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Hanoi and Halong Bay Toursread more

Jennifer Nguyen

Jennifer Nguyen posted 5 years, 2 months ago

The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi, is the second largest city in the country with a splendid and complex political history. It is situated right next to the Red River. October 2010 marked a 1000 years of its establishment, the architectural star of which is the 4 kilometer long Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural which was especially created to mark this occasion. The city witnesses the influx of many tourists throughout the year and is often called the ‘Paris of Asia’ because of its picturesque scenery and leafy areas covered with lakes, boulevards and numerous colonial buildings. It is well know for its successful preservation of its historic and traditional charm in the light of rapid urbanization and globalization. As of now (2015) it ranks at number 4 in the list of ‘World’s Best Destinations’ by TripAdvisor (Traveller’s Choice).

Although the city in itself is abound with multifarious tourist attractions which can be enjoyed by everyone, the most frequent choice of itinerary that travellers make is that of Hanoi along with Halong Bay tours from Hanoi or Halong cruises. This allows tourists a wholesome glimpse of Vietnam, in full glory in its cityscape and countryside charm.

The Halong Bay is a world famous tourist spot located in the Quang Ninh province of Vietnam. It has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and is the perfect destination for exotic and out- of- the- world experiences. It is fundamentally a vast water body covered in almost 2000 islets, which are home to diverse flora and fauna species. It also comprises grottos, caves and hidden lakes with exquisite limestone formations, which make for an unparalleled experience. Thus, the best way to visit these locales is by availing services via Halong Bay Tours and Halong Cruises. One is then able to view breathtaking sights on the bay in the tranquil luxury of cruise boats or ships which are very well equipped with various facilities and trained staff and professionals. Depending on the kind of itinerary chosen and the facilities availed; one can spend days on end in the midst of the bay wherein one’s needs, basic or otherwise are properly taken care of.

Along with the basic amenities and services, specialized activities are also conducted on or off the deck to make the stay more interesting. Starting from basic card and board games which are available on deck, one can also participate in beach drives, cooking classes, kayaking, swimming etc. certain packages also provide the benefit of cocktail classes, Tai Chi exercises, canoeing, snorkeling etc. Luxurious dinners are provided in traditional settings with originally handcrafted Vietnamese furnishings. More lavish packages also include a library, sundecks, gym, spa and sauna and allow for themed parties on request; personal servers are also provided along with personal cars and drivers. These packages also allow access to the more remote areas on the bay so that one can have a unique experience in comparison to others. Coupled with packages for touring Hanoi, tourists can have a beautiful taste of the spirit of Vietnam in all its diversity and deep historical profundity.

Journal date: 26th May 2015

Trip: Hanoi and Halong Bay Tours

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Sights to See Along Halong Bayread more

Jennifer Nguyen

Jennifer Nguyen posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Vietnam has seen a boom in tourism and a lot of holiday packages in Vietnam are offering travelers a chance to experience the rugged beauty of the country especially the spectacular Halong Bay. The bay is a tourist’s paradise and a traveller’s delight. There are great beaches, beautiful National Parks inhabited by exotic species of animals and white sand coves apart from historic places that adorn the bay.

Cat Ba National Park

The largest island in Halong Bay is at the heart of Vietnam’s adventure sports and ecotourism. The park can be accessed by boarding a QH public bus from the docks of Cat Ba Town, or by hiring a motorbike.

Open to visitors from 8 am, the park is home to various species of mammals and primates, some of whom are endangered— for example, the golden headed langur. There are also a number of species of birds like hornbills, hawks and cuckoos, and over a thousand species of plants, many of which are medicinal.

Lan Ha Bay

These islands lie to the south and east of Cat Ba Town and although this is geologically an extension of Halong Bay, they are part of a different province of Vietnam. There are beautiful white sand beaches and around 200 species of fish, 500 species of mollusc, 400 species of arthropods and abundant soft and hard corals. Large marine animals like seals and dolphins are spotted in the area as well. One can book kayak and sailing trips from Cat Ba and camp on Tiger beach (or Hai Pai Beach).

Cat Co Cove

Take a 15-minute walk from Cat Ba Town and arrive at the beautiful and pristine Cat Co Cove. White sand and great water for swimming the second cove is the better of the two. It has limestone cliffs and the Cat Ba Beach Resort. There are also resorts in the first and third Cat Co. One can also reach Cat Co by train which passes along hilly pathways and the three beaches are striking and very popular among tourists, local and international alike.

Bai Tu Long National Park

The park is situated in north-east Vietnam and located within the Bai Tu Long Bay and along with Halong Bay contains beautiful regions of national parks both terrestrial and aquatic. There are five kinds of ecosystems and great geological areas that attract a lot of travellers from all over the world. There are many tours that operate in the area that can take travellers up to the Bai Tu Long Bay and to the National Parks.

Historic Vietnam:

Hospital Cave

This cave is located about 10 kms north of Cat Ba Town and falls on the way to the entrance of the National Park. There are 17 rooms and a huge natural cavern that was used as a cinema and also has a small swimming pool. It was built between 1963 and 1965 and used till 1975. This is a great specimen of engineering worth visiting.

Cannon Fort

The Cannon Fort offers a spectacular view, and is a 10-minute walk up a steep track. One can also hire Xe Oms or motorcycle taxis to reach this place. The Japanese first installed underground tunnels and gun emplacements here during the 2nd World War. The sea surrounding the area is spotted with Karsts and looks outstanding. Visit this place for the views or the terrific café and juice bar.

Most of these spots are covered by the popular Vietnam Adventure Tours that operate in and around the Halong Bay. There are also the train rides that form an integral part of the Halong Bay experience. A heady concoction of nature, history and the contemporary, the Halong Bay is truly worth every penny.

Journal date: 15th April 2015

Location: Vietnam

5 Reasons the Mekong Delta Needs to Be On Your Bucket Listread more

Jennifer Nguyen

Jennifer Nguyen posted 5 years, 4 months ago

If you wish to experience the true colours of Vietnam, a tour to Mekong Delta must make it to the top of your bucket list. Popularly known as the ‘rice bowl’ of Vietnam, this tiny region occupies only ten percent of total land mass of the country, but is responsible for a third of the total food production in Vietnam. Densely populated and cultivated, this is one region that is teeming with life and culture, and is popularly known as a “biological treasure trove”.

Life here is mostly river-based, and one can commonly see floating markets, houses and restaurants lining the river bank. In fact, there are a number of villages that can be accessible only by boats and do not have access to a road. A cruise through Mekong Delta can be the best way to explore this piece of Vietnamese paradise.

Here are 5 reasons why Mekong Delta should be at the top of your travel bucket list:

1. Experience a riot of colours: From the lush paddy fields, the vibrant tropical flowers and luscious tropical fruits, to colourful festivals and rituals, Mekong Delta is sure to dazzle you with its sheer beauty and vibrancy. A tour to Mekong Delta will provide you with an experience of a lifetime for sure.

2. Boat cruise: This is a must do activity when being here! Numerous rivers, water bodies, back waters and vein through the Mekong Delta. So, if you if are looking for some R&R, your best bet is to take the Mekong Delta Cruise. You can explore the gorgeous region, get the rich taste of heritage and culture and also experience some blissful moments on serene water. The floating markets add a charming touch to the whole experience.

3. The quintessential Vietnamese life: If you are one of those travellers who need to feel and experience the local culture, then Mekong Delta won’t disappoint you. Here, you could enjoy a warm home-stay, eat delicious home-cooked meal, or sample fresh fruits from a floating market. While you’ll not get many five-star facilities here, but you’ll get a chance to create memories worth cherishing for a lifetime.

4. Historical charm: While Mekong is typically famous for its rivers and paddy fields, this place is also a delightful haven for a history enthusiast! The ancient architectural wonders of Khmer pagodas will enshroud you with an old-world charm and spirituality, and the intricate detailing of these pagodas will leave you spellbound.

5. The thriving wildlife: Last but not least, Mekong Delta is known as a “Biological Treasure Trove”. A safari tour is a great way to explore the biodiversity of the region. With a breathtaking variety of avian fauna, the delta is any bird lover’s paradise. Another popular wildlife attraction here are the giant crocodiles that dominated this region at one time.

In short, if you are looking for a unique nature retreat with a rustic charm, you know where to plan your next vacation.

Journal date: 7th April 2015

Location: Vietnam

Opt for Halong Tour Packages for Exclusive Cruise Journeyread more

Jennifer Nguyen

Jennifer Nguyen posted 5 years, 4 months ago

One is bound to be mesmerized by the heavenly beauty of this place especially while sailing across the Halong Bay witnessing the plethora of natural bounties and wonders all around. The entire cruise journey becomes so memorable that the spell-bound visitors often revisit the beautiful city of Halong to sail across Halong Bay once more for visualizing its heavenly charm from close vicinity.

What’s Special about Halong Cruise Journey?

Halong, the capital of Quang Ninh Province in Vietnam, is known for its great tourism activities. Being a coastal city, Halong enjoys the natural beauty at its best and that is why people from all over the world frequently visit this beautiful place to spend some cherish able moments amidst serene natural beauty. Halong cruises offer a unique chance of exclusive exploration while experiencing luxury in diversity along with world class standards. The cruise journey mesmerizes all the travellers with a never like before experience and they simply wish to take the same journey once again.

What to See and Do During the Cruise Journey?

Considering the places to visit, Halong bay tour package is basically of 1 day or 2 – 3 days. It generally starts from Tuan Chau Island, the gateway of Vietnam. Once the cruise starts, chilled welcome drink and delectable seafood lunch platters are served to the visitors. One can thoroughly enjoy the eternal beauty of the blue sea before getting down to Sung Sot Cave, one of the largest and most beautiful caves in Halong Bay. Other places like the Vung Vieng floating village and the Luon cave are also being covered in this great tour package specially designed for the enthusiastic visitors.

Features of the Bay Tour Packages

Halong bay tour package provides a golden opportunity to the nature lovers to set for a great cruise journey along with all the necessary amenities. It’s designed with all the latest facilities and the staffs are highly cordial to help the visitors in any respect. The luxurious cruises come with all world-class features and features and the travellers can expect the best ever hospitality during their cruise journey. English speaking tour guides are also available in all the Halong cruises, who help the visitors to get an insight of the surrounding places. Apart from these, the mouth-watering foods served during the entire journey are also another important feature of the Halong tour packages. Normally all the entrance fees, sightseeing charges and other service charges are included in the package and an most often an extra arrangement of kayaking is also done to entertain a large number of visitors interested in water sports.

To get refreshed from everyday chores, such a cruise in Halong is an ideal one. It will take you away from the hustle-bustle of city life to a fairy land of serenity and natural beauty. You will be rejuvenated after this cruise experience and the scenic beauty of Halong Bay will stay forever in your memory as a treasure.

If you want to become a lucky spectator of Halong’s pristine charm, start planning from today for your visit to Halong!

Journal date: 17th March 2015

Location: Vietnam