HANOI, August 14, 2017 – When you are thinking about the next place you want to visit on holiday, if you look at a map of the world you will immediately see there are a huge number of options. The Far East appears to be capturing the imagination of many travellers and there is no real surprise in that; it has so much to offer holidaymakers looking for something a little different yet still seeking the quality and comfort of elsewhere. You need to make use of local expertise in order to make the most of your time.
Vivu Travel is a well-established travel operator based in Hanoi but with detailed knowledge of the whole of Vietnam, and beyond. You can talk to the company about a Vietnam travel package without obligation. Local experts are likely to make some suggestions that you may not have considered but in any event, they will put together a Vietnam tour itinerary to include the highlights of the country with particular emphasis on your personal interests.
In some ways, it is too simplistic to divide Vietnam merely into North, Central and South. That is only part of the story. Vietnam stretches many degrees of latitude, north to south, and has some remote regions up towards the border with China in the north, and some equally interesting highland regions where Vietnam is at its narrowest, with the distance between the coast and the Laos border a matter of a couple of hours.
International visitors who book a Vietnam holiday with a company like Vivu Travel usually enter the country by air in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. Either starting point is fine. Typically, if you want to see the major highlights of the Country and experience all it has to offer, in two weeks you can expect to travel the length of the country with the following places in the plans:
- Hanoi is the Capital of Vietnam and you will see the influence that the French had on the City when they occupied Indochina. The City is a mixture of architecture with colonial buildings, traditional wooden house intermingled with modern skyscrapers. The narrow streets of the old city, a UNESCO World Heritage site, are a real experience, food vendors with their street-side stalls, markets, day and night selling fresh produce, the whole thing a hive of activity. You are certain to have free time in the City but Vivu Travel will also organise a tour of the highlights of Hanoi including such places as the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Perfume River and the Temple of Literature.
- Sapa in the Northern Highlands towards the Chinese border is famous for its rice, grown on terraces built to allow farming on the slopes. The colours are lovely; various shades of green through the months as the rice grows and golden just before harvest time. There is an interesting market in Sapa Town where the local ethnic tribes sell their craftwork as well as the fresh produce grown locally.
- Halong Bay is a much-photographed UNESCO World Heritage site due east of Hanoi. There are a huge number of limestone karsts within the Bay where the villages are built on stilts. You can cruise the waters, sleeping in the Bay overnight, swim, kayak or simply relax; a truly delightful place.
- Hue was formerly the Imperial Capital of the Nguyen Dynasty which ruled from early in the 19th Century until the middle of the 20th. Hue is on the road south, and it is important to remember that the road and rail infrastructure of Vietnam is excellent.
- Hoi An is an ancient trading port dating back to the 7TH Century during the times of the Champa Kingdom. This is a lovely coastline, important not only for history and culture, but also for attracting those wishing to enjoy the lovely beaches and warm blue sea that Vietnam has to offer. If you are enjoying a Vietnam family vacation, you will certainly want to spend some time on the coast. If you want to simply relax while the children enjoy the sea, including snorkelling and diving, then that is fine. After sunset, you can all then enjoy the fresh seafood in a restaurant looking out to sea.
- Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, is the largest city in Vietnam, and certainly its commercial hub. It is very much a 21st Century city yet there is plenty of interest to the tourist as well. One day trip north of Ho Chi Minh City which is regularly part of Vietnam tour packages will take you to the Cu Chi Tunnels which the Viet Cong used during the Vietnam War. Few things will give you a better idea of what life was like for the locals during those days of conflict.
- The Mekong is an iconic river; it is due west of Ho Chi Minh City, and the Delta is the most fertile region of Vietnam. There are villages, towns and cities in this huge area. There is plenty to do. You can go down the narrow channels by boat through the orchards to visit local villages. Perhaps you want to cycle as well? It is easy to arrange. The early morning market is a great experience with the region’s produce sold to wholesalers, food processing companies and just people looking to fill their kitchens.
- Phu Quoc Island has its own airport, and some international flights as well. It lies off the Cambodian Coast in the South China Sea but it is very much Vietnam. It is a great place to finish a Vietnam holiday, just relaxing and thinking about the great places you have visited and the things you have done. If you still have plenty of energy, then go exploring or perhaps scuba diving?
There is much more to Vietnam than just these highlights. This will give you a flavour of what Vivu Travel is able to offer holidaymakers that look at their world map and opt for Vietnam. What a good choice!