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Vietnam

An intoxicating mix of nature, food and history

Tailor-made Vietnam holidays

Introduction

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. 

Pulsating cities 

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. 

Glorious countryside 

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.

Idyllic beaches

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. 

At a glance

Flying time from UK
12½ hours

Time zone
GMT +7

Currency
Dong (VND)

Language
Vietnamese

Travel advice
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Special offers in Vietnam

Essential Vietnam & Cambodia: Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap

14-day River Cruise from £2,545 pp incl. flights

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offer

Fly Free in Economy in 2019 - book by 31 August 2018
Book by: 31 August 2018

Discover the wonders of the Mekong on this two week tour of Vietnam and Cambodia, travelling from Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap.

Vietnam and Cambodia Highlights

15-day river cruise holiday from £4,345 pp incl. flights

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offer

Fly Free in Premium Economy in 2019 - book by 31 August 2018
Book by: 31 August 2018

From the modern city of Ho Chi Minh City to the ancient temples of Angkor, this luxury 15-day tour with APT, including a weeklong river cruise aboard the luxurious RV AmaLotus, takes in the very best of Cambodia and south Vietnam.

Charms of the Mekong and Siem Reap

12-day cruise from £3,050 pp incl. flights

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cruise offer

Save 30% on Vietnam and Cambodia

The lively city of Ho Chi Minh City provides the perfect start to your incredible journey through Vietnam and Cambodia.

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Top itineraries in Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong & Phu Quoc

10-day tailor-made journey from £1,715 pp incl. flights

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. And you’ll travel in style, with exclusive touring, luxury stays and private transfers throughout.

Essential Vietnam & Cambodia: Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap

14-day River Cruise from £2,545 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Fly Free in Economy in 2019 - book by 31 August 2018
Book by: 31 August 2018

Discover the wonders of the Mekong on this two week tour of Vietnam and Cambodia, travelling from Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap.

Highlights of Vietnam

13-day tailor-made journey from £2,810 pp incl. flights

Discover the best of Vietnam, taking in the country's vibrant northern capital Hanoi, the emerald waters of Halong Bay and the historically rich central coastal towns of Hue and Hoi An. Then, fly south Ho Chi Minh City and the magic of the Mekong Delta and the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels.

Vietnam and Cambodia Highlights

15-day river cruise holiday from £4,345 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Fly Free in Premium Economy in 2019 - book by 31 August 2018
Book by: 31 August 2018

From the modern city of Ho Chi Minh City to the ancient temples of Angkor, this luxury 15-day tour with APT, including a weeklong river cruise aboard the luxurious RV AmaLotus, takes in the very best of Cambodia and south Vietnam.

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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.

    Alan A

  • Was pleased with the pack and itinerary we received for the holiday.

    Alan A

Top places to stay in Vietnam

Mövenpick Hotel Hanoi

Contemporary hotel

A great value hotel located in the business district, close to the attractive French Quarter of Hanoi.

Chen Sea Resort & Spa, Phu Quoc

Small & intimate resort

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

La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc

Historic hotel

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

Six Senses Con Dao, Con Son Island

Contemporary resort

Situated on a private bay in a protected marine park on Con Son island, Six Senses Con Dao is the first 5-star resort in this stunning archipelago just 45 minutes from Ho Chi Minh City.

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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.

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

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.

Vietnam's Central Highlands

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

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.

Southern Vietnam & The Mekong

The Mekong Delta is the ‘rice bowl of Asia', a rich agricultural land of waterways that supports nearly 18 million people who live and thrive among this matrix of canals.

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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.

Escorted tours

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.

History and culture

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.

Food & Wine Holidays

Vietnamese cuisine is a sensational balance of fragrance, taste and colour. With Chinese, French and American influences as well as regional variations, every dish you try in Vietnam offers you something unique.

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When to go to Vietnam

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"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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