Vietnam is much more than the cataclysmic American war that everybody talks about; it is in fact a bewitching country that enthralls you with its myriad cultural influences, bustling energetic cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, natural exotic landscapes, island – studded azure seas and undoubtedly – Vietnamese cuisine. Despite fighting several civil wars, this country wears its history proudly. The ruins of Hindu temples -My Son, Po Nagar are shining testimonies to its heritage. But the biggest attraction remains to be the surreal looking Limestone Islets – Ha Long Bay. A visit to Vietnam is certainly a rewarding experience, where Vietnamese people envelope you with their warmth and the mysterious grottoes beckon you with a promise of tales untold.
Book Recommendations by Pagdandi:
- Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam by Andrew Pham
Part travelogue, part memoir. A vietnam born american travels through the heart of vietnam on a bicycle as he reconciles his past.
- Fragrant Palm Leaves by Thich Nhat Hanh
A journal maintained by one of the most loved Buddhist teachers before he left Vietnam. Fragrant Palm traces his thoughts and his multiple efforts for peace that Vietnam deserved.
- The Quiet American by Graham Greene
An Anti-War novel by the classic author. The Quiet American chases a British Journalist and an American CIA agent as they collide in their choices of love and sides of war.
- Destination Saigon: Adventures in Vietnam by Walter Mason
A true blue travelogue of 21st century Vietnam. Walter Mason is in his element as he spots the quirks of Vietnamese people, their street food and jungle mosquitos.
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Experiences in Vietnam the Black Swan way! –
- Spend a night on-board as you cruise through Halong Bay in a luxury junk boat and enjoy Tai Chi lessons.
- Cooking demo as you cruise along the Halong Bay.
- Explore the mystical Me Cung Caves.
- A 25 minute flight in a seaplane around Ha Long Bay. You’ll get to experience a birds-eye view of the spectacular Ha Long Bay from 300-500 meters above sea level.
- Tour the underground war tunnels at Cu Chi.
- Walk the markets of Hoi An: a unique amalgamation of Chinese, Japanese & Vietnamese with an expert guide.
- Visit the historic Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City.
- A half-day bicycle tour to Kim Bong Carpentry Village , which allows visitors to see the artisans working with their skillful hands on the crafts.
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