Vietnam Adventure beginning 17 November 2018

Hi there, my wife and I had originally intended to take this trip in April but family circumstances forced us to cancel. We're hoping for better luck this time! We'll be travelling down on the morning of 16 November from Edinburgh, then joining the group flight out of Heathrow later that day. We are looking forward to the trip very much and to meeting our fellow travellers. It would be nice to make contact with some of the group beforehand via this forum so please let us know a little about yourself(ves). Ian & Joyce

 

STOP PRESS - I've subsequently noted an earlier post by Kim on this trip. I'll make any future comments on that so we all stay in one place!

Hi Ian and Joyce,

My name is Duc. I'm a student in Hanoi. So happy to know that you're planning to visit our country, Vietnam

Let me introduce our country for you a little bit.

Hanoi, where I've lived for 20 years, might be bustle and so crowded. But if you are in Hanoi for such a long time like me, you will know every sense of traditional, antique beauty for a-thousand-year history. Hanoi Old Quarter, splendid and showy at night, charming and gracious in a special moment, appeals curious visitors to discover a long-standing culture and belief. Nearby Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake is well-known with the legendary story related to our history. Ho Chi Minh Complex, a sedate and earnest place for the mighty chief of our nation, Ho Chi Minh, having a nice sleep in heaven. And Long BIen Bridge, the bridge going across 3 centuries, will show you idyllic landscape in this hustle city.

 

Then, we may go to Ninh Binh, to have a nice boat ride in Trang An Landscape Complex, UNESCO World Heritage. If you still remember the blockbuster movie Kong: Skull Island, you might go to Trang An before, in the movie =))) You choose to have a boat ride in Trang An or Tam Coc, both choices still give you a precious chance into wonderland, dip yourself in spectacular nature to see hanging-down stalactites with various and weird shape =)))

 

Halong Bay may attract you in another way. Being a marvelous gift from Mother Nature, Halong Bay is a dream for locals. If you have a chance to cruise through spectacular landscape with Sung Sot Cave, Thien Cung Grotto, go kayaking through the Bay, visit floating fishing village and go squid-fishing, you will understand why locals love this place that much...

 

In the Central, we have Hue, dreaming and graceful, famous for palm-leaf conical hat and traditional costume Ao dai. Gently floating on Huong river, looking at majestic scene of Ngu Binh mountain, going into Thien Mu pagoda, we just feel harmony, eurhythmic diapason of nature and the city. That explains why Hue people are very kind, amiable, gratuitous like that.

 

On the contrary, Da Nang is dynamic city with amusement parks, entertainments, and most importantly, beautiful blue beaches with stretching-out sands for us to be lazy day by day. In the cable car to Ba Na Hill, we can take a lot of gorgeous photos in the breathtaking background.

 

As an UNESCO World Heritage, Phong Nha - Ke Bang national park in Quang Binh is amazing with limestone plateaux, tropical forests and the whole diverse biological ecosystem. With a great geological diversity and spectacular phenomena, this place is the masterpiece of nature, including a large number of caves and crystal-like underground rivers.

 

Being a wonderland of flowers in Vietnam, Da Lat is never lack of color. All of flowers alternatively bloom during the year, just encourage us to take photos, over and over again.  If you like posting photos with beautiful background, it's an undeniable opportunity. Moreover, vegetables are really fresh, more than I expect when I'm there. The nature gives Da Lat a precious gift: a temperate climate so that all plants are proliferate. Being on the highland, the atmosphere seems perfect for everyone to enjoy a nice vacation.

 

In the South, you don't wanna miss Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city in Vietnam. You can go to The Reunification Palace, the place marking an important and brilliant milestone of Vietnamese history in 1975 (the day Northern and Southern Vietnamese reunify and burst into emotion). Notre Dame Basilica is a worth-visiting place, where you still see bright red brick originated from Toulouse, France. And don't forget having fun on Nguyen Hue pedestrian street, where organize many interesting outdoor events.

 

You may want to visit Mekong River Delta also, where you have a nice boat trip in floating markets, buy and taste many specialties like coconut, durian, fish sauce, dried fish... Imagine you have a boat ride to contemplate the landscape, buy a local fruit to taste the flavor of Vietnamese peaceful life, nothing is better (maybe it's my experience and personal opinion but I think it's worth trying once). Picking fruits still be on the tree to taste is a totally fresh experience too.

 

Vung Tau is a beautiful beach, not so crowded, let you a have relaxed time with gentle sunshine and waves.

 

Several destinations I have opportunity to visit. There are still many more amazing places such as: Sapa, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Quy Nhon, Phan Thiet... I will let you find out by yourself, because it's a very fun research though.

 

 

Wish you have a great holiday in Vietnam =))))

 

 

Thank you so much for all of your helpful advice. We are now even more excited about our trip and seeing many of the wonderful sights that you mention. Are you going to be our guide for the trip? Do you know if we are going to have a chance to see the new Golden Bridge in the Ba Na hills? I am an engineer and I think the design of that bridge is inspriring.

Hi Ian and Joyce,

Yeah, You can totally visit the new Golden Bridge because it's really special (the view, atmosphere, and architecture also). All you need to do is to visit Ba Na Hill, get into cable car and enjoy, notice the stop of Golden Bridge as well.

I also have some notes for you during the trip in Ba Na Hill:

1. The restaurants and attractions close quite early (4 or 5 p.m), so make sure you go there to visit all destinations in Ba Na complex.

2. You may want to research the overall Ba Na map before getting there to make sure you don't miss any wonderful destination 

3. About the transport, we don't have any public transport to get there. You may take a taxi or "Open Bus" to get there. It's about 40 km from Da Nang city center to Ba Na Hill

4. Cable car and entrance fees are a little bit expensive (700.000 VND), not include the visit to Wax Statue Museum.

 

I'm not sure I can be your tourguide because the main semester in my university has started. But I can ask my friend to be your tourguide if you visit Hanoi =))))

Wish you the best!

Duc

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