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.
The north is where you’ll find lush green valleys framed by the misty peaks of mountain ranges that are home to many of Vietnam’s surviving minority tribes, while central Vietnam has a wide range of white sand beaches as well as the Highlands and the colonial hill station of Dalat. In South Vietnam, discover bustling Ho Chi Minh City, the Mekong River Delta and the palm-fringed islands, luxury resorts and beaches of the southern coast.
From the limestone peaks of Halong Bay, the French boulevards of the capital Hanoi and the thick forests of the north-west, to the charming tea shops of cultural Hoi An, the glorious beaches of Nha Trang and Phu Quoc, and the floating markets of the mighty Mekong River, you'll find cultural diversity and natural wonders around each and every corner.
This is a fantastic destination to explore by water, and we offer a number of Vietnam cruise tours for the curious traveller. Travel from Hanoi through Halong Bay, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City before embarking on an overnight cruise on the Mekong Delta in a houseboat ornamented with wood carvings and traditional design.
Vietnam is a country to explore in-depth, and if you have the time, the best way to get to know Vietnam is on a slow journey deep into its cities and countryside.
List of regions
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.
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.
Halong Bay is perhaps Vietnam's most beautiful site, an area of soaring cliffs and sparkling seas laced with ancient myth and legend.
Hanoi is Vietnam's compact capital. The city is small, historic and charming with ‘a blend of Parisian grace and Asian pace'.