FOR those wanting to capture the vast beauty of Vietnam all in one holiday, Wendy Wu’s 12-day Vietnam at a Glance will ensure you won’t miss out on a single bucket list item. The itinerary kicks off in the country’s steamy southern metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City, where a local guide will escort guests into the tropical jungle to check out the Cu Chi Tunnels used by the local troops in the Vietnam War. The visit can be an emotional one for some visitors, however it is undoubtedly an important stop for people interested in exploring the country’s turbulent past.
From there the group makes the pilgrimage north to the Mekong Delta to learn more about how the locals live around the tropical river areas, jaunting from island to island and using a combination of motorised boats, wooden vessels and smaller paddle boats. Further up the coast, guests will find themselves in arguably Vietnam’s most charming town — Hoi An. The narrow, ancient streets are occupied by many vendors selling arts, crafts and delicious local street food. Hoi An also brims with a variety of water attractions, from leisurely boat rides down the river, to relaxing in deck chairs stationed on the destination’s white sandy beaches.
The whistle-stop tour wraps up in the country’s northern capital of Hanoi, the bustling ancient city bursting with cultural attractions such as Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the Humble House on Stilts and the ancient Buddhist temple, One Pillar Pagoda.