November 20, 2023

Just Back From: Vietnam

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Kenna Reyner

The ultimate wellness and cultural experiences await on a trip through Vietnam's cities and verdant countryside.

Every traveler sets out to discover the beauty of humanity, and a trip through Vietnam is as eye-opening as it is serene. As you embark on your journey throughout this verdant country, you will discover the remarkable culture full of welcoming people, legendary stories, delightful cuisine, and stunning artistry.

The Southeast Asian region boasts of a vivid tapestry of cultures, ranging from the Malay, Chinese, and Indian to the Thai and Vietnamese, among others. Its picturesque landscapes, ranging from the lush green rice fields to the rugged mountain ranges and pristine beaches, are a feast for the eyes. When it comes to gastronomic delights, the vibrant street food scene, with its mouth-watering dishes and exotic flavors, is an adventure on its own. Vietnam, in particular, offers travelers a unique and unforgettable experience with its bustling cities, ancient temples, and stunning natural wonders.

So, what makes this destination bucket list worthy? With so many exciting facets, a trip through Vietnam can be catered to any set of interests. Discover our favorite places to explore below, or contact your advisor to plan the perfect trip tailored to your interests.

23_mvt_vietnam_blog_body_28Life in Hanoi

Start your trip by indulging in the bustling life and culture of Hanoi. From the historic moments to the startling street food, Hanoi is home to a rich history and vibrant atmosphere. 

As the cultural heart of Vietnam, Hanoi has served as the capital of Vietnamese dynasties and is now known as the cultural heart of Vietnam. You'll love trying Northern Vietnamese Bun Cha, Banh Mi, and Egg Coffee. Closer to the Northern Side of Vietnam, the food here is more aromatic than in the South. Each bite is lighter and full of herby delight.

Stay in the heart of the city at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi. Two private French investors opened Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi at the turn of the 20th century. Standing the test of time, the hotel has been recognized as Hanoi’s legendary landmark for its contribution to the history and heritage of the city. 

23_mvt_vietnam_blog_body_24Take in the sights of Halong Bay.

When you think of Vietnam, you might picture the iconic sights of the towering limestone Karsts of ancient Halong Bay. Views of the 1,600 islets are complete with rainforests and staggering rock contrasted by the emerald green bay.

Take in these iconic sights from the height of a local seaplane, or take time to sail these majestic waters aboard Capella Cruises' 1 or 2-night itineraries. Embark on a unique journey to rediscover the pristine scenery and rejuvenate your inner peace in the World Heritage site. Travel through Halong Bay on a refined overnight cruise with your loved ones. Here, you will be embraced by the emerald green waters, the story of stalagmites, and the raw beauty of a forested island. 


Discover Hoi An

Whether you are wandering the historic streets of Hoi An, riding a moto through the countryside, or taking a dip in the East Vietnam Sea, you'll love the intricate beauty of this place. Your highlight might be the gorgeous sights of the historic streets, especially as the sun sets and the stars begin to twinkle. Hoi An's Old Town is lined with wooden shophouses and unique structures influenced by various influences. 

For an ultra-luxury stay, consider the unique rooms and beauty of Four Seasons Resorts, The Nam Hai, Hoi An. With an idyllic location on Vietnam’s culturally rich central coast, The Nam Hai offers a portal to three extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage sites and a breezy respite on the country’s most celebrated beach.

For a more relaxed atmosphere, try the charming rooms of Victoria Hoi An Hotel and Resort Hotel. This property is the ideal blend of luxury and culture. Immerse yourself in the luxurious ambiance of the Beachfront Suite, exquisitely designed with a separate living area, allowing you to enjoy direct ocean views from the bedroom’s balcony.

23_mvt_vietnam_blog_body_26Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon

Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam and is a central financial and business hub. It is famed for its French colonial architecture seamlessly met by modern skyscrapers. Discover the city's history at the central Post Office or enjoy a Cyclo tour through the lit-up city.

As a national hub, the city is also home to the War Remnants Museum. Not for the faint of heart, this museum offers a sobering and informative look at the Vietnam War with exhibits and artifacts related to the Vietnam War.

Stay at the New World Saigon Hotel, ideally situated in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. Inspired by Asia's energy, dynamism, and unique style of thinking, this hotel welcomes guests into modern Saigon with 5-star luxury.


MVT Reserve Trip

Every year, MVT hosts three reserve trips that are focused on exposing our advisors to some of the best corners of the world. This year, our advisors joined Wheelhouse Travel and Vivu Journeys to discover the wonderous sights of Vietnam and Cambodia. These trips are not only an incredible opportunity for advisors to understand a destination, but they also offer advisors insight into the relationships MVT works so hard to build. If you don't already have an MVT advisor, we would be happy to connect you with one of the advisors who recently experienced Vietnam to plan your trip. 

Travel There

Vietnam is an incredible stop on a Southeast Asia cruise itinerary, or you may opt to travel from city to city. Spend some time discovering the wonders of Vietnam with domestic flights from one point of interest to the next.

Our recent reserve trip, which traveled through Vietnam and ended the trip with a few nights in Siem Reap, was hosted by Vivu Journeys. They act as a local partner, offering insights into the destination's unique features, cultural nuances, and logistics to enhance the overall experience for travelers. Vivu specializes in itineraries in Europe and Southeast Asia, from shore excursions to meetings over Egg Coffee; Vivu specializes in connecting our advisors with unique experiences. 

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