Since Vietnam is country mixed with rich culture and stunning natural beauty, a 10-14 day trip is enough time to explore the highlights of the natural highlights in the north to the vibrant cities in the south.
Things to see
City tours of Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An and Hue
Cruise the emerald waters of Halong Bay and the Perfume River in Hue
Relax on the beaches in Danang
Visit the Temple of Literature and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi and the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City
Here are the tour highlights of Vietnam:
Starting the 2 week tour in Vietnam in the north of the country gives a great opportunity to explore the capital city of Hanoi. Visit historic sights like the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum which is the monument that preserved the body of 'Uncle Ho'. Other cultural places to see nearby include the Temple of Literature and Ho Chi Minh's former house on stilts. The evening is well spent watching a water puppet show, which is a traditional Vietnamese art form that depicts scenes of natural history and rural life.
While in Hanoi make sure to take a cyclo tour of the lively and colourful Old Quarter with its bustling streets and elegant French colonial architecture. After enjoying the best attractions in the capital, a trip to the wonderful seascape of Halong Bay should follow with a luxury cruise on a traditional junk boat.
A must-see attraction on the Vietnam holiday is Halong Bay which is a fascinating natural wonder in the north of the country. Located close to the Vietnam/China border, Halong Bay is a spectacular seascape with its emerald waters and thousands of limestone islets. On arriving in Halong Bay, make sure to book a day-trip or overnight trip on a traditional Vietnamese junk boat. Beyond the stunning natural scenery, it is also well worth visiting the Vung Vieng fishing village to get a real appreciation of the day-to-day lives of the local people. Sung Sot grotto is found in the centre of this UNESCO World Heritage listed site and one of the finest and widest grottoes in the region. The longer stay in the bay, with a peaceful overnight stay is the most memorable experience and includes delicious regional meals.
After relaxing on the beaches in Danang, the next stage of the highlights tour of Vietnam is the ancient town of Hoi An, a further famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town is especially charming in the evenings when it is lit by old-fashioned and quaint lanterns.
A visit to this hot travel destination gives access to French-colonial houses, pagodas, Japanese-designed Bridge, Chinese temples, many old canals, and history dating back 2000 years. This region has a laid-back atmosphere and a fantastic combination of cultures. Joining a 2-3 hour Vietnamese cooking class is a popular activity with plenty of local schools teaching the steps to prepare a variety of delicious regional dishes. Other great tours or activities that are easily organized by the local Vietnam travel agent include a fishing life tour (learn the lives of the fishermen and even attempt to fish using traditional techniques) or a lantern making workshop.
A stay is Danang is perfect for a relaxing break before visiting the famous ancient town of Hoi An. Also the drive to Danang is very scenic with the Hai Van Pass, while also giving the option to stop at Red Beach.
Danang is a great place to visit for its splendid coastline and water-sport activities like yachting, diving and water-skiing. On average, the temperature is a warm and pleasant 26° C.
A cyclo ride to the Imperial Citadel is a great way to begin the visit to Hue, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Nearby is the well-preserved Thien Mu Pagoda and found by the riverbank. A relaxing boat trip along the Perfume River on a local dragon boat is certain to appeal to many travellers on the Vietnam customized tour.
Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon) offers many things to experience and the tourism centre of this part of the country. Enjoy a day of walking through the vibrant city with its local markets and bustling streets to get a real appreciation of local life. See the Central Post Office, the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Opera House. Continue to explore Vietnam's largest metropolis with its other wonderful attractions, such as the Ben Thanh market and the War Remnants Museum, which gives a glimpse into past conflicts through the eyes of the locals.
An hour outside of the city is the famous site of the Cu Chi tunnels which are a complex network of tunnels created and used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War.
Plan a trip to the city of My Tho to fully experience the stunning beauty and lives of the local people in the region. The Mekong River is best explored on a traditional sampan boat which slowly travels through the maze of canals. A major highlight of the Mekong Delta is the colourful floating markets, which are rich in a wide range of goods, including fruit and vegetables. A few of the popular markets to visit include Cai Rang and Cai Be.
There are plenty of things to see and do on the tour to Vietnam, such as a homestay in a local hill tribe village, joining a local cooking class or booking a tour through the Mekong River Delta. Simply rely on a reputable Vietnam travel company to create the itinerary that incorporates the most interesting things to do and see along the entire length of the country.