Because they involve a journey to an exotic country which offers some truly beautiful and fascinating ports of call, Vietnam cruises are always a popular choice when it comes to exploring the Far East. With a coastline which runs most of its length, Vietnam is a natural cruise destination, and its cities are home to a wealth of natural, cultural and architectural wonders and make for popular ports of call on a number of Far East itineraries.
The former Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is the largest cities in the country and serviced by Phu My, one of the key ports of call for Vietnam cruises. It’s a city of contrasts and the legacy of its French colonisation can still be seen as you stroll down the boulevards and take in the architecture, notably the spectacular Notre Dame Cathedral, while Cholon - or Chinatown - offers an authentic Eastern experience. In the heart of modern business district of Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll find the Bitexco Financial Tower and its Skydeck, where, if you've got a head for heights, you can enjoy a great view of the city. Popular excursions out of the centre include a visit to the magnificent Emperor Jade Pagoda.
Halong Bay is a key port of call for Vietnam cruises partly because of its stunning natural scenery, but also because it serves as a gateway to the country’s capital, Hanoi, an enduring destination for many cruise line excursions. In your port of call itself, Bai Tu Long Bay is a tranquil area of natural beauty, while the Dau Go Cave offers captivating subterranean wonders. In Hanoi itself, explore the colonial architecture of the Old Quarter and the nearby Lake of the Restored Sword, a sedate escape from the bustle of the city. Or, you could seek enlightenment at the Temple of Literature and National University, Vietnam’s oldest university.
Situated on the South China Sea coast, Da Nang is one of Vietnam’s main port cities and a popular destination for Vietnam cruises. The city’s beach is a great place if you’re in search of some sandy seclusion but there are a number of popular excursions to nearby locations which will make your visit truly memorable.
Hue is Vietnam’s ancient capital and home to an imperial walled city which offers a fascinating look at the country’s past, while Hoi An - once Vietnam’s major centre for trade - is a city with a rich blend of cultural influences to explore. Don’t miss the beautiful Fukian Assembly Hall.
Nha Trang is a popular Vietnamese beach destination and its beach, situated in a bay believed by many to be one of the most beautiful in the world, is the perfect location in which to kick back and relax, or if you’re feeling more adventurous, indulge in a spot of scuba diving. The resort’s vibrant streets are a joy to explore, while a trip out to the seventh century Towers of Po Nagar, a fascinating complex of ancient buildings, is always a popular cruise excursion.
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