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Vietnam – a destination which rarely fails to charm

April 9, 2011

From the misty mountains of the north to the lush rice fields of the Mekong Delta, Vietnam is a beguiling destination which rarely fails to charm.

Timeless images of Indochina abound – conical-hatted farmers toil in bright green rice fields; junks drift through the mist on Halong Bay; cyclo drivers ride through the narrow streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. But there is a new Vietnam emerging, in the upscale hotels, shopping arcades and fine dining restaurants of vibrant Ho Chi Minh City, and in the luxury beach resorts of Danang, Nhatrang and Mui Ne.

A country of contrasts where pleasant surprises await at almost every turn. But in Vietnam, one thing remains constant – the warmth, inquisitiveness and positivity of its people, which remain the abiding memory of those who spend time in this alluring country.

If you want to really discover Vietnam, you should set aside a couple of weeks to travel, meet the people and absorb the landscapes of this beautiful and fascinating country. Our shortest Vietnam tours are half day excursions for a taste of the local culture or travel the length of the country and discover the diversity of the Northern, Central, and Southern regions on Vietnam tour packages tailor-made to your travel needs.

Northern Vietnam tours expose a range of diverse landscapes and peoples. In the span of a few days you can visit remote hill tribes around Sapa, explore the busy capital Hanoi, and cruise the turquoise waters of Halong Bay. Choose one of these destinations or take a combination tour of all three on customized Vietnam package tours.

Central Vietnam is the cultural heart of Vietnam, highlighted by the towns of Hue and Hoi An. View the former glory of the Vietnamese dynasties in Hue, the old-world charm of Hoi An, or simply laze away on the nearby beach of Cua Dai. Day trips in this region are a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture – focusing on cuisine, history, and Vietnamese traditions.

The south is a study of contrasts. Ho Chi Minh City is the country’s economic hub, and just a few hours out of town is the Mekong Delta, where the pace of life slows dramatically and the buzz of the city is left behind. You can also cruise upstream in part or whole way along Mekong River to Cambodia on boutique traditional boats or style river cruise liners.

Not to be missed are the beaches of Vietnam. Stretches of white beach can be found in Nha Trang, Mui Ne, and Phu Quoc Island and other places throughout the country.  Incorporating a beach break into your Vietnam tours makes a great respite from the days spent sightseeing!

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