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Highlights of Vietnam

 Highlights of Vietnam TourCode : 1306
Duration  4 Nights / 5 Days
Destination  Vietnam
Route  Delhi-Chi Minh-Hanoi-Delhi
Best Time To Visit Daily,all year round
Cao bang -thac ban doc




Day 1: Arrive Ho Chi Minh City
Welcome to Vietnam the Jewel of South East Asia! On arrival in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), you will be met and transferred by the local representative to the hotel. Rest of the day is for leisure. Overnight stay in Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City
Today after breakfast full day is for your own activities. Overnight stay in Ho Chi Minh city.

Day 3: Hanoi
Today after breakfast, you will fly to Hanoi and check in at the hotel and the day is for leisure. Overnight stay in Hanoi.

Day 4: Hanoi
Today after breakfast, the day is free to explore the city on your own. Overnight stay in Hanoi.

Day 5:Depart Hanoi
Today after breakfast depart Hanoi and transfer to the airport to return to your next destination.


Vietnam’s urban settlements are very varied- as far as geography, architecture, and the pace of life are concerned. The best-known city, of course, is Ho Chi Minh City previously Saigon- the most famous or infamous of cities in the Orient. Ho Chi Minh City is the core of the country- throbbing, vibrant and exciting. It’s a city of vivid contrasts, with jazz bars and karaoke lounges along with old cathedrals, beautiful pagodas and music halls.

Hué is generally acknowledged to be Vietnam’s most beautiful city and its architecture pure poetry. Hué was Vietnam’s capital for nearly a century and a half from 1802 to 1945 and has been a centre of religious, cultural and educational activity for much longer than that.The city had, at one time, a number of impressive historical monuments, of which unfortunately a few survive. Among the monuments you can see are Emperor Gia Long’s Citadel (constructed in 1804, and encompassing the Palace of Supreme Harmony, the Imperial Enclosure, the Halls of the Mandarins, and the Purple Forbidden City - the last now barely visible). On the whole, Hué has some lovely examples of Vietnamese architecture (much of it Sino-Vietnamese). Not far from Hué are the Royal Tombs , and if you’re looking for relaxation, you can head for nearby Thuan An Beach , or the Perfume River , where sampans are available for trips up the river.

The country’s capital, Hanoi is reserved, elegant, with a very quaint French charm to it; it’s not as jazzy as Ho Chi Minh City, but definitely worth a visit. Other major cities in Vietnam include Dalat , up in the mountains, with some stunning views, interesting buildings and the chance to go boating or horse-riding. No matter which of the cities you go to- whether Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi, Dalat or Hué- there’s sure to be something to see and something to remember.

The city of Dalat lies amongst the mountains, and is a lovely green city renowned for its beauty. Although it’s now deteriorating a bit because modernization is replacing parks and gardens with steel and concrete, it’s still a pretty city. Among Dalat’s attractions are the old French Quarter still charmingly colonial, even after so many decades, and the Summer Palace of the Emperor Bao Dai, now a veritable museum with a good collection of ethnic art and other interesting items. Further out of Dalat are some places worth a visit – lots of them great for walks, treks, boat rides and more. You can also visit, somewhat further away, traditional tribal villages of the hill tribes: these include the Lat Village and the strangely named Chicken Village , with its large statue of a chicken.

Halong Bay is easily one of Vietnam’s most beautiful sights. Spectacular in its sweep, the bay and its clear green waters encircle some 3000 islands, all very small but covered with beaches and amazing grottoes and caves.

”Halong’ means ”where the dragon descended into the sea’- the legend behind the name is that the flailing tail of an ancient dragon created the bay and the islands in it. Although not many people believe in dragons anymore, a mythical creature, called the Tarasque, is supposed to still haunt the bay. If you want to spend some time at Halong Bay, probably the best thing to do is to base yourself at Halong City (which is partly on the mainland and partly offshore), and hire a boat to go around the bay. Remember to take your camera along- it’s one of the loveliest places in Vietnam.


Vietnam has a rich cultural heritage and the list of traditional arts and crafts produced by the country is truly impressive: textiles, tapestries, jewellery, metalwork, lacquer ware and ceramics. Many of them are available throughout the country and especially in larger metropolises like Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, but some are (so to say) `regional specialties’- like the tapestries of Haiphong and Hanoi; the ceramics of Quang Ninh; the jewellery and metal ware of Thai Binh, Hanoi and Hai Hung; and the wood carvings of Phu Xuyen.

You’ll obviously get a wider range and lower prices at the places where these crafts are primarily concentrated, but if you don’t have the time- or the energy- to step out of Hanoi (or wherever you are- provided it’s a large city), you should still be able to find something nice enough to buy.

Bargaining is quite the norm in Vietnam (as it is in much of South East Asia), but don’t get carried away – as also in much of South East Asia, a display of temper is considered very rude.

Eating Joints

Vietnam is a good place to eat in – not just because the food is so good, but also because you can eat so well in so little. A meal at one of the many roadside food stalls – cooked right before your eyes, absolutely fresh and completely authentic- need not cost more than US$ 1 or 2, though you may end up paying much more if you decide to dine at a regular restaurant, with proper tables and chairs.

In most of Vietnam- the smaller towns and villages, for instance- you’ll find good, wholesome food, but all basically Vietnamese. In larger cities and popular tourist destinations, however, you’ve more choice. Places like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, as a case in point, have a large number of restaurants, big and small, which serve a host of international cuisines, ranging all the way from Chinese and Thai to French and American.

Traditional forms of entertainment- in the way of performing arts like dance, theatre and musical concerts- can be seen at some venues in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. Have a look at travel or tourism related publications like Vietnam Travel, or the daily newspapers, for listings of programmes featuring cultural performances.

If you’re lucky, you might get to see the celebrations at some traditional Vietnamese festivals- many of them showcase traditional performing arts. The Master Pagoda Festival (Ha Tay) has puppet shows as a highlight, while occasions like The Phu Giay Festival, the Hung Temple Festival and the Lim Festival are excellent occasions to listen to folk songs.

For Western style `night life’, perhaps the only two cities you can actually rely upon are Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. These two cities have a fairly large number of bars and nightclubs that offer pretty lively evenings out.

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