The whole country is changing, and the friendly people with their wonderful cuisines are making Vietnam a real magnet that draws travelers from around the world. The very open of the Vietnamese government brings opportunities to everyone, and luxury vacations in this emerging destination have never been so enchanting.
The beauty of the coastal beaches, the serenity of ancient buildings and the bustle of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City paint a peaceful portrait of Vietnam today. Uncover the best of Vietnam, and explore the fascinating culture of the country in the capable hands of Incense Travel on a two-week north-to-south journey, Luxury Vietnam Vacation.
The thousand-year-old capital Hanoi is home to layers of cultures, ancient temples with Chinese influences and French colonial building are nestling behind tree line boulevards. Hanoi’s Old Quarter is a dynamic network of narrow streets full of motorbikes. From the food vendors frying “nem ran” (spring rolls) to the colorful handmade shops, the amazing part of the city is an absolute playground for the senses. Green onions, lemongrass, basil, coriander, mint, garlic and fish sauces are all staple spices for the excellent Vietnamese cuisine, while rice noodle and thin vice vermicelli can be a part of nearly every dish.
While you are exploring the lively Old Quarter, try the delicious “banh mi” at 25 Hang Ca Street, the charcoal-grilled pork with noodle calls “bun cha” at 25 Gia Ngu Street, Pho – beef noodle soup served with fresh lemon, rice vinegar and basil at 10 Ly Quoc Su Street, and the fresh green papaya with dry beef salad at a corner of the Hoan Kiem Lake – all worth tasting and easy to eat on the go.
The Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi and the Apricot are among the best the hotels, both are mere steps away from the Old Quarter. The Sofitel Metropole is “an oasis in Hanoi”, this colonial hotel has been a favorite accommodation in Hanoi since 1901. The Apricot is located right on the bank of the legendary Hoan Kiem Lake, allowing its guests to have great lake view and a pace of fresh air.
No natural wonders can compare to the massive limestone formations in Halong Bay, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to 1969 limestone islets rising up out of the emerald water of the Tonkin Gulf. There is no better way to take in the best of bay rather than with an overnight aboard the Violet Cruise, a truly luxury wooden boat. This purple theme vessel features six private cabins, each with its own balcony, plus fresh-caught seafood meals prepared an expert chef.
Friends and family travel can get more privacy by chartering a smaller boat, Bhaya Classic Premiums house from two to seven cabins each. The size of the boats allows it to cruise through small channels and hidden coves in the bay, especially a pace of mind to their guests.
Those vessels are offering kayaks and bamboo boats rides, taking visitor to isolated islands and sandy beaches of Halong Bay. Few experience can compare to the paddling away from the vessel to explore the narrow caves leading to hidden lagoons and reefs, where you are free to lounge on the pristine sands and relax in the calm waters of the bay.
Formed by the underground movement in the earth’s crust, Vietnamese legend credit a family of dragons sent down to help them protect their land from foreign invaders. Part of the ocean where dragons were descending upon on has then called Halong Bay, translating to “bay of descending dragons”.
The UNESCO World Heritage Town of Hoi An is Vietnam’s well-known ancient international port, and its illustrious past is an evident in this amazing town’s architecture, which takes cues from Portugal, Spain, Japan and France. The Thu Bon riverside shops of Hoi An are famous for expert tailors who can produce made-to-measure clothing and suits within one day for a fraction of the cost of other places tailored clothing. Their fine silks and textiles are often used to create Hoi An’s brightly-colored lanterns. Visit Yaly Couture at 48 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, A Dong Silk at 40 Le Lo Street or the Lana Tailor at 130 Tran Phu Street for your Hoi An tailor-made clothes.
The privacy and luxury of your own villa awaits at Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, an enchanting coastal resort just outside of the Hoi An ancient town. Incense Travel guests enjoy the spacious pool view villas, featuring a private pool, butler services and a full kitchen. Each room of the villa houses floor-to-ceiling windows, offering stunning views of the beach both day and night.
Difficulties arising from its tumultuous past did not hold Vietnam behind, the country’s fascinating culture and historic charm and fabulous natural wonders are drawing travelers and explorers to its emerald shores.
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