Steeped in history and mystique this tour shows
you Vietnam – with a special focus on the beautiful
and magnificent heritage sites.
The north of Vietnam will reveal unparalleled
natural beauty. Limestone casts jut out from turquoise
blue, clear waters. The aesthetic value of Ha
Long Bay (Natural World Heritage in 1994) does
not only lie in the shape of the mountains and
the color of the sky, but is also hidden in its
grottoes. Fishing techniques and vessels haven’t
changed for centuries. We invite you on a day
cruise to immerse yourselves in the peace of this
natural wonderland and UNESCO heritage site.
The central coast unveils the history in architecture.
We invite you inside the ramparts of the ancient
citadel of Hue (1993) - former capital of Vietnam.
Lotus ponds and UNESCO rated architectural heritage
draws the intrigue around this imperial city of
yesteryear. Unravel the mysteries of the dynastic
reign of Vietnam and marvel at the majestic ‘city
within a city’.
On different sites amongst the undulating countryside
of the Hue outskirts are the Royal Tombs. These
mausoleums for the Emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty
befit their royal status and most were designed
by the emperors themselves during their lifetimes.
Let the people of Hue capture your intrigue with
their pride and unique culture – of different
speech, history and culinary expertise!
Not so far from Hue, Phong Nha (2003) is part
of a larger dissected plateau, which also encompasses
the Ke Bang and Hin Namno karsts. The limestone
is not continuous and demonstrates complex interbedding
with shales and sandstones. This, together with
the capping of schists and apparent granites has
led to a particularly distinctive topography.
The caves demonstrate discrete episodic sequences
of events, leaving behind various levels of fossil
passages, formerly buried and now uncovered palaeokarst
(karsts from previous, perhaps very ancient, periods
of solution); evidence of major changes in the
routes of underground rivers; changes in the solution
regime; deposition and later re-solution of giant
speleothems and unusual features such as sub-aerial
stromatolites. The location and form of the caves
suggests that they might owe much of their size
and morphology to some as yet undetermined implications
of the schists and granites which overlay the
limestone. On the surface, there is a striking
series of landscapes, ranging from deeply dissected
ranges and plateau to an immense. There is evidence
of at least one period of hydrothermal activity
in the evolution of this ancient mature karsts
system. The plateau is probably one of the finest
and most distinctive examples of a complex karsts
landform in Southeast Asia.
The narrow streets and wooden shutters whisper
hints of the past in the city of Hoi An. In its
heyday as one of South East Asia’s major international
ports it was known as Faifo and the visits from
ships and traders from all over the world left
their mark in Hoi An – in the buildings &
houses, religious sites and foreign settlements.
Hoi An has been declared a world heritage site
by UNESCO and as you enter the old part of the
town you will find narrow streets and moss-covered,
pan tile roofed houses connected to each other
with stepped gables. Many structures of historical
significance have been identified as exhibits
of traditional architecture rarely seen today.
A special journey from the ancient town of Hoi
An (1999) to My Son will found a deep respect
for the myriad of different pictures which make
up the culture of present day Vietnam.
The Kingdom of Champa dominated southern Vietnam
culturally and politically for about one thousand
years. Between the 4th and the 13th centuries
a unique culture developed on the coast of contemporary
Vietnam which owed its spiritual origins to the
Hinduism of India. This is graphically illustrated
by the remains of a series of impressive tower
temples in a dramatic site that was the religious
and political capital of the Champa Kingdom for
most of its existence – My Son.
Today, it requires some imagination to picture
My Son (1999) as it must have been, alive with
chanting priests, fluttering banners, flashing
jewels, and incense. Yet the site's present decay
has its own charm, as stone figures half obscured
by weeds lend the place an aura of magic and mystery.
Walking between the temples you will come across
numerous statues, scattered as they have fallen,
reminding us of buildings that had once stood
Your special journey will showcase the pride
of Vietnam, the country and her peoples. The color
and the energy, the culinary and the enigmatic,
the culture and the entity of a country opening
up to welcome you.