Wednesday 11 June 2014 | By Tahnee Wherritt |
On of our fantastic clients Rennay recently visited Vietnam with her husband to celebrate her 40th birthday. She was kind enough to share her experience below:
Vietnam exceeded all our expectations. My husband and I wanted to do something special to celebrate my 40th birthday and I couldn't have asked for a better experience than the Bhaya Legend private junk cruising on the incredible, romantic and mysterious HaLong Bay.
Tuesday 18 May 2010 | By Ros Bulat |
To experience the breathtaking and beautiful HaLong Bay in the tranquil surrounds of this luxury boat with a very professional and easy going crew made this trip very special. We chose a two night cruise and I believe this was the ideal amount of time out on the bay. The Bay is typically busy with a large number of cruise boats mostly doing one night cruises so the extra time we had enabled us to get away to secluded places and experience the caves, kayaking, beaches and bike ride by ourselves, which was a real privilege.
The food was generous and well catered and I enjoyed the opportunity to meet the chef and watch him cook. We were always informed of the options and activities available for us to do and we could choose to do as much or little as we wished, another benefit of being the only guests on board. We truly relaxed and were spoilt on this holiday and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for that something special.
We spent a night either side of the cruise at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel in Hanoi, which was the icing on the cake, a fabulous, international hotel worthy of its "Legend" status. Our transfers and tour guides were friendly, on time and very knowledgeable which only added to the great experience we had. Thank you Marion for your pulling this trip together for us and your recommendations helped make this a truly memorable holiday.
No Longer just for the young
Vietnam and Cambodia are without a doubt the current hot spots for travelers and caters to all travel tastes and ideals. Many years ago the area was probably more suited to adventure travellers, the young and those prepared to give up the comforts of home but no longer…. It really does offer something for everyone.
One great example of this is cruising the mighty Mekong onboard the Mekong Pandaw. It is not only very comfortable, it is also inspirational. Wet season (June – October) is the best time to cruise and experience tapestry of river life.
These small ships can penetrate remote and otherwise inaccessible areas. Whilst you are offered a real adventure experience, travellers are cushioned with incredible comfort, fine dining, great cocktails and choice wines, not to mention extraordinary levels of service.
Cruising upstream between Saigon and Angkor is immensely practical for the traveller as it makes it possible to connect three important destinations on one trip, with easy plane connections at either end: Saigon the exotic Frenchified former capital of South Vietnam, Phnom Penh, the quaint Cambodian capital, and the stupendous World Heritage monuments at Angkor. One need no longer check in and out of hotels and endure bumpy roads to visit these magnificent places.
A special 13 day Cruise and Tour is offered to perfectly combine the highlights of these magical countries. Starting in Saigon, you have the opportunity to see historic landmarks, such as the former Presidential Palace, Jade Emperor Pagoda and the War Museum and finishing in Siem Reap where you experience the famous, and one of the world’s most impressive ruins, Angkor Wat.
Complete packages including airfares from Australia are available from $4499 per person twin share.
If you have some extra time, or the “Orient of the East” is more to your liking, Hanoi is a great contrast. The people and sights are very different in the North of Vietnam. From Hanoi you can easily visit such places as Halong Bay, where the rock islands and caves jut from the bay like a scene from a James Bond movie – it’s tranquil and majestic!
Another unique experience is a visit to Sapa. The province is located in the very north, on the Chinese border. The 3 night tour to Sapa includes an overnight in each onboard a private train and a night in Sapa.
No visit to Vietnam is complete without a stopover in Hoi An. Located half way down the east coast, this World Heritage listed town is a step back in time. Don’t let this leave you thinking you cant stay in wonderful accommodation, because you can. In Hoi An you can have your tailoring done in no time at all and at a fraction of the costs of most Asian cities. Take along that favourite piece of clothing that you don’t want to let go of and have them duplicate it.
An 8 day extension tour of Vietnam to cover Hanoi, Hoi An to Saigon is available before the Mekong cruise from just $1690 per person.
For more information on any of the areas featured in this blog, contact World Travel Professionals to speak with one of our consultants. We encourage and welcome all user comments and aim to use our blog to interact with our interested readers!