Vietnam oozes vitality, warmth – and exciting contrasts. Mingle with locals in colourful markets, sample traditional dishes and absorb the faced-paced energy of the cities. Top all this with sublime beach options for an unbeatable holiday. The legacy of Vietnam’s generation-defining war offers a sobering history lesson – one that makes the hope and positivity that shimmers through all the more infectious.
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Vietnam is such a diverse and beautiful country! The organisation was perfect from airport pick up to transfers and visits and the choice of hotels was spot on, with a good mix of luxury, authenticity and great locations. The hospitality was always amazing. This trip is probably one of the best we’ve ever had and we would definitely recommend you and use your services again.
Caroline G, Vietnam
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Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, is an obvious starting point for any itinerary. Located in Northern Vietnam, it harmoniously blends French colonial charm with cutting-edge modernity and is undoubtedly one of Asia’s most striking cities. Take care navigating the bustling streets, teeming with hilariously-laden motorbikes and market traders! Our tip? Just keep walking and the melee seamlessly flows around you.
Journey east of Hanoi and you’ll discover Halong Bay. This UNESCO World Heritage site features more than 2000 stunning islands rising from the azure waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. It is understandably high on the tourist agenda, so we recommend escaping Halong City itself and instead heading for Cat Ba Island and opting for a cruise in a traditional junk in quieter Lan Ha Bay.
Continuing down Vietnam’s curvaceous coastline to Central Vietnam, the ancient cities of Hue and Hoi An await. For history buffs, Hue – Vietnam’s former Royal Capital – evokes the sheer power of the vanished Vietnamese feudal empire, including an epic complex of monuments, tombs and pagodas. Hoi An is warm and welcoming with a magical story-book feel, thanks to the millions of beautiful lanterns that dress its winding, cobbled streets. Hoi An is also blessed with beautiful beaches just a ten-minute drive away, perfect for a beach flop after a good slice of culture. Alternatively, base yourself in one of the fabulous hotels here and explore the area in sandy-toed leisure.
Southern Vietnam is home to the extensive Mekong Delta with its bustling floating markets and winding paths that are heaven for any level of cyclist to explore. Meanwhile, Ho Chi Minh City comprises a high-energy and vibrant mixture of culture and commerce. Here designer hotels, boutiques, markets, street stalls and top restaurants cater for every possible need while old-fashioned alleys and incense-infused temples lie beneath sleek towering skyscrapers and chic malls. Once a city torn apart, the former Saigon is a beguiling mix of old and new Vietnam. For a final beach flourish, we recommend the beautiful tropical island of Phu Quoc. Just a short hop from Ho Chi Minh, it’s a white-fringed tropical paradise.
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When to go
Thanks to its three different micro-climates and 2000 miles of coastline, Vietnam is a great year-round destination. Whilst you can generally expect warm, humid conditions, the weather varies enormously by region.
In Northern Vietnam, including Hanoi, May-October is hot and humid with high rainfall; November-April is cooler and dry. In the far north, December-January can be cold.
Central Vietnam experiences hot, dry weather between January-August when temperatures can hit the mid-30s (so good for a beach stay in the UK summer holidays), whilst high levels of rainfall can occur from September-November.
Southern Vietnam is generally dry and hot from November-April, and warm and wet between May-October, with the highest rainfall from June-August.
Flights: Vietnam Airlines fly direct to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, in approximately 13 hours. Alternatively fly via the Middle East (including Qatar and Emirates) or via Asia (including Thai Airways and Cathay Pacific).
Typical carbon emissions for a return flight (Economy) per person: 720 kg.
FCDO travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/vietnam
Time Zone: GMT+7
Capital City: Hanoi
Where to Stay in Vietnam
Tam Coc Garden Resort, Ninh Binh - Northern Vietnam
La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc - Southern Vietnam
Chen Sea Resort and Spa Phu Quoc - Southern Vietnam
Fusion Resort Cam Ranh - Southern Vietnam
Park Hyatt Saigon - Southern Vietnam
Bassac Cruise Mekong Delta - Southern Vietnam
Victoria Hoian Beach Resort and Spa - Central Vietnam
Four Seasons Resort Nam Hai - Central Vietnam