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5 unique Vietnam Experiences which one will you choose?
To celebrate Indus Experiences’ 25th anniversary, we are offering a complimentary, unique in-country experience to all customers, by way of thanks for your support. We can now reveal an enticing selection of five special experiences from Vietnam. Please choose one of these, with our compliments, on confirming your holiday booking (View our Vietnam Itineraries here). An early morning city market tour, a street food feast for all the senses, a rural cycle ride and fishing trip, or even an exhilarating Vespa scooter tour - the choice is yours!
Good morning Hanoi
Excursion Duration: 2 hrs
Rise early as a local would and depart your hotel this morning to visit a local fresh vegetable wholesale market. Farmers from outlying rural areas bring their produce to sell in the city and Cho Rau Dau Cau market operates daily from just 4AM to 6AM. Continue to the lively and extremely colourful Cho Hoa flower market, full of fragrant flowers from the highlands and a photographer’s delight. Proceed to the centre of Hanoi and the famous Hoan Kiem Lake and take a brisk stroll
around the lake, a popular place for Hanoi locals to socialise and enjoy their early morning exercises. You can observe local residents practising their Tai chi routines and, for the more energetic, there is the opportunity to join in. Wander through the streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter as the city comes to life and take a break for a traditional Vietnamese coffee with the locals before returning to your hotel.
Hanoi Street Food Tour
Excursion Duration: 3 hrs
Although Hanoi in Vietnam has a wealth of ancient historical sites to explore, the real heart and soul of the city lies in its messy and bustling streets! This tour will provide you with a fast-paced insight into the city’s lively street food culture and will give you chance to sample all kinds of different delicacies. Motorbikes zoom past and locals chat noisily on the side of the road while tucking into bowls of hot pho (noodle soup) and drinking iced Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk. Be prepared to get up close and personal with real Hanoi life as you dart across the road (under the watchful and protective eye of your expert guide of course), squat on little plastic chairs and eat dishes with disposable chopsticks. This half-day tour takes 3 hours and we recommend joining it in the morning, when the city first wakes up. You will be met at your hotel and taken by taxi to the Old Quarter where you will take a walk through a local market, trying out the wide range of dishes and snacks on offer. Let your curiosity get the better of you and you will certainly be rewarded! The dishes that you try on any given day can vary but your expert guide will advise you on which are most delicious and distinctive to Hanoi. Balance out your savoury food with various sweet snacks and drinks too, but be prepared to eat a lot!
We feel that this tour works very well as an introduction to Vietnamese cuisine for adventurous foodies. If you’ve just arrived in Vietnam it will stand you in good stead for the rest of your tour, alternatively it can be a treat at the end of a trip for those wanting to remember the real Vietnam before travelling back home. All meals, snacks, drinks and any taxi transport is included in Hanoi Street Food tour.
Location: Hoi An
The farmer and the fisherman
Excursion Duration: 4 hrs
This Farming & Fishing Life Tour provides you with a close-up and intimate experience to both the local farming and fishing communities around Hoi An. Accompanied by your tour guide, you commence the day leisurely cycling along country roads witnessing local Vietnamese rural life first-hand, discovering all manner of photo opportunities - maybe a water buffalo working in
a rice paddy field; seeing ducks swimming along or farmers tending their crops. The photo opportunities are endless. You’ll also experience the friendliness of the local people greeting you along the way. Later you will board a local boat for a river cruise to meet and engage with local fishermen and enjoy a hands-on experience of traditional net fishing. You will also experience paddling the unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boat while exploring coconut-palm flanked waterways.
Location: Hoi An
Hoi An Countryside by Vespa
Excursion Duration: 3 hrs
This early afternoon tour will see you poised on the back of a classic, comfortable Vespa as you disappear into the countryside surrounding Hoi An. Take in the charming waterways, lush green surroundings and greet the local Vietnamese families as you cruise on by.
This tour is full of culinary pleasures: a casual visit to a local fish market, lessons in how to make fresh rice noodles, rice crackers and tofu, the chance to sample fresh seasonal herbs and vegetables in the colourful fields themselves. Along the way, you’ll zip through quiet villages, cross the mighty Thu Bon River, pass through rice paddies and prawn farms and spot locals weaving mats and working in the fields. The tour ends with a Vietnamese style coffee in a charming riverside cafe before the ferry returns to Hoi An.
Location: Ho Chi Minh City
Saigon Vespa Tour
Excursion Duration: 3 ½ hrs
This is a fantastic way to see Saigon just like a local. Zipping through the city on your iconic Vespa moped, you’ll stop to taste the tantalising treats of street food stalls and get swept up in Saigon’s dynamic nightlife.
This vespa tour begins when you are collected from your hotel by your own personal Vespa driver/guide. Heading to a central café-bar you will meet up with the rest of the tour group. After getting to know each other over a sundowner you’ll head off to your first restaurant. The first restaurant is right in the heart of the residential area of the city; legend has it that it was once the stronghold of the Vietnamese Mafia! It is an authentic roadside stall, with eels swimming in their tanks and frogs staring up at you. The food on offer is interesting; you’ll need to bring your adventurous side but it is of fantastic quality.
As the tour progresses you’ll take in a variety of different restaurants and your group will ride alongside the locals on the busy streets. The piece de la resistance at the end of the tour is “The Secret Garden”. This small jazz café is hidden away so discreetly along the Saigon backstreets that you simply couldn’t find it alone. Venturing into an old Vespa maintenance store and up a nondescript stairway you will be amazed by the dark, velvety, atmospheric rooms that emerge to the tune of local musicians. You’ll get to listen to singers, guitarists and violinists and make sure to try a glass of Café Da, the frozen Vietnamese coffee - it is amazing.
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