As soon as you step off the plane in Vietnam, you will realise that you are in a country that is certainly not short on attractions or activities. To start with you can take a cruise on the Tonle River, and glide past temples that seem to shimmer along the banks, then why not hop onto a traditional junk boat and take a tour of the evergreen islands, or to the floating markets of Cai Bei where wooden boats teem with produce and you barter as you flow past.
If you are interested in learning more about the culture of Vietnam then a tour of the orphanages and tribal villages will give you a real insight into the traditions of the country. It is well worth making the time to visit Sapa and stroll through the brightly coloured Bac Ha market where all the locals dress up in the most vivid colours and you will see brightly striped dresses worn with fluorescent pink headscarves.
By popping along to the famous area known as Halong Bay, you will find both traditional junks and replica paddle steamers and be able to enjoy the grand shadows of the boat on the rippling water. Whilst there, be sure to sail through Halong Bay itself to watch the limestone karsts seemingly rise from the early morning mist.
If fishing is of interest to you, then you have to carry on through this UNESCO World Heritage Site to discover the charming little fishing villages that grace the coastline of Halong Bay. You can even get in on the act yourself and stay the night on board ship and cast out a line while night fishing with the crew. There is always time to relax too, so after a tai chi class onboard and a delicious meal, watch the world go by with a glass of wine or two.