Vietnam embodies two distinct personalities. One is the timeless rural landscapes of the Mekong Delta where farmers rely on traditional techniques to grow and harvest rice, while the other face is one of constant motion as witnessed on Hanoi’s streets swarming with motor scooters weaving among the cars, bicycles and rickshaws in a nonstop blur of activity.
From robust cities to time-honored villages, Vietnam today is vibrant, spirited and warmly welcoming. It has worked diligently to reinvent itself for the future while respecting its past. Like much of Asia, Vietnam is struggling to balance the benefits of modern innovation with centuries-old customs that are the foundation of its society. One positive outcome of this renaissance has been the development of luxury accommodations that are the equal of any in Asia and beyond.
Vietnam possesses more than 2,000 miles of the coastline along the South China Sea. The coast is dotted with sophisticated beach resorts. The scenic perfection of the calm, blue-green waters of Halong Bay and its thousands of monolithic limestone islands is unequaled. The bay is the ideal setting for an overnight journey aboard a traditional-style Chinese junk. Vietnam’s rich cultural traditions are reflected in the ethnic hill tribe villages in the central mountains. Rice lands of the delta, imperial cities, lush scenery – luxury Vietnam travel has become an activity with a growing international fan club.
President’s Pick: Incredible Indochina 28 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended
Starting Price: $12,050
“I first visited Indochina with my family in 1998, and remembered thinking how much potential this region had if the infrastructure could just be improved. Fast forward to today and the conversation has changed completely to ‘how do we keep these areas authentic?’ This itinerary answers that question. Noted chef and author Daniel Hoyer introduces you to Hanoi's street foods, and you will visit the studio of celebrated artist Helene Kling in Ho Chi Minh City, who has lived in Vietnam since 1996. You even spend a night on a floating luxury hotel on the famous River Kwai. From world-class accommodations to sailing the Mekong River, this exceptional journey takes you to the cutting edge.”
Indochina 19 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel, Recommended
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Discover Indochina with its remarkable landscapes, amazing cultures and welcoming people as you experience a Vietnamese cooking class, Cambodia's remarkable Angkor Wat and Loas' rural lifestyles.
Cambodia, Laos & Vietnam 15 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $5,950
Experience traditional lifestyles and exquisite natural attractions of Southeast Asia.