Crazy and calm, exciting and relaxing, Vietnam is among the rare destinations where your experience can be stretched to its limits. When it comes to tourism, Vietnam is a reverberating symphony of culture, history, landscape and at its heart, the people. Traveling to Vietnam, you will find that these categories are not rigid but rather diverse and dynamic. Every landscape you tread, every architecture you see, every dish you taste and every person you meet has a story to tell you. Therefore, no matter what preferences you have, Vietnam can offer you your best travel experience with vietnam adventure tours, vietnam package tours.
In 2016, Vietnam is forecasted be an even more ideal destination. Major international and regional events, especially Hue’s Festival 2016 and Asian Beach Games 2016, will be held at various tourist destinations. Another reason why Vietnam should be on your list in 2016 is about affordability. Although tourism has witnessed giant leap for the last decade, in Vietnam, prices are low compare to other countries. Take for instance, while having a decent vacation in Bali will cost you no less than $100 per person per day, a lovely two-day cruise tour in Halong Bay is only around $140. The deal gets even better if you are a backpacker: it only costs you around $20 a day to discover and enjoy the most “expensive” metropolises of Vietnam.
Below is a must-go list for you to start with:
Hanoi is a unique city where seemingly contradictory characteristics happen to exist in harmony. It is where the people embrace rich cultural legacy while thriving to modernity and affluence. It is where you can easily find thousand-year-old pagodas, colonial French-style buildings, and modern skyscrapers all located on the same street. And it is where you can find hip-hop dancers showcasing their skills with daring moves in the same park where old grandfathers are doing Taichi with a calm and relaxing demeanor.
When it comes to tourism, there are endless choices for a thrilling and satisfying excursion in Hanoi. In this city of more than one thousand year of historical continuity, you can virtually walk through time as you visit various tourist attractions and historical sites. Some of them date back to as far as the 1000s C.E., such as One Pillared Pagoda, Temple of Literature and National University. The Old Quarter or the Ancient Streets, which is regarded as Base Camp for many foreign tourists, is also a historical landmark as it was actually conveyed many centuries ago, encompassing streets that made and sold all sorts of commodities. The sights of modernity such as high-rise buildings with shopping, dinning and entertainment complexes, are, of course, visible everywhere in the city.
Bai Tu Long Bay & Cat Ba Island
Bai Tu Long Bay is one of the most beautiful seascapes in Vietnam. Located within the Gulf of Tonkin, they bay is capable of leaving you in awe with its emerald waters and thousands of titanic islands and islets. Adjacent to Halong Bay at its southwest side, Bai Tu Long Bay is even more mesmerizing than its counterpart because of the absence of mass commercialization. Here, you will have the chance to visit Bai Tu Long National Park, which is the habitat of hundreds of flora and fauna. Aside from these natural scenery, the bay is home to about 30,000 people. Most of them live by fishing on Van Don, Quan Lan, Ban Sen, Ngoc Vung islands. A day tour to their offshore fishing villages will offer you a glimpse into their simple yet back-to-nature lifestyle.
To the southwest of Bai Tu Long Bay is Cat Ba Archipelago which belongs to Hai Phong City. With green islands and giant limestone islets, Cat Ba’s waters are consistent with the magnificent scenery of the surrounding seascapes. The main island of the archipelago is Cat Ba Island, also the largest island in the Gulf of Tonkin. With an area of 354 square kilometers and a population of more than 8000 people, the island is a resort town with more than enough infrastructure and facilities to support the influx of tourists and vacationing locals every summer. In spite of these manmade development, a major area of Cat Ba is zoned as national park where diverse ecosystem, dense forests and large limestone grottos are preserved.