Kinjal Shah, Exotic Holidays Kinjal Shah, Exotic Holidays

Agent's Vietnam insights

Having designed many itineraries to Vietnam, Kinjal Shah from Exotic Holidays’ reservations team recently experienced the destination first hand.
‘During this trip, I got to explore Saigon – a city once devastated by war and now transformed into a modern city,’ says Shah.
‘While the characteristic of French colonization is still there, clients will now find big international hotel brands, cosmopolitan cafes and restaurants as you stroll through district one. Much of the history is exhibited at the War Remnants Museum; including tiger cages – where

members of Viet Cong were kept. A lot of the content was brutal and disturbing and not recommended for the weak hearted.’
She says another highly recommended way to see Saigon, is on the back of a Vespa scooter. ‘It is nerve wracking at first, but after some time it was fun and you actually feel like a local, zipping through the city. Driving through narrow alleys, markets and trying local delicacies gives you a sense of adventure.’
In Hanoi, Shah visited the old quarter.

‘Night markets are famous over the weekends and are the best time to assess your bargaining skills.’
At Halong Bay she stayed one night on a cruise and explored caves and the lagoon, and participated in a cooking class.

‘I would definitely recommend Halong Bay – photos do not justify the beauty of this place.’
Then, during a city tour of Hue, Shah visited the Imperial Citadel, which was destroyed by the American forces during the war.

‘However it was still worth visiting and restoration is under process. Since Hue is an imperial capital, many of the Emperors have elaborated tombs dedicated to them here.’
‘From here I went onto Da Nang via Hai Van Pass. Along the way you can soak in breathtaking views of the mountain and coast.’