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Vietnam, a country of stunning landscapes, rich history, and vibrant culture, has emerged as a must-visit destination for travelers seeking an unforgettable adventure. Join us in November, 2024 to cruise the emerald waters of Lan Ha Bay, explore historical treasures of Hanoi, visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Imperial Citadel, and experience the bustling energy of Saigon. Vietnam offers a tapestry of experiences that captivate the senses. Join us as we explore the beauty of this Southeast Asian gem and discover why you should book your trip with Journey Travel.

A young woman shopping for lanterns at a Vietnam market

Exploring the Historical Heart of Hanoi

Our adventure begins with checking into the Grand Mercure Hanoi Hotel, in the bustling port of Hanoi. The next morning, we explore the capital city of Vietnam with its vibrant history and dynamic present. Hanoi’s Old Quarter, with its narrow streets and bustling markets, is a delight. The area is a sensory explosion, with the aroma of street food, the sounds of motorbikes, and the vibrant colors of shops and stalls. Where you can indulge in local delicacies with each bite and sip telling a story of tradition and flavor.

The Enchanting Waters of Lan Ha Bay

The next day, we board a private cruise ship designed to provide both comfort and a sense of adventure. The scenery quickly transformed from the urban hustle of Hanoi to the serene beauty of the bay, with 300+ limestone pillars rising majestically from the water.

You’ll be gliding through tranquil, jade-green waters, surrounded by towering limestone karsts and hidden grottoes. This is Lan Ha Bay, a mesmerizing neighbor to the famed Halong Bay. Located to the east of Cát Bà Island, Lan Ha Bay offers a serene and intimate experience, making it a perfect destination for those seeking a slice of paradise.

The Imperial Citadel & Thanh Toan Village

After a short flight to Danang, we spend 2 nights in Hoinan Town, visiting Cam Thanh Village, then 2 nights in Hue, with a full day tour of Thanh Toan Village & Imperial Citadel, with its ancient gates, palaces, and relics; a glimpse into the grandeur of Vietnam’s imperial era. Walking through the complex, you can imagine the lives of emperors and courtiers who once roamed these grounds. The Flag Tower, one of the most iconic structures within the citadel, provided panoramic views of the city, a perfect spot for reflection and photography.

The Dynamic Pulse of Saigon

Finally, we wrap up our trip with a trip to the south at Ho Chi Minh City, commonly known as Saigon. This bustling metropolis is the economic and cultural hub of Vietnam, offering a contrast to the tranquil beauty of Lan Ha Bay and the historical charm of Hanoi.

Saigon is a city of contrasts; sleek skyscrapers stand alongside colonial-era buildings, and traditional markets coexist with modern shopping malls. A stop at the War Remnants Museum provides a sobering reminder of the Vietnam War’s impact on the country. The exhibits, while poignant, are an essential part of understanding Vietnam’s recent history.

The Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon and the Saigon Central Post Office, both architectural marvels from the French colonial period, are must-see landmarks. Walking through these buildings, we see the grandeur and the blend of European and Vietnamese design elements.

Ben Thanh Market, one of the oldest and most iconic markets in Saigon, offers a different kind of adventure. The market is a bustling maze of stalls selling everything from fresh produce to handicrafts.

Enticing Your Next Adventure with Journey Travel

Join us in November to explore Vietnam’s breathtaking landscapes, rich history, and vibrant culture. From the serene waters of Lan Ha Bay to the historical treasures of Hanoi and the dynamic pulse of Saigon, Vietnam is a destination that promises adventure and discovery at every turn.


Journey Travel

Phone: 360-532-2860

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