HA NOI OLD QUARTER

It would be a big surprise should you know that Hanoi’s Old Quarter came into being at the time King Ly Thai To selected Thang Long as the country’s capital in 1010, that is, the streets have a nearly 1,000-year old history and became crowded & lively in 15th century. What makes them unique is that many of them remain in their very ancient architecture of the 15th century. Up to now, it has been the oldest continuously developed area of Vietnam.
Most tourists are eager for exploring the old streets well-known for each one’s specialized industry. Hang Gai Street offers silk clothing ready-made and tailored, embroidery, and silver products. Hang Quat, the street that formerly sold silk and feather fans, now stuns the visitor by its brilliantly colored funeral and festival flags and religious objects and clothing. To Tich Street connects the above two and is still the wood turner’s street. Hang Ma glimmers with shiny paper products, such as gift wrappings, wedding decorations and miniature paper objects to burn for the dead. Lan Ong Street is a sensual delight of textures and smells emanating from the sacks of herbal medicinal products: leaves, roots, barks, and powders, etc. Coming here, you may feel as if you were in a classical-styled area in terms of both architecture and product types!
Although many of the streets no longer sell the products after which they were named, some still do. Today, the Old Quarter has become the unique classical feature of Hanoi, and the inspiration of numerous writers, poets, and painters, and one of the desired tourist destinations in Hanoi.
Many kinds of teambuilding could be taken place here to help you explore the old town by a non – standard way. It would be Amazing Race, GPS Power Teambuilding, or Scavenger Hunt. All of these interesting program can help you fully explore Hanoi Old Quarter, including the daily lifestyle, the history lesson and the feast for their tummies. However, before starting the journey, prepare your feet for a day of walking street to street and taking in the locals’ daily life, the old-style narrow streets and houses, the colorful souvenir shops, and of course trying some of the tastiest traditional foods of Hanoi.

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HOI AN OLD TOWN

Hoi An, situated on the north bank of Thu Bon River, is an outstanding material manifestation of the fusion of cultures over time in an international maritime commercial center. Archaeological finds and excavations have shown that there was a port and trading center of the local Sa Huynh people along the Thu Bon River as early as the 2nd century BC.
The town is a special example of a traditional trading port in South-East Asia which has been completely and assiduously preserved. It is the only town in Viet Nam that has survived intact in this way. Most of the buildings are in the traditional architectural style of the 19th and 20th centuries. They are aligned along narrow lanes of traditional type. They include many religious buildings, such as pagodas, temples, meeting houses, etc., which relate to the development of a port community. The traditional lifestyle, religion, customs and cooking have been preserved and many festivals still take place annually.
Since Hoi An is an old Town, its places of interest are of full historically classical meaning and image. Hoi An symbol – the most popular remnant is the Japanese Covered Bridge on the west end of Tran Phu Street. The bridge was constructed in the early 1600’s by the Japanese community. Tourists should spend time on visiting Quan Cong Temple, Museum of Culture… Many ancient style – oriented architects come here to have a direct look into the ancient houses of the town, among which are Phung Hung House, just west of the Japanese Bridge, Quan Thang House, or Tan Ky House. The design of the houses show how local architecture incorporated Japanese and Chinese influences. Cantonese Assembly Hall, has a calm courtyard with ornate statuary. You could take a peek at the half-hidden back yard and its kitschy pastel dragon statues. Fujian Meeting Hall and Chinese All-Community Meeting Hall are also spanning the block. If you are Buddhist, there are a lot of pagodas to visit. Ong Pagoda, Quan Am Phat Tu Minh Huong Pagoda, etc. are premium places to get in.
Today, Hoi An is also known as a shopping paradise that attracts tourists towards its wonderful souvenirs, handicrafts, antique pieces, silk materials and art paintings, and so on.
A Hoi An with colorful lantern nights, a Hoi An with old plain houses and special mysterious cultural elements, and a Hoi An with the etiquette & culturally hospitable and friendly people are warmly welcoming you! Are you ready to take a culture discovery journey?

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District 1 – Ho Chi Minh City

District 1 is the financial and commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City. On a visit to Saigon you could spend all your time in District 1 only. There are many interesting things to discover, you surely will spend the majority of your time here.
Besides the buildings built by Vietnamese people, there are some famous building in District 1 was designed by French architects during their rule. Some others were built by many other ethnics. Those buildings create the unique as well as the rich scenes for here. Notable attractions in Saigon’s District 1 include Saigon Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Central Post Office, Independence Palace, National History Museum, Jamia Al Muslimin Mosque, Mariamman Hindu Temple and the tallest building in Vietnam, Bitexco Tower. Conveniently, almost all of HCMC’s five star hotels are in District 1: New World Hotel, Rex Hotel, Caravelle Hotel. This easy for you to see the sights and indulge in comforting surroundings when it all gets too overwhelming.
Some famous places:
+ Ben Thanh market:
Built in 1870 by the French, the market was initially called Les Halles Centrales before being renamed Ben Thanh in 1912. In the morning, you can find almost everything from dry food, raw food to clothes; however, you have to bid for a reasonable price. In most of time, the market is always crowded so its atmosphere is a real hustle and bustle. From late afternoon until late night, the shops inside the market are closed, but several shops are open outside on the surrounding streets which called “The night market”. This night market can offer you a variety of choices: seafood, grills, teas, coffees, and also clothes and shoes, etc.
+ Independence Palace
In 1868, Independence Palace was placed the first stone by French to mark the ground-breaking of the construction of Norodom Palace. After the Geneva Treaty was signed, the Palace was handed over to PM Ngo Dinh Diem, who changed its named to Doc Lap Palace (Independence Palace). Now, it’s also called Thong Nhat Hall. Nearly 150 years have passed, Thong Nhat Hall is an agency managed by the Government Office. It serves sightseers and hosts both domestic and international conferences.

+ Notre-Dame Cathedral
The Cathedral is located at the Paris Square, right in the heart of HCM City downtown, attracting not only Catholics but also most tourists for its style architecture. Apart from the religious meaning, the even more special point of Notre-Dame Cathedral is its special style of architecture. Established by French colonists, the cathedral was built between 1863 and 1880. In front of the cathedral is a statue of the Virgin Mary. It has two bell towers, reaching a height of over 58 meters. During its construction, all its red bricks were imported from Marseilles and colored glass windows made in France’s Chartres Province, France.

+ Saigon Central Post Office
Saigon Central Post Office is a post office in the downtown Ho Chi Minh City, near Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral. Saigon Central Post Office was designed and constructed began in 1886 and was completed in 1891. It has a neoclassical architectural style in harmony with the surrounding area. If you are interested in sending a postcard, the center counter has plenty of postcard packs at fairly good prices.

There are many other famous and beautiful places in district 1. Those places are located nearby each other so it’s suitable for sightseeing, travelling, and teambuilding.

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Da Lat City

Da Lat is the capital of Lam Dong Province, Vietnam; apart from Ho Chi Minh City 300km. The city is located 1500m above the sea level on the Lam Vien Plateau in the southern parts of the Central Highlands region; its total area is 394.65km2.
Da Lat is a popular tourist destination in Vietnam. Being a beautiful city, it’s favored called with many graceful names such as “City of thousands of pine trees”, “City of thousands of flowers”, “City of fog”, “City of cherry blossom” or “Little Paris”.
Traffic in the city is so easy; it’s known as a city without lights traffic. You can travel by bicycle, tandem, horse cart, bus or motorbike. There are many places around town to rent those vehicles.
Some attracting stops:
• The most famous place of the city is Ho Xuan Huong Lake. The lake is at centre of town. It is one of the main draws of Da Lat. Boats can be rented on both sides of the lake.
• Colonial Palaces: The three palaces and summer home of the colonial era, last emperor of Vietnam Bao Dai, which is of great interest once you visit these three heritage sites, named Palace I, II and III.
• Crazy House is a striking, but it not-quite-finished fantasy house.
• Dalat Market, it is filled with local specialties: strawberry jam, fruit conserves, avocado, artichokes.
• Flower Garden is at the northwestern end of Xuan Huong Lake. A set of flower gardens centre around a reconstructed traditional Vietnamese teak wood house.
• The Lake of Sorrow is a common destination in Da Lat. The Lake of Sorrow is so-named because of a tale of two lovers, one who committed suicide after the other was called up to serve in the army.
• Langbiang Mountain. The 1,900 m peak is reachable by a steep paved path, ideal for a 3 hour hike, or you can ride in a Jeep. Also visit the ethnic village at the foot of the mountain.
• Nha Tho Domaine de Marie is a pink church on top of a hill, with a store selling various dried fruits and snacks from the local orchards run by the nuns of the monastery.
• Prenn Falls is a very common stop. Prenn Falls is quite beautiful, but is a lot more fun when you’re hiking it than just taking pictures of it.
• Thien Vien Truc Lam Monastery. The monastery has a magnificent view over the dams below and its gardens are full of landscaped shrubs in animal form. It’s an extremely peaceful, a great place to relax and soak in the tranquility.
• Valley of Love is another common stop in Dalat and is very popular with honeymooners. The Valley of Love is also a great spot for shooting.
• Tea and coffee hills in Cau Dat Valley is popular for travelers. It’s better to visit in harvest time, when you can enjoy the entire beauty of scenery.
Da Lat is an ideal destination for adventure travelers, with excellent mountain biking, hiking. With many attracting stops nearby, Da Lat is a splendid place for organizing teambuilding, amazing races. We have a great belief that you will completely satisfy if you choose Da Lat for a holiday.

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