Despite its tumultuous history, Vietnam is a country rich in culture and beauty. From the instant that you arrive in Vietnam, you will realize that you will not be lacking in activities to do or attractions to see.
You will be able to cruise the Tonle river and bask in the glow of the shimmering temples that line the banks. You can hop on what is called a traditional junk ship that will tour around the islands and the beautiful floating markets.
Take the time to stroll the colorful streets of the Bac Ha Market, where you will come in contact with the locals who also wear very vivid colors. You can haggle with the horse-drawn carriage owners who sell produce throughout the market.
Another must-see on a tour of Vietnam is the infamous Halong Bay. Here you can hop onto replica paddle steamers and watch the shadow cast by the boat on the rippling water. You will have an incredible experience traveling past the limestone rocks that rise out of the water and sparkle in the morning light. There is also a UNESCO World Heritage site here among the fishing villages. You can even fish yourself with members of the crew.
Of course, while on your vacation, you will also want time to just relax. Luckily, there are Tai Chi classes on deck during the morning hours, awesome foods to experiment with for dinner, and world-class wines to sip during your evening watching the stars up in a cloudless sky.
When you are ready to explore once again, try sailing the Mekong Delta, where narrow boats trade their wares right on the water. You will be in awe at the fruit orchards you will pass along the banks of the river. There are boat rides that leave from both Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh.
You don’t want to rush through your holiday, so be sure that your itinerary is long enough that you can leisurely see all there is to see here, such as making sure that you have time for a spot of tea or a flavorful dish. Do not worry about gaining weight while you are here, as there are many adventurous activities to do in which you can work off any extra calories you may consume.
One of the most popular choices among travelers to this area is a tour of the Vietnam demilitarized zones. In the 1950s, this area was known as the battling ground between the northern communists and the free southerners. You can now visit the many tunnels in which families lived in secret in order to stay clear of the fighting.
Vietnam is one of the most enthralling countries you can visit. Be prepared for a life-changing holiday when you visit.