Vietnam: A wealth of wondrous experiences

From Ha Long Bay in the North to saigon, a journey like no other

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Ha Long Bay, with its stunning limestone karsts and emerald waters, has a rich history dating back thousands of years. It was once a strategic maritime port and has been home to ancient Vietnamese communities. Visitors can enjoy cruising through the bay's picturesque landscape, exploring hidden caves and grottoes, kayaking, and indulging in fresh seafood. Overnight cruises offer a chance to witness breathtaking sunsets and sunrises amidst the karst formations.

Hanoi, as the capital of Vietnam for over a thousand years is steeped in history. It boasts a blend of French colonial architecture, ancient temples, and bustling markets. Travelers can explore iconic landmarks such as the Hoan Kiem Lake, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and the Old Quarter with its narrow streets filled with shops, street food vendors, and traditional water puppet shows. Hanoi also offers a vibrant nightlife scene with trendy bars and live music venues.

Hue served as the imperial capital of Vietnam during the Nguyen Dynasty. It is home to the UNESCO-listed Imperial City, a vast complex of palaces, temples, and fortified walls. Visitors can explore the Imperial City, take a boat cruise along the Perfume River to visit historic pagodas and tombs, and immerse themselves in Hue's rich culinary heritage, particularly its royal cuisine.

Hoi An was a major trading port during the 15th to 19th centuries, attracting merchants from around the world. Its well-preserved Ancient Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site.  Travelers can wander through the atmospheric streets of the Ancient Town, adorned with colorful lanterns, visit historic merchant houses, temples, and assembly halls, and participate in traditional craft workshops such as lantern making and silk weaving. Hoi An is also famous for its tailor shops, where visitors can have custom-made clothing crafted in a matter of days.

Saigon is Vietnam's largest city and was the capital of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) during the Vietnam War. Visitors can explore historic landmarks such as the Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, and Notre Dame Cathedral. The city offers bustling markets, vibrant street food scenes, modern skyscrapers, and lively nightlife options, reflecting its dynamic present-day culture. Day trips to the Cu Chi Tunnels, used by the Viet Cong during the war, are also popular.

First Cabin Travel, offering luxury-styled itineraries to Southeast Asia since 1989, has as one of its most popular tours, Hanoi to Angkor. Visiting all of the highlights mentioned above, including the magnificent ruins of Angkor Wat in Cambodia and the remarkable city of Luang Prabang in Laos.

First Cabin has derived the majority of its bookings from repeat clientele and their ever-so-enthusiastic referrals. Known for the excellence of its itineraries and service, First Cabin has come to be known as Your Passport To Excellence

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