Hear about travel to Northern Vietnam as the Amateur Traveler talks to Cindy Carlsson about her trip to some popular sites and some way off the beaten track places.
Cindy says, “Northern Vietnam is really amazing. It has a little bit of everything. There’s great scenery, fabulous mountain scenery. There’s beaches. Like the rest of Vietnam, it has an interesting history. It has a phenomenal cultural history. It has great food. It has super friendly people and it’s really authentic. A lot of ethnic minorities got it moved into the area. In some parts of the north, eighty percent of the population is not ethnic Vietnamese, so it’s really interesting.”
Cindy takes us on a virtual tour starting near the old North Vietnam and South Vietnam border at Da Nang. We visit UNESCO world heritage sites at Hoi An and the old Imperial city of Hue. Much of Da Nang is being covered with all-inclusive resorts for the Chinese visitors, there are still beautiful beaches and rich history from the Cham people in the area.
We make a quick stop in Hanoi and make mention of the beauty of Ha Long Bay, and the challenge it is to visit it now that it is a popular day-trip destination.
Then we head north towards the Vietnam, China border where you can go trekking into hill villages of the ethnic Hmong and Yao peoples. This is the part of the country that captured Cindy’s imagination, who is a photographer and fan of beautiful textiles. This is an area of water buffalo and rice terraces, of karst mountains, and colorful markets. You will want to get the iTunes enhanced version of this episode to enjoy Cindy’s photos.
Come explore a side of Vietnam you may not already have heard of.
Travel to Vietnam – Episode 76
Travel to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam – Episode 374
Imperial City, Hu?
Hà Giang Province
Hạ Long Bay
Halong Bay tours
Thang Long Water Puppet Theater
Tràng An Scenic Landscape Complex
Military history of Vietnam
Museum of Cham Sculpture (Danang)
Ho Chi Minh
EXO Travel (formerly known as Exotissimo)
Bac Ha Market
Dong Van Karst Plateau
Vietnam UNESCO sites
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Cindy Carlsson’s Vietnam 2015 Itinerary
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