Must do List
Firstly, a tour to Vietnam with Wendy Wu includes sights that should be on everyone’s ‘must do’ list. A cruise on Halong Bay. Exploring vibrant cities of Saigon and Hanoi. As well as taking in the charms of Hoi An.
However, there are plenty of adventures that can only be done in Vietnam. Places and activities you have to work a little bit harder to find. However, they are worth it because they can really lift your Vietnam Tour to the next level. Furthermore, you will get to an authentic look at what life there is really like.
Wendy Wu have included plenty of these types of experiences. Here are a few of their favourite:
1. Crawl through the Cu Chi Tunnels
The Cu Chi Tunnels are located just outside of Saigon. They offer a unique look at the country’s recent history. During the war with the USA, Viet Cong resistance fighters dug themselves underground to escape regular shelling. Consequently they created a huge complex of tunnels and bunkers; at Cu Chi you can visit a small section of it. The exhibition includes a display of lethal looking booby traps. Plus there are recreations of what underground hospitals and kitchens would have looked like. Furthermore, you can actually crawl through a section of tunnel like those used by the Viet Cong.
2. Taste your perfect pho in Hanoi
Pho is a delicious broth full of noodles, herbs and sometimes meat. In fact it is Vietnam’s national dish. Originating in Hanoi, the city is known as the ‘pho capital’! Pho is consumed in vast quantities across the country. However, there is no better place than Hanoi to sample this dish. In spite of Pho being breakfast food, it can be eaten at any time of the day or night. In fact, it is served everywhere; from high-end restaurants to humble street stalls. Every establishment has its own secret recipe. The fun part is tasting them all! Wend Wu highly recommend starting with the street stalls in the Old Quarter. Here, you can perch on a little stall and watch the world go by as you slurp.
3. Haggle with H’Mong in Sapa
Every Sunday Sapa sees an influx of people from the surrounding hill tribe villages. They come to the traditional market to sell their crafts and produce. Dressed in colourful, traditional attire, plus they bring with them a fun, friendly atmosphere. The market is just as much a chance to socialise as it is to do business. The H’Mong and Red Dao are two of the prominent tribes in the area. Their stalls are filled with vivid textiles. Above all, a bit of easygoing haggling with market traders is a great way to interact. Not only is it good fun, you have a more local experience.
4. Explore Phong Nha Caves
Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng is a national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Furthermore. It is considered to be one of the last truly untouched stretches of jungle in Southeast Asia. However, it also shelters a huge secret. In the park’s karst mountains are networks of underground rivers and caves. Some of them are among the largest in the world! One of the most awe-inspiring is Phong Nha. This cave is easily reached onboard a little wooden boat. The journey is a tranquil cruise through the countryside, passing small villages, rugged karst peaks and forest. The adventure really begins as you approach a sheer rock face. The boat drifts gently in ot the darkness of the cave mouth. Inside there is cavern after cavern of immense stalagmites, stalactites and sculptures created over millions and millions of years. A really incredible sight!
5. Hike to hill tribes in Mai Chau
Mai Chau is a spectacular area of green hills and water buffalo-spotted paddy fields. As well as the beautiful scenery and peaceful atmosphere, the main reason to visit are the excellent hiking opportunities. Exploring on foot slows down the pace of your travels. Furthermore, it enables you to really soak up your surroundings. Mai Chou is home to the traditional stilt houses of the White Thai people. Wendy Wu Tours include a stay in one of these stilted dwellings as part of a homestay package. Swing by to see the exquisite weaving and textile work the villagers do beneath their houses. Thus getting a glimpse into the day to day life in a hill tribe village.
Relax on the perfect beaches of Phu Quoc
Vietnam’s paradise island, Phu Quoc is the place where you can relax on white sand beaches and dip your toes into the warm, calm sea. The seafront is home to some lovely resorts and hotels. However, the centre of the island remains an untouched tract of tropical forest. Also, there are plenty of deserted beaches and adventurous-looking tracks and paths to discover. That is, of course, you can pull yourself away from the beach!
Why Tour with Wendy Wu
When you tour Vietnam with Wendy Wu, you embark on a glorious adventure. Starting amongst the magnificence of the temples of Angkor before boarding a three-night deluxe river cruise down the Mekong. With shore excursions designed to give you an authentic glimpse of local life, cross into Vietnam to discover its many treasures. Explore vibrant Saigon, charming Hoi An and historic Hanoi and sail the waters of Halong Bay.
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Adapted from a blog on the Wendy Wu Website. Thank you to Joe Lavers for giving us permission to use.