Vietnam adventure holiday
Description of Vietnam adventure holiday
This Vietnam adventure holiday takes you from south to north to discover a vibrant mix of different landscapes and people. Youíll start in Ho Chi Minh City, home to modern skyscrapers, busy local markets, elegant French colonial architecture and stark reminders of the Vietnam War. From here youíll take a day trip to the Chu Chi tunnels, a former Viet Cong stronghold, as well as visit the Mekong Delta, where youíll explore the canals by boat and spend a night with the locals in a simple homestay.
A night on a sleeper train is next to the agenda and is a great opportunity to gain insight into local life. Youíll disembark in the beachside city of Nha Trang for a couple of days swimming, snorkelling and relaxing on the beach. Then itís on to Hoi An, a beautiful and historic city that was once a major trading port with the West, followed by Hue, Vietnamís former imperial capital. The stunning emerald waters of Halong Bay will be the next stop, where youíll get the chance to spend the night on a sailing junk. Finish your trip in the beguiling tree-lined capital of Hanoi.
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PeopleThis trip introduces travellers to the wonderful country of Vietnam, taking in all the highlights with the added comfort of superior hotels. In true style there are also plenty of opportunities to interact with the locals and learn about their way of life.
In the southern Mekong Delta region the group stays overnight with a local family. This is a unique experience that allows travellers to experience the local culture first-hand. There's a visit to local cottage industries where travellers can purchase locally made goods, thereby supporting the communities. There is also a visit to a snake farm to learn about this wildlife.
In Hanoi the itinerary includes a performance of the famous Water Puppets. Nearby Halong Bay is also a major highlight with beautiful natural scenery.
The north west highlands allow full appreciation of Vietnam's stunning natural landscape as the group walks through the local countryside. One night is spent in a White Thai village house on stilts - a very special experience that affords observation of the local lifestyle of these minority people.