Vietnam is rich in history and culture blended from diverse influences that have presided over the country and its people. From the 2000 years of domination by the Chinese to the more modern influences of French colonialism and the turbulent independence movement of the mid 20th Century, Vietnam is now being embraced by the world for its magnificent natural beauty, friendly and inquisitive people and its delicious food. Full of UNESCO and World Heritage listed sights. Vietnam is a treasure trove of memories. Its geography, man made monuments and structures are supplemented by the positive attitude of the Vietnamese people themselves, creating an inspiring and captivating atmosphere for visitors.
The World Heritage listed Halong Bay is often referred to as the ‘jewel in the crown’ of Vietnam. According to legend, the 1000’s of islands were formed by a dragon and its efforts form some of the most stunning scenery in Vietnam. No itinerary would be complete without at least spending a four hour cruise on the Bay of Tonkin and, if time permits, staying overnight onboard a traditional junk boat anchored amongst the bizarre rock sculptures watching sunset and sunrise.
Hanoi is the capital of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and is often referred to as the ‘Paris of the Orient’. Filled with lakes, tree lined boulevards and French designed villas, this romantic city cuts a distinctly different style of life to that in Saigon. A must see sight in Hanoi is the Old Quarter, comprised of trading streets where traditional and modern goods are traded from centuries old “tunnel houses” and narrow streets are abuzz with colour and activity.
HCMC formerly called Saigon with a population of 7 Million, is situated in the south-eastern corner of Vietnam with a short distance north of the Mekong river delta and is the largest city and commercial hub of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Major tourist attractions include the Reunification Palace-formerly South Vietnam Presidential Palace, the War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Opera House and Ben Thanh Market. Cu chi tunnels and Mekong delta with dense network of canals and rice fields are only short drive away.
Known as the ‘Living Museum of Vietnam’, this UNESCO listed town is a place lost in time. Once a major trading port of South East Asia from the end of the 16th Century to the early 19th Century, Hoi An was populated and influenced architecturally by Japanese, French, Chinese and Vietnamese designs. Becoming forgotten to the outside world once its river silted up, this charming town still retains its well kept original historic buildings and ancient backstreets and has become a favourite destination for today’s visitors. It is also the best place for bargain priced, tailor- made clothes.
Known as the Rice Basket of Vietnam, the Delta is an important region both economically and culturally for the country as it is the world’s largest exporting region of rice. Home to 15 million Vietnamese, this is a world of waterways, backwaters and canals, always influenced by the whims of the river system. The Delta is an ideal place to experience the life of a local Vietnamese farmer in one of our home stays, located amongst the small islands and canals of the Mekong River.
A favourite destination for those who have ventured there, the old French hill station of Sapa is set amongst the picturesque Hoang Lien Son mountain range, which is the highest in Vietnam. Inhabited by the Black Hmong ethnic minority and surrounded by many other colourful hill-tribe minorities, Sapa is a perfect location to appreciate the lifestyle of these friendly people, especially at the markets.
The treasures, natural beauty and changing countryside of Vietnam and Cambodia present comprehensive features of oriental lifestyles, but there are distinct contrasts related to the serenity of Halong Bay, the bustling aspects of Saigon city, the fertile intensity of the Mekong Delta and the somewhat mystical aspects of Angkor Wat and more in Cambodia.Read more
The history of Mekong dates back thousands of years. It is the longest river in Southeast Asia which has a length of about 2,700 miles (4,350 km). Pamper yourself with this luxury river cruising experience and capture the tremendous spirit of the people on the banks. Visiting two famous cities in Indochina and explore one of the world’s most visited heritage site – Angkor Wat. This is truly a lifetime experience you can’t miss!Read more
There can be no tapestry of river life as fascinating and varied as the River Mekong. Indeed there can be no more striking a cultural contrast as between the bustling Vietnam delta and the tranquillity of Cambodia. We pass from the vibrant French colonial port of Ho Chi Minh City, through the vast delta so rich in human life, to travel along the main channel into the rich countryside of Cambodia. With a full day in charming Phnom Penh we then explore remote waterways as we progress to the great monuments of Angkor.
RV Mekong Pandaw were the first to offer river expeditions on the Mekong back in 2003 and have since been honoured by many imitators. Pandaw, though, has always stayed a step ahead of these shadow ships and this season introduces another first for this expedition through Vietnam and Cambodia. On the sumptuous Mekong Pandaw we will go one step further up the Mekong than any other vessel, as far as Kratie. Only Pandaw ships with their ultra shallow draft can go this far, adding another 100km to the river route and penetrating deep into rural Cambodia.Read more
The name says it all – “Vietnam in Depth”. This is one of our most extensive trips covering the best of Vietnam, travelling from the North through the central coast to the South of the country. Delta, Highlands and seascape appear vivid in your eyes with numerous chances to encounter local people and learn about the long Vietnamese history and diverse culture.Read more
Here we feature the major highlights of Vietnam including its largest municipalities, historic cen-tres and natural wonders, this trip also enables close encounters with local cultures and people. Dining with a local families, chatting with the farmers or trying your hands at farming and crafts are just some of the great experiences that “Vietnam Encounters” offers.Read more
An extensive trip to the Southern Vietnam where scenery changes from bustling cities to endless rice fields, going up to the highlands and then down to the Blue East Sea. History, culture, nature are all compacted within this amazing journey.Read more
This introductory tour allows you to experience Vietnam’s history, culture and its people in a compact yet impressive program. Enjoy the planned visits to all the must see attractions in the main cities of this beautiful country. While immersing yourself in the local culture, you will stay in four star accommodation to ensure you are comfortable the entire trip. Domestic flights allow you to make the most of your time in Vietnam, giving you a taste of the many wonderful delights of this wonderful country! The Vietnam Express should not be missed!Read more
This fabulous tour enables you to have the experience of a lifetime in Vietnam. You will enjoy the very best of the country’s culture and historical sites, including many World Heritage Listed Sites. You will stay in high quality accommodation to ensure you are well rested each night after touring this unmissable country. Enjoy delicious local and Western meals, as well as unique entertainment that you can’t see anywhere else!Read more