Go Bamboo

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Excursion - Water in Hanoi, Vietnam

Welcome To Go Bamboo

Welcome To Go Bamboo Trek where the owner Thai ensures fantastic and exhilarating experiences on your tours! The motorbike or car tours we offer could be day trips, week long trips, or even tours that last more than a week. They are filled with adventures and tons of things that will be very memorable when looking bacl to your trip in Vietnam. Thai will be able to go above and behond your expectations of the tours, and will surely be able to help if you are looking to experience certain things on your adventure!

Destinations:

Hanoi & Environs

Ha Noi, one of the most beautiful of the colonial Indochinese cities is often the start or end point of a trip to Vietnam, and what a great welcome or farewell it is. Simply bubbling charm, Ha Noi has gone through many changes in the last decade since Vietnam swung open its doors to tourism, yet it remains an marvelous city to experience. Tree-lined boulevards slice through the up-market embassy district, while winding back-alleys littered with steaming street-side pho stalls are more the norm in the city's Old Quarter.

It's a lively capital with often jam-packed (mostly motorcycle) traffic intermingled with everything from pedestrians and cyclos to heavy trucks and buses. As with Saigon in the south, there is food just about everywhere and travellers need not eat at the same place twice.

Outside the capital there's the spectacular Ha Long Bay -- which is an complete must see for any first time visitor to Vietnam. Travellers should not make the mistake of opting for a single-day rushed tour -- but give Ha Long Bay and Cat Ba Island much time -- there's nowhere else like it.

North West Vietnam

The remote northwest of Vietnam appeals to those wanting to get off the beaten track in one of Vietnam's most beautiful, unaffected and un-touristed areas. The travellers who do take on Mai Chau, Son La and Dien Bien Phu often do so by way of a hired jeep and driver or do it by motorbike, while those moving straight north to Vietnam's hill tribe capital of Sapa reward themselves of the restful and efficient overnight train to Sapa. Whichever way the traveller is headed, be prepared for stunning scenery as the train passes through spectacular ravines and over breathtaking passes.

Best known for the mushrooming trekking centre of Sapa, there is a lot more worth investigating in this part of the country. The remote French firebase of Dien Bien Phu remains a drawcard, but it's as much the attraction of the trip there as the town itself that is worth visiting. A trip to Dien Bien Phu is easily combined with an approach to Sapa via "the back way" over the Fansipan pass (Vietnam's highest), allowing for more stunning scenery and the opportunity to see some of the less touristed parts of the country.

Another popular destinations is Mai Chau whose day-trekking and stunning scenery have helped it develop into a small tourist centre en-route to Dien Bien Phu -- many trips from Ha Noi run out to Mai Chau -- and with good reason. It also forms a relaxing spot to rest those weary limbs before continuing onwards and up into the hills. More and more travellers are now heading up into this part of the country, in part due to the long-awaited opening of the border crossing into Laos near Dien Bien Phu. This is a time consuming part of Vietnam to visit, but, the northwest is well worth adding to trip plans.

North East Vietnam

Between the Red River Delta and the sea, northeast Vietnam is an area rich in agriculture and history, as well as a regional engine of growth for industry and tourism. Scenic Halong Bay and Cat Ba Island draw endless crowds who sail peacefully through a dreamy seascape of rocky limestone outcrops, while the hustle and bustle of Haiphong makes it clear that this area is a vital artery in the country’s industry and trade. Few visitors venture much beyond Halong Bay, but farther north the landscape is filled with dramatic mountain passes, towering waterfalls, lush national parks and ancient royal citadels.

Ethnic hill-tribe minority villages, tucked away at the foot of mountains, offer trekking opportunities, while lakeside retreats are an escape from the stifling summer heat. Cao Bang province has some of the country’s most beautiful scenery, with sweeping verdant hills and waterfalls. At Mong Cai, the easternmost border gate with China, goods (and people) pass in and out between the two countries, and beach resorts and colourful markets abound. China invaded, occupied and generally interfered with Vietnam for centuries, with the northeast being their principal gateway.

Chinese forces last entered Vietnam in 1979 as retaliation for the Vietnamese occupation of Cambodia, and the resulting war devastated parts of the region. These days, border trade is buoyant in some parts of the northeast, but the Vietnamese remain guarded about how much China and its now vast economic power may influence life here.

North Central Vietnam

Not many travellers spend much time in north central Vietnam primarily because, well, it's not exactly overflowing with attractions -- of course for some, that's an attraction in itself, but for many, this region is little more than a blur out of a train or bus window. Nevertheless, this region of Vietnam stretches for more than 300km, from Ninh Binh in the north to the Demilitarised Zone to the south.

Working from north to south, a visit to Tam Coc near Ninh Binh should be on the travellers shortlist and the massive Phong Nha caverns down at the southern end in Dong Hoi province are unquestionably amazing. Between the two, there are a lot of very hospitable people, curiously wondering what travellers are doing in their home town, be it Ha Tinh, Thanh Hoa or Vinh. In this area the traverller will meet a lot more local people than in Hue, Nha Trang and Hoi An.

Another reason why travellers enter this region is because there are a couple of overland routes from Laos to Vietnam that empty out in this part of the country usually stopping at Thanh Hoa or Vinh -- both of which are more than adequate for an overnight stay before moving on to other, more interesting parts of the country. Nevertheless, if you're after remote, un-touristed Vietnam, you're in the right place. This is Ho Chi Minh Trail country and motor bike trekkers find this one of the better, more exciting, regions to travel.

Central Highlands Vietnam

Vietnam's Central Highlands boast beautiful natural features such as relatively untouched forests, waterfalls and spectacular scenery, which contrast with areas still bearing the savage scars of war. A large number of ethnic minority groups still live traditionally in the highlands, particularly around Kon Tum, Plei Ku, Buon Ma Thuot and Da Lat. The highlands become a torrent of water in the monsoon season as they get the heaviest rain falls in all of Vietnam.

During the summer season, Da Lat becomes a popular destination as its high altitude offers a slightly cooler temperature than the almost unbearable heat of the southern plains. This, combined with its proximity to Ho Chi Minh City and some great animal-shaped paddle boats plying its main lake, has made it the epicentre of domestic tourism.

For those who enjoy getting off the common tourist trail, the highlands are a great destination. It is quite easy to include a detour to this historically significant region as a circuit from the coast, leaving and returning from either Qui Nhon or Nha Trang, with a separate excursion required to reach Da Lat from Phan Rang or Ho Chi Minh City. Two weeks would allow ample time to explore, while in one week would see the basics.

Central Vietnam

The Ben Hai River in Central Vietnam marks the 17th parallel, which once marked the demarcation line between North and South Vietnam. Though reunited over two decades ago, the north south division of Vietnam remains obvious. When the Ben Hai River is crossed from north to south, everything seems to improve, roads and food being the most obvious. Central Vietnam is home to a wealth of attractions from the ancient imperial capital of Hue to the cosmopolitan shopping and the beach destinations of Hoi An and China Beach.

The region is home to the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) which was the scene of heavy fighting during the American war. This part of the country is dotted with all manner of war-period attractions, including the remains of Khe Sanh and other US bases along the DMZ. Unfortunately, little remains at most of these sites as time and scrap hunters have had their way.

The one exception is the Vinh Moc tunnels -- a breathtaking testament of the tenacity of the Vietnamese people and a far more worthwhile attraction than the far more touristic Cu Chi tunnels.

Ho Chi Minh City & Environs

Not many travellers spend much time in north central Vietnam primarily because, well, it's not exactly overflowing with attractions -- of course for some, that's an attraction in itself, but for many, this region is little more than a blur out of a train or bus window. Nevertheless, this region of Vietnam stretches for more than 300km, from Ninh Binh in the north to the Demilitarised Zone to the south.

Working from north to south, a visit to Tam Coc near Ninh Binh should be on the travellers shortlist and the massive Phong Nha caverns down at the southern end in Dong Hoi province are unquestionably amazing. Between the two, there are a lot of very hospitable people, curiously wondering what travellers are doing in their home town, be it Ha Tinh, Thanh Hoa or Vinh. In this area the traverller will meet a lot more local people than in Hue, Nha Trang and Hoi An.

Another reason why travellers enter this region is because there are a couple of overland routes from Laos to Vietnam that empty out in this part of the country usually stopping at Thanh Hoa or Vinh -- both of which are more than adequate for an overnight stay before moving on to other, more interesting parts of the country. Nevertheless, if you're after remote, un-touristed Vietnam, you're in the right place. This is Ho Chi Minh Trail country and motor bike trekkers find this one of the better, more exciting, regions to travel.

Vietnam Laos Adventure

For the adventurous, a trip to northern Vietnam can be combined with a trip to remote areas of northeast Laos. The Vietnam-Laos border can be crossed near Dien Bien Phu or at Na Meo, west of Thanh Hoa. The highlights of northeast Laos include historical Vieng Xay, Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area, relaxing Nong Khiaw and the royal capital, Luang Prabang.

Landlocked Laos is one of the Asia's most enchanting destinations. Stunning natural beauty -- think mist-shrouded mountain peaks flanked by jungle-clad valleys teeming with wildlife -- combine with a fascinating Buddhist culture to make Laos a superb destination for backpackers and independent travellers, while luxury tourists are now also well-catered for.

Communist Laos flung open its doors to tourism in the early 1990s. The last decade has witnessed an explosion in development as businesses -- some Lao, some foreign -- mushroom to cater to the swelling crowds.

Ho Chi Minh Trail

The Ho Chi Minh Trail was a strategic network of paths and roads from north Vietnam to south Vietnam that supplied the southern battlefields during the American-Vietnam War. Parts of this network have now been upgraded to form the Ho Chi Minh Highway. The trail passes through historic locations from the war, World Heritage sites, pristine jungle and offers easy access to the beaches on the coast.

Highlights of the train in the Central Vietnam section include the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Khe Sanh and the former demilitarised zone (DMZ), the former imperial capital at Hue, the historic trading port of Hoi An and a ride over the beautiful Hai Van pass. From Hoi An, the Ho Chi Minh Trail continues to the Central Highlands and Nha Trang.

It takes a minimum of six days to ride the Ho Chi Minh Trail from Hanoi to Hoi An by motorbike, and a minimum 12 days to ride from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. It is recommended that more time should be added to allow for rest days at the top spots along the way.

Mekong Delta

The Mekong Delta forms both the far southern region of Vietnam and one of country's two main rice bowls. Dominated by the Mekong River and its many tributaries, the surrounding lands are comprised of low lying rice paddies and the rivers are bordered by dense mangroves and palms. The tributaries of the hectic Mekong River highway provide a widespread network of canals and channels acting as on and off ramps to the main thoroughfare.

For the independent traveller, these rivers and tributaries can be the best method to explore the Mekong Delta at a leisurely pace and offer the opportunity to experience the unique Mekong River lifestyle. By embarking on a comprehensive exploration of the Delta, visitors will have the opportunity to observe and participate in an extra dimension of Vietnamese life and culture. The attractions of this region of Vietnam include the way in which life exists around the comprehensive river system, the heavy Khmer influence from nearby Cambodia and the extensive coastline, boasting some of the nicer beaches in Vietnam.

For those travellers with time on their hands, at least a month could be spent exploring this part of Vietnam. Those unfortunate enough to have a time limit for their stay in Vietnam should be spending a longer time in one region of the Delta rather than attempting to see every centre in seven to ten days, as transport, especially during the wet season, can be very slow and uncomfortable. However, cruising up one of the many rivers as the sun declines over the distant coconut trees, is a truly remarkable experience that would remain with visitors forever.

Services

  • Guided Tours (by motor bike or car)
  • Riding Lessons (motor bike)
  • Motor Bikes For Rental
  • Cars and Buses For Rental
  • We Can Book All Your Vietnam Train Tickets
  • We Can Book All Your Vietnam Water Cruise Tickets
  • We Can Arrange All Your Vietnam Hotel Bookings
  • We Can Arrange For Your Visa on Arrival and Further Visa Extensions