Lush Landscapes of Vietnam

Few countries have changed so much over such a short time as Vietnam; Vietnam is a veritable phoenix arisen from the ashes. Many visitors find a vast number of places to visit that intrigue and excite them in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city and the other major centres; but despite the cities’ allure, it’s the country’s striking landscape that most impresses.

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All about the Lush Landscapes of Vietnam.

Vietnam is a Southeast Asian country on the South China Sea known for its beaches, rivers, Buddhist pagodas and bustling cities. Hanoi, the capital, pays homage to the nation’s iconic Communist-era leader, Ho Chi Minh, via a huge marble mausoleum. Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) has French colonial landmarks, plus Vietnamese War history museums and the Cu Chi tunnels, used by Viet Cong soldiers.

The Mekong Delta, a maze of rivers and islands, has floating markets and Khmer pagodas. Junk boat tours and sea kayaking expeditions traverse the calm waters of HạLong Bay, home to thousands of towering limestone islands.

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  1. Day 1 Hanoi

    On arrival, you will be greeted at the airport by your English-speaking tour guide and transferred to your hotel by road.

    Overnight stay in Hanoi.

  2. Day 2 Hanoi

    After breakfast at the hotel, you will meet your guide at the hotel and depart on a sightseeing tour of the city.

    The Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university. Constructed in 1070, the gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past.

    Have a 20-minute drive out of town to visit the serene Museum of Ethnology where you observe Vietnam’s diverse culture through the Museum’s unique presentation of artefacts and dress used in daily life.

    The Buddhist Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest of all pagodas in Hanoi – located beside the dazzling West Lake. Continuing to visit Quan Thanh Temple, with its spacious and charming landscape helps highlight the ancient and romantic beauty of this area. Quan Thanh Temple is dedicated to Saint Huyen Thien Tran Vu who guarded and administered the north of the country.

    Drive back to central Hanoi for an hour cycle tour through the Old Quarter to enjoy the bustling local life. This bustling area of narrow streets and alleys is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It’s a great place to explore with plenty of photo opportunities all around you.

    Overnight stay in Hanoi.

  3. Day 3 Hanoi - Halong Bay

    After breakfast at the hotel, you will checkout from the hotel and will be transferred to Halong Bay.

    Your morning departure from your hotel in Hanoi to Halong Bay takes you on a journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta. Observe everyday life of Vietnamese villages as you see the villagers work the local rice fields, take live pigs to market on bicycles and plough the fields with their large water buffaloes.

    Arrive in Halong and board a traditional sailing boat. As the vessel sets sails, you will be greeted by the crew who will aim throughout your stay at providing you with the highest standards of service for a pure pleasure and utmost comfort onboard. Discover some of the treasures disseminated across the Bay of the Descending Dragon during the afternoon: fascinating caves, pristine beaches, picturesque floating villages, fantastic rock formations rising up out of emerald water. While onboard, you can take advantage at leisure of the cruise services; surrounded by a stunning setting in motion, you could attend our chef’s cooking demonstration and try your skills in the art of traditional Vietnamese cooking.

    Defined to be one of the highlights of your stay, a highly refined, innovative and varied cuisine will be presented for lunch and dinner in the elegant dining-room, accompanied by a wide selection of wines and beverages (with extra charge applied) for drink.

    In the evening, enjoy the entertainment activities as movie night, squid fishing or just enjoying a cocktail surrounded by limestone rocks majestically springing out from silent waters in the night.

    Overnight stay on the cruise.

  4. Day 4 Halong Bay – Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh City

    Early birds can attend a Tai Chi demonstration on the sundeck at the break of dawn. Start the day enjoying some delights with a light breakfast and follow by a colorful brunch. Continue exploring Halong Bay sailing across its 2,000 islets and visiting some of its major highlights.

    After the tour, transfer to Noi Bai International airport in Hanoi for your flight to Ho Chi Minh city.

    Overnight stay in Ho Chi Minh city.

  5. Day 5 Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi Tunnels

    After breakfast at the hotel, guide and vehicle pick you up from the hotel and transfer for a tour of the Cu Chi tunnels.

    The Cu Chi Tunnels are an immense network of interconnected tunnels near Ho Chi Minh City that are part of a much larger network lying below much of the country. A guided visit to these tunnels provides a better understanding of their history, the hardship of life underground and the resilience of the Vietnamese during combat.

    The tunnels were built and used initially by the Viet Cong guerrillas as hiding spots to protect them from the French air and ground sweeps. They later served as communication routes, storage facilities, hospitals and living quarters for the guerrilla fighters throughout the Vietnam-American war.

    You’re invited to enter a section of the tunnels to witness the secrets of the tunnels firsthand. Your guide will also show you various mantraps employed from this period, the remains of an American tank and numerous B-52 bomb craters. There is also the opportunity to fire an M60, M16 or AK47 rifle at the range next to the tunnel complex.

    After returning to Ho Chi Minh City, learn about the city’s historic landmarks as you tour the city with your guide. Visit the former Presidential Palace, headquarters to the Saigon Government during the Vietnam-American war. You may also like to visit the War Remnants Museum for a vivid insight into the Vietnam-American war from a Vietnamese perspective. Next stop is the Notre Dame Cathedral, a red brick building with twin spires based on the original construction from Paris, then head across the square to the Central Post Office designed by the French architect Gustav Eiffel.

    Overnight stay in Ho Chi Minh city.

  6. Day 6 Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta

    After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to My Tho, the capital of Tien Giang Province.

    Situated on the Mekong River, 75 kms. southeast of Ho Chi Minh City, the city is surrounded by orchards and rice fields, which produce grain for the entire country. Visit one or two of the islands that produce traditional handcrafts, coconut candy and bee farms. Visit the Vinh Trang Pagoda, the oldest one in the delta on your boat trip on the Mekong River.

    Overnight stay in Ho Chi Minh city.

  7. Day 7 Departure from Ho Chi Minh City

    After breakfast at the hotel, you will checkout from the hotel and be transferred to the airport.

    Departure from Ho Chi Minh city airport.

This is a sample itinerary to inspire your holiday – it can be tweaked in every way possible from the places you want to go to and number of days you spend in each, as well as hotels you stay in and activities you do. Get in touch with one of our experts by calling +91 98226 66560 and we will start creating your perfect trip.