Spotlight on Vietnam
If bustling cities, lush jungles and rugged mountains sound like your kind of holiday, then Vietnam is the perfect destination for your next escape. This exotic, colourful country has become an increasingly popular cruise destination for both river and ocean cruises, giving travellers a unique perspective and cultural insight into the way of life in Southeast Asia.
One of our most popular itineraries is the 14-night Timeless Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia and the Mekong on board the River Orchard from Uniworld River Cruises. As part of this cruise, passengers travel from Ho Chi Minh, the largest city in Vietnam, up the Mekong River before finishing in the country’s capital, Hanoi. There are not many other ways that you can get such an authentic taste of these two magical countries, with guests having the opportunity to see the stark contrasts that define these countries: the old and the new, the rural and the urban, the river and the land.
There are also many other itineraries available, so you’re sure to find one that suits your style and budget. Our cruise experts have compiled their top tips for a holiday in Vietnam, so keep reading to discover everything you need to know about cruising in this vibrant country!
When should I book my holiday?
The best time to go to Vietnam is between November and March because the temperature is generally cooler. With a tropical climate, however, you can expect to see temperatures up to 38°C in the warmest months of March and April. The monsoon season is between May and October, but it’s likely to rain at some point no matter what month you visit. Just make sure to pack sunscreen and a raincoat to cover all your bases!
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What should I go and see?
Ocean cruises typically port in Hanoi, giving tourists a glimpse of colonial Indochina and exquisite architecture that dates back to the 13th century. It’s also worthwhile to see the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum, One Pillar Pagoda, Bach Ma Temple and Confucian Temple of Literature.
Hue is a popular stop as well, transporting guests back to imperial Vietnam among the wonders of the Nguyen emperors. To Mieu Temple and the Imperial Enclosure are two historic sites that are definitely worth seeing. This city is situated on the banks of the Perfume River and enjoys the amazing views in all kinds of weather.
When visiting Vietnam though, you can’t go past the UNESCO World Heritage site Halong Bay. Meaning ‘where the dragon descends into the sea’, this attraction is the area’s number one tourist spot and features a series of small islands scattered throughout the bay that create a one-of-kind horizon. Here you can go swimming, scuba diving and exploring through the natural caves.
Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, is an active hub of culture and commerce with over eight million residents. There’s a huge array of things to see and do: from the temples and palaces to markets and museums, you’ll never be short of dizzying adventures.
What should I eat?
Everything! Vietnam is renowned for its sense of flavour and aroma so you’ll be able to eat like a king on a shoestring budget. However, you’ll also likely have the option to enjoy an appetising meal on board your cruise ship.
To find out more about Vietnam and the cruises that go there, contact one of our friendly cruise consultants on 1300 954 661 and let us help you organise the experience of a lifetime!
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