows sugar cane, coconuts and fruits. The Delta also houses vast quantities of shrimp and as a result most of the area has been intensely farmed. However, that doesn’t mean that there is nothing to see or do here. On the contrary The Delta’s real draw is exploring the quaint riverside villages.

Try sampling fruits that are bartered and sold in the famous floating markets and feast on some great fresh home cooked delicacies before overnighting as a guest in a local lodging. Other highlights include a visit to the flower markets, and the rustic style beach getaway at Hon Chon.

So there you have it! Two great locations to see if you really want to get away from it all on your travels in Vietnam. If it sounds good, why not get some long term travel insurance and hitting the road for a little longer!