Vietnamese people are so optimistic, friendly and welcoming that you’d never know their nation had weathered centuries of conquest, communism and colonisation. During this adventure tour discover the paradox of ancient versus modern Vietnam
, from the sleepy villages of the Mekong Delta
, to the bustling beach hotspot of Nha Trang
, the decorative palaces and pagodas of imperial Hué
, and the thriving colonial capital of Hanoi
.You are invited to join us for our Vietnam journey, which travels the length of Vietnam from Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) to Hanoi. We will be exploring the many facets of this mystical country with a rich and varied history. "S"-shaped Vietnam is inhabited by 54 ethnic groups, each with a unique culture. The Viet are the established ancestral ethnic group, making up more than 70% of the Vietnamese population. Constantly under the threat of invasion and occupation in the past, the Vietnamese are now working industriously to improve the quality of life for all citizens as they also honor their cultural traditions.
We'll visit many of the most beautiful and famous of Vietnam's cultural and historical sites, which will provide insight into the history and character of Vietnam. We will overnight in a rural village and be entertained with traditional Vietnamese music and dance, including (in Hanoi) the famous water puppet theater. We will also visit some of the most dramatically beautiful Vietnamese natural areas, including three of their national parks and renowned Ha Long Bay.
This trip is planned for anyone who wants to experience the very best of Vietnam in a single trip. All of the physical activities are optional, so if you just want to sightsee, you are welcome to join us. We'll have three moderate (two to three hours each) day hikes in national parks. You can hike as long as you'd like on all of the three hikes; likewise, you're welcome to do as much or as little sea kayaking in Ha Long Bay as you'd like. We'll be on a large boat overnight in Ha Long Bay with comfortable accommodations and delicious food.