Caravan teams flock across the border to explore central VN

Published: 06/05/2011 05:00

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Viet
Nam’s central provinces are some of the country’s most beloved destinations for
travellers.



In convoy
: Tourists on Highway No
9 from Lao Bao Checkpoint to Dong Ha City in central Quang Tri Province.

Tourists, who prefer
to drive through the area in their own cars, opt to enter the country via the
border between Viet Nam and Laos for a three or five-day journey.


Malaysian Ya Yong
Leong led a 32-member group with 10 cars through the Lao Bao Border Checkpoint
in Quang Tri Province into central Viet Nam.


The caravan group took
a 14-day drive from Quang Tri through Hue city, Quang Binh, Ha Noi and Ha Long Bay in
Quang Ninh Province.


It’s the first time
the 40-year-old Malaysian and the accompanying tourists have travelled through
Viet Nam.


“It’s very interesting. We had a chance to explore Viet Nam with our cars. We
love Vietnamese rice noodles, seacooking and the conical hats in Hue as well as the
boat trip we took in Ha Long Bay,” wrote Ya Yong Leong in an email.



Stretch your legs
: Tourists walk
along the street in Hoi An, an ideal stop for long car tours.

“My friends and I also
tested our driving skills on the roads in Viet Nam, which are always busy,” he
wrote.


“It’s the longest
caravan tour that I’ve guided because tourists often opt for a four or five-day
adventure along the coast and through cities.”


“The pristine beaches
in Da Nang and historical sites in Hue are places that Thai and Malaysian
tourists enjoy seeing the most,” said tour guide Nguyen Hong Tuan.


Vitours travel
agency’s manager Nguyen Nhat Thanh Tung said the company organises 10 caravan
trips monthly, which tour the central region’s major historical sites.


Tourists from
Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore often drive from their own countries and cross
at the Lao border and enter Viet Nam.



Crowd puller
: Thien Mu Pagoda in
Hue City is the area’s most visited tourist destination.
(Photos: VNS)

Tourists often spend a half day
driving from Lao Bao to Hue. The 140km route passes by several famous historical
sites including Khe Sanh, Lang Vay, Rockpile and Hamburger hills, which were
previous battle sites during the American War.


“There are many
markets from Lao Bao Border Checkpoint to Hue. Tourists can buy souvenirs or
something special from local markets. Each province has its own speciality
handicraft and tourists just want to bring a bit of Viet Nam home from their
trips,” Tuan explained.


The second day in Hue
will allow tourists to take a break from their car and enjoy a boat trip on the
Huong (Perfume) River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda and the former Imperial City in
the morning.


Tourists can also
indulge in a lunch with fresh seafood at Lang Co fishing village, 70km from Hue.
The village filled with pristine white beaches was voted as one of the most
beautiful bays in the world.


Tourists can test
their driving skills on one of the several mountain passes in the area,
including Phu Gia, Phuoc Tuong and Hai Van.


Although the 6km Hai
Van tunnel was built in 2005, caravan tourists often prefer to drive on the
breathtaking 24km road above tunnel.


Just 60km from Lang Co
is the historic town of Hoi An.


Tung, Vitours travel
agency manager, said adventurous tourists also have the option of designing
their own route through Dien Bien Province.


The high chassis cars
are the most popular choice for caravan teams from Thailand and Malaysia.


They often use
four-wheel drive cars or vans which help them to weather the long, tough roads.


More details of the
tour are available at: .


VietNamNet/Viet
Nam News

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