15 Days / 13 Nights
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VIETNAM is a country of natural beauty and charming cultures. It offers a unique blend of the East and West with plenty of sights, sounds and smell. Vietnam cuisine is a gourmet delight with a mixture of Chinese, French and a little Thai and is one of the most sophisticated cuisines in Asia. The cities of Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, and Saigon are the representative of the country’s beauty, vitality and progress.
Your grand Asia trip starts from a vibrant metropolis; Saigon teems with energy, activity and motion. Everywhere you look, you see the meeting of traditional and modern life. The emerging modern skyline stands cheek by jowl with colonial buildings and traditional temples. Outside on the streets, young professionals zip by on motorcycles, chatting on cell phones; inside the quiet temple courtyards, worshippers pray amidst clouds of incense.
A short flight will take you to Danang and from there we will drive to the exquisitely preserved merchant town of Hoi An. The colorful store-front houses and temples reflect a diverse heritage, dating back to the 16th and 17th century, when it was a major port for Western, Chinese and Japanese traders. Today it is a thriving center of traditional crafts and a shopper’s paradise, best explored on foot.
Another road trip takes you to Hue, the imperial city of Vietnam. The IMPERIAL CITADEL, a vast complex built in the early 19th century, was modeled after the Forbidden City in Beijing. The original walls stretched for 10 km and were surrounded by a wide moat. Most of the buildings were destroyed due to bombing during the war, but the monuments that remain provide a fascinating glimpse into the court life of the Nguyen Dynasty.
Your Vietnam trip ends in the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi. Narrow lanes and traditional shop houses invite exploration by cyclo (pedi cab), while its many beautiful public spaces – lakes, parks, tree-lined boulevards and monuments – give the city an air of elegance and harmony with nature unique among Asian capitals. Legacies of Chinese and French influence are evident in many parts of the city.
Drive through the Red River Delta and travel from Hanoi to your boat in Halong Bay. A day spent cruising gently between the imposing limestones islets is hard to beat, but an evening spent watching the stars come out over the bay is a truly magical experience. You get both, plus kayaking and swimming in the turquoise water of Halong Bay.
HONG KONG is one of the most visited cities in the world. Every year, millions of visitors’ flock or pass through Hong Kong. Hong Kong, the Oriental Pearl, is simply amazing. As a Special Administrative Region of China, Hong Kong is one of the world’s leading financial, banking and trading centers. Situated on the southeast coast of China, Hong Kong occupies an area of 1,104 square kilometers (about 426 square miles) and is made up of four parts: Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula, the New Territories and the Outlying Islands. It would be hard to find a more exciting city than Hong Kong. Set among beautiful natural surroundings it has all the benefits of a thriving and vibrant commercial center. Here you can find the delights of modern living alongside an abundance of reminders of its historic past. Whether you visit the better known highlights like the stunning Ocean Park, the fantastic viewpoint of Victoria Peak or the beautiful Repulse Bay, Hong Kong is certain to exceed your expectations. An open city with a wonderful natural harbor, Hong Kong is the meeting place of various cultures that blend harmoniously with Chinese traditions and exotic influences.
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