Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Charming Choices in Vietnam; Travelling around withCorey BertalliCourtesy of Grafton Travel

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Charming Choices in Vietnam; Travelling around withCorey BertalliCourtesy of Grafton Travel

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IN the past few years, Vietnam has developed into a very popular holiday destination. Ho Chi Minh City has become the gateway to Vietnam when Australians travel there.

Airlines such as Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Malaysian Airlines and Vietnam Airlines all have fantastic airfares to travel to Vietnam. I sold a ticket to Ho Chi Minh City the other day for $1098 return on Singapore Airlines. You would expect to pay a similar price to Bali.

Vietnam is a destination that won't break the bank. Meals, drinks, accommodation, transport, sightseeing and shopping are all cheap. I would go as far as to say it would be on par with Bali as far as costs go.

As a holiday destination, Vietnam will offer many choices. You can decide if you want to relax at one of the many beachside resorts along white sandy beaches just 45 minutes from Ho Chi Minh City at Phu Quoc or be adventurous and explore Vietnam from top to bottom.

A few must sees if you decide to visit Vietnam are the colonial architecture of Hanoi, the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City, the beautiful city of Hoi An and a overnight stay on a traditional junk boat on Halong Bay.

Ho Chi Minh City is a great place to start any adventure to Vietnam. The city is Vietnam's tourism centre, attracting many visitors.

Ho Chi Minh City has various attractions to visit such as the Ho Chi Minh Museum, formerly known as Dragon House Wharf, the Cu Chi Tunnels, museums, theatres and cultural houses.

Hanoi still preserves many ancient architectural works including the Old Quarter and more than 600 pagodas and temples. Famous sites include the One Pillar Pagoda built in 1049, the Temple of Literature built in 1070, Hanoi Citadel, Hanoi Opera House and President Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum.

Hoi An is a little port town in an incredible state of preservation. It offers some of the most densely concentrated sights in Vietnam, with its old streets bordered with ancient houses and assembly halls. …

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