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A glimpse of Vietnam

Saturday 21 January 2017

 

 

Vietnam is a country few have had the opportunity to visit until relatively recently. It was not until the early 1990s that the first intrepid travellers started to arrive and visitors from all over the world are now discovering what a hidden gem of a country Vietnam is.

The country fuses a breath taking mixture of old and new to give you a truly unique and fascinating experience with wonderful travel options; a country where traditional and modern influences collide, from Hanoi in the North

 

and Saigon in the South to the UNESCO Heritage town of Hoi An and Hue in central Vietnam.

 

 

With its three distinct regions variety is of the essence - each with its own culture, climate and diverse, delicious food to enjoy and explore. The varying influences over the centuries from Chinese, Khmer and French civilisations and cultures are still very much in evidence today.

 

 A Trip to Vietnam is essentially for the traveller who seeks adventure and likes to experience and respect different cultures and historical backgrounds while immersing in the beauty of magnificent scenery.

Hanoi  The Pearl of the Orient and the capital city is one of the most enticing cities in Asia with wide tree-lined bicycle-filled boulevards, lakes, parks, and remarkable colonial architecture and sidewalk cafes.

 

 

 The old quarter, near the small lake, is a labyrinth of pastel coloured lanes, stalls, hawkers, cyclos and motorbikes. Everything is situated around the 36 old streets and Dong Xuan Market,

Hoan Kiem Lake or “small lake” and Ngoc Son Temple, located in the heart of the city, are some of the most beautiful sites.

 

A visit to Ba Dinh Square and the nearby Ho Chi Minh Museum, an extraordinary tribute to the evolution of Vietnamese independence, and the One Pillar Pagoda are not to be missed.

 

Beyond Hanoi, the beautiful Halong Bay comprising of spectacular limestone outcrops, cliffs, arches and coves offers incomparable coastal scenery and is known as Vietnam’s eighth wonder of the  world.

 

Da Nang   Located on the central east coast, a thriving seaport midway between Hanoi in the north and Ho Chi Minh City in the south. It’s renowned for its scenic beauty with an endless stretch of unspoiled sandy beach, crystal blue sea and tropical hinterland.

   Four of UNESOs World Heritage Sites are situated within a short driving distance: the former imperial city of Hue (2hrs), the ancient ‘Silk Road’ trading port of Hoi An (30 mins), the spiritual centre of Champa civilization My Son (90 mins) and the mystical Phong Nha Caves in Quang Binh province (7hrs) – considered by some an access to the inner earth!

An old Japanese trading port, in the ancient town of Hoi An is absolutely charming, visit its unique Japanese bridge and traditional Chinese communal house or shop for art and silks in the numerous galleries and shops.

 

Nha Trang  The pristine beauty of this southern coastal capital of Khanh Hoa, is legendary. The town is surrounded by  green hills, and its deep blue bay is fringed with a glorious crescent of golden-white sand. Its turquoise waters are filled with an abundance of sea life and dotted with islands. This area has the well-deserved reputation of having the best climate in Vietnam with an estimated 250 days of sunshine a year. Sail to one of the numerous islands and enjoy some excellent fishing, snorkelling and scuba diving or explore the surrounding countryside with its lush green paddy fields.

 

 

Ho Chi Minh City (formally Saigon) Oh! This is the heart and soul of Vietnam. It is a fascinating city of contrasts where elegant hotels, exclusive restaurants and trendy bars vie for space with roadside noodle stalls, local markets, pagodas and an endless stream of bicycles. Its historic and colonial past is evident all over the city which now boasts an exciting culinary scene and delightful shopping, but it is the charm and friendliness of its people that makes this city so special. Simply wander the bustling streets and riverfront to enjoy the myriad of sights and sounds that it has to offer.

 

 

Passports/ Visa Passports should be valid for more than six months after proposed date of departure from Vietnam. Visa, all visitors are required to have a valid visa to enter Vietnam.

 Grenham Travel can organise Small Group Tours with a guaranteed maximum of 16 travellers and an average of 12, this is an ideal way to experience the culture and savour the cuisine with like- minded people. Alternatively, we can tailor-make holidays / honeymoons to suit one’s individual requirements and are flexible in terms of content route and duration.

Call into our office at 1-3 Connaught Street,Athlone or  phone 090 6492028 a member of our team will be delighted to chat with you about this fascinating country and organise an itinerary to suit your requirements.

 

 

 

 

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