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Discover Halong Bay - World Heritage of Vietnam

If Hanoi is the grand old dame of Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City is the brash young floozy, then Halong Bay, Hue and Hoi An are the alluring mistresses you encounter along the way.

How to find safe travel in Halong Bay

Having read the news about tourist boat sunk in Halong Bay, Vietnam some days ago, ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA would like to give out some advices about how to travel safely and enjoyably in Halong Bay.

Cruising Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Ha Long Bay looked picturesque and was sunny and warm. Indochina sails, Ha Long bay , Vietnam We got up early today as we need to catch the bus for our trip to Ha Long Bay, about 3 hours west of Hanoi.

Kayaking and Cycling in a World Heritage Bay

Halong Bay is one of the most spectacular, and therefore heavily 'touristed' attractions in Vietnam. Kayak on Ha Long bay, Vietnam .

A Look into Beautiful Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay has been declared a UNESCO World heritage site and it really deserves the designation. It is one of the most exciting unusual places I have been to in my life.

Monday, September 5, 2011

“Halong Bay In My Eyes”-Photo Competition sponsored by Indochina Sails, Halong Bay, Vietnam

The competition is intended to highlight the incredible beauty of Halong Bay and encourage more travellers to see the Bay for themselves.
In addition, it is hoped that more people will become aware of the online “New Wonder of the World” competition and vote for Halong Bay.
To participate in the contest please go to http://www.facebook.com/halongbay.indochinasails
First prize: Indochina Sails Premium Holiday package valued at 450 USD for 2 people all inclusive
Second prize: Indochina Sails Deluxe Holiday package valued at 350 USD for 2 people all inclusive
First five entrants will receive an Indochina Sails Souvenir T-shirt
Duration of contest
Indochina Sails will choose the two winning photos from the websites top ten LIKE getters
Contest dates: 25/8/2011 to 5/10/2011
The prizes will be announced on 10/10/2011
Term and condition
- Prizes are non-transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash
- Submitted photos must be the property of the contestant
- Submitted photos cannot be prize winners of any previous photo competition
- Contestants are responsible for any copyright infringements or violations
- Indochina Sails maintains the right to use submitted photos for publicity purposes
- Winners may be required to participate in publicity programs

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Valentine Junk-“Extraordinary Sailing in Luxury”

Exploring Halong Bay on a small cruise ship or junk is an unforgettable experience, particularly if it is as seamlessly performed as the Valentine Junk company does.


From the first class cabin to the attention of the staff and wonderful food to the stops and treks along the way to visit the boat people, the hidden caves and viewing the incredible bay- this is something you will never forget. Every detail is overseen with care and eloquence. The one drawback was the long drive from Hanoi, yet this drive was soon forgotten when we entered the small junk that runs with only a small group of 10 or so people. Transfers were efficient and did not take long. We really felt that our safety and happiness were attended to by competent and knowledgeable people. In our case, we had heard that a small junk had sunk with 12 occupants only 10 days before; however, all water vessels sailing in the bay had been immediately checked and not allowed to sail until they were deemed safe. The vistas along the bay and our entire sails with the Valentine Company will long be remembered.

Valentine-II-dining room

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sunset at Halong Bay, Vietnam

Sitting here in my flat in Berlin (pretend I’m British for a moment, will you?), I can’t help but remember that just two months ago I was on a boat trip in Halong Bay, Vietnam. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to be here even if a European summer isn’t quite as sunny or warm as I would’ve expected. Regardless, looking back on my three and a half months in Southeast Asia there are more than handful of things that I can’t help but miss. Notably: the sun, especially seeing the sun set nearly every day, almost always dramatically.


I saw the sunset on any number of beaches (not just in Asia, but all over the world) and I’ve probably got hundreds if not thousands of sunset photos that look like just about everyone else’s. But I don’t care; the sunset I saw at Halong Bay on my overnight tour on a boat was truly beautiful. Maybe it was all the cheap beer, or the people I was with, but that was one hell of a good night.


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Friday, August 5, 2011

Indochina Sails - “Much more than we expected”

We went on the 2 day, 1 night trip on Halong Bay with Indochina Sails on the premium junk. Our trip was organized as part of a tour of Vietnam so we really didn’t know what to expect, but it was fantastic from start to finish. We were welcomed on board with a cool flannel and drink and after a short talk we went to our rooms. It was lovely, the bed was comfy, air conditioner worked well and the bathroom was well appointed with a great roomy shower. We had a nice little balcony as well and apart from seeing the water everywhere we would not have known that we were on a boat, so for those concerned about sea sickness don’t worry!! Food was plentiful and we had a huge range of all types of Vietnamese and Western foods. We did a couple of little tours on surrounding islands which was also interesting. Congratulations to all of the staff on board, they were very friendly and helpful and also spoke English well. Only thing was we should have booked a longer trip!

Indochina Sails-Sunset

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Indochina Sails - “Amazing! A Must Do! 2 Nights”

Halong Bay is an absolute must. I have been traveling through South East Asia for a month now and this is by far my favorite spot/attraction. Secondly I have to totally disagree with the last review. I also did the 2 nights cruise and I would suggest that EVERYONE does the 2 night. In my opinion one night would not be enough. We were also lucky in the second day we were the only guests staying the 2 nights and when we transferred to the day boat we had it ALL to ourselves. Yes there is no AC on the boat but there were at least 8 fans going all day inside. During out private second day cruise we didn't see 1 other tourist boat and truly felt that we were all alone in the bay! It was AMAZING! We got to Kayak, swim, cave, visit an oyster farm and have time to read and enjoy the scenery.
Mr. T was the man in charge and was helpful, informative and friendly the entire journey.
The food is AMAZING each day there we had a 6 course lunch and dinner was a buffet that consisted of pork, beef, chicken, squid, mussels and prawns. We were stuffed!

Rooms were comfortable and needless to say the view out you window was amazing!!
Yes this cruise might cost more than others but you get what you pay for and when you see the other boats sailing by you will be very happy you chose Indochina Sails. I for one will be back!
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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Halong Bay Viet Nam : A Earth Of Mystery Awaits You

When you were to go to sleep and wake in an Asian brushstroke landscape, Halong Bay Viet nam might be where you’d probably find yourself. Majestic and mysterious, Vietnam’s Halong Bay is actually a breathtaking location with over 2000 extraordinary jagged islands and islets increasing in the emerald waters of your Gulf of Tonkin. This superb panorama of limestone peaks enshrouded in mist, tumbling to the gently lapping sea and enclosing inside of its folds striking hidden caves is often a UNESCO Globe Heritage Web page.

Halong Bay

The near-perpendicular pinnacles conceal the remains of numerous grottos and caverns, produced through millions of years ago via a complex course of action of erosion whereby water trickled by means of limestone cracks enlarging them to produce magnificent caves and resulting within the distinctive towers noticed these days.

Lime stone crack
About a 3 hour experience south of Hanoi, Halong Bay Vietnam draws a gradual stream of travelers year-round. Past the spectacular seascapes using a boat vacation as a result of the bay, an amazing array of venture travel possibilities are on offer you: Vacationers to Halong come to discover the impressive caves, among them the remarkable “Surprise Cave” with its three huge caverns, the place illuminated stalactites expand down to the touch the climbing stalagmites; to kayak; to experience a person of Vietnam’s most fascinating cultural capabilities – the floating villages, nestling inside sheltered bays, where homes are set atop barges and calendar year circular, inhabitants catch and cultivate fish.

Halong Bay’s amazing splendor, monumental scale and exceptional geomorphology allow it to be a person of Vietnam’s most spectacular experiences.
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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Indochina Sails celebrates International Children's Day

On the occasion of International Children's Day, June 1, 2011, Indochina Sails once again hosted a special party and made a donation to the Primary School of the Cua Van floating fishing village. The village is the largest on Halong Bay with a population of about 600 people. The primary school (floating, of course) comprises three small buildings where about 75 children are taught by 5 teachers.

In addition to organizing a party for the children, gifts including books, pens, school supplies and toys were also donated.

Indochina Sails has a long tradition of making donations of cash and equipment for the school. Last year, prompted by a staff member who asked: “What if we collect some money ourselves and try to fix up the school somehow to make it better for the kids?”, donations from all staff and the management of Indochina Sails were collected and new desks and chairs, along with a large assortment of school supplies were purchased and delivered to the school.

If any guest coming to Ha Long Bay would like to help the young students of the Primary School we suggest you bring donations such as pens, pencils, markers, crayons or chalk. Also, coloring books for the younger students and notebooks for the older ones. And what kid wouldn't like some sweets!

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Indochina Sails - The luxury we deserved

We booked the 2 days / 1 night stay on Indochina Sails, deluxe room, 2nd level. Our boat was the 'Indochina Sails Premium', which has only been sailing since Nov 2010, and is very new and luxurious. The rooms (24 rooms) were 5 star hotel rooms essentially, with big rain shower-head, spa bath, private A/C,private balcony (on upper level) and all the trimmings. The dining room, lounge and deck areas were spacious - good for mingling with others or for privacy. The food was great - a good selection at the buffet for lunch on Day 1 & brunch on Day 2. There was a set menu for dinner, Vietnamese and Western cuisine. It was filling and delicious. The staffs on the boat were super-friendly and very accommodating for any requests; they really tried to keep everyone entertained if you wanted it that way (Tai Chi, food carving demos). We also took advantage of the on-board massage therapist (extra cost), to keep up the pampering.

The trip itself was great. The boat sailed smoothly around Halong Bay with stops at Titop Island for spectacular views, a fishing village (which was a highlight) and the following morning we explored Surprise cave.

It was a fantastic trip with Indochina Sails - definitely not cheap, but if you are looking to spoil yourself and do it in grand style, this is without doubt the way to go! Transfers by minibus from Hanoi were included - it is a bit of a scary trip, but that is just Vietnam I'm afraid!

Halong Bay is spectacular and this trip was a fantastic way to see it! Our only regret was that we didn't book the 3 days / 2 nights instead.

Visited May 2011 – Amdncy

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Ha Long, the masterpiece of nature

I experienced the beauty of Halong Bay through the material and narrative pictures of everyone. How poetry, the music soothing, so much the fine words in favor of dedicated people for this place that I have long cherished once came to discover beauty where history’s “wonders land between the sky “is.

By last summer, I was conditioned to organize a family trip, resort in Ha Long Bay.AlthoughHalong is a known famous landscapes of our country, is the ideal destination attachment legs millions of domestic and foreign tourists every year, but when it actually felt amazing scenery here, I not surprised by the beauty from the elves that the Creator has bestowed favor of this land.

Halong peace.

After the trip, not only me but everyone in the family shared an extremely interesting experience. Halong is a masterpiece of nature. Pick up early dawn on the bay, I like walking into a dreamy fairytale thought only capital in the fairy tale “type Cu rural agricultural waste pressing trans / Pants ancient mural painting flags to heaven” (Hundred vast river flowing around the mountain / islands scattered like a chessboard, instant ocean sky blue color. King Le Thanh Tong).

Land, air, water colors blend into each other like. Equivocal light of dawn, after waking up from a mix of forest islands, the gentle morning light beam is projected into the water paint a charming picture painted marine poetical. Released into natural, clear soul, purity of the morning, all tired of the chaos of daily life such as evaporated. A peaceful feeling, how relaxed …

Especially when sitting on the boat began a journey to explore the Gulf Islands, I experienced a lot of sense, going from surprise to surprise the other. Real world, but like dreams, the scene of that lost in the first place Penglai scene. Stitched together a jungle island with the shape transformation immeasurable beauty to the magic. I still remember childhood or released soul in the clouds floating wear jewelry for the imagination is soaring in many interesting frame for when the clouds come sweeping in tan.

Chaos of life has long made me forget a fun time, until it is washed in a population living in the islands of Ha Long Bay, the emotions of childhood arise in me again.Imagination was the opportunity to unleash thousands of flying in large and small islands provide the appearance, shape individual, unique, distinctive, not just any island which the island.

And this experience seem fresh and interesting. If the soft clouds, the hole drift could disappear at any time before the strong wind is the opposite of this island is the world’s great masterpieces of nature, thousands of years still stand as clearly marked with the survival time.

Halong sunset

Depending on your perspective, mood and feel of each one of the world is on the island is lively and sometimes it is flexible, soft and floating, while the solid, imposing, certainly as invisible walls stretching take. Along with the introduction of his guides, the island suddenly senseless more closely with people and full of expression. Someone has really clever, sophisticated setting for each island names meaning, express the mental state, the soul hidden in each island: over the roof, than my head, Hon La Vong, Hon Mr Master , Raspberry Island, Dinh Huong island …

These emotions also arise in my back when the team arrived to explore the mysterious cave in the heart of the island. Each cave is a work of great beauty, sophistication of the Creator, each carries a cave magical beauty that all visitors are surprised to see leave the step fails.

Each bearing the name of the cave is rustic, simple but also very unique, how special. The most extensive and beautiful, located in the heart of Halong Bay as Sung Sot Cave. The name of the cave has been partly to inspire people to the beauty of this fascinating landscape. The first between the earth that visitors entering the cave must be shocked, amazed. The stalactites in colorful sparkling lights fanciful … to say beautiful heart.

A little more distant as the Heavenly Palace – a famous caves in Ha Long Bay which every visitor to visit the Gulf can not be ignored. Dynamic to a magnificent, magnificent attractions visitors by a system of stalactites falling into a multitude of strange shapes and vivid. There are stalactites hanging down like a curtain stunning, with images looking like stalactites Nam Tao, North Star, the singing, dancing … is a beautiful masterpiece of nature, a beautiful fairy among rare earth.

And yet awe before Thien Cung, my ecstasy before the magical transformation of Dau Go caves – such as ancient castles, majestic and grand. The multi-colored stalactites want pictures like form depending on perspective transformation, rich imagination of every visitor …

dao nhap nho
These undulating islands with a myriad of shapes.

Smoking scenes our people, the stories associated with the scene as well as charm the hearts of those who are keen to learn, discover hidden beauty here. Each island, a cave in Ha Long Bay … are contained in the legends about love, life, underlying cultural values ​​- the history of a period of struggle against foreign aggressors and to protect homeland …

In your exploration of Halong Bay this time, I also have the opportunity to Cua Van fishing village located at Hung Thang Commune, Halong City. Every step I have been fascinated by the beauty of a pristine fishing village with fishermen simple and frank, friendly. In the context of peace, the lives of the fishermen here still occur in association with the peaceful image of the boats …

I not only visit and explore the cultural life of Cua Van fishing village but has also been directly involved in the operation of net and fishing with the fishermen.Strenuous and difficult than I thought a lot. But looking at the shrimp, fish, fresh crab …, the result of a process with the fishing practice, feel the hard work of the Gulf fishermen, really very interesting, compelling and meaningful …

Sightseeing tours, family resort in Ha Long Bay was this really gave me a lot also emotions and exciting experience. Divine beauty hidden in each scene where it leaves me no steps, which sit inside the car full of attachment. There are many interesting sights on the Gulf but in the short time conditions do not have the conditions discovered.

Hope that one day the closest I have chance to come back Ha Long, to continue to discover the beauty hidden in the thousands of islands …, be immersed in the beautiful space that delicate hands of the Creator skillfully artifacts for this place.Ha Long Bay is a unique masterpiece, unique nature.

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Fabulous 2 night stay on the Indochina Sails Halong

After a shaky start (not caused by Indochina but the cancellation of our origional trip with the Junk A) we boarded the Indochina sails and were greated by a lovely welcome party, a cold drink and face towel. The boat we were allocated was a beautiful Junk, with lots of character. the boat had around 14 cabins, an enclosed dining area, and a sun deck which covered the whole roof of the boat, which contained plenty of sun loungers and seating for everyone on board.

Due to the previous problems with Junk A, we had been promised a room with a balcony on the 'replacement' boat, by the tour agent. Unfortunately when we got on the boat this hadnt been relayed to the Indochina Sails, so we were given a standard cabin - which was very nice - but not what we had been promised. After a quick chat with Jerry, the General Manager of Indochina Sails (who happened to be on our boat that day) we were moved to cabin 201 - this was amazing!! we had a large room with twin beds, a huge bathroom with bath and a rain shower, and of course a lovely balcony with opening doors. We were so happy with our room that we didnt really want to leave it to do the activities!!

The food onboard was very nice, with lots of variety. I was very happy with the food, however my sister (who lives in vietnam) wanted some western style food, as she is used to eating vietnamese food every day, so wasnt as happy as I was - however i dont think you can go wrong with sweet and sour chicken, squid, fried rice dishes, lots of salad and noodle dishes and the amount of fish optioned served was fantastic. the only negative i can say about the food was that the cake/dessert options were not that great! I dont think the vietnamese do cakes very well. this was the general concensus on the boat, however they were OK with a nice cup of tea! Breakfast and lunch was equally good with lots of choices.

The trips off the boat consisted of a visit to the beach (with an optional climb up to a viewing platform if desired!), a trip to a floating village, kayaking through caves, a visit to the suprise cave. we also had the 2 night option, so on our 2nd day we went off for the day on a day cruiser which took us to places for Kayaking, swimming, and a pearl farm.
I have to say that the day boat is not as good as the main boat, and that as i mentioned previously, we felt that we wanted to spend more time enjoying our own cabin and balcony rather than being put onto a seperate boat. however the food was lovely on the day cruiser, and as there were only 4 of us on the 2 night option, we got the whole day cruiser to ourselves. as part of the day cruiser trip we went kayaking into a lagoon and were lucky enough to see a whole family of monkeys!! The guide said it was very unusual for them to be on the rocks right in front of us, and that usually you could only see them high up in the trees. It made our holiday to see them and we stayed watching them in our Kayake for an hour!!

We also took part in the wine tasting which was really good fun - for $15, we got to taste very healthy measures of all 10 wines on offer - however be warned that we only had 1 hour to do this!! we were very tipsy afterwards and we all commented that it would have been better to do the wine tasting on deck after dinner! Jerry was so accomodating, he even sent a transfer boat over to us on our boat to take us off swimming because we were hot! Now that is what i call service!! One word of warning though - if you want to swim off the boat when the smaller transfer boat is not moored alongside - you have to get out of the water using a very steep ladder. My sister and I both struggled with this and we are in our early 30's. someone less mobile would not be able to do it! It is best to wait for the transfer boat to moor alongside so that you can get in and out of the water with ease!

All in all we had a fabulous trip - i would recommend to anyone. Halong bay is beautiful and the staff on the Indochina Sails made sure we enjoyed every minute of it!

Visited June 2011

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Monday, May 30, 2011

A 'Junk' Trip in Vietnam ( Halong Bay)

I hunkered in the doorway of an office building as gray clouds moved in, threatening to break open above me. Piles of luggage were stacked in the doorway, but I held tightly to my backpack. As a solo traveler making my way through Vietnam, I had yet to let someone else touch my bag, the essence of my livelihood halfway around the world.

Earlier that morning I had taken a hired car from Hanoi to the coast of Vietnam. This part of the country, known as Halong Bay, was rumored to be tacky and touristy, so I opted instead to head straight for the water.

In fact, most travelers come to Halong Bay for one thing: To tour the bay by junk. These pirate-looking ships generally hold anywhere from a single couple to several dozen people, depending on the boat and tour operator.

Cruises at Halong Bay, Vietnam

Of the nearly 2,000 islands in Halong Bay, only about 300 of them have names. These sheer-faced rocks, covered with luscious trees and foliage, rise out of nowhere in the sea. Apparently birds, snakes, and monkeys live on them, but I can’t imagine that much else does.

As the junk floated among the islands, I sat on the top deck; my legs dangling over the edge of the boat, watching the world recede behind us. The warm, humid air sat heavy on my shoulders, and the dark green of the islands reflected onto the rough surface of the water despite the overcast sky. I felt like we were cruising through a waterlogged version of Jurassic Park.

We piled into the day cruiser that was pulled alongside the junket. One of the boat hands steered the craft toward Công Ðâm. The village “chief” greeted us, poured lukewarm tea into a set of chipped mugs and answered our questions about his home. This, the second largest fishing village in the bay, is only inhabited by 163 people.

As we floated in boats paddled by women in the village, I watched daily life on the water. Dogs lounged on the porches; wet clothes hung from the eves above makeshift porches that surrounded colorful homes sitting atop big plastic barrels.

Fishing village in Halong Bay

Despite rain, we set out in kayaks the next morning. I’d been kayaking in calm, clear waters before, but the rough conditions and inclement weather made the paddling tough, despite the fact that I was sharing a boat with Ahn, our guide, who kayaked several times a week.

He muscled our boat between the outcroppings as I feigned my attempt to help power the boat. Several times we stopped the kayak, rain pouring down, waiting for the others to catch up.

The next morning, our final day in the bay, I awoke to a bright sun and clear sky. The emerald foliage of the outcroppings was painted a surprising shade of brilliant green, which reflected in the water like a flat mirror.

We hopped in the kayaks and paddled to a small island with a large cave. The opening on the island was heavily trafficked.

And so we moved through the cave, trying to guess Ahn’s made-up formations quickly so we could get back in the sun.

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Vietnam - A Destination for Adventure Lovers

Exhausted of spending hard earned vacation time on weddings, family reunions and the preconditioned festive visits to friends? Do you always get the boring "been there, done that" feeling? Well, may be its time to explore your adventurous side and do something different, something challenging and something gratifying with your time.

Rediscover your adventurous side by planning Vietnam adventure tours with activities and itineraries that are suited to your every need. Spend adventure holidays in Vietnam and inspire yourself with the adventurous possibilities that Vietnam has to offer.

Some of the Vietnam adventure tours to consider while planning your adventure holidays in Vietnam are:

· Halong Cruising and Rock Climbing Adventure Tour

Halong Bay is one of the world's natural wonders and is the most beautiful tourist destination of Vietnam. To explore adventure of Halong along with an evening of relaxation under the stars, you may consider the two night Halong bay cruises and rock climbing adventure tour. Get a day of Kayaking and rock climbing in the secluded part of the bay and in the evening return to your junk for an evening of relaxation under the stars.

· Saigon to Angkor Cycling Vietnam Adventure Tour

With the help of the border crossing of the Ha Tien, this cycling Vietnam adventure tour keeps cyclists away from the majority of the traffic whilst taking in some stunning scenery. From the highlights of Ho Chi Minh City to the emerald green rice paddies of the Mekong Delta, the scenic Cambodian coastline and the atmospheric Temples of Angkor, this tour is an experience that is sure to leave you with enduring memories.

· Cycling Vietnam Tour

Explore Vietnam at a slower pace with this exhilarating Cycling in Vietnam. Visit some of the country's major sights at the same time get off the beaten track. From the capital Hanoi to the beautiful surroundings of Hue, this gratifying experience will allow you to travel through some of the country's most extravagant scenery.

Known for its exotic cuisine, mesmerizing beauty, and full of life natives, Vietnam is a mini paradise on earth. Explore the best of the best in Vietnam, from hiking in the north to shopping in the heart of downtown Ho Chi Minh City. There is so much in Vietnam to experience and explore that you will find that one Vietnam adventure tour is not enough!

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Friday, May 27, 2011

A Look into Beautiful Halong Bay in North Vietnam

Halong Bay -Halong meaning “Descending Dragon”- is named after the thousands of island with bizarre rock formations and limestone cliffs that are within the Gulf of Tonkin, in the north shores of Vietnam. It is composed of more than 3000 islands of all shapes and forms, covered in green vegetation and protruding from the ocean’s surface. If you are a nature lover, this place will enchant you with its many awe striking sites, and majestic natural composition.

Halong Bay has plenty of grottos created by the wind and the emerald water of the gulf; it is a beautiful example of the effect wind and water erosion have on the landscape.

Among the sculptured islands and rock formations, Halong Bay also hides many deserted tinny white sand beaches that you can visit by boat, stop and enjoy for a while. In these locations you’ll be surrounded by nothing but nature.

Halong Bay's Sculptures

A wonderful aspect of Halong Bay is that it has so many islands and rock pillars that every turn comes up with a surprise: another astounding sculpture, a perfect archway through the mountains, a peaceful lagoon where you can Kayak and enjoy the scenery……..

Another curiosity of Halong Bay is that, while sailing through it, you will occasionally come across floating fishing camps that are stationed in the middle of nowhere and are also an interesting site.

Kayaking at Halong Bay

I was in Halong Bay during the rainy season, it fortunately didn’t rain but there was a lot of fog and the sun hid on and off behind the passing clouds. I don’t particularly recommend March as the best time to visit. It wasn’t cold, but it wasn´t warm enough to make you want to jump into the cold water. I reckon April would be a better month: no clouds, no fog; plus, when the sun shines and illuminates the Bay, it comes to glow in its entire colorful splendor.

Most visitors visit the area hiring tour operators that take them from Hanoi to Halong City Harbor, where you step into a fairly small cruise with 8 to 10 cabins where you can visit the Bay, the islands and the fishing floating stations, apart from sleeping and eating in the boat. Because the cruises remain low density and the group of people with which you travel is small, the experience, all though quite touristy, is very pleasant. I reserved my boat trip in the hotel I was staying in Hanoi and the service was very good. I had a cozy little cabin with a queen size bed and private bathroom in a wooden double decker old fashioned boat, with a windowed dining room from which you could appreciate the view and a deck to enjoy the fresh air; just perfect.

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The boat tour will probably take you to the most visited grotto in Halong Bay, a massive cave formation on top of one of the mountain-islands. It is a cave complexly sculpted by the forces of nature. The ceiling, walls and floor are covered in stalactites, stalagmites and all sorts of strange formations. The cavern is well illuminated for one to fully appreciate the splendor of this majestic piece of art.

Halong Bay's Most Impressive Grotto

Halong Bay has been declared a UNESCO World heritage site and it really deserves the designation. It is one of the most exciting unusual places I have been to in my life.

(Source: http://hubpages.com - Claudia Tello)

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Ha Long – a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders- may have never been easier and more comfortable to discover with INDOCHINA SAILS. Let’s get aboard.

The boarding time is 11.30 am. Passengers are welcomed with smiles and the sound of drums. The friendly staffs provide each with a fresh cool tower and a welcome drink to refresh after a long traveling distance. One hour to take a short rest before lunch at magnificent seascape.

This traditional junk is special from its materials to decoration. It is made by Aroma woods, a relaxing perfume living in every corner of the ship. With air-conditioned rooms of twin, double and single, each room is luxuriously and neatly decorated in 5 star styles. It is a truly perfect paradise for those who travel in couple, with friends or alone.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Cruising Halong Bay To Enjoy Your Summer Holiday

Are you planning your summer vacation now? Come abroad and discover Halong Bay in style this summer with us for a memorable holiday.

We offer wooden traditional junks to discover Halong bay with the itinerary of overnight on board for 2 days or 3 days itinerary. After a night o­n board, passengers awaken to see daylight filtering through the early morning mist and the towering rock formations, leaving you with a dream-like memory of your visit to the Halong Bay and truly enjoy aboard a perfectly paced cruise, showcasing the glorious landscape of Ha Long Bay, an UNESCO declared World Heritage, among some 1,600 islands and islets, mountains, sandy beaches forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars.

Cruise with us, customers will be served with excellence services in Vietnamese style such an aesthetic meals with high quality, and guests will also enjoy completely pack the extra services such as kayaking, fishing. With our junks that sail to the quite at beautiful areas, Indochina Sails cruises are ideal for celebrating birthday party, honeymoon, wedding anniversary, etc.

Our junks are built to the highest standards, in a time-honoured style, with first-class modern facilities. We have combined the best of Old World and New and the best of East and West to create a unique and memorable way to explore one of Mother Nature's most spectacular creations.

Our goal is to offer a soothing as well as stimulating experience that you will remember and cherish. Our dedicated and professional management and staff await you and look forward to serving you on magnificent Halong Bay.

(Reference source: bestvacationpack)

Hanoi Office
Add: 27 - A6 - Dam Trau Quarter - Hai Ba Trung District - Hanoi - Vietnam
Tel: +84 - 4- 39842362
Fax: +84 - 4 - 39844150
Email: info@indochinasails.com
Website: www.indochinasails.com

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Aesthetic value of Halong Bay Vietnam

Ha Long Bay is a wonderful artistic work of Nature, a harmonious mixture of sculpture and painting, with huge strength and romantic grace. It is not a still life. Instead, its appearance and color change with the times and create unusual images when looked at from different angles, very attractive to visitors. Former Prime Minister Pham Van Dong visiting Ha Long Bay once remarked: "Is this a landscape or a painting? Is it a world landscape or from another unreal world?" (Excerpt from his work entitled "Our Fatherland, Our People, Our Cause and the Artist")

Ha Long is Vietnam's unique sea area where thousands of islands in various strange forms stand, all making a beautiful carpet sparkling like blue gems. The islands crisscross each other, stretching over dozens of kilometers, and like a firm wall preventing in-shore and offshore waters meeting. In some places, the islands are separated, rising tall and jagged. The islands in Ha Long Bay are not monotonous and dreary but constitute a lively world of images of mysterious living beings: an old fisherman (La Vong Island), a praying monk (Ong Su), a pair of fighting cocks (Ga Choi), an eagle looking for food (Dai Bang), etc. It seems that each island has its own soul, like that of a human being.

When cruising Ha Long Bay, passing thousands of big and small stone islands of various forms, one has an impression of being in a world of creatures that were turned to stone millions of years ago. Look at the foot of the stone islands close to the water surface! The sea has carved delicate and strange figures with many strata and layers sewn as bas-relief similar to the stone columns of temples. Through millions of years, the carved designs on the island deepened, making the island's worn and thin compared to the huge island, giving the island peculiar, yet funny shape. Seeing it, the visitors may think that the island can easily fall down if a heavy wind passes through. Among this strange natural sculptural world are marvelous and huge architectural works created by Nature. Some islands are in the shapes of enormous cubes, black and smooth as if they were made of well-cut ironwood like the Mai Nha (House Roof) island. Another is curved like an elephant tusk which becomes smaller and sharper as it soars further into the sky (Nga Voi or Elephant Tusk). Others are created by square stone blocks piled one upon each other, making them much unfixed, yet very steady throughout millions of years of existence (Xep Island). Another island looks like a citadel, facing the sea (Phao Dai Island), etc. On the islands, the vegetation is of a dwarf species with small green leaves which becomes longer at higher attitudes like "tufts of hair" (in the poem "Van Don" by Nguyen Trai - ).

It is truly fascinating to cruise Ba Long Bay by sailing a boat which can go deeper into the forest of islands helping visitors admire different corners of the mysterious clusters of islands. From Bai Chay, the boat will carry visitors across Hon Gai bay towards the southern and southeastern islands. From afar, the islands appear to be a solid wall separating the seas from the waters near the coast, marking the horizon. When the boat comes closer, the wall suddenly breaks and a multitude of sea lanes opens to the visitor's eyes, winding and passing through the wall.

Behind the wall there may appear a blue sky with clouds hanging over, or a vast sea with brown or violet sailing boats. Visitors are impressed by the unique and attractive scenery. Sometimes, while sailing forward, a line of islands suddenly stands in front of the boat, making the sailor confused as he may think that he is heading for a deep-end. However, when the boat comes close to the island, there is room to pass and an unexpected path appears, leading the boat to another forest of islands. The tour is like a game, and impresses the visitors. In 1968, a Chinese tourist, Pan Ting Kouei, after enjoying a tour on Ha Long Bay, exclaimed: "It's fantastic! In the distance, it looks like something quiet familiar. But when we come closer it is no longer the same and disappeared. Things we see in front of us are completely different if we turn to another side and they even disappear.

An early morning in spring on Ha Long is magical. In the vast silvery screen of mist, the islands rise high and low with dark blue mountain tops which appear, then disappear. The coarse, strong, rugged stone mountains become soft and flexible as if they were painted with a quill. Together with the southeast wind and swimming in summer, sunrise on Ha Long Bay is beautiful. At dawn, the glare becomes extremely bright, rising overhead, lighting the sky full of colors. Far away, on the top of the Bai Tho (Poem) mount in the southeast, the small diamond of Venus has not yet disappeared. Amid the azure, violet sea blocks of limestone merge in extraordinary shapes of different colors: emerald blue, red brown and yellow. This is when the sea plays the deep blue and salty string of its musical instrument, companied by the melodious wind and waves.

In the afternoon, the sunshine over the water surface ripples with silvery gentle waves. The stone mountains line up, showing their bare breasts. Here and there, tufts of orchids grown on cliffs with their yellow, soft white and violet blossoming, emitting a sweet fragrance in the healthy atmosphere of the sea. In the evening, when the islands turn from blue to dark violet, there remains only the blazing red sun moving slowly to the west and disappearing behind the row of islands, casting a golden glow on the sky-line. This is the moment when Bai Chay beach has a bustling life "filled with music" ("Being Awaken in a Stormy night" by poet Huy Can).

In the autumn moonlit nights, visitors will find out a dazzling beautiful and mysterious Ha Long. The quiet surface of the Bay looks like a mirror reflecting the silvery moonlight like mercury. At moonrise or moonset, the islands appear in a half-light, half-dark scenes amid the sounds of the wind and waves. The islands, so familiar in daytime become alien and mysterious at night. The aesthetic value of Ha Long Bay does not only lie in the shape of mountains and the color of the sky, but is also hidden in its grottoes. Dozens of grottoes of diverse and rich colors scale and shapes have been found inside the mountains, mostly in the World Heritage area. The most fascinating grotto is Thien Cung (Heaven's Palace). To visit it, one must climb a steep slope, crawl under climbing liana, amidst the scent of orchids and the sound of singing birds. Visitors can enjoy mountain climbing and the enthusiasm of being on the road to Heaven.

Thien Cung is rectangular, about 25m wide, 250m long and 20m high, lying on a north south axis. From its opening to its interior, the visitor has an impression of a spacious and broad cave. The deeper inside, the more surprising and impressing is the wonder of Nature. On the two opposite eastern and western walls are two giant bas-reliefs representing men and animals carved with gracious designs like a flying silk scarf. Some sculptures are huge, rough or smooth to the touch, and the cutting is clear and neat. Here are representations of a kneeling elephant, a galloping horse or a playing tiger. Others are soldiers in war uniforms on cuirassed horses holding swords and shields. Looking up to the ceiling in the east, we are amazed by the living figures of the Heavenly world: the Jade Emperor, the Thunder God, the Nam Tao God, the Bac Dau God with their beards and hair floating like clouds. There are also beautiful fairies in gorgeous cloths, absorbed in their dancing and singing. Stuck to the ceiling is the magical stick of Suen- Wu-Kong (Monkey King) who troubled the Heavenly Court. The 2m-long circular stick sometimes emits light with one end leaning on a stalactite in the middle of the grotto ceiling and the other end on the eastern wall. Each wall of the grotto is a wonder and each grotto compartment is a sculptural masterpiece. Under the high and broad vault, the blue light of the stalactites and stalagmites make them seem silver plated. Standing in this world of strange shapes, both real and unreal, we feel lost in the mysterious and overwhelming Heavenly Palace.

Unlike the Thien Cung palace with an entrance opening at the middle of the mountain, Ba Ham Lake has its bottom at the water surface and is in the centre of Dau Be Island adjacent to the immense Long Chau sea area. Its semi-circular entrance opens in a flat rocky wall in the north west of the island. At its bottom is the water surface linked to the sea Cutlets from Cua Van. Ba Ham Lake is a network of three circular sea depressions with three abrupt cliffs opening to each other through a winding narrow cave. Tourists to Ba Ham Lake have to go by small sampans rowing through the cave, gradually advancing across a forest of stalagmites with various forms and brilliant colors. In an extremely calm space, there is a lively collection of fish, shrimp and crab swimming in the blue water or climbing on the rocky walls. Crossing the cave, the sampan rows on the circular sea depression like on a profound gigantesque pond. Orchids and evergreen plants growing on rocky walls give refuge to butterflies and bats. A carambola tree full of flowers grows at the cave entrance and is a bustling get together for flying squirrels, red buttock monkeys, silver-headed parrots and blue-eyed birds.

(Source: viet vision travel)

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Halong Bay - Stunning, serene, must see!

The highlight of the trip was a visit to Ha Long Bay. I chose Indochina Cruises, as though more expensive, apparently gave a better itinerary It was absolutely amazing. A bus picks you up from the hotel around 8am and then expect a 4 hour drive to the port. The bus is air conditioned and not too cramped. A short stop is made about half way through the journey and you are welcomed aboard with a bottle of water. I booked a whole cabin because otherwise you will end up sharing with someone at random if you are a solo traveler. The cabins are small but very comfortable. The Indochina boats are very new and the one I was on only had 5 cabins ( Valentine Cruise). The crew and guide were great - good food and luckily good company in the other guests, but all this is surpassed by the absolutely amazing scenery and beautiful vistas. Ha Long Bay is a busy port with many boats zig zagging around, but the Indochina cruises have a slightly different sailing route which means you do not meet up with many other boats on the way.

Stunning Halong Beauty

The first stop were the limestone caves, expect a climb of about 300 steps (cobbled and some quite difficult to navigate) to reach the top of the cave (the caves are up not down!). Inside the caves are amazing stalactites and stalagmites. it is cooler in the caves, but certainly not cold. The overnight stop is another two hours sailing away, and it was very calm sailing and so very peaceful, especially compared to the hub-bub of Hanoi. In the morning the sunrise is worth waking early for (at this time of year around 615am). The sunset was quite spectacular too, but blink you will miss it! The second day includes a visit to a fish farm. Another reason to recommend Indochina cruises( Indochina Sails) is because they are helping the farms to become more environmentally friendly and sustainable.

Floating School at Cua Van

The second morning breakfast is served at 7.15am and "lunch" at 10.45am. You do need it by then! The journey back to the pier takes another hour or so and you may have to wait an hour for the bus to pick you up and drive back to Hanoi.

(Source: Tripadvisor)

Friday, March 4, 2011

Indochina Sails confirms that overnight cruises on Halong Bay are safe.

Indochina Sails is well known for providing the most luxurious and highest quality cruise ships on Halong Bay. As the first operator to offer overnight cruises on the Bay, Indochina Sails has over ten years experience hosting international travelers, and has consistently set the benchmark for luxury cruising on Halong Bay.

Indochina Sails has always maintained the highest level of safety standards as well.

With the recent addition of two new vessels our fleet now consists of six boats comprising a total of 74 cabins. With all of our boats safety has been and will continue to be an utmost priority.

  1. All six boats in our fleet (Indochina Sails 1, 2, 3, Indochina Sails Premium, Valentine and Valentine Premium) have life vests in every cabin (1 per guest, including children). Additional life jackets for all guests are stored in public areas.
  2. The boats are equipped with life buoys and life rafts with capacity for all guests and crew on board.
  3. Each boat has a tender (also equipped with life jackets) to assist in any emergency or rescue operation.
  4. All of our boats are under professional daily on-board technical supervision.
  5. Our Captains possess long term experience and are extensively trained and fully licensed.
  6. Our crews are fully trained with clear procedures as to how to deal with emergencies.
  7. All guests are briefed and given safety procedures on board with clear instruction in case of emergency.
  8. All boats are fitted with professional marine safety equipment: VHF, GPS, radar, walkie-talkies, water leakage alarm systems, water pump systems, fire alarm & fire extinguisher systems.
  9. All boats undergo one-month extensive dry dock maintenance yearly and are fully checked by local marine registration authorities before and after leaving dry dock.
  10. All boats are covered with maximum boat insurance and maximum passenger & crew insurance.

The safety of our passengers and crew is of utmost importance. We provide safe passage for all our guests.

If you require any more information please feel free to contact our Hanoi office.

Hanoi Office
Add: 27 – A6 – Dam Trau Quarter – Hai Ba Trung District – Hanoi – Vietnam
Tel: +84 – 4- 39842362
Fax: +84 – 4 – 39844150
Email: info@indochinasails.com
Website: www.indochinasails.com

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

How to find safe travel in Halong Bay Vietnam

ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA would like to give out some advices about how to travel safely and enjoyably in Halong Bay. There are some something you should concern about as you plan your trip there.

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay, Vietnam

1. Overnight junk (vessel) or hotel?

When you travel you can stay in hotel anywhere, anytime and that is just so normal. If you want to have a unique travel experience in Halong Bay it worth spending a night aboard of an overnight vessel amongst thousands of islands and islets. Though the recently tragedy incident happened to an overnight vessel I still vote for it. The question now is how to minimize the risk.

2. How to choose a reliable overnight vessel?

Stick to popular names like Indochina Sails, Huong Hai Junk, Bai Tho Junk, Hai Long Junk,… there are many boat fleets recommended or not recommended on Trip Advisor by travelers. We all know that the big brand is likely a guarantee for the quality. In this case, it is so true. A wooden vessel of a big fleet after some year in operation would be sold to smaller fleet who is targeting at cheap services. These old wooden vessels are not reliable especially in bad weather.

When you book overnight vessel ask your travel consultant or reservation license of the vessel for doing its business. That can tell a lot how reliable your overnight vessel is.

3. What else a popular big vessel fleet can offer?

Their crew are better trained and more discipline. They concentrate on what they do better than crew of a small and unorganized fleet. The vessels are well maintained and safety equipments aboard are better equipped. There are many more things about quality and safety that a small and cheap fleet can not offer traveler since they just target at cheap services.

4. Already aboard, what you should concern?

There should be a hummer in your cabin which can be used to break the glass window in case of emergency. The hummer should be hang right on either sides of the window and you have locate it so you can have it when you need (hope not). If you do not find the hummer you should ask for one from the crew or you make something yourself for that purpose.

There should also be life-vest in your cabin. You have to be sure that you have them ready in case.

Scan the whole vessel for emergency escape way, fire extinguisher,… that would be useful in case of emergency

( Source: news.activetravelvietnam.com)

Friday, February 18, 2011

Indochina Sails, Luxury cruises in Halong Bay, Vietnam attends ITB Berlin 2011

Indochina Sails – The most luxury cruises in Halong Bay, Vietnam will attend the upcoming ITB in Berlin from March 9-13, 2011. The five day B2B international travel trade show and convention has its debut from March 9 to 13, 2011 in Berlin.

As driving force in the travel industry, ITB Berlin gives important impulses to a continuously growing market. ITB Berlin is the leading B2B-Platform of all tourism industry offers. In addition, the world’s largest tourism convention Market Trends & Innovations provides unique opportunities to benefit from the leading think tank of the global tourism industry.

Indochina Sails express the desire to promote Luxury Cruises in Halong Bay, Vietnam in the luxury segment, which is addressed to people who want to live a unique experience, with personalized service, privacy, tranquility and simplicity in World Heritage of Vietnam

Indochina Sails is the first and biggest company to offer luxury overnight cruises on the bay. Indochina Sails is now widely known as the number one choice for discerning travelers, operating a fleet of six luxurious built wooden junks and cruises. Two of them are newest additions in 2010, named Valentine Premium with 2 deluxe cabins and Indochina Sails Premium with 24 deluxe and suite cabins. They were designed in time-honored traditional style, with contemporary and luxurious cabins and facilities.

Please come to visit Indochina Sails at booth number 128 Hall 26A.

ITB Berlin 2011
Attendee: Ms. Le Phuong Nhi – Director of Sales & Marketing
Booth Number: Booth 128, Hall 26A
Email: dosm@indochinasails.com
Website: http://www.indochinasails.com

Monday, January 31, 2011

Ha Long Tourism Festival 2011 gets new features

The Ha Long Tourism Festival 2011 will kick off on April 29, 2011 and is expected to create a strong attraction with the people and international tourists, promote the campaign to vote for Ha Long bay as one of seven new natural wonders of the world and foster the link between sport activities and cultural ones.

Halong Festival 2010
Halong Festival 2011

As scheduled, Ha Long Tourism Festival 2011 will take place in 4 days from April 29 to May 3, 2011 in Bai Chay tourism area (Ha Long city), Mong Cai city, Yen Hung district, Van Don district and Uong Bi district.

Besides traditional programs such as Tran Quoc Nghien Temple Festival, art performances, food festival, Tuan Chau international beach volleyball tournament, exhibition on Ha Long bay pictures, concert performances, Quang Ninh open tennis tournament, Quang Ninh international trade fair, etc., a wide range of new and alluring cultural activities is also about to be held during the festival.

Particularly, locals and visitors will have a good chance to enjoy amazing light art performances for the first time in Vietnam at a special area which will be officially open within the week of festival.

Having been organized since 1998 and already become a special tourist product which lures the large participation of local people, domestic and international visitors.

Via this festival, the beautiful and impressive image of Ha Long city in particular and Quang Ninh province in general are enhanced, creating positive impact on the province’s social-economic development.

In 2010, Ha Long Tourism Festival attracted more than 500 thousand visitors within four days.

Source: TWM

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Promote the vote for Halong Bay - Vietnam over the world

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MoCST) sent an official document to Việt Nam's representative bodies in oversea about the campaign to vote for Halong Bay as a new world's natural wonder.

Accordingly, during the final voting stage, Hạ Long Bay has continously been among destinations earning highest voting rate.

Thus, the MoCST proposed the Việt Nam's representative bodies, Embassies, media agencies, economic and cultural organisations, pupils and students associations and Vietnamese communities in oversea to put active effort into promotion of Hạ Long Bay, calling for international votes.

Furthermore, The MoCST also sent to these bodies many pictures, documents of Hạ Long Bay as well as instruction for voting steps.

The final voting result will be informed in November 2011.

Hạ Long Bay (Bay of the Descending Dragon), around 165 km from Hà Nội, covers more than 1,550 sq.km with 1,969 islands, including a protected area covering more than 430 sq.km dotted with 755 limestone and schist islands believed to be between 250 and 280 million years old. The bay has been recognised as the world natural and geographical heritage site by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)

Hạ Long Bay is becoming increasingly attractive to foreign tourists who can travel there by roads or waterway. To vote for Hạ Long bay, twice recognised by the UNESCO for its landscapes and geological values, please visit the website www.new7wonders.com/nature/en/vote_on_nominees./

( Source: Phuong Loan )

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Travel to Vietnam and discover traditional Tet Holiday

The lunar calendar shows that Tet is coming, and from now until then, all things are Tet. The streets are Tet, the talk is Tet, the thoughts are Tet, the shopping is Tet, it's a Tet world in Vietnam right now and everybody knows it.

Tet is the most cherished time of the year in Vietnam. It is when the cities empty out and thousands go back to the countryside where they were born. City dwellers often choose to spend time at home. The streets empty out. The horns quiet, the traffic no longer congests and the hustle and bustle of city life, for a few days every year, comes to a halt.

Tet Holiday in Vietnam

As Vietnam develops and its expat population grows, the holiday has also come to hold a special meaning with foreigners as well.

"For me, Christmas was always the big holiday but now, Christmas is just a sign that Tet is approaching," shared Karen Merlin who has lived in Hanoi for over 4 years now. "It's hands down the best time of year, it is a time to catch your breath, relax and reflect on the last year."

Hitting the streets, Tet for foreigners residing in Vietnam means various things. For Stephen McGrath, living in Ho Chi Minh City, "Tet is a cultural event that perplexes and entertains me, but no-one ever knows when it is until a week beforehand," he said jokingly.

Paula, a long-time ESL teacher in Vietnam said for her, "Tet is the one true break I get all year. I cherish every moment and usually spend half in the city with my Vietnamese friends and half traveling somewhere outside of Hanoi."

As vendors try to stock up and sell as much as they can, many foreigners make plans to travel and get as far away as they can.

"I get as far out of the city as possible. It's the one time every year that I don't want to be in the city, I want to be out and traveling. It's so quiet it is lonely so I always grab a bag and hit the road. For me, Tet is my only chance for a big trip every year, so I take it," shared NGO worker Jason.

Adam, who is married to a Vietnamese woman said, "Tet is obviously a very important holiday. It's family time. We do all the traditional activities and it has been a remarkable cultural experience for me. Local food, local people, local everything. We go out to the countryside and celebrate with a huge and loving family."

Foreign friends enjoying a traditional Tet meal with a Vietnamese family in Hanoi, Vietnam

One resident of Hanoi for over 15 years griped, "As much as I love Tet, it is also the time of year where for two months, the price of anything and everything goes up. From a business standpoint, Tet is terrible but once the day arrives, and my wife's family gathers, I realize that I love it. It's really my Christmas now."

For the plethora of teachers living and working in Vietnam, many refer to it simply as, "Tet is for travel."

Tet's meaning can also change drastically as it did for Eric Burdette, "My first four Tet's used to mean time off for continuous partying... However, over the past two years I have courted (and recently married) a Vietnamese woman. Now that I have a family in Vietnam, Tet has a completely different meaning. After over five years of living in Vietnam, being accepted into a family and having a real home during Tet makes me feel like I truly belong here."

Eric’s Family in Vietnam

Tet is a time for family and friends and has different meaning for different people. It is a holiday that like Christmas, both Vietnamese and foreigners have come to embrace and celebrate. It is East meets West. It is a time of joy for all. One embassy worker I spoke with simply said, "It's Tetmas." And this is Tet through the eyes of some foreigners.

Source: dtinews

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