Despite decades of war and occupation, Vietnam as a whole remains one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. As Hanoi works tirelessly to bring itself into the modern world, it is a fully fledged, rapidly developing city. Hanoi’s beauty lies in the layers of historical context that provide the perfect backdrop to ... Read More
“I really enjoyed this trip, my first with World Expeditions. The trip was well organised from start to finish, with a great range of interesting accommodation. I cycled in a small group, there were 5 of us. The landscapes in Laos are tremendous with a great variety of interesting sites.We had a great time throughout the two weeks, the cycling was tough at times but very rewarding. I would certainly recommend this trip to anyone who wants to experience fantastic scenery, friendly people and interesting villages, towns and different cultures, as well as great cycling.”
“A really great trip for my family to Laos and Vietnam. Our guide Choy was fantastic and provided an excellent insight into the people and culture of Laos, he and his team's customer service was excellent. Cycling was strenuous at times but the rewards of the smiling kids calling out "sebadee" (hello) as you cycling through their villages will live with me forever.”
“Our tour guide Hung was amazing! Such a great guy who had a real interest in making sure everyone had a good time.He was also willing to adapt what we did and where we ate based on our feedback. Overall, we got a lot more included (activities, entry to special locations) than we thought. Great value!”
Despite decades of war and occupation, Vietnam as a whole remains one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. As Hanoi works tirelessly to bring itself into the modern world, it is a fully fledged, rapidly developing city. Hanoi’s beauty lies in the layers of historical context that provide the perfect backdrop to the modern skyscrapers and malls of the future. Expect an eclectic fusion of French, Chinese and traditional Vietnamese culture that makes Hanoi truly one-of-a-kind.
Start your day like the locals and take an early morning walk around Lake Hoan Kiem. You’ll get to greet other strollers pass you and even watch the peaceful practice of Tai Chi before the work day begins.
For the best view of Hanoi, head to the Lotte Tower observation deck on the building’s 65th floor. You’ll find an uninterrupted view of the city that really brings into focus the level of growth Hanoi has recently experienced.
A must-visit is the Vietnamese National Museum of Fine Arts which offers mesmerising exhibits of Buddhist art, silk work, lacquered paintings and a jaw-dropping depiction of the goddess Guan Yin who has a thousand eyes and a thousand arms.
Explore the Old Quarter and visit one of the oldest temples in Hanoi. Bach Ma temple is in the heart of the Old Quarter, and while it has undergone reconstruction, it’s original structure was built in the 11th century.
While in the Old Quarter, visit the Dong Xuan market where you’ll find some affordable wares.
Bargaining is a way of life in Vietnam.
Eat for cheap at the Old Quarter’s delicious street stalls.
Buses are the main mode of public transport. These are affordable and efficient.
Dress conservatively, especially at religious sites. U.S. dollars are widely accepted but you may not get the best exchange rate.
Before you leave, check with your doctor that you have all relevant vaccinations for Vietnam which include Hepatitis B, tetanus-diphtheria and typhoid.