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  • The face of Vietnam
  • Silhouette of Vietnamese fishermen - a photo opportunity for all Vietnam vacations.
  • Time to relax
  • Old transportation giving way to new tranportation
  • However progress can have its drawbacks

After a turbulent past, Vietnam has now become a major tourist destination and rightly so. It is a country of breathtaking natural beauty to which can be added a rich historical heritage experienced through interesting sites, all to be enjoyed on a Vietnam vacation. Vietnam is approximately the same size in area as Germany. Its coastline extends some 3445 kilometres/2140 miles along the eastern seaboard on the South China Sea. Inland, mountains and tropical forests each make up 40 % of the total landscape.

It is a very safe country and locals enjoy visits from foreigners on Vietnam tour packages. The principal religion here is Buddhism. Festivals play a large part in Vietnamese life ranging from family gatherings to national celebrations. The most notable festival is Tet, the Vietnamese New Year which lasts for seven days and falls sometime between the last week of January and the third week of February. It is a time when families get together to celebrate renewal and hope for the upcoming year. The majority of festivals take place in spring with a second flurry happens in the fall.

For the visitor contemplating a Vietnam vacation, it helps to consider Vietnam in four distinct geographical regions. The first, Northern Vietnam, offers some exotic terrain with rugged mountainous landscapes and exceptional, unique coastal scenery. The best starting point is Hanoi, the country’s capital, known for its century’s old architecture and a rich culture with South East Asian, Chinese and French influences. The latter influence is responsible for the city’s sweeping wide boulevards and the popularity of coffee and croissants. Tree-fringed lakes, ancient pagodas and quaint old quarters add to the charm of Hanoi.  The Ho Chi Minh mausoleum is a very special place for the Vietnamese. This is contained in a complex which also houses his former home, the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh Museum.

In the centre of Hanoi is a delightful island in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake. Here you will find Hanoi’s most visited temple reached by a small bridge.  An intriguing venue is the former Hoa La Prison, ironically originally nicknamed the “Hanoi Hilton” with its exhibits pertaining to Vietnam’s 20th Century war involvement. The Temple of Literature, founded in 1070, is an example of well-preserved traditional Vietnamese architecture and the One Pillar Pagoda, built of wood and originally constructed in the 11th century, is designed to resemble a lotus blossom. While in Hanoi, one should definitely undertake a trishaw ride and attend a performance of a unique water puppet show on Vietnam vacation packages.. 

Street vendor in Ho Chi Minh City

Halong Bay is arguably one of the most fantastically beautiful places on earth with its more than 2000 islands rising up from the emerald waters of the bay. The best way to experience the breathtaking beauty of Halong Bay is to enjoy a cruise aboard a junk. Cruises range from several hours to up to one or two days.  There are also interesting beaches and caves to explore on a vietnam vacation.

The hill resort of Sapa is 4 hours away from Hanoi. A special train will take you there on an overnight journey. Established by the French, it is a town offering spectacular views of the surrounding valleys and rice paddies with mountains towering above on all sides.  It is here that you can find the colourful hill tribe people.

The second region is the Central Coast.  Hue was the seat of the Nguen Dynasty Emperors and former capital of Vietnam. Its major attractions are the 19th Century Citadel or Imperial Palace modeled after the Imperial Palace in Beijing and the several interesting tombs of former emperors dotted around the city mainly located on the Perfume River. One can enjoy a pleasant short cruise on the river to visit many of the tombs. Not far from Hue is the port of Hoi An with its atmospheric old town and winding, narrow streets and which also has attractive beaches to enjoy on Vietnam tour packages. Not too far from here is the archaeologically interesting ancient Cham civilization site of My Son.

The third region is the Central Highlands. It is here that one can stay in another French-established hill resort, Dalat, centered around a lake and a golf course and surrounded by hills, pine forests, lakes and waterfalls. It is known as the “City of Eternal Spring” for its distinctive temperate climate. The scenery in Dalat is very different from much of the rest of the country.

The fourth region is Southern Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, is a bustling and busy metropolis and is known for its French-Colonial architecture which includes the Notre Dame Cathedral. At the same time, one can view both the present with designer malls and skyscrapers and the past with the alleyways, markets and temples that abound everywhere. While in Ho Chi Minh City, a must-visit on a Vietnam vacation is the Cu Chi Tunnels, a network of underground tunnels where the Viet Cong hid during the Vietnam War. At one time, there were 250 kilometres/155 miles of tunnels under the ground. The network, parts of which were several storeys deep, included trapdoors, constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapon factories, field hospitals, command centres and kitchens.

Vietnam cusine

A major beach resort in this region is Nha Trang which enjoys a stunning setting as it is ringed by a chain of hills and its bay is dotted with tropical islands. Another is Phan Thiet, a bustling little fishing port with a harbour full of colourful boats and lively outdoor markets and some excellent seafood restaurants off its seafront promenade.

Also just south of the city is the Mekong Delta, a lush tropical area made up of innumerable rivers, canals and streams which flow through the region interspersed with small towns and villages.  It is an excellent place to observe rural life on Vietnam tour packages.

Today Vietnam is an outstanding travel destination to discover. Book one of our Vietnam tour packages and be captivated by its natural beauty, quaint village life, stunning beaches, and mouth-watering cuisine. You won't be disappointed.

 

"Globetrotting with Goway" blog articles

For some additional reading, the following articles are from our blog “Globetrotting with Goway”….. a great source of information for those people who are, or who want to be, world travellers!

Vivid Memories of a Vietnam Vacation (Part 1)

Vivid Memories of a Vietnam Vacation (Part 2)

Hanoi: Exploring a Thousand-Year-Old Vietnam Vacation Highlight

A Perfect Week in Vietnam

Ecotourism Destinations: Asia (Part 2)

The Best Ways to Explore Halong Bay in Vietnam

Thailand and Vietnam: The Perfect Introduction to Southeast Asia

Culinary Delights of IndoChina

What’s a Good Beach Holiday in Asia? Here’s 5 Fab Ideas

 

 

Vietnam Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to a Vietnam package.

Learn about the history and culture of Vietnam, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Vietnam's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Vietnam for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Vietnam tours today!

 

Extend Your Trip

After your Vietnam tour consider taking the time to visit other destinations. Goway offers exciting China vacation packagesIndia tours and Thailand vacation packages plus a comprehensive selection of vacation packages in many other Asian countries.

 

 

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  • Classic Vietnam from Ho Chi Minh City

    Experience the essential sites of Vietnam on this private guided tour. From bustling Ho Chi Minh City in the south to colourful Hoi An on the coast to the attractive northern capital, Hanoi, you’ll experience the best of Vietnam in one exciting week.
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  • Classic Vietnam: ex Hanoi

    Experience the essential Vietnam in one week visiting vibrant Ho Chi Min City, colourful Hoi An and the attractive capital, Hanoi. Find out what Vietnam is all about in one week.
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  • Classic Mekong

    Cruising on the Mekong River, the lifeline joining several countries, on the luxury Pandaw ship from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to Siem Reap in Cambodia is the perfect river trip.
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    8 Days
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  • Classic Vietnam incl. Airfare

    Experience the essential sites of Vietnam on this private guided tour. From bustling Ho Chi Minh City in the south to colourful Hoi An on the coast to the attractive northern capital, Hanoi, you’ll experience the best of Vietnam in one exciting week.
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  • Dalat Stopover

    Extend your Vietnamese vacation and take in the eccentric resort town of Dalat. This charming mountain city has mild temperatures and a wealth of curious sights, from a guesthouse like something out of Alice in Wonderland to the romantic colonial architecture to the strawberry fields and waterfalls of the surrounding countryside.
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  • Halong Bay: Bai Tho Junk Cruises

    Imagine leisurely cruising around this exceedingly beautiful area with its limestone pillars, cliffs, arches and coves. The beauty of Halong Bay is best experienced aboard a cruise.
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  • Halong Bay: Bhaya Cruises

    The Bhaya ship is more than just a cruise, it is an experience. Everything from the natural beauty of the seascape in the Bay to the smallest attention to detail combine to make the Bhaya experience the ultimate in Halong Bay cruises!
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  • Halong Bay: Paradise Cruises

    The Paradise Luxury was built according to the traditional Vietnamese junk design and presents a lavish outfit blending in subtle harmony with the natural environment. 68 cabins and suites as well as an exciting array of activities to be enjoyed while experiencing the spectacular scenery of Halong Bay.
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  • Hanoi Stopover

    Wide boulevards, a legacy from the French, interesting architecture, historic sights and Ho Chi Minh’s home and mausoleum all add up to provide a well worth visit to Vietnam’s capital.
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  • Hanoi: Evening Water Puppets Show with Dinner

    Enjoy an evening performance of enchanting water puppets in downtown Hanoi. This traditional artform, which sees wooden puppets move through pools of water, has delighted people for centuries and is sure to dazzle you. Afterwards, enjoy dinner at one of the best restaurants in Hanoi.
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  • Highland Places & Tribal Faces of Sapa

    Travel by train to the former French “hill station” and resort located in the mountains of Northern Vietnam where scenic vistas and colourful hilltribes complete the picture.
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  • Highlights of Vietnam

    Experience a country rich in highlights including bustling Ho Chi Minh City, the lush Mekong Delta, ancient Hue, charming Hoi An, exotic and beautiful Halong Bay and Hanoi, the “Paris of Vietnam”.
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    10 Days
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  • Historical Hue

    Historical Hue is an essential stop on any Vietnam adventure, featuring the Imperial Citadel, Dong Ba Market, Thien Mu Pagoda and the Royal Tombs.
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  • Ho Chi Minh City Stopover

    Formerly Saigon, this vibrant city offers a mixture of the East and French Colonial influences both of which add to the charm. A special visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels enhances a visit.
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  • Ho Chi Minh City: Full Day Cu Chi and Ho Chi Minh City Tour including lunch

    Journey to Cu Chi to explore the tunnels that helped the North Vietnamese wage guerilla warfare against the French and Americans before touring Ho Chi Minh City to see the former Presidential Palace, where the South Vietnamese government used to hold power, as well as the History Museum, which charts the history of the nation.
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    10 Hours
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  • Hoi An Ancient Town

    An exceptionally well preserved trading port and heritage site dating back to the 15th Century, Hoi An is a delight. Accommodation is at a nearby beach resort which adds to the pleasure.
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  • Hoi An: Market Visit & Cooking Classes with Lunch Half Day Tour

    Take half a day to visit the famous Hoi An marketplace and interact with vendors to see the incredible produce that feeds locals every day. Afterwards, cruise along the Thu Bon River to a small cooking school where you’ll learn to make Vietnamese specialties and enjoy a delicious lunch.
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  • Hoi An: Walking Half Day Tour

    Embark on a walking tour through Hoi An, which was untouched by war and remains a treasure of a bygone era. Cars aren’t allowed to drive in Hoi An, making it the ideal place to explore on foot. On your tour you’ll see the Japanese-style covered bridge, the local market, and architectural remnants of French, Chinese, and other colonial influences.
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  • Hue: Half Day Emperors of Contrast by Road to Tu Duc and Khai Dinh Tomb

    Take half a day to explore two of the imperial tombs outside the city of Hue. First, visit the Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, with its tranquil lotus ponds and small forest, and then visit Khai Dinh’s Tomb, which is decorated with colonial flair indicative of his affiliation with French colonists.
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  • Hue: Perfume River Cruise to Thien Mu Pagoda & Imperial Citadel Half Day Tour

    Head onto the Perfume (Huong) River to experience Hue’s most iconic feature. As you cruise along the river aboard a comfortable vessel, you’ll enjoy stunning views of both the Imperial Palace and the Thien Mu Pagoda.
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  • Mekong Cruise Getaway

    On this air-inclusive cruise trip, uncover the Mekong Delta, the waterway that gives life to much of Cambodia and the southern regions of Vietnam. Explore villages most tourists never see, as well as the tent pole cities of Saigon and Phnom Penh.
    Duration:
    10 Days
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  • Mekong Delta

    This delta is formed by the multiple tributaries of the mighty Mekong River. Enjoy colourful local markets, a stork sanctuary and much more in this lush scenic and enticing region.
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    3 Days
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  • Mekong Delta Cruise: La Cochinchine

    Explore the Mekong Delta with its individual character. Cruise among a network of rivers to visit small islands, colourful local villages and markets, pagodas and a stork sanctuary.
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    2 Days
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  • Nha Trang Resort

    Miles and miles of empty beaches, deserted bays, numerous islands and coral reefs make this one of Vietnam’s premier beach resorts. The seafood restaurants and cafes here are excellent.
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    4 Days
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  • Phan Thiet Beach

    This beautiful small resort, known for its extensive white sand beaches, is relatively unspoiled. Take delight in the hundreds of gaily painted fishing vessels in the harbour.
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    4 Days
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    Beach & Island Escapes, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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