Vietnam

 

 

 

 

 

Hoi An Scene

Hoi An Scene

Our itinerary for Vietnam, ably planned by Exotissimo, a local travel agency since renamed EXO,  included:

  • Ho Chi Minh City, Caravelle Hotel
  • Hoi An, Life Resort Hoi An
  • Hué, La Résidence
  • Halong Bay Cruise, Emeraude/Bhaya
  • Hanoi, Sofitel Metropole, a magnificent colonial hotel

 

Highlights of our trip included:

  • Hoi An, with its 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, colorful market, Hong Phong Old House
    • Hoi An Ancient Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site,  is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century
  • Three-hour cruise on the Thu Bon River with stops at Thanh Ha pottery village and Kim Bong carpenters’ village
  • Hué, Thien Mu Pagoda
    • Complex of Hué Monuments, UNESCO World Heritage Site (see introductory photo, above);  located in and around Hué City in Thua Thien-Hué Province in the geographical centre of Vietnam and with easy access to the sea
  • Hanoi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
    • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. with wooden ethnic minority style house he lived in 1954-1969
    • West Lake
    • Tran Quoc, one of the oldest Buddhist pagodas in Hanoi
    • Quan Thanh, Taoist temple dating from the Ly Dynasty
    • Hanoi’s Old Quarter, known as “36 Streets”
    • Army Museum, with displays depicting the Vietnam War
    • Water Puppet Show (see photos below)
  • Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site,  overnight cruise on The Emeraude, a classic replica steamship of the colonial era, view of beautiful limestone rock formations

 

  • Wonderful places to shop:

 

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Colorful Brooms, Hue

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Antique Water Puppet, 54 Traditions Gallery, Hanoi

 

Water Puppet Show, Thang Long Water Puppet Theater, Hanoi

Water Puppet Show, Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre, Hanoi

 

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Selling Wares to Passengers on Boat in Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Street Scene, Hoi An

 

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