Vietnam is rich in both man-made and natural sights that are awe-inspiring and a perfect place for the traveller on the authentic Vietnam tours.
By exploring the legendary sites from the north to the south it is possible to stay with a local family in a homestay, while also seeing the local lifestyle first-hand with the farmers and fishing villages in action.
Highlights of an authentic Vietnam tour
• Revel in the ancient city of Hanoi and get to appreciate its diverse culture
• Sail the fantastic Ha long Bay with a local charter company
• Visit Van Gia fishing village and explore Cat Ba Island
• Visit Hue’s imperial citadel to explore the ancient monuments
• Take a relaxing day in the Tara Que village and meet the farmers
• Hire a bike and explore the countryside of Hoi an
• Get really authentic with a homestay at Vinh Long
• Take a trip on the Mekong Delta to see and admire the Cai Be floating market
Any well-planned tour that includes the authentic sites is certain to appeal to the travellers that want to learn about the historic wonders, culture, and culinary of this fantastic country.
Many of the authentic Vietnam tours start in the capital city of Hanoi, which make it possible to really appreciate what this country has to offer. Some of the sites in Hanoi include the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature and Tran Quoc pagoda. Also, there is the Museum of Ethnology, which showcases plenty of artefacts that relate to the ethnic minorities in Vietnam.
A great form of transport to explore the city is by cyclo ride. A relaxed tour of the Hanoi's old quarter can easily be followed by watching the light-hearted water puppet performance, which gives an introduction to the rural culture in Vietnam.
Northeast and Northwest of Vietnam
These two regions in the north of Vietnam are perfect for an authentic adventure tour to see stunning mountainous scenery, amazing rice terraces, visit local markets, experience homestay to learn about the life, customs and traditions of different ethnic groups living in the regions. The trip to discover the Northeast Vietnam Vietnam and Northwest of Vietnam is an adventure of a lifetime with chances to see a real Vietnam.
Ha Long Bay
One of Vietnam's most famous wonders is Ha Long Bay. A boat trip on the emerald waters across the bay gives a perfect opportunity to admire the fantastic rock formations rising from the sea, the picturesque floating villages, the pristine beaches, and the fascinating caves that are waiting to be explored. Whether you are travelling on a traditional junk boat or a larger cruise liner, there are plenty to see and do when exploring Ha Long Bay.
A visit to Hoi An makes it possible to really experience the life of the locals with a cycling tour of the Tra Que village. This makes it possible to admire the local countryside scenery and see the day-to-day life of the local farmers. Beyond touring the area on the bicycle it is possible to stop and learn to harvest and wrap the vegetables, get a cooking lesson of the local cuisine like pancakes, Banh Xeo or spring rolls, or completely relax with an herbal foot massage.
With active tourists, Hue can be a bit boring, but if you love to learn the culture and history of Vietnam, Hue is the right place. This ancient capital of Vietnam has numerous sites to visit like the forbidden citadel, royal tombs, Thien Mu pagoda, romantic Perfume river, picturesque Tam Giang lagoon, peaceful Thuy Bieu village, etc. An authentic Vietnam tour package considered incomplete without 2 day visit in Hue.
Cai Be floating market
A half or full day tour of the Cai Be floating market makes it possible to see the lush-green paddy fields and enjoy some of the tropical fresh fruits and vegetables. Other local attractions include the traditional tile factories and brick kilns that help travellers learn more about the Vietnamese building techniques.
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