Buddha Park, Vientiane, Laos. Image courtesy of HGH Travel.
Start off in the middle of Viet Nam’s vibrant Ho Chi Minh City, where its exhilarating atmosphere permeates its famous landmarks. Beyond the city, you’ll find more activity at the Cai Be floating market when you take a boat down the Mekong Delta.
For a look into the country’s past, you’ll fly to Hue, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its culturally significant and well preserved Imperial Citadel. Sail down the famed Perfume River, and visit the century-old Dong Ba Market.
On the way to Hoi An, you’ll pass by the modern city of Da Nang. The former French colonial port boasts beaches and shiny new hotels and restaurants. Hoi An will then pull you back to the past, as you walk or cycle through its narrow, ancient streets lined with unique architecture.
At Ninh Binh Province, take a sampan ride through a lovely landscape of mountains and rice fields that will lead you to grottoes, caves, and temples. Afterward, get lost in the beauty of Ha Long Bay via an overnight cruise through limestone islands emerging from emerald waters.
When you get to Hanoi, your senses will feast on the capital city’s hurtling pace mixed with old-world charm. Watch a traditional Water Puppet Show, visit the famed Hoan Kiem Lake and its temples, the nearby Old Quarter and its 36 streets, and the preserved French colonial structures.
After an overnight in Hanoi, you’ll then catch a flight to Luang Prabang, the ancient capital of Laos that evokes a tranquil mood and gentle splendor.
In this UNESCO World Heritage Site you will see the beautiful blend of French-Indochinese art and architecture, centuries-old ornate temples, and a panoramic view of the city at the summit of Phousi Hill. You will also get to understand the allure of Laos as you spend three nights in Luang Prabang before catching the flight to Vientiane.
In the quaint capital city, you will see its oldest standing temple, Wat Si Salet; Wat Haw Pha Kaew, which houses the Emerald Buddha; and its most important religious monument, That Luang Stupa. You’ll also have the option to see the Patuxai, Vientiane’s Arc de Triomphe, climb to the top and get a lovely view of downtown.
Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam. Image courtesy of HGH Travel.