Explore tropical beauty of beaches and historical attractions in Vietnam
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About Vietnam Destinations
Vietnam, the Land of the Ascending Dragons, is the easternmost country in the Indochina peninsula. Bordered by Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos in the west and south-west, China in the north and the South China Sea on the rest of the sides, Vietnam is gradually growing into a major South-East Asian tourist destination. Vietnam tourism has been on the rise for the last few years, along with the country’s economic development.
People and Culture in Vietnam
Despite being such a war-ravaged country in the past, it is now quite peaceful and also a very beautiful location for destination tours. The best part about Vietnam is its eclectic nature. But while rural Vietnam is all about fishing and paddy fields, the urban fabric is as good as any South Asian city one can think of. The places to visit or the things to do, or the shopping and seaside destinations are all different feels and flavors. The main cities of the country are Hanoi, which is the capital and Ho Chi Minh, which is named after the country’s most important leader.
About Famous Vietnamese Food
Pho is a very famous meal here, which is basically noodles and soup with chicken or beef, garnished with basil, beans, and lime. It is a very popular gourmet as well as street food. Summer rolls or Goi Cuon, made of shrimp or pork and rolled in rice paper are must-haves. Skewered meats are popular as usual, found abundantly in any eatery around Vietnam.
Historical Tour in Vietnam
The history of Vietnam is as dynamic as its natural topography. For the first millennium in the AD era, Vietnam City was under the Imperial rule of China. Once again it was captured by French forces in the early to mid-19th century when colonialism was at its peak. During the world wars, especially the second one, Vietnam became a hotspot for raging warfare because of its location. The Japanese occupation during the 1940s had a long-drawn effect which led to both the Indochina wars. Cruising down the Mekong River, enjoying the slow deltaic pace of the stream and the lush green fields around, is an experience that defines Vietnam to a large extent.
The beaches of Vietnam are equally beautiful. Nha Trang and Phu Quoc Islands are the paradise destinations for the best beaches. With the crystal blue or green water, warm white stretches of sand and coconuts or palms lining the coastline, these beaches are just perfect for a day of relaxation. One can try out the various water sports like scuba diving, snorkeling and waterboarding as well if they are comfortable with it.
An ideal spot for romantic getaway, Halong Bay’s emerald green surface and the interruptions by limestone karst structures here and there is an absolute delight to explore. Halong Bay is one of the main incentives for Vietnam tourism from India. One look at the landscape of the bay and the reason behind its irresistible charm can be understood easily.
For the adrenaline junkies, adventure activities are right at hand too. Apart from the usual trekking and water diving sports, Vietnam has this unique adventure where one can dive into enormously deep caves and caverns in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.
The coastal city of Nha Trang is quite a hub for nightclubs and live music haunts. The main cities – Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City brim with similar nightlife scenes. But other than bars and pubs, there are other attractions as well, which you can find out in any Vietnam guide. The night markets of Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City are perfect for some night-time shopping.
Most of the open-air shopping areas in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City sell apparels, watches, jewelry and similar small trinkets and accessories at cheap rates. The night markets once again are an essential part of Vietnamese shopping.
There are sky-high buildings and shopping malls, there are places for gourmet dining and impulsive shopping, and there are way too many points of interest for sightseeing. Both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City have museums devoted to war stories, anecdotes, events and physical matters like weapons and artillery. The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi is a must-see monument, if you visit Vietnam.
Main Festivals of Vietnam
The country has its share of grand and vibrant festivals all around the year. Lunar New Year during January is the biggest one in the country, locally called Tet. The Hue festival in the summer takes place in the ancient city of Hue once every two years and preserves the age-old customs of the Nguyen Dynasty. The dragon dance and boat travel associated with the perfume festival of Hanoi are certainly not to be missed if it happens while you are there.
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Old Quarter In Hanoi
In the heart of the capital city of Vietnam lies the area, which has been standing here since the imperial days of the country. Hanoi Old Quarter of Vietnam was initially a doing of the Ly and Tran dynasties. It served as the centre of their rule, situated right to the east of the Citadel of Thang Long, along the slow-movin...
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Hoan Kiem Lake In Hanoi
In the old quarters of the capital city, Hanoi sits the ancient Hoan Kiem Lake, which translates to the Vietnamese language as ‘Lake of the Returned Sword’. This moniker has a famous legend behind it, which is often the storyline of numerous water puppetry shows in the Thong Lang Water Puppet Theatre.
The legend says that...
One Pillar Pagoda In Hanoi
Located in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, One Pillar Pagoda is regarded to be one of the most significant temples of the country. The Pagoda is made out of wood on a single pillar of stone, which is 1.25 metre in diameter and 4 meters in height. Thus it got the name ‘one pillar’ pagoda. The design resembles a lotus blossom,...
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Temple of Literature In Hanoi
Temple of Literature is considered as one of Hanoi’s most sacred places, not only for religion or spirituality but for education as well. The temple was originally built in 1070 AD as a university dedicated to Confucianism, during the reign of third Ly emperor Ly Thanh Tong. The architecture of the Temple of Literature Hanoi resembles the trademark Chinese style which has been followed for all Confucian temples after his birthplace. It was later renovated in bits and pieces by the Tran dynasty. What stands now is a spectacular example of Indochinese architecture and a reflection of the country’s several imperial histories as well.
Back when classism was at its peak and a norm in the Vietnamese society, only high elites, aristocrats and royals could get the chance to study in this hallowed institution of Temple of Literature. This is where the king and the courtesan’s children took their lessons in literature under Confucian faith. But eventually that passed and the sacred gates of the Temple of Literature in Hanoi were opened up to the commoners as well, thus becoming the first university of Vietnam. To honour every successful graduate of the institution, their names are engraved on the stone stele at the top of the stone turtles.
When one visits the Temple of literature, they can explore five courtyards separately and the engraved names of the graduates. The first and second courtyards are beautiful and well-maintained gardens and the third one has a large pond which is called the Well of Heavenly Clarity. The fourth courtyard is home to a statue of Confucius and the House of Ceremonies, thus called the Sage Courtyard. The last and final one is called Tha...
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West Lake In Hanoi
West Lake is the largest fixed water body of Hanoi, stretching for over 17 km in its shoreline and an area of 500 hectares within. A 15 minutes’ drive away from the cacophonous old quarters of Hanoi, West Lake offers a more peaceful and tranquillity alternative to the visitors. Also known as Ho Tay Lake in the local languag...
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Dong Xuan Market In Hanoi
Dong Xuan Market is the largest roofed indoor market in Hanoi and also the busiest one by far. Within a stone-throwing distance of Hoan Kiem Lake in the old quarter of Hanoi, this French-era marketplace is the hub for cheap wholesale trade in Hanoi. Established in 1889 by combining two previously existing markets, Dong Xuan...
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Hiking in Ba Vi National Park In Hanoi
Centred on a three-pronged mountain summits, Ba Vi National Park in Hanoi is one of Vietnam’s most beautiful and picturesque landscapes. People often visit this heavily forested area to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city life and enjoy some silence and solitude. And Ba Vi National Park Hanoi offers them that and ...
Watching Water Puppet Show In Hanoi
Water Puppet Show in Vietnam, Hanoi is one of the most popular shows in the city. Looking at the Vietnamese water puppets history, you can date this traditional form back to the 11th century. Finding roots in folklore and stories that have captivated the entire country., water puppetry was born.
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Trekking In Hanoi
Vietnam is one of the most naturally abundant countries in the world. Ba Be National Park is located just a bit away from the capital city of Hanoi. For all those nature lovers who love to trek, this park offers the best Hanoi hiking experience.
This Park was built to protect the freshwater lake, Ba Be Lake. The beauty of...
Sky High Views Lotte Center In Hanoi
Vietnam is a country of many surprises. Although the country has many ancient and olden monuments to show off, there are some latest additions to the country’s picturesque nature as well. Lotte Center in Hanoi is the best viewpoint in Vietnam and offers a breathtaking view from the top.
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India to Vietnam Distance
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There are no direct flights between India and Vietnam. Connecting flights are operated by Jet Airways, THAI Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, etc. The three airports in Vietnam that receive international flights are Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi, Da Nang Airport in Da Nang and Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City.
The aeriel distance from India to Vietnam distance by air is around 3000 km. There are frequent Delhi to Vietnam flights available for tourists by international airlines. A direct from India’s capital Delhi to Vietnam would take around 7 hours 20 minutes. Most flights make stops at other important South Asian cities like Bangkok and Singapore.
The official carrier of the country is Vietnam Airlines. Other international carriers operating in Asia like Singapore Airlines, Air Asia, Air India, Cathay Dragon, Thai Airlines and China Airlines also fly to the Vietnamese airports from various Indian cities like Bangalore or Mumbai.
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Trip to VietnamWe had a Wonderful Tour to Cambodia and Vietnam. Our Tour Manager Sophie from bamboo Hat had arranged everything so well that we had absolutely no problem at any place. She had planned our Itinerary very meticulously considering our comforts best of the locations. Hotel provided in Cambodia was a superb experience. Hotels in Saigon and Hanoi was also very good to stay but it was more like city hotel in a busy street. Sophie you were simply excellent. Thanks for egg Coffee at Hanoi. In all you gave us our best moments. Thanks.
Trip to VietnamWe visited Vietnam through Travel Triangle. This was our first tour through Travel Triangle. We were not sure. We found Karan, Travel Triangle rep to be very responsive and always ready to clear our doubts. Eric was the tour operator in Vietnam. He was simple fantastic. Very customer oriented, always on phone. The tour went without any negative surprises. Eric is highly recommended
Trip to VietnamThe trip was excellent and made me fall in love with Vietnam. The itinerary was well executed by Ms. Jenny Pham while I could focus on enjoying my trip. She is a wonderful person, very helpful and caring. Halong Bay cruise, Hanoi, Da lat, Ho chi minh
Trip to VietnamWe have booked our trip through Travel Triangle to visit Vietnam and Cambodia. I should say they took care of everything right from we booked out tickets to coming back to India from our trip. Megha from Travel Triangle was so helpful and available all the time. We had the best honeymoon. 1. Mekong Delta Trip In Vietnam 2. Angkor Wat temple in Siem Reap
Trip to VietnamWe had a great trip . Travel triangle n Asia Queen travels planned everything v well for us .The drivers n vehicles were good n always on time .English speaking guides explained everything so well .Special thanks to Ms Moon and Ms Binh for being there always, even during odd hrs too... We were in touch with Ms Moon for last 3 months. She answered all our queries very patiently for finalizing itinerary and later on even adjusted the programme to suit our needs.
Trip to VietnamOur first stay at the golden rice hotel hanoi was very bad .. we didn’t sleep two nights as the air conditioning stops working after 12 am Our agent then changed our hotel to hanoi sky hotel which was good Sapa was great
Trip to VietnamEric is very professional and friendly. He organised the entire trip very well. It was great experience in Vietnam.
Trip to VietnamEverything was great. * Hotels were really great. * Cabs and drivers were very helpful. * Guides were so awesome, I felt like i knew them from long time. * Travel agent Sophie, she was accessable the whole time, that was best part. * Everything was planned really well by Sophie. Must do kayaking in halong bay.
Trip to CambodiaGuides were not of our expectations except cambodia guide and the last one on Mekong delta.. otherwise guides provided were not excellent in English and not knowing their own history very well.. Tour of Cambodia was awesome as hotel, guide, car, driver all were known their work well and were of good help.. else in Vietnam, people were little harsh and lacking punctuality.
Trip to VietnamWell organized trips Hotels in amazing locations, closer to several must see attractions, plus in almaon shopping hub Co ordinations between transfers and private tours we're impeccable
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FAQ's of Vietnam
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Yes, there is. The highest peak of Vietnam is Mount Fansipan (3143 meters) which is a popular mountain climbing spot in Vietnam.
Laos or Cambodia to Vietnam is a popular road route. There are bus services as well, and it takes around 24 hours approximately, depending on the start location.
Vietnamese Dong is the active currency of Vietnam since 1978. The symbol is VND.
Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City and Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi are the two easily accessible ones from India. Da Nang is the third international airport of Vietnam.
Ho Chi Minh City falls in South Vietnam. So the best time to visit the city is from November to March when it is more or less pleasantly cool.
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