Friendly Planet Travel Sends Travelers on Taste of Vietnam Tour
(Jenkintown, Pennsylvania) - Vietnam has emerged as one of Asia's most popular destinations. Americans are eager to experience the country in its purest form-its extraordinary landscapes, simplicity of life, and approachable people. Now travelers can see for themselves what makes the country so alluring on Friendly Planet Travel's Taste of Vietnam tour for just $1,199. Travelers will visit two of Vietnam's most dynamic and culturally awe-inspiring cities: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Hanoi.
The trip includes round-trip airfare from Los Angeles; all intra-Asia flights and ground transportation; superior hotel accommodations; daily buffet breakfast; and comprehensive touring in each city with a local, English-speaking guide, including entrance fees.
"When I first introduced the Taste of Vietnam tour I knew it was going to be successful," says Peggy Goldman, President of Friendly Planet Travel. "Although the Vietnam War is remembered as period of political unrest in our history, today, the country's people are kind, and appreciative of all tourists who visit them and their land. They want to share their culture and beautiful scenery with us. We might not share a language, but a smile is all you need to communicate with the Vietnamese people. "
Travelers can also choose from an array of discounted optional tours, such as the Halong Bay overnight cruise. Travelers stay aboard a deluxe river boat, the Emeraude. It is a replica of one of the classic steamships of the colonial era of French Indochina. With 36 luxurious air-conditioned cabins, a restaurant, two bars, and a sun deck, this is the ultimate Halong Bay experience. The optional extension to Bangkok, Thailand is also available to travelers who want to take advantage of their already included international airfare and spend three additional nights this bustling capital.
The tour, conducted by English-speaking, Vietnamese licensed guides, immerses vacationers in the country's intense beauty and rich culture, starting with Ho Chi Minh City (still called Saigon by many locals) and ends in Hanoi. Vacationers get a taste of life in modern day Vietnam, with the country's floating markets, winding canals, sweeping rice paddies, and bustling cityscapes. They also take a step back to the country's controversial history, including a trip to Hoa Lo Prison, also known as the "Hanoi Hilton," and the Cu Chi Tunnels that were part of the underground highway of the Viet Cong.
For travelers with more time, Friendly Planet Travel also offers a 13-day Best of Vietnam trip for the low price of $2,299, with optional extensions to Angkor Wat in Cambodia and the Sapa Hill Tribes. The 13-day fully escorted tour takes vacationers from south to north-with stops in Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, Da Nang, Hoi An, and Hanoi. For both vacations, on sale prices include savings of up to $1,000 per couple if reserved before Feb. 24, 2010.
For more information about Friendly Planet Travel's Taste of Vietnam or Best of Vietnam trips, visit the company's Web site at www.FriendlyPlanetTravel.com, its blog at blog.friendlyplanet.com, or contact Jackie Zima at 610-228-2138 (office), 215-534-2973 (mobile), or write to Jackie@GregoryFCA.com.