Vietnam is an ancient and mysterious Indochina kingdom with a very complex relationship with the West. With over 40 years separating the fall of Saigon and the rebirth of a new vibrant city called Ho Chi Minh City, this land of temples, mountains, jungle and pristine waters is beckoning visitors to experience its colorful mosaic of fertile land, villages and cities.
The exotic city of Hanoi is a blend of Parisian grace and Asian pace. The city still retains buildings from the eleventh-century such as the Temple of Literature. Outside of the city and past rice paddy fields is majestic Halong Bay considered one of the most beautiful destinations in Southeast Asia. Listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, it features more than one thousand limestone islands along a 75 miles coastline. Here visitors can board a traditional junk to cruise between the overhanging island cliffs, capture the reflection of the setting sun, and overnight on the moonlit bay.
Two ancient cities worthy of your visit are Hue and Hoi An. A morning cruise on the peaceful Perfume River in Hue will take you to the peaceful Thien Mu Pagoda. Hue is also the home of the Imperial Citadel and the Dong Ba Market. Nearby Hoi An is reminiscent of Venice and famous for its colorful paper lantern workshops, its 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and its vibrant riverside market. Dining here is a culinary treat with the freshest of vegetables and exotic spices.
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is alive with new growth which fuels the economy, yet is mixed with historic landmarks recalling the country’s past including the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, Chinatown, numerous temples and pagodas. Here you can experience the Mekong Delta aboard a sampan and drift along the narrow, tree-lined canals.
Exotic and utterly compelling, Vietnam is a country of breathtaking natural beauty, welcoming people and incredible heritage. Comfortable accommodations await you with incredible value for your travel dollar.