Travel Tuesday: Vietnam
Halong Bay The UNESCO world heritage site, Halong bay is located in Quang Ninh provence, Vietnam and is an extremely popular travel destination. The bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various sizes and shapes. Halong translates...
The UNESCO world heritage site, Halong bay is located in Quang Ninh provence, Vietnam and is an extremely popular travel destination. The bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various sizes and shapes. Halong translates to mean 'where the dragon descends into the sea' and the incredible islands rising from the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Tonkin evokes a strong sense of majestic mystery. The tiny islands are dotted with beaches and grottoes created by wind and waves, and have sparsely forested slopes ringing with birdsong. Halong bay is truly a place of beauty with dazzling beaches, sparkling seas and caves covered in coral to explore
Hanoi is a vibrant, bustling city where the modern and medieval exist and exotic chic of old Asia blends with the dynamic face of new Asia. Amongst those that have visited the city, it is largely regarded as the most beautiful city in Asia with influences and architectural souvenirs left by all who have conquered the great valley. An absolute must for is the company Hanoi Kids. They are a tour service that will pick you up from your hotel and guide you around the city and even to Halong Bay, absolutely free! You pay for entrance fees, food, taxi rides as normal but with a local guide that shows you the real city.
The mountain town of Sapa is a huge tourist trap for obvious reasons; the view into the beautiful valleys beneath is second to none and the mix of cultures and influences is exhilirating. The peaceful town in the Northwest, very close to the Chinese border, is the destination in the North of Vietnam. But, history hasn't always been so kind Sapa, the former hill station in 1922, was devastated during WWII and successive wars against France, the USA and more recently with Chine in 1979. The mysterious town is now home to minority cultures and luscious landscapes.
Ho Chi Minh
Undoubtedly the most fast pace and dizzying city in Vietnam, this metropolis is heaving with commerce and culture that drives the entire country. Whether it's the finest hotels or cheapest beds, the most expensive restaurants or humble street food, Ho Chi Minh offers anything and everything.
Ever thought about home swapping in Vietnam?