Sample Charter Itinerary in Vietnam
HA LONG BAY
Bordering with China in the North Ha Long Bay is a surreal landscape with limestone rocks spread out over a large area. This UNESCO world heritage site is one of Vietnam’s most popular destinations and certainly a must see when traveling in Northern Vietnam. From Ha Long it is a few hours drive to Hanoi,the capital of Vietnam.
Recently a helicopter and sea plane service has been started between Hanoi and Ha Long Bay, decreasing the traveling time significantly and ma king it easier to see Hanoi and the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, the old quarter and Turtle Lake.
The former imperial capital of Annam, which is now part of Vietnam, is located at the entrance of the Gulf of Tonkin. The imperial citadel and a wooden boat ride of the perfume river to Thiên Mụ Pagoda
DA NANG/HOI AN
Da Nang is just south of Hue and Vietnam’s third biggest city. Main attraction is the famous China Beach, where the American soldiers used to go surfing during Vietnam War. From Da Nang it’s a short drive to Hoi An, which is probably the most charming and authentic village in Vietnam and also a UNESCO world heritage site.
Life in Hoi An looks like a picture postcard, with pale yellow houses draped in bougainvillea, shop fronts lit with the glow of silk lanterns and women in conical hats selling their merchandise in a bustling and crowded market.
Nha Trang Bay is one of the most beautiful bays in the world, surrounded by many islands. The exciting night life and tropical beaches make Nha Trang a great place to relax and enjoy, while many activities such as diving, sailing and kite boarding are widely a vailable. Due to its geographical location, Nha Trang has a very short rainy season (3 months), making it almost a year round destination and one of SE Asia’s best spots for all waters sports.
HO CHI MINH CITY
A fantastic cruise of 45 Miles up Saigon River leads to Vietnam’s biggest and busiest city: Ho Chi Minh City, also called Saigon. Saigon is the economical heart of Vietnam was shaped by the French. Some of the best hotels in Saigon are still within grandiose colonials overlooking gorgeous boulevards dating back to Saigon’s heyday as the so-called Paris of the Orient. In and around Saigon there are many things to do and see, such as the Cu Chi tunnels, where the Vietnamese guerrilla’s fought against the US soldiers, the War museum, but also the opera house, city ha ll and reunification palace.
From Ho Chi Minh City the entire Mekong Delta, Vietnam’s ware house for fish, shrimp, rice and fruit, can be explored.
Rughly 100 Miles South East of the entrance of Saigon River lay the island group of Con Dao. The natural beauty of these islands, with beautiful dive sites, turtles and hardly any cars on the island is in contrast with its cruel history.
During the French colonisation it was used as a “devils island” where many opponents of the colonizer were detained, tortured and executed.
In the furthest South of Vietnam, close to Sihanoukville in Cambodia is the pristine island of Phu Quoc. Its location in the Gulf of Thailand makes Phu Quoc the closest and easiest part of Vietnam to visit from Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. The island is famous for its pearl farms, untouched beaches, coral reefs and deserted islands. Many investors and developers have also found the island and it is bound to become another Bali or Phuket, where foreign tourist can fly in without any visa hassle.