From the imposing mountains with gorgeous views to the serene bays and endless coast line with stunning sandy beaches, Vietnam is a giant tapestry of beauty and wonder just waiting to be explored. In celebration of our country’s recent progresses, Incense Travel has assembled our Top 10 Cultural Experiences, featuring highlights from our newly minted offerings across the country. This is “Vietnam the Beautiful”, Incense Travel style. Those experiences can be incorporated into any of your tailor-made Vietnam tours with us.
Visit a Red Dzao Hill Tribe Family, Sapa
Explore Vietnam’s most famous mountain town, Sapa, the former French hill station with scenic valleys and hill tribe villages at heights of up to 1,500m (5,000 feet). The ethnic minority groups living in the mountains of Sapa are among the most photographed people in the country. In addition to hiking through the mountain valleys, taking photos of the rice terraces around Sapa, our guide will lead you to visit a family of the Red Dzao, the most colorful hill tribe in the mountain, to learn about their custom and their daily life in the mountain.
Street Food Tour, Hanoi
Taste your way through the world renown Vietnamese food on a tour through a handpicked selection of family own restaurants and outlets. Known as the living area of the most skillful artisans since 13th century, the Old Quarter of Hanoi is home of the tastiest and freshest street food in Southeast Asia.
Home-hosted Dinner with a Musician Family, Hanoi
In addition to the city’s historical highlights, meet your friendly host at his house in the heart of the Old Quarter, Hanoi’s oldest area. Spend an evening immersed in the Hanoi Old Quarter’s atmosphere and traditions during your visit to your host family. After an entertaining performance of the Vietnamese traditional music, enjoy traditional family dinner hosted in the home of the local musician family.
There is no better way to experience the Red River Delta and limestone formations of Halong Bay than seeing them from your seaplane, and an overnight cruise is the best way to take in the emerald waters of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay. From the comfort of your private junk boat, experience the serene bay by both ocean kayak and little bamboo rowing boat.
Stay in the Countryside of Vietnam, Ninh Binh
Get in to the countryside and stay at a garden resort in the middle of the rice paddy fields, be up-close to the farming life of the Vietnamese. Watch the herds of buffalo roam through the fields and irrigations, enjoy the relaxing hand rowing boat in the Nature Reserve of Van Long, dine on the tranquil atmosphere of the countryside, gazing into the magical expanse of stars above.
Learn to cook Authentic Vietnamese food, Hoi An
In the ancient town of Hoi An, follow your chef to visit a local market, wondering around the bustling morning market and learn about the key ingredients in use for the most admired dishes in center Vietnam. Then spend the time to learn to cook and sample some of the most delicious Vietnamese dishes before leaving with your recipe.
Vespa Scooter Tour, Saigon
In the evening sit on the back of a Vespa scooter and experience the real life in Saigon city, sample some delicious street food on the way. With 10 million people and just as many motorbikes, Saigon a city that is always on the go! Nothing can be compared to seeing the city on a vintage Vespa scooter, zipping across Saigon’s urban districts in search of local, and authentic eateries known mostly to the just most food-conscious of the city’s residents.
Meet with a Viet Cong at Cu Chi Tunnels, Saigon
Follow the steps of the former Viet Cong to explore their secret place during the Vietnam war, and watch the original film footage from the war and see first-hand what life was like for the VC soldiers. Cu Chi Tunnels is a complex of immense underground network of connecting tunnels, dug by the local villagers of Cu Chi from 1948 to protect their guerrillas from the French air and ground sweeps. Those tunnels then served as a hideaway for Vietcong leaders, villagers during their resistance war against the American between 1954 and 1975. Touring the underground compound will provide a better understanding of the hardship of life in the tunnels and the Vietnamese resilience during combat.
Cruise the Mekong, Mekong River Delta
Meander along the Mekong and float by the lively floating markets of Cai Be, learn about the massive Mekong Delta that covers an area of some 15,000 square miles. This picturesque area is dotted by rice paddies, fish farms, fruit orchards, and more. Throughout your trip, immerse yourself into the culture and heritage with visits to rural villages, historic pagodas and colorful markets.
Beach Resort on Con Son Island, Con Dao
Escape to the epic romance of Six Sense Resort at Con Dao islands. Set in Vietnam’s legendary island, this isolated luxury resort encourages you to experience the unspoiled sandy beaches of Con Son, whether watching the sea turtles laying eggs or participating in many other water activities.