Vietnam cruising - a unique experience

Vietnam is a country of color and beauty with diverse landscapes from the northern mountainous regions in the North to the highlands in the Central and the fertilize deltas along the east coast. With the long coastal line and the complicated terrain, Viet Nam is also a wonderful country for a cruise trip. A Vietnam cruise trip will offer an overview of a beautiful country with wildlife, landscape, climate, cuisine, and culture. The Mekong Delta and Halong Bay are the most well-known destinations in the world and taking a cruise trip along the long waterways have quickly been a beloved activity that every guest can not miss when traveling to Vietnam. However, a journey on Ha Long Bay is different from a cruise on the Mekong river. Each will bring you a unique feeling of relaxing on the deck and enjoy the pure air or discover the local lifestyle and the culture of each region in Viet Nam.

Cruising in Halong bay
It is very easy and convenient to make a trip from Hanoi to Halong Bay in a day or 2 days. As you know, Halong bay is recognized as UNESCO World Heritage. Regularly, tourists can explore 3 different routes in Ha Long Bay called Central Halong; Bai Tu long bay (Northeast), and Lan Ha Bay (South) which are quite similar views of distinctive limestone, bays, caves, and small beaches with an abundance of marine life created by the lush tropical forests surrounding the Bay.
When traveling to Vietnam, you can have a day trip to Halong for sightseeing. However, it’s better that you should spend at least a minimum of 1 night on a cruise to have enough time to take part in activities. The 2-day, 1-night cruise itinerary usually includes kayaking, cycling, visits to floating fishing villages, caving, swimming, or relaxing. Doing a morning Taichi on the sundeck and watching the unfurled sails on the sea will make you comfortable. Enjoying a gentle melody under the sparkling moonlight at night or tasting seafood on the bay will be memorable experiences.
There are 2 types of cruises in Halong such as wooden cruise and steel cruise. However, each cruise has different decor styles: modern, classic or mid-century modern, and traditional Asian. They also offer different sizes, amenities, and various itineraries. There are many options for a suitable cruise for your trip depends on your hobby and your amount of money. 
The best time to cruise in Halong is in the Spring (from March to May) and Autumn (from October to December). Because the weather is very pleasant, not too hot and not too cold. The climate is dry with an average ideal temperature is around 25. It’s very suitable for outdoor activities. However, each visitor has a different taste and needs, you can visit Halong in the summer months to bathe or have another look at Halong with the fog in the winter.

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River cruising in Mekong
Unlike Halong bay, Mekong is one of the longest rivers in Asia that starts in the Tibetan Plateau in China, flows through six countries including a part of Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia then finished in southern Vietnam creating the fertile Mekong Delta. Mekong delta is the largest granary of Vietnam, which attracts tourists by the life on the waters of the people from villages, to floating markets, goods transportation, industry, and tourism, all created bustling and colorful sights. The only way to explore the Mekong is to take a river cruise.
If in only Vietnam, 2 or 3-day cruising may be enough for you to explore the beautiful Mekong delta. If you choose the cruise trip with multiple regions and countries, it can be a week or more. On the cruise, you will have a chance to enjoy the beauty of the Mekong Delta with remarkable scenery such as floating villages, houses on stilt, magnificent temples, farmers on their fields, and floating markets. As the common itinerary of the Mekong river cruises, you can stop at big cities, but the most interesting on the itinerary is the small towns and villages along the bank river. Some interesting activities will be organized such as: walking or cycling around the villages, cruising through the local markets, cooking classes, … The cruise brings visitors closer to the local people in different corners of the delta, discover Vietnamese culture through the local customs and foods.
Or if you love cruising and have a lot of time, you can refer to cruises from Vietnam crossing the border to Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, .... cruising on the Mekong River is a perfect idea to explore the idyllic places and admire the life flowing on the waters of these countries.
The Mekong Delta region has two seasons: the wet (May to October) and the dry seasons (November to April). In the wet season, there will be short but heavy bursts of rain. The dry season offers 6 months of clearer skies and pleasant temperatures, so this is the best time to travel on a cruise.
Neither the Mekong Delta nor Halong Bay is famous destinations for cruising with many interesting activities to experience. If the days of your Vietnam trip allow, let’s enjoy both the Mekong Delta and Halong Bay cruises.

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