Thu 20 October – Wed 09 November 2016
Four influential cities provide the central focus of this tour. But visitors to Vietnam are impressed by the beauty of the country’s natural setting, so our schedule along the length of the country is punctuated with interesting regional stays. The result is a comprehensive journey providing a good overview of the real Vietnam with its unique and rich civilisation, highly cultured people, delicious food and hauntingly beautiful mountains, plains and coastlines.
Our tour begins in Hanoi, the national capital with romantic and well-preserved artefacts of the French, and regarded by many as one of Asia’s most attractive cities. Nearby we visit Ha Long Bay, famous for its UNESCO World Heritage status, with its emerald green water and over 3000 islands of towering limestone. Ninh Bin follows, our base for exploring the water world of the often-overlooked North Central region. We fly to Hue, once Vietnam’s Imperial City and later the country’s capital under the Nguyen dynasty (1802-1945). Over the Hai Van Pass to Hoi An is next, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, and a visit to this old world gem is a highlight of any Vietnam tour. Dalat is next, known as ‘Le Petit Paris’ by the early builders and residents of this Central Highlands resort town. Onward by coach to the exuberant, brash, optimistic Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). Mekong Delta experiences follow in its largest centre of Can Tho before our tour conclusion back in Saigon.
Vietnam today is a country with a diverse range of landscapes, cultures and ethnic groups, contained within its uniquely long and thin geography. Our WEA Sydney tour explores this vibrant, complex and welcoming country within the context of its rich imperial, colonial and recent history.