“Traveling is growing. It’s a big adventure. The one that leaves lasting impressions on soul.”
– Marc Thiercelin –
Would you like to travel along the water, where you can take your time, breathe in the subtle smells and admire the fantastic landscapes all while seated in a boat? The current may very well lead you directly to Vietnam.
With its thousand-year-old culture, Vietnam is often considered a mountainous country, but the Red River and the Mekong also shape its face. By scooter, bicycle, bus or boat, it can be explored in a thousand ways.
Children will love the puppet shows on the water, the terraced rice fields and the floating markets where all the country’s ethnic groups meet to trade and barter. They’ll be amazed on board the flat-bottomed boats of Ha Long Bay, where the rivers meander between the gigantic karst formations. The Ho Chi Minh City Zoo is home to monkeys, large cats, pythons, turtles and elephants, and on Tiger Island, the crocodile farm guarantees thrills! Swimming can be enjoyed in Phu Quoc, which is home to some of the most fabulous beaches in Vietnam, or in the natural swimming holes of the Suoi Voi hills, far away from tourist activities.
A pleasure for the senses, Vietnam is, above all, a delight for the taste buds. From sticky rice to the famous elephant ear fish, watermelons, mango or green papaya salads with shrimp, eggplant fritters or the iconic pho soup, the local cuisine has something to satisfy all tastes.
When your children drop their floating lanterns into the river one evening, their eyes are sure to light up as well!
Dalat is situated in the centre of the Lang Biang Plateau, in the southern parts of Central Vietnam. I visited this breathtaking postcard beauty last September with my family, and since then the lush green valley of Dalat has not left my mind.
When you first visit Hanoi you will be overwhelmed by its buzzing streets, pungent smells, and often deafening sounds. Thousands of motorbikes stream through the streets daily. Pavements packed with food stalls serving local food on plastic tables and chairs.
When your trip through Vietnam leads you to Da Nang or Hoi An, then you can’t get around a visit to the amazing sight of Marble Mountains.
Marble Mountains are a group of five marble and limestone hills located about 10 km south of Da Nang and known for its holy Buddhist temples, pagodas and natural beautiful caves.
One city in particular shows the intertwining of old and new in Vietnam: Hoi An. The city of Hoi An is located in the Quang Nam province, in the Central region of Vietnam. Its name means “a peaceful meeting place” which feels ironic, considering that Hoi An has been a busy and bustling place for hundreds of years. And in fact, this hasn’t changed during the last years.
A boat cruise in Halong Bay is an absolute must on your first trip to Vietnam. Words can do little justice to the scenery that awaits you during a cruise to Halong Bay. Almost 2,000 limestone rocks, some of them more than hundred meters high, jut out of the water.
Vietnam is a country that will quickly captivate you. It has an incredibly diverse landscape, ranging from pristine beaches and untouched islets to towering mountains and tropical forests housing thousands of rare wildlife species.