Let me first give you some bits of information as of why Vietnam is a very nice tourist destination and why it is close to my heart.
Beauty of Vietnam
The surreal beauty of Vietnam filled with green vegetation, tall trees, and mountainous terrain makes it ideal for an environmentalist like me. Its unique rural beauty and the warm weather calls for people like me. I just love the idea that they have also come a long way from being torn by war and is now a thriving country that offers warm hospitality and great service which makes it very addictive.
Vietnam has a lot to offer, from modern city life to trekking and experiencing cultural diversity up the hills and mountains. The most popular place to go if you are into modern city life is for you to visit Saigon. Here you will see lots of high-class restaurants, hotels, and lots of historical places to see. But if you are like me who wants to see the natural beauty of this tropical paradise I suggest you visit a travel agent where they can suggest that you visit lots of tourist spots like the floating villages in many various places, visit lots of cultural areas as well as great tourist spot like Ha Long Bay.
Ha long Bay
I have first heard about Ha Long Bay from a friend who suggested I look up for this place online. When I saw it first, my first reaction looked like a typical tropical place not until I have seen Ha Long Bay. That is when I said, “Oh my gosh, this is definitely where I would like to go to next!”. And here I was after 3 months of planning the vacation, and of course, I brought along my husband.
Now let me tell you why it caught my attention. Halong Bay is one of UNESCO World Heritage Site and It is not easy being voted as one. When you come to this magnificent place, you will then know why it is hailed as one and why it deserves this title. The videos and photographs can’t compare to experiencing it yourself.
Beauty of Halong Bay
Here you will see isles of different sizes and shapes, some are even named after the shape of an animal making it easier to remember. You will see not only a hundred limestone karst but thousands in such majestic display. It is about 2000 islets which are mostly limestone with a total area of about 1553km2. Aside from its limestone beauty, is a home to a flourishing biodiversity which is a home to lots of oceanic species. When it comes to the History of Vietnam, this place also plays an important role in which many artifacts were collected.
Experience Halong Bay Day tour
There are many tour packages available for travelers like me. Some options are the Halong Bay one day tour, 2 days and 1-night tour, 3 days and 2 nights tour and even a week tour but I will just go with the most common one which is the 2 days and 1-night tour. This is the package me and my hubby got. This package is just enough to get to soak in the sun and enjoy Halong Bay.
Here you will be picked up from Hanoi on a round trip transfer, you will get to climb the famous traditional junk boat and tour the islets, stop and let you swim in its pristine clear emerald waters or you may hire a kayak and discover wonderful caves.
Things you will get to experience in Ha Long Bay for the 2 days and 1 night stay package:
- Cruise the majestic islands and islets made of limestone karst
- Kayaking on its clear water and explore hidden caves and see lots of stalagmites
- You may also kayak and visit local fishing villages
- Join a cooking class to learn Vietnamese authentic dishes
- Kick back, relax and enjoy the sunset while enjoying coffee or tea
- At night you will get to enjoy looking up a clear night sky
- Try squid fishing with the crew
- And when you wake up exercise or yoga with a wonderful warm sunrise.
Depending on the travel agency and package tour there might be more that will be included in the package such as shuttle bus transfer, hotel pick up and drop off, meals, deluxe cabin, a very good English tour guide, entrance fee, water, cooking demonstration, boat activities and single room so you need to ask before signing up for a tour package so not to get disappointed.