Vietnam never ceases to amaze ! Every traveller who has been there has come back with such amazing stories, happy vibes that we just know that Vietnam suits our travel family very well.
It is a treasure trove of offbeat wonders that captivate adventurers seeking unique experiences. Venturing beyond the well-trodden paths unveils lesser-known marvels like the otherworldly Ban Gioc Waterfall, a majestic cascade on the border with China, shrouded in mist and surrounded by lush greenery. The surreal Hang Son Doong, the world's largest cave, offers an unparalleled underground realm adorned with awe-inspiring stalagmites and subterranean rivers.
Vietnam features on our #Travel 2024withBlueberry List for many reasons. Its highlights of Halong, Hoi An, Hanoi , its lesser-known trails, its ease of travel from India which includes both visa and direct flights to HCM and Hanoi, helps you plan your Perfect Vietnam Trip.
Some Perfect Vietnam Trip highlights for 2024:
Agricultural Treks in Sapa:
An enchanting journey through terraced rice fields cascading down emerald-green hillsides. Guided by local experts, these treks offer immersive encounters with ethnic minority villages like the Hmong and Red Dao, where vibrant cultures thrive amid the verdant landscapes. Wander through patchwork fields alive with the rhythm of farming life, gaining insights into the intricacies of terrace farming and the seasonal rhythms of cultivation. Engage in hands-on experiences, from rice planting to tending to crops, immersing in the daily rituals of rural existence. Go deeper into the Hoang Lien Son mountain range, with it’s waterfalls and mist-shrouded valleys,
Artisanal Workshops in Hoi An:
Engage in lesser-known artisan workshops in Hoi An, such as lantern-making or silk-crafting, to understand the intricate skills behind traditional crafts, to help make your Perfect Vietnam Trip even better.
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Caving in Phong Nha:
Besides the renowned Hang Son Doong, Phong Nha is home to numerous lesser-explored caves. Embark on cave treks to marvel at the surreal beauty of Hang En, Hang Va, or Hang Pygmy. Led by experienced guides, caving expeditions delve into the depths of spectacular caverns like Hang Son Doong, the world's largest cave, adorned with colossal stalagmites and stalactites that evoke a sense of awe. Trekking through surreal landscapes of limestone formations and subterranean rivers, adventurers navigate through intricate passages, encountering hidden chambers and awe-inspiring rock formations
Homestays in Pu Luong:
Escape the tourist trail and stay in traditional homestays in Pu Luong Nature Reserve. Engage with local communities, trek through terraced rice fields, and soak in the serene countryside. The homestays provide an intimate setting to relish home-cooked delicacies, from savory "com lam" (bamboo-cooked rice) to flavorful dishes crafted from fresh produce sourced from nearby gardens. As the sun sets, gather around communal bonfires, sharing stories and traditional songs under star-studded skies
Culinary Adventures in Hue:
Go beyond the usual dishes and participate in a cooking class focusing on imperial Hue cuisine, learning about royal recipes and local specialties. Guided by passionate local chefs, these culinary explorations delve into the intricate art of crafting traditional dishes like "bun bo Hue" (Hue beef noodle soup), "banh khoai" (Hue crispy pancakes), and "com hen" (clam rice). Share the secrets behind these iconic recipes, learning to balance flavors with aromatic herbs like lemongrass, ginger, and fresh mint. From savoring delicacies at street-side stalls to indulging in exquisite dining experiences that mirror the opulence of royal cuisine, there is so much for the food explorer.
Eco Cycling tour of Mekong Delta:
Opt for eco-friendly cycling tours through the Mekong Delta, visiting local farms, fruit orchards, and experiencing the rhythms of rural life. Pedaling at a leisurely pace, cyclists traverse narrow trails bordered by coconut palms, encountering local farmers tending to their crops and fishermen casting their nets into the delta's intricate waterways. Stops along the way offer glimpses into traditional cottage industries, from coconut candy making to rice paper production, providing insight into the delta's
Local festivals that one can enjoy:
Hue Festival: This biennial cultural event usually takes place in Hue, showcasing traditional arts, music, and performances. It celebrates the cultural heritage of the ancient city and features parades, concerts, and art exhibitions.
Hoi An Lantern Festival: Held monthly during the full moon, the streets of Hoi An's ancient town are lit up with thousands of colorful lanterns, creating a magical atmosphere with traditional music, dance, and activities.
Da Nang International Fireworks Festival: This annual event often takes place in Da Nang, where various countries compete by presenting stunning fireworks displays, accompanied by music and entertainment. (June8-13th)
Mid-Autumn Festival: Celebrated across Vietnam, especially in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, this festival involves lantern processions, traditional games, and mooncake tastings, particularly for children. This is on 17th September 2024.
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