Vietnam - Touring Holidays
An escorted tour to Vietnam will introduce visitors to a mesmerising and exotic country which boasts 2,000 years of history and a truly stunning landscape. This is also a country of friendly people who will welcome you to their land of ancient cultures, vibrant cities, wondrous architecture and stunning natural settings with open arms.
From the capital Hanoi in the North to Ho Chi Minh City in the South, there are all kinds of hidden gems. Across the country’s 58 provinces discover swathes of tropical jungle, cultivated rice terraces, mountainous regions, forested highlands, incredible temples and a sublime coastline.
Perhaps begin your explorations in Hanoi. A key city since the early 11th century, today more than six million people live here. In its heart discover the Old Quarter, with its silk traders and jewellers, and be sure to try the national noodle soup dish, pho. Sightseeing highlights include the Temple of Literature, the One Pillar Pagoda and Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the city’s most visited attraction. This imposing shrine, where modern Vietnam’s founding father lies in state, sits on the edge of Ba Dinh Square.
Travel south on your Vietnam holiday to reach the former capital of Hue. Located on the Perfume River, this historic city is UNESCO-listed. The Citadel, which served to protect its ancient palaces, and the many Royal Tombs are noteworthy highlights.
Nearby Hoi An, an ancient riverside town, is another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore narrow streets lined with wooden-fronted buildings illuminated come night-time by traditional lanterns which cast a glow on the Thu Bon River. The town is known for its many tailors, who can whip you up a made-to-measure outfit in no time, and the photogenic Japanese Covered Bridge. Inland lie the ruins of My Son, an intriguing collection of abandoned Hindu Temples built between the 4th and 14th centuries by the Champa kingdom.
If you’re looking for a spot of relaxation by the water, a holiday to Vietnam offers so much choice. The country boasts more than 2,000 miles of coastline punctuated with white sands and crystal-clear waters, and is home to beautiful Halong Bay. This idyllic body of water is dotted with forested islets, grottos and towering limestone karsts. Board a traditional junk to sail amongst them and even spend the night on board to discover these natural splendours at close quarters.
Cu Chi Tunnels
Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, is well placed for a visit to the incredible Cu Chi Tunnels. This network of underground passages was dug by the Viet Cong to combat American and South Vietnamese forces during the Vietnam War. The city also displays dizzying contrasts with well-preserved colonial structures and war relics sitting side by side with sleek shopping malls and elegant skyscrapers.
Take a trishaw ride to admire ornate pagodas and Buddhist temples, or perhaps head out into the Mekong Delta. Here, life revolves around the water and everything, from homes and restaurants to colourful markets, is afloat. Look out for buffalo wallowing near the shore as you cruise along its narrow inlets, canals and mangrove forests ringing with exotic birdsong in this country of immense diversity.
Every Travelsphere holiday offers exceptional value for money. Included in the price are return scheduled flights/rail travel and internal flights, where applicable, overseas transfers and transportation, carefully chosen hotels, many meals and excursions and the services of a Travelsphere Tour Manager or Local Guide.
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Puppet show with no strings
A wonderful Vietnamese tradition that has been going h4 since the 11th century is the water puppet show. This form of entertainment is thought to have originated in the villages of the Red River Delta, where stages would be constructed around flooded rice paddies.
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