Vietnam is a Southeast Asian country on the South China Sea known for its beaches, rivers, Buddhist pagodas and bustling cities. Hanoi, the capital, pays homage to the nation’s iconic Communist-era leader, Ho Chi Minh, via a huge marble mausoleum. Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) has French colonial landmarks, plus Vietnamese War history museums and the Củ Chi tunnels, used by Viet Cong soldiers.

Capital: Hanoi
Dialing code: +84
Currency: Vietnamese dong
Population: 89.71 million (2013) World Bank
Neighboring countries: China, Cambodia, Laos

Welcome to Hanoi, home to the capital of Vietnam and much, much more. You are met at the airport by your local guide and taken by private transfer to your lush accommodation.

The aromas of the morning come pleasantly with herbaceous delight, along with the flavors of your choice of western or traditional Vietnamese cuisine to start your day right. After breakfast your guide will meet you at the hotel lobby ready to tour you through the fabulous history of the city. At Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum you will come to the large, stone structure of the final resting place of the iconic leader of Vietnam. Constructed in granite in the 1970s, the structure is commanding against the open surrounding sky while the grounds beyond the main square lend more of an auspicious ambiance to city.

The morning light washes over Hoan Kiem Lake and you can imagine the shimmer on the water’s surface between the swaying leaves. After breakfast your guide will meet you in the lobby, ferrying you through the countryside and arriving at Ha Long Bay.
It is hard to miss a sunrise like the one over Ha Long Bay. You can see the colors resting on the horizon, slowly lifting above the karsts, bringing a glare and a glow to the day while bouncing off of the emerald water. Whether you spend your early hours resting or partaking in the morning yoga along the deck, soon you will come to Sung Sot Cave, also called Surprise Grotto. The cave is located on Bo Hon Island and is part of the winding caverns digging beneath the islands.

The energy of Saigon is different than that of Hanoi, more modern and filled with a faster pace offset by locals in traditional dress winding down the roads on bicycles. However, the grandeur of the city is palpable within that non-stop energy. The aromas of breakfast are familiar and delicious as you are met by your guide and led out of the cityscape and onto the waters of the famous Mekong Delta.

Wake up to a new morning along the city that connects its past with its present, keeping its culture thriving beneath the beauty of rising skyline. After breakfast your guide will lead you through the various neighborhoods that make the streets grand, reaching back through its past to help push the city forward.
Bring in the morning with one more freshly pressed cup of Vietnamese coffee; the rich and dark roast brings effervescence to the day. The early hours are yours to spend as you’d like, whether walking through the bustling streets once more or visiting Cholon for last minute gifts enriched with spices or brimming with traditional colors. Soon your private transfer will pick you up from the hotel and bring you to the airport for your flight home. You have visited the highlights of Vietnam, from picturesque landscape to iconic museums within a culture that was once foreign but is now familiar and endlessly friendly.
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