Tailor-made Vietnam holidays
Vietnam stretches down the eastern coast of Indochina paper-thin, but its history and landscapes are anything but. There's vivid rice terraces in the north and pulsating cities in the south, interspersed with refined towns adorned with Japanese bridges and tailors creating exquisite clothing, and Old Towns that simply buzz with life. Combine this with serene beaches, floating villages and exquisite dining, from street food to high end eateries, and Vietnam's possibilities are boundless.
Hanoi, the country's capital, is chaotic and buzzing, with an Old Quarter filled with narrow streets and endless markets. It's all done alongside pretty lakes and bridges, ancient architecture and a bustling restaurant scene where you can find anything from street food to rooftop eateries. Temples such as Bach Ma, a tribute to a legendary horse and lakeside Tran Quoc pagoda, add to the charm. By contrast, Hoi An is reminiscent of a bygone area, with a wonderfully preserved Ancient Town that heaves with lantern displays, tailors lining the streets, and small markets sliced with canals trickling under delicate bridges, like the iconic Japanese bridge and its intimately lit pagoda. Further south still you'll find modern Ho Chi Minh, where French colonial architecture and food markets create a cosmopolitan vibe. There's more sobering experiences, too – Vietnam's long and harrowing history is detailed in countless museums in most cities, such as the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh.
Some of the world's most spectacular caves lie in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, reached via motorbike but worth the journey as you kayak and trek through the ethereal grottoes. Further north, emblematic rice terraces dominate in Sapa, but recent commercialisation and tourism means it's no longer the tranquil beauty it once was. Pu Luong is a more serene, and emptier, choice, all tumbling rice terraces, picturesque unspoilt landscapes, waterfalls and charming mountain villages. Head far south and you'll find Dak Lak, vaunting stunning lakes, pine forests and waterfalls.
Vietnam has beaches to rival that of the Seychelles, but at a far lower price tag. Ha Long Bay is well known for its exquisite beauty, but its popularity can sometimes mean it's overrun with visitors. If you'd rather avoid crowds, its emptier little sister of Lan Ha Bay is a better bet, where rainforests and rice fields wind in the shadow of high mountains. Its pristine azure waters are perfect for kayaking and swimming, and the Ba Ham Lake area is surrounded by limestone caves and verdant, steep cliffs. Just minutes from Hoi An city lies the stunning An Bang Beach, offering excellent paddle-boarding and surfing. For pure beaches, Nha Trang is a coastal resort city in southern Vietnam, lined with beach bars and many scuba diving sites. For further exploration still, head to the often-overlooked Lang Co Beach, situated in a serene bay off Hue.
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The lively city of Ho Chi Minh City provides the perfect start to your incredible journey through Vietnam and Cambodia.
Top itineraries in Vietnam
Between cruises on the Mekong Delta, private tours of Ho Chi Minh City's history and a luxury beachfront stay on an island paradise, this is your chance to showcase the highlights of southern Vietnam.
From its great cities and iconic temples to off-the-beaten-track gems, this tour takes in the must-see highlights of two Asian heavyweights – Vietnam and Cambodia.
Discover the wonders of the Mekong on this two week tour of Vietnam and Cambodia, travelling from Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap.
What our clients say about our Vietnam holidays
We had a very good holiday and we are grateful to Adam for his help with it. All the hotels and the mix suggested worked very well. We were very pleased with the Halong Bay package on a small comfortable junk just for us as we would not have enjoyed the big tourist boats and the limit that puts on viewing those lovely islands. Our guide and driver in Siem Reap was knowledgeable, interesting on different topics and very anxious to please and the driver produced a good clean car. We recommend the visit to Chau Doc and the delightfully unsophisticated but very comfortable Victoria Hotel. The hotel on the waterway and the speed boat plus our drive to Chau Doc showed us the life of the Mekong very well without the constraints of communal tourist boat travel. Staff in the hotels and those we met outside were so very nice and welcoming.
Was pleased with the pack and itinerary we received for the holiday.
Top places to stay in Vietnam
A great value hotel located in the business district, close to the attractive French Quarter of Hanoi.
Located in a quiet bay, the Chen Sea Resort & Spa is a small and intimate beachside resort that only has 36 villas meaning that it always has a relaxed and exclusive atmosphere
This boutique colonial-style beachside resort is located on one of Vietnam's most picturesque islands, Phu Quoc, and offers an atmosphere of indulgent and intimate luxury
Where to go in Vietnam
A long, thin country stretched vertically on the east coast of southeast Asia, the three main regions are the mountainous north, verdant central and beach-laden south Vietnam.
Although Ho Chi Minh City was renamed after its fall at the end of the Vietnam War, Vietnam's largest city is still known to most as Saigon.
The Central Highlands Region, Tan Nguyen, is often referred to as the backbone of Vietnam. Home to nearly half the ethnic minority groups, it's still relatively sparsely populated, with small villages among the vast landscapes.
Vietnam's central coast has a lot to offer. With a long, complex and important history, the region has been at the centre of conflict and power for centuries, but it is also home to splendid ancient ruins, emperors' palaces - such as those at Hue - and distinctly French colonial mansions.
What to do in Vietnam
Vietnam is an extraordinary holiday destination full of fabulous food, deep history and welcoming people, eager to share the best of their homeland. Highlights come thick and fast, and a journey from north to south will all allow you to explore the country’s best-known sites in a single trip.
Enjoy opportunities to get up close to Vietnamese culture, with unmatched access to local landmarks as well as insider knowledge to enrich your experiences. Get a deeper look at the cities, or go further afield in the farms and villages of the countryside, all with the leadership of an expert guide.
Shaped by geographical and foreign influence Vietnam has a broad history and culture. Live as a local and trek through the paddy fields, explore the plethora of ornate tombs and temples while discovering the history of this fascinating country.
When to go to Vietnam
"After the rain, good weather. In the wink of an eye, the universe throws off its muddy clothes."Ho Chi Minh With around 2,000 miles between the northern and southern tips of the country Vietnam has a varied climate, with three distinct climatic zones. The driest time to visit the country as a whole is between December and March. This is by far the best time to visit the south, which will be warm and dry. The north of the country is cool this time of year and can be decidedly chilly in December and January, and although the region tends not to experience heavy rainfall it can vary from damp and misty to clear and sunny on any given …
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