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There are so many choices of activities and services in Vietnam that you may become quite confused about what to do and what to leave for another time. Viet Value Travel would like to list some of the highlight activities that we think you should try while travelling in Vietnam. However, we also understand that everyone has their own ideas, so what we suggest is just that. We look forward to hearing your comments and recommendations to extend this list.
Having Pho - Noodle soup.
Vietnam's most popular breakfast made from rice and different kinds of herbs. This is not only simple food but also our culture of food - art. Where do you go to try this? Everywhere! Ask your tour guide or any local people and they will show you the one that they normally eat at daily. However, the many Pho 24 or Pho 2000 restaurants are famous with travellers.
Cooking class in Hoi An.
If you have been in Vietnam for a few days and decide you love Vietnamese food, try a short demonstration cooking class in Hoian. Mrs. Vy, who owns the Cargo Ship restaurant, can bring you an forgettable class which is a mixture of fun and education. Hai's Scout in Hoi An is another great place to arrange this activity. Enjoy making your own real Vietnamese Spring Rolls.
Homestay in the Mekong Delta.
Viet Value Travel believes the local culture will be best understood if you join local activities. That's why we recommend this action. Many tour operators offer this tour from Saigon (including Viet Value Travel). The best tour is a small private tour and an overnight stay with a small family in Vinh Long or Ben Tre. Big tour groups can damage the meaning of this option. Stay to understand the lovely locals of the Mekong Delta - always selected as the highlight of a Vietnam trip from our past customers.
Fighting Cu Chi tunnel.
Begun during the French war, Cu Chi was used widely during the more recent Vietnam war. These were hidden tunnels to protect the village people from bombs and fighting. Most now is closed for secturity purpose, however enough is maintained so people still have a great opportunity to see how it was built and its various uses. The highlight of Cu Chi is you can actually crawl through it (if you want to) with a local guide. It will be hot down there but this is the way you understand just a bit about how hard it was for people here who had to live in the tunnels during the actions above. Tour departs from Saigon, and takes about 5 hours in total ( Including transportation time ).
Perfume River cruise and Thien Mu Pagoda in Hue
The Perfume river was named through a legend of the Nguyen Lord during the feudal period of Vietnam. People said, this Perfume River is Hue's charm. It devides Hue city into two parts, north and south. By cruising on the river you will have a good view into both sides of the city. The cruise starts from the Toa Kham pier by Dragon Boat and its destinations are Imperial tombs, and of course, the Thien Mu pagoda. Thien Mu is the oldest pagoda in Hue, built in 1601 under Nguyen Hoang Lord. It has a great over the Perfume River, but the most interesting part of this pagoda is its atmosphere, so quiet and peaceful.
Riding Xich Lo ( Rickshaw ) in the Hanoi old quarter
Hanoi's old quarter itself is interesting but riding by Xich Lo to see it is even better. There are plenty of routes to cruise through the 36 old streets. W recommend a 1.5 hour ride to see that special part of Hanoi. Most of Viet Value Travel tours include this experience in their itinerary.
Sit back for water puppet show in Hanoi.
The original Water Puppet shows were created by farmers in the 11th century during flood seasons. Plays are very simple representations of daily activities and something only rarely ever seen out of Vietnam. This is another great chance to understand the Vietnamese 'water-rice' culture. Viet Value Travel includes this show in most of our tours.
Junk cruise in Halong Bay
Many people travel to Vietnam just because of Halong Bay. This natural world heritage site atracts millions of visitors per year. It is definitely the most popular destination in Vietnam. A trip to Halong bay is offered by many tour operators in Hanoi. Let's have a nice junk - VietValue's junk - to enjoy this famous spot.
Visit Sapa homestay
Sapa is in the northwest of Vietnam and is the hometown of many different colorful hilltribe groups. This remote area is highly recommended to adventure travelers especially for trekking and homestay. Quite different from homestay in Mekong Delta, a stay in a local house of one of the people in Sapa is more rustic. Everthing seems to be very simple but what you really get from it is the diversity of the local culture, atmostphere, scenerary and unique hospitality.
Update: You may consider to read more our travel suggestions on article of 'Top 5 things to do in Vietnam 2011'
It is always impossible to see everything in one country no matter how much time you have. Choosing the right places to visit that fit with your travel time is very important. To ensure you don't miss the main sights and still have some time to relax during your duration of travel, please see our suggested travel routes and select according to your time frame. These destinations and their attractions are expanded upon in our tours. Look them up on the website!
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Hanoi - Halong - Hoian - Saigon
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Vietnam in 8 days
Hanoi - Halong - Hoian - Saigon - Mekong delta
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Hanoi for 2 nights, Mai Chau for 1 night, Halong Bay for 1 night, Hoian 2 nights, Saigon 2 nights, Mekong Delta 1 night
Vietnam in 15 days
Hanoi - Sapa - Hue - Hoian - Nha Trang - Saigon - Mekong Delta
Hanoi 2 nights, Sapa 4 nights ( 2 nights on the train ), Halong 1 night, Hue 1 night, Hoian 2 nights, Nha Trang 1 night, Saigon 2 nights, Mekong Delta 1 night
Vietnam in 21 days
Hanoi - Sapa - Halong - Hue - Hoian - Da Lat - Nha Trang - Saigon - Mekong delta
Hanoi 2 nights, Sapa 4 nights, Halong 1 night, Hue 1 night, Hoian 3 nights, Quy Nhon 2 nights, Da Lat 2 nights, Nha Trang 1 night, Saigon 2 nights, Mekong Delta 2 nights.
North of Vietnam in 8 days
Hanoi - Perfume Pagoda - Sapa - Halong bay
Hanoi 3 nights, day trip to Perfume Pagoda, Sapa 3 nights, Halong bay 1 night.
Central Vietnam in 5 days
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Hue 1 night, DaNang 1 night, Hoian 2 nights, Day trip to My Son
South of Vietnam in 7 days
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