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Vietnam Open Tour Bus

Front desk staff at hotels will be happy to book any transportation need, although you’re better off shop around at local tour agents, as prices will vary. Going directly to the bus company office may net you a commission-free fare, but most major bus operators may not be willing to negotiate price as agents will cut their commission to get the business.

Since tour providers charge very little, they make money on their “rest stops” or “bus stations” which are often souvenir shops or cafes. Travelers buy a meal, some munchies for the ride or souvenir while taking a break or waiting for their ride. Keep in mind departure, arrival and travel times are estimates at best – never early and may be a couple of hours late. Depending on how many hotels they have to pick up passengers at, it may be a while before you’re officially on the road. Getting on the bus at the tour bus company office may get you a good seat with your companions, get there early – Good Luck. Try not to drink too much water, as “comfort” stops, especially for overnight buses, may be just somewhere where there are

Major Tourist Destinations

Vietnam is full of unexpected, unforgettable experiences. Anyone visiting the country for the first time would be overwhelmed by the sensory overdose varied geography, delectable cuisine, bountiful shopping sites and never-ending beaches.

Let’s delve a little further into Vietnam’s confines and see what the world is gaga about. Take a look at some of the best tourist attractions in Vietnam:

1. Hanoi: Hanoi is a rapidly growing city which has served as Vietnam’s capital for over a thousand years. Trips and tours to Vietnam often begin this beautiful Indochinese colonial city. Hanoi is a proud city which boasts of pagodas, lakes, dynastic temples, heritage monuments and French-era villas. It has, however, remained true to its elemental personality despite the tide of change.

2. Ha Long Bay: For many tourists, a trip to Vietnam is incomplete without Ha Long Bay, which represents a pinnacle of their Vietnam experience. Contrary to Hanoi, this is the perfect countermeasure to contemporary ebullience which Hanoi provides and renders the visitors with numerous opportunities for leisure and recreation in its chartreuse waters.

3. Cat Ba Island: Cat Ba Island is a mountainous getaway nestled on the periphery of Ha Long

Self-Guided Vietnam Travel

A country with over 50 sub-cultures, awesome landscapes with sandy beaches, tropical weather and friendly hosts aren’t found everywhere. Sure, you can enjoy these travel attractions by joining an organized tour or even hiring a private guide to escort you around the country, but both of these options create a barrier between you and the friendly locals.

Vietnam has over 86 million people and is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. The two main concerns of travelers – heat and monsoon rains have been addressed in recent years. Modern accommodations and transportation with air conditioning are prevalent and many Vietnam travelers have decided to brave the inclement weather of the monsoons to enjoy some of the benefits the rains – mainly better “beach” weather when the rains of the day have passed.

A large variety of Vietnam hotels has emerged in the past few years – small family run “mini-hotels” to 5-star luxury resorts – make comfortable accommodations available to every travel budget. The “Backpacker Telegraph” provides access to bargain hotels by way of the internet and word-of-mouth. Spend a little time “surfing the web” and you’ll find a wide range of

Vietnam Tours

One of the most requested sights people ask for when embarking on Vietnam tours is the rural experience. Many people appreciate that Vietnam tours give them a taste of the urban life of Vietnam and the country life as well. When taking Vietnam tours in the country areas, you’ll be delighted to see people tending to their rice fields using ancient techniques, children playing alongside beloved farm animals, and the humble architecture that spots the mountainous country landscape.

Hanoi, Hue, Saigon, and Halong are some of the most popular places Vietnam can take you. The Vietnam area is so vast that many people try to cover as much ground as possible in one trip. Using a professional Vietnam tours company ensures you’ll get the most out of your time in Vietnam without the stress of trying to be in too many places at once.

The topic is incomplete without mentioning the cuisine that Vietnam has to offer. From the urban to the rural areas of Vietnam you’ll be able to explore an exotic and palatable menu that will delight and inspire you. Vietnam is known throughout the world for its unique and tasty spin on traditional

Vietnam Wall

One of the more interesting sites we visited was Colonial Williamsburg. Betty might not necessarily agree with me, but the best moment for me was a dinner in a 17th Century Tavern on Main Street. I have a picture of us standing on the street outside the pub and we were dead tired.

Inside we ordered a drink on the rocks: a shot of Apricot Brandy, a shot of Peach Brandy and a shot of Rum. We placed our order and sipped on the drink while an Irish balladeer entertained us with his words and music.

The old Irish folk songs continued throughout our stay, with Betty and I thoroughly enjoying the 18th century cuisine, all the while, dining on a very good steak and potato meal. Of course, if the events had been reversed, the food first, then the drink and the music, I doubt the tavern would have been so memorable. The two of us being so tired, we may have fallen asleep instead. Whereas the strong drink had us primed for all that followed, and it was great.

On another day, across the street, we were entertained by a live play, one

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National Parks to Visit in Vietnam

When you embark upon holidays to Vietnam you must visit some of the national parks. Cat Ba National Park is no exception, located in Cat Hai district, Cat Hai supports a diversity of natural habitats, including forested hills and small fresh water lakes. A total of 839 vascular plant species have been recorded at the national park. Another national park you should explore is Ba Vi National Park, located 50km west of Hanoi. The park has several rare and endangered plants in its protected forest, and its mammals include two species of rare ‘flying’ squirrel. Human encroachment on the area has made the chances of seeing any of these quite rare but anything is possible in Vietnam.

Holidays to Vietnam and Wildlife

When searching for holidays to Vietnam you may be persuaded by the wonderful wildlife this fascinating country has to offer. From the Asian elephant to the leopard cat, these stunning creatures are something extra special to see for sure. The country is home to 275 species of mammal, 800 species of bird and 180 species of reptile. The extensive forests of the central highlands and far north

Things To Do In Vietnam

Cu Chi Tunnels
An underground maze covering a whopping 250km, the Cu Chi tunnels were dug by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War to act as living quarters, command centres and ammunition stores. Crawling through the tunnels is an eerie yet thrilling Vietnam travel experience.

Mekong Delta
The Mekong Delta produces one of Vietnam’s most important exports – rice, and thus acts as the backbone of Southern Vietnam’s economy. While you’re travelling in Vietnam, you can take a boat trip down the Mekong, where you will pass the colourful floating markets of Cai Rang and Cai Be among others. Here, vendors will offer their wares from their boats jammed with produce, dangling their goods in the air from a long pole

Hue is the ancient royal capital of Vietnam and is rich in culture. Things to do in Hue include; a cruise down the Perfume River and visits to historic sights and monuments such as the Imperial Citadel, Thien Mu Pagoda and the Palace of Supreme Peace.

Hoi An
Hoi An is located on the coast in Central Vietnam, and it’s a favourite amongst travellers to Vietnam. It is well known for its

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Halong Bay: Nothing compares to the beauty of Halong Bay, Vietnam’s most dramatic natural asset. A UNESCO seascape, its thousands of lush limestone karsts rise majestically from the sea in spectacular fashion. Hidden caverns, forested islands and floating isles are accessed by overnight cruises on local junks, by kayaking, boating or simply swimming in the calm bay waters.

Northernmost Sapa: The stunning offerings of Vietnam’s Northern provinces around picturesque Sapa feature some of the best hiking and trekking opportunities in the country, and a glimpse into one of Vietnam’s most fascinating cultures. The lush scenery of soaring mountains, staggered rice terraces and plunging valleys interposed by small hill-tribe communities take away the breath. The alpine scenery affords treks to Indochina’s highest peak, Mt. Fansipan and its environs, homestays with natives for an up-close encounter with local life, and visits to remarkable ethnic markets where everything from colorful hand-made crafts to buffalo are sold. This is the best region for hiking and adventures including jeep safaris, boating and kayaking.

The Central Coast and Highlands

Vietnam’s east coast and central highlands are a traveler’s delight, featuring glorious beaches, lively resort towns, sleepy fishing villages and the imperial

About Vietnam Golf

Not the least of which is golf. Come to this land to enjoy some fabuous Vietnam Golf Vacations. In the period since 2000 a number of world class golf courses have been developed in Vietnam and its major cities. And Vietnam is an exciting and affordable destination with well organized golf tours so one never has to play the same course twice, it includes a chance to see an historic country and experience its warm weather, beautiful people, delicious food and see some of the historic sites.

A number of full and organized itineraries have been put in place to take the need for the golfer to worry about anything. And full entertainment and sightseeing packages are available for wives or non-golfing partners.

The top of the line golf excursion is an 18 Day 17 Night tour staring in Hanoi and ending in Ho Chi Ming City (Saigon) where you will play on the best course throughout the country. It is an ideal trip for anyone who wants an exotic and relatively inexpensive vacation, playing 11 rounds of golf on different courses and throughout Vietnam. Accommodation is in 5 star luxury hotels and the tri includes

Take the Train

Trains in Vietnam are very cheap; you can travel from one end of the country to the other and not spend $50. You can get for instance an overnight train from Saigon to Nha Trang for about $15USD; this would be a soft sleeper with 4 people in the cabin. You can save a little more and get a hard sleeper for the same trip for about $12 where you share the cabin between 6 people, and if you are real hard core you can go with a soft seat for around $10, which I would not recommend as these compartments are over crowed with luggage.

Trains also are attractive in Vietnam if you have a lot of luggage as they do not weigh it. You can bring as heavy as you carry and load by yourself and not have to pay over weight limits which is great for scuba divers and surfers. Lets say that you come to Vietnam on a cheap flight from Hawaii, most US international flights allow you unto 70 pounds or 31 kilos; in Asia many flights are 22 kilos max including you hand luggage which they will weigh if you are