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A Halong Bay cruise is just one stop on this entrancing, exotic itinerary
A Halong Bay cruise is just one stop on this entrancing, exotic itinerary
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The Perfect Vietnam Itinerary

A journey through Vietnam's past and present

By Victoria De Silverio

ShermansTravel.com

February 7th, 2012

Experiencing extraordinary growth over the last two decades, Vietnam is buzzing with vigor and vitality. As fleshy hallmarks of capitalism adorn its communist backbone, the country is in a remarkable and unique moment in time. Status logos, Ho Chi Minh posters, red hammer and sickle flags, orange-clad Buddhist monks, and chic new restaurants and bars coexist seamlessly.

Our four-stop itinerary is perfect for first time travelers as well as those with more experience since it covers both the essential spots and off-the-beaten-track gems – along with the most current deals to glean the most value.

Kick off a holiday in Hanoi, where hours may be spent wandering labyrinthine streets and watching the world whirl by (cars, mopeds, and rickshaws number in the zillions) under a banyan tree at a street café. In the heart of the romantic French Quarter, stay at Hotel Metropole, the legendary and uncontested favorite port of call for diplomats, artists, writers, and celebrities since it opened its doors in 1901.

Next, cruise amongst the limestone islands of Halong Bay, one of the world’s most magnificent natural wonders. After another night at the Metropole, catch a quick flight to Hué, the beautiful former seat of the Nguyen dynasty throne straddling the Perfume River. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the imperial city holds some of the nation’s most culturally significant sites.

From there, drive or take the train to Da Nang along the nation’s spectacular coastline to the charming jewel-box village of Hoi An for an adventure that combines luxurious beach pampering and one of Vietnam’s most unique shopping experiences.

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