A top trip: Vietnam Express

boats floating in halong bay in vietnam

Always wanted to go to Vietnam? Jeremy Bookman explains why he gives it the thumbs up…

“This journey was a long time coming, but even with all the anticipation my Intrepid adventure still exceeded my wildest dreams. I finally found myself on the Vietnam Express trip going south from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. After a day or two adjusting to life in South East Asia, we left the kinetic pace of Hanoi behind for the serenity of Halong Bay.

At port we saw the misnamed Junk boats that would become our home for the next two days. Contrary to being “junky”, these wooden ships turned out to be one of the most luxurious highpoints of the trip!

We boarded and found our way to our cabins with port views and en-suite bathrooms, then we hurriedly dropped our luggage so we could lounge in the sun on the top deck and admire the stunning scenery of floating fishing villages and limestone karsts, for which this bay is famous. Meanwhile, the crew cooked up some of the freshest and most delicious Vietnamese dishes that we had anywhere in the country – what an amazing feast!

Later that day we docked to explore one of the many caves and even had the chance to kayak on the emerald green waters. We enjoyed another amazing meal that evening and probably a few too many bottles of wine, but that didn’t stop me from waking up early the next morning to indulge in one last moment of tranquility in Halong Bay before heading back to the mainland for the next exciting stage of our adventure!”

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* photo by Natalie Majewski – Intrepid Photography Competition

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Sue Elliot - Like many of us, Sue contracted a serious travel bug at an early age. She's visited over 90 countries in search of a cure, but her wanderlust just seems to get worse. Thankfully at Intrepid Travel she's amongst people who understand the affliction and since 1998 Sue has enjoyed being our blog and newsletter editor. Here you'll find helpful travel advice and inspiring tales from Sue and other Intrepid travellers.

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whenever you come to vietnam, you should be opened, vietnameses are very kind and many young people can speak English ( not very well) to help you. They are a bit shy to start a conversation but warmly to join. And if you have time, you should travel to the country side, espicially seaside villige by motor bike. Vietnam food is very cheap and interesting so you can try more and more.

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