Successively occupied by China, Russia, France, Japan, and the United States, Vietnam has had its share of foreign interference. But today, with war on the back burner, the Vietnamese are focused on rocketing into the future. In this new era of confident self-determination the atmosphere is one of palpable optimism, despite frequent reminders of Vietnam's war-torn history. Fortunately for the traveller, Vietnam's traditional charms have not yet been eclipsed. Although noisy motorbikes continue to replace bicycles at an alarming rate, the former Communist stronghold of Hanoi has maintains its narrow-laned charm, while the melting, limestone pinnacles of Halong Bay are as otherworldly as ever. From the ancient neighbourhoods of Hoi An to the vast Mekong Delta, the country offers an astonishing variety of scenery. Whether your fascination is wartime relics or beaches and rice paddies, see Vietnam now, because every year it seems Vietnam reinvents itself.
Cultural Treasures of Vietnam (AVDVD)
Treasured culture, stunning scenery, turbulent history—Vietnam has the perfect set of ingredients for adventure travel and this trip is the recipe that brings them together with more than a dash of comfort. Get off the beaten path and take a peek behind the scenes at the places and people that make this country so intriguing. Changing at a scorching rate, this is the perfect time to experience Vietnam at its most dynamic.
Highlights: Enjoying onsite history lessons with local experts at the Cu Chi tunnels and Hoa Lo Prison, Immersing yourself in local culture, Meeting local people in rural towns and floating villages, Tasting your way through local markets, Learning the basics of Vietnamese specialties in cooking classes
Timeless Vietnam (AVHC)
For those who want the complete experience but prefer a more comfortable option, this adventure explores the best of Vietnam’s history, culture and cuisine. From the breathless beauty of Halong Bay to the former imperial capital of Hue, the ancient port town of Hoi An and the Mekong Delta, Vietnam offers adventurous visitors a chance to explore its ancient past, recent history and promising future. With comfortable accommodation and transport by private air-conditioned van arranged by your CEO, you'll have plenty of time to appreciate the incredible beauty and remarkable people of Vietnam.
Highlights: Cruising Halong Bay in a junk boat, Hitting the beach in Nha Trang, Exploring the Mekong Delta and experiencing a rural homestay, seeing the city from a cyclo