An Ode To Vietnam

From the stunning Halong Bay where 1,969 limestone islands jet out in contrast from the water to the charming lantern-lit streets of Hội An Ancient Town, Vietnam is a destination loaded with diverse cultural and scenic attractions. With a delicious food scene, picturesque idyllic beaches and a storied history, the country has something that’s bound to appeal to all types of travellers.

Fresh off the Classic Vietnam: Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City itinerary on a Canadian agent FAM with G Adventures, Travel Courier caught up with travel advisors from across the country to share insights into how to better sell the destination.

“Vietnam is special in many ways,” says Edwin Thompson of Go With Hippo Travel. “The first notable thing that stands out to me is that it is probably one of the most beautiful countries I have ever seen. The wide range of landscapes and scenery is extraordinary. Its history is of course extremely unique. This country has fought an uphill battle for many years, and it was rare to see a Vietnamese person without a smile on their face. They have done an amazing job recreating their country, preserving their culture, and boasting vibrant, beautiful cities.”

With a range of travel styles for various types of travellers, Jenna English, Global Purpose Specialist for British Columbia & Northern Territories, for G Adventures points out that the tour operator has something that fits different types of clients — even families. Tours range from Roamies by Hostelworld and 18-to-Thirtysomethings trips to itineraries like the Classic Vietnam: Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City tour, which provides a great overview of the destination, to the more upscale National Geographic Journeys, which also has a family option.

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