Vietnam and Indochina Travel with Wendy Wu Tours Group Holidays
Vietnam stretches south from the Chinese border along the east coast of the Indochina Peninsula. The country has a complex geography with soaring mountains, fertile delta plains, winding rivers and long sandy tropical beaches. Many years have passed since the end of the American War in Vietnam and yet this is often the first image that people still associate with this country. In reality Vietnam is a country of outstanding natural beauty; some of the best beaches in Southeast Asia can be found along the coastline of Vietnam.
The larger towns and cities are emerging into the 21st Century, yet they have retained much of the colonial charm and beauty in the architecture, parks and boulevards left behind by the French. The people of Vietnam are gentle, happy and welcoming to visitors. Spiritual life in Vietnam is a mix of beliefs including Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism (triple religion), with a blend of Roman Catholicism, Cao Dai and Hinduism.
Time - Vietnam is 3 hours behind Eastern Standard Time in Australia.
Entry Requirements - Passports must be valid for six months beyond the length of stay. Visas are required for Australian travellers, the price of which is already included in the fully inclusive price of all our group tours for Australian passport holders (providing all applications are received by Wendy Wu Tours within the required visa processing time frame).
INDOCHINA NATIONAL HOLIDAYS
During the following holidays some or all businesses are closed and tourist sites will be busier than usual, therefore touring may be affected. Tet Nguyen-Dan or ‘Tet’ is the Vietnamese New Year and celebrations can last for 7-10 days. Tet Dates: 10 February 2013 (Year of the Snake) and 31 January 2014 (Year of the Horse).
Other national holidays: Vietnam Liberation Day 30 April 2013, International Labour Day 1 May 2013 and Vietnam Independence Day 2 September 2013.
The celebrations for Cambodian and Lao New Year fall during 13-15 April 2013 and around the same time in 2014.
The Myanmar New Year is on 17 April 2013.
By Vietnamese standards Saigon, or ‘Ho Chi Minh City’ as it is officially known, is a modern city thriving on the fast paced lifestyle that comes with the commercial gains. Despite this, there are still many historical sites and locations to see and visit in and around Saigon, including the Mekong Delta to the south and the famous Cu Chi Tunnels to the west.
Known as the ‘Rice Basket of Vietnam’, the Mekong Delta is an important region economically as it is the world’s largest exporting region of rice. Home to 15 million Vietnamese, this is a world of waterways, backwaters and canals.
This small colonial town is surrounded by lakes, valleys and waterfalls. Built by the French as a hill station retreat from the Saigon heat and nestled in the Central Highlands, Dalat is a favourite destination for romantics.
Nha Trang traditionally relied on its vast fishing industry, however, taking advantage of some of the best coastline and weather in Vietnam, the city has now developed into one of the country’s main resort towns.
Once a major trading port of Southeast Asia from the 16th to the early 19th Century, this UNESCO World Heritage listed town is a place lost in time. Retaining its well kept original historic buildings and ancient backstreets, it is a charming town and also the best place for tailor-made clothing.
Hue is the ancient capital and cultural centre of Vietnam. It was home to Vietnam’s last Emperor dynasty and contains the UNESCO World Heritage listed Imperial Citadel and Royal Tombs.
Hanoi is the capital of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and is often referred to as the ‘Paris of the Orient’. Filled with lakes, tree-lined boulevards and Frenchdesigned villas, this city cuts a distinctly
UNESCO World Heritage listed Halong Bay is often referred to as the ‘Jewel in the Crown of Vietnam’. No itinerary would be complete without cruising amongst the stunning scenery of the Gulf of Tonkin and its limestone peaks.
The old French hill station of Sapa is set amongst the picturesque Hoang Lien Son Mountain range, which is the highest in Vietnam, and is inhabited by many colourful hilltribe minorities.
Watch Documentary Videos of VIETNAMIn March 2010, Travel Daily TV reporter, Barry Matheson, travelled on our Angkor to the Bay tour to document just what it was like to travel on a fully inclusive Wendy Wu group tour to Cambodia and Vietnam. Watch the 3 part series to see what he and his travelling companions thought of their tour.
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