Exploring Vietnam from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam, one of the most exhilarating destinations of South East Asia and the world. Packed with history, staggering topography, cultural highlights and culinary excellence. Numerous aspects of this country charm you immediately. The soothing splendour of the Mountains, the beaches and the bay, the honest artistry of the temples and pagodas and the exceptional rice terraces, Vietnam has a lot to offer. It also has 8 UNESCO listed sites, including Ha Long Bay, Hue’s historic sites, the old town of Hoi An and the Champa complex at My Son sanctuary.
One could surely love to wander around Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, a concoction of the Eastern and French influences. Laden with countless temples, galleries and the historic museum, the narrow streets of the Old Quarter is a wonderful station for multi-day tours to Halong Bay, Hua Lu and Tam Coc, a little frenetic, but that’s the charm.
Cu Chi Tunnels
Do not overlook Saigon, the inner city area of Ho Chi Minh City. One is bound to end up at District 1, the backpacker friendly location bustling with accommodation and agencies selling tours and transportation to just about anywhere in Vietnam. How about crawling through the Cu Chi Tunnels? The expansive mesh of over 500 km of tunnels during the times of the American war. You could crawl through the maze and even fire at shooting targets.
Cat Ba Island
The Hike in Halong Bay where over 3,000 islands reside within the emerald green waters is no less of a romance for travellers. The Cat Ba Island presents a great trail for hiking with many taking one of the cave tours.
Touring the mighty Mekong Delta, 60,000 km length web of interconnected waterways, spanning across three provinces, filled with small craft villages, Khmer Pagodas, mangroves, orchards and the trademark floating markets. Want to experience the fascinating Delta life? Well, go on one of the many boat or bike tours spending few days exploring the stunning region.