Ha Long Bay and the Red River
A Pandaw cruise on Ha Long Bay, the Red River delta and its tributaries, through the dramatic landscapes and waterscapes of Northern Vietnam and the capital of Hanoi
The land of ancient temples, rugged mountains, palm-lined beaches and verdant rice fields is also full of friendly and welcoming people, meaning that you'll love Vietnam from the minute you arrive.
Having emerged successfully from the ravages of the 1960/70's war, these days you'll no doubt be enchanted by the perfect pairings of ancient and contemporary scenes. Believe us when we say that it's very easy to fall in love with this largely unchanged land.
While there is no one ideal time to visit, a Vietnam tour can expect warm temperatures all- year-round. Depending on your location within the country, temperatures can reach up to 40 degrees in the height of the hot and rainy season (May-September). In the north, however, you can expect a cooler period between October and April. During this time, Hanoi can sometimes be fairly chilly, so it’s a good idea to bring some layers.
The historical city of Hanoi, situated in the north of the country, boasts French Colonial-era architecture, an intricate maze of streets in the Old Quarter and an abundance of scenic lakes. Hanoi’s French architectural influence gives the city an enchanted blend of both modern and medieval atmosphere. While here, your guided tour of Vietnam could include the likes of witnessing ‘laughing yoga’, visiting a traditional water puppet theatre or exploring the beauty of Hoan Kiem Lake.
Northeast Vietnam will introduce you to the stunning Ha Long Bay, known for its incredible emerald waters and towering limestone islands. This UNESCO World Heritage site is not to be missed. On your Vietnam tour, make incredible memories as you discover the coves and caves, before stopping off for a swim on one of the islands.
In central Vietnam, you’ll find the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hue, a complex of historic palaces, pagodas and tombs once home of the Ngyuen Dynasty. A highlight for many travellers is the Mekong Delta, one of the most vibrant and scenic rivers in Asia, with its colourful floating markets and remote villages.
Vietnam is a country of breathtaking natural beauty – and is exotic in every sense of the word. Intrepid travellers will revel in its unspoilt wilderness, the pancake-flat rice land of the deltas and networks of limestone outcrops. While on your travels, you may also be lucky enough to see new flora and fauna, as there have been many new discoveries of previously unknown species of plants, birds and animals in recent years.
If you’re looking for an unforgettable experience, a Vietnam tour with Jules Verne will be perfect for you. With the opportunity to enjoy full days of sailing, national parks, underground tunnels that were built to shelter local communities during the war and delicious local cuisine – just to name a few – why not book your Vietnam trip now?
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Weather & Climate
It can get exceptionally hot all-year-round but the north has a cooler time between October and April. Temperatures around the country can reach up to 40°C in the height of the hot and rainy season (May to September), but the northern highlands and Hanoi can often seem chilly and damp in the winter.
When to go
There is no one ideal time to visit Vietnam as a whole but at any time of year there will be sun somewhere.
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"We were guided through a floating village where we saw locals fishing and selling goods straight from their pontoon-like houses and children rowing home from their floating school"
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