After a tumultuous 20th century, Vietnam has managed to rise as a beautiful phoenix, flourishing in an elegant blend of ancient traditions and modern vitality. From the expanding metropoles of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi to the natural wonder of Ha Long Bay, Vietnam will enchant you with its serene beauty, warmth and outpouring friendliness.
Regardless of whether you find yourself in the south or the north of the country, or indeed if you’re travelling across this vast, beautiful country, you’re guaranteed to find something that will entice you. In the north you can explore the mountainous beauty of Sapa or head to the coast to see the UNESCO Heritage Site of Ha Long Bay. A place of true natural wonder, boat trips will let you get up close to the monolithic cliffs that rise out of the sea, as well as the quaint coves that inhabit the coastline.
While in the north, you should also pay a visit to the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi. Here old pagodas stand next to beautiful French-colonial buildings, interspersed with modern architecture, and visitors will find a city of friendly locals and interesting sites. Visit the Vietnamese Women’s Museum for an alternative perspective on the nation’s history, see the Ho Chi Minh Museum and Mausoleum, where the freedom fighter and first president of Vietnam is buried, before heading to the Museum of Vietnamese History and the Hoa Lo Prison, which American POWs nicknamed the Hanoi Hilton. If after this heavy dose of history, you feel like escaping to something more light-hearted, then catch a classic performance of water puppets or stroll along the banks of the tranquil Hoan Kiem Lake.
Further south from Hanoi, pay a visit to the old imperial capital of Hue. Once the seat of power for the Nguyen Dynasty, the Forbidden Purple Palace, the surrounding citadel, and the majestic Tombs of the Emperors serve as perfect glimpses into Vietnam’s magnificent past. Finally we come to the south of the country. A place where the mighty Mekong River flows into the sea, where the great Ho Chi Minh City remains constantly awake, and where the gigantic network of the Cu Chi tunnels run underground as a stark reminder of the resilience and ingenuity of the Viet Cong during the war. In Ho Chi Minh City, visit the Notre Dame Cathedral and the opera house, or tuck into a delicious portion of pho or a banh mi sandwich, before going on a boat tour to explore the Mekong Delta. Vietnam is a delightful and friendly myriad of sights and you’ll never to find yourself short of things to do here.
A country full of hospitable people, architectural wonders, and amazing cuisine, Vietnam holidays are a truly unique experience in South East Asia. A holiday here is also one of the best options in the world for those with a keen interest in military history, there are dozens of fascinating sites to tick off. In addition to the infamous Vietnam War, there is still noticeable French influence in the country – contributing to a spectacular smorgasbord of cultures. Fleetway Travel offers package holidays to Vietnam which, combined with an already eminently affordable destination, represent some of the best package holidays to Vietnam available.
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