Destination Spotlight: Vietnam

Sunrise at Terraced Paddy Field in Mae-Jam Village , Chiang Mai Province , Thailand

Sunrise at Terraced Paddy Field in Mae-Jam Village , Chiang Mai Province , Thailand

High on a lot of Canadians’ bucket lists, Vietnam is admittedly far from Canada – but far above your expectations. An amazing destination for culture, climate, food, history and shopping, it’s a tropical paradise tucked into Southeast Asia.

And don’t forget value! Dining is exceptionally affordable, with a large bowl of the country’s signature pho soup setting you back about $2 in a modest restaurant. And speaking of dining, meals here are an occasion to share as you server will typically bring several platters of food for you to tuck into with your companions and compare notes! On the whole the food is less spicy than what you find in Thailand. It’s a great destination for the vegetarian traveller, thought pork and chicken are widely available too.

There are many options for travel to Vietnam including river cruising.  In recent years this travel trend has increased significantly in Vietnam with Ama Waterways, Viking River Cruises and Uniworld all offering luxury river cruises on the Mekong.

Vietnam is a great destination for the active traveller, with lots of land and watersports. Hiking, trekking, ocean kayaking and diving are all options. Cyclists love the classic Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh trip, a moderate 40 – 55 km a day taking about 10 days of a typical 2 week itinerary. Don’t forget to leave some time for the stunning beaches.

You can go luxury or go basic: there are  holidays here for every budget. Many of our favourite tour companies and cruise lines offer options for Vietnam. Be sure to ask your Vision travel advisor for more info!

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Vietnam Food Adventure