There are countless reasons to visit Vietnam, so I can’t wait for April 2021, when I’ll be leading a gemstone tour in this fascinating and beautiful country. If you’re thinking about booking your next adventure (and we lovers of travel really do need a break after this year), I’d really recommend putting Vietnam on your wish list.
The marble mining is visible in the hills in Northern Vietnam
On our gemstone tour, we’ll be learning all about Vietnam’s young gemstone industry and focussing on the country’s fine rubies, blue sapphires, pearls and rare blue spinel. All you gemstone enthusiasts and hobbyists will be able to indulge fully in your love of gemstones, with fabulous activities, learning experiences and gemstones on offer. Keep your eye out for more details in my upcoming blogs!
The site where ruby was first discovered in Northern Vietnam
For now, let’s look at a few reasons to visit Vietnam besides its superb gemstones.
Centuries of fascinating history have left Vietnam with a rich culture that’s well worth exploring. A mixture of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism is the majority religious belief here, but—along with Catholicism, Islam, Protestantism, Vietnam has two indigenous religions dating back to the French colonial period: Cao Dai and Hoa Hao. You will also come across a strong tradition of ancestor and spirit worship. This wonderful diversity means that everywhere you look, you’ll see stunning architecture, beautiful art and a fascinating musical and theatrical scene—including the mesmerising Vietnamese water puppetry.
The Vietnamese take their eating and drinking seriously, and there is huge variation within the country in the preparation of certain dishes. Ordering a pho in North or South Vietnam is a different experience and the source of much heated debate! Beer lovers as well as foodies will be in heaven here—the country has fully embraced beer culture since the French introduced it at the end of the 19th century. Travelling round Vietnam, you’ll encounter many a local brand of draft, bottled and craft beer.
Vietnam’s scenery is absolutely jaw dropping. From the other-worldly beauty of UNESCO listed Ha Long Bay (featured in many films) to the blazing red and white sand dunes of Mui Ne, you will be spoilt for natural wonders on your Vietnamese adventure. Mountains, waterfalls, pristine beaches and incredible cave systems… there’s more than enough variety to bring out the photographer in everyone.
Beautiful rich landscape of Northern Vietnam
Convinced? Book a space on our Vietnam Gemstone Tour to experience this wonderful country while learning all about its gemstones and gem trade industry!