A feast for the senses, a holiday to Vietnam should take in the vibrant cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, as well as the picturesque rice fields, pagodas and laid-back beaches in between.
Wrapping around South East Asia like a ramen spoon, Vietnam offers a tempting dip into over 1000 miles of diverse landscapes, food and culture nestled against the South China Sea. A great country to visit on its own but also combined with Cambodia, Laos or Thailand too, Vietnam has something for everyone. A rich, diverse history and culture, some of the most incredible beaches in the world, several UNESCO heritage sites, walking tours, junk boats, amazing food and much, much more.
Throwing aside turbulent history, Vietnam has emerged as bright as a button and opened its arms to welcome tourism like close neighbours, Cambodia and Laos.
Lush, long, and fringed with white sandy beaches, here lies a country of contrasts as complex as the famed street food that you’ll find at every turn. The culture of cuisine holds dear to the heart of the Vietnamese people, and within moments you'll be immersed in a land offering lemongrass, sweet soup and a rainbow of perfectly carved fruits.
Vibrant cities punctuate the country from tip to toe, with northern capital Hanoi taking centre stage as the gateway to the south. The balmy antique alleys of the crowded Old Quarter sit juxtaposed against the cool and quiet of the modern Mausoleum, housing the revolutionary leader who gave his namesake to the country’s largest city, Ho Chi Minh.
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Formerly known as Saigon and once a colony of the French, the creamy villas of Ho Chi Minh city give a nod to Western influences whilst presiding over the streets with grace and charm. Upmarket boutiques sit alongside the stalls of street food and souvenirs, whilst sumptuous spas to rival London’s finest can offer you the chance to idle away a day for a fraction of the cost.
Leave the bright lights of city life behind and you won’t have to travel far to discover a land of treasures off the beaten track. Whether you are on honeymoon or holiday, you’ll be exhilarated by the sight of iconic towering limestone outcrops that line the beaches of Da Nang Bay, inspired by colourful junk boat sails jostling in Ha Long harbor and moved by peaceful Buddhist temples hidden deep within caves. Traverse the waterways of the Mekong Delta, glimpse country life in the villages and fall in love with lush green rice fields – Vietnam will leave you truly awed by a delight for all of the senses that’s not to be missed.
OUR SELECTED HIGHLIGHTS OF VIETNAM:
Hoi An is the most delightful town situated by the coast, it has streets filled with trees, flowers and lanterns, buildings that are also museums you can wander in and out of, dating back to the 17th Century.
No visit to Vietnam is complete without sailing around the stunning limestone karsts of Halong Bay on a junk boat.
Wide boulevards, ancient pagodas and tree-lined lakes, Vietnam’s capital is also the country’s most atmospheric and charming city.
With over 2,000 miles of coastline, Vietnam has some of the best beaches in the world...and many are found on the island of Phu Quoc.
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SAMPLE VIETNAM ITINERARIES:
GRAND TOUR OF VIETNAM
Hanoi / Mai Chau / Ha Long / Hue / Hoi An / Ho Chi Minh
This itinerary really does deserve to be called The Grand Tour. From the bustling streets of Hanoi, Vietnam's capital known for its colonial buildings and culinary delights to the out of this world scenery of Ha Long Bay, Vietnam really is a country of complete contrast.
MAGICAL VIETNAM & ANGKOR WAT
Hanoi / Ha Long / Hoi An / Ho Chi Minh / Phnom Penh / Siem Reap
Magical Vietnam & Cambodia is carefully designed to combine the highlights and wonders of both of these two countries. Commencing your trip in Hanoi, you will spend a few nights there before heading to the incredible Halong Bay and finishing visiting Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
GRAND TOUR OF VIETNAM, CAMBODIA & LAOS
Luang Prabang / Hanoi / Ha Lon g/ Hoi An / Ho Chi Minh / Phnom Penh / Siem Reap
Seeing the wonders of Southeast Asia in 17 days! Staying in some of the most unique hotels from the early 20th century, this holiday is bound to live long in the memory of the most seasoned traveller.
CAMBODIA, THAILAND & VIETNAM
Siem Reap / Bangkok / Chiang Rai / Chiang Mai / Hanoi / Ninh Binh / Hue / Hoi An / Phu Quoc / Ho Chi Minh City
Starting with visits to the famous Angkor Wat complex will be followed by discovering the mountain of Thailand combines with a short stay in Bangkok. Your travel will then take you through Vietnam, starting in the North with an exciting night cruising Ha Long Bay, you will work your way south to the the island of Phu Quoc. The holiday will be concluded in the capital of Ho Chi Minh and a visit to the Cu Chi tunnels before heading home.
ESSENTIAL VIETNAM WITH SAPA AND NINH BINH
Hanoi / Sapa / Ninh Binh / Hue / Hoi An / Ho Chi Minh
This itinerary really ticks all the highlights of Vietnam along with the added extra of Sapa and Ninh Binh. From the bustling streets of Hanoi, Vietnam's capital known for its colonial buildings and culinary delights to the out of this world scenery of Ha Long Bay, Vietnam really is a country of complete contrast.
FAMILY HOLIDAY TO VIETNAM
Hanoi / Ha Long / Hue / Hoi An / Ho Chi Minh
Commencing this trip in Hanoi, you will work your way from North to South down the East Coast of Vietnam stopping at various cities and sights along the way. You will finish your grand tour in Ho Chi Minh City visiting the Cu Chi Tunnels and the Mekong river before heading back home!
FAMILY HOLIDAY TO VIETNAM WITH SAPA
Hanoi / Sapa / Ha Long / Hue / Hoi An / Ho Chi Minh
Very similar to the Grand Tour of Vietnam, this trip includes two-nights in rural Sapa. Perfect for hiking lovers, the town overlooks terraced rice fields, often shrouded in heavy morning mist. Also includes Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hue, Hoi An, before finishing your tour in Ho Chi Minh City.
HIGHLIGHTS OF VIETNAM WITH CON DAO
Hanoi / Hue / Hoi An / Ho Chi Minh / Con Dao
This itinerary showcases all the highlights of Vietnam with a luxurious stay at the Six Senses Con Dao at the end. Travel the length of Vietnam commencing in Hanoi and finish your trip with some well earned rest at the Six Senses.
CULTURE AND BEACH IN SOUTH VIETNAM
Ho Chi Minh City / Nha Trang
The perfect combination of culture and beach. Begin your trip in Ho Chi Minh city, enjoy a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels and the Mekong Delta before heading to the Six Senses Ninh Van Bay for the ultimate relaxing beach stay.
GRAND TOUR OF VIETNAM WITH NAM HAI FOUR SEASONS
Hanoi / Mai Chau / Hanoi / Hue / Hoi An / Ho Chi Minh
The Four Seasons Resort Nam Hai belongs to the world-renowned Four Seasons hotel group and is truly an incredible five-star hotel. Situated just south of Da Nang on Vietnam’s East coast, The Nam Hai is set on its own private stretch of one of Forbes’s best beaches in the world, and offers a mixture of style and elegance. Spend days at leisure on the white sandy beaches, visiting the surrounding areas or indulging at the Earth Spa, situated on a picture-perfect lotus pond.
MEKONG RIVER CRUISE
Siem Reap / Ho Chi Minh City
Discover the treasures of Cambodia and Vietnam in comfort and style. This holiday incorporates Siem Reap and Saigon with a cruise along the Mekong River aboard the beautiful boutique Jayavarman boat. A river cruise is a fantastic way to see some of the most remarkable sights in the region and to explore the Mekong in comfort.
Adventure, culture, cities, beach, honeymoon, family and wellness
GMT+ 7 hours
When to go:
February to April and August to October
Noi Bai, Hanoi (HAN),
Ho Chi Minh (SGN)
13 hours approx
Some are recommended or required by the Centres for Disease Control and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
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