Vietnam Group Tours & Short Stay holidays
Vietnam is a country of outstanding natural beauty; some of the best beaches in south-east Asia can be found here. The larger towns and cities retain much of the colonial charm and beauty in the architecture, parks and boulevards left as a cultural legacy by the French. The people of Vietnam are gentle, happy and welcoming to visitors.
Time – Vietnam is 3 hours behind Eastern Standard Time in Australia.
Language – The official national language is Vietnamese. English is widely spoken, as is French by the older generation.
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 holidays in Vietnam some or all businesses are closed and tourist sites will be busier than usual, meaning touring may be affected. The major celebration is Tet Nguyen-Dan or ‘Tet’, the Vietnamese New Year and celebrations can last for 7 to 10 days. Tet Dates: 19 February 2015 (Year of the Goat) and 8 February 2016 (Year of the Monkey).
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.
Situated in the Gulf of Thailand, Phu Quoc is Vietnam’s largest island. The region is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam, and it also offers the best seafood in the country. Enjoy relaxing on the white sand beaches or exploring the quaint fishing villages in this tropical paradise.
PHAN THIET & MUI NE
Located approximately 200km north of Ho Chi Minh City, Phan Thiet and Mui Ne are traditional fishing villages fast becoming popular leisure destinations, famous for the stunning beaches and spectacular sand dunes. The area is an ideal place to unwind after your tour of Vietnam.
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.
Qui Nhon is an energetic city located half way between the popular cities of Nha Trang and Hoi An. Surrounded by green mountains on three sides and the ocean on the fourth, the city is known for its beautiful surroundings, Cham temples, and nearby beaches. In a beautiful coastal location, though still relatively off the beaten track, Qui Nhon offers a truly authentic experience.
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.
Vietnam Group Tours
Vietnam Short Stays
Private short stay packages for the independent traveller.
Images from Vietnam