Agents who've been to Vietnam :
Vietnam tourism is relatively new—and therefore makes a relatively inexpensive destination choice for many Canadians. Although not as developed as Thailand, Vietnam is just as exotic, which is why the past decade or so has shown signs of growth in tourism. Start your journey by launching our Tour Finder, which allows you to compare all Vietnam tours quickly and easily. Select your desired date range and choose up to three different cities, and our tour finder will show you the best matches.
Vietnam is a very safe country with a stable political system. Here you can experience historical sites from the infamous 10-year war fought against the North Vietnamese such as Hoa Lo Prison in Hanoi, one of the most notorious Vietnam tour sites for war history buffs. The infamous “Hanoi Hilton” has even been the subject of movies depicting the horrors inside.
Your tour of Vietnam may include a cruise around the limestone cliffs of Halong Bay aboard a traditional junk boat. Or you may choose to scope out the local markets first. Most items will cost considerably less than what you’d find here at home, making shopping a unique cultural experience favoured by many.
A lesser known feature of Vietnam tours are the beaches! Hundreds of beautiful stretching beaches, some quite popular with locals and tourists, while others offer quiet isolation.
Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon)
Vietnam’s largest and most exciting city is populated by upwards of 7 million people. Although many still refer to the city as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City continues to boast an eclectic blend of skyscrapers set amongst Chinese pagodas.
During this part of your Vietnam tour you’ll want to visit the War Remnants Museum, a controversial display of photos and artifacts from the Vietnam War. It is a graphic, emotionally charged experience. A visit to the Ben Thanh Market is also encouraged, where you can wander through the tiny packed stalls, which give a true glimpse into the day-to-day life in Saigon.
Here’s a tip: most of the goods can be purchased for 1/3 of the original asking price, so put your bargaining skills into practice!
If you’re interested in learning more about this emerging new country, call one of our friendly, knowledgeable travel agents – and ask to speak with someone who’s been there!