Best of Vietnam

Best of Vietnam


Tailored Suit

Tailored Suit Vietnam

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Find yourself a tailor and get an extremely cheap custom made suit. Choose from the finest of materials, trendiest designs, and most exquisite colours. Get yourself measured and have them whip something up, swiftly and precisely, it usually takes no more than a few days. Have it shipped home or throw it on to hit the town.

Drive Along the Ho Chi Minch Trail

Travel the road that transported soldiers, ammunition, and goods to the North Vietnamese. Blazing through the thick mountainous jungles of the Lao and Vietnamese border is the trail that played such a crucial role in the war with the Americans. Rent a car and venture through a number of traditional towns, sites of major battles, and the former demilitarized zone.

Cu Chi Tunnels

Cu Chi Tunnels

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As napalm infernos rained upon Vietnamese villages, people were forced underground for protection. Built during their battle with the French in the mid 20th century, the Chu Chi Tunnels also provided a way to transport soldiers and goods throughout Vietnam. The complex network of underground paths covers more than 120 kilometres and played a crucial role in the Viet Cong’s efforts in the American War. Today, you can crawl through the dark tunnels and relive life in a harsh war zone.

Dalat

Trekking through the thick jungles of Vietnam is the perfect way to escape from the dense and congestion of the urban centres. Discover hidden waterfalls, sprawling rice paddies, and rural tribes in this lush mountainous region. Dive into the Valley of Love, climb to the top of Lang Biang, or take a cable car to the Truc Lam Zen Monastery.

Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay

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Float along the calm waters of Ha Long Bay in the Gulf of Tonkin. Beautiful caves and thousands of limestone islands shooting from the sea makes for one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world. Rent a kayak and explore on your own or hop upon a junker captained by a local fisherman. With more than 3000 islands and 100 beaches, Ha Long Bay is as relaxing as it is breathtaking.

National Preserve of Cuc Phuong

Visit Muong Hill tribe or trudge through the jungle to see some local wildlife. Watch for the Silver-pheasant, Red-collared Woodpecker, Brown Hornbill, Bar-bellied Pita, or dive into the bush to catch a glimpse of a deadly viper stalking it’s prey or a bright green tree frog clinging to a tree.

Hoi An Old Town

Hoi An Old Town

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On the peaceful banks of the Thu Bon River lies the ancient trading town of Hoi An. Enjoy the classic architecture, delicious foods, and historical sites that this old fashioned village has to offer. Linger by the water to bask in the mystical and romantic mood that are the calmed water of the river. A hub for traditional artists and craftsmen, Hoi An is also a shopper’s dream.

Renunciation Palace

Once home to the president of South Vietnam, the Reunification Palace is one of the most historically relevant sites in Ho Chi Minh City. North Vietnamese barrelled through the gates of the palace marking the end of the war and victory for the communist party. Come see the President’s office, the conference room, and the secret underground tunnel that served as a major communications centre. Everything is completely intact as it was in 1975.

Travel the Countryside

Motorbiking from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi can be an exciting trip full of adventure. Purchase or rent a motorcycle and head north along Vietnam’s Highway 1. The 700 mile trip is full of coastline, mountains, and rural farmlands. Stop for a rest in one of the many villages along the way to truly discover traditional Vietnamese life.

Travel to the Islands

Con Dao Islands

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Find a skipper with a seaworthy boat and take a cruise out on the South Chna Sea to find a tropical paradise all your own. Explore the rocky shores of the Con Dao Islands, stop into one of the many coves to enjoy some of Vietnam’s most lovely swimming and snorkelling holes. A hammock gently swinging between two massive palm, on top of white sands and overlooking crystal clear waters. Lay back and enjoy the easy life when you visit the less travelled Phu Quoc Island.

Water Puppet Show

Come learn a bit of Vietnamese folklore performed by pint sized figures on a stage of water. An art form that dates back to the 10th century, Water Puppet Shows of the past utilized rice paddie pools that had recently been harvested, today, they are a favourite among tourists and locals alike. A band performs traditional Vietnamese music as singers tell the rich stories of fishing, harvest, and celebration. Solid wood puppets dance and splash upon the water performing skits that often have a comical twist.

Sapa

Sapa Vietnam

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Near the Chinese border in the northwest corner of the country is the highland town of Sapa. Situated near many smaller tribal villages, mostly the Hmong and Dzao, Sapa is a hot bed of local culture. Take a trek to one of these villages to see some spectacular views and meet some people virtually untouched by the modern world.

Walk a Line of Flowers

Haiphong, also known as the City of Flower-Lined Streets, is Vietnam’s third largest city and is home to some noteworthy attractions. Du Hang Pagoda is a great place to see some traditional Vietnamese sculpting and bronze work or swing the bustling port of Haiphong to get some of the tastiest seafood in the world.

Take a History Lesson

Visit the History Museum in Hanoi and learn about civilisations that you might have never knew existed. People have lived in this area for more then 4000 years, their history is quiet rich. Filled with rising empires and ravaging wars, present day Vietnam can only be fully understood through it’s rocky history. Visit a museum or hike out to some ancient ruins.

Explore the Delta

Visit the Mekong River Delta outside of Ho Chi Minh and Can Tho to discover the rich and fertile lands fed by the most important river of Southeast Asia. Purchase some fine goods along the floating markets or take a small boat to one of the many islands formed by the raging river waters.

See an Opera

Since the 13th century operas having been a functional tool of Vietnamese society. Although quite entertaining, performances were often used to teach lessons in politics and history. Flashy costumes made of brightly coloured silks and sequins draped upon a beautiful singer who is able to meet tones and pitches that are unimaginably unique and delightful. Visiting one of the many opera houses in Vietnam is an excellent way to bask in the country’s rich musical tradition.

Visit the Imperial City in Hue

Ornate dragons, gold plated roofs, floral designs spiral up massive columns, the Imperial City found in the city of Hue served as the royal quarters since 1804 up until the mid-20th century, when the emperor stepped down. Designed after the Forbidden City in Beijing,, the Imperial City is a perfect way to explore Vietnamese culture and art. Although badly damaged during the War, the palace is a great place to explore.

Mui Ne

Stop through this small town outside of Saigon to enjoy some of Vietnam’s most beautiful beaches, that are never crowded. Be warned, you may think your on another planet, the rich red dunes of Mui Ne are simply breathtaking. Come hike around this incredibly unique natural phenomenon that is out of this world

Visit a Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City is a remnant of French colonialism of the 19th and 20th century. Bright red bricks, towering steeples, and giant bronze bells completes the colonial style that sticks out in this dense tropical city. Peer inside to see the magnificence of light shining through stained glass upon a statue of the Virgin Mary. 

Eat Delicious and Healthy Food

Enjoy the range of Vietnamese cuisine throughout your travels. Hearty locally grown vegetables that brightly radiate upon your, delicious meats ranging from the finest of duck to the freshest of shellfish, topped with the strongest of herbs, and hottest of spices. The Vietnamese cooking tradition relies on the freshness of ingredients and a high level of simplicity. Considered one of the healthiest cooking techniques in the world, Vietnamese cuisine is the real deal, even if you are on a diet.

Date posted: 28th January, 2014

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