A long time ago, Vietnam has been known as a country with long wars. Nowadays, Vietnam is a tourist destination, attract a lot of international visitors. What makes a country to be amazing, what attracts visitors or why this is one of the top tourist spots on the list to explore, so many questions ... To answer these questions, we would like to list the best secret list of places, restaurants and hotels that we have just completed a trip to Vietnam travel one month ago.
Our first destination is Hanoi. We booked air tickets from our country to Hanoi. After about 30 minutes at Immigration counter, we met the local drive at the entry – who will take us from airport to the hotel. He does not know English, just say hello, and help us carry our luggage. It takes about 40 minutes from the airport to city center. The street is quite wide, but the traffic is a little bit complicated. I see lots of motorcycles, they do not follow a rule at all :). We check in with a warm greetingsfrom hotel reception. Just in a few minute, we have got our room key. The hotel is located in the Old Quarter of Hanoi. If you follow our travel tips, you should also book your stay in this area for your convenience, sightseeing, and local food around Hanoi. We arrived in Hanoi in the afternoon after a long flight from the US and transit in Hong Kong, what a tired time. Being relaxed and getting a good night sleep to regain balance is what's needed right now. Our hotel is located on Hang Be street - very near HoanKiemlake. Perhaps this is the downtown line so many tourists. In the evening, we need to find a good local restaurant which can satisfy the hungry stomach. We walked around the streets and decided to go to a nearby restaurant.
It's Gecko Restaurant. Honestly, according to my personal assessment, this restaurant is only temporary. The price is not too expensive and the food is average. (score: 6/10)
Today is Saturday. In the old town, you can see the busy crowded Night market. They sell lots of things, from food and drink, clothes to souvenirs. If you come to Hanoi on the weekend, you need discover this market. We are the “food-lover”so we cannot miss this chance to taste many delicious and unique street food.
Highlights of the first day:
Wake up early to find out the morning life of Hanoi is interesting. If you want to know about culture, people, morning a good time to discover it when the street is not too crowded with vehicles. Exactly, just one step from the hotel, our eyes caught a lot of interesting things. It is a roadside restaurant, right next to the small alley, very simple with just a few chairs and a small table, they sell some bottles of soft drink and cigarettes. You can find many shops like this in Vietnam. Perhaps it is because the culture of Vietnam is to drink tea. Besides, I also see a lot of breakfast stalls for everyone, and the special thing is they use the sidewalk for business. Sometimes it's just a small corner with 1 or 2 chairs around a table to feed on and a pot of water next to it, I guess it's a noodle soup like the pictures I see on internet. The next destination is the Sword lake – very popular for tourist. Morning in this place is quiet, there are many people out there doing exercise, or jogging. Perhaps this is the coolest and the freshest air because the old town is crowded whole day. We walked around the lake and returned to the hotel for breakfast and started the journey to explore other places.
After breakfast at the hotel and a short rest,we continue exploring Hanoi city. The next destination is “Dong Xuan” market - a quite old market. (more about Dong Xuan market) Although it is very near on the map we had to walk for 30 minutes to get there. In my opinion, this market is quite bustling and crowded with shops milling together. A lot ofcustomers, visitors are shopping around. The sound of seller’s offer, bargaining from customers, it all make a very busy market. You can buy a few items here but please take my advice, always discuss the price with the seller – they will mark up a lot for foreigners. If you do not play with the price, you buy will buy very expensive items. If the seller says this $10, let’s ask for $5 and buy finally it for $7.
Wandering around some streets, we came to the next fresco road, where they drew pictures of the ancient streets of Hanoi on the walls of railway. After taking some pictures here, we follow this track. This is probably an very unique road as it runs across residential areas, breaking down the traffic safety rules aswe all know. They even use this place for business, as the little coffeeshop with signposts when the train is passing by, even they also let visitors sit and drink coffee on the track. Very nicely and strange. Of course, we did not miss the opportunity to wait for the train passing by and take some pictures.
Now it’s lunch time when we need to fill our hungry stomach. A list of dishes had beenmadeby usafter reading reviews. At the end of the day, we choose the first famous dish - “bun cha”. Of course, it must be the very famous restaurant that president Obama has enjoyed when he was in Vietnam. That is bun cha Huong Lien restaurant. Because of the distance, we could not walk and had to take a taxi there. It takes about 20 minutes to get to this bun cha Huong Lien. And smashing our eyes is a shocking sight, there are too many customers waiting to be served, it was a long line. Probably because the restaurant is so famous. After 15 minutes waiting for seats we finallygot our dishes. The taste of it is not impeccable, a really delicious food.
TIPS: Do not forget to order beer while you eat.
The next destination for the culinary journey is Trang Tien ice cream. In the midst of hot afternoon like this, having ice creams is fantastic. Address is no 35 Trang Tien street. There are many creams and the price is very cheap, only 7 000 Dong (0.3 usd) for 1 ice cream.
The next dish we would like to introduce in the list is egg coffees. This one is quite famous that many people mentioned. The address is 39 Nguyen Huu Huanstreet, the name of this shop is “Giang Café”. However, it is quite hard for us to find this cafe, because it is located in a small alley. Take a look from outside, it is quite small but when you get in, the space will be wider and airy. You should choose the second floor of this cafe for a good seat and enjoy this strange drink.
Perhaps today we spend most the time exploring the famous dishes around Hanoi. And the next is “pho” –the traditional Vietnamese dish. Vietnamese usually have it for breakfast. You can see a lot of pho restaurants from upscale restaurants to street food stalls. If you come to Vietnam to explore food, recommend you to choose the street restaurant, the taste of food will be more original. Note: Pay attention to the places where many locals eat and ask price before take a seat. Go back to the pho we would like to introduce today, it’s“Pho Bat Dan restaurant” with a very high review rating on Tripadvisor. The address is 49 Bat Dan, Hanoi. The price for a bowl is 50 000 vnd (~ 2 usd). And the food is really delicious.
This is also the end point for today's journey.
Before coming to Vietnam, we have heard a lot about Ha Long Bay and this is also the destination that we have listed on the need to visit Vietnam. However, the process of finding a Halong Bay tour takes us a lot of time,all because of the price - too different for one ship. We received the first consultation from the main hotel that we stayed, they offer a lot of trains from 2 * to 5 *. At the end we also chose a train according to their advice is Halong Silversea Cruise for $ 155 per person – it’s a 4 stars cruise. However, the problem is that this is not a good price. We walked in the old town area and saw lots of tour offices. We also visited 1, 2 of tour desk to find information and we were very surprised. Along with the products that the hotel introduced us here they only sell $ 130 per person. Unbelievably, the price has dropped by $ 20 per person, $ 2 is $ 40. We started to doubt about the product and price here. I really do not know what is true. We search through google and visit some sites or check with booking.com, expedia, agoda... The price is notbetter than the hotel. We continue to visit other site, there is a site that we pay attention that is Vietnam Amazing Tours. This is also the company that suggested us to write for them to have a big discount with our booking and of course, we agreed. However, I appreciate this website because they give us many good advises and tips very profession although we do not book with them.
Finally we book the tour to Halong Bay with Vietnam Amazing Tours. The cruise we booked is Halong Silversea Cruise for $ 125 per person. The price includes 2 ways free shuttle bus, all meals on beard, entrance fee ... They will pick you up right at the hotel between 8:00 and 8:15 am. It takes 4 hours from Ha Noi to Halong Bay, a quite long way. However, we really do not like the shuttle bus because the seats are quite tight, not comfortable and crowded visitors on the car. Often, tour prices are not included and they offer a variety of vehicles from 35, 29 to 16 seats. In addition, they also offer luxury limousines. Of course, you will have to pay extra if you book this car. We arrived in Halong at about 12:30 then boarded. After checking in, we had lunch on the cruise. Then there are many activities such as mountain climbing, sea bathing and kayaking. The best thing I like is kayaking adventure exploring Halong bay. It’s about 40 - 45 minutes for each activity. In the late afternoon on the ship's sundeck, they held a small party with mocktail and fruit so that visitors can exchange with each other as well as watching the sunset. After dinner, there are several of other activities such as squid fishing or karaoke organized by the tour guide.
Waking up in the early moring on Halong Bay is great. The fresh air with pleasant sunshine across the rocky mountains.What a beautiful scene and you for sure should take some pictures. On the top of the cruise, there is also Tai Chi activitiy that we did not participate. After breakfast, we started to visit Sung Sot cave -one of the most beautiful caves in Ha Long Bay according to the guide. Plenty of visitors also visit this cave. However, the interesting point here is climbing up the moutain and taking pictures. The view on top is amazing. After that, we check out of our cabin and prepare for the brunch. There is also a small cooking class on the train. They teach visitors how to make spring rolls and enjoy this product.
Around 12:00 we started to leave the train, boarded the car and came back to Hanoi. Finish the trip to Halong Bay
Moving vehicle: 6/10
The next destination of the journey is to exploring Pu Luong. In fact, before we visit this place, we do not know anything about this place, we planned to go to Sapa. However, after listening to advice and information, Sapa is now developing so the number of visitors here is very high and the landscape is not as old as before so we decided to visit Pu Luong .And we were right! The scenery is beautiful and imposing. This place is quite far, we took 5 hours journey to get there. After lunch with some strange local dishes, we started our trekking trip to the villages terraced rice fields. Not only enjoy the scenery , we also learned about the culture, customs of the locals. Dinner was served by local dishes, and we had chance to taste the “rice wine” of the local people. We spent the night in a private bungalow. The facilities are just basic, but the living room is clean and quiet. End the day with lots of fun experiences.
Wake up in a wooded area with bare fields, simple wooden houses are interesting. After enjoying a simple breakfast, we continue our journey of discovery. We walked along the terraced fields, crossed the small suspension bridge, then visited the other villages and stopped in the giant water wheel. In addition, we also take a bamboo boat on a small stream before returning for lunch. After lunch, we got in the car, back to Hanoi. About 19:15 we arrived at our hotel. End this tour.
The five day trip to Northern Vietnam has brought us a lot of fun from local people, food and places we visited. Everywhere we go, there are always things we do not know,from the cultural experience with the locals, to the overwhelming scenery or the exciting activities on the itinerary, although there are still things we actually find annoying but generally, this is a great start to a trip to a mysterious country.
The next destination on the itinerary is the discovery of Ninh Binh – as known as Halong Bay on land and then Quang Binh, Hoi An – located in Central Vietnam.
The last destinations will be in Southern, asHo Chi Minhcity andMekong Delta. We will let you know about this trip in the next blog.
Thank you and wish you a good day!
Leisure cruising is definitely one of the most exciting and satisfying ways to spend your vacation trip. A cruise tour will not only give you the rewarding experience of what it is like in a luxurious ship but you will also get the chance of being treated like a royalty. Whether you are planning to have leisure cruising with your friends or loved ones, a cruise adventure will take your plan vacation to the next level.
There are tons of cruise tour packages on offer out there. This makes it complicated to choose which cruise tour services to take a leap into. However, you can narrow down your choices by taking into consideration the exact location where you want to experience leisure cruising. Sure, choosing for the perfect location is another thing to deal with. If you are thinking of exotic locations such as places that you probably never been to before, Ha Long Bay cruise should be on top of your list.
The most beautiful sea and valley of the world are always exists with the amazing mystery of dragon history according to several scriptures and experts. The one of the best thing is that, it has a lot of things to see as well as to. There are a lot of activities which are freely happen on this paradise of earth. Our company Vietnam Amazing Tour is always be there for you to providing you the best tour packages of Ha Long Bay along with the guides and amazing schedule to enjoy the each and every activity in the Ha Long Bay.
This is really a unique to see the top of the hills and deep of the sea at the same place in a beautiful combination but it is well possible to see in Ha Long Bay that’s why it is most Popular Tourist spot in the entire world.
So, let’s find out those things because of which the Ha Long Bay is most popular tourist spot.
The dragon eyes views from the top of the hills and deep of the ocean, both are there in the Ha Long Bay which is the main reason that’s why this beautiful place is known as the paradise. The fly from 100 meters to the mountains gives the feel of a new world from the sky in the Ha Long Bay.
There are so many hide things in the sea which is required an experience and good knowledge about the Ha Long Bay that’s why our company Amazing Vietnam Tour provides the best tour plans as we are experienced and reputed in the entire Vietnam.
If you are thinking about the best tourist spot in the entire Asia then I’m sure that, the Ha Long Bay is the best place with all the aspects. The choosing of the best cruise is the only thing on which whole Ha Long Bay tour depends. The best cruise will provide you each and everything such as adventure, fun, feeling of deep nature and the peace in blue water of Ha Long Bay. There are few companies which are really trusted to provide the tour and cruise such as Vietnam Amazing Tour. We are proud of that our company is the best company for providing the best tour packages.
The Ha Long Bay is truly an amazing place to visit and also those unique things which are only possible in the Ha Long Bay. The one of the best things are always presenting in enormous amount in this amazing place. The Ha Long Bay is very beautiful and rich in aspect of weather, nature and so many things that’s the reason why this place is always called a heaven.There are some things which are truly amaze in doing and surely will provide you an unforgettable experience after doing these things. The top ten things are mentioning in this article after a long research.
A Magnificent Place on Earth
This time, I’d like to share with you guys my experiences to a popular destination in Vietnam - Halong Bay. Before going there I was really curious about what is the speciality of this place that making people once think about Vietnam, they immediately think of Halong Bay – one of 7 wonders in the world.
I have done some researches about how to get a full experience of Halong Bay, there are so many ways such as you can go yourself to Halong then get a hostel and get a day trip, or you can stay on a cruise for 1 or 2 nights that going through islets, limestones,…while you’re having lunch or maybe sleeping. I decided to choose a cruise which go for 2 days 1 night to enjoy fully Halong Bay and the trip will not too long for my schedule. Then here we go!
"The higher the price, the better Ha Long tour!"
Unnecessary. In fact, this 5-star, 5-star tour is a guaranteed schedule that spends a lot of time on the ship, and this activity is less. In fact, if you do not have a lot of money, choose a reasonable trip to visit the scenic cruise.
Today, I have to survey a ship at 2 to 3 stars. It’s Majestic Cruise. Let me tell you what it has
Xin chao (hello)! I’m Naoki.
Ha Long Bay, a very famous destination of Northern Vietnam. And almost tourist wants to come here, I too. After finding a lot of information online, books ... I decided to choose a tour to Ha Long bay in 2 days 1 night. With this option, sleeping on the boat is the most appreciated trip to Halong bay. The boat I have booked is Halong Alisa Cruise. A boat is quite modern and interesting. So I wrote my own feelings about this trip, hoping to help many travelers find a happy trip to Halong bay.
Ha Long Bay, a famous landscapes of Northern Vietnam, one of the places recognized as the natural heritage of the world by Unesco. Receiving close to million visitors each year. And that is the first choice of travelers when traveling in Vietnam.
Yes, this is a great spot for a tour to Vietnam. But the truth is not everyone ends this trip with a smile. To know what it is we make a small survey.
a survey with a few groups of tourists have just finished a tour to Ha Long bay, there are three things worth noting:
After 2 water-related places I just explored, I decided to get to a place up to the mountain, but I want to have a place nearby Hanoi because I’m not feeling so well to go farther than 5 hours driving. Then I choose Mai Chau – a province on the Norhtwest of Hoa Binh city which is 3,5 hours bus driving from Hanoi.
Let's go to get on the bus to Mai Chau. This bus also went around to pick my group mate up after me.
There are some places for which a certain is best to visit. Same condition applies with the visit beautiful Vietnam as weather really matters. The article is well written after the long research and discussion with our experts of Amazing Vietnam Tour who knows several situations about the Vietnam better which is truly helpful for visitors.
The another fact is that, you can visit the Vietnam at all the time but there are certain places for certain time to visit which are clearly mentioned in this article. The temperature and weather matters because it decides your destinations in the Vietnam and your pleasure depends on this at several time. The one of the best example of weather is that, the time after the rainfall in the Vietnam is something like melody and paradise that’s why visitors enjoy this time a lot.
So, Welcome to this beautiful country with all four weathers named Summer, autumn, spring and winter.
The Vietnam is one of the best destinations for tourism at this time due to its beauty, adventure and economical tour packages. There are so much to do at the time of night in the Vietnam because of great pubs, bar, restaurants, sailing on cruise in the nights and casinos etc. Our company Vietnam Amazing Tour has one of the best tour packages and cruise for all kinds of joy in the night with an amazing schedule to make your romance double and your adventure on higher level.
So, let’s start with all the night things to do in Vietnam.
Most visitors to Vietnam also want to visit Ha Long Bay or Bai Tu Long. Bai Tu Long Bay tour 2 days 1 night sleeping on a boat is a typical tour that many visitors choose. But, there are many cruises with different types and quality and obviously different prices make many guests headache to find a good boat. Hey, tough…
Today I just finished a tour in Bai Tu Long bay with a high service. The boat's name is Athena Cruise. I wrote a few lines about the experience on this boat, maybe someone has more choice or compare to have a good trip to visit the bay.
Hi everyone, I’m back with my travel’s experience.
This time I will not share any group tour or trip with fixed itinerary. This post I’d like to share with you my self-experience once I travelled with my Vietnamese friends whom I knew when travelling through Vietnam several times. I heard that Vietnam has so many naturally beautiful island which wasn’t known by so many travelers, so that they still keep their own natural beauty. I was recommended this island named Ly Son by my Vietnamese friends so many times but for me as a foreigner I don’t know how to get there and even I wondered whether people there can speak English or not? So when my Vietnamese friends ask me to join there trip to this island, I agreed right away. Then here we go.
Tourists are in love with Sapa in the Northern Vietnam not olny because of neautiful landscapes and moutain, but also delicous dishes. Vietnamamazingtours.com would like to introduce some interesting dishes as follows:
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A magnificent landscape with thousands of natural rocky mountains surrounded by blue sea, Halong Bay Vietnam, it is a amazing destination. However, that popularity is making a very, very overloaded Halong Bay.
And today, instead of a trip to Halong bay. We chose another bay, one of Ha Long's brother, Lan Ha Bay. Lan Ha Bay belongs to catba islands. One of the archipelagos still kept beautiful pristine, few visitors. So, the next destination in the journey to explore the interesting place in Northern Vietnam, that is Cat Ba islands.
The classified Cultural Heritage of Hoi An Ancient Town is a marvel of centuries of preservation and propagation. Located on the banks of the Thu Bon River, it was a place where several cultures merged to bring about the unique heritage that it has today. To Hoi An, tourists have the opportunity to admire the centuries-old houses, unique cultural features, traditional villages, or interesting food...
During the trip to Vietnam, perhaps the imperial city of hue is the most exciting destination that you need a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This place still retains centuries-old buildings with unique architecture, impressive historical and mysterious crypts. It contains interesting information about the life and culture of the ancient Vietnamese.
A vast panorama of the city, probably spent all day to explore the place. And it was these interesting things that inspired me to come here as soon as possible in the unfavorable weather. And that does not disappoint me.
Photo: Esmée Winnubst (source: flickr.com)
Halong bay is one of the priceless gift which was given to Vietnam, this heritage will blow your mind with a world of 2 thousands islets and islands in various shapes which has its own legendary. Because of the unique beauty of Halong Bay, everyone who knows about Vietnam will be really excited to see Halong bay once on their lifetime. There are 2 ways to experience Halong Bay, you can join an overnight cruise or join a seaplane flying around Halong Bay, each of those wil make you feel in different ways about Halong. Below will be advantages and disadvantages of those 2 ways to discover Halong Bay that you should know before choosing which way is suitable for you.
A group islets along a river, there is one of King Kong series was filmed here. A must-go with an amazed sight-seeing. And that will be the next destination that Vietnam Amazing Tours would like to introduce to tourists.
So you guys must have been wondering that which place you should see in Hoa Lu - Tam Coc.
Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam, also the heart of economy, culture, science… Been through 1000 years developing, Hanoi nowaday is mixture of modern and traditional beauty. Today, Vietnam Amazing Tours is so glad to introduce you guys about some of the nearest destinations to get to when you have 24 hours.
The southwest part of Vietnam with the beauty of nature in many colors with human harmony will give you a pleasant experience. A place where you have a chance to enjoy a wide variety of fruits in the vast garden, take a seat on a lovely little boat across the canals with coconut forests, mangrove forests along with many species of birds living, the vibrant lotus field on two sides of the canals, or discover the oldest floating market. That is all that we want to introduce to you in general.
And now we'll take a look at some of the great specific things:
There is a bridge in Central Vietnam, which you will think only in the legendary film as the lord of the ring... A mountain bridge supported by giant hands. That is Golden Bridge. Recently, Golden Bridge (Cau Vang) is a hot key word on google and the heat has not cooled down yet. If you have a chance to travel to Vietnam, take a look at it.
“Where to get a perfect encounter with local and experience the most rural feelings in Vietnam?” – Whenever this question comes to me, the northern mountains are automatically come to my mind. The Northern Mountains divide into 2 sub-regions, namely Northwest and Northeast. Northwest consists of 6 provinces: Dien Bien, Son La, Lai Chau, HoaBinh, Lao Cai, Yen Bai. Sapa is a prominent name, when people think of rice terraces and minority groups in Vietnam. That is the reason why Sapa now is too touristic and cannot keep the innocence of rural areas. In this article, I would like to introduce Mu Cang Chai – the land of rice terraces as a place where you still find the purity and honesty of local minorities and of landscape itself.
What is the tourism of Vietnam? Where to visit, what delicious food, interesting activities, experiences ... these are just a few of the hundreds, thousands of questions why every visitor before travel to Vietnam asked. In this issue, we will write out a list of attractions, cruisine, interesting experiences that perhaps each traveler should save to explore when traveling to Vietnam.
Located Northwest of the country, Sapa is one of the famous tourist destination of Vietnam. The town attractive in clouds with majestic mountain views and a unique experience, exploring the lives of ethnic minorities.
Sapa is a highland district of Lao Cai Province, a land of majestic mountains. The natural landscape of Sapa is combined with the creativity of the people, along with the terrain of the mountains, the blue of the forest, as a beautiful natural picture. From the center of the town you can zoom in to see the high peaks.