Hanoi, Vietnam, January 11, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Travelers rave about Vietnam's incredibly friendly people, 54 unique ethnic minorities, and beautiful landscapes.
In the north, wander through the charming colonial boulevards of Hanoi. The sofitel Legend Metrople Hanoi Hotel rivals the finest hotels you find anywhere, and the restaurants and eateries will delight your senses. Enjoy the finest cuisine at the award-winning Hanoi Press Club, Bobby Chin, Wild Rice or the elegant Mandarin Restaurant in the West Lake area. Hanoi is one big marketplace and with the traffic full of families piled onto motorbikes it's hard to imagine anybody stays at home. Meanwhile, the sensuous, serene scenery of Halong Bay is another absolute must-see in the north and a comfortable an overnight cruise or a day trip from Hanoi.
Any trip to central Vietnam would not be complete without exploring the majesty of Hue, the former imperial capital and a quiet city renowned for the magnificent architecture of its citadel, palaces, royal tombs, pagodas and temples, built under the Nguyen Dynasty on the banks of Perfume River.
Hue is less hectic than Hanoi but its back roads are full of bustle and it is a pleasure getting lost among the bread shops and pagodas.
The atmospheric Hoian, south of Hue, is a Unesco World Heritage site and a river front port town crammed with historic homes, tiny museums, stylish cafes and bustling silk and fish markets. Do not forget the beautiful Cua Dai Beach or Cu Lao Cham Islands.
Next fly to the resort town of Nha Trang to spend several days in a secluded private villa overlooking beautiful Ninh Van Bay at Six Senses Nha Trang. Snorkel or dive among the coral reefs in crystal blue waters, hike along the nature trails, cool off in your private plunge pool, indulge in spa treatments or just relax on the white sand beach and admire the unspoiled mountain and sea views.
Farther south, entertain your senses in Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City. This is a metropolis as ripe with life as Hanoi. It is every bit the intoxicating Indochina of the imagination. The city is brimming with energy and the nearby countryside is painted with classic Asian images and an overall atmosphere of true warmth. Exploring the Mekong Delta region is also an essential part of any holiday in Vietnam. Start at Cai Be on the Cai Be Princess private sampan. Lunch is served at a family estate in the delta, with a stop at Vinh Long before returning to Saigon.