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- 98%Local Culture
- 75%Spiritual Seekers
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- 74%Adventure Travelers
- 74%Art & Design Lovers
- 63%Budget Travelers
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- VietnamMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 8Jan 06, 2014
The Best Things to Do In Vietnam
#6 -- Access ethic tribal minorities at villages nestled in the lush hills near Sapa, and share a cup of tea with locals in their rustic mountain homes.
#5 -- Hanoi city tour to the Old Quarter & enjoy Hanoi street food.
#4 -- Take a private cooking class with a gourmet chef to learn about Vietnamese cuisine.
#3 -- Navigate the alleyways of the ancient port town of Hoi An by bicycle, to explore the syncretic cultural influences of Southeast Asia's most important port from the 17th through 19th centuries.
#2 -- Cruise the waterways of the Mekong Delta to glimpse the timeless rural scenes of farmers working the fertile land and fishermen with their nets. Stop in a home to see them making rice paper, one at a time, with a ladle and griddle.
#1 -- Take a private overnight cruise through Halong Bay on a restored junk, a traditional Chinese sailboat. This bay is on anyone's short list for the greatest natural scenery in Asia. From sea kayaking into caves to visiting locals in their fishing villages on tucked-away islands, Halong Bay is a must on any trip to Vietnam.
- VietnamMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 16Aug 14, 2013
Do not forget that besides the classic tours which dedicates for travellers more knowledge about the culture, Vietnam is also an amazing place for those love adventure tours. Travellers can enjoy the sunset in Halong Bay while taking kayak. Moreover, Son Doong cave and Fansifan are the perfect idea for those want to conquer the top of moutain or prefer exploring the hidden lands.
Thus, Vietnam is the combination of romantic and winning feeling, the mixture of relax and active activities. Come to Vietnam in this summer, I promise that it'll worth your expectation
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- VietnamMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsAug 01, 2013
I'm not alone when I say this, and you'll be well served to listen: Vietnam is not the friendliest place on Earth. It is, in fact, difficult to imagine a place less outwardly warm and welcoming of visitors that enjoys such prominent status on the tourist trail, and of the travellers that you meet all thru mainland SE Asia, probably 80% will concur with this assessment. With a culture that is far more aggressive than its neighbors, and frequently unsmilingly avaricious, Vietnam may have its fair share of fantastic sights (Sapa, Ha Long Bay, Hoi An, etc), but it's a harder place to like than Thailand, Cambodia, or Laos, and in my humble opinion you'd be better served budgeting more time to these places, and less to Vietnam.
- VietnamMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Jan 10, 2013
I absolutely love Vietnam. Yes, it is my motherland and yes, I can speak the language which is always a tremendous asset in any country, but it's just an amazing place. I didn't know what to expect when I first came, but the colors, the people, and just the general vitality there was wonderful. The prices are cheap, the locals are friendly, the food is healthy and great, and there is just so much to do and see.
- VietnamMember ofFamily TravelersSep 13, 2013
I always think of Vietnam as being made up of three zones: south, north and central. So when you are planning an overland trip it's worth looking at how much time you have to get the most out of the country...you may decide that in two weeks you will concentrate on the south and central areas, for example.
The highlights of the south include Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), with its colonial French architecture, South-east Asian-influenced spicy street food, historic hotels and funky bars. A trip to Cu Chi Tunnels seems to de riguer but I'm not a fan of hot, small enclosed caves, so not my cup of tea. South of Hoh Chi Minh you can visit the delta and see how people live alongside, and on the Mekong River. And don't forget to see the Cao Dai Temple, near to Ho Chi Minh, for an outsiders look into this very unusual religious sect.
Up the coastline it's definately worth hanging out at the port town of Nha Trang. With a long stretch of beach, good selection of accommodation and plenty of bars and restaurants, this is one of my favourite places in Vietnam.
In the old "Royal" centre of Vietnam lies Hue, while the new town has its detractors I personally think hiring a bicycle and navigating inside the old city walls and visiting the ancient palace is such a brilliant thing to do.
Nearby is the legendary, but somewhat touristy, Hoi An. An old Japanese trading enclave on the coast, this place is a fantastic place to hang out, either at one of the beach resorts or in the old town. I prefer the old town myself where you can sit in the evening eating smoked duck watching lanterns float down the river.
The highlights of the north of course include Hanoi, a very beautiful city with French mansions, a central lake and streets of markets that sell everything but especially good for homewares and artworks.
On the coast sits Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is spectacular with its limestone mountains jutting out of the sea. Take a boat trip around the islands and if you have time visit Cat Ba Island which has some great war-time caves and nice beaches.
Finally, there is Sapa, the French hill station located north of Hanoi. Often shrouded in cloud this town is the centre of hiking in Vietnam and is home to the region's ethnic minorities.
- VietnamMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 4Sep 30, 2012
A very beautiful country with very wonderful people. Everywhere I went in Vietnam, I saw smiling faces of a people that have had to endure a lot of suffering and misery because of an economic system that for the most part, just hasn't worked. Now, the communist government have introduced free market reforms that are allowing people to open their own small businesses, so the future is getting brighter for these proud and noble people.
- VietnamMember ofFamily TravelersFoodiesWellness+ 5Sep 29, 2012
Vietnam is a great country to visit if you're looking for a completely for a completely new experience that's full of history and friendly on the wallet (for a trip to Asia!) I speak Vietnamese which is very helpful any time you're in a foreign country, but overall, I feel that the people here are overall kind and friendly to all tourists alike.
- VietnamAug 21, 2012
Vietnam Tour with Vietnam Heritage Travel
Visited Destinations: Hanoi, Halong, Sapa, Hue, Hoian, Nhatrang, Dalat, Hochiminh City, Mekong Delta
Date of Arrival: 12/July/2012
Date of Departure: 25/July/2012
Number of travelers: 2
Hotel: Superior and non-smoking room
Experiences: culture, nature, heritage, people, cuisine
Dear All travelers
I have just come back from Vietnam and would like to share my wonderful experience with you. Here is my mail to thank Hoang Nguyen who is working for Vietnam Heritage Travel and had created my trip in Vietnam.
Dear Hoang Nguyen,
Thank you very much to you, your staff and the entire personnel at Vietnam Heritage Travel Company!
I had a wonderful time in Vietnam and experienced quite a adventure during my stay there. My time visiting your country was made even more memorable due to the great and professional travel service your company provided, including the guides who were friendly and helpful in making sure that I was well taken care of.
Everything was just perfect. No complaints, and nothing to improve!
I would definitely recommend your service to my family and friends, and I would love to arrange another tour in Vietnam again in the future.
Once again, thank you. And best wishes to you and your staff.
Lina Leo Shibata
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