Vietnam Holidays 2014

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Vivacious Vietnam

Boasting a gorgeous coastline, towering peaks, vibrant cities and an infectious culture – Vietnam holidays never fail to live up to reputation. This vast country stretches from the southern reaches of Southeast Asia to the very north, changing in culture, history and natural landscapes but always retaining its alluring South China Sea coastline. Along the way you’ll encounter vibrant and historical cities like Ho Chi Minh CityHoi An and Hanoi, exposing visitors to Vietnam’s wonderful cultural ethos, While charming towns and villages will give you an even greater insight into traditional Vietnamese life as well as strong reminders of the infamous Vietnam War.

Away from the hustle and bustle, you’ll discover a country of immense natural beauty, one of the most memorable aspects of anybody’s holidays to Vietnam. You’ll find countless things to do in the great outdoors, whether floating along the sea through the mesmerising Ha Long Bay, Surfing sand dunes in the southern coast or trekking through the stunning highlands around Dalat.

Captivating Culture

The major cities of Vietnam effortlessly retain their authenticity and Asian charm, and jetting into one of these destinations is the perfect way to start your holiday in Vietnam. The capital of Hanoi is awash with untouched culture and enthralling history, boasting the imposing Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the pretty Hoan Kiem Lake as well as countless impressive and attractive pagodas. Alongside this bygone façade, you’ll discover a modernising city, full of luxury hotels and tourism amenities. Likewise in the south, Ho Chi Minh City is a city of immense history, with sites like the War Remnants Museum and Reunification Palace, yet beyond this is a forward-thinking city.

While hustle and bustle is rife in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, you’ll find a relaxed but equally cultural ethos to the ancient settlements of Hoi An and Hue. The former is an incredibly infectious place, with a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage old town adorned with temples, old shop houses and cobbled streets, while the latter is home to the impressive and expansive Emperors’ Tombs. Meanwhile on the coast, Haiphong is the country’s largest port, home to lively markets and informative museums, as well as being the jump-off point for tours to Ha Long Bay.

A Country of Sheer Beauty

Nobody can spend their Vietnam holiday without paying a visit to the world-famous natural wonder that is Ha Long Bay. Characterised by immense karst formations jutting out of the sea, this maze of rock and water is stuff of myth, legend and majesty. You’ll find some equally attractive ocean-based prospects in and around Southern Vietnam, with a number of offshore islands and beach resorts dotted around the region. hais one of the most attractive resorts, boasting great beaches, fantastic surf and tasty seafood, while Phu Quoc Island presents that Robinson Crusoe fantasy we all crave, presenting golden sands, clear waters and great water sports.

If you crave some exploration in Vietnam’s great outdoors, heading inland towards the mountainous areas of the country will satisfy these urges. The charming highlands town of Dalat presents some great trekking opportunities to those holidaymakers that have packed their walking boots, as well as possessing one of the country’s most impressive botanical gardens. Easily the gem of Vietnam’s trekking destinations is the mountain town of Sapa. Located in the far north of the country on the border with China, Sapa is famed for its rugged scenery, cultural diversity and beautiful rice fields – a true trekker’s paradise.

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Attractions

Vietnam’s landscapes are rich and diverse, ranging from emerald mountainsides and valleys, to sweeping beaches, dense forests and rich national parks. The mountains near Bac Ha and Sapa are home to some tribal villages that you can explore, or you can delve into the cave systems of Phong Nha. The Cat Tien National Park is a stunning sweep of natural

Activities

The striking landscape spreading across the country just calls out to explorers, and there are endless activities you can try. Hiking routes are found across the national parks and mountains, where you can also mountain climb and cycle. You can travel across the coast on an island hopping trip, or you can venture through the forests on an elephant ride.

Eating Out

In Vietnam’s more rural areas, you will find some regional specialties that are characteristic to each particular district. Many regional restaurants offer dishes made with locally grown produce, so you will discover many new recipes if you are exploring the countryside areas. The seaside villages and beach resorts specialise in fresh seafood, which you can often enjoy whilst looking out over the shoreline or even with the sand between your toes.